Background: Contradictory results have been reported in terms of detecting bcr/abl transcripts in patients with essential thrombocythemia. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the bcr/abl transcript could be found in patients with essential thrombocythemia (ET). Methods: The bcr/abl transcript was amplified by the RT-nested PCR method using RNA extract from leukocytes taken from 14 essential thrombocythemia patients. The amplified DNAs were electrophoresed in 1% agarose and visualized with ethidium bromide. The DNA bands associated with the bcr/abl transcript were then extracted and followed by DNA sequence analysis. Results: Major bcr/abl transcripts of the b3a2 type and minor ones of the e1a2 type were found in one and two ET patients, respectively. The incidence of bcr/abl transcripts was 21.4% (three of 14 patients). Conclusion: Our experiments confirmed that bcr/abl transcripts are present in some patients with essential thrombocythemia.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Cancer Research