Dr. Bing Melody Zhang is board-certified in Clinical Pathology and Molecular Genetic Pathology. She completed Clinical Pathology residency and Molecular Pathology as well as Clinical Genomics fellowships at Stanford. She is an attending pathologist at the molecular pathology service and the assistant director of the HLA lab. Her main research interests include genetic/genomic testing for inherited non-malignant hematologic disorders, NGS-based TCR/Ig clonality/MRD diagnostic testing, molecular testing for BMT/solid organ transplantation, and HLA-related disease association and pharmacogenetic testing.

Clinical Focus

  • Molecular Genetic Pathology
  • Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Pathology

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Pathology

Administrative Appointments

  • Associate Perfomance Improvement Leader for Clinical Pathology & HLA, Stanford Health Care -- Pathology (2018 - Present)
  • Assistant Director of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Laboratory, Stanford Blood Center (2017 - Present)
  • Attending molecular pathologist, Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children's Health (2017 - Present)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Member, American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics CPT code subcommittee (2020 - Present)
  • Member, CAP/ACMG Biochemical and Molecular Genetics Committee (2020 - Present)
  • Junior member on the Biochemical and Molecular Genetics Committee, College of American Pathologists (2016 - 2017)
  • Member, ClinGen--Platelet Disorder Expert Panel (2018 - Present)

Professional Education

  • Board Certification, American Board of Pathology, Clinical Pathology (2017)
  • Board Certification, American Board of Pathology and American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Genetic Pathology (2017)
  • Residency, Stanford University Department of Pathology, Clinical Pathology (2017)
  • Fellowship, Stanford University Department of Pathology, Clinical Genomics (2017)
  • Fellowship, Stanford University Department of Pathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology (2016)
  • MD, Shandong University School of Medicine, Medicine
  • MS, Shandong University School of Medicine, Medical Genetics

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

My main research interests lie in the following areas:

1) Using genetic/genomic approaches to study the genotype-phenotype correlation of inherited non-malignant hematologic disorders, especially platelet disorders.
2) Development and application of molecular assays for clinical testing to support hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and solid organ transplantation.
3) NGS-based TCR/Ig clonality/MRD diagnostic testing.
4) HLA-related disease association and pharmacogenetic testing.

Graduate and Fellowship Programs

  • Molecular and Genetic Medicine (Fellowship Program)

All Publications

  • IDH2 Mutation in a Patient with Metastatic Colon Cancer NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE Zhang, B. M., Zehnder, J. L., Suarez, C. J. 2017; 376 (20): 1991-1992

    View details for DOI 10.1056/NEJMc1701072

    View details for PubMedID 28514606

  • A novel splice donor mutation in the thrombopoietin gene leads to exon 2 skipping in a Filipino family with hereditary thrombocythemia. Blood Zhang, B., Ng, D., Jones, C., Oh, S. T., Nolan, G. P., Salehi, S., Wong, W., Zehnder, J. L., Gotlib, J. 2011; 118 (26): 6988-6990

    View details for DOI 10.1182/blood-2011-10-386177

    View details for PubMedID 22194398

  • The role of vanin-1 and oxidative stress-related pathways in distinguishing acute and chronic pediatric ITP BLOOD Zhang, B., Lo, C., Shen, L., Sood, R., Jones, C., Cusmano-Ozog, K., Park-Snyder, S., Wong, W., Jeng, M., Cowan, T., Engleman, E. G., Zehnder, J. L. 2011; 117 (17): 4569-4579


