Document Type: Research Articles
Hematology Unit, Clinical Pathology Department, Mansoura Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Egypt.
Hematology Unit, Internal Medicine Department, Mansoura University Oncology Center, Mansoura Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura, Egypt..
Background: The data about the clinical impact of NOTCH1 mutations among Egyptians B – cell chronic lymphocytic patients is not previously identified. We herein, evaluate the prevalence and the prognostic significance of neurogenic locus notch homolog protein-1 (NOTCH1) mutations in B- cell lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL). Methods: A cohort of 105 Egyptian B-CLL patients aging from 43 to 86 years. PCR products including NOTCH1 exon 26, 27, and distal part of exon 34 expanding the sequences encoding transcription activation domain (TAD) and a peptide sequence rich in proline (P), glutamic acid (E), serine (S), threonine (T) (PEST domains) were sequenced by direct DNA Sanger sequencing. Results: NOTCH1 mutations were detected in 48/105 of patients (45.7%). Mutations in B-CLL patients are insertions (n=21), point mutations (n=18) and deletions (n=12). NOTCH1 mutations showed significant impact on prognosis of B-CLL patients as they were associated with increased bone marrow lymphocytes, more relapse and high incidence of mortality, shortened overall survival and progression free survival, and lymphocytes doubling time, when compared with NOTCH1 wild type B-CLL patients (P= 0.001; 0,005; 0.042; 0.049; 0.008; 0.049 respectively). Conclusion: NOTCH1 mutations were considered as bad prognostic marker in B-CLL and suggested to be included in risk stratification of B-CLL patients at diagnosis.