Genetic Predisposition to Waldenström Macroglobulinemia

  • Mary L. McMaster
  • Helga M. Ögmundsdóttir


Immunoglobulin M monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (IgM-MGUS) and Waldenström macroglobulinemia (WM) comprise a continuum, with IgM-MGUS recognized as a precursor condition for WM. Following early observations of clustering of WM (and IgM-MGUS) in families, several lines of evidence have developed that support the hypothesis of a genetic component of WM susceptibility. Family studies have provided seminal observations in delineating the phenotypic spectrum of WM susceptibility, in providing the rationale for large population-based epidemiologic studies of IgM-MGUS and WM, and in providing both the basis and substrate for ongoing genetic studies aimed at identifying WM predisposition genes. Together, these investigations may help elucidate the host genetic factors underlying WM development and more broadly may provide insights into the aging immune system.


Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Human Leukocyte Antigen Familial Cluster MYD88 L265P Familial Patient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Genetic Epidemiology Branch, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and GeneticsNational Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesWashington, DCUSA
  3. 3.Faculty of MedicineUniversity of IcelandReykjavíkIceland

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