Application of the AMLprofiler diagnostic microarray in the South African setting

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Peer-Reviewed Research
  • SDG 3
  • Abstract:

    Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is characterized by proliferation of the myeloid lineage and accumulation of immature hematopoietic cells in the bone marrow and is typified by marked heterogeneity both in response to treatment and survival. AMLprofiler is a qualitative in vitro diagnostic microarray incorporating seven molecular biomarkers used to diagnose and predict posttherapy survival rates. In this study, we compared AMLprofiler to routine AML diagnostic methodologies employed in South Africa, focusing on consistency of the results, cost, and time to result. RNA was isolated from bone marrow and peripheral blood samples from patients with de novo AML and was processed using Affymetrix Gene Profiling Reagent kits. The results from AMLprofiler and standard methodologies were highly comparable. In addition, many samples were determined to be positive for biomarkers not routinely investigated in South Africa, namely, CEBPA double mutants, NPM1 variants, and altered expression levels of BAALC and EVI1. 38% of samples presented with no positive biomarker; AMLprofiler nonetheless enabled 26% of AML patients to be classified into either favorable or poor prognostic categories. This study highlights the comprehensive nature of the microarray. Decreased time to result and refinement of risk stratification are notable benefits.