Reciprocal RARA-PML transcripts are not detected in approximately 25% of patients with PML-RARA positive acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), but the reasons for this are poorly understood. We studied 21 PML-RARA positive/RARA-PML negative cases by bubble PCR and multiplex long template PCR to identify the genomic breakpoints. Additional RT-PCR analysis was performed based on the DNA findings. Three cases were found to have complex rearrangements involving a third locus: the first had a PML-CDC6-RARA forward DNA fusion and expressed a chimeric PML-CDC6-RARA mRNA in addition to a PML-RARA. The other two had HERC1-PML and NT_009714.17-PML genomic fusion sequences at their respective reciprocal breakpoints. Six patients were falsely classified as RARA-PML negative due to deletions on chromosome 15 and/or 17, or alternative splicing leading to atypical RARA-PML fusion transcripts, which were not identified by conventional RT-PCR assays. This study demonstrates that the frequency of RARA-PML expression has been underestimated and highlights remarkable complexity at chromosomal breakpoint regions in APL even in cases with an apparently simple balanced t(15;17)(q24;q12).
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Whole-genome sequencing is becoming increasingly available for research purposes, but it has not yet been routinely used for clinical diagnosis.
To determine whether whole-genome sequencing can identify cryptic, actionable mutations in a clinically relevant time frame. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PATIENT: We were referred a difficult diagnostic case of acute promyelocytic leukemia with no pathogenic X-RARA fusion identified by routine metaphase cytogenetics or interphase fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). The case patient was enrolled in an institutional review board-approved protocol, with consent specifically tailored to the implications of whole-genome sequencing. The protocol uses a "movable firewall" that maintains patient anonymity within the entire research team but allows the research team to communicate medically relevant information to the treating physician.
Clinical relevance of whole-genome sequencing and time to communicate validated results to the treating physician.
Massively parallel paired-end sequencing allowed identification of a cytogenetically cryptic event: a 77-kilobase segment from chromosome 15 was inserted en bloc into the second intron of the RARA gene on chromosome 17, resulting in a classic bcr3 PML-RARA fusion gene. Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction sequencing subsequently validated the expression of the fusion transcript. Novel FISH probes identified 2 additional cases of t(15;17)-negative acute promyelocytic leukemia that had cytogenetically invisible insertions. Whole-genome sequencing and validation were completed in 7 weeks and changed the treatment plan for the patient.
Whole-genome sequencing can identify cytogenetically invisible oncogenes in a clinically relevant time frame.
JAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association 04/2011; 305(15):1577-84. DOI:10.1001/jama.2011.497 · 35.29 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To search for new copy number alterations (CNAs) in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), we analyzed DNA from leukemic blasts of 93 acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) patients with Genome-Wide SNP 6.0 arrays (SNP-A). We identified 259 CNAs consisting of 170 heterozygous deletions, 82 amplifications, and 7 regions of copy number neutral loss of heterozygosity. One of the most common CNAs was a deletion on chromosomal subband 1q31.3 in 13 of 93 (14%) patients encompassing the coding regions for the microRNAs mir181a1/b1. In multivariable analysis with the covariates age, white blood cell count, platelet count, and FLT3-ITD/FLT3 D835 mutations we found that after adjustment for patients' age (P<0.0001), patients with 2 or more CNAs detected by SNP-A had a higher risk of death (hazard ratio=5.942, P=0.0015) than patients with 0 or 1 CNA. Deletions of 1q31.3 were associated with a higher number of CNAs (median 2 vs. 8, P<0.0001) and were a strong independent prognostic factor for an increased risk of relapse (hazard ratio=28.9, P=0.0031). This study presents a comprehensive assessment of new CNAs as pathomechanistically relevant targets and possible prognostic factors which could refine risk stratification of APL.
Genes Chromosomes and Cancer 08/2012; 51(8):756-67. DOI:10.1002/gcc.21961 · 4.04 Impact Factor
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