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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 39  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 232-237

Quantitative assessment of MLAA-34 expression in a sample of Egyptian patients with acute myeloblastic leukemia

1 Department of Clinical Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt
2 Department of Hematology, Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt

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Mona Wagdy Ayad
9 Abd El Hamid El Deeb Street, Sarwat, Alex
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1110-1067.153966

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Background: MLAA-34 is a novel acute monocytic leukemia-associated antigen. Previous studies found that it might be an antiapoptotic factor and play a role in the carcinogenesis and the progression of leukemia, and its overexpression might be associated with an unfavorable presentation of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Aim and objectives: The aim of this work was to study the expression of MLAA-34 in AML and its correlation with known prognostic parameters and the clinical outcome. Patients and methods: In 30 patients with de-novo AML compared with a control group of 25 age-matched and sex-matched individuals, MLAA-34 expression was assessed using quantitative real-time RT-PCR. Results and conclusion: Results revealed an overexpression of MLAA-34 in patients with AML-M5 compared with controls. Also, MLAA-34 expression was associated with a poor outcome and unfavorable presentation (a high leukocytic count and extramedullary disease). In conclusion, MLAA-34 may be used as a prognostic tool in AML, especially M5. Egyptian J Haematol 39:-0 © 2014 The Egyptian Society of Haematology.

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