Decitabine is a hypomethylating agent with proven clinical efficacy in myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). The current study analyzed the role of single nucleotide polymorphism array (SNP-A)-based karyotyping in prediction of clinical outcome in MDS or chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) patients following decitabine therapy. A total of 61 MDS/CMML patients treated with decitabine were evaluated with Genome-Wide Human SNP 6.0 Array using DNAs derived from marrow samples. The primary endpoint was the best response rate including complete (CR) and partial response (PR) with overall (OS) and event-free survival (EFS) as secondary endpoints. Best response was noted in 14 patients (26.4 %) out of 53 evaluated patients including 12 CR and two PR with median follow-up of 21.6 months. A total of 81 abnormal SNP lesions were found in 25 out of 61 patients (41.0 %). The patients carrying abnormal SNP lesions showed an inferior CR/PR rate (p = 0.002) and showed a trend of worse OS (p = 0.02 in univariate, p = 0.09 in multivariate) compared to those without SNP lesions, but not were associated with inferior EFS. The presence of abnormal SNP lesions in MDS was associated with adverse outcomes following decitabine therapy. Further study is strongly warranted to establish the role of SNP-A karyotyping in MDS.
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Acknowledgments This study was supported by grants of Korea Health Technology R&D Project, Ministry for Health, Welfare & Family Affairs, Republic of Korea (A090618 and A100821) and a grant of the National Project for Personalized Genomic Medicine, Ministry for Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea (A111218-GM06).
- Chronic monomyelocytic leukemia
- Copy neutral loss of heterozygosity (CN-LOH)
- Copy number alterations
- Myelodysplastic syndrome
- Single nucleotide polymorphism-based karyotyping