Deletion of CHIC2 in patients with idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES) and chronic eosinophilic leukaemia (CEL) results in the fusion of FIP1L1 (FIP1-like 1) with PDGFRA (platelet derived growth factor receptor alpha) producing a tyrosine kinase which transforms haematopoietic cells.
In such patients, this activity is inhibited by imatinib mesylate (Gleevec), which is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor.
The diagnosis of the fusion gene can therefore lead to therapeutic choices for the patient1,2.
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1. Cools J et al., N Eng J Med 2003;348:1201-14
2. Griffin JH et al., PNAS 2003;100:7830-5
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