Biomarkers and Antibodies Development for Myeloma

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Myeloma, also known as multiple myeloma (MM) or plasma cell myeloma, is a cancer of plasma cells. It is a type of white blood cell which normally is responsible for producing antibodies. Often, it arises without symptoms initially. But, bone pain, bleeding, frequent infections, and anemia may occur when it is advanced. Complications may include amyloidosis. The annual incidence of the United States population is about 4 per 100,000, resulting in around 20,000 new patients in the US. 0.7% of people are affected at some point in their lives. Myeloma is twice as common in black people compared with white people. It usually occurs around the age of 60. Only 2% of the patients are under the age of 40 are diagnosed myeloma. Men have a slightly more chance of catching the disease.

Biomarkers and Antibodies Development for Myeloma Fig 1. Multiple myeloma cells.

Molecular Classification

There are several molecular subtypes of myeloma that are associated with several unique differences in disease presentation and prognosis. Trisomic MM is reported to respond particularly well to lenalidomide-based therapy, while t(4;14) MM requires bortezomib-based induction and maintenance for good outcome. As for clinical presentation, t(4;14) MM has a lower predilection for bone disease at diagnosis, while t(14;16) MM is often linked with high levels of serum free light chains (FLC) and a higher risk of acute renal failure at diagnosis.

Staging and Risk Stratification

Although the survival of the patients with MM is approximately 6 years, there are several factors affecting survival rate, including host factors, tumor burden (stage), biology (cytogenetic abnormalities), and response to therapy. Tumor burden in MM has traditionally been assessed using the Durie-Salmon Staging (DSS) and the International Staging System (ISS). Disease biology best reflected based on the molecular subtype of MM, and the presence or absence of secondary cytogenetic abnormalities. The Revised International Staging System (RISS) incorporates determinants of disease biology into the former ISS to create 3 disease stages.


The most common symptoms of myeloma are fatigue and bone pain. Anemia, a decrease in the total amount of erythrocytes or hemoglobin in the blood, occurs in approximately 75% of patients and contributes to fatigue. Osteolytic skeletal lesions, a softened section of a patient's bone formed as a symptom of myeloma, can be found in approximately 80% of patients. Other common findings include hypercalcemia (15%), and elevated serum creatinine ≥2 mg/dL (18%). Approximately 1% of patients with myeloma have extramedullary disease (EMD) at the time of initial diagnosis, while 8% develop EMD later on in the disease course.

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