Background: Recurrent genomic changes in B-lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) identified by genome-wide single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) microarray analysis provide important prognostic information, but gene copy number analysis of its rare lymphoma counterpart, B-lymphoblastic lymphoma (B-LBL), is limited by the low incidence and lack of fresh tissue for genomic testing. Procedure: We used molecular inversion probe (MIP) technology to analyze and compare copy number alterations (CNAs) in archival formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded pediatric B-LBL (n = 23) and B-ALL (n = 55). Results: Similar to B-ALL, CDKN2A/B deletions were the most common alteration identified in 6/23 (26%) B-LBL cases. Eleven of 23 (48%) B-LBL patients were hyperdiploid, but none showed triple trisomies (chromosomes 4, 10, and 17) characteristic of B-ALL. IKZF1 and PAX5 deletions were observed in 13 and 17% of B-LBL, respectively, which was similar to the reported frequency in B-ALL. Immunoglobulin light chain lambda (IGL) locus deletions consistent with normal light chain rearrangement were observed in 5/23 (22%) B-LBL cases, compared with only 1% in B-ALL samples. None of the B-LBL cases showed abnormal, isolated VPREB1 deletion adjacent to IGL locus, which we identified in 25% of B-ALL. Conclusions: Our study demonstrates that the copy number profile of B-LBL is distinct from B-ALL, suggesting possible differences in pathogenesis between these closely related diseases.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health