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BCL2 t(14;18) Gene Rearrangement by PCR

Test Code


Test Synonyms

JH gene rearrangement


B-cell lymphoma, Follicular lymphoma, Diffuse large cell lymphoma, Mantle lymphoma, MALT lymphoma


Polymerase chain reaction (PCR), Capillary gel electrophoresis

Turnaround Time

3-5 days

Specimen Requirements
    • 5.0 mL (min. 3.0 mL) whole blood EDTA or Sodium Heparin
    • 3.0 mL (min. 1.0 mL) bone marrow EDTA or Sodium Heparin
    • 5 mm^3 bone marrow core biopsy, fresh or frozen tissue in MPLN RPMI
    • 3.0 mL (min. 2.0 mL) FNA in MPLN RPMI medium
    • Formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissue
    Specimen Stability
    EDTA whole blood or bone marrow stable at 18-25°C for 72 hours
    Bone marrow biopsy, fresh tissue or FNA in MPLN RPMI at stable at 2-8°C for 72 hours
    Frozen tissue at -20°C stable indefinitely
    Paraffin-embedded tissue at 18-25°C stable indefinitely
    Storage & Handling

    Whole blood, bone marrow, bone marrow biopsy, fresh tissue or FNA, ship in a Styrofoam container with a cool/refrigerated pack (Do not allow the cool pack to directly contact the sample.)
    Frozen tissue, ship on dry ice
    Paraffin embedded tissue ship ambient

    Causes for Rejection

    Insufficient volume; Specimen at incorrect temperature; Incorrect anticoagulant or fixative

    Reference Range

    BCL-2 gene rearrangement not detected


    Complementary molecular testing strategy (in combination with flow cytometry and FISH) for the detection of the t(14;18) in follicular center lymphoma (FCCL) and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and for the differentiation of FCCL/DLBCL from other B-cell lymphomas with similar morphology. The translocation is found present in ~70% of follicular lymphomas and ~30% of diffuse large B-cell lymphomas. While FISH, with almost 100% clinical sensitivity, is the preferred confirmatory test for the detection of the t(14;18), PCR can be used for minimal residual disease monitoring.

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    2. Van Dongen JJM et al. (2003). Design and standardization of PCR primers and protocols for detection and clonal immunoglobulin and T-cell receptor gene recombinations in suspect lymphoproliferations: Report of the BIOMED-2 Concerned Action BMH4-CT98-3936. Leukemia. 17:2257-2317.