International Journal of Hematology

DOI: 10.1007/s12185-016-1959-5 Pages: 365-372

Evolution of myeloid leukemia in children with Down syndrome

1. Kyoto University, Department of Pediatrics, Graduate School of Medicine

Correspondence to:
Satoshi Saida
Email: satoshi@kuhp.kyoto-u.ac.jp

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Abstract

Children with Down syndrome (DS) have a markedly increased risk of leukemia. They are at particular risk of acute megakaryoblastic leukemia, known as myeloid leukemia associated with DS (ML–DS), the development of which is closely linked to a preceding temporary form of neonatal leukemia called transient abnormal myelopoiesis (TAM). Findings from recent clinical and laboratory studies suggest that constitutional trisomy 21 and GATA1 mutation(s) cause TAM, and that additional genetic alteration(s) including those in epigenetic regulators and signaling molecules are involved in the progression from TAM to ML–DS. Thus, this disease progression represents an important model of multi-step leukemogenesis. The present review focuses on the evolutionary process of TAM to ML–DS, and advances in the understanding of perturbed hematopoiesis in DS with respect to GATA1 mutation and recent findings, including cooperating genetic events, are discussed.

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