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Br J Haematol. 2001 Aug;114(2):281-9.

Quantification of TEL-AML1 transcript for minimal residual disease assessment in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

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Laboratoire de Biochimie Génétique, Hôpital Robert Debré, Paris, France.


Strategies currently used for residual disease detection in acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) rely on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) detection of immunoglobulin and T-cell receptor rearrangements. The TEL-AML1 fusion transcript, which is associated with t(12;21) (p13;q22), is found in 25% of childhood B-cell precursor ALL, and represents an interesting alternative target. We compared two methods for quantitating TEL-AML1 fusion transcripts: competitive PCR and real-time PCR. These techniques showed similar sensitivity (5 x 10(-5)) and reproducibility. Giving highly correlated results, both techniques can be conveniently used for TEL-AML1 transcript quantification. The constancy of TEL-AML1 expression was evaluated by measuring TEL-AML1 transcripts at different steps of the cell cycle, and in 21 cases of ALL at diagnosis. No major variation in TEL-AML1 expression was observed during the cell cycle or in 20/21 of the ALL patients. Residual disease was then determined after completion of induction therapy in 20 patients with a TEL-AML1-positive ALL. Seven patients out of 20 (35%) were still positive, including two patients with high level of residual blasts (close to or beyond 10(-2)). When comparison was possible, results obtained using TEL-AML1 quantification were in accordance with those obtained using T-cell receptor rearrangements analysis.

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