    Pediatric immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is usually self-limited. However, approximately 20% of children develop chronic ITP, which can be associated with significant morbidity because of long-term immunosuppression and splenectomy in refractory cases. To explore the molecular mechanism of chronic ITP compared with acute ITP, we studied 63 pediatric patients with ITP. Gene expression analysis of whole blood revealed distinct signatures for acute and chronic ITP. Oxidative stress-related pathways were among the most significant chronic ITP-associated pathways. Overexpression of VNN1, an oxidative stress sensor in epithelial cells, was most strongly associated with progression to chronic ITP. Studies of normal persons demonstrated VNN1 expression in a variety of blood cells. Exposure of blood mononuclear cells to oxidative stress inducers elicited dramatic up-regulation of VNN1 and down-regulation of PPARγ, indicating a role for VNN1 as a peripheral blood oxidative stress sensor. Assessment of redox state by tandem mass spectrometry demonstrated statistically significant lower glutathione ratios in patients with ITP versus healthy controls; lower glutathione ratios were also seen in untreated patients with ITP compared with recently treated patients. Our work demonstrates distinct patterns of gene expression in acute and chronic ITP and implicates oxidative stress pathways in the pathogenesis of chronic pediatric ITP.

    View details for DOI 10.1182/blood-2010-09-304931

    View details for PubMedID 21325602

  • Chimerism Monitoring with Highly Sensitive and Precise Next-Generation Sequencing Assay in Patients Post-Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Sharma, D., Egidio, C., Grskovic, M., Vina, M., Zhang, B. M. ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC. 2020: S310
  • Non-HLA Antibody-Mediated Rejection of Lung Transplant Masquerading Transfusion-Related Acute Lung Injury Yunce, M., Virk, M., Zhang, B. M., Mooney, K., Saleem, A., Shan, H. WILEY. 2019: 199A
  • Detection of Circulating Tumor DNA with a Single-Molecule Sequencing Analysis Validated for Targeted and Immunotherapy Selection. Molecular diagnosis & therapy Atkins, A., Gupta, P., Zhang, B. M., Tsai, W., Lucas, J., Javey, M., Vora, A., Mei, R. 2019


    INTRODUCTION: Comprehensive genetic cancer profiling using circulating tumor DNA has enabled the detection of National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guideline-recommended somatic alterations from a single, non-invasive blood draw. However, reliably detecting somatic variants at low variant allele fractions (VAFs) remains a challenge for next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based tests. We have developed the single-molecule sequencing (SMSEQ) platform to address these challenges.METHODS: The OncoLBx assay utilizes the SMSEQ platform to optimize cell-free DNA extraction and library preparation with variant type-specific calling algorithms to improve sensitivity and specificity. OncoLBx is a pan-cancer panel for solid tumors targeting 75 genes and five microsatellite sites analyzing five classes of NCCN-recommended somatic variants: single-nucleotide variants (SNVs), insertions and deletions (indels), copy number variants (CNVs), fusions and microsatellite instability (MSI). Circulating DNA was extracted from plasma, followed by library preparation using SMSEQ. Analytical validation was performed according to recently published American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG)/Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) guidelines and established the limit of detection (LOD), sensitivity, specificity, accuracy and reproducibility using 126 gold-standard reference samples, healthy donor samples verified by whole-exome sequencing by an external College of American Pathologists (CAP) reference lab and cell lines with known variants. Results were analyzed using a locus-specific modeling algorithm.RESULTS: We have demonstrated that OncoLBx detects VAFs of≥0.1% for SNVs and indels,≥0.5% for fusions,≥4.5 copies for CNVs and≥2% for MSI, with all variant types having specificity≥99.999%. Diagnostic performance of paired samples displays 80% sensitivity and>99.999% clinical specificity. Clinical utility and performance were assessed in 416 solid tumor samples. Variants were detected in 79% of samples, for which 87.34% of positive samples had available targeted therapy.

