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Leuk Res. 2008 Mar;32(3):369-77. Epub 2007 Aug 23.

Most pediatric patients with essential thrombocythemia show hypersensitivity to erythropoietin in vitro, with rare JAK2 V617F-positive erythroid colonies.

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Department of Biology, Faculty of Medicine, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic.

Abstract

Essential thrombocythemia (ET), a Philadelphia (Ph) chromosome negative chronic myeloproliferative disorder, is usually a disease of middle age and it is extremely rare in pediatric patients. In this report we studied 12 children diagnosed with ET and one child with thrombocytosis and family history of ET. We failed to detect JAK2 V617F mutation either in peripheral blood leukocytes or in separated platelets and granulocytes. Monoclonal hematopoiesis was noted in only one female patient. Erythroid progenitors of most of the patients displayed hypersensitivity to erythropoietin (Epo) in vitro; Epo-independent erythroid colonies (EECs) were detected in seven patients. Among EECs of three patients we observed rare colonies heterozygous or homozygous for the JAK2 V617F mutation. Our data suggest that childhood ET patients could bear minor JAK2 V617F-positive subclones.

PMID:
17719087
DOI:
10.1016/j.leukres.2007.07.011
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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