Marwan Kwok

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BACKGROUND DNA damage response (DDR) defects, particularly TP53 and biallelic ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM) aberrations, are associated with genomic instability, clonal evolution, and chemoresistance in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). Therapies capable of providing long-term disease control in CLL patients with DDR defects are lacking. Using(More)
TP53 and ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM) defects are associated with genomic instability, clonal evolution, and chemoresistance in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Currently, therapies capable of providing durable remissions in relapsed/refractory TP53- or ATM-defective CLL are lacking. Ataxia telangiectasia and Rad3-related (ATR) mediates response(More)
Although imatinib mesylate has revolutionized the treatment of chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML), resistance to the drug, manifesting as relapse after an initial response or persistence of disease, remains a therapeutic challenge. In order to overcome this, alternative or additional targeting of signaling pathways downstream of Bcr-Abl may provide the best(More)
Minimal residual disease (MRD) negativity, defined as <1 chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cell detectable per 10 000 leukocytes, has been shown to independently predict for clinical outcome in patients receiving combination chemoimmunotherapy in the frontline setting. However, the long-term prognostic value of MRD status in other therapeutic settings(More)
Subclonal heterogeneity and clonal selection influences disease progression in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). It is therefore important that therapeutic decisions are made based on an understanding of the CLL clonal architecture and its dynamics in individual patients. Identification of cytogenetic abnormalities by FISH remains the cornerstone of(More)
BACKGROUND A diagnosis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) requires a count of over 5000 circulating CLL-phenotype cells per cubic millimeter. Asymptomatic persons with fewer CLL-phenotype cells have monoclonal B-cell lymphocytosis (MBL). The goal of this study was to investigate the relation between MBL and CLL. METHODS We investigated 1520 subjects(More)
The role of the deubiquitylase ubiquitin-specific protease 7 (USP7) in the regulation of the p53-dependent DNA damage response (DDR) pathway is well established. Whilst previous studies have mostly focused on the mechanisms underlying how USP7 directly controls p53 stability, we have recently shown that USP7 modulates the stability of the DNA damage(More)
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