Molecular MRD status and outcome after transplantation in NPM1 mutated AML: results from the UK NCRI AML17 study
AffiliationKing's College London, London, United Kingdom
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AbstractRelapse remains the most common cause of treatment failure for patients with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) who undergo allogeneic stem cell transplantation (alloSCT) and carries a grave prognosis. Multiple studies have identified the presence of measurable residual disease (MRD) assessed by flow cytometry (FCM) prior to alloSCT as a strong predictor of relapse, but it is not clear how these findings apply to patients who test positive in molecular MRD assays which have far greater sensitivity. We analysed pre-transplant blood and bone marrow samples by reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) in 107 patients with NPM1 mutant AML enrolled in the UK National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) AML17 study. After a median follow-up of 4.9 years, patients with negative, low (<200 copies / 105 ABL in the PB and <1000 copies in the BM) and high levels of MRD had an estimated 2y overall survival (OS) of 83%, 63% and 13% respectively (p<0.0001). Focussing on patients with low level MRD prior to alloSCT, those with FLT3 ITD had significantly poorer outcome (hazard ratio, HR, 6.14, p=0.01). Combining these variables was highly prognostic, dividing patients into two groups with 2y OS of 17% and 82% (HR 13.2, p<0.0001). T-depletion was associated with significantly reduced survival both in the entire cohort (2y OS 56% vs 96%, HR 3.24, p=0.0005) and in MRD positive patients (2y OS 34% vs 100%, HR 3.78, p=0.003) but there was no significant effect of either conditioning regimen or donor source on outcome. Registered at ISRCTN (http://www.isrctn.com/ISRCTN55675535).
CitationDillon R, Hills RK, Freeman SD, Potter N, Jovanovic J, Ivey A, et al. Molecular MRD status and outcome after transplantation in NPM1 mutated AML: results from the UK NCRI AML17 study. Blood. 2020.
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