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IGL (Immunoglobulin Lambda)

Written2000-07Marie-Paule Lefranc
IMGT, LIGM, IGH, UPR CNRS 1142, 141 rue de la Cardonille, 34396 Montpellier Cedex 5, France

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Alias (NCBI)IGL@ (Immunoglobulin Lambda)
HGNC Previous nameIGL@
LocusID (NCBI) 3535
Atlas_Id 54
Location 22q11.22  [Link to chromosome band 22q11]
  for complete Figure, see: chromosome 22, IMGT (The International ImMunoGeneTics information system ®) © Copyright 1995-2017 IMGT, IMGT is a CNRS trademark
Fusion genes
(updated 2017)
Data from Atlas, Mitelman, Cosmic Fusion, Fusion Cancer, TCGA fusion databases with official HUGO symbols (see references in chromosomal bands)
Note The human IGL locus is located on chromosome 22 on the long arm, at band 22q11.2 The orientation of the locus has been determined by the analysis of translocations, involving the IGL locus, in leukemia and lymphoma. Sequencing of the long arm of chromosome 22 showed that it encompasses about 35 megabases of DNA and that the IGL locus is localized at 6 megabases from the centromere. Although the correlation between DNA sequences and chromosomal bands has not yet been made, the localization of the IGL locus can be refined to 22q11.2


V-GENE: Green box: Functional; Yellow box: Open reading frame; Red: Pseudogene.
J-GENE: Grey: Functional .
C-GENE: Blue: Functional; Blue open box: Pseudogene; Blue triangle: Not sequenced.
GENES NOT RELATED: Purple open box: Pseudogene.
for complete Figure, see: locus IGL, IMGT (The International ImMunoGeneTics information system ®) © Copyright 1995-2017 IMGT, IMGT is a CNRS trademark
  • The human IGL locus at 22q11.2 spans 1050 kb. It consists of 70 to 71 IGLV genes, localized on 900 kb, 7 to 11 IGLJ and 7 to 11 IGLC genes depending on the haplotypes, each IGLC gene being preceded by one IGLJ segment.
  • Fifty-six to 57 genes belong to 11 subgroups, whereas 14 pseudogenes which are too divergent to be assigned to subgroups, have been assigned to 3 clans.
  • The most 5' IGLV genes occupy the more centromeric position, whereas the IGLC genes, in 3' of the locus, are the most telomeric genes in the IGL locus.
  • The potential genomic IGL repertoire comprises 29 to 32 functional IGLV genes belonging to 10 subgroups, 4 to 5 IGLJ, and 4 to 5 IGLC functional genes in the 7-IGLC gene haplotype. One, 2, 3 or 4 additional IGLC genes, each one probably preceded by one IGLJ, have been shown to characterize IGLC haplotypes with 8, 9, 10 or 11 genes, but these genes have not yet been sequenced.
  • Two IGLV orphons have been identified on chromosome 8 at 8q11.2 and one of them belonging to subgroup 8 has been sequenced.
  • The recent sequencing of the chromosome 22q showed that the IGL locus is localized at 6 megabases from the centromere. Two IGLC orphons and two IGLV orphons have also been characterized on 22q outside of the major IGL locus (See also IMGT Repertoire)
  • The total number of human IGL genes per haploid genome is 84-93 (90-99 genes, if the orphons are included) of which 37-42 genes are functional
  • List of the human IGL genes
  • Protein

  • Proteins encoded by the IGL locus are the immunoglobulin lambda chains. They result from the recombination (or rearrangement), at the DNA level, of two genes: IGLV and IGLJ, with deletion of the intermediary DNA to create a rearranged IGLV-J gene. The rearranged IGLV-J gene is transcribed with one of the IGLC genes and translated into an immunoglobulin lambda chain.
  • Translation of the variable germline genes involved in the IGLV-J rearrangements are available at IMGT Repertoire Protein displays.
  • Compared to the germline genes, the rearranged variable genes will acquire somatic mutations during the B cell differentiation in the lymph nodes, which will considerably increase their diversity. These somatic mutations can be analysed using the IMGT/V-QUEST tool available at
  • Mutations

