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      High-Grade Epstein-Barr Virus-Negative Biphenotypic Lymphoma with Expression of B- and T-Cell Markers and Leukemia Presentation: Case Report and Literature Review

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          Lymphomas are presently categorized according to their origin from B or T lymphocytes. The co-expression of CD3 in B-cell lymphomas or CD20 in T-cell lymphomas has been rarely reported. Immature and less often mature lymphomas may incorporate the rearrangements of both B- and T-cell antigen receptor genes (dual genotype or bigenotype). Lymphoma cells with a sole genotype hardly concurrently express both B- and T-cell markers (biphenotypic lymphomas). We describe a 63-year-old female who was presented with obstructive jaundice and epigastric pain of 10 days. Initial CBC revealed 43x10<sup>3</sup>/μL white blood cells, 11.2 g/dL hemoglobin, and 88x10<sup>3</sup>/μL platelets. CT abdomen revealed hepatomegaly and suspected pancreatic mass with large retroperitoneal lymph nodal mass. Peripheral smear showed 56% lymphoid cells with blast morphology. The bone marrow (BM) aspirate smear was infiltrated by 83% immature-looking cells. BM biopsy showed interstitial to diffuse extensive infiltration by primitive-looking cells, positive for pan-B-cell antigens CD20, CD79, and PAX5 as well as the T-cell antigen CD4, CD5, CD3, while negative for all immaturity markers (CD34, TdT, and CD1a). In situ hybridization for Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-encoded small RNA (EBER) was negative. Flow cytometry on BM aspirate showed an abnormal population (50%) expressing the B-cell antigens (CD19, CD20, CD79, CD22) and CD10, and showed lambda light chain restriction as well as the T-cell antigens cCD3 and CD4 with partial CD5. The analysis showed, also, another abnormal population of lambda restricted monotypic B cells (8%) with dimmer CD45 (blast gate) and showed the same immunophenotype (expressing the B-cell antigens), but negative for CD10, cCD3, CD5, and CD4. Conventional cytogenetic revealed complex karyotype. Molecular studies revealed rearrangements of the immunoglobulin heavy chain region consistent with a clonal B-cell population. TCR gene rearrangement analysis was equivocal concerning clonality but was not conclusive for clonal T-cell disease. Our final diagnosis was peripheral blood and BM involvement by EBV-negative high-grade lymphoid neoplasm (in leukemic phase with blast morphology) and an ambiguous immunophenotype with a differential diagnosis that may include the rare entity of bigenotypic lymphoma or an unusual case of high-grade B-cell lymphoma with aberrant expression of T-cell markers (biphenotypic lymphomas).

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              Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assessment of clonal immunoglobulin (Ig) and T-cell receptor (TCR) gene rearrangements is an important diagnostic tool in mature B-cell neoplasms. However, lack of standardized PCR protocols resulting in a high level of false negativity has hampered comparability of data in previous clonality studies. In order to address these problems, 22 European laboratories investigated the Ig/TCR rearrangement patterns as well as t(14;18) and t(11;14) translocations of 369 B-cell malignancies belonging to five WHO-defined entities using the standardized BIOMED-2 multiplex PCR tubes accompanied by international pathology panel review. B-cell clonality was detected by combined use of the IGH and IGK multiplex PCR assays in all 260 definitive cases of B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (n=56), mantle cell lymphoma (n=54), marginal zone lymphoma (n=41) and follicular lymphoma (n=109). Two of 109 cases of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma showed no detectable clonal marker. The use of these techniques to assign cell lineage should be treated with caution as additional clonal TCR gene rearrangements were frequently detected in all disease categories. Our study indicates that the BIOMED-2 multiplex PCR assays provide a powerful strategy for clonality assessment in B-cell malignancies resulting in high Ig clonality detection rates particularly when IGH and IGK strategies are combined.

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                Case Reports in Ophthalmology
                S. Karger AG
                September - December 2020
                30 September 2020
                : 13
                : 3
                : 1215-1226
                aDepartment of Lab Medicine and Pathology, Hematology Division, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar
                bDepartment of Clinical Pathology, Hematology Division, Faculty of Medicine, Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt
                cDepartment of Hematology-Oncology, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar
                dDepartment of Lab Medicine and Pathology, Molecular and Cytogenetic Division, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar
                eDepartment of Clinical Imaging, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar
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                *Samah Kohla, Department of Lab Medicine and Pathology, Hematology Section NCCCR, Hamad Medical Corporation Al-Rayaan Street, Doha 3050 (Qatar), skohla47@gmail.com
                510403 PMC7590753 Case Rep Oncol 2020;13:1215–1226
                © 2020 The Author(s). Published by S. Karger AG, Basel

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