Current landscape of translational and clinical research in myelodysplastic syndromes/neoplasms (MDS): Proceedings from the 1st International Workshop on MDS (iwMDS) Of the International Consortium for MDS (icMDS).
Bewersdorf JP., Xie Z., Bejar R., Borate U., Boultwood J., Brunner AM., Buckstein R., Carraway HE., Churpek JE., Daver NG., Porta MGD., DeZern AE., Fenaux P., Figueroa ME., Gore SD., Griffiths EA., Halene S., Hasserjian RP., Hourigan CS., Kim TK., Komrokji R., Kuchroo VK., List AF., Loghavi S., Majeti R., Odenike O., Patnaik MM., Platzbecker U., Roboz GJ., Sallman DA., Santini V., Sanz G., Sekeres MA., Stahl M., Starczynowski DT., Steensma DP., Taylor J., Abdel-Wahab O., Xu ML., Savona MR., Wei AH., Zeidan AM.
Biological events that contribute to the pathogenesis of myelodysplastic syndromes/neoplasms (MDS) are becoming increasingly characterized and are being translated into rationally designed therapeutic strategies. Herein, we provide updates from the first International Workshop on MDS (iwMDS) of the International Consortium for MDS (icMDS) detailing recent advances in understanding the genetic landscape of MDS, including germline predisposition, epigenetic and immune dysregulation, the complexities of clonal hematopoiesis progression to MDS, as well as novel animal models of the disease. Connected to this progress is the development of novel therapies targeting specific molecular alterations, the innate immune system, and immune checkpoint inhibitors. While some of these agents have entered clinical trials (e.g., splicing modulators, IRAK1/4 inhibitors, anti-CD47 and anti-TIM3 antibodies, and cellular therapies), none have been approved for MDS. Additional preclinical and clinical work is needed to develop a truly individualized approach to the care of MDS patients.