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Coexistence of JAK2 and CALR mutations and their clinical implications in patients with essential thrombocythemia

: Kang, Min-Gu; Choi, Hyun-Woo; Lee, Jun Hyung; Choi, Yong Jun; Choi, Hyun-Jung; Shin, Jong Hee; Suh, Soon-Pal; Szardenings, Michael; Kim, Hye-Ran; Shin, Myung Geun

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OncoTarget 7 (2016), No.35, pp.57036-57049
ISSN: 1949-2553
Journal Article, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IZI ()
calreticulin; coexistence; essential thrombocythemia; janus Kinase 2; myeloproliferative disorders

Janus kinase 2 (JAK2) and calreticulin (CALR) constitute the two most frequent mutations in essential thrombocythemia (ET), and both are reported to be mutually exclusive. Hence, we examined a cohort of 123 myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN) patients without BCR-ABL1 rearrangement and additional ET patients (n=96) for coexistence of JAK2 and CALR mutations. The frequency of CALR mutations was 20.3% in 123 MPN patients; 31.1% in ET (n=74), 25% in primary myelofibrosis (n=4) and 2.2% in polycythemia vera (n=45). JAK2 and CALR mutations coexisted in 7 (4.2%) of 167 ET patients. Clinical characteristics, progression-free survival (PFS), and elapsed time to achieve partial remission across 4 groups (JAK2+/CALR+, JAK2+/CALR-, JAK2-/CALR+, JAK2-/CALR-) were reviewed. The JAK2+/CALR- group had higher leukocyte counts and hemoglobin levels and more frequent thrombotic events than JAK2-/CALR- group. JAK2 mutations have a greater effect on the disease phenotype and the clinical features of MPN patients rather than do CALR mutation. JAK2+ groups showed a tendency of poor PFS than JAK2-groups regardless of CALR mutation. CALR+ was a predictor of late response to the treatment. Our study also showed that thrombosis was more frequent in ET patients with type 2 CALR mutations than in those with type 1 CALR mutations.