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88 Single-Cell Atlas of Driver Mutations in Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)

Program: Oral and Poster Abstracts
Type: Oral
Session: 617. Acute Myeloid Leukemia: Biology, Cytogenetics, and Molecular Markers in Diagnosis and Prognosis I
Hematology Disease Topics & Pathways:
AML, Diseases, Biological Processes, Technology and Procedures, genomics, Myeloid Malignancies, molecular testing, NGS
Saturday, December 1, 2018: 10:15 AM
Grand Hall B (Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego)

Kiyomi Morita, MD1,2, Feng Wang, PhD3*, Robert Durruthy-Durruthy, PhD4*, Anup Parikh4*, Jairo Matthews, BA5*, Latasha Little3*, Samantha Tippen3*, Curtis Gumbs3*, Jianhua Zhang, PhD3*, Xingzhi Song, PhD3*, Erika Thompson, MS6*, Keyur Patel, MD, PhD7*, Carlos E. Bueso-Ramos, MD, PhD7, Courtney D. DiNardo, MD, MSc1, Farhad Ravandi, MBBS1, Elias J. Jabbour, MD1, Michael Andreeff, MD, PhD1, Jorge E. Cortes, MD1, Marina Y. Konopleva, MD, PhD1, Guillermo Garcia-Manero, MD1, Hagop M. Kantarjian, MD1, Dennis J. Eastburn, PhD4*, P Andrew Futreal, PhD3* and Koichi Takahashi, MD3,8

1Department of Leukemia, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
2Department of Hematology and Oncology, The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan
3Department of Genomic Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
4Mission Bio, Inc., South San Francisco, CA
5Department of Leukemia, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
6Department of Genetics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
7Department of Hematopathology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
8Department of Leukemia, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX


Increased complexity of sub-clonal architecture has been associated with poor outcome in AML (Papaemmanuil et al. NEJM 2016). Currently, assessment of intra-tumor genetic heterogeneity is performed with next-generation sequencing (NGS) using bulk tumor samples and relies on the variance of variant allele frequency among the individual mutations. However, this analysis is inherently confounded by the tumor purity and zygosity of the mutations. To overcome these limitations, we recently developed a high-throughput single-cell DNA sequencing platform using droplet microfluidics (Mission Bio Inc.) and showed the feasibility of genotyping primary AML samples at single-cell resolution (Pellegrino et al. Genome Research 2018). Here we used this novel platform in a large cohort of AML samples to characterize the clonal heterogeneity of AML and its evolution at relapse.


In total, 76 bone marrow (BM) samples from 68 AML patients (pts) were single-cell genotyped using the Mission Bio platform. In order to avoid allelic imbalance, most of the samples (66/76, 87%) were obtained from normal karyotype (NK) AML pts. The platform covered 40 amplicons in 19 recurrently mutated AML genes (median 31x coverage/amplicon/cell [IQR 22-41]). Fastq files were processed using the proprietary pipeline for adapter trimming, sequence alignment, barcode demultiplexing, and genotype and variant calling. Loom files were loaded to Tapestri Insights software for variant filtering. As a reference, all samples were concurrently sequenced by the conventional bulk NGS using targeted capture sequencing (N=64) or whole exome sequencing (N=12). An average allele drop-out (ADO) rate was inferred by the genotype of known single nucleotide polymorphisms that were incorporated into the platform.


In total, 333,731 cells were genotyped from 76 AML samples (median 4,423 cells/sample [IQR 2,801-5,844]). The single-cell DNA sequencing detected 208 driver mutations in 76 samples with median 3 mutations per sample (IQR: 2-3). Most commonly detected mutations were NPM1 (N = 28, 13%), followed by DNMT3A (N = 24, 12%), SRSF2 (N = 24, 12%), FLT3 (N = 22, 11%), and IDH2 (N = 21, 10%), which is in accordance with the genetic landscape for NK AML. All mutations detected by the single-cell sequencing were also confirmed by the bulk NGS. The median ADO rate was 8.5% (IQR 6.8-10.4). We detected median 5 [IQR 4-8] sub-clones per sample by the single-cell sequencing. The platform unambiguously detected co-occurrence and mutual exclusivity among the driver mutations at a single-cell level. For instance, the single-cell sequencing of the samples carrying NRAS/KRAS, double NRAS, double RUNX1, IDH1/IDH2, FLT3-ITD/FLT3-TKD, or NRAS/PTPN11 mutations showed that these two mutations in the same molecular pathway were in different cellular population. In contrast, the platform also detected co-occurrence of multiple mutations in a single-cell. For example, we detected a single cell population with a clear co-occurrence of DNMT3A, FLT3-ITD, and NPM1, the most commonly co-occurring mutations in AML. Computational analysis of the single-cell genotype data by the stochastic search algorithm generated phylogenetic trees of the driver mutations in AML. DNMT3A, IDH1, IDH2, and U2AF1 were frequently detected as a trunk mutation, while mutations in FLT3, NRAS, and NPM1 were frequently detected as branch mutations.

