Diagnostic, Prognostic, and Predictive Utility of Recurrent Somatic Mutations in Myeloid Neoplasms

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The classification and risk stratification of myeloid neoplasms, including acute myeloid leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, myelodysplastic syndromes/myeloproliferative neoplasms, and myeloproliferative neoplasms, have increasingly been guided by molecular genetic abnormalities. Gene expression analysis and next-generation sequencing have led to the ever increasing discovery of somatic gene mutations in myeloid neoplasms. Mutations have been identified in genes involved in epigenetic modification, RNA splicing, transcription factors, DNA repair, and the cohesin complex. These new somatic/acquired gene mutations have refined the classification of myeloid neoplasms and have been incorporated into the 2016 update of the World Health Organization (WHO) classification and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines. They have also been helpful in the development of new targeted therapeutic agents. In the present review, we describe the clinical utility of recently identified, clinically important gene mutations in myeloid neoplasms, including those incorporated in the 2016 update of the WHO classification.

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