The prognostic impacts of BCR-ABL1 fusion gene mutations in Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph + ALL) remain unknown. Using data from a nationwide Japanese registry, we have evaluated the prognostic impact of BCR-ABL1 mutations prior to the first allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). The cohort included 289 patients with a median of 48 years of age (range: 16–70). Point mutations were detected in 110 patients. Of these, 90 (82%) harbored T315I mutations, while 20 had other mutations. With a median follow-up period of 29 months (range: 1–125), outcomes after 2 years were worse with mutations than without (overall survival [OS]: 34% vs 68%, p < 0.001; relapse rate [RR]: 48% vs 18%, p < 0.001), particularly with the presence of the T315I mutation (OS: 29% vs 68%, p < 0.001; RR: 54% vs 18%, p < 0.001). OS was significantly worse in the T315I group even among the cohort with hematological (p < 0.001) or molecular complete remission (p = 0.025) as compared to the no mutation group. Multivariate analysis determined the prognostic impact of the T315I mutation (OS: hazard ratio [HR] = 2.19, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.5–3.3, p < 0.001; RR: HR = 2.51, 95% CI: 1.5–4.2, p < 0.001). This study is the first to report on the prognostic significance of BCR-ABL1 mutations in Ph + ALL.
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