Molecular diagnosis of Burkitt's lymphoma.
BACKGROUND: The distinction between Burkitt's lymphoma and diffuse large-B-cell lymphoma is crucial because these two types of lymphoma require different treatments. We examined whether gene-expression profiling could reliably distinguish Burkitt's lymphoma from diffuse large-B-cell lymphoma. METHODS: Tumor-biopsy specimens from 303 patients with aggressive lymphomas were profiled for gene expression and were also classified according to morphology, immunohistochemistry, and detection of the t(8;14) c-myc translocation. RESULTS: A classifier based on gene expression correctly identified all 25 pathologically verified cases of classic Burkitt's lymphoma. Burkitt's lymphoma was readily distinguished from diffuse large-B-cell lymphoma by the high level of expression of c-myc target genes, the expression of a subgroup of germinal-center B-cell genes, and the low level of expression of major-histocompatibility-complex class I genes and nuclear factor-kappaB target genes. Eight specimens with a pathological diagnosis of diffuse large-B-cell lymphoma had the typical gene-expression profile of Burkitt's lymphoma, suggesting they represent cases of Burkitt's lymphoma that are difficult to diagnose by current methods. Among 28 of the patients with a molecular diagnosis of Burkitt's lymphoma, the overall survival was superior among those who had received intensive chemotherapy regimens instead of lower-dose regimens. CONCLUSIONS: Gene-expression profiling is an accurate, quantitative method for distinguishing Burkitt's lymphoma from diffuse large-B-cell lymphoma.
Dave, SS; Fu, K; Wright, GW; Lam, LT; Kluin, P; Boerma, E-J; Greiner, TC; Weisenburger, DD; Rosenwald, A; Ott, G; Müller-Hermelink, H-K; Gascoyne, RD; Delabie, J; Rimsza, LM; Braziel, RM; Grogan, TM; Campo, E; Jaffe, ES; Dave, BJ; Sanger, W; Bast, M; Vose, JM; Armitage, JO; Connors, JM; Smeland, EB; Kvaloy, S; Holte, H; Fisher, RI; Miller, TP; Montserrat, E; Wilson, WH; Bahl, M; Zhao, H; Yang, L; Powell, J; Simon, R; Chan, WC; Staudt, LM; Lymphoma/Leukemia Molecular Profiling Project,
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