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Puig N.,University of Salamanca | Sarasquete M.E.,University of Salamanca | Balanzategui A.,University of Salamanca | Martinez J.,Hospital 12 Of Octubre | And 19 more authors.
Leukemia | Year: 2014

We have analyzed the applicability, sensitivity and prognostic value of allele-specific oligonucleotide real-time quantitative PCR (ASO RQ-PCR) as a method for minimal residual disease (MRD) assessment in patients with multiple myeloma (MM), comparing the results with those of multiparameter flow cytometry (MFC). A total of 170 patients enrolled in three consecutive Spanish trials achieving at least partial response after treatment were included. Lack of clonality detection (n=31), unsuccessful sequencing (n=17) and suboptimal ASO performance (n=51) limited the applicability of PCR to 42% of cases. MRD was finally investigated in 103 patients (including 32 previously studied) with persistent disease identified by PCR and MFC in 54% and 46% of cases, respectively. A significant correlation in MRD quantitation by both the techniques was noted (r=0.881, P<0.001), being reflective of treatment intensity. Patients with <10-4 residual tumor cells showed longer progression-free survival (PFS) compared with the rest (not reached (NR) vs 31 months, P=0.002), with similar results observed with MFC. Among complete responders (n=62), PCR discriminated two risk groups with different PFS (49 vs 26 months, P=0.001) and overall survival (NR vs 60 months, P=0.008). Thus, although less applicable than MFC, ASO RQ-PCR is a powerful technique to assess treatment efficacy and risk stratification in MM. © 2014 Macmillan Publishers Limited.

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