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Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins | Cancer Biology | Genetic Phenomena | Genomics | Hemic and Lymphatic Diseases | Neoplasms | Pathology


B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (B-NHL) encompasses multiple clinically and phenotypically distinct subtypes of malignancy with unique molecular etiologies. Common subtypes of B-NHL such as diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) have been comprehensively interrogated at the genomic level, but other less common subtypes such as mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) remain sparsely characterized. Furthermore, multiple B-NHL subtypes have thus far not been comprehensively compared to identify conserved or subtype-specific patterns of genomic alterations. Here, we employed a large targeted hybrid-capture sequencing approach encompassing 380 genes to interrogate the genomic landscapes of 755 B-NHL tumors at high depth; primarily including DLBCL, MCL, follicular lymphoma (FL), and Burkitt lymphoma (BL). We identified conserved hallmarks of B-NHL that were deregulated across major subtypes, such as the frequent genetic deregulation of the ubiquitin proteasome system (UPS). In addition, we identified subtype-specific patterns of genetic alterations, including clusters of co-occurring mutations that are pathognomonic. The cumulative burden of mutations within a single cluster were more significantly discriminatory of B-NHL subtypes than individual mutations, implicating likely patterns of genetic epistasis that contribute to disease etiology. We therefore provide a framework of co-occurring mutations that deregulate genetic hallmarks and likely cooperate in lymphomagenesis of B-NHL subtypes.


B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma, genetic alterations, pathology, ubiquitin proteasome system, lymphomagenesis, B-NHL

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