Journal article

Dissection of the bone marrow microenvironment in hairy cell leukaemia identifies prognostic tumour and immune related biomarkers

Rachel M Koldej, Ashvind Prabahran, Chin Wee Tan, Ashley P Ng, Melissa J Davis, David S Ritchie

SCIENTIFIC REPORTS | NATURE PORTFOLIO | Published : 2021

Abstract

Hairy cell leukaemia (HCL) is a rare CD20+ B cell malignancy characterised by rare "hairy" B cells and extensive bone marrow (BM) infiltration. Frontline treatment with the purine analogue cladribine (CDA) results in a highly variable response duration. We hypothesised that analysis of the BM tumour microenvironment would identify prognostic biomarkers of response to CDA. HCL BM immunology pre and post CDA treatment and healthy controls were analysed using Digital Spatial Profiling to assess the expression of 57 proteins using an immunology panel. A bioinformatics pipeline was developed to accommodate the more complex experimental design of a spatially resolved study. Treatment with CDA was ..

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