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CD31 density is a novel risk factor for patients with B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukaemia

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Tryfonia Mainou-Fowler, Dr John Anderson, Professor Stephen Proctor


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CD31 is the physiological ligand for CD38. CD38 expression in a high percentage of malignant cells is a risk factor for patients with B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (B-CLL). A previous investigation demonstrated that quantification of CD38 improves upon the prognostic value of the percentage expression. A recent study states that the percentage of CD31 expression is not predictive in B-CLL. We reassessed the predictive power of CD31 in a cohort of 120 patients with B-CLL. Peripheral blood cells were stained with PCP-labelled anti (alpha)-CD19, FITC-alpha-CD5 and PE-alpha-CD31 antibodies. CD31 expression was quantified using beads of specific antibody binding capacity and the density was correlated with clinical outcome. End points were disease-specific survival and time to treatment (TTT). We report that CD31 density was significantly lower in the group of patients with Binet stage B and C of disease progression (P=0.0003). There was an inverse, significant correlation between CD31 and CD38 densities (R= -0.281, P=0.002). All CLL-related deaths occurred in patients with low CD31 density. Low CD31 predicted for poor disease outcome (survival, P=0.0087; TTT, P=0.0064) and identified Binet stage A patients (survival, P=0.0350; TTT, P=0.0716) and those with low CD38 (survival: all patients, P<0.0001; stage A, P=0.003) who followed a more aggressive clinical course. Disease-specific survival of patients with low CD31 and high CD38 densities was significantly shorter than all other groups. In addition, low CD31 density was a poor risk factor irrespective of patient age (survival: all patients, P=0.045; stage A, P=0.021) and identified patients with Binet stage B/C as the highest risk group (P<0.0001). In conclusion, low CD31 density is an adverse prognostic indicator in B-CLL. Also, low CD31 density enhances the prognostic power of CD38 density. The interaction between CD31 and CD38 and its clinical significance in B-CLL requires further investigation.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Mainou Fowler T, Porteous AM, Anderson JJ, Nicolle A, Miller S, Proctor SJ, Sommerfield GP

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Oncology

Year: 2008

Volume: 33

Issue: 1

Pages: 169-174

ISSN (print): 1019-6439

ISSN (electronic): 1791-2423

Publisher: Spandidos Publications