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t(14;21)(q11;q22) TRA::OLIG2

Written2004-11Jacques Boyer
Laboratoire d' hématologie, CH du MANS, France

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ICD-Morpho 9837/3 T lymphoblastic leukaemia/lymphoma
Atlas_Id 1180

Clinics and Pathology

Disease T-cell Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL)
Epidemiology Rare.
Clinics One case reported: The patient was a 7-years-old female with high white blood count with lymphoblasts positive for T-cell antigens; cerebrospinal fluid négative for malignant cells; superior mediastinal mass.
Prognosis The patient attained a complete remission with standard chemotherapy but relapsed and died after 4 months of therapy.


Cytogenetics Morphological The t(14 ;21)(q11.2 ;q22)was accompanied with del(6)(q21). Cryptic t(14 ;21) translocation cases may exist.

Genes involved and Proteins

Gene NameTRA (T cell Receptor Alpha)
Location 14q11.2
Protein T cell receptor
Gene NameOLIG2 (oligodendrocyte lineage transcription factor)
Location 21q22.11
Note alias OLIG2
Dna / Rna This gene maps within a 9 to 12 Mb region of chromosome 21q22.
Protein This gene was shown to possess a helix-loop-helix (bHLH) motif witch inhibits the E2A function in transfection assays. E2A is required for normal T-cell differentiation.

Result of the chromosomal anomaly

Hybrid gene
Note Translocation of the BHLHB1 gene 130kb upstream of the TCRA enhancer. This translocation activates the BHLHB1 gene and produces high levels of BHLHB1 mRNA. Expression of HLHB1 inhibits E2A-mediated transcription activation in vitro.
Fusion Protein
Note No fusion protein.
Oncogenesis Several helix-loop-helix (HLH) proteins are proposed to function as transcriptionnal regulatory factors based on their ability to bind in vitro the E-box motif of transcriptional enhancers. The observation that ectopic BHLHB1 expression can onhibit E2A activity suggests that BHLHB1 exerts its leukemogenic effects through a functional inhibition of E2A.


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E2A deficiency leads to abnormalities in alphabeta T-cell development and to rapid development of T-cell lymphomas.
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The t(14;21)(q11.2;q22) chromosomal translocation associated with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia activates the BHLHB1 gene.
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This paper should be referenced as such :
Boyer, J
Atlas Genet Cytogenet Oncol Haematol. 2005;9(1):24-25.
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Other genes implicated (Data extracted from papers in the Atlas) [ 2 ]


Translocations implicated (Data extracted from papers in the Atlas)

 t(14;21)(q11;q22) TRA/OLIG2

External links

TRA (-) OLIG2 (21q22.11)

Mitelman databaset(14;21)(q11;q22)
arrayMap (UZH-SIB Zurich)Topo ( C42) Morph ( 9837/3) -   [auto + random 100 samples .. if exist ]   [tabulated segments]
Mitelman databaseTRA::OLIG2 [MCList]  TRA (-) OLIG2 (21q22.11)
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