The clinical implications of deletions within chromosome 14q32 in CLL pathogenesis remain unclear. We examined the frequency of 14q32 deletions among CLL cases by karyotype and FISH, categorized the variation using genomic microarray, and assessed the prognostic impact by time-to-first-treatment (TTFT) analysis. A 14q32 abnormality was detected in 35 % (245/698) of cases, with the majority containing a 5′ partial telomeric 14q32 deletion. These deletions within the IGH variable region (35/40) ranged from 236 kb to 1.4 Mb involving FAM30A, ADAM6, LINC00226, and LINC00221. The 214 kb minimum deleted region implicated in CLL pathogenesis encompassed LINC00221. Cases with a 14q32 deletion had a shorter median TTFT compared to cases with a sole deletion/nullisomy 13q, a good prognostic indicator, and longer than cases with a sole deletion of 11q or 17p, conferring an unfavorable prognosis. This investigation underscores the importance of comprehensive testing to apprehend the implications of 14q32 deletions in CLL.
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