Department   School of Medicine(Tokyo Women's Medical University Hospital), School of Medicine
   Position   Assistant Professor
Article types Original article
Language English
Peer review Peer reviewed
Title Clonal evolution of blasts in an elderly patient with CD56(+) relapsed acute promyelocytic leukemia.
Journal Formal name:American journal of hematology
Abbreviation:Am J Hematol
ISSN code:03618609/03618609
Domestic / ForeginForegin
Volume, Issue, Page 69(1),pp.59-63
Author and coauthor Itoh Shigeki, Sugawara Takeshi, Enomoto Sanae, Ono Yoko, Numaoka Hideharu, Utsugisawa Taiju, Murai Kazunori, Ishida Yoji, Kuriya Shin-ichiro
Publication date 2002/01
Summary We describe an elderly patient with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), whose leukemic cells expressed CD56 antigen at relapse but not at diagnosis. Chromosome analysis revealed that blasts with t(8;15;17)(q24.1;q22;q11.2) increased from 4 of 20 cells (20%) at first relapse to 10 of 14 cells (71.4%) at second relapse. In addition, the positivity for CD56 expression on blasts judged by flow cytometric analysis using CD45 blast gating was also increased from 14.2% at first relapse to 75% at second relapse. Although conventional chemotherapy was performed for the initial disease and the first relapse, relapse developed again. Therefore, three courses of intensive postremission chemotherapy including concurrent administration of recombinant human granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (rhG-CSF) with cytarabine were performed after achievement of complete remission (CR) by the treatment with all-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA). Although PML-RARalpha mRNA was not detectable by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), a third relapse occurred. This case demonstrated clonal evolution from a CD56(-) to a CD56(+) blast population and provided further support for the suggestion that CD56 expression might be an unfavorable prognostic factor in t(15;17) APL.
DOI 10.1002/ajh.10005
PMID 11835333