Cancer Institute A national cancer institute
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Michael Link

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  • COMMON MECHANISM OF CHROMOSOME INVERSION IN B-CELL AND T-CELL TUMORS - RELEVANCE TO LYMPHOID DEVELOPMENT SCIENCE Denny, C. T., Hollis, G. F., Hecht, F., Morgan, R., Link, M. P., Smith, S. D., Kirsch, I. R. 1986; 234 (4773): 197-200


    An inversion of chromosome 14 present in the tumor cells of a patient with childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia of B-cell lineage was shown to be the result of a site-specific recombination event between an immunoglobulin heavy-chain variable gene and the joining segment of a T-cell receptor alpha chain. This rearrangement resulted in the formation of a hybrid gene, part immunoglobulin and part T-cell receptor. Furthermore, this hybrid gene was transcribed into messenger RNA with a completely open reading frame. Thus, two loci felt to be normally activated at distinct and disparate points in lymphocyte development were unified and expressed in this tumor.

    View details for Web of Science ID A1986E225800030

    View details for PubMedID 3092355

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