TP53 Mutations as a Marker for Decitabine sensitivity


Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) or Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) do not respond well to standard chemotherapy and have a poor outcome if they harbor TP53 mutations. Surprisingly, this patient population was found to be exceptionally sensitive to treatment with the chemotherapeutic drug Decitabine, with a response rate of 100% (21 of 21 patients) compared to only 41% (32 of 78) in patients with wild-type TP53. Although no complete mutation clearance was observed and responses were therefore not long lasting, these results nevertheless represent a first encouraging step towards being able to provide improved therapeutic options for this high-risk patient subgroup.


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