Test Catalog

Test ID: BCGBM    
Immunoglobulin Gene Rearrangement, Bone Marrow

Method Description Describes how the test is performed and provides a method-specific reference

Genomic DNA is extracted from all specimens.


In the PCR assay, a total of 34 upstream and 5 downstream primers are used (InVivoScribe IGH and IGK Gene Clonality Analyte Specific Reagents). The primers are designed to amplify fragments from all theoretical rearrangements of the immunoglobulin (Ig) heavy and Ig kappa light chain genes. Each unique rearrangement should produce PCR fragments of unique sizes. The primers cannot amplify anything if the Ig genes are not rearranged because the distance is too great. The primers are labeled with a fluorescent tag so that the PCR product can be detected. The PCR fragments are analyzed by capillary gel electrophoresis using the Applied Biosystems (ABI) 3130XL machine for fragment size and amount.(van Dongen JJ, Langerak AW, Bruggemann M, et al: Design and standardization of PCR primers and protocols for detection of clonal immunoglobulin and T-cell receptor gene recombinations in suspect lymphoproliferations: report of the BIOMED-2 Concerted Action BMH4-CT98-3936. Leukemia 2003 December;17[12]:2257-2317; van Dongen JJ, Wolvers-Tettero IL: Analysis of immunoglobulin and T-cell receptor genes. Part 1: basic and technical aspects. Clin Chim Acta 1991 April;198[1-2]:1-92; package insert: IGH Gene Clonality Assay-ABI Fluorescence Detection and IGK Gene Clonality Assay-ABI Fluorescence Detection. InVivoScribe Technologies, San Diego, CA 2004; Gene Images AlkPhos Direct Labeling and Detection system. Amersham Biosciences, UK Limited)

PDF Report Indicates whether the report includes an additional document with charts, images or other enriched information


Day(s) and Time(s) Test Performed Outlines the days and times the test is performed. This field reflects the day and time the sample must be in the testing laboratory to begin the testing process and includes any specimen preparation and processing time required before the test is performed. Some tests are listed as continuously performed, which means assays are performed several times during the day.

Monday through Friday

Analytic Time Defines the amount of time it takes the laboratory to setup and perform the test. This is defined in number of days. The shortest interval of time expressed is "same day/1 day," which means the results may be available the same day that the sample is received in the testing laboratory. One day means results are available 1 day after the sample is received in the laboratory.

5 days

Maximum Laboratory Time Defines the maximum time from specimen receipt at Mayo Clinic Laboratories until the release of the test result

7 days

Specimen Retention Time Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded

Remaining DNA retained 3 months

Performing Laboratory Location Indicates the location of the laboratory that performs the test