Prognostic impact of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for acute myeloid leukemia patients with internal tandem duplication of FLT3

Leuk Res. 2013 Mar;37(3):287-92. doi: 10.1016/j.leukres.2012.10.005. Epub 2012 Dec 29.


The FLT3 gene with internal tandem duplication (ITD) is a poor prognostic factor in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and the efficacy of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) for AML patients with FLT3-ITD is controversial. We examined 122 AML patients; 34 patients had FLT3-ITD and 39 patients received allogeneic HSCT. The median overall survival (OS) of patients with wtFLT3/nonHSCT, wtFLT3/HSCT, FLT3-ITD/nonHSCT and FLT3-ITD/HSCT was 40.7 months, 53.4 months, 9.8 months and not reached, respectively (p=0.006). Compared to the wtFLT3/nonHSCT patients, the hazard ratio (95% CI) of OS for wtFLT3/HSCT, FLT3-ITD/nonHSCT and FLT3-ITD/HSCT was 1.39 (0.61-3.18), 3.57 (1.58-8.10) and 0.40 (0.11-1.59), respectively, after adjustment of age, sex, WBC, LDH, karyotype, NPM, and FAB classification. This result indicated that patients with FLT3-ITD/nonHSCT had a significantly worse outcome, but allogeneic HSCT improved the prognosis for patients with FLT3-ITD.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Female
  • Gene Duplication* / physiology
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic / genetics
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation*
  • Humans
  • Leukemia, Myeloid, Acute / diagnosis*
  • Leukemia, Myeloid, Acute / genetics
  • Leukemia, Myeloid, Acute / therapy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prognosis
  • Tandem Repeat Sequences
  • Transplantation, Homologous
  • Young Adult
  • fms-Like Tyrosine Kinase 3 / genetics*


  • FLT3 protein, human
  • fms-Like Tyrosine Kinase 3