Molecular classification and pharmacogenetics of primary plasma cell leukemia: An initial approach toward precision medicine

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Primary plasma cell leukemia (pPCL) is a rare and aggressive variant of multiple myeloma (MM) which may represent a valid model for high-risk MM. This disease is associated with a very poor prognosis, and unfortunately, it has not significantly improved during the last three decades. New high-throughput technologies have allowed a better understanding of the molecular basis of this disease and moved toward risk stratification, providing insights for targeted therapy studies. This knowledge, added to the pharmacogenetic profile of new and old agents in the analysis of efficacy and safety, could contribute to help clinical decisions move toward a precision medicine and a better clinical outcome for these patients. In this review, we describe the available literature concerning the genomic characterization and pharmacogenetics of plasma cell leukemia (PCL).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17514-17534
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Jul 30 2015



  • Molecular profiling
  • Pharmacogenetics
  • Plasma cell leukemia
  • Precision medicine
  • Risk stratification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Computer Science Applications

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