Genomic stratification of multiple myeloma treated with novel agents

Leuk Lymphoma. 2012 Feb;53(2):202-7. doi: 10.3109/10428194.2011.608449. Epub 2011 Sep 19.


Cytogenetic testing is now routinely performed for the prognostic work-up of multiple myeloma (MM). The abnormalities del(17p), t(4;14) and del(13q) have been established as predictors of poor outcome in patients with MM treated with conventional chemotherapy or stem cell transplant; chromosome 1q gains and 1p losses have also been identified as novel prognostic factors. In recent years, bortezomib and lenalidomide have emerged as effective treatments for both relapsed/refractory and newly diagnosed MM. However, the effect of cytogenetic abnormalities is unclear among patients with MM treated with these novel agents. Here we review recent studies that analyze the impact of specific genomic aberrations on the outcome of MM treated with bortezomib and/or lenalidomide.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Boronic Acids / therapeutic use
  • Bortezomib
  • Chromosome Aberrations / drug effects*
  • Genomics*
  • Humans
  • Lenalidomide
  • Multiple Myeloma / drug therapy*
  • Multiple Myeloma / genetics*
  • Prognosis
  • Pyrazines / therapeutic use
  • Thalidomide / analogs & derivatives
  • Thalidomide / therapeutic use


  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Boronic Acids
  • Pyrazines
  • Thalidomide
  • Bortezomib
  • Lenalidomide