ERCC6L2 disease causes BMF that requires timely stem cell transplantation before progressing to a high-risk myeloid malignancy.
Frequent somatic TP53 mutation screening and BM examination are essential for surveillance of patients with ERCC6L2-related disease.
Biallelic germ line excision repair cross-complementing 6 like 2 (ERCC6L2) variants strongly predispose to bone marrow failure (BMF) and myeloid malignancies, characterized by somatic TP53-mutated clones and erythroid predominance. We present a series of 52 subjects (35 families) with ERCC6L2 biallelic germ line variants collected retrospectively from 11 centers globally, with a follow-up of 1165 person-years. At initial investigations, 32 individuals were diagnosed with BMF and 15 with a hematological malignancy (HM). The subjects presented with 19 different variants of ERCC6L2, and we identified a founder mutation, c.1424delT, in Finnish patients. The median age of the subjects at baseline was 18 years (range, 2-65 years). Changes in the complete blood count were mild despite severe bone marrow (BM) hypoplasia and somatic TP53 mutations, with no significant difference between subjects with or without HMs. Signs of progressive disease included increasing TP53 variant allele frequency, dysplasia in megakaryocytes and/or erythroid lineage, and erythroid predominance in the BM morphology. The median age at the onset of HM was 37.0 years (95% CI, 31.5-42.5; range, 12-65 years). The overall survival (OS) at 3 years was 95% (95% CI, 85-100) and 19% (95% CI, 0-39) for patients with BMF and HM, respectively. Patients with myelodysplastic syndrome or acute myeloid leukemia with mutated TP53 undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation had a poor outcome with a 3-year OS of 28% (95% CI, 0-61). Our results demonstrated the importance of early recognition and active surveillance in patients with biallelic germ line ERCC6L2 variants.
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