[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: O(6)-Methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) is a repair protein that specifically removes promutagenic alkyl groups from the O(6) position of guanine in DNA. Repair of O(6)-alkylguanine adducts by tumour cells has been implicated in drug resistance since it reduces the cytotoxicity of alkylating chemotherapeutic agents. We assessed promoter methylation of the MGMT gene in astrocytic brain tumours by methylation-specific PCR. MGMT promoter methylation was detected in 26 of 54 (48%) low-grade diffuse astrocytomas (WHO grade II) and in 12 of 16 (75%) of secondary glioblastomas (WHO grade IV) that had progressed from low-grade astrocytomas. The frequency of MGMT methylation was significantly lower in primary (de novo) glioblastomas (13 of 36, 36%, P = 0.0155). The majority of low-grade astrocytomas with MGMT methylation (24/26, 92%) contained a TP53 mutation, whereas only 11 out of 28 (39%) cases without MGMT methylation carried a TP53 mutation (P < 0.0001). Furthermore, G:C --> A:T transition mutations at CpG sites were significantly more frequent in low-grade astrocytomas with MGMT methylation (15/26, 58%) than in those without (3/28, 11%, P = 0.0004). These results suggest that loss of MGMT expression as a result of promoter methylation, which frequently occurs at an early stage in the pathway leading to secondary glioblastomas, appears to be associated with increased frequency of TP53 mutations, in particular G:C --> A:T transitions.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Hereditary paraganglioma of the head and neck is associated with germline mutations in the SDHD gene, which encodes a mitochondrial respiratory chain protein. Paragangliomas of the central nervous system are very rare, occur almost exclusively in the cauda equina of the spinal cord and are considered non-familial. In the present study, we screened 22 apparently sporadic paragangliomas of the cauda equina for SDHD mutations. One spinal paraganglioma and similar cerebellar tumours that developed 22 years later in the same patient contained a missense mutation at codon 12 (GGT-->AGT, Gly-->Ser) and a silent mutation at codon 68 (AGC-->AGT, Ser-->Ser). There was no family history of paragangliomas but DNA from white blood cells of this patient showed the same sequence alterations, indicating the presence of a germline mutation. All other cases of spinal paraganglioma had the wild-type SDHD sequence, except one case with a silent mutation at codon 68 (AGC-->AGT, Ser-->Ser). This is the first observation indicating that inherited SDHD mutations may occasionally cause the development of paragangliomas in the central nervous system.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Invasion of spheroids from 20 human primary glioblastomas into precultured fetal rat brain tissue in culture has been studied and quantified. Between 30 and 98 percent of the normal brain tissue was destroyed by invading glioma cells within 4 days. The degree of invasion did not correlate with patient survival. A slightly higher invasiveness and shorter survival was seen in tumors with EGF receptor overexpression, and the opposite pattern was found for tumors with a TP53 mutation. The degree of invasiveness in vitro was far higher than would be expected from the dynamics of clinically observed tumor spread. This suggests that mechanisms suppressing invasion may be operative in the normal brain; alternatively the differences may be due to a higher permissiveness of the fetal brain tissue for invasion in vitro.
Journal of Neuro-Oncology 09/2001; 54(1):1-8. · 3.12 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The CDKN2A locus on chromosome 9p21 contains the p14ARF and p16INK4a genes, and is frequently deleted in human neoplasms, including brain tumors. In this study, we screened 34 primary (de novo) glioblastomas and 16 secondary glioblastomas that had progressed from low-grade diffuse astrocytomas for alterations of the p14ARF and p16INK4a genes, including homozygous deletion by differential PCR, promoter hypermethylation by methylation-specific PCR, and protein expression by immunohistochemistry. A total of 29 glioblastomas (58%) had a p14ARF homozygous deletion or methylation, and 17 (34%) showed p16INK4a homozygous deletion or methylation. Thirteen glioblastomas showed both p14ARF and p16INK4a homozygous deletion, while nine showed only a p14ARF deletion. Immunohistochemistry revealed loss of p14ARF expression in the majority of glioblastomas (38/50, 76%), and this correlated with the gene status, i.e. homozygous deletion or promoter hypermethylation. There was no significant difference in the overall frequency of p14ARF and p16INK4a alterations between primary and secondary glioblastomas. The analysis of multiple biopsies from the same patients revealed hypermethylation of p14ARF (5/15 cases) and p16INK4a (1/15 cases) already at the stage of low-grade diffuse astrocytoma but consistent absence of homozygous deletions. These results suggest that aberrant p14ARF expression due to homozygous deletion or promoter hypermethylation is associated with the evolution of both primary and secondary glioblastomas, and that p14ARF promoter methylation is an early event in subset of astrocytomas that undergo malignant progression to secondary glioblastoma.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Although characterized by a highly variable phenotype and multiple genetic alterations, glioblastomas are considered monoclonal in origin. We here report on a 64-yr-old patient who developed a second glioblastoma in the left frontal lobe 10 yr after surgical resection of a glioblastoma of right frontal lobe. The first tumor contained 2 p53 mutations, in codon 213 (CGA-->TGA, Arg-->stop) and codon 306 (CGA-->TGA, Arg-->stop), further, 1 missense PTEN mutation (codon 257, TTC-->TTA, Phe-->Leu) and a silent PTEN mutation (codon 154, TTC-->TTT, Phe-->Phe). The second glioblastoma also contained multiple, but different mutations: p53 mutations in codons 158 (CGC-->CAC, Arg-->His) and 273 (CGT-->TGT, Arg-->Cys), and a PTEN mutation in codon 233 (CGA-->TGA, Arg-->Stop). Both neoplasms had a homozygous p16 deletion. The discordant pattern of mutations indicates that the second glioblastoma was not a recurrence but an independent second glioblastoma. The presence in these neoplasms of multiple mutations in tumor suppressor genes suggests the involvement of a novel disease mechanism but there was no indication of a DNA mismatch repair deficiency or of an inherited tumor syndrome.
Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology 03/2001; 60(2):208-15. · 4.35 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Loss of expression of the retinoblastoma gene (RB1) has been shown to occur in up to 25% of glioblastomas (WHO Grade IV). To elucidate the underlying mechanism, we assessed RB1 promoter hypermethylation using methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction and RB1 expression by immunohistochemistry in 35 primary (de novo) glioblastomas and in 21 secondary glioblastomas that had progressed from low-grade diffuse astrocytoma (WHO Grade II) or anaplastic astrocytoma (WHO Grade III). Promoter hypermethylation was significantly more frequent in secondary (9 of 21, 43%) than in primary glioblastomas (5 of 35, 14%; p = 0.0258). There was a clear correlation between loss of RB1 expression and promoter hypermethylation. In the majority of glioblastomas with loss of RB1 expression, there was promoter hypermethylation (11 of 13, 85%), whereas 93% of tumors with RB1 expression had a normal RB1 gene status (p < 0.0001). In three glioblastomas, areas with and without RB1 expression were microdissected; promoter hypermethylation was detected only in areas lacking RB1 expression. In patients with multiple biopsies, methylation of the RB1 promoter was not detectable in the less malignant precursor lesions, ie, low-grade diffuse and anaplastic astrocytoma. These results indicate that promoter hypermethylation is a late event during astrocytoma progression and is the major mechanism underlying loss of RB1 expression in glioblastomas.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Diffuse astrocytoma WHO grade II is a well-differentiated, slowly growing tumor that has an inherent tendency to progress to anaplastic astrocytoma (WHO grade III) and, eventually, to glioblastoma (WHO grade IV). Little is known about its molecular basis, except for p53 mutations that are found in >60% of cases. In a search for additional genetic alterations, we carried out gene expression profiling of 11 diffuse astrocytomas using cDNA expression arrays. Expression of six genes (TIMP3, c-myc, EGFR, DR-nm23, nm23-H4, and GDNPF) was detected in 64-100% of diffuse astrocytomas, but not in nontumorous brain tissue. Seven genes (AAD14, SPARC, LRP, PDGFR-alpha, 60S ribosomal protein L5, PTN, and hBAP) were found to be up-regulated more than 2-fold in 20-60% of cases, whereas 11 genes (IFI 9-27, protein kinase CLK, TDGF1, BIN1, GAB1, TYRO3, LDH-A, adducin 3, GUK1, CDC10, and KRT8) were down-regulated to less than 50% of normal levels in 64-100% of cases. Semiquantitative conventional reverse transcription-PCR was performed for 11 genes, 9 of which showed an expression profile similar to that obtained with cDNA expression arrays. Immunohistochemical staining for SPARC showed cytoplasmic immunoreactivity of neoplastic cells in all diffuse astrocytomas analyzed. These results indicate significant changes in gene expression in diffuse astrocytomas, but it remains to be shown which of these are causally related to the transformation of glial cells.
Cancer Research 12/2000; 60(24):6868-74. · 8.65 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Glioblastomas develop rapidly de novo (primary glioblastomas) or slowly through progression from low-grade or anaplastic astrocytoma (secondary glioblastomas). Recent studies have shown that these glioblastoma subtypes develop through different genetic pathways. Primary glioblastomas are characterized by EGFR amplification/overexpression, PTEN mutation, homozygous p16 deletion, and loss of heterozygosity (LOH) on entire chromosome 10, whereas secondary glioblastomas frequently contain p53 mutations and show LOH on chromosome 10q. In this study, we analyzed LOH on chromosomes 19q, 1p, and 13q, using polymorphic microsatellite markers in 17 primary glioblastomas and in 13 secondary glioblastomas that progressed from low-grade astrocytomas. LOH on chromosome 19q was frequently found in secondary glioblastomas (7 of 13, 54%) but rarely detected in primary glioblastomas (1 of 17, 6%, p = 0.0094). The common deletion was 19q13.3 (between D19S219 and D19S902). These results suggest that tumor suppressor gene(s) located on chromosome 19q are frequently involved in the progression from low-grade astrocytoma to secondary glioblastoma, but do not play a major role in the evolution of primary glioblastomas. LOH on chromosome 1p was detected in 12% of primary and 15% of secondary glioblastomas. LOH on 13q was detected in 12% of primary and in 38% of secondary glioblastomas and typically included the RB locus. Except for 1 case, LOH 13q and 19q were mutually exclusive.
Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology 07/2000; 59(6):539-43. · 4.35 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: There are distinct genetic pathways leading to the glioblastoma, the most malignant astrocytic brain tumor. Primary (de novo) glioblastomas develop in older patients and are characterized by epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor amplification/overexpression, p16 deletion, and PTEN mutations, whereas secondary glioblastomas that progressed from low-grade or anaplastic astrocytoma develop in younger patients and frequently contain p53 mutations. In this study, we assessed the genetic profile of gliosarcoma, a rare glioblastoma variant characterized by a biphasic tissue pattern with alternating areas displaying glial and mesenchymal differentiation. Single-strand conformation polymorphism followed by direct DNA sequencing revealed p53 mutations in five of 19 gliosarcomas (26%) and PTEN mutations in seven cases (37%). Homozygous p16 deletion was detected by differential polymerase chain reaction in seven (37%) gliosarcomas. The overall incidence of alterations in the Rb pathway (p16 deletion, CDK4 amplification, or loss of pRb immunoreactivity) was 53%, and these changes were mutually exclusive. Coamplification of CDK4 and MDM2 was detected in one gliosarcoma. None of the gliosarcomas showed amplification or overexpression of the EGF receptor. Thus gliosarcomas exhibit a genetic profile similar to that of primary (de novo) glioblastomas, except for the absence of EGFR amplification/overexpression. Identical PTEN mutations in the gliomatous and sarcomatous tumor components were found in two cases. Other biopsies contained p16 deletions, an identical p53 mutation, or coamplification of MDM2 and CDK4 in both tumor areas. This strongly supports the concept of a monoclonal origin of gliosarcomas and an evolution of the sarcomatous component due to aberrant mesenchymal differentiation in a highly malignant astrocytic neoplasm.
American Journal Of Pathology 03/2000; 156(2):425-32. · 4.52 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The cerebellar medulloblastoma (WHO Grade IV) is a highly malignant, invasive embryonal tumor with preferential manifestation in children. Several molecular alterations appear to be involved, including isochromosome 17q and the p53, PTCH, and beta-catenin gene mutations. In this study, 46 sporadic medulloblastomas were screened for the presence of mutations in genes of the Wnt signaling pathway (APC and beta-catenin). Single-strand conformational polymorphism (SSCP) analysis followed by direct DNA sequencing revealed 3 miscoding APC mutations in 2 (4.3%) medulloblastomas. One case contained a GCA-->GTA mutation at codon 1296 (Ala-->Val), and another case had double point mutations at codons 1472 (GTA-->ATA, Val-->Ile) and 1495 (AGT-->GGT, Ser-->Gly). Miscoding beta-catenin mutations were detected in 4 tumors (8.7%). Three of these were located at codon 33 (TCT -->TTT, Ser-->Phe) and another at codon 37 (TCT-->GCT, Ser-->Ala). Adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) gene and beta-catenin mutations were mutually exclusive and occurred in a total of 6 of 46 cases (13%). Although germline APC mutations are a well established cause of familial colon and brain tumors (Turcot syndrome), this study provides the first evidence that APC mutations are also operative in a subset of sporadic medulloblastomas.
American Journal Of Pathology 02/2000; 156(2):433-7. · 4.52 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Glioblastomas develop de novo (primary glioblastomas) or through progression from low-grade or anaplastic astrocytoma (secondary glioblastomas). There is increasing evidence that these glioblastoma subtypes develop through different genetic pathways. Primary glioblastomas are characterized by EGFR and MDM2 amplification/overexpression, PTEN mutations, and p16 deletions, whereas secondary glioblastomas frequently contain p53 mutations. Loss of heterozygosity (LOH) on chromosome 10 (LOH#10) is the most frequent genetic alteration in glioblastomas; the involvement of tumor suppressor genes, other than PTEN, has been suggested. We carried out deletion mappings on chromosome 10, using PCR-based microsatellite analysis. LOH#10 was detected at similar frequencies in primary (8/17; 47%) and secondary glioblastomas (7/13; 54%). The majority (88%) of primary glioblastomas with LOH#10 showed LOH at all informative markers, suggesting loss of the entire chromosome 10. In contrast, secondary glioblastomas with LOH#10 showed partial or complete loss of chromosome 10q but no loss of 10p. These results are in accordance with the view that LOH on 10q is a major factor in the evolution of glioblastoma multiform as the common phenotypic end point of both genetic pathways, whereas LOH on 10p is largely restricted to the primary (de novo) glioblastoma.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: APO2 ligand (APO2L)/TRAIL is a novel member of the tumor necrosis factor cytokine family and a potent inducer of apoptosis in tumor cell lines. We recently reported that APO2L is consistently expressed in low-grade astrocytomas, anaplastic astrocytomas, glioblastomas, and cell lines derived thereof, and that malignant glioma cell lines are susceptible to APO2L-induced apoptosis. In this study, we investigated whether APO2L is expressed in medulloblastoma or neuroblastoma cell lines and whether these cells are sensitive to APO2L-induced apoptosis. Immunoblot analyses revealed full-length APO2L protein expression in one (DAOY) of three medulloblastoma cell lines but not in two neuroblastoma cell lines (SKN-BE and SKN-LE). Viability assay performed after exposure to soluble APO2L for 16 h showed that DAOY medulloblastoma cells were the most sensitive and that apoptosis induced by APO2L was greatly enhanced when protein synthesis was inhibited by cycloheximide. Neuroblastoma cell lines were almost completely resistant to APO2L-induced apoptosis. We also carried out APO2L immunohistochemistry in a total of 115 tumors of the nervous system with different histogenesis and biological behavior. In all 9 pilocytic astrocytomas, the areas of dense fibrillary network showed diffuse and strong APO2L expression. In oligodendrogliomas, APO2L expression was observed in areas with a significant admixture of astrocytic cells, but was absent in neoplastic oligodendrocytes. In 13 of 14 ependymomas, APO2L was expressed in perivascular pseudorosettes. In all 12 medulloblastomas, strong APO2L expression was observed in intra-tumoral-reactive astrocytes, but neoplastic cells did not show APO2L immunoreactivity. Thus, the pattern of APO2L expression was largely similar to that of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), except for choroid plexus tumors and 3 of 8 anaplastic meningiomas, in which APO2L was focally expressed without concomitant GFAP expression. APO2L expression was absent in meningiomas, neurocytomas, and schwannomas. Thus, there is considerable heterogeneity of APO2L expression and susceptibility to APO2L-induced apoptosis among human brain tumors.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Astrocytic brain tumors are the most frequent human gliomas and they include a wide range of neoplasms with distinct clinical, histopathologic, and genetic features. Diffuse astrocytomas are predominantly located in the cerebral hemispheres of adults and have an inherent tendency to progress to anaplastic astrocytoma and (secondary) glioblastoma. The majority of glioblastomas develop de novo (primary glioblastomas), without an identifiable less-malignant precursor lesion. These subtypes of glioblastoma evolve through different genetic pathways, affect patients at different ages, and are likely to differ in their responses to therapy. Primary glioblastomas occur in older patients and typically show epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) overexpression, PTEN mutations, p16 deletions, and, less frequently, MDM2 amplification. Secondary glioblastomas develop in younger patients and often contain TP53 mutations as their earliest detectable alteration. Morphologic variants of glioblastoma were shown to have intermediate clinical and genetic profiles. The giant cell glioblastoma clinically and genetically occupies a hybrid position between primary (de novo) and secondary glioblastomas. Gliosarcomas show identical gene mutations in the gliomatous and sarcomatous tumor components, which strongly supports the concept that there is a monoclonal origin for gliosarcomas and an evolution of the sarcomatous component due to aberrant mesenchymal differentiation in a highly malignant astrocytic neoplasm.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Loss of heterozygosity on chromosome 10 (LOH#10) is the most frequent genetic alteration in glioblastomas and occurs in more than 80% of cases. We recently reported that PTEN (MMAC1) on 10q23.3 is mutated in approximately 30% of primary (de novo) glioblastomas but rarely in secondary glioblastomas that progressed from low-grade or anaplastic astrocytomas. Because secondary glioblastomas also show LOH#10, tumor suppressor genes other than PTEN are likely to be involved. We analyzed LOH on chromosomes 10 and 19, using polymorphic microsatellite markers in microdissected foci showing histologically an abrupt transition from low-grade or anaplastic astrocytoma to glioblastoma, suggestive of the emergence of a new tumor clone. When compared to the respective low-grade or anaplastic astrocytoma of the same biopsy, deletions were detected in 7 of 8 glioblastoma foci on 10q25-qter distal to D10S597, covering the DMBT1 and FGFR2 loci. