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Blood. 1998 Feb 1;91(3):1029-36.

Lung-resistance-related protein expression is a negative predictive factor for response to conventional low but not to intensified dose alkylating chemotherapy in multiple myeloma.

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Departments of Haematology and Immunology, University Hospital Utrecht, The Netherlands.


This study was undertaken to assess the significance of lung-resistance related protein (LRP) expression in plasma cells from untreated multiple myeloma (MM) patients and to determine whether LRP was associated with a poor response and survival in patients treated with different dose regimens of melphalan. Seventy untreated patients received conventional oral dose melphalan (0.25 mg/kg, day 1 to 4) combined with prednisone (MP) or intravenous intermediate-IDM; 70 mg/m2) or high- (140 mg/m2) dose Melphalan (HDM). LRP expression was assessed with immunocytochemistry using the LRP-56 monoclonal antibody. LRP expression was found in 47% of patients. In the MP treated patients, LRP expression was a significant prognostic factor regarding response induction (P < .05), event free survival (P < .003), and overall survival (P < .001). In the intensified dose melphalan treated patients LRP did not have a prognostic value. The response rates of LRP-positive patients to MP and IDM/HDM were 18% versus 81%, respectively (P < .0001). We conclude that LRP is frequently expressed in untreated MM patients and is an independent predictor for response and survival in patients treated with MP. Pretreatment assessment of LRP identifies a subpopulation of patients with a poor probability of response to conventional dose melphalan. Dose intensification of melphalan is likely to overcome LRP-mediated resistance.

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