Additional gene mutations may refine the 2017 European LeukemiaNet classification in adult patients with de novo acute myeloid leukemia aged <60 years

Academic Article


  • The European LeukemiaNet (ELN) recommendations for diagnosis and management of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) have become an important tool to assess patients’ prognosis and guide treatment. We tested the prognostic impact of the 2017 ELN classification in a large cohort of 863 AML patients aged <60 years similarly treated on Cancer and Leukemia Group B/Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology studies. Based on multivariable models within each ELN genetic-risk group, we identified additional gene mutations that may refine the 2017 ELN risk classification. BCOR- or SETBP1-mutated favorable-risk patients with non-core-binding factor AML and IDH-mutated adverse-risk patients had intermediate-risk outcomes. Outcomes of NPM1/WT1 co-mutated patients and those of ZRSR2-mutated patients resembled outcome of adverse-risk patients. Moreover, FLT3-ITDhigh allelic ratio conferred adverse rather than intermediate-risk irrespective of the NPM1 mutation status, and DNMT3A mutations associated with very poor survival. Application of these refinements reclassified 9% of current favorable-risk patients and 53% of current intermediate-risk patients to the adverse-risk group, with similar poor survival as current adverse-risk patients. Furthermore, 4% of current favorable-risk patients and 9% of adverse-risk patients were reclassified to the intermediate-risk group.
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  • Leukemia  Journal
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    Author List

  • Eisfeld AK; Kohlschmidt J; Mims A; Nicolet D; Walker CJ; Blachly JS; Carroll AJ; Papaioannou D; Kolitz JE; Powell BE
  • Start Page

  • 3215
  • End Page

  • 3227
  • Volume

  • 34
  • Issue

  • 12