Medicine:Chromosome 5q deletion syndrome

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Chromosome 5q deletion syndrome
Other namesChromosome 5q monosomy, 5q- syndrome
5q- syndrome Bone marrow.jpg
Photomicrograph of bone marrow showing abnormal mononuclear megakaryocytes typical of 5q- syndrome

Chromosome 5q deletion syndrome is an acquired, hematological disorder characterized by loss of part of the long arm (q arm, band 5q33.1) of human chromosome 5 in bone marrow myelocyte cells. This chromosome abnormality is most commonly associated with the myelodysplastic syndrome.

It should not be confused with "partial trisomy 5q", though both conditions have been observed in the same family.[1] This should not be confused with the germ line cri du chat (5p deletion) syndrome which is a deletion of the short arm of the 5th chromosome.[citation needed]


The 5q-syndrome is characterized by macrocytic anemia, often a moderate thrombocytosis, erythroblastopenia, megakaryocyte hyperplasia with nuclear hypolobation, and an isolated interstitial deletion of chromosome 5. The 5q- syndrome is found predominantly in females of advanced age.[2]


Several genes in the deleted region appear to play a role in the pathogenesis of 5q-syndrome.[3][4] Haploinsufficiency of RPS14 plays a central role, and contributes to the anemia via both p53-dependent and p53-independent tumor suppressor effects.[4] Other genes at this region include miR-145 and miR-146a, whose deletion is associated with the megakaryocytic dysplasia and thrombocytosis seen in 5q- syndrome;[5] SPARC, which has antiproliferative and antiangiogenic effects; and the candidate tumor suppressors EGR1, CTNNA1, and CDC25C.[4]


This syndrome affects bone marrow cells causing treatment-resistant anemia and myelodysplastic syndromes that may lead to acute myelogenous leukemia. Examination of the bone marrow shows characteristic changes in the megakaryocytes. They are more numerous than usual, small and mononuclear. There may be accompanying erythroid hypoplasia in the bone marrow.[6]


Bone marrow biopsy


Lenalidomide has activity in 5q- syndrome[7] and is FDA approved for red blood cell (RBC) transfusion-dependent anemia due to low or intermediate-1 (int-1) risk myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) associated with chromosome 5q deletion with or without additional cytogenetic abnormalities.[8] There are several possible mechanisms that link the haploinsufficiency molecular lesions with lenalidomide sensitivity.[4][9]


Most affected people have a stable clinical course but are often transfusion dependent.[citation needed]


  1. Lazjuk GI; Lurie IW; Kirillova IA et al. (August 1985). "Partial trisomy 5q and partial monosomy 5q within the same family". Clin. Genet. 28 (2): 122–9. doi:10.1111/j.1399-0004.1985.tb00371.x. PMID 4042393. 
  2. Naeim, Faramarz; Rao, P. Nagesh; W. Grody, Wayne (2008). Chapter 8 - Myelodysplastic Syndromes in Hematopathology Morphology, Immunophenotype, Cytogenetics and Molecular Approaches. pp. 129–154. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-370607-2.00008-9. 
  3. Ebert BL et al. (January 2008). "Identification of RPS14 as a 5q- syndrome gene by RNA interference screen". Nature 451 (7176): 335–9. doi:10.1038/nature06494. PMID 18202658. PMC 3771855. Bibcode2008Natur.451..335E. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Ribosomopathies: Mechanisms of disease". Clinical Medicine Insights: Blood Disorders 7: 7–16. 2014. doi:10.4137/CMBD.S16952. PMID 25512719. 
  5. Starczynowski DT et al. (January 2010). "Identification of miR-145 and miR-146a as mediators of the 5q- syndrome phenotype". Nature Medicine 16 (1): 49–58. doi:10.1038/nm.2054. PMID 19898489. 
  6. Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) 5q- syndrome -153550
  7. List A et al. (October 2006). "Lenalidomide in the myelodysplastic syndrome with chromosome 5q deletion". N. Engl. J. Med. 355 (14): 1456–65. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa061292. PMID 17021321. 
  8. Raza, A; Reeves, J. A.; Feldman, E. J.; Dewald, G. W.; Bennett, J. M.; Deeg, H. J.; Dreisbach, L; Schiffer, C. A. et al. (2008). "Phase 2 study of lenalidomide in transfusion-dependent, low-risk, and intermediate-1 risk myelodysplastic syndromes with karyotypes other than deletion 5q". Blood 111 (1): 86–93. doi:10.1182/blood-2007-01-068833. PMID 17893227. 
  9. Voutsadakis IA; Cairoli A (2012) (2012). "A critical review of the molecular pathophysiology of lenalidomide sensitivity in 5q – myelodysplastic syndromes". Leukemia & Lymphoma 53 (5): 779–88. doi:10.3109/10428194.2011.623255. PMID 21955212. 

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