Recurrent mutations of MYD88 and TBL1XR1 in primary central nervous system lymphomas

Clin Cancer Res. 2012 Oct 1;18(19):5203-11. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-12-0845. Epub 2012 Jul 26.


Purpose: Our objective was to identify the genetic changes involved in primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL) oncogenesis and evaluate their clinical relevance.

Experimental design: We investigated a series of 29 newly diagnosed, HIV-negative, PCNSL patients using high-resolution single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) arrays (n = 29) and whole-exome sequencing (n = 4) approaches. Recurrent homozygous deletions and somatic gene mutations found were validated by quantitative real-time PCR and Sanger sequencing, respectively. Molecular results were correlated with prognosis.

Results: All PCNSLs were diffuse large B-cell lymphomas, and the patients received chemotherapy without radiotherapy as initial treatment. The SNP analysis revealed recurrent large and focal chromosome imbalances that target candidate genes in PCNSL oncogenesis. The most frequent genomic abnormalities were (i) 6p21.32 loss (HLA locus), (ii) 6q loss, (iii) CDKN2A homozygous deletions, (iv) 12q12-q22, and (v) chromosome 7q21 and 7q31 gains. Homozygous deletions of PRMD1, TOX, and DOCK5 and the amplification of HDAC9 were also detected. Sequencing of matched tumor and blood DNA samples identified novel somatic mutations in MYD88 and TBL1XR1 in 38% and 14% of the cases, respectively. The correlation of genetic abnormalities with clinical outcomes using multivariate analysis showed that 6q22 loss (P = 0.006 and P = 0.01) and CDKN2A homozygous deletion (P = 0.02 and P = 0.01) were significantly associated with shorter progression-free survival and overall survival.

Conclusions: Our study provides new insights into the molecular tumorigenesis of PCNSL and identifies novel genetic alterations in this disease, especially MYD88 and TBL1XR1 mutations activating the NF-κB signaling pathway, which may be promising targets for future therapeutic strategies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cell Transformation, Neoplastic / genetics
  • Cell Transformation, Neoplastic / metabolism
  • Central Nervous System Neoplasms* / genetics
  • Central Nervous System Neoplasms* / metabolism
  • Chromosomal Instability*
  • Disease-Free Survival
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse* / genetics
  • Lymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse* / metabolism
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mutation
  • Myeloid Differentiation Factor 88* / genetics
  • Myeloid Differentiation Factor 88* / metabolism
  • Nuclear Proteins* / genetics
  • Nuclear Proteins* / metabolism
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide
  • Receptors, Cytoplasmic and Nuclear* / genetics
  • Receptors, Cytoplasmic and Nuclear* / metabolism
  • Repressor Proteins* / genetics
  • Repressor Proteins* / metabolism
  • Treatment Outcome


  • MYD88 protein, human
  • Myeloid Differentiation Factor 88
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • Receptors, Cytoplasmic and Nuclear
  • Repressor Proteins
  • TBL1XR1 protein, human