    Note Mutations which correspond to allelic polymorphisms of the functional germline IGLV, IGLJ and IGLC genes are described in the IMGT database: (IMGT Repertoire>Alignments of alleles)

    Implicated in

    Entity Translocations which frequently result from errors of the recombinase enzyme complexe (RAG1, RAG2, etc.), responsable of the Immunoglobulin and T cell receptor V-J and V-D-J rearrangements. IGLV or IGLJ recombination signals or isolated heptamer are observed at the breakpoints.
    c-Immunoglobulin gene IgL at 22q11, in normal cells: PAC 1019H10 and PAC 869I1 - Courtesy Mariano Rocchi, Resources for Molecular Cytogenetics.
    Entity ; involve IGL - BCL6 in 3q27
    Disease B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHL), mainly diffuse large cell lymphoma; adult aggressive lymphoma
    Prognosis controversial
    Entity ; involve IGL - C-MYC in 8q24
    Disease B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL3) and non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHL), especially in the Burkitt lymphoma
    Prognosis the prognosis has evolved with new treatments




    Human immunoglobulin C lambda 6 gene encodes the Kern+Oz-lambda chain and C lambda 4 and C lambda 5 are pseudogenes.
    Dariavach P, Lefranc G, Lefranc MP
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 1987 ; 84 (24) : 9074-9078.
    PMID 3122211
    Chromosomal orientation of the lambda light chain locus: V lambda is proximal to C lambda in 22q11.
    Emanuel BS, Cannizzaro LA, Magrath I, Tsujimoto Y, Nowell PC, Croce CM
    Nucleic acids research. 1985 ; 13 (2) : 381-387.
    PMID 3923432
    Organization of the human immunoglobulin lambda light-chain locus on chromosome 22q11.2.
    Frippiat JP, Williams SC, Tomlinson IM, Cook GP, Cherif D, Le Paslier D, Collins JE, Dunham I, Winter G, Lefranc MP
    Human molecular genetics. 1995 ; 4 (6) : 983-991.
    PMID 7655473
    Polymorphism of immunoglobulin lambda constant region genes in populations from France, Lebanon and Tunisia.
    Ghanem N, Dariavach P, Bensmana M, Chibani J, Lefranc G, Lefranc MP
    Experimental and clinical immunogenetics. 1988 ; 5 (4) : 186-195.
    PMID 2908491
    One-megabase sequence analysis of the human immunoglobulin lambda gene locus.
    Kawasaki K, Minoshima S, Nakato E, Shibuya K, Shintani A, Schmeits JL, Wang J, Shimizu N
    Genome research. 1997 ; 7 (3) : 250-261.
    PMID 9074928
    Nomenclature of the human immunoglobulin lambda (IGL) genes.
    Lefranc MP
    Experimental and clinical immunogenetics. 2001 ; 18 (4) : 242-254.
    PMID 11872955
    The Immunoglobulin FactsBook (Review)
    Lefranc MP and Lefranc G
    Academic Press, London, UK (458 pages), 2001. ISBN: 012441351X
    Allelic polymorphisms and RFLP in the human immunoglobulin lambda light chain locus.
    Lefranc MP, Pallarè N, Frippiat JP
    Human genetics. 1999 ; 104 (5) : 361-369.
    PMID 10394926
    Protein displays of the human immunoglobulin heavy, kappa and lambda variable and joining regions.
    Scaviner D, Barbié V, Ruiz M, Lefranc MP
    Experimental and clinical immunogenetics. 1999 ; 16 (4) : 234-240.
    PMID 10575277
    Structure and expression of the human immunoglobulin lambda genes.
    Vasicek TJ, Leder P
    The Journal of experimental medicine. 1990 ; 172 (2) : 609-620.
    PMID 2115572


