Undifferentiated leukemia of infancy with t(11:17) chromosomal rearrangement coexpressing myeloid and B cell restricted antigens

Tehila Umiel*, Lee M. Nadler, Ian J. Cohen, Herb Levine, Batia Stark, Zipora Mammon, Mier Dzaldetti, Gideon Rechavi, Frida Simoni, Nurit Katzir, Bracha Ramot, Rina Zaizov

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It has been suggested that the malignant transformation, in some of the acute leukemias, may involve totipotent stem cells resulting in a biphenotypic leukemia expressing both myeloid, and lymphoid characteristics. We describe here a hybrid cell acute leukemia, in a 16‐day‐old infant, in whom leukemic cells coexpressed myeloid and lymphoid B cell antigens. Blast cells in the bone marrow showed L2 morphology according to the French American British (FAB) classification, with positive periodic‐acid Schiff, and nonspecific esterase staining. Sudan black, and specific esterase were negative. Terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase, was strongly positive in 5% of blasts, and faintly reactive with the rest. Karyotypic analysis demonstrated a translocation of t(11:17);(q23;p13). Immunoglobulin gene analysis revealed rearrangement of the heavy chain genes. The blasts' phenotype was HLA/DR+ B4+ My7+ My9+ common acute lymphoblastic leukemia antigen (CALLA) B1‐ T11‐. Dual immunofluorescence staining using anti My7, and My9 fluorescein isothiocyanate, and anti B4 pycoerythrin conjugated monoclonal antibodies, and flow cytofluorometry, revealed a labeling pattern of 25% B4+; 10% to 15% My7+; 17% My9+; and 50% of cells coexpressing B4 My7, and My9 antigens. These results provide evidence for a hybrid leukemia with lymphomyeloblasts being part of a single clone, which may indicate the origin of this leukemic clone from a pluripotent (lymphoid/myeloid) stem cell. Cancer 59:1143‐1149, 1987.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1143-1149
Number of pages7
Issue number6
StatePublished - 15 Mar 1987
Externally publishedYes


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