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Two different point mutations in ABL gene ATP-binding domain conferring primary imatinib resistance in a chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) patient: A case report

Biological Procedures Online6:144

  • Received: 13 May 2004
  • Accepted: 17 June 2004


Imatinib (Gleevec) is the effective therapy for BCR-ABL positive CML patients. Point mutations have been detected in ATP-binding domain of ABL gene which disturbs the binding of Gleevec to this target leading to resistance. Detection of mutations is helpful in clinical management of imatinib resistance. We established a very sensitive (ASO) PCR to detect mutations in an imatinib-resistant CML patient. Mutations C944T and T1052C were detected which cause complete partial imatinib resistance, respectively. This is the first report of multiple point mutations conferring primary imatinib resistance in same patient at the same time. Understanding the biological reasons of primary imatinib resistance is one of the emerging issues of pharmacogenomics and will be helpful in understanding primary resistance of molecularly-targeted cancer therapies. It will also be of great utilization in clinical management of imatinib resistance. Moreover, this ASO-PCR assay is very effective in detecting mutations related to imatinib resistance.

Indexing terms

  • Leukemia, Myeloid, Chronic
  • Fusion Proteins, bcr-abl
  • ATP-Binding Cassette Transporters