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Levels of accumulation of methotrexate polyglutamates were measured in vitro in lymphoblasts obtained at diagnosis from children with B-progenitor cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (pro-B ALL). They were compared to numerical and structural chromosomal abnormalities present in these leukemic cells. In a series of 95 patients, the percent with high(More)
Children with B-progenitor cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia whose lymphoblasts at diagnosis accumulate high levels of methotrexate (MTX) and MTX polyglutamates (MTXPGs) appear to have a good prognosis. This has been attributed to increased sensitivity of their blast cells to MTX. However, the proportion of children who are cured of B-progenitor cell acute(More)
Hyperdiploidy (greater than 50 chromosomes, or a DNA index greater than 1.16) confers a favorable prognosis in B-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia of childhood. Children with B-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia whose lymphoblasts at diagnosis accumulate high levels of methotrexate (MTX) and MTX polyglutamates (MTXPGs) in vitro experience a better(More)
We reported that children with B-progenitor-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BpALL) treated in the early 1980s whose lymphoblasts accumulated high levels of methotrexate (MTX) and of methotrexate polyglutamates (MTXPGs) in vitro had an improved 5-year event-free survival (EFS) (65% (standard error (s.e.) 12%) vs 22% (s.e. 9%)). We repeated this study in(More)
Hyperdiploidy (>50 chromosomes, or a DNA index >1.16) confers a favorable prognosis in B-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia of childhood. Children with B-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia whose lymphoblasts at diagnosis accumulate high levels of methotrexate (MTX) and MTX polyglutamates (MTXPGs) in vitro experience a better eventfree survival than(More)
Lymphoblasts from children with B-progenitor cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BpALL) with chromosomal hyperdiploidy and with translocations affecting chromosome 12p11-13, accumulate high and low levels of methotrexate polyglutamates (MTXPGs), respectively. Recently a cryptic translocation, t(12;21) (p13;q22), has been demonstrated by molecular and(More)
Children with B-progenitor cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia whose lymphoblasts at diagnosis accumulate high levels of methotrexate (MTh) and MTX polyglutamates (MTXPGs) appear to have a good prognosis. This has been attributed to increased sensitivity oftheir blast cells to MTX. However, the proportion of children who are cured of Bprogenitor cell acute(More)
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