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Chromosomes and Transformation of Lymphocytes in Lymphoproliferative Disorders

Br Med J 1968; 4 doi: (Published 26 October 1968) Cite this as: Br Med J 1968;4:213

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  1. Sylvia D. Lawler,
  2. C. R. Pentycross,
  3. B. R. Reeves


    In chronic lymphocytic leukaemia the majority of circulating lymphocytes which responded to phytohaemagglutinin in vitro were found to have normal karyotypes. A minor population of cells in patients treated with chemotherapy had an increased number of chromosomal rearrangements as compared with cells from normal controls and untreated patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. Probably bonemarrow and lymph-node cells also had a normal karyotype.

    In the other lymphoproliferative disorders the peripheral blood lymphocytes had either normal karyotypes or chromosomal abnormalities attributable to treatment, even in those cases where the tumour cells of involved lymph nodes were known to have abnormal karyotypes.

    It was possible that circulating tumour cells were present in one case.