Background: Nucleophosmin 1 (NPM1) is one of the most commonly mutated genes in acute myeloid leukemia, with mutations observed in approximately 30% of all adult cases. The persistence of NPM1 mutations following chemotherapy is associated with a greater risk of relapse as well as a lower rate of survival, making NPM1 measurable residual disease (MRD) an informative clinical target.
Methods: Herein, we have developed a straightforward unique molecular identifier (UMI)-based amplicon next-generation sequencing method for the detection of NPM1-mutated MRD that addresses some of the limitations present in other assays.
Results: The NPM1 assay allowed for accurate counting of individual mutant and wild-type molecules down to 0.01% variant allelic frequency. In silico contamination experiments highlighted the ability of this UMI methodology to maximize specificity through dramatic reductions in sequencing/demultiplexing bleed-through error.
Conclusion: Performance and clinical utility of the NPM1 MRD assay are established via both validation experiments and analyses of live performance over 1.5 years of routine clinical service.