Author(s): Chang CC, Lorek J, Sabath DE, Li Y, Chitambar CR,
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Abstract In this study, we evaluated the prognostic significance of multiple myeloma-1/interferon regulatory factor-4 (MUM1/IRF4) expression in B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL). Our results demonstrated that the absence of MUM1/IRF4 expression showed the highest relative risk among the factors analyzed in determining the probability for death in patients with B-CLL using univariate and multivariate Cox regression analysis. Patients without MUM1/IRF4 expression had significantly worse overall survival than did those with MUM1/IRF4 expression (52\% cumulative survival, 63 months vs not reached, Kaplan-Meier survival analysis; P <.03, log-rank test). Patients with MUM1/IRF4 expression were more likely to have disease at low Rai stage and interstitial/nodular marrow involvement. Furthermore, only 1 of 11 patients with MUM1/IRF4 expression and interstitial/nodular marrow involvement died during a 100-month follow-up. Our results suggest that B-CLL with expression of MUM1/IRF4, indicative of postgerminal center origin, has a more favorable clinical course and that MUM1/IRF4 is an important prognostic marker in B-CLL.
This article was published in Blood
and referenced in Journal of Genetic Syndromes & Gene Therapy