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s40291-019-00406-0

    View details for PubMedID 31209714

  • Case series of MET exon 14 skipping mutation-positive non-small-cell lung cancers with response to crizotinib and cabozantinib ANTI-CANCER DRUGS Wang, S. Y., Zhang, B. M., Wakelee, H. A., Koontz, M. Z., Pan, M., Diehn, M., Kunder, C. A., Neal, J. W. 2019; 30 (5): 537–41
  • De novo complement-activating donor-specific antibodies in pediatric renal transplant recipients are highly responsive to therapy Sigurjonsdottir, V., Zhang, B. M., Vina, M., Chaudhuri, A., Concepcion, W., Gallo, A., Grimm, P. WILEY. 2019
  • Blood transcriptome and clonal T cell correlates of response and nonresponse to eltrombopag therapy in a cohort of patients with chronic immune thrombocytopenia. Haematologica Zhang, H., Zhang, B. M., Guo, X., Xu, L., You, X., West, R. B., Bussel, J. B., Zehnder, J. L. 2019

    View details for DOI 10.3324/haematol.2019.226688

    View details for PubMedID 31296576

  • Assessment by Extended-Coverage Next-Generation Sequencing Typing of DPA1 and DPB1 Mismatches in Siblings Matching at HLA-A, -B, -C, -DRB1, and -DQ Loci. Biology of blood and marrow transplantation : journal of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation Mariano, L., Zhang, B. M., Osoegawa, K., Lowsky, R., Fernandez-Vina, M. 2019


    Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant from an HLA matched sibling donor is usually the preferable choice. The use of next-generation sequencing (NGS) for HLA typing in clinical practice provides broader coverage and higher resolution of HLA genes. We evaluated the frequency of DPB1 crossing-over events among patients and potential related donors typed with NGS. From July 2016 to January 2018, 593 patients and 2385 siblings were typed. We evaluated sibling matching status in 546 patients, and 44.8% of these patients had siblings that matched at HLA-A, -B, -C, -DRB1, and -DQB1 loci. In 306 patient-HLA matched sibling pairs, we found 6 pairs (1.96%) with 1 DPB1 mismatch, and 5 of these pairs included an additional mismatch in DPA1. No additional mismatches were observed at the low expression loci. Using the T cell epitope algorithm, 4 of these DP mismatches were classified as permissive, 1 as nonpermissive in the host-versus-graft direction, and 1 as nonpermissive in the graft-versus-host direction. The frequency of DPB1 and DPA1 mismatches is low, and their impact in related donor transplants is not well established. Although DP typing in related transplants goes beyond guidelines, it is especially relevant for sensitized patients. NGS-based HLA typing provides full gene coverage, and its use in clinical practice can enable better donor selection.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.bbmt.2019.07.033

    View details for PubMedID 31381995

  • Case Series of MET Exon 14 Skipping Mutation-positive Non-Small Cell Lung Cancers and Response to Crizotinib. International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics Wang, S. X., Zhang, B., Wakelee, H. A., Diehn, M., Kunder, C., Neal, J. W. 2017; 98 (1): 239-?

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2017.01.170

    View details for PubMedID 28587017

  • Methodologic Considerations in the Application of Next-Generation Sequencing of Human TRB Repertoires for Clinical Use JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS Xu, L., You, X., Zheng, P., Zhang, B. M., Gupta, P. K., Lavori, P., Meyer, E., Zehnder, J. L. 2017; 19 (1): 72-83


    Next-generation sequencing (NGS) of immune receptors has become a standard tool to assess minimal residual disease (MRD) in patients treated for lymphoid malignancy, and it is being used to study the T-cell repertoire in many clinical settings. To better understanding the potential clinical utility and limitations of this application outside of MRD, we developed a BIOMED-2 primer-based NGS method and characterized its performance in controls and patients with graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) after allogeneic hematopoietic transplant. For controls and patients with GVHD, replicate sequencing of the same T-cell receptor β (TRB) libraries was highly reproducible. Higher variability was observed in sequencing of different TRB libraries made from the same DNA stock. Variability was increased in patients with GVHD compared with controls; patients with GVHD also had lower diversity than controls. In the T-cell repertoire of a healthy person, approximately 99.6% of the CDR3 clones were in low abundance, with frequency <10(-3). A single library could identify >93% of the clones with frequency ≥10(-3) in the repertoire. Sequencing in duplicate increased the average detection rate to >97%. This work demonstrates that NGS reliably and robustly characterizes TRB populations in healthy individuals and patients with GVHD with frequency ≥10(-3) and provides a methodologic framework for applying NGS immune repertoire methods to clinical testing applications beyond MRD.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jmoldx.2016.07.009

