Prognostic relevance of genetic alterations in diffuse lower-grade gliomas

Kosuke Aoki, Hideo Nakamura, Hiromichi Suzuki, Keitaro Matsuo, Keisuke Kataoka, Teppei Shimamura, Kazuya Motomura, Fumiharu Ohka, Satoshi Shiina, Takashi Yamamoto, Yasunobu Nagata, Tetsuichi Yoshizato, Masahiro Mizoguchi, Tatsuya Abe, Yasutomo Momii, Yoshihiro Muragaki, Reiko Watanabe, Ichiro Ito, Masashi Sanada, Hironori YajimaNaoya Morita, Ichiro Takeuchi, Satoru Miyano, Toshihiko Wakabayashi, Seishi Ogawa, Atsushi Natsume

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Background Diffuse lower-grade gliomas (LGGs) are genetically classified into 3 distinct subtypes based on isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) mutation status and codeletion of chromosome 1p and 19q (1p/19q). However, the subtype-specific effects of additional genetic lesions on survival are largely unknown. Methods Using Cox proportional hazards regression modeling, we investigated the subtype-specific effects of genetic alterations and clinicopathological factors on survival in each LGG subtype, in a Japanese cohort of LGG cases fully genotyped for driver mutations and copy number variations associated with LGGs (n = 308). The results were validated using a dataset from 414 LGG cases available from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). Results In Oligodendroglioma, IDH-mutant and 1p/19q codeleted, NOTCH1 mutations (P = 0.0041) and incomplete resection (P = 0.0019) were significantly associated with shorter survival. In Astrocytoma, IDH-mutant, PIK3R1 mutations (P = 0.0014) and altered retinoblastoma pathway genes (RB1, CDKN2A, and CDK4) (P = 0.013) were independent predictors of poor survival. In IDH-wildtype LGGs, co-occurrence of 7p gain, 10q loss, mutation in the TERT promoter (P = 0.024), and grade III histology (P < 0.0001) independently predicted poor survival. IDH-wildtype LGGs without any of these factors were diagnosed at a younger age (P = 0.042), and were less likely to have genetic lesions characteristic of glioblastoma, in comparison with other IDH-wildtype LGGs, suggesting that they likely represented biologically different subtypes. These results were largely confirmed in the cohort of TCGA. Conclusions Subtype-specific genetic lesions can be used to stratify patients within each LGG subtype. enabling better prognostication and management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-77
Number of pages12
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cancer Research


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