Frank Dicker

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Compared with fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), conventional metaphase cytogenetics play only a minor prognostic role in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) so far, due to technical problems resulting from limited proliferation of CLL cells in vitro. Here, we present a simple method for in vitro stimulation of CLL cells that overcomes this(More)
We analyzed the mutational hotspot region of SRSF2 (Pro95) in 275 cases with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML). In addition, ASXL1, CBL, EZH2, JAK2V617F, KRAS, NRAS, RUNX1, and TET2 mutations were investigated in subcohorts. Mutations in SRSF2 (SRSF2mut) were detected in 47% (129 of 275) of all cases. In detail, 120 cases had a missense mutation at(More)
PURPOSE Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) is a clonal hematopoietic malignancy that is characterized by features of both a myeloproliferative neoplasm and a myelodysplastic syndrome. Thus far, data on a comprehensive cytogenetic or molecular genetic characterization are limited. PATIENTS AND METHODS Here, we analyzed 81 thoroughly characterized(More)
In CLL data from chromosome banding analysis (CBA) have been scarce due to the low proliferative activity of CLL cells in vitro. We improved the cultivation technique using an immunostimulatory CpG-oligonucleotide DSP30 and IL-2. A total of 506 CLL samples were analysed with CBA and interphase FISH using probes for the detection of trisomy 12, IgH(More)
We analyzed a large cohort of 1160 untreated CLL patients for novel genetic markers (SF3B1, NOTCH1, FBXW7, MYD88, XPO1) in the context of molecular, immunophenotypic and cytogenetic data. NOTCH1 mutations (mut) (12.3%), SF3B1mut (9.0%) and TP53mut (7.1%) were more frequent than XPO1mut (3.4%), FBXW7mut (2.5%) and MYD88mut (1.5%). SF3B1mut, NOTCH1mut,(More)
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) B cells that express unmutated immunoglobulin heavy-chain variable region genes (IgV(H)) generally express ZAP-70, in contrast to normal B cells or most CLL cases with mutated IgV(H). Following IgM ligation, ZAP-70+ CLL cells had significantly higher levels of phosphorylated p72(Syk), BLNK, and phospholipase-Cgamma(More)
The karyotype is so far the most important prognostic parameter in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Molecular mutations have been analyzed to subdivide AML with normal karyotype into prognostic subsets. The aim of this study was to develop a prognostic model for the entire AML cohort solely based on molecular markers. One thousand patients with cytogenetic(More)
The poor prognosis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients with del (17p) is well established. We analyzed whether mutation of TP53 on the remaining allele adds to the poor prognosis or whether even TP53 mutation alone may be an adverse prognostic factor. We analyzed TP53 mutations in 193 CLL patients by denaturing high performance liquid(More)
Analyses of 164 RUNX1 mutations (RUNX1mut) in 147 of 449 patients (32.7%) with normal karyotype or noncomplex chromosomal imbalances were performed. RUNX1mut were most frequent in acute myeloid leukemia French-American-British classification M0 (65.2%) followed by M2 (32.4%) and M1 (30.2%). Considering cytogenetics, RUNX1mut were most frequent in cases with(More)
We investigated ten-eleven translocation 2 (TET2) mutations in acute myeloid leukemia (AML), their correlation with other gene mutations and prognostic value. By deep-sequencing, 131 somatic TET2 mutations were identified in 87/318 (27.4%) patients. Of 87 mutated cases, 44 (50.6%) carried two mutations. TET2 mutations were concomitantly observed with(More)