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Product summary

  • Technology FISH
  • Application Solid tumour
  • Areas of interest Lymphoma
  • Region 8q24.21
  • Label    
  • Product Code LPS 027 (10 tests)
    LPS 027-S (5 tests)
  • Regulatory Status In vitro diagnostic. This product is intended to be used on Carnoy’s solution (3:1 methanol/acetic acid) fixed haematological samples, or formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissues. Disease information supported by the literature and is not a reflection of the intended purpose of this product.



Probe specification

  • MYC, 8q24.21, Red
  • MYC, 8q24.21, Green

This probe set consists of two red probes that are centromeric to the MYC gene and cover the marker D8S1153 and three green probes that are telomeric to the MYC gene and cover the markers D8S1207 and D8S1732.


Probe information

Translocations involving the MYC (cMYC) oncogene (Avian Myelocytomatosis Viral Oncogene Homologue) are a molecular feature of Burkitt lymphoma and occur in almost every case. These rearrangements can also be found in 5 to 10% of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL)1.

The majority of rearrangements result in the juxtaposition of MYC to IGH, IGL or IGK in the t(8;14), t(8;22) or t(2;8) respectively. In each case, this results in dysregulation of MYC (as a result of being close to the constitutively active immunoglobulin locus), increased transcription and neoplastic growth2. The breakpoints involved are widely scattered throughout the gene but the t(8;14) translocation always spares the protein coding exons which become attached to the derived 14. In the t(2;8) and t(8;22), MYC remains on chromosome 8 and the immunoglobulin locus joins it, resulting in close positioning of the MYC and immunoglobulin loci. Rare cases of translocations not involving immunoglobulin partners have also been reported3.

Patients with MYC rearrangements, in isolation of a confirmed diagnosis of Burkitt lymphoma, were originally thought to have poor prognoses but they do respond well to intensive chemotherapy affording them an increased survival rate. This shows that cytogenetic confirmation of the rearrangement is necessary to manage the patient effectively4.

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  1. Savage et al., Blood. 2009 Oct 22;114(17):3533-7
  2. Robertson. Nature. 1983 Apr 7;302(5908):474-5
  3. Seo et al., Ann Lab Med. 2012 Jul;32(4):289-93
  4. Hoelzer et al., Blood. 1996 Jan 15;87(2):495-508

FFPE tissue preparation and FISH protocol

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Heat pretreatment

1. Heat Pretreatment Dark Blue
  • Heat 50ml Tissue Pretreatment Solution (Reagent 1) in a porcelain wash jar or coplin jar immersed in a waterbath until it is either boiling or 98 - 100°C.
  • Boil slides for 30 minutes (Note: different incubation times may be required depending on tissue fixation. A 30-minute incubation is a recommended starting point).
  • Wash in PBS or dH2O at room temperature (RT) for 2 x 3 minutes.
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Solid tumour FFPE FISH protocol

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