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The spectrum of somatic mutations in monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance indicates a less complex genomic landscape than that in multiple myeloma

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Aneta Mikulasova, Professor Graham Jackson



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© 2017 Ferrata Storti Foundation. Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance is a premalignant precursor of multiple myeloma with a 1% risk of progression per year. Although targeted analyses have shown the presence of specific genetic abnormalities such as IGH translocations, RB1 deletion, 1q gain, hyperdiploidy or RAS gene mutations, little is known about the molecular mechanism of malignant transformation. We performed whole exome sequencing together with comparative genomic hybridization plus single nucleotide polymorphism array analysis in 33 flow-cytometry-separated abnormal plasma cell samples from patients with monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance to describe somatic gene mutations and chromosome changes at the genome-wide level. Non-synonymous mutations and copy-number alterations were present in 97.0% and in 60.6% of cases, respectively. Importantly, the number of somatic mutations was significantly lower in monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance than in myeloma (P<10-4) and we identified six genes that were significantly mutated in myeloma (KRAS, NRAS, DIS3, HIST1H1E, EGR1 and LTB) within the monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance dataset. We also found a positive correlation with increasing chromosome changes and somatic gene mutations. IGH translocations, comprising t(4;14), t(11;14), t(14;16) and t(14;20), were present in 27.3% of cases and in a similar frequency to myeloma, consistent with the primary lesion hypothesis. MYC translocations and TP53 deletions or mutations were not detected in samples from patients with monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance, indicating that they may be drivers of progression to myeloma. Data from this study show that monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance is genetically similar to myeloma, however overall genetic abnormalities are present at significantly lower levels in monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significant than in myeloma.

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Author(s): Mikulasova A, Wardell CP, Murison A, Boyle EM, Jackson GH, Smetana J, Kufova Z, Pour L, Sandecka V, Almasi M, Vsianska P, Gregora E, Kuglik P, Hajek R, Davies FE, Morgan GJ, Walker BA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Haematologica

Year: 2017

Volume: 102

Issue: 9

Pages: 1617-1625

Print publication date: 31/08/2017

Online publication date: 26/05/2017

Acceptance date: 16/05/2017

Date deposited: 05/10/2017

ISSN (print): 0390-6078

ISSN (electronic): 1592-8721

Publisher: Ferrata Storti Foundation


DOI: 10.3324/haematol.2017.163766

PubMed id: 28550183


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