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Abu-Amero K.K.,King Saud University | Abu-Amero K.K.,University of Florida | Kondkar A.A.,King Saud University | Salih M.A.,King Saud University | And 7 more authors.
Ophthalmic Genetics | Year: 2013

Background: To carefully assess the phenotype and genotype of a patient with partial mosaic trisomy 8 with particular attention to ophthalmologic features. Methods: Ophthalmologic and neuro-ophthalmologic examination; neuroimaging; conventional karyotyping; and array comparative genomic hybridization (CGH). Results: The proband was the only affected child of a non-consanguineous family. At birth she was noted to have facial dysmorphism including telecanthus, low set ears, prominent nares, and an everted lower lip. She had an accommodative esotropia with otherwise normal globes, optic nerves, retinae, and orbits. She also had delayed motor milestones and mild mental retardation associated with agenesis of the corpus callosum. Both karyotyping and array CGH documented mosaic partial trisomy of chromosome 8 that included all of the "q" arm and part of the proximal "p" arm. Conclusions: This girl had a number of the classic features of mosaic trisomy 8, including an accommodative esotropia with none of the other ocular and orbital anomalies described in patients with mosaic trisomy 8. This report constitutes an initial effort to create a virtual database of patients with mosaic chromosome 8 in which careful phenotype-genotype correlation employing high resolution array CGH may help identify clues regarding the genetic etiology of ophthalmologic features of this syndrome. © 2013 Informa Healthcare USA, Inc.

Jancuskova T.,Laboratory for Molecular Diagnostics | Plachy R.,Laboratory for Molecular Diagnostics | Stika J.,Laboratory for Molecular Diagnostics | Zemankova L.,Laboratory for Molecular Diagnostics | And 13 more authors.
Leukemia Research | Year: 2013

Acute leukemias (AL) comprise a heterogeneous group of hematologic malignancies, and individual patient responses to treatment can be difficult to predict. Monitoring of minimal residual disease (MRD) is thus very important and holds great potential for improving treatment strategies. Common MRD targets include recurrent cytogenetic abnormalities and mutations in important hematological genes; unfortunately well-characterized targets are lacking in many AL patients. Here we demonstrate a technical approach for the identification and mapping of novel clone-specific chromosomal abnormalities down to the nucleotide level. We used molecular cytogenetics, chromosome microdissection, amplification of the microdissected material, and next-generation sequencing to develop PCR-based MRD assays based on unique breakpoint sequences. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

Capelli D.,Marche Polytechnic University | Chiarucci M.,Marche Polytechnic University | Poloni A.,Marche Polytechnic University | Saraceni F.,Marche Polytechnic University | And 12 more authors.
Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation | Year: 2014

We prospectively evaluated 2 postconsolidation strategies, administered according to the mobilization outcome, in 72 acute myeloid leukemia (AML) fit elderly patients, achieving complete remission after the first high-dose cytarabine-based induction. Autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) was performed in patients collecting ≥3×106 CD34+/kg and low-dose gemtuzumab ozogamicin (GO) was performed in poor mobilizers (collecting <3×106 CD34+/kg). Fifty-five patients (76.3%) underwent peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) mobilization, after first consolidation, and 24 of 55 (44%) collected >3×106 CD34+ cells/kg. Among the 55 patients eligible for PBSC mobilization, 7 did not receive the planned treatment, 23 were allocated for ASCT, and 25 were allocated for GO on an intention-to-treat basis. With a median follow-up of 70months (range, 24 to 124), 20 of 55 patients are alive, 18 of them in continuous complete remission. The 8-year overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS) are, respectively, 35.9% (95% confidence interval [CI] 24% to 49.8%) and 31.2% (95% CI, 21% to 43.8%), median OS and DFS were 22 and 16months, respectively. In multivariate analysis, postconsolidation treatment and hyperleukocytosis (WBC>50,000/μL) significantly predicted OS and DFS, whereas secondary AML was significantly associated with a higher relapse rate (83.4% versus 54% of de novo AML). Patients with hyperleukocytosis had 0% 3-year OS versus the 46% (at 8years) in patients without hyperleukocytosis (P=01); 57% of patients in the GO arm are alive at 8years, compared with 25.4% of patients in the ASCT arm, who had an overall relative risk (RR) of death of 2.6 (95% CI, 1.2 to 5.8; P=02). DFS at 8years was 45.3% in patients receiving GO, compared with 26% in ASCT arm (RR, 2.1; 95% CI, 1 to 4.3; P=05). Our study outlines low feasibility and efficacy of ASCT in elderly AML patients, whereas postconsolidation with GO appears safe and effective in this unfavorable setting. The study was registered at Umin Clinical Trial Registry (, number R000014052. © 2014 American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

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