Dr. Lynne V. Abruzzo
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Department of Hematopathology
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
- Gene expression profiling
- Cancer cytogenetics
The primary focus of my laboratory is to identify genes that contribute to the pathogenesis of CLL, and that may serve as markers of prognosis and therapeutic targets. For example, we have discovered recently that high levels of expression of the mRNA for Activation-Induced Cytidine Deaminase, a protein that is required for somatic mutation of the immunoglobulin variable region genes and class switch recombination, may be an important predictor of prognosis. In collaboration with Dr. Kevin Coombes and other investigators in the Section of Bioinformatics, Department of Biostatistics and Applied Mathematics, we have developed novel statistical techniques to analyze the data obtained from high-density gene expression profiling microarray experiments. We are applying these techniques to subclassify B-CLL into molecular subtypes based on patterns of gene expression.
Depending on a student's interest, a tutorial in my laboratory would provide experience with high density microarray technology for gene expression profiling, quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction assays, basic cloning techniques, and molecular cytogenetics techniques. In addition, students with interests in hematopathology and bioinformatics could perform a joint tutorial in my laboratory and the Section of Bioinformatics.
Coombes KR, Highsmith WE, Krogmann TA, Baggerly KR, Stivers DN, Abruzzo LV (2002) Identifying and quantifying sources of variation in microarray data using high-density cDNA membrane arrays. J Computational Biology. 9 (4), 655-669.
Abruzzo LV, Rosales CM, Medeiros LJ, Vega F, Luthra R, Manning JT, Keating MJ, Jones D (2002) Epstein-Barr virus-positive B-cell lymphoproliferative disorders arising in patients previously treated with fludarabine for low-grade B-cell lymphomas. Am J Surgical Pathology. 26 (5), 630-636.
McCarthy H, Wierda WG, Barron LL, Cromwell CC, Wang J, Coombes KR, Rangel R, Elenitoba-Johnson KSJ, Keating MJ, Abruzzo LV (2003) High expression of activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) and splice variants is a distinctive feature of poor prognosis chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Blood. 101 (12), 4903-4908.
Wang J, Coombes KR, Highsmith WE, Keating MJ, Abruzzo LV (in press) Differences in gene expression between B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia and normal B cells: a meta-analysis of three microarray studies, Bioinformatics.
Office: MDA R4.1456N (Unit 72)
Title: Associate Professor
Ph.D. - University of Chicago - 1984
M.D. - University of Chicago - 1986