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2019 February 12

The Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute and the University of Cantabria lead a pioneering European study on one of the most lethal forms of childhood leukaemia

New studies show that the genome for acute lymphoblastic leukemia pro B with t translocation (4; 11) (MLL-AF4 +) is more stable than other forms.  The Stem Cell Biology, Developmental Leukemia and Immunotherapy Group led by Pablo Menéndez in collaboration with researchers from the Univesity of Cantabria have also discovered a biomarker that will be a valuable indicator of the prognostic for patients with this type of leukemia.


Recent publications

Gachet S, El-Chaar T, Avran D, Genesca E, Catez F, Quentin S, Delord M, Thérizols G, Briot D, Meunier G, Hernandez L, Pla M, Smits WK, Buijs-Gladdines JG, Van Loocke W, Menschaert G, André-Schmutz I, Taghon T, Van Vlierberghe P, Meijerink JP, Baruchel A, Dombret H, Clappier E, Diaz JJ, Gazin C, de Thé H, Sigaux F, Soulier J

Deletion 6q Drives T-cell Leukemia Progression by Ribosome Modulation.

Cancer Discov Dec 2018, 8 (12) 1614-1631. Epub 28 Sep 2018
Deletion of chromosome 6q is a well-recognized abnormality found in poor-prognosis T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL). Using integrated genomic approaches, we identified two candidate haploinsufficient genes contiguous at 6q14,
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Nagata Y, Narumi S, Guan Y, Przychodzen BP, Hirsch CM, Makishima H, Shima H, Aly M, Pastor V, Kuzmanovic T, Radivoyevitch T, Adema V, Awada H, Yoshida K, Li S, Sole F, Hanna R, Jha BK, LaFramboise T, Ogawa S, Sekeres MA, Wlodarski MW, Cammenga J, Maciejewski JP

Germline loss of function SAMD9 and SAMD9L alterations in adult myelodysplastic syndromes

Blood 15 Oct 2018, . Epub 15 Oct 2018More information
Ribera JM

Therapy-related acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Haematologica Oct 2018, 103 (10) 1581-1583. More information
Miyazaki Y, Tuechler H, Sanz G, Schanz J, Garcia-Manero G, Solé F, Bennett JM, Bowen D, Fenaux P, Dreyfus F, Kantarjian H, Kuendgen A, Malcovati L, Cazzola M, Cermak J, Fonatsch C, Le Beau MM, Slovak ML, Santini V, Lübbert M, Maciejewski J, Machherndl-Spandl S, Magalhaes SMM, Pfeilstöcker M, Sekeres MA, Sperr WR, Stauder R, Tauro S, Valent P, Vallespi T, van de Loosdrecht AA, Germing U, Haase D, Greenberg PL

Differing clinical features between Japanese and Caucasian patients with myelodysplastic syndromes: Analysis from the International Working Group for Prognosis of MDS.

Leuk. Res. Oct 2018, 73 51-57. Epub 6 Sep 2018
Clinical features of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) could be influenced by many factors, such as disease intrinsic factors (e.g., morphologic, cytogenetic, molecular), extrinsic factors (e.g, management, environment), and ethnicity. Several previous studies have suggested such differences between Asian and European/USA countries. In this study, to elucidate potential differences in primary untreated MDS between Japanese (JPN) and Caucasians (CAUC), we analyzed the data from a large international database collected by the International Working Group for Prognosis of MDS (300 and 5838 patients, respectively). JPN MDS were significantly younger with more severe cytopenias, and cytogenetic differences: less del(5q) and more +1/+1q, -1/del(1p), der(1;7), -9/del(9q), del(16q), and del(20q). Although differences in time to acute myeloid leukemia transformation did not occur, a significantly better survival in JPN was demonstrated, even after the adjustment for age and FAB subtypes, especially in lower, but not in higher prognostic risk categories. Certain clinical factors (cytopenias, blast percentage, cytogenetic risk) had different impact on survival and time to transformation to leukemia between the two groups. Although possible confounding events (e.g., environment, diet, and access to care) could not be excluded, our results indicated the existence of clinically relevant ethnic differences regarding survival in MDS between JPN and CAUC patients. The good performance of the IPSS-R in both CAUC and JP patients underlines that its common risk model is adequate for CAUC and JP.
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Schanz J, Solé F, Mallo M, Luño E, Cervera J, Granada I, Hildebrandt B, Slovak ML, Ohyashiki K, Fonatsch C, Pfeilstöcker M, Nösslinger T, Valent P, Giagounidis A, Aul C, Lübbert M, Stauder R, Krieger O, Le Beau MM, Bennett JM, Greenberg P, Germing U, Haase D

Clonal architecture in patients with myelodysplastic syndromes and double or minor complex abnormalities: Detailed analysis of clonal composition, involved abnormalities, and prognostic significance.

Genes Chromosomes Cancer 24 Sep 2018, . Epub 24 Sep 2018
The study analyzes the clonal architecture and the abnormalities involved in a series of 191 patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and 2-3 clonal abnormalities. All patients were extracted from an international database. The patients were classified into six clonal subtypes (2A-3C) based on the number of abnormalities and the presentation of unrelated clones (UC) and/or a clonal evolution. UC were detected in 23/191 patients (12%). The composition of UC showed great variability. The only recurrent combination of abnormalities was del(5q) and + 8 in 8 of 23 patients (35%). In patients with clonal evolution, the clone size of the primary and secondary clone varied: Patients with -7 and + 8 in the primary clone showed a larger primary and a smaller secondary clone (-7: median 74% vs 10%; +8 73% vs 18%) while patients with del(5q) in the primary clone showed a smaller primary and a larger secondary clone (33% vs 61%). Univariate and multivariate analyses showed no significant differences regarding overall or AML-free survival between the clonal subtypes. Only the subtype 3C (3 abnormalities and clonal evolution) was an independent risk factor for developing AML (Hazard Ratio 5.5 as compared to subtype 2A, P < .05). Finally, our study confirms that the number of abnormalities clearly defines a significant risk factor for overall- as well as AML-free survival. Importantly, in patients with more than one clone, the calculation of the number of abnormalities in the entire sample instead of the number of abnormalities per clone allows a higher prognostic accuracy.
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1 February 2019 18:00 - 17 October 2019 20:00
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