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Haematologica. 2012 Oct;97(10):1582-5. doi: 10.3324/haematol.2012.064683. Epub 2012 Apr 17.

Molecular analyses of 15,542 patients with suspected BCR-ABL1-negative myeloproliferative disorders allow to develop a stepwise diagnostic workflow.

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  • 1MLL Munich Leukemia Laboratory, Munich, Germany.


We investigated 15,542 patients with suspected BCR-ABL1- negative myeloproliferative or myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasm (including 359 chronic myelomonocytic leukemia) by a molecular marker set. JAK2V617F was detected in the suspected categories as follows: polycythemia vera 88.3%, primary myelofibrosis 53.8%, essential thrombocythemia 50.2%, and not further classifiable myeloproliferative neoplasms 38.0%. JAK2 exon 12 mutations were detected in 40.0% JAK2V617F-negative suspected polycythemia vera, MPLW515 mutations in 13.2%JAK2V617F-negative primary myelofibrosis and 7.1% JAK2V617F-negative essential thrombocythemia. TET2 mutations were distributed across all entities but were most frequent in suspected chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (77.8%). CBL mutations were identified in suspected chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (13.9%), primary myelofibrosis (8.0%), and not further classifiable myeloproliferative neoplasm (7.0%). This leads to a stepwise workflow for suspected myeloproliferative neoplasms starting with JAK2V617F and investigating JAK2V617F-negative patients for JAK2 exon 12 or MPL mutations, respectively. In cases in which a myeloproliferative neoplasm cannot be established, analysis for TET2, CBL and EZH2 mutations may be indicated.

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