Dynamics of microvesicle generation in B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia: Implication in disease progression

J. Boysen, M. Nelson, G. Magzoub, G. P. Maiti, S. Sinha, M. Goswami, S. K. Vesely, T. D. Shanafelt, N. E. Kay, A. K. Ghosh

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Previously, we reported that B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients contained elevated levels of microvesicles (MVs). However, given the quiescent nature of CLL B-cells and the relative indolence of the disease, the dynamics of MV generation and their unique phenotypes are not clearly defined. In this study, we find that CLL B-cells generate MVs spontaneously and can be further induced by B-cell receptor-ligation. Most interestingly, CLL B-cells predominantly generate CD52 + MVs, but not CD19 + MVs in vitro, suggesting preferential usage of CD52 into leukemic-MVs and that the CLL plasma MV phenotypes corroborate well with the in vitro findings. Importantly, we detected increased accumulation of CD52 + MVs in previously untreated CLL patients with progressive disease. Finally, sequential studies on MVs in pre- and post-therapy CLL patients demonstrate that although the plasma CD52 + MV levels drop significantly after therapy in most and remain at low levels in some patients, a trend of increased accumulation of CD52 + MVs was detected in majority of post-therapy CLL patients (25 of 33). In total, this study emphasizes that dynamic accumulation of CD52 + MVs in plasma can be used to study CLL progression and may be a useful biomarker for patients as they progress and require therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)350-360
Number of pages11
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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