This gene is on chromosome 1. Wild-type bcl-10 is a proapoptotic tumour suppressor gene: truncation of the gene leads to its becoming oncogenic3.

The gene product may be detected in paraffin sections using a commercially available antibody, but this antibody is difficult to use1.

Immunohistochemical expression

In normal marginal zone cells, bcl-10 is localised in the cytoplasm2.

There is overexpression of bcl-10 in MALT lymphomas, which appears to occur by several different mechanisms, suggesting that overexpression of bcl-10 is integral to the development of a MALT lymphoma3:

Diagnostic utility



1 Professro Isaacson, verbal communication, 7.6.02.

2 Li, C., H. Inagaki, et al. (2003). "Primary cutaneous marginal zone B-cell lymphoma: a molecular and clinicopathologic study of 24 asian cases." Am J Surg Pathol 27(8): 1061-9.

3 Liu H, Ye H, Dogan A, et al. T(11;18)(q21;q21) is associated with advanced mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma that expresses nuclear BCL10. Blood 2001; 98:1182-7 FULL TEXT


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