We have developed a multiplex reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) reaction, which enables us to detect 29 translocations/chromosomal aberrations in patients with acute lymphoid leukemia (ALL) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Through the construction and optimization of specific primers for each translocation, we have been able to reduce the set-up to 8 parallel multiplex PCR reactions, thus greatly decreasing the amount of work and reagents. We show the value of our set-up in a retrospective analysis on cryopreserved material from 102 AML and 62 ALL patients. The multiplex RT-PCR detected a hybrid mRNA resulting from a structural chromosomal aberration in 45 of 102 (44%) of the AML and in 28 of 62 (45%) of the pediatric ALL cases. Importantly, in 33% of AML and in 47% of the ALL cases with cytogenetic data, submicroscopic chromosomal aberrations or masked translocations were shown that were not detected in the cytogenetic analysis either for structural reasons or because of an insufficient number of metaphases obtained. This multiplex RT-PCR system, which can handle up to 10 patients with a response time of 2 working days, is thus an important tool that complements cytogenetic analysis in the up-front screening of acute leukemia patients and should provide a rapid and efficient characterization of leukemia cells, even in situations with sparse patient material.
|Status||Udgivet - 15 jul. 1998|