Analysis of 14 baseline and relapse paired samples revealed the remodeling of clonal architecture at relapse in 7 pts. Relapsed samples tended to have simpler clonal architecture with less sub-clones compared to the baseline (7 vs. 4, P = 0.169), suggesting the clonal selection process during the therapy. In 54 pts who were previously untreated and had single-cell genotype information on baseline BM, the pts with ≥ 10 sub-clones had significantly worse overall survival than pts with < 10 sub-clones (2-year survival 17% vs. 43%, P = 0.0468).


The high-throughput single-cell DNA sequencing of 76 AML samples generated an atlas of driver mutations in 333,731 AML cells. The platform uncovered detailed evolutionary history of driver mutations in AML and unambiguously visualized co-occurrence and mutual exclusivity of driver mutations at a single-cell level, features that are not observable with conventional bulk NGS. Our data also suggest the prognostic implication of intra-tumor heterogeneity in AML.

Disclosures: Durruthy-Durruthy: Mission Bio, Inc.: Employment, Equity Ownership. Parikh: Mission Bio, Inc.: Employment. DiNardo: Syros: Honoraria; Agios: Consultancy; Celgene: Consultancy; Abbvie: Consultancy; Medimmune: Honoraria; Bayer: Honoraria; Karyopharm: Honoraria; Jazz: Honoraria. Ravandi: Bristol-Myers Squibb: Research Funding; Jazz: Honoraria; Astellas Pharmaceuticals: Consultancy, Honoraria; Sunesis: Honoraria; Xencor: Research Funding; Sunesis: Honoraria; Seattle Genetics: Research Funding; Abbvie: Research Funding; Abbvie: Research Funding; Xencor: Research Funding; Astellas Pharmaceuticals: Consultancy, Honoraria; Seattle Genetics: Research Funding; Jazz: Honoraria; Amgen: Honoraria, Research Funding, Speakers Bureau; Bristol-Myers Squibb: Research Funding; Orsenix: Honoraria; Orsenix: Honoraria; Amgen: Honoraria, Research Funding, Speakers Bureau; Macrogenix: Honoraria, Research Funding; Macrogenix: Honoraria, Research Funding. Jabbour: Abbvie: Research Funding; Pfizer: Consultancy, Research Funding; Novartis: Research Funding; Takeda: Consultancy, Research Funding; Bristol-Myers Squibb: Consultancy, Research Funding. Andreeff: Celgene: Consultancy; Eutropics: Equity Ownership, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees; Daiichi-Sankyo: Consultancy, Patents & Royalties: MDM2 inhibitor activity patent, Research Funding; Astra Zeneca: Research Funding; SentiBio: Equity Ownership; Amgen: Consultancy, Research Funding; Reata: Equity Ownership; United Therapeutics: Patents & Royalties: GD2 inhibition in breast cancer ; Aptose: Equity Ownership, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees; Oncoceutics: Equity Ownership, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees; Oncolyze: Equity Ownership; Jazz Pharma: Consultancy. Cortes: Daiichi Sankyo: Consultancy, Research Funding; Pfizer: Consultancy, Research Funding; Arog: Research Funding; Novartis: Consultancy, Research Funding; Astellas Pharma: Consultancy, Research Funding. Konopleva: Stemline Therapeutics: Research Funding. Kantarjian: Pfizer: Honoraria, Research Funding; Orsenix: Honoraria; Novartis: Research Funding; Immunogen: Honoraria; BMS: Honoraria, Research Funding; Astex: Research Funding; ARIAD: Honoraria, Research Funding; Amgen: Honoraria, Research Funding; Actinium: Honoraria; AbbVie: Honoraria. Eastburn: Mission Bio, Inc.: Employment, Equity Ownership. Takahashi: Symbio Pharmaceuticals: Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees; Celgene: Consultancy; Agios: Consultancy.

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