[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Early response to chemotherapy has a major prognostic impact in acute myeloid leukemia patients treated with a double induction strategy. Less is known about patients treated with standard-dose cytarabine and anthracycline. We designed a risk-adapted remission induction regimen in which a second course of intermediate-dose cytarabine was delivered after standard 7+3 only if patients had 5% or more bone marrow blasts fifteen days after chemotherapy initiation (d15-blasts). Of 823 included patients, 795 (96.6%) were evaluable. Five hundred and forty five patients (68.6%) had less than 5% d15-blasts. Predictive factors for high d15-blasts were white blood cell count (p<0.0001) and cytogenetic risk (p<0.0001). Patients with fewer than 5% d15-blasts had a higher complete response rate (91.7% vs 69.2%, p<0.0001) and a lower induction death rate (1.8% vs 6.8%, p=0.001). Five-year event-free (48.4% vs 25%, p<0.0001), relapse-free (52.7% vs 36.9%, p=0.0016) and overall survival (55.3% vs 36.5%, p<0.0001) were significantly higher in patients with d15-blasts lower than 5%. Multivariate analyses identified d15-blasts and cytogenetic risk as independent prognostic factors for the three endpoints. Failure to achieve early blast clearance remains a poor prognostic factor even after early salvage. By contrast, early responding patients have a favorable outcome without any additional induction course. NCT01015196.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Not all the patients with CBF-AML display a good outcome. Modern risk factors include KIT and/or FLT3 gene mutations and MRD levels, but their respective values have never been prospectively assessed. One hundred ninety-eight CBF-AML patients were treated in this French Intergroup CBF-2006 trial. They were randomized between a reinforced and a standard induction course, followed by three high-dose cytarabine consolidation courses. MRD levels were monitored prospectively. Gene mutations were screened at diagnosis. Despite a more rapid MRD decrease after reinforced induction, induction arm did not influence the outcome (relapse-free survival [RFS], 64% in both arms; P=0.91). Higher WBC, KIT and/or FLT3-ITD/TKD gene mutations, and a less than 3-log MRD reduction after the first consolidation course were associated with a higher specific hazard of relapse, but MRD response remained the sole significant prognostic factor in multivariate analysis. At 36 months, cumulative incidence of relapse and RFS were 22% versus 54% (P<0.001) and 73% versus 44% (P<0.001) in patients who achieved 3-log MRD reduction versus those who did not, respectively. These results strongly suggest that MRD response should be used in these patients, rather than KIT or FLT3 gene mutations, as a tool for future treatment stratifications. EudraCT number, 2006-005163-26 ClinicalTrials.gov ID, NCT 00428558.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The LAM2001 phase 3 trial, involving 832 patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML; median: 46 years) proposed HLA-identical sibling allograft HSCT for all patients with an identified donor. The trial compared reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) for patients older than 50 years of age (N = 47) and myeloablative conditioning for younger patients (N = 117). BM HSCT was performed in the younger patients, while the older ones received a consolidation course, followed by peripheral blood allo-HSCT using RIC. The incidence of grade II-IV acute GVHD, was 51.9% (95% confidence interval [CI]: 42.1-61.8) and 11.3% (1.6-21.2) after myeloablative or RIC, respectively (P < .0001) and that of chronic GVHD 45.8% (95% CI: 34.8-56.7) and 41.7% (24.7-58.6; NS). Cumulative incidence of nonrelapse mortality at 108 months was 15.8% (95% CI: 9.8-23.2) for myeloablative, and 6.5% (0.2-16.2) for RIC (NS). CI of relapse at 108 months was 21.7% (95% CI: 13.9-28.6) and 28.6% (16.5-43.4; NS). Overall survival at 108 months was 63.4% (95% CI: 54.6-72.2) and 65.8% (52.2-72.2), respectively, after myeloablative or RIC (NS). RIC peripheral blood stem cell allo-HSCT is prospectively feasible for patients between the ages of 51 and 60 years without excess of relapse or nonrelapse mortality, and compares favorably with myeloablative marrow allo-HSCT proposed to younger patients.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Gene expression profiling has shown its ability to identify with high accuracy low cytogenetic risk acute myeloid leukemia such as acute promyelocytic leukemia and leukemias with t(8;21) or inv(16). The aim of this gene expression profiling study was to evaluate to what extent suboptimal samples with low leukemic blast load (range, 2-59%) and/or poor quality control criteria could also be correctly identified.
