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  • 1
    Publication Date: 2018-04-20
    Description: Therapy-related myeloid neoplasms (tMNs) are severe adverse events that can occur after treatment with autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (ASCT). This study aimed to investigate the development of tMNs following ASCT at the molecular level by whole-exome sequencing (WES) and targeted deep sequencing (TDS) in sequential (pre-) tMN samples. WES identified a significantly higher number of mutations in tMNs as compared with de novo myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) (median 27 vs 12 mutations; P = .001). The mutations found in tMNs did not carry a clear aging-signature, unlike the mutations found in de novo MDS, indicating a different mutational mechanism. In some patients, tMN mutations were identified in both myeloid and T cells, suggesting that tMNs may originate from early hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). However, the mutational spectra of tMNs and the preceding malignancies did not overlap, excluding common ancestry for these malignancies. By use of TDS, tMN mutations were identified at low variant allele frequencies (VAFs) in transplant material in 70% of the patients with tMNs. Reconstruction of clonal patterns based on VAFs revealed that premalignant clones can be present more than 7 years preceding a tMN diagnosis, a finding that was confirmed by immunohistochemistry on bone marrow biopsies. Our results indicate that tMN development after ASCT originates in HSCs bearing (pre-)tMN mutations that are present years before disease onset and that post-ASCT treatment can influence the selection of these clones. Early detection of premalignant clones and monitoring of their evolutionary trajectory may help to predict the development of tMNs and guide early intervention in the future.
    Keywords: Hematopoiesis and Stem Cells, Transplantation, Free Research Articles, Myeloid Neoplasia, CME article, Clinical Trials and Observations
    Print ISSN: 0006-4971
    Electronic ISSN: 1528-0020
    Topics: Biology , Medicine
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    Publication Date: 2018-04-06
    Description: Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML), a rare and aggressive myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasm that occurs in infants and during early childhood, is characterized by excessive myelomonocytic cell proliferation. More than 80% of patients harbor germ line and somatic mutations in RAS pathway genes (eg, PTPN11 , NF1 , NRAS , KRAS , and CBL ), and previous studies have identified several biomarkers associated with poor prognosis. However, the molecular pathogenesis of 10% to 20% of patients and the relationships among these biomarkers have not been well defined. To address these issues, we performed an integrated molecular analysis of samples from 150 JMML patients. RNA-sequencing identified ALK/ROS1 tyrosine kinase fusions ( DCTN1-ALK, RANBP2-ALK , and TBL1XR1-ROS1 ) in 3 of 16 patients (18%) who lacked canonical RAS pathway mutations. Crizotinib, an ALK/ROS1 inhibitor, markedly suppressed ALK/ROS1 fusion–positive JMML cell proliferation in vitro. Therefore, we administered crizotinib to a chemotherapy-resistant patient with the RANBP2-ALK fusion who subsequently achieved complete molecular remission. In addition, crizotinib also suppressed proliferation of JMML cells with canonical RAS pathway mutations. Genome-wide methylation analysis identified a hypermethylation profile resembling that of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), which correlated significantly with genetic markers with poor outcomes such as PTPN11/NF1 gene mutations, 2 or more genetic mutations, an AML-type expression profile, and LIN28B expression. In summary, we identified recurrent activated ALK/ROS1 fusions in JMML patients without canonical RAS pathway gene mutations and revealed the relationships among biomarkers for JMML. Crizotinib is a promising candidate drug for the treatment of JMML, particularly in patients with ALK/ROS1 fusions.
    Keywords: Myeloid Neoplasia
    Print ISSN: 0006-4971
    Electronic ISSN: 1528-0020
    Topics: Biology , Medicine
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