Automated Assessment of Disease Progression in Acute Myeloid Leukemia by Probabilistic Analysis of Flow Cytometry Data


OBJECTIVE Flow cytometry (FC) is a widely acknowledged technology in diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and has been indispensable in determining progression of the disease. Although FC plays a key role as a posttherapy prognosticator and evaluator of therapeutic efficacy, the manual analysis of cytometry data is a barrier to optimization of reproducibility and objectivity. This study investigates the utility of our recently introduced nonparametric Bayesian framework in accurately predicting the direction of change in disease progression in AML patients using FC data. METHODS The highly flexible nonparametric Bayesian model based on the infinite mixture of infinite Gaussian mixtures is used for jointly modeling data from multiple FC samples to automatically identify functionally distinct cell populations and their local realizations. Phenotype vectors are obtained by characterizing each sample by the proportions of recovered cell populations, which are, in turn, used to predict the direction of change in disease progression for each patient. RESULTS We used 200 diseased and nondiseased immunophenotypic panels for training and tested the system with 36 additional AML cases collected at multiple time points. The proposed framework identified the change in direction of disease progression with accuracies of 90% (nine out of ten) for relapsing cases and 100% (26 out of 26) for the remaining cases. CONCLUSIONS We believe that these promising results are an important first step toward the development of automated predictive systems for disease monitoring and continuous response evaluation. SIGNIFICANCE Automated measurement and monitoring of therapeutic response is critical not only for objective evaluation of disease status prognosis but also for timely assessment of treatment strategies.

DOI: 10.1109/TBME.2016.2590950

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@article{Rajwa2017AutomatedAO, title={Automated Assessment of Disease Progression in Acute Myeloid Leukemia by Probabilistic Analysis of Flow Cytometry Data}, author={Bartek Rajwa and Paul K. Wallace and Elizabeth A. Griffiths and Murat Dundar}, journal={IEEE transactions on bio-medical engineering}, year={2017}, volume={64 5}, pages={1089-1098} }