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Ring sideroblasts in AML are associated with adverse risk characteristics and have a distinct gene expression pattern

Berger, G., Gerritsen, M., Yi, G., Koorenhof-Scheele, T. N., Kroeze, L. I., Stevens-Kroef, M., Yoshida, K., Shiraishi, Y., van den Berg, E., Schepers, H., Huls, G., Mulder, A. B., Ogawa, S., Martens, J. H. A., Jansen, J. H. & Vellenga, E., 22-Oct-2019, In : Blood. 3, 20, p. 3111-3122 12 p.

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Ring sideroblasts (RS) emerge as result of aberrant erythroid differentiation leading to excessive mitochondrial iron accumulation, a characteristic feature for myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) with mutations in the spliceosome gene SF3B1. However, RS can also be observed in patients diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The objective of this study was to characterize RS in patients with AML. Clinically, RS-AML is enriched for ELN adverse risk (55%). In line with this finding, 35% of all cases had complex cytogenetic aberrancies, and TP53 was most recurrently mutated in this cohort (37%), followed by DNMT3A (26%), RUNX1 (25%), TET2 (20%), and ASXL1 (19%). In contrast to RS-MDS, the incidence of SF3B1 mutations was low (8%). Whole-exome sequencing and SNP array analysis on a subset of patients did not uncover a single genetic defect underlying the RS phenotype. Shared genetic defects between erythroblasts and total mononuclear cell fraction indicate common ancestry for the erythroid lineage and the myeloid blast cells in patients with RS-AML. RNA sequencing analysis on CD34+ AML cells revealed differential gene expression between RS-AML and non RS-AML cases, including genes involved in megakaryocyte and erythroid differentiation. Furthermore, several heme metabolism-related genes were found to be upregulated in RS- CD34+ AML cells, as was observed in SF3B1mut MDS. These results demonstrate that although the genetic background of RS-AML differs from that of RS-MDS, they have certain downstream effector pathways in common.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3111-3122
Number of pages12
JournalBlood
Volume3
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 22-Oct-2019

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