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t(14;15)(q32;q11) IGH::NBEAP1

Written2008-07Silvia Rasi, Gianluca Gaidano
Division of Hematology, Department of Clinical, Experimental Medicine & Center of Biotechnologies for Applied Medical Research, Amedeo Avogadro University of Eastern Piedmont, Via Solaroli 17, 28100 Novara, Italy

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Clinics and Pathology

Disease Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). DLBCL is a molecularly heterogeneous type of aggressive lymphoma, accounting for approximately 40% of all B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHL) of the Western world. Translocations involving the chromosomal region 15q11-13 also have been identified in nonlymphoid tumors.
Phenotype / cell stem origin B-cell. The chromosomal translocation t(14;15)(q32;q11-13) can activate BCL8 gene expression in lymphoid tissues, whereas BCL8 expression is not normally found in hematopoietic tissues.
Epidemiology Translocations affecting 15q11-q13 and various chromosomal partners occur in about 3-4% of DLBCL.
Clinics At present, it is not not yet clear whether chromosomal translocation (t14;15) identifies a homogeneous.
Pathology Clinico-pathologic subtype of DLBCL.
Prognosis The effect of BCL8 expression on the prognosis of patients has yet to be investigated.


Additional anomalies DLBCL is a heterogeneous disease with respect to karyotypic abnormalities. t(14;15)(q32;q11-13)is a rare chromosomal translocation restricted to 4-5% DLBCL. The most frequent cytogenetic abnormalities detected in DLBCL involve BCL6 t(3;V)(q27;V), BCL2 t(14;18)(q32;q21), and myc t(8;14)(q24;q32), and occur in 25%, 20% and 10% of DLBCL, respectively.
Variants In addition to IGHV gene translocation, other translocations of the chromosomal region 15q11-13 involve additional chromosomal sites, including 22q11 (IGLV), 9p13, 1p32,7p13, 12q24, and 15q22.

Genes involved and Proteins

Gene NameIGH (Immunoglobulin Heavy)
Location 14q32.33
Dna / Rna IgH gene is composed of V (variable), D (diversity), J (joining), and C (constant) segments. During B cell development, a recombination event at the DNA level creates a rearranged IGHV-D-J gene.
Protein Proteins encoded by the IgH gene are the immunoglobulin heavy chains.
Gene NameNBEAP1 (B-cell CLL/lymphoma 8)
Location 15q11.2
Dna / Rna 3 exons. The 5'part of exon 1 and the 3'part of exon 3 are non coding. Two alternative transcripts: a major transcript of 2.6Kb, and a less expressed transcript of 4.5Kb, due to differential polyadenylation.
Protein 100 amino acids, predicted molecular weight of 19 kDa; predicted: similar to protein neurobeachin (Lysosomal trafficking regulator 2). Truncated polypeptides with uncertain function are also produced.

Result of the chromosomal anomaly

Hybrid gene
Description The translocation t(14;15)(q32;q11-13) leaves the coding region of BCL8 gene intact, and does not lead to the formation of a hybrid gene. BCL8 is adjacent to the chromosomal breakpoint, that is located upstream of a rearranged VH segment. BCL8 is a part of a large duplicated region within 15q11 containing several pseudogenes, including orphan IGH copies of V and D segments and it's possible that this V/D segments can rearrange with D/J segments on chromosome 14.
Fusion Protein
Description the chromosomal translocation does not lead to the formation of a fusion protein.
Oncogenesis t(14;15)(q32;q11-13) causes activation of the BCL8 proto-oncogene by deregulated expression of BCL8. This chromosomal translocation may contribuite to lymphomagenesis by alterated expression level of BCL8.


BCL8 is a novel, evolutionarily conserved human gene family encoding proteins with presumptive protein kinase A anchoring function.
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This paper should be referenced as such :
Rasi, S ; Gaidano, G
Atlas Genet Cytogenet Oncol Haematol. 2009;13(7):513-514.
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Other genes implicated (Data extracted from papers in the Atlas) [ 1 ]

Genes NBEAP1

Translocations implicated (Data extracted from papers in the Atlas)

 t(14;15)(q32;q11) IGH/NBEAP1

External links

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