Specific signatures were first defined so that all 71 acute promyelocytic leukemia, leukemia with t(8;21) or inv(16)-AML as well as cytogenetically normal acute myeloid leukemia samples with at least 60% blasts and good quality control criteria were correctly classified (training set). The classifiers were then evaluated for their ability to assign to the expected class 111 samples considered as suboptimal because of a low leukemic blast load (n = 101) and/or poor quality control criteria (n = 10) (test set).
With 10-marker classifiers, all training set samples as well as 97 of the 101 test samples with a low blast load, and all 10 samples with poor quality control criteria were correctly classified. Regarding test set samples, the overall error rate of the class prediction was below 4 percent, even though the leukemic blast load was as low as 2%. Sensitivity, specificity, negative and positive predictive values of the class assignments ranged from 91% to 100%. Of note, for acute promyelocytic leukemia and leukemias with t(8;21) or inv(16), the confidence level of the class assignment was influenced by the leukemic blast load.
Gene expression profiling and a supervised method requiring 10-marker classifiers enable the identification of favorable cytogenetic risk acute myeloid leukemia even when samples contain low leukemic blast loads or display poor quality control criterion.
BMC Medical Genomics 01/2012; 5(1):6. DOI:10.1186/1755-8794-5-6 · 2.87 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Cytogenetically normal acute myeloid leukemia (CN-AML) compose between 40% and 50% of all adult acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cases. In this clinically diverse group, molecular aberrations, such as FLT3-ITD, NPM1, and CEBPA mutations, recently have added to the prognostic accuracy. Aberrant DNA methylation is a hallmark of cancer, including AML. We investigated in total 118 CN-AML samples in a test and a validation cohort for genome-wide promoter DNA methylation with Illumina Methylation Bead arrays and compared them with normal myeloid precursors and global gene expression. IDH and NPM1 mutations were associated with different methylation patterns (P = .0004 and .04, respectively). Genome-wide methylation levels were elevated in IDH-mutated samples (P = .006). We observed a negative impact of DNA methylation on transcription. Genes targeted by Polycomb group (PcG) proteins and genes associated with bivalent histone marks in stem cells showed increased aberrant methylation in AML (P < .0001). Furthermore, high methylation levels of PcG target genes were independently associated with better progression-free survival (odds ratio = 0.47, P = .01) and overall survival (odds ratio = 0.36, P = .001). In summary, genome-wide methylation patterns show preferential methylation of PcG targets with prognostic impact in CN-AML.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Ten-eleven translocation 2 (TET2) mutations have been involved in myeloid malignancies. This retrospective study aims at evaluating the frequency and impact of TET2 mutations in 247 secondary acute myeloid leukemia cases referred to as myelodysplasia-related changes (n=201) or therapy-related (n=46) leukemias. Mutation of at least one copy of the TET2 gene was detected in 49 of 247 (19.8%) patients who presented with older age, higher hemoglobin level, higher neutrophil and monocyte counts, and lower platelet count. TET2 mutations were significantly less frequent in therapy-related (8.7%) than myelodysplasia-related changes (22.3%; P=0.035) leukemias and strongly associated with normal karyotype (P<0.001). TET2 mutations did not significantly associate with NPM1, FLT3-ITD or FLT3-D835, WT1, or N- or K-RAS mutations. Complete remission was achieved in 57% of evaluable patients who had received intensive chemotherapy. In this group, TET2 mutations did not influence the complete remission rate or overall survival.