CD123: A Novel Biomarker for Diagnosis and Treatment of Leukemia

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Author(s): Mingyue Shi, Ruijun Jeanna Su, Kamal-Preet Parmar, Rahman Chaudhry, Kai Sun, Jianyu Rao, Mingyi Chen*.

Journal Name: Cardiovascular & Hematological Disorders-Drug Targets

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Abstract:

Leukemia is a group of progressive hematologic malignancies derived from stem cells in bone marrow which causes a large number of cancer deaths. Even with treatment such as traditional chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT), many patients suffer from relapse/refractory disease, and the overall survival is dismal. Leukemic stem cells (LSCs) are induced by gene mutations and undergo an aberrant and poorly regulated proliferation process which is involved in the evolution, relapse, and drug-resistance of leukemia. Emerging studies demonstrate that CD123, the interleukin 3 receptor alpha (IL-3Rα), is highly expressed in LSCs, while not normal hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), and associates with treatment response, minimal residual disease (MRD) detection and prognosis. Furthermore, CD123 is an important marker for the identification and targeting of LSCs for refractory or relapsed leukemia. Anti-CD123 target-therapies in pre-clinical studies and clinical trials confirm the utility of anti-CD123 neutralizing antibody-drugs, CD3×CD123 bispecific antibodies, dual-affinity retargeting (DART), and anti-CD123 chimeric antigen receptor-modified T-cell (CAR-T) therapies in progress. This review summarizes the most recent progress on the study of CD123 biology and the development of novel CD123-targeted therapies.

Keywords: CD123, LSCs, refractory/relapse, leukemia, anti-CD123

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DOI: 10.2174/1871529X19666190627100613

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