    This paper should be referenced as such :
    Lefranc, MP
    IGL (immunoglobulin lambda)
    Atlas Genet Cytogenet Oncol Haematol. 2000;4(3):114-116.
    Free journal version : [ pdf ]   [ DOI ]

    Other Leukemias implicated (Data extracted from papers in the Atlas) [ 18 ]
      3q27 rearrangements (BCL6) in non Hodgkin lymphoma::t(3;Var)(q27;Var) in non Hodgkin lymphoma
    B-cell Prolymphocytic Leukemia
    Burkitt's lymphoma (BL)
    Double Hit Lymphoma (DHL)::Triple Hit Lymphoma (THL)
    EBV positive DLBCL, NOS
    Plasmablastic lymphoma (PBL)
    t(1;14)(q21;q32) BCL9::IGH::t(1;22)(q21;q11) IGL::BCL9
    t(1;22)(p36;q11) IGL::PRDM16
    t(2;7)(p11;q21) IGK::CDK6::t(7;14)(q21;q32) IGH::CDK6::t(7;22)(q21;q11) IGL::CDK6::t(7;14)(q21;q11) TRA::CDK6
    t(8;14)(q24;q32) IGH::MYC::t(2;8)(p12;q24) IGK::MYC::t(8;22)(q24;q11) IGL::MYC
    t(2;12)(p12;p13) IGK::CCND2::t(12;14)(p13;q32) IGH::CCND2::t(12;22)(p13;q11) IGL::CCND2
    t(2;19)(p12;q13.3) IGK::BCL3::t(14;19)(q32;q13.3) IGH::BCL3::t(19;22)(q13.3;q11) BCL3::IGL
    t(14;22)(q32;q11) IGH::IGL
    t(3;14)(q27;q32) IGH::BCL6::t(2;3)(p12;q27) IGK::BCL6::t(3;22)(q27;q11) IGL::BCL6
    t(2;22)(p13;q11) REL::IGL
    t(2;22)(p16;q11) IGL::REL
    t(4;22)(p16;q11) IGL::FGFR3

    External links

    HGNC (Hugo)IGL   5853
    Entrez_Gene (NCBI)IGL    immunoglobulin lambda locus
    AliasesIGL@; IGLC6
    GeneCards (Weizmann)IGL
    Ensembl hg19 (Hinxton) [Gene_View]
    Ensembl hg38 (Hinxton) [Gene_View]   [Sequence]  - [Contig_View]  IGL [Vega]
    TCGA cBioPortalIGL
    AceView (NCBI)IGL
    Genatlas (Paris)IGL
    SOURCE (Princeton)IGL
    Genetics Home Reference (NIH)IGL
    Genomic and cartography
    GoldenPath hg38 (UCSC)IGL  -  
    GoldenPath hg19 (UCSC)IGL  -  
    GoldenPathIGL - [CytoView hg19]  IGL - [CytoView hg38]
    Genome Data Viewer NCBIIGL [Mapview hg19]  
    Gene and transcription
    Genbank (Entrez)-
    RefSeq transcript (Entrez)
    Consensus coding sequences : CCDS (NCBI)IGL
    Gene ExpressionIGL [ NCBI-GEO ]   IGL [ EBI - ARRAY_EXPRESS ]   IGL [ SEEK ]   IGL [ MEM ]
    Gene Expression Viewer (FireBrowse)IGL [ Firebrowse - Broad ]
    GenevisibleExpression of IGL in : [tissues]  [cell-lines]  [cancer]  [perturbations]  
    BioGPS (Tissue expression)3535
    GTEX Portal (Tissue expression)IGL
    Protein : pattern, domain, 3D structure
    Domain families : Pfam (Sanger)
    Domain families : Pfam (NCBI)
    Conserved Domain (NCBI)IGL
    Protein Interaction databases
    Ontologies - Pathways
    PubMed38 Pubmed reference(s) in Entrez
    GeneRIFsGene References Into Functions (Entrez)
    REVIEW articlesautomatic search in PubMed
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