Alpha heavy chain disease

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dc.contributor.author Bianchi, Giada -
dc.contributor.author Anderson, Kenneth C -
dc.date.accessioned 2018-07-11T14:20:05Z
dc.date.available 2018-07-11T14:20:05Z
dc.date.issued 2017 -
dc.identifier.citation Giada, Bianchi ; Kenneth C, Anderson. Alpha heavy chain disease. Atlas of Genetics and Cytogenetics in Oncology and Haematology, 2017, 3, p. 118-122 -
dc.identifier.issn 1768-3262 -
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2042/68178
dc.description.abstract lpha heavy chain disease (HCD) is the most prevalent form of heavy chain diseases, a rare family of syndromes associated with or representing a B cell malignancy variant. The hallmark characteristic and the pathogenic mechanism of HCD is the synthesis of a mutant, misfolded immunoglobulin heavy chain (IgH) which cannot form a quaternary conformation with the immunoglobulin light chain (IgL) and/or be degraded by the proteasome. The isotype of mutated IgH (α,γ or μ) determines the nomenclature of HCD subtypes. More than 400 cases of alpha HCD have been reported in the literature. The distinct epidemiology of the disease, affecting low socio-economical status individuals in the Mediterranean, North Africa, and Middle East, suggests an environmental etiologic agent. It typically affects individuals in their second and third decade of life, with a slight male predominance. Alpha HCD typically involves the small intestine (predominantly duodenum and jejunum), and presents as a malabsorption syndrome with symptoms and signs related to the severity and duration of involvement. A lymphomatous variant with predominant involvement of lymph nodes, spleen, and liver; as well as a respiratory variant with diffuse pulmonary infiltrates and restrictive pattern of respiratory function, have been reported. Diagnosis is based on laboratory findings and histologic analysis of involved organs. Based on the probable infectious pathogenesis, emphasis is on primary prevention via improvement of sanitary conditions and hygiene. Left untreated, alpha HCD locally progresses and eventually spreads systemically. A prolonged trial (> 6 months) of antimicrobial therapy is the first therapeutic approach even in the absence of a documented pathogen, followed by abdominal radiation and/or doxorubicin-based combination chemotherapy regimens plus minus surgical debulking. The five year overall survival rate after combination chemotherapy is 67%. Autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation should be considered in patients with relapsed/refractory disease. en
dc.language.iso en -
dc.publisher ARMGHM - Atlas Génétique des Cancers -
dc.relation Atlas of Genetics and Cytogenetics in Oncology and Haematology ; http://AtlasGeneticsOncology.org/Anomalies/AlphaHeavyChainID2029.html -
dc.relation.ispartofseries Atlas of Genetics and Cytogenetics in Oncology and Haematology en
dc.rights Open access resource - terms and conditions : http://irevues.inist.fr/utilisation -
dc.subject alpha heavy chain disease en
dc.subject B cell malignancy en
dc.subject IPSID en
dc.subject immunoglobulin heavy chain en
dc.subject.classification Leukaemia Section en
dc.subject.mesh Heavy Chain Disease/diagnosis/immunology/*pathology/therapy en
dc.subject.mesh Humans en
dc.subject.mesh Immunophenotyping en
dc.subject.mesh Prognosis en
dc.subject.mesh Arthritis, Rheumatoid/*complications en
dc.subject.mesh Blood Protein Electrophoresis en
dc.subject.mesh Bone Marrow/*pathology en
dc.subject.mesh Diagnosis, Differential en
dc.subject.mesh Heavy Chain Disease/complications/*diagnosis en
dc.subject.mesh Humans en
dc.subject.mesh Immunoglobulin G/blood/urine en
dc.title Alpha heavy chain disease en
dc.type Article -
dc.contributor.affiliation LeBow Institute for Myeloma Therapeutics and Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center, Department of Medical Oncology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 02115 -
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.4267/2042/68178


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