A possible role for DNA mismatch repair defects and microsatellite instability (MSI) in the pathogenesis of a number of B-cell lymphoproliferative disorders has recently been debated. To gain further insight into the impact of MSI on B-CLL, we evaluated samples from a series of 982 patients using the mono-satellite markers BAT25 and BAT26, which are highly sensitive in demonstrating classical mismatch repair (MMR) deficiency. Only 1% of cases displayed MSI and this was not correlated with stage of disease or family history of B-CLL. A sub-polymorphic germline variant of BAT25 was identified in one familial case, which was also detected in the patient's affected brother. In conclusion, our study demonstrates that MSI does not have a prominent role in the pathogenesis of B-CLL.
- Chronic B-cell lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL)
- Microsatellite instability (MSI)
- Mismatch repair (MMR)
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research