Spectrum of myeloid neoplasms and immune deficiency associated with germline GATA2 mutations

Cancer Med. 2015 Apr;4(4):490-9. doi: 10.1002/cam4.384. Epub 2015 Jan 26.


Guanine-adenine-thymine-adenine 2 (GATA2) mutated disorders include the recently described MonoMAC syndrome (Monocytopenia and Mycobacterium avium complex infections), DCML (dendritic cell, monocyte, and lymphocyte deficiency), familial MDS/AML (myelodysplastic syndrome/acute myeloid leukemia) (myeloid neoplasms), congenital neutropenia, congenital lymphedema (Emberger's syndrome), sensorineural deafness, viral warts, and a spectrum of aggressive infections seen across all age groups. While considerable efforts have been made to identify the mutations that characterize this disorder, pathogenesis remains a work in progress with less than 100 patients described in current literature. Varying clinical presentations offer diagnostic challenges. Allogeneic stem cell transplant remains the treatment of choice. Morbidity, mortality, and social costs due to the familial nature of the disease are considerable. We describe our experience with the disorder in three affected families and a comprehensive review of current literature.

Keywords: GATA2; MonoMAC; leukemia; lymphedema; viral warts.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Female
  • GATA2 Transcription Factor / genetics*
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Germ-Line Mutation / genetics*
  • Hematologic Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Hematologic Neoplasms / therapy
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation / methods
  • Humans
  • Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes / genetics*
  • Male


  • GATA2 Transcription Factor
  • GATA2 protein, human

Supplementary concepts

  • Immune Deficiency Disease