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Elena-Cristina Selicean, Mariana Patiu, Andrei Cucuianu, Delia Dima and Minodora Dobreanu

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Morphological and immuno- flow cytometry assisted analysis of peripheral blood and bone marrow are mandatory investigations in the diagnosis of acute leukemia. Cytology and immunophenotyping complement each other primarily because they have as common object malignant cell phenotype as a whole. The aim of our study was to analyze correlations between cytology and immunophenotyping on a group of patients investigated for acute myeloid leukemia. In our study the degree of correlation between blast percentage determined by cytology and immunophenotyping was low (r=0.049). The degree of correlation between myeloperoxidase positivity in cytochemistry and immunophenotyping was also low, with better results for cytochemistry. Expression of immunophenotypic markers was consistent with the composition of our group regarding French-American-British classes, except for HLA-DR (49.0%), TdT (3.77%), CD14 (5.66%), CD15 (5.66%). We also discuss the importance of interpreting with caution positivity for erythroid and megakaryocytic markers and differential diagnosis of cases simultaneously expressing CD7 and CD56. In conclusion, interpretation of immunophenotyping by flow citometry, done in close conjunction with morphology, is mandatory to facilitate the use of optimized sample processing methods and of standardized panels, for both appropriate diagnosis and follow-up.

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Delia Dima, Adrian P. Trifa, Mariana Paţiu, Cristian S. Vesa, Ioana C. Frinc, Ljubomir Petrov and Andrei Cucuianu

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Introduction. Since the introduction of the tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) imatinib mesylate (IM) in the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), a dramatic improvement in hematologic, cytogenetic and molecular responses was noted. Also, the overall survival increased significantly. Unfortunately, in certain patients, resistance to TKI develops relatively early, especially due to point mutations in the ABL kinase domain, among which the T315I mutation confers resistance to all three currently available TKIs (imatinib, dasatinib, nilotinib). Methods. We performed a prospective study on 74 patients diagnosed with chronic phase CML, for whom we analyzed the T315I mutation. Mutational analysis was performed using ARMS-PCR (with subsequent confirmation by direct sequencing) at regular intervals of 6 months or in case of suboptimal response, loss of response or progression. Correlations between the T315I mutation and disease characteristics, response to treatment and survival were analyzed. A comparative analysis between patients positive and negative for the mutation was performed. The patients were followed and evaluated according to European Leukemia Net (ELN) criteria. Results. T315I mutation was detected in 3 patients (4.05%) and its presence was correlated with younger age at diagnosis, second line TKI therapy, progressive disease and decreased survival from the moment of detection. Conclusions. ARMS-PCR is a sensitive, easy to use method for the detection of T315I mutation in chronic phase CML patients