Genomic Analysis Drives Tailored Therapy in Poor Risk Childhood Leukemia

ArticleinCancer cell 22(2):139-40 · August 2012with3 Reads
DOI: 10.1016/j.ccr.2012.07.012 · Source: PubMed
Ph-like acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a novel subgroup of high-risk childhood ALL. In this issue of Cancer Cell, Roberts et al. describe the identification of genetic alterations that lead to activated kinase and cytokine receptor signaling in Ph-like ALL and demonstrate that this aberrant signaling can be inhibited effectively.
    • "Whereas the fusion gene produces a 210-kDa protein in CML patients, the majority of pediatric ALL patients carry a 190-kDa protein; adult ALL patients may have either form [3]. Both proteins have constitutive tyrosine kinase activity increasing cell proliferation and inhibiting cell differentiation [2 @BULLET@BULLET ]. The presence of a BCR–ABL1 gene fusion is considered a poor prognostic indicator in pediatric and adult ALL patients with a high risk of relapse [21, 22]. Schultz et al. [23] showed that a combination of intensive imatinib dosing and intensive chemotherapy improved the 3-year event-free survival rate for children with minimal toxicity as compared to either imatinib or conventional chemotherapy alone. "
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