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Test ID: B190R    
BCR/ABL1, p190, mRNA Detection, Reverse Transcription-PCR (RT-PCR), Quantitative, Reflex, Varies

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Diagnostic workup of patients with a high probability of BCR-ABL1-positive hematopoietic neoplasms, particularly acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-lymphoblastic leukemia), to provide a pretreatment quantitative level of BCR-ABL1 mRNA transcript if the initial diagnostic RT-PCR screen is positive


When positive, the reflex test provides a quantitative value for the corresponding e1-a2 (p190) BCR-ABL1 mRNA fusion variant

Clinical Information Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test

The t(9;22)/BCR-ABL1 abnormality is associated with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and "Philadelphia positive" acute lymphoblastic leukemia of B-cell lineage (Ph+ ALL). Very rarely, this abnormality has also been identified in cases of acute myeloid leukemia and T-lymphoblastic leukemia/lymphoma. The fusion gene on the derivative chromosome 22q11 produces a chimeric BCR-ABL1 mRNA transcript and corresponding translated oncoprotein. Despite substantial breakpoint heterogeneity at the DNA level, a consistent set of BCR-ABL1 mRNA transcripts are produced that can be readily and sensitively detected by reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR) technique. In CML, breakpoints in BCR nearly always result in either exons 13 or 14 (e13, e14) joined to exon 2 of ABL1 (a2). The corresponding e13-a2 or e14-a2 BCR-ABL1 mRNAs produce a 210 kD protein (p210). Rare cases of CML are characterized by an e19-a2 type mRNA with a corresponding p230 protein. In Ph+ ALL, the majority of cases harbor an e1-a2 BCR-ABL1 mRNA transcript, producing a p190 protein, although some ALL patients may alternatively present with the e13/e14-a2 (p210) type fusion.


This assay provides information at the time of diagnosis regarding the presence (and specific mRNA type) or absence of the BCR-ABL1 mRNA. If positive, the reflex test will follow to provide an initial quantitative level of the specific BCR-ABL1 transcript. For example, when positive for the e1-a2 (p190) type mRNA, the reflex test provides a corresponding p190 quantitative value. Results from this test are also useful to determine the correct quantitative assay for subsequent monitoring of transcript levels (ie, p190 or p210) during tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy.

Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.

Only orderable as a reflex. For more information see BCRFX / BCR/ABL1 Qualitative Diagnostic Assay with Reflex to BCR/ABL1 p190 Quantitative Assay or BCR/ABL1 p210 Quantitative Assay, Varies.

Interpretation Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

An interpretive report will be provided under the BCRFX / BCR/ABL1 Qualitative Diagnostic Assay with Reflex to BCR/ABL1 p190 Quantitative Assay or BCR/ABL1 p210 Quantitative Assay, Varies.

Cautions Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances

In general, the results of this assay cannot be directly compared with results generated from other PCR assays, including identical assays performed in other laboratories. Monitoring should be performed using the same method and laboratory for each subsequent specimen.


If a rare alternative BCR-ABL1 mRNA transcript (eg, e19-a2/p230, or other) is identified by diagnostic RT-PCR, a reflex test cannot be performed as quantitative testing for these rare transcripts is not currently available.