Molecular classification of low-grade diffuse gliomas

Am J Pathol. 2010 Dec;177(6):2708-14. doi: 10.2353/ajpath.2010.100680. Epub 2010 Nov 12.

Abstract

The current World Health Organization classification recognizes three histological types of grade II low-grade diffuse glioma (diffuse astrocytoma, oligoastrocytoma, and oligodendroglioma). However, the diagnostic criteria, in particular for oligoastrocytoma, are highly subjective. The aim of our study was to establish genetic profiles for diffuse gliomas and to estimate their predictive impact. In this study, we screened 360 World Health Organization grade II gliomas for mutations in the IDH1, IDH2, and TP53 genes and for 1p/19q loss and correlated these with clinical outcome. Most tumors (86%) were characterized genetically by TP53 mutation plus IDH1/2 mutation (32%), 1p/19q loss plus IDH1/2 mutation (37%), or IDH1/2 mutation only (17%). TP53 mutations only or 1p/19q loss only was rare (2 and 3%, respectively). The median survival of patients with TP53 mutation ± IDH1/2 mutation was significantly shorter than that of patients with 1p/19q loss ± IDH1/2 mutation (51.8 months vs. 58.7 months, respectively; P = 0.0037). Multivariate analysis with adjustment for age and treatment confirmed these results (P = 0.0087) and also revealed that TP53 mutation is a significant prognostic marker for shorter survival (P = 0.0005) and 1p/19q loss for longer survival (P = 0.0002), while IDH1/2 mutations are not prognostic (P = 0.8737). The molecular classification on the basis of IDH1/2 mutation, TP53 mutation, and 1p/19q loss has power similar to histological classification and avoids the ambiguity inherent to the diagnosis of oligoastrocytoma.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Brain Neoplasms / classification*
  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Brain Neoplasms / genetics
  • Brain Neoplasms / pathology
  • Chromosome Aberrations
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 1
  • Female
  • Gene Frequency
  • Genes, p53
  • Genotype
  • Glioma / classification*
  • Glioma / diagnosis
  • Glioma / genetics
  • Glioma / pathology
  • Humans
  • Isocitrate Dehydrogenase / genetics
  • Loss of Heterozygosity
  • Male
  • Molecular Diagnostic Techniques / methods*
  • Mutation
  • Neoplasm Staging / methods*

Substances

  • Isocitrate Dehydrogenase
  • isocitrate dehydrogenase 2, human
  • IDH1 protein, human