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A simplified prognostic score is presented based on the multivariate analysis of 138 refractory/relapsed acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) patients (median age 55 years, range: 19-70) receiving a combination of intensive chemotherapy+Gemtuzumab as salvage regimen. Overall, 2-year event-free survival (EFS) and overall survival (OS) were 29±4% and 36±4%, respectively. Disease status (relapse <12 months, including refractory patients), FLT3-ITD-positive status and high-risk cytogenetics were the three strongest independent adverse prognostic factors for OS and EFS in this series. We then defined three subgroups with striking different outcomes at 2 years: no adverse factor (favourable, N=36): OS 58%, EFS 45%; one adverse factor (intermediate, N=54): OS 37%, EFS 31%; two or three adverse factors (poor, N=43): OS 12%, EFS 12% (P<10(-4), P=0.001). This new simplified Leukemia Prognostic Scoring System was then validated on an independent cohort of 111 refractory/relapsed AML patients. This new simplified prognostic score, using three clinical and biological parameters routinely applied, allow to discriminate around two third of the patients who should benefit from a salvage intensive regimen in the setting of refractory/relapsed AML patients. The other one third of the patients should receive investigational therapy.
Leukemia: official journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K 02/2011; 25(6):939-44. DOI:10.1038/leu.2011.25 · 10.43 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Leukemia is one of the leading journals in hematology and oncology. It is published monthly and covers all aspects of the research and treatment of leukemia and allied diseases. Studies of normal hemopoiesis are covered because of their comparative relevance.
Leukemia: official journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K 10/2009; 24(2):467-9. DOI:10.1038/leu.2009.214 · 10.43 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Adult and child B-cell progenitor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BCP-ALL) differ in terms of incidence and prognosis. These disparities are mainly due to the molecular abnormalities associated with these two clinical entities. A genome-wide analysis using oligo SNP arrays recently demonstrated that PAX5 (paired-box domain 5) is the main target of somatic mutations in childhood BCP-ALL being altered in 38.9% of the cases. We report here the most extensive analysis of alterations of PAX5 coding sequence in 117 adult BCP-ALL patients in the unique clinical protocol GRAALL-2003/GRAAPH-2003. Our study demonstrates that PAX5 is mutated in 34% of adult BCP-ALL, mutations being partial or complete deletion, partial or complete amplification, point mutation or fusion gene. PAX5 alterations are heterogeneous consisting in complete loss in 17%, focal deletions in 10%, point mutations in 7% and translocations in 1% of the cases. PAX5 complete loss and PAX5 point mutations differ. PAX5 complete loss seems to be a secondary event and is significantly associated with BCR-ABL1 or TCF3-PBX1 fusion genes and a lower white blood cell count.
