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Keywords:

  • Copy number neutral–loss of heterozygosity;
  • Uniparental disomy;
  • Haploidentical transplantation;
  • 11q23 translocations;
  • MLL-AF6

Abstract

Mismatched human leukocyte antigens (HLAs) on leukemic cells can be targeted by donor T cells in HLA-mismatched/haploidentical stem cell transplantation. In two cases of acute myeloid leukemia with t(6;11)(q27;q23) abnormality presented here, flow cytometry analysis showed a lack of HLA-A unshared between recipients and donors in relapsing leukemic cells after HLA-haploidentical transplantation. However, high-resolution HLA genotyping showed that one case lacked a corresponding HLA haplotype, whereas the other preserved it. These cases suggest that leukemic cells, which lacked mismatched HLA expression, might have an advantage in selective expansion under donor T-cell immune surveillance after HLA-haploidentical transplantation. Most importantly, down-regulation of unshared HLA expression potentially occurs by genetic alterations other than loss of HLA alleles.