Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences

, Volume 70, Issue 8, pp 1381–1392 | Cite as

Chromosomal translocations among the healthy human population: implications in oncogenesis

  • Mridula Nambiar
  • Sathees C. Raghavan


Chromosomal translocations are characteristic features of many cancers, especially lymphoma and leukemia. However, recent reports suggest that many chromosomal translocations can be found in healthy individuals, although the significance of this observation is still not clear. In this review, we summarize recent studies on chromosomal translocations in healthy individuals carried out in different geographical areas of the world and discuss the relevance of the observation with respect to oncogenesis.


Leukemia Lymphoma Neoplasia Carcinoma Sarcoma Genomic instability V(D)J recombination 



We thank Mr. Kohal Das, Ms. Nishana M. and Ms. Divyaanka Iyyer for critical reading of the manuscript. Our work is supported by grants from DBT, India BT/PR13722/BRB/10/781/2010 for SCR. MN is supported by IISc Research Associate Fellowship.


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  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryIndian Institute of ScienceBangaloreIndia

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