Laboratory Study of Lymphoblasts in Young Patients With High-Risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Conditions:Blood Cancer, Leukemia
Therapuetic Areas:Oncology
Age Range:1 - 21
Start Date:July 2006

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Childhood Cancer Therapeutically Applicable Research to Generate Effective Treatments (TARGET) Initiative High-Risk ALL Pilot Project: Application of Array-Based Methods and Gene Re-Sequencing to Identify Candidate Molecular Targets for High-Risk Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

RATIONALE: Collecting and storing samples of bone marrow and blood from patients with cancer
to study in the laboratory may help doctors learn more about changes that may occur in DNA
and identify biomarkers related to cancer.

PURPOSE: This laboratory study is looking at lymphoblasts in young patients with high-risk
acute lymphoblastic leukemia.


- Identify regions of copy number abnormalities (CNA) and uniparental disomy in leukemic
lymphoblasts from pediatric patients with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)
using Affymetrix GeneChip Mapping 500K array sets. (Pilot project)

- Identify regions of CNA and loss-of-heterozygosity using Affymetrix SNP 6.0
microarrays. (Expansion project)

- Define gene expression profiles for leukemic lymphoblasts using Affymetrix U133 Plus
2.0 arrays.

- Assess the global expression of microRNAs in leukemic lymphoblasts using microRNA gene

- Utilize array-generated gene expression data and data for CNAs and uniparental disomy
to prioritize candidate genes and genomic regions for resequencing.

- Characterize epigenomic profiles using the HpaII tiny fragment Enrichment by
Ligation-mediated PCR (HELP) assay. (Expansion project)

- Discover candidate therapeutic targets for these patients by identifying genes that are
consistently mutated in leukemic lymphoblasts using high-throughput focused gene
resequencing. (Pilot project)

- Discover candidate therapeutic targets for these patients by next generation sequencing
technologies, including whole genome, whole transcriptome, and whole exome. (Expansion

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

Banked biological samples (bone marrow and peripheral blood) are analyzed using gene
expression profiling, single-nucleotide polymorphism and genotyping assays, DNA copy number
and loss of heterozygosity estimates, epigenetic profiling, and gene resequencing.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 150 patient samples will be accrued for this study.


- Diagnosis of B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

- High-risk disease

- Participation in clinical trial COG-P9906 required (pilot project)

- In complete remission

- Consented to future studies using banked tissue specimens

- Participation in clinical trial and COG-AALL03B1 and linked therapeutic studies
COG-AALL0232 and COG- AALL0331(expansion project)

- Experienced a bone marrow relapse within 36 months of initial diagnosis

- Consented to future studies using banked tissue specimens

- Have matched ALL blast and germline specimens

- Demographic, clinical and pathologic data elements for these biospecimens


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86 Jonathan Lucas Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29425
(843) 792-0700
Phone: 843-792-9321
Hollings Cancer Center at Medical University of South Carolina Located at the Medical University of...
Charleston, SC
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