Chronic myeloid neoplasms harboring concomitant mutations in myeloproliferative neoplasm driver genes (JAK2/MPL/CALR) and SF3B1

Chi Young Ok, Kevin T. Trowell, Kyle G. Parker, Karen Moser, Olga K. Weinberg, Heesun J. Rogers, Kaaren K. Reichard, Tracy I. George, Eric D. Hsi, Carlos E. Bueso-Ramos, Wayne Tam, Attilio Orazi, Adam Bagg, Daniel A. Arber, Robert P. Hasserjian, Sa A. Wang

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JAK2, CALR, and MPL are myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN)-driver mutations, whereas SF3B1 is strongly associated with ring sideroblasts (RS) in myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Concomitant mutations of SF3B1 and MPN-driver mutations out of the context of MDS/MPN with RS and thrombocytosis (MDS/MPN-RS-T) are not well-studied. From the cases (<5% blasts) tested by NGS panels interrogating at least 42 myeloid neoplasm-related genes, we identified 18 MDS/MPN-RS-T, 42 MPN, 10 MDS, and 6 MDS/MPN-U cases with an SF3B1 and an MPN-driver mutation. Using a 10% VAF difference to define “SF3B1-dominant,” “MPN-mutation dominant,” and “no dominance,” the majority of MDS/MPN-RS-T clustered in “SF3B1-dominant” and “no dominance” regions. Aside from parameters as thrombocytosis and ≥15% RS required for RS-T, MDS also differed in frequent neutropenia, multilineage dysplasia, and notably more cases with <10% VAF of MPN-driver mutations (60%, p = 0.0346); MPN differed in more frequent splenomegaly, myelofibrosis, and higher VAF of “MPN-driver mutations.” “Gray zone” cases with features overlapping MDS/MPN-RS-T were observed in over one-thirds of non-RS-T cases. This study shows that concomitant SF3B1 and MPN-driver mutations can be observed in MDS, MPN, and MDS/MPN-U, each showing overlapping but also distinctively different clinicopathological features. Clonal hierarchy, cytogenetic abnormalities, and additional somatic mutations may in part contribute to different disease phenotypes, which may help in the classification of “gray zone” cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-31
Number of pages12
JournalModern Pathology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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