The TCL1 (T-cell leukemia/lymphoma1) oncogene is a coactivator of the AKT oncoprotein, an essential molecule in the transduction of antiapoptotic signals in T and B cells. Eμ-TCL transgenic mice with B cells with high TCL1 expression develop the aggressive phenotype of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Studies in human CLL have found that expression of TCL1 correlates with high expression of ZAP-70 and use of unmutated IgVH genes. The expression of TCL1 may be regulated in part by microRNA, miR-29 and miR-181, which map to chromosome 11(11q). Because aberrations at 11q have been associated with poor prognosis in CLL, we interrogated the relationship between deletions at 11q and expression of TCL1 and ZAP-70. We used a direct immunophenotyping method to investigate the relative co-expression levels of TCL1 and ZAP-70 within CLL cells and examined the relationship between such levels and the proportion of leukemia cells within the CLL population bearing 11q deletions, as detected by FISH analysis. Direct staining of intracellular TCL1 protein was performed by using the monoclonal anti-TCL1 antibody (clone 1–21) labeled with Alexa647 in combination with the established ZAP-70 protocol (
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