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Monosomal karyotype in myeloid neoplasias: a literature review

Authors Anelli L, Pasciolla C, Zagaria A, Specchia G, Albano F

Received 4 February 2017

Accepted for publication 23 March 2017

Published 20 April 2017 Volume 2017:10 Pages 2163—2171


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Luisa Anelli, Crescenza Pasciolla, Antonella Zagaria, Giorgina Specchia, Francesco Albano

Department of Emergency and Organ Transplantation (D.E.T.O.), Hematology Section, University of Bari, Bari, Italy

Abstract: In 2008, the concept of the monosomal karyotype (MK) in adult acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients was introduced, defined by the presence of a chromosomal aberration pattern characterized by the presence of at least two autosomal monosomies or of one monosomy plus one or more structural aberrations (not including loss of a chromosome). We present a systematic review of the literature about the influence of the MK on the outcome of patients affected by myeloid malignancies (AML, myelodysplastic syndromes, and primary myelofibrosis). For this review, a comprehensive literature search using the term “monosomal karyotype” was performed, considering articles listed in MEDLINE. This analysis of the literature confirms the negative prognostic impact on survival of the MK in myeloid neoplasias. The detrimental effect of MK on AML patients’ outcome is independent of other variables, including adverse cytogenetic features, supporting the identification of this entity as a challenging subgroup of patients with distinct biologic and clinical features.

Keywords: monosomal karyotype, acute myeloid leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, primary myelofibrosis, prognosis

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