JAK2V617F homozygosity arises commonly and recurrently in PV and ET, but PV is characterized by expansion of a dominant homozygous subclone

Anna L Godfrey, Edwin Chen, Francesca Pagano, Christina A Ortmann, Yvonne Silber, Beatriz Bellosillo, Paola Guglielmelli, Claire N Harrison, John T Reilly, Frank Stegelmann, Fontanet Bijou, Eric Lippert, Mary F McMullin, Jean-Michel Boiron, Konstanze Döhner, Alessandro M Vannucchi, Carlos Besses, Peter J Campbell, Anthony R Green

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Abstract

Subclones homozygous for JAK2V617F are more common in polycythemia vera (PV) than essential thrombocythemia (ET), but their prevalence and significance remain unclear. The JAK2 mutation status of 6495 BFU-E, grown in low erythropoietin conditions, was determined in 77 patients with PV or ET. Homozygous-mutant colonies were common in patients with JAK2V617F-positive PV and were surprisingly prevalent in JAK2V617F-positive ET and JAK2 exon 12-mutated PV. Using microsatellite PCR to map loss-of-heterozygosity breakpoints within individual colonies, we demonstrate that recurrent acquisition of JAK2V617F homozygosity occurs frequently in both PV and ET. PV was distinguished from ET by expansion of a dominant homozygous subclone, the selective advantage of which is likely to reflect additional genetic or epigenetic lesions. Our results suggest a model in which development of a dominant JAK2V617F-homzygous subclone drives erythrocytosis in many PV patients, with alternative mechanisms operating in those with small or undetectable homozygous-mutant clones.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2704-7
Number of pages4
JournalBlood
Volume120
Issue number13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sep 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Immunology

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