TERTrs2736100 A>C SNP andJAK246/1 haplotype significantly contribute to the occurrence ofJAK2V617F andCALRmutated myeloproliferative neoplasms – a multicentric study on 529 patients

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Polycythaemia vera (PV), essential thrombocythaemia (ET) and primary myelofibrosis (PMF) represent typical myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN), usually characterized by specific somatic driver mutations (JAK2 V617F, CALR and MPL). JAK2 46/1 haplotype and telomerase reverse transcriptase gene (TERT) rs2736100 A>C single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) could represent a large fraction of the genetic predisposition seen in MPN. The rs10974944 C>G SNP, tagging the JAK2 46/1 haplotype, and the TERT rs2736100 A>C SNP were genotyped in 529 MPN patients with known JAK2 V617F, CALR and MPL status, and 433 controls. JAK2 46/1 haplotype strongly correlated to JAK2 V617F-positive MPN and, to a lesser extent, CALR-positive MPN. The TERT rs2736100 A>C SNP strongly correlated to all MPN, regardless of the phenotype (PV, ET or PMF) and major molecular subtype (JAK2 V617F- or CALR-positive). While both variants have a significant contribution, they have nuanced consequences, with JAK2 46/1 predisposing essentially to JAK2 V617F-positive MPN, and TERT rs2736100 A>C having a more general, non-specific effect on all MPN, regardless of phenotype or major molecular subtype.

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