IDH mutations in human glioma

Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2012 Jul;23(3):471-80. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2012 May 31.


A novel mutation of isocitrate dehydrogenase-1 (IDH1) was recently found in a large percentage of secondary human gliomas. Unlike previously discovered prognostic molecular characteristics, IDH1 mutations were found across gliomas of many different grades and histologies. Further studies have illuminated its utility as a prognostic marker in low-grade and high-grade gliomas and its ability to aid the differentiation and diagnosis of various tumors with histologic ambiguity. As a metabolic enzyme, its inhibitory actions and neomorphic activity present a unique avenue in the understanding of these tumors and potentially a novel mechanism through which they may be treated.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Brain Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Glioma / diagnosis
  • Glioma / genetics*
  • Humans
  • Isocitrate Dehydrogenase / genetics*
  • Mutation*
  • Prognosis


  • Isocitrate Dehydrogenase
  • IDH1 protein, human