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IGH Plus Breakapart

Catalogue Numbers
LPH 070-S (5 tests)
LPH 070 (10 tests)

Probe Specification

  • IGHC, 14q32.33, Red
  • IGHV, 14q32.33, Green

The IGH Plus product consists of a 393kb probe, labelled in red, proximal to the Constant region and a green probe covering a 617kb region within the Variable segment of the IGH region.

Probe Information

In Burkitt’s Lymphoma, IGH is most notably involved in rearrangements involving the MYC oncogene as a result of the t(8;14)(q24.21;q32.33) translocation1. However, other rearrangements of the IGH gene are also seen in a number of different malignancies, including T-ALL, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL) and Acute Lymphpblastic Leukaemia (ALL).

There are a number of stereotypical translocations involved in each of the diseases and more are being described regularly. In T-ALL for example, IGH is observed in the t(14;14)(q11;q32) translocation (or inv(14)(q11q32) rearrangement)2 that is found in T-cell leukaemia associated with ataxia-telangiectasia (AT). However, rare reports have indicated that this abnormality also occurs in B-ALL. The recurrent t(14;19)(q32;q13) translocation associated with chronic B-cell lymphoproliferative disorders, such as atypical CLL, has also been shown to occur in B-ALL and results in the juxtaposition of the IGH and BCL3 genes and subsequent over expression of BCL33. More recently, a report suggested the involvement of IGH in a novel cryptic translocation in paediatric T-ALL, which also involved TLX3 (HOX11L2) or NKX2-5 (CSX) on 5q35 brought about by a t(5;14)(q35;q32) translocation4.

IGH is involved in a large number of different rearrangements with fusion partners on almost every other chromosome. Many of these rearrangements have been reported in only one or a few cases but some are more common, such as IGH/BCL2, caused by the t(14;18) translocation5, and IGH/CCND1, a result of the t(11;14) translocation6.

All these rearrangements do, however, have breakpoints within the IGH gene. We have designed a split probe set for IGH, which allows the detection of rearrangements, regardless of the partner gene involved.

I first came across Cytocell FISH probes in a previous lab I worked in and I was struck by the quality of the products. Since this time, I have been recommending and introducing Cytocell probes across all application areas — now they are the primary FISH probes used in our lab. They have an excellent range of products and their ready-to-use reagent format saves considerable time. As a matter of fact, at a recent conference there was a discussion about the lack of commercial probes for a particular disorder and I was happy to point the participants in the direction of the Cytocell catalogue, which contains the exact probes required. Elizabeth Benner, Medical Technologist at the University of Arizona Health Network 


1. Hoffman, Ronald (2009). Hematology : basic principles and practice (5th ed. ed.). Philadelphia, PA: ChurchillLivingstone/Elsevier. pp. 1304–1305

2. Liu et al., Cancer Genet Cytogenet 2004;152:141-5

3. Robinson et al., Genes Chromosomes Cancer 2004;39(1):88-92

4. van Zutven et al., Haematologica 2004;89(6):671-8

5. Huret JL . t(14;18)(q32;q21) (IgH/BCL2); t(2;18)(p11;q21); t(18;22)(q21;q11). Atlas Genet Cytogenet OncolHaematol. May 1998

6. Huret JL . t(11;14)(q13;q32). Atlas Genet Cytogenet Oncol Haematol. May 1998

Microscope Images

IGH Plus Breakapart mangnified
Area of Interest*
ALL, CLL, Lymphoma, MM


This product is intended to be used on Carnoy’s solution (3:1 methanol/acetic acid) fixed haematological samples.

*Disease information supported by the literature and is not a reflection of the intended purpose of this product.