Characterization of DLBCL with a PMBL gene expression signature
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Primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma (PMBL) is a type of aggressive B-cell lymphoma that typicallyaffects young adults, characterized by presence of a bulky anterior mediastinal mass. Lymphomas withgene expression features of PMBL have been described in non-mediastinal sites, raising questions abouthow these tumors should be classified.Here, we investigated whether these "non-mediastinal PMBLs" are indeed PMBLs or instead represent adistinct group within DLBCL. From a cohort of 325 de novo DLBCL cases, we identified tumors frompatients without evidence of anterior mediastinal involvement that expressed a PMBL expression signature(nm-PMBLsig-pos, n=16, 5%). The majority of these tumors expressed MAL and CD23 – proteins typicallyobserved in bona fide PMBL (bf-PMBL). Evaluation of clinical features of nm-PMBLsig-pos cases revealedclose associations with DLBCL, and the majority displayed a germinal center B-cell-like cell-of-origin(GCB). In contrast to bf-PMBL, nm-PMBLsig-pos patients presented at an older age, did not show pleuraldisease, and bone/bone marrow involvement was ... (Show More)
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Tumor exomes for 15 DLBCL samples with PMBL GE signature, with 6 matching normal exomes and 1 pooled normal exome.