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  • Identification of a Novel MPL Loss of Function Mutation in a Patient with Cyclic Thrombocytopenia and Characterization of This Syndrome Zhang, H., Hou, Y., Brar, R. S., Zhang, B., Chen, Z., Abidi, P., Jin, J., Gotlib, J. R., Zehnder, J. L. AMER SOC HEMATOLOGY. 2016
  • ROS: novel regulators of thrombopoiesis BLOOD Zhang, B., Zehnder, J. L. 2016; 128 (5): 613-?

    View details for DOI 10.1182/blood-2016-06-718544

    View details for Web of Science ID 000383843000004

    View details for PubMedID 27492312

  • Effects of Thrombopoietin Mimetics on Patients with Chronic ITP: Perspectives from Blood Transcriptome Profiling Analysis Zhang, H., Zhang, B., Guo, X., Haq, N., West, R. B., Bussel, J. B., Zehnder, J. L. AMER SOC HEMATOLOGY. 2014
  • Immunoglobulin and T cell receptor gene high-throughput sequencing quantifies minimal residual disease in acute lymphoblastic leukemia and predicts post-transplantation relapse and survival. Biology of blood and marrow transplantation Logan, A. C., Vashi, N., Faham, M., Carlton, V., Kong, K., Buño, I., Zheng, J., Moorhead, M., Klinger, M., Zhang, B., Waqar, A., Zehnder, J. L., Miklos, D. B. 2014; 20 (9): 1307-1313


    Minimal residual disease (MRD) quantification is an important predictor of outcome after treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Bone marrow ALL burden ≥ 10(-4) after induction predicts subsequent relapse. Likewise, MRD ≥ 10(-4) in bone marrow before initiation of conditioning for allogeneic (allo) hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) predicts transplantation failure. Current methods for MRD quantification in ALL are not sufficiently sensitive for use with peripheral blood specimens and have not been broadly implemented in the management of adults with ALL. Consensus-primed immunoglobulin (Ig), T cell receptor (TCR) amplification and high-throughput sequencing (HTS) permit use of a standardized algorithm for all patients and can detect leukemia at 10(-6) or lower. We applied the LymphoSIGHT HTS platform (Sequenta Inc., South San Francisco, CA) to quantification of MRD in 237 samples from 29 adult B cell ALL patients before and after allo-HCT. Using primers for the IGH-VDJ, IGH-DJ, IGK, TCRB, TCRD, and TCRG loci, MRD could be quantified in 93% of patients. Leukemia-associated clonotypes at these loci were identified in 52%, 28%, 10%, 35%, 28%, and 41% of patients, respectively. MRD ≥ 10(-4) before HCT conditioning predicted post-HCT relapse (hazard ratio [HR], 7.7; 95% confidence interval [CI], 2.0 to 30; P = .003). In post-HCT blood samples, MRD ≥10(-6) had 100% positive predictive value for relapse with median lead time of 89 days (HR, 14; 95% CI, 4.7 to 44, P < .0001). The use of HTS-based MRD quantification in adults with ALL offers a standardized approach with sufficient sensitivity to quantify leukemia MRD in peripheral blood. Use of this approach may identify a window for clinical intervention before overt relapse.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.bbmt.2014.04.018

    View details for PubMedID 24769317

  • Comprehensive whole-genome sequencing of an early-stage primary myelofibrosis patient defines low mutational burden and non-recurrent candidate genes. Haematologica Merker, J. D., Roskin, K. M., Ng, D., Pan, C., Fisk, D. G., King, J. J., Hoh, R., Stadler, M., Okumoto, L. M., Abidi, P., Hewitt, R., Jones, C. D., Gojenola, L., Clark, M. J., Zhang, B., Cherry, A. M., George, T. I., Snyder, M., Boyd, S. D., Zehnder, J. L., Fire, A. Z., Gotlib, J. 2013; 98 (11): 1689-1696


