PMID: 7992836Dec 1, 1994Paper

Fluorescent in situ hybridization in routinely processed bone marrow aspirate clot and core biopsy sections

The American Journal of Pathology
R N MirandaL J Medeiros


Fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) is a technique which complements conventional cytogenetic banding analysis by allowing the evaluation of cells in interphase as well as metaphase. This technique has been used to study air-dried peripheral blood and bone marrow aspirate smears. We have applied the FISH technique to study routinely processed sections of bone marrow aspirate clot and decalcified core biopsy specimens, fixed in either formalin or B5 and embedded in paraffin. We evaluated 28 specimens (8 aspirate clot and 20 core biopsy sections) for chromosome 8 copy number, studied previously by conventional cytogenetics, and found the following distribution: 15 with disomy, 11 with trisomy, and 2 with tetrasomy. Using a chromosome 8 alpha-satellite probe, we detected fluorescent hybridization signals in 18 of 28 specimens (64%); 6 of 8 (75%) aspirate clot sections, and 12 of 20 (60%) core biopsy sections. Ten of 13 (77%) B5-fixed and 8 of 15 (53%) formalin-fixed specimens had hybridizing signals. Specimen age was a significant factor; 10 of 11 (91%) specimens processed within the last 6 months showed signals, in contrast with 8 of 17 (47%) specimens older than 6 months. In the positive specimens, 200 cells were analyzed i...Continue Reading

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