Leukemia: official journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K 08/2009; 23(11):1989-98. DOI:10.1038/leu.2009.135 · 10.43 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K/Akt) pathway is activated in acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) and is promising for targeted inhibition. Ninety-two patients with primary AML were analyzed for PI3K/Akt constitutive activation. Fifty percent of the patients presented with constitutive PI3K activation (PI3K (+)). No difference was observed between PI3K (+) and PI3K (-) groups concerning age, sex, white blood cell count, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) level, bone marrow blast cells, French-American-British (FAB) classification, cytogenetics, RAS or nucleophosmin (NPM) mutations. Slightly more FLT3-ITD was detected in the PI3K (-) group (P = .048). The complete remission rate was similar between the 2 groups. With a median follow-up of 26 months, we observed for PI3K (+) and PI3K (-) patients, respectively, 56% and 33% overall survival (P = .001) and 72% and 41% relapse-free survival (P = .001). Constitutive PI3K/Akt activity is a favorable prognosis factor in AML, even after adjustment for FLT3-ITD, and may confer a particular sensitivity to chemotherapy. A better understanding of the downstream effectors of the PI3K/Akt pathway is needed before targeting in AML.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Myelofibrosis with myeloid metaplasia (MMM) is a clonal disorder of the haematopoietic stem cell which can be associated with marrow fibrosis and/or osteosclerosis. Because bone progenitors and mature bone cells are influenced by the marrow microenvironment, cellular and tissular changes were assessed by histomorphometry in MMM. Thirteen patients, with a clinical proven MMM, had a bone biopsy of the iliac crest with double tetracycline labelling and osteoclast count. Histomorphometry was done at the 2D level (bone volume, osteoid parameters, bone histodynamic parameters and osteoclast count) and 3D level by microcomputed tomography. All patients had clusters of abnormal megakaryocytes in bone marrow. Newly apposed bone packets were observed in 12 patients and corresponded to an increased thickness of some bone units with new lamellae or focal areas of woven bone anchored on the pre-existing trabeculae. Osteoid parameters were unchanged, only bone formation rate appeared considerably increased in seven patients. There was a net tendency for decrease in osteoclast number and conversion of trabecular pillars into plates. An uncoupling of bone remodelling was evidenced with an increased life-span of osteoblasts associated with a normal/reduced osteoclast activity. A very complex network of factors is candidate to explain bone changes observed in MMM.
European Journal Of Haematology 07/2007; 78(6):500-9. DOI:10.1111/j.1600-0609.2007.00852.x · 2.07 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In the present study, we address the issue of the discontinuation of imatinib mesylate (Gleevec) in chronic myelogenous leukemia with undetectable residual disease for more than 2 years. Twelve patients were included. The median duration of real-time quantitative-polymerase chain reaction (RTQ-PCR) negativity and imatinib therapy were, respectively, 32 months (range, 24-46 months) and 45 months (range, 32-56 months) before imatinib interruption. Six patients displayed a molecular relapse with a detectable BCR-ABL transcript at 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 months. Imatinib was then reintroduced and led to a novel molecular response in most patients. Six other patients (50%) still have an undetectable level of BCR-ABL transcript after a median follow-up of 18 months (range, 9-24 months). We hypothesize that relapses observed within 6 months reflect the kinetics of undetectable dividing chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) cells. Those cells may be eradicated or controlled in long-term nonrelapsing patients, as described in our study.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Bacterial infections are responsible for several changes in the cell blood count, which are usually non specific, although some morphological changes of polymorphonuclear neutrophils may be indicative of sepsis. The presence of bacteria on peripheral blood smears is a rare but extreme situation, related in most instances to a fatal prognosis. The presence of both free and intracellular bacteria was observed in the peripheral blood smear of a critically ill patient with a pneumococcal septicaemia which led to a fatal outcome within the next following hours. If the finding of bacteria on the blood smear is a sign of severe sepsis, the literature review shows that less than 10% of septic patients demonstrate bacteria on the blood smear, and routine search for the diagnosis of sepsis is not recommended. Samples taken from infected central venous catheters are another situation of bacteraemia which must be known, but prognosis is usually not fatal if prompt medical care is performed. Some preanalytical conditions are also associated with the presence of bacteria on the peripheral blood smear, but unrelated to infection of the relevant patient.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Expression of p14(ARF) and p16(INK4a) tumor suppressor genes was investigated in 109 patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). The p14(ARF) and p16(INK4a) mRNA levels were significantly low in patients in chronic phase (CP) at presentation and high in patients treated with interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha), especially in non-responders. A moderate overexpression of p14(ARF) with a normal expression of p16(INK4a) was observed in imatinib-resistant patients. Although protein expression did not consistently match mRNA levels, a role for the two cell cycle regulators in the IFN-alpha signaling pathway is suggested as well as a relation with the resistance to IFN-alpha or imatinib therapy.
Leukemia Research 11/2006; 30(10):1273-8. DOI:10.1016/j.leukres.2006.02.002 · 2.35 Impact Factor