Lab Med Online.  2011 Oct;1(4):195-201. 10.3343/lmo.2011.1.4.5.

Analysis of Immunoglobulin Gene Rearrangement: Comparison between BIOMED-2 Multiplex PCR and Conventional Nested PCR

  • 1Department of Pathology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Laboratory Medicine & Genetics, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Pathology, Dankook University Hospital, Dankook University School of Medicine, Cheonan, Korea.


Immunoglobulin (Ig) gene rearrangement analysis is a useful additional tool to detect clonality of B-lymphoproliferative disease and the method to detect immunoglobulin gene rearrangement is required the high sensitivity and specificity. BIOMED-2 multiplex PCR was designed for the evaluation of molecular clonality of lymphoid lesions. We evaluated the usefulness of the BIOMED-2 multiplex PCR by comparing it with conventional nested PCR.
Sixteen patients with malignant lymphoma and 5 with reactive lymph nodes were examined to assess the sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy between conventional nested PCR and BIOMED-2. All 3 tests performed using the BIOMED-2 kit for immunoglobulin (Ig) heavy chain (IGH) gene, Igkappa light chain (IGK) gene, and Iglambda light chain (IGL) gene, were used to analyze clonality.
Both the methods showed 100% specificity (95% confidence interval, 56.6-100.0). The combination of IGH and IGK BIOMED-2 tests with or without IGL revealed the highest sensitivity (87.5%; range, 64.0-96.5%) and accuracy (90%; range, 0.70-0.97). Compared to the conventional method, the BIOMED-2 test for IGH showed a higher sensitivity (62.5%; range, 38.6-81.5%) and accuracy (71%, 0.50-0.86).
These results suggest that, compared to the conventional method, BIOMED-2 has higher sensitivity and allows for easier interpretation while evaluating the clonality of B-lymphoproliferative disease.


Gene Rearrangement; Genes; Immunoglobulin; Hematologic Neoplasms; BIOMED-2
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