    In order to identify novel somatic mutations associated with classic BCR/ABL1-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms, we performed high-coverage genome sequencing of DNA from peripheral blood granulocytes and cultured skin fibroblasts from a patient with MPL W515K-positive primary myelofibrosis. The primary myelofibrosis genome had a low somatic mutation rate, consistent with that observed in similar hematopoietic tumor genomes. Interfacing of whole-genome DNA sequence data with RNA expression data identified three somatic mutations of potential functional significance: a nonsense mutation in CARD6, implicated in modulation of NF-kappaB activation; a 19-base pair deletion involving a potential regulatory region in the 5'-untranslated region of BRD2, implicated in transcriptional regulation and cell cycle control; and a non-synonymous point mutation in KIAA0355, an uncharacterized protein. Additional mutations in three genes (CAP2, SOX30, and MFRP) were also evident, albeit with no support for expression at the RNA level. Re-sequencing of these six genes in 178 patients with polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia, and myelofibrosis did not identify recurrent somatic mutations in these genes. Finally, we describe methods for reducing false-positive variant calls in the analysis of hematologic malignancies with a low somatic mutation rate. This trial is registered with (NCT01108159).

    View details for DOI 10.3324/haematol.2013.092379

    View details for PubMedID 23872309

  • Minimal residual disease quantification using consensus primers and high- throughput IGH sequencing predicts post-transplant relapse in chronic lymphocytic leukemia LEUKEMIA Logan, A. C., Zhang, B., Narasimhan, B., Carlton, V., Zheng, J., Moorhead, M., Krampf, M. R., Jones, C. D., Waqar, A. N., Faham, M., Zehnder, J. L., Miklos, D. B. 2013; 27 (8): 1659-1665


    Quantification of minimal residual disease (MRD) following allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT) predicts post-transplant relapse in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). We utilized an MRD-quantification method that amplifies immunoglobulin heavy chain (IGH) loci using consensus V and J segment primers followed by high-throughput sequencing (HTS), enabling quantification with a detection limit of one CLL cell per million mononuclear cells. Using this IGH-HTS approach, we analyzed MRD patterns in over 400 samples from 40 CLL patients who underwent reduced-intensity allo-HCT. Nine patients relapsed within 12 months post-HCT. Of the 31 patients in remission at 12 months post-HCT, disease-free survival was 86% in patients with MRD <10(-4) and 20% in those with MRD 10(-4) (relapse hazard ratio (HR) 9.0; 95% confidence interval (CI) 2.5-32; P<0.0001), with median follow-up of 36 months. Additionally, MRD predicted relapse at other time points, including 9, 18 and 24 months post-HCT. MRD doubling time <12 months with disease burden 10(-5) was associated with relapse within 12 months of MRD assessment in 50% of patients, and within 24 months in 90% of patients. This IGH-HTS method may facilitate routine MRD quantification in clinical trials.Leukemia advance online publication, 12 March 2013; doi:10.1038/leu.2013.52.

    View details for DOI 10.1038/leu.2013.52

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    View details for PubMedID 23419792

  • Oxidative stress and immune thrombocytopenia. Seminars in hematology Zhang, B., Zehnder, J. L. 2013; 50 (3): e1-4


    Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is an autoimmune disorder characterized by increased platelet destruction or decreased platelet production. The mechanism of the disease has been extensively studied so that we now have a much improved understanding of the pathophysiology; however, the trigger of the autoimmunity remains unclear. More recently, oxidative stress was identified to be involved in the pathogenesis of ITP and provides a new hypothesis for the initiation of autoimmunity in patients with ITP. In this review, oxidative stress and its impact on autoimmunity, particularly ITP, will be covered.

    View details for DOI 10.1053/j.seminhematol.2013.06.011

    View details for PubMedID 23953344

  • Desktop transcriptome sequencing from archival tissue to identify clinically relevant translocations. American journal of surgical pathology Sweeney, R. T., Zhang, B., Zhu, S. X., Varma, S., Smith, K. S., Montgomery, S. B., van de Rijn, M., Zehnder, J., West, R. B. 2013; 37 (6): 796-803


    Somatic mutations, often translocations or single nucleotide variations, are pathognomonic for certain types of cancers and are increasingly of clinical importance for diagnosis and prediction of response to therapy. Conventional clinical assays only evaluate 1 mutation at a time, and targeted tests are often constrained to identify only the most common mutations. Genome-wide or transcriptome-wide high-throughput sequencing (HTS) of clinical samples offers an opportunity to evaluate for all clinically significant mutations with a single test. Recently a "desktop version" of HTS has become available, but most of the experience to date is based on data obtained from high-quality DNA from frozen specimens. In this study, we demonstrate, as a proof of principle, that translocations in sarcomas can be diagnosed from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue with desktop HTS. Using the first generation MiSeq platform, full transcriptome sequencing was performed on FFPE material from archival blocks of 3 synovial sarcomas, 3 myxoid liposarcomas, 2 Ewing sarcomas, and 1 clear cell sarcoma. Mapping the reads to the "sarcomatome" (all known 83 genes involved in translocations and mutations in sarcoma) and using a novel algorithm for ranking fusion candidates, the pathognomonic fusions and the exact breakpoints were identified in all cases of synovial sarcoma, myxoid liposarcoma, and clear cell sarcoma. The Ewing sarcoma fusion gene was detectable in FFPE material only with a sequencing platform that generates greater sequencing depth. The results show that a single transcriptome HTS assay, from FFPE, has the potential to replace conventional molecular diagnostic techniques for the evaluation of clinically relevant mutations in cancer.

    View details for DOI 10.1097/PAS.0b013e31827ad9b2

    View details for PubMedID 23598961

  • Sequential azacitidine plus lenalidomide combination for elderly patients with untreated acute myeloid leukemia. Haematologica Pollyea, D. A., Zehnder, J., Coutre, S., Gotlib, J. R., Gallegos, L., Abdel-Wahab, O., Greenberg, P., Zhang, B., Liedtke, M., Berube, C., Levine, R., Mitchell, B. S., Medeiros, B. C. 2013; 98 (4): 591-596


    There are limited treatment options for older patients with acute myeloid leukemia and prognosis of these patients remains poor, thereby warranting development of novel therapies. We evaluated the efficacy and safety of azacitidine in combination with lenalidomide as front-line therapy for older patients with acute myeloid leukemia. Patients ≥ 60 years of age with untreated acute myeloid leukemia received azacitidine 75 mg/m2 for 7 days followed by escalating doses of lenalidomide daily for 21 days starting on day 8 of each cycle every 6 weeks. Patients received continued therapy until disease progression, unacceptable toxicity, or completion of 12 cycles. Forty-two patients (median age, 74 years) were enrolled with equal distribution according to European LeukemiaNet risk. The overall response rate was 40% (rate of complete remission with or without complete recovery of blood counts = 28%). The median time to complete remission with or without complete recovery of blood counts was 12 weeks, and duration of this status was 28 weeks (range, 4 - >104 weeks). Therapy-related acute myeloid leukemia and a high score on the Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Comorbidity Index were negative predictors of response. Early death was noted in 17% of patients. Grades ≥ 3 toxicities were uncommon and most adverse events were gastrointestinal, fatigue and myelosuppression. In conclusion, a sequential combination of azacitidine plus lenalidomide has clinical activity in older patients with acute myeloid leukemia, and further studies of this combination are underway.

    View details for DOI 10.3324/haematol.2012.076414

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  • 2-Hydroxyglutarate in IDH mutant acute myeloid leukemia: predicting patient responses, minimal residual disease and correlations with methylcytosine and hydroxymethylcytosine levels LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA Pollyea, D. A., Kohrt, H. E., Zhang, B., Zehnder, J., Schenkein, D., Fantin, V., Straley, K., Vasanthakumar, A., Abdel-Wahab, O., Levine, R., Godley, L. A., Medeiros, B. C. 2013; 54 (2): 408-410

    View details for DOI 10.3109/10428194.2012.701009

    View details for Web of Science ID 000313285400034

    View details for PubMedID 22680765

  • Impaired B Cell Clonotype Diversification After Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Predicts Graft-Versus-Host Disease BMT Tandem Meetings Logan, A., Sahaf, B., Zhang, B., Arai, S., Carlton, V., Zheng, J., Moorhead, M., Krampf, M. R., Jones, C. D., Waqar, A. N., Faham, M., Shizuru, J. A., Zehnder, J. L., Miklos, D. B. ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC. 2013: S148–S149
  • Whole Genome Sequence Analysis of Primary Myelofibrosis. 54th Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American-Society-of-Hematology (ASH) Merker, J. D., Roskin, K., Ng, D., Pan, C., Fisk, D. G., Jones, C. D., Gojenola, L., Clark, M. J., Zhang, B., Cherry, M., Snyder, M., Boyd, S. D., Zehnder, J. L., Fire, A. Z., Gotlib, J. AMER SOC HEMATOLOGY. 2012
  • The Role of Oxidative Stress in Pediatric Immune Thrombocytopenia Lo, C., Zhang, B., Cusmano-Ozog, K., Wong, W., Jeng, M., Cowan, T., Zehnder, J. L. AMER SOC HEMATOLOGY. 2012
  • Azacitidine Plus Lenalidomide for Untreated AML Patients Ineligible for Conventional Chemotherapy Pollyea, D. A., Zehnder, J. L., Coutre, S., Gotlib, J., Gallegos, L., Greenberg, P., Zhang, B., Liedtke, M., Levine, R. L., Medeiros, B. C. AMER SOC HEMATOLOGY. 2012
  • Safety, efficacy and biological predictors of response to sequential azacitidine and lenalidomide for elderly patients with acute myeloid leukemia LEUKEMIA Pollyea, D. A., Kohrt, H. E., Gallegos, L., Figueroa, M. E., Abdel-Wahab, O., Zhang, B., Bhattacharya, S., Zehnder, J., Liedtke, M., Gotlib, J. R., Coutre, S., Berube, C., Melnick, A., Levine, R., Mitchell, B. S., Medeiros, B. C. 2012; 26 (5): 893-901


    Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a disease of the elderly. Poor outcomes with standard therapies necessitate novel approaches. Outpatient regimens sufficiently potent and well tolerated to induce remissions and enable continuation therapy may be beneficial. In this phase-1 study, we determined the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and the efficacy for sequential azacitidine and lenalidomide as remission induction and continuation therapy in elderly, previously untreated patients. We investigated the impact on global DNA methylation and bone marrow cytokines, and sought biological predictors of response. Eighteen patients were enrolled. The MTD was not reached. Median follow-up was 8.2 months (10.3 months for survivors). Common adverse events included fatigue, injection site reactions, constipation, nausea, pruritus and febrile neutropenia. Ten patients responded (56%), and the rate of complete remissions (CRs) or CRs with incomplete recovery of blood counts for evaluable patients was 44% (7/16). The median response duration was 6.2 months. DNA demethylation and changes in bone marrow cytokines were observed; responders had a unique cytokine profile and a trend towards lower methylation levels. Sequential azacitidine and lenalidomide was well tolerated with encouraging clinical and biological activity in previously untreated elderly AML patients. This trial is registered at (NCT00890929).

    View details for DOI 10.1038/leu.2011.294

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  • Tailored temozolomide therapy according to MGMT methylation status for elderly patients with acute myeloid leukemia AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HEMATOLOGY Medeiros, B. C., Kohrt, H. E., Gotlib, J., Coutre, S. E., Zhang, B., Arber, D. A., Zehnder, J. L. 2012; 87 (1): 45-50


    Temozolomide sensitivity is determined by methylation of the O(6)-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) promoter. This study assessed whether the temozolomide dose can be tailored by MGMT promoter status and whether protracted, low-dose temozolomide can "prime" blasts in patients with unmethylated MGMT (unMGMT). Elderly patients with high-risk AML were stratified by MGMT methylation. Patients with methylated MGMT (mMGMT) received temozolomide 200 mg/m(2) orally for 7 days every 4 weeks, while patients with unMGMT received temozolomide 100 mg/m(2) orally for 14 days followed by 200 mg/m(2) orally for 7 days every 6weeks. Of 36 patients (median age, 75 years), 31 (86%) had an unMGMT promoter. Overall response rate for the entire cohort was 36%. Patients with mMGMT and unMGMT had similar response rates (40% vs. 29%). Median duration of response and overall survival (OS) among responders were 29 and 35 weeks, respectively. Induction deaths (ID) occurred in 25% of patients, mostly caused by disease progression. Hematological toxicities were the most common adverse event. Toxicities were similar between patients on conventional versus protracted schedules. High HCT-CI scores were predictive of lower CR rate, higher ID, and shorter OS, while bone marrow blast count <50% at screening predicted for improved responses. Temozolomide, dosed according to MGMT methylation status, demonstrated modest clinical activity in elderly patients with AML, especially in those presenting with fewer comorbidities and low disease burden. The trial was registered on as #NCT00611247.

    View details for DOI 10.1002/ajh.22191

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  • 2-Hydroxyglutarate in IDH mutant AML: Predicting Patient Responses, Minimal Residual Disease and Correlations with Methylcytosine and Hydroxymethylcytosine Levels Pollyea, D. A., Kohrt, H. E., Zhang, B., Zehnder, J. L., Schenkein, D. P., Fantin, V., Straley, K., Vasanthakumar, A., Abdel-Wahab, O., Levine, R. L., Godley, L., Medeiros, B. C. AMER SOC HEMATOLOGY. 2011: 1073–74
  • Identification of a Novel Splice Donor Mutation In the Thrombopoietin Gene In a Philippine Family with Hereditary Thrombocythemia 52nd Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American-Society-of-Hematology (ASH) Gotlib, J., Zhang, B., Jones, C. D., Riess, J., Wong, W. B., Simonds, E. F., Hale, M. B., Abidi, P., McClung, J., Nolan, G. P., Oh, S. T., Zehnder, J. L. AMER SOC HEMATOLOGY. 2010: 1272–72
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    The distinction between mycosis fungoides (MF) and inflammatory dermatoses (ID) by clinicopathologic criteria can be challenging. There is limited information regarding the performance characteristics and utility of TCRG and TCRB clonality assays in diagnosis of MF and ID from paraffin-embedded tissue sections. In this study, PCR tests were performed with both TCRG and TCRB BIOMED-2 clonality methods followed by capillary electrophoresis and Genescan analysis using DNA samples from 35 MF and 96 ID patients with 69 and 133 paraffin-embedded specimens, respectively. Performance characteristics were determined for each test individually and in combination. TCRG and TCRB tests demonstrated identical sensitivity (64%) and specificity (84%) when analyzed as individual assays. The positive predictive value, negative predictive value, and change of posttest MF probability over a range of MF pretest probabilities were obtained. These data were used to construct an algorithm for sequential use of TCRG and TCRB. As single tests, commercially available BIOMED-2 PCR-based TCRG and TCRB clonality tests on paraffin-embedded tissue have no significant difference in terms of sensitivity and specificity. Combined use of the two tests in patients with intermediate pretest probabilities as proposed in the algorithm could improve test utility.

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