Terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase and HLA-DR expression appear unrelated to prognosis of acute myeloid leukaemia.
Swirsky DM., Greaves MF., Gray RG., Rees JK.
Mononuclear cells from peripheral blood or bone marrow from 314 patients with acute myeloid leukaemia were examined for the presence of nuclear terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase (304 patients), surface membrane expression of HLA-DR (314 patients) and the common acute lymphoblastic leukaemia antigen (281 patients). All patients were treated with identical remission induction chemotherapy, and morphological diagnosis was carried out in a central laboratory. The overall complete remission rate was 70%. There were no significant correlations between the immunological markers and complete remission rate, duration of remission, or survival.