Translocation t(12;15) (p13;q25) is a marker of several types of neoplasia. It is characteristically found in secretory breast carcinoma, congenital fibrosarcoma, cellular and mixed types of mesoblastic nephroma and also rarely in acute myeloid leukemia.

This translocation affects genes ETV6 (TEL) on the chromosome 12 and NTRK3 (TRKC) on the chromosome 15. The most often it comes to the breakage in the intron 5 of the gene ETV6 and the intron 12 of the gene NTRK3. This creates a fusion gene;or more precisely a protein, where there is N-terminal helix-loop-helix (HLH) domain of the highly expressed transcription factor ETV6 linked to tyrosine kinase domain of the gene NTRK3. The chimeric protein is subject to the ligand dependent HLH mediated dimerization with a subsequent activation of NTRK3 tyrosine kinase domain. The activated tyrosine kinase, then, through a number of signaling pathways, acts in the cell transformation.


We analyze the presence of the translocation t(12;15), better said the presence of the ETV6 gene breakage, by the use of RT-PCR and FISH.

When RT-PRC we isolate mRNA and after its transcription into cDNA we detect chimeric transcripts by PCR. PCR products are visualized through the agarose gel electrophoresis (fig. 1) and positive samples are sequenced (fig. 2).

When FISH we detect the breakage of the gene ETV6 using ETV6 Dual Color, Break Apart Rearrangement Probe firm Vysis/Abbot (this probe does not identify a specific translocation partner. In the sample which is positive for rearrangement of the gene ETV6 we observe one yellow, one red and one green signal (fig. 3a). In the sample which is negative we observe two yellow signals (fig. 3b) (“dual color“ filter).

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    Detection of the translocation t(12;15) using RT-PCR. 1,2 – negative samples, 3 – positive samples, 4 – positive control, 5 – negative control, 6 – water, M – marker.

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    Sequenogram with marked place of the gene fusion ETV6 and NTRK3.

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    FISH ETV6 – 3a - positive, 3b - negative.

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    FISH ETV6 – 3a - positive, 3b - negative.


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