CIC and FUBP1 mutations in oligodendrogliomas, oligoastrocytomas and astrocytomas

Acta Neuropathol. 2012 Jun;123(6):853-60. doi: 10.1007/s00401-012-0993-5. Epub 2012 May 17.


CIC and FUBP1 mutations have recently been detected in oligodendrogliomas but not in oligoastrocytomas. However, allelic losses in the regions on chromosomal arms 19q and 1p harboring CIC and FUBP1 are a common feature of both, oligodendrogliomas and oligoastrocytomas. To resolve this discrepancy, we analyzed CIC and FUBP1 mutations in a set of primary brain tumors including 18 oligodendrogliomas and 42 oligoastrocytomas. In addition, we analyzed 10 astrocytomas and 16 glioblastomas with allelic losses on 19q as well as a set of 12 medulloblastomas for CIC mutations. CIC mutations were found in 15/18 oligodendrogliomas, 14/42 oligoastrocytomas and 3/10 preselected astrocytomas. With the exception of a single case, all CIC mutations occurred in tumors with combined 1p/19q losses. In contrast to oligodendrogliomas where CIC mutations were always detected along with 1p/19q co-deletion, CIC mutations were only found in 52 % of the 1p/19q co-deleted oligoastrocytomas. FUBP1 mutations were detected in 7/61 tumors, all presenting with CIC mutations. FUBP1 mutations appear to cluster in the DNA binding domain spanning exons 5-14. CIC and FUBP1 mutations exclusively occurred in presence of either IDH1 or IDH2 mutations. Our data confirm CIC and FUBP1 mutations in oligodendrogliomas and demonstrate the presence of these mutations in oligoastrocytomas.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Astrocytoma / genetics*
  • Astrocytoma / pathology
  • Brain Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Brain Neoplasms / pathology
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 1 / genetics
  • DNA Helicases / genetics*
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / genetics*
  • Exons / genetics
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Loss of Heterozygosity / genetics
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mutation*
  • Neoplasm Grading
  • Oligodendroglioma / genetics*
  • Oligodendroglioma / pathology
  • RNA-Binding Proteins
  • Repressor Proteins / genetics*


  • CIC protein, human
  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • FUBP1 protein, human
  • RNA-Binding Proteins
  • Repressor Proteins
  • DNA Helicases