Quantification of residual disease in Philadelphia-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia: comparison of blood and bone marrow.

We designed a new semi-quantitative competitor-based PCR assay to assess the amount of p190 BCR-ABL mRNA in patients with Ph-positive ALL. Transcript numbers were compared in 29 paired specimens of blood and marrow collected contemporaneously from 18 patients at differing stages of disease. In general, the numbers of BCR-ABL transcripts detected in marrow… CONTINUE READING