Fanconi anaemia and leukaemia - clinical and molecular aspects

Br J Haematol. 2004 Jul;126(2):176-91. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2141.2004.05023.x.


Fanconi anaemia (FA) is an autosomal recessive chromosomal instability disorder, which is characterized by congenital abnormalities, defective haemopoiesis and a high risk of developing acute myeloid leukaemia and certain solid tumours. It can be caused by mutations in at least eight different genes. Molecular studies have established that a common pathway exists, both between the FA proteins and other proteins involved in DNA damage repair such as NBS1, ATM, BRCA1 and BRCA2. This review summarizes the general clinical and specific haematological features and the current management of FA. Recent molecular advances will also be discussed in the context of the cellular and clinical FA phenotype, with particular emphasis on the haematological aspects of the condition.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Chromosome Breakage
  • DNA Repair
  • Fanconi Anemia / complications*
  • Fanconi Anemia / genetics
  • Fanconi Anemia / therapy
  • Genetic Complementation Test
  • Genetic Therapy
  • Histocompatibility Testing
  • Humans
  • Leukemia, Myeloid / complications*
  • Leukemia, Myeloid / genetics
  • Leukemia, Myeloid / therapy
  • Stem Cell Transplantation