Although acute myeloid leukemia (AML) exhibits diverse responses to chemotherapy, patients harboring the t(8;21) translocation are part of a favorable risk group. However, the reason why this subgroup is more responsive to cytarabine-based therapy has not been elucidated. In the present study, we analyzed expression levels of cytarabine metabolism-related genes in patients diagnosed with AML with or without t(8;21) and investigated their correlation with clinical outcomes after cytarabine-based therapy. Among the 8 genes studied, expression of the concentrative nucleoside transporter 3 (CNT3) gene was significantly higher in t(8;21)-positive patients compared to the others in the test population and the validation cohort (P<0.001 in Mann-Whitney U test; P<0.002 in Pearson's correlation analysis). Additionally, in both multivariate and univariate analyses, t(8;21)-positive patients categorized in a higher CNT3 expression tertile had longer disease-free survival [hazard ratio (HR), 0.117; 95% confidence interval (CI), 0.025-0.557; P=0.008] and overall survival (HR, 0.062; 95% CI, 0.007-0.521; P=0.010) compared to t(8;21)-positive patients in a lower CNT3 expression tertile. Notably, these trends did not occur in t(8;21)-negative patients. Our results demonstrate that CNT3 expression is associated with overall favorable outcomes and is predictive of clinical outcomes in AML patients with t(8;21). This suggests that CNT3 expression can be used to optimize treatment strategies for AML patients.
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- Acute myeloid leukemia
- t(8;21) translocation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research