Publications by authors named "Marina Gaskova"

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GATA1 mutation analysis and molecular landscape characterization in acute myeloid leukemia with trisomy 21 in pediatric patients.

Int J Lab Hematol 2021 Aug 2;43(4):713-723. Epub 2021 Jan 2.

Dmitry Rogachev National Medical Research Center of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology, Moscow, Russia.

Introduction: Accurate detection of GATA1 mutation is highly significant in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and trisomy 21 as it allows optimization of clinical protocol. This study was aimed at (a) enhanced search for GATA1 mutations; and (b) characterization of molecular landscapes for such conditions.

Methods: The DNA samples from 44 patients with newly diagnosed de novo AML with trisomy 21 were examined by fragment analysis and Sanger sequencing of the GATA1 exon 2, complemented by targeted high-throughput sequencing (HTS).

Results: Acquired GATA1 mutations were identified in 43 cases (98%). Additional mutations in the genes of JAK/STAT signaling, cohesin complex, and RAS pathway activation were revealed by HTS in 48%, 36%, and 16% of the cases, respectively.

Conclusions: The GATA1 mutations were reliably determined by fragment analysis and/or Sanger sequencing in a single PCR amplicon manner. For patients with extremely low blast counts and/or rare variants, the rapid screening with simple molecular approaches must be complemented with HTS. The JAK/STAT and RAS pathway-activating mutations may represent an extra option of targeted therapy with kinase inhibitors.
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August 2021

Platelet function and blood coagulation system status in childhood essential thrombocythemia.

Platelets 2020 Nov 19;31(8):1001-1011. Epub 2019 Dec 19.

Oncology and Immunology, Federal Research and Clinical Centre of Pediatric Hematology , Moscow, Russian Federation, Russia.

Childhood essential thrombocythemia (ET) is a rare chronic myeloproliferative disorder. The quality of life of ET patients may decrease as a result of ischemic and hemorrhagic complications of unclear origin. Our goal was to characterize the hemostatic system in children with ET. We genotyped and investigated blood samples from 20 children with ET in a prospective case series study using platelet aggregation, functional flow cytometry (FC) assay and standard clotting assays. Three children had a mutation, 4 had mutations in and 13 were triple-negative. Myelofibrosis in stage 1-2 was detected in 3 children. Three patients had bleeding episodes and seven had ischemic events. Aggregation in response to collagen, adenosine diphosphate, and ristomycin was decreased in all patients. In FC, significant changes in the whole patient group compared to the healthy children control group were decrease in the resting forward scatter and PAC1 binding (activated GPIIb/IIIa) level. For the activated platelets, dense granules release (by mepacrine), PAC1, and GPIIb/IIIa levels were significantly decreased. GPIb/V/IX, -selectin, and phosphatidylserine levels manifested only moderate differences. Forward and side scatter changes in response to stimulation (representing shape change) and dense granules release were significantly lower in the 3 patients with bleeding than in the 17 patients without hemorrhage. Activated partial thromboplastin time was slightly prolonged, prothrombin index was slightly shortened and thrombin time was normal, while fibrinogen was mildly decreased in the ET patients. It could be concluded that the observed platelet function defects could be related to bleeding in ET, and be potentially used as a marker.
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November 2020