A panel of 51 cases of essential thrombocythaemia (ET), in chronic or leukaemic phase, was investigated for p53 gene and RAS oncogenes mutations by PCR-SSCP-direct sequencing. No RAS oncogenes mutations were detected, but p53 mutations were identified in three cases: 1/27 cases (~4%) in chronic phase not undergoing chemotherapy, 1/19 cases (~5%) in chronic phase undergoing chemotherapy, and 1/5 cases (20%) which had progressed to leukaemia. Our results suggest that: (1) p53 gene mutations occur sporadically in the chronic phase of ET, independent of chemotherapy, and may contribute to the progression to the leukaemic phase in a limited number of ET patients; (2) the RAS genes family does not seem to be involved in the pathogenesis of ET, unlike other bcr/abl negative chronic myeloproliferative diseases (CMPDs).
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||British Journal of Haematology|
|Publication status||Published - 1996|
- Essential thrombocythaemia
- Leukaemic phase
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