The BCL-2 promoter (-938C > A) polymorphism does not predict clinical outcome in chronic lymphocytic leukemia

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The (-938C > A) polymorphism in the promoter region of the BCL-2 gene was recently associated with inferior time to treatment and overall survival in B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients displaying the-938A/A genotype and may thus serve as an unfavorable genetic marker in CLL. Furthermore, the-938A/A genotype was associated with increased expression of Bcl-2. To investigate this further, we analyzed the-938 genotypes of the BCL-2 gene in 268 CLL patients and correlated data with treatment status, overall survival and known prognostic factors, for example, Binet stage, immunoglobulin heavy-chain variable (IGHV) mutational status and CD38 expression. In contrast to the recent report, the current cohort of CLL patients showed no differences either in time to treatment or overall survival in relation to usage of a particular genotype. In addition, no correlation was evident between the (-938C > A) genotypes and IGHV mutational status, Binet stage or CD38. Furthermore, the polymorphism did not appear to affect the Bcl-2 expression at the RNA level. Taken together, our data do not support the use of the (-938C > A) BCL-2 polymorphism as a prognostic marker in CLL and argue against its postulated role in modulating Bcl-2 levels.


  • M. A. Kaderi
  • M. Norberg
  • F. Murray
  • M. Merup
  • C. Sundstrom
  • G. Roos
  • A. Aleskog
  • Karin Karlsson
  • T. Axelsson
  • G. Tobin
  • R. Rosenquist
Research areas and keywords

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  • Cancer and Oncology


  • immunoglobulin heavy-chain variable gene mutation status, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, BCL-2 promoter polymorphism, prognosis, CD38, Binet stage
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-343
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Hematology/Transplantation (013022014)