South Asian Journal of Cancer

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2017  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 46--50

In the era of next generation sequencing, is the cytogenetic analysis still important in polycythemia vera?


Prakas Kumar Mandal, S Kartthik 
 Department of Hematology, N.R.S. Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Prakas Kumar Mandal
Department of Hematology, N.R.S. Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal
India




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Mandal PK, Kartthik S. In the era of next generation sequencing, is the cytogenetic analysis still important in polycythemia vera?.South Asian J Cancer 2017;6:46-50


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Mandal PK, Kartthik S. In the era of next generation sequencing, is the cytogenetic analysis still important in polycythemia vera?. South Asian J Cancer [serial online] 2017 [cited 2017 Oct 19 ];6:46-50
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Dear Editor,

Polycythemia vera (PV) is a Philadelphia chromosome-negative myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN) characterized by increased red blood cell production. WHO 2008 criteria for PV diagnosis are based on laboratory, morphological, and molecular findings. Microsatellite studies on chromosome nine identified acquired uniparental disomy (UPD) as a common defect in MPN. V617F mutation in the Janus kinase 2 gene (JAK2) present in 95% of PV and >50% of essential thrombocythemia (ET) and primary myelofibrosis (PMF) patients.[1] New target gene CBL is associated with aberrations of chromosome 11q.[2] CBL exons 8 and 9 (11q23.3) mutations seen commonly in PMF and post MPN and rarer in PV and ET.[1] Here we report a case of PV with 11q23 deletion with a stable disease.

A 70-year-old male presented with pruritus for 1 year. Hemoglobin was 211 g/L, hematocrit-68.5%, total leucocyte count−20.6 × 106/L, platelet count−470 × 109/L with neutrophilic leukocytosis. Bone marrow was hypercellular with trilineage hyperplasia. Serum erythropoietin was 1.2 mIU/ml and JAK2 V617F from peripheral blood was positive. Cytogenetic analysis showed 46, XY with 11q23 deletion in 100% cells [Figure 1]. He was started on biweekly phlebotomy, aspirin 75 mg once daily and hydroxyurea 500 mg once daily; maintaining a hematocrit of 45% and off phlebotomy for the last 8 months.{Figure 1}

Cytogenetic abnormalities in PV being del (20q), del (13q), +8, +9 and chromosome 1 abnormalities and acquired UPD of 1p, 4q 7q, 9p, and 11q associated with homozygosity for mutations in MPL, TET2, EZH2, JAK2 and CBL respectively.[2] CBL mutations in myeloid malignancies are associated with 11q acquired UPD.[3] The present case compared with cases from other studies with chromosome 11 abnormalities in [Table 1]. It's apparent from the literature that PV with chromosome 11 abnormalities has a chance of progression to AML. Hence, our index case has to be kept on close follow-up. Next generation sequencing based identification of molecular markers indicating progression, are mostly not available in resource constrain countries like India. Therefore, one may still use conventional cytogenetics to indicate the molecular change responsible for progression.{Table 1}

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