Improved risk classification for risk-specific therapy based on the molecular study of minimal residual disease (MRD) in adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Renato Bassan, Orietta Spinelli, Elena Oldani, Tamara Intermesoli, Manuela Tosi, Barbara Peruta, Giuseppe Rossi, Erika Borlenghi, Enrico M. Pogliani, Elisabetta Terruzzi, Pietro Fabris, Vincenzo Cassibba, Giorgio Lambertenghi-Deliliers, Agostino Cortelezzi, Alberto Bosi, Giacomo Gianfaldoni, Fabio Ciceri, Massimo Bernardi, Andrea Gallamini, Daniele MatteiEros Di Bona, Claudio Romani, Anna Maria Scattolin, Tiziano Barbui, Alessandro Rambaldi

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Abstract

Clinical risk classification is inaccurate in predicting relapse in adult patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, sometimes resulting in patients receiving inappropriate chemotherapy or stem cell transplantation (SCT). We studied minimal residual disease (MRD) as a predictive factor for recurrence and as a decisional tool for postconsolidation maintenance (in MRDneg) or SCT (in MRDpos). MRD was tested at weeks 10, 16, and 22 using real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction with 1 or more sensitive probes. Only patients with t(9; 22) or t(4;11) were immediately eligible for allogeneic SCT. Of 280 registered patients (236 in remission), 34 underwent an early SCT, 60 suffered from relapse or severe toxicity, and 142 were evaluable for MRD at the end of consolidation. Of these, 58 were MRDneg, 54 MRDpos, and 30 were not assessable. Five-year overall survival/ disease-free survival rates were 0.75/0.72 in the MRDneg group compared with 0.33/ 0.14 in MRDpos (P = .001), regardless of the clinical risk class. MRD was the most significant risk factor for relapse (hazard ratio, 5.22). MRD results at weeks 16 to 22 correlated strongly with the earlier time point (P = .001) using a level of 10-4 or higher to define persistent disease. MRD analysis during early postremission therapy improves risk definitions and bolsters risk-oriented strategies. ClinicalTrials. gov identifier: NCT00358072.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4153-4162
Number of pages10
JournalBlood
Volume113
Issue number18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Immunology

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    Bassan, R., Spinelli, O., Oldani, E., Intermesoli, T., Tosi, M., Peruta, B., Rossi, G., Borlenghi, E., Pogliani, E. M., Terruzzi, E., Fabris, P., Cassibba, V., Lambertenghi-Deliliers, G., Cortelezzi, A., Bosi, A., Gianfaldoni, G., Ciceri, F., Bernardi, M., Gallamini, A., ... Rambaldi, A. (2009). Improved risk classification for risk-specific therapy based on the molecular study of minimal residual disease (MRD) in adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Blood, 113(18), 4153-4162. https://doi.org/10.1182/blood-2008-11-185132