AbstractTo identify a fast and sensitive method for screening for mutations in patients with imatinib- resistant chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), we compared allele specific oligonucleotide- polymerase chain reaction (ASO-PCR) assay with conventional direct sequencing. Among the 68 imatinib resistant CML patients studied, 18 amino acid substitutions were detected in 44 patients by two assays. The sensitivity of ASO-PCR was superior to that of direct sequencing as it could detect one mutant allele in 100 approximately 100,000 wild type sequences. The fastness, simplicity, and sensitivity of ASO-PCR assays will be useful for routine monitoring of mutations, especially for frequently identified mutations.
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Vol. 91 No. 5 (2006): May, 2006 : Comparative Studies
Ferrata Storti Foundation, Pavia, Italy
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