Translocation t(11;14)(q25;q11) associated with T-cell receptor alpha/delta gene rearrangement and ATM gene deletion in a patient with B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.

Adriana Zamecnikova  

Kuwait Cancer Control Center, Department of Hematology, Laboratory of Cancer Genetics, Kuwait

Previous history

Malignant disease
Inborn condition
Main items

Clinics case report

40 yrs
Lymph nodes
Cns involv

Blood data

Bone marrow
75% mature appearing lymphocytes; non-diffuse histopathological pattern.

Cyto path

FAB) B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia
CD5, CD19, CD20, CD22, CD25, CD110, CD45, HLDR, CD38 positive, with kappa light chain and sIgM expression.
Rearranged ig tcr
Precise diagnosis
B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia

Survival data

Date diagnosis
Date last follow


t bone marrow
Culture time
46,XY [10]/46,XY,t(11;14)(q25;q11.2) [10]
Mol cytogenet technics
Fluoresce in situ hybridization with LSI 13q14/q34/CEP12, LSI p53/ATM, LSI MLL, LSI IGH/CCND1XT, LSI TRA/D (Abbott Molecular, Vysis,US) on interphase cells and hybridization with whole chromosome 14 probe (Metasystems, Germany) on metaphases.
Mol cytogenet results
Normal signal pattern for LSI 13q14/q34/CEP12, LSI p53, LSI MLL and LSI IGH/CCND1XT. Hybridization with LSI p53/ATM probes revealed normal signal pattern for p53 probe and in 90% of cells 1 signal for the ATM gene. Despite the B-cell lineage of leukemic cells, breakpoint at 14q11 led us to perform further FISH studies to confirm the involvement TRA/D gene in the translocation.
Indeed, hybridization with LSI TRA/D dual color break apart probe on interphase cells showed one normal fusion signal, one apparently smaller fusion signal and an additional green signal of TRA/D in 90% of cells. Subsequent FISH analyses on metaphases revealed that the 3 part of the TRA/D gene is relocated from 14q11.2 to chromosome 11 resulting in a split of TRA/D sequences (Figure 1B). Hybridization with whole chromosome 14 probe (red signal) confirmed the translocation of chromosome 14 sequences from der(14) to chromosome 11 (C). Further hybridization studies with LSI p53/ATM probe showed two normal red signals for p53 in 100 % of cells; however only one green signal of the ATM gene in 90% of cells, indicative of ATM deletion in 90% (Figure 1D).


Atlas Image
FIGURE 1 Karyotype of the patient showing the translocation t(11;14)(q25;q11.2) (A). Fluorescence in situ hybridization with LSI TRA/D dual color break apart probe revealing juxtaposition of telomeric TCR sequences to chromosome 11 (B). Hybridization with whole chromosome 14 probe (Metasystems, Germany) showing one normal chromosome 14 and translocation of chromosome 14 sequences (red signal) from der(14) to chromosome 11 (C). Hybridization with LSI p53/ATM probe showing two normal red signals for p53 as well as one green signal of the ATM gene, indicative of the deletion of ATM from cells (D).

Comments section

Chromosomal rearrangements with 14q11 breakpoints are infrequent in CLL (Table 1). While available data for TRA/D involvement gene in are CLL still scarce; it is likely that TRA/D might be involved in a proportion of already published cases displaying 14q11 rearrangements. Our case confirms, that FISH analyses are necessary when TRA/D rearrangement is suggested, including cases exhibiting B-lymphoid immunophenotype. We described such a case in a patient diagnosed as having B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia with TRA/D rearrangment in addition to deletion of the ATM gene. The association between TRA/D rearrangement and ATM gene deletion in our patient is further supported by previous studies demonstrating that ATM is required for normal rearrangement of TRA/D, while ATM deficiency predisposes humans and mice to recurrent chromosome 14 translocations involving TRA/D (Liyanage et al.,2000; Zha et al., 2010). In conclusion, while B-cell CLL with TRA/D rearrangement is an exceedingly rare entity, our findings show that TRA/D activation may not be restricted to T-cell malignancies. The occurrence of TRA/D gene rearrangement in the absence of ATM in our patient may represent a possible distinct mechanism of oncogene activation in ATM-deficient B- lineage cells.
 Sex/ AgeChromosome anomalies

TRA/D status

1.M46,XY,inv(14)(q11q13)/45,idem,-12/46,XY,add(10)(q26),del(17)(p12-13)  Not done 
2.F/6848,XX,+2,+12,dup(14)(q11q2?4)Not done 
3.F/78 44,X,-X,add(1)(p36),add(4)(p16),del(6)(p23),add(7)(q32),i(8)(q10),-9,t(11;14)(q11;q23), del(17)(p11),del(18)(q21)/43,X,-X,add(1),add(4),del(6),add(7),t(7;14)(p13;q11),-8,-9, t(11;14)(q11;q32),del(17),del(18) Not done 
4.M/5543-46,X,-Y,del(2)(p23),del(6)(q21),del(7)(q32),del(11)(q21),-12,+t(12;17) (p11;q11),t(14;14) (q11;q32),-17,-18Not done 
5.M/7546,XY,inv(14)(q11q32)/45,X,-Y Not done 
6.M/5746,XY,t(2;10)(q24;q24),inv(14)(q11q32)/46,XY,t(10;14)(q24;q11)Not done 
7.M45,X,-Y/47,XY,+Y/48,XY,+Y,+Y/46,XY,inv(14)(q11q32)Not done 
8.F46,XX,inv(14)(q11q32)Not done 
9.M47,XY,t(6;14)(p12;q11),+12 Not done 
10. M/5447,XY,+12,del(14)(q11q24)Not done 
11. F/4644,X,-X,add(3)(p23),inv(6)(p25q15),-13,t(14;19)(q11;p13) Not done 
12.  M/5946,XY,add(7)(p15),del(13)(q14)/46,XY,inv(14)(q11q32)Not done 
13.M/6946,XY,+8,add(9)(q11),-14,inv(14)(q11q32)/46,idem,add(13)(p11)/ 47,XY,+12Not done 
14.M/7646,XY,del(13)(q12q21)/46,idem,del(3)(q21),der(14)t(3;14)(q21;q11)  Not done 
15M/5446,XY,del(7)(q22q32),t(10;14)(q24;q11)Not done 
16.F46,XX,del(2)(q33q37)/46,XX,del(13)(q12),del(14)(q11q32),der(15)ins(15;13)(q13;q?q?), der(16)t(13;16)(q?;p11)  Not done 
17.M/5647,XY,+12,t(14;18)(q32;q21)/47,idem,t(8;14)(q24;q11)Not done 
18.F/8546,XX,t(8;14)(q24;q11),?inv(9)(p21q13),del(11)(q13q23),del(13)(q14q22) TRA/D+ 
21.M6247,XY,t(10;14)(q24;q11),+12  TRA/D+ 
22.M/6646,XY,t(8;14)(q24;q11),del(11)(q13q23)Not done 
23.M44,XY,-6,-8,der(12;13)(q10;q10)/43,idem,-17,i(17)(q10)/44,idem,der(19) t(14;19)(q11;p13)Not done 
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Adriana Zamecnikova

Translocation t(11;14)(q25;q11) associated with T-cell receptor alpha/delta gene rearrangement and ATM gene deletion in a patient with B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.

Atlas Genet Cytogenet Oncol Haematol. 2019-12-01

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