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Adult IDH wild type astrocytomas biologically and clinically resolve into other tumor entities


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IDH wild type (IDHwt) anaplastic astrocytomas WHO grade III (AA III) are associated with poor outcome. To address the possibilities of molecular subsets among astrocytoma or of diagnostic reclassification, we analyzed a series of 160 adult IDHwt tumors comprising 120 AA III and 40 diffuse astrocytomas WHO grade II (A II) for molecular hallmark alterations and established methylation and copy number profiles. Based on molecular profiles and hallmark alterations the tumors could be grouped into four major sets. 124/160 (78 %) tumors were diagnosed as the molecular equivalent of conventional glioblastoma (GBM), and 15/160 (9 %) as GBM-H3F3A mutated (GBM-H3). 13/160 (8 %) exhibited a distinct methylation profile that was most similar to GBM-H3-K27, however, lacked the H3F3A mutation. This group was enriched for tumors of infratentorial and midline localization and showed a trend towards a more favorable prognosis. All but one of the 120 IDHwt AA III could be assigned to these three groups. 7 tumors recruited from the 40 A II, comprised a variety of molecular signatures and all but one were reclassified into distinct WHO entities of lower grades. Interestingly, TERT mutations were exclusively restricted to the molecular GBM (78 %) and associated with poor clinical outcome. However, the GBM-H3 group lacking TERT mutations appeared to fare even worse. Our data demonstrate that most of the tumors diagnosed as IDHwt astrocytomas can be allocated to other tumor entities on a molecular basis. The diagnosis of IDHwt diffuse astrocytoma or anaplastic astrocytoma should be used with caution.

Abstract

IDH wild type (IDHwt) anaplastic astrocytomas WHO grade III (AA III) are associated with poor outcome. To address the possibilities of molecular subsets among astrocytoma or of diagnostic reclassification, we analyzed a series of 160 adult IDHwt tumors comprising 120 AA III and 40 diffuse astrocytomas WHO grade II (A II) for molecular hallmark alterations and established methylation and copy number profiles. Based on molecular profiles and hallmark alterations the tumors could be grouped into four major sets. 124/160 (78 %) tumors were diagnosed as the molecular equivalent of conventional glioblastoma (GBM), and 15/160 (9 %) as GBM-H3F3A mutated (GBM-H3). 13/160 (8 %) exhibited a distinct methylation profile that was most similar to GBM-H3-K27, however, lacked the H3F3A mutation. This group was enriched for tumors of infratentorial and midline localization and showed a trend towards a more favorable prognosis. All but one of the 120 IDHwt AA III could be assigned to these three groups. 7 tumors recruited from the 40 A II, comprised a variety of molecular signatures and all but one were reclassified into distinct WHO entities of lower grades. Interestingly, TERT mutations were exclusively restricted to the molecular GBM (78 %) and associated with poor clinical outcome. However, the GBM-H3 group lacking TERT mutations appeared to fare even worse. Our data demonstrate that most of the tumors diagnosed as IDHwt astrocytomas can be allocated to other tumor entities on a molecular basis. The diagnosis of IDHwt diffuse astrocytoma or anaplastic astrocytoma should be used with caution.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Neurology
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of Neuropathology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:September 2015
Deposited On:01 Dec 2015 12:03
Last Modified:20 Jun 2016 00:00
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0001-6322
Additional Information:The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00401-015-1454-8
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s00401-015-1454-8
PubMed ID:26087904

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