Clinical Significance of Cytogenetic Studies in Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: Experience of the BFM Trials

  • J. Harbott
  • J. Ritterbach
  • W.-D. Ludwig
  • C. R. Bartram
  • A. Reiter
  • F. Lampert
Part of the Recent Results in Cancer Research book series (RECENTCANCER, volume 131)


During the past few years the number of cytogenetic analyses carried out on bone marrow and blood samples from children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) has gradually increased, and as the number of patients found to have chromosomal aberrations in their leukemic cells rose, the clinical importance of these abnormalities became clearer. There is no doubt about the specificity of several chromosomal changes, e.g., t(8;14) in B-cell malignancies (Kaneko et al. 1980; Berger et al. 1985) or the translocations involving the band 14qll (Williams et al. 1984; Harbott et al. 1986; Lampert et al. 1988), which can be helpful in leukemia diagnosis. The prognostic meaning of these typical aberrations, however, is not yet clear. Although most authors describe the chromosomal aberrations as an independent prognostic factor (Kaneko et al. 1981; Morse et al. 1983; Bloomfield et al. 1986; Williams et al. 1986; Yunis et al. 1986; Seeker-Walker 1990), it has become evident during the last few years that their prognostic importance may be overcome by appropriate therapy (Fletcher et al. 1989; Seeker- Walker 1990; Raimondi et al. 1990).


Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Structural Aberration Modal Chromosome Number Aberrant Karyotype 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Harbott
    • 1
  • J. Ritterbach
    • 1
  • W.-D. Ludwig
    • 2
  • C. R. Bartram
    • 3
  • A. Reiter
    • 4
  • F. Lampert
    • 1
  1. 1.Oncocytogenetic Laboratory, Children’s HospitalUniversity of GießenGießenFed. Rep. of Germany
  2. 2.Klinikum SteglitzFree University of BerlinBerlin 45Fed. Rep. of Germany
  3. 3.Section of Molecular Biology, Department of Pediatrics IIUniversity of UlmUlmFed. Rep. of Germany
  4. 4.Department of PediatricsHannover Medical SchoolHannoverFed. Rep. of Germany

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