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Persistence of immunoglobulin heavy chain/c-myc recombination-positive lymphocyte clones in the blood of human immunodeficiency virus-infected homosexual men. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 1995 Jul 03;92(14):6577-81



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2-s2.0-0029056826   65 Citations


We studied blood lymphocytes of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-seropositive and -negative homosexual men for the presence of T(8;14) translocations that recombine c-myc and immunoglobulin heavy-chain (IgH) mu/IgH alpha switch regions. Clones with T(8;14) translocations were detected in 10.5% (12/114) of the HIV-positive and in 2.0% of the 99 uninfected patients. The majority of recombinations were found at a single time point only. Four patients, however, harbored multiple (up to four) and persistent (up to 9 years) translocation-positive cell clones. No correlation between the presence of these aberrant lymphocytes and a later lymphoma could be established. The exon 1/intron 1 region of the recombined c-myc was investigated for the presence of point mutations and these were found in the nonpersistent clones. Additional alterations detected in these clones included duplications and a deletion in the c-myc gene. The pattern of base substitution indicates that they were introduced after the translocation event.

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Müller JR, Janz S, Goedert JJ, Potter M, Rabkin CS


Siegfried Janz MD Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin

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Base Sequence
Chromosome Mapping
Chromosomes, Human, Pair 14
Chromosomes, Human, Pair 8
Clone Cells
Cohort Studies
DNA Primers
Genes, myc
HIV Seronegativity
HIV Seropositivity
Homosexuality, Male
Immunoglobulin Heavy Chains
Molecular Sequence Data
Polymerase Chain Reaction
Recombination, Genetic
Restriction Mapping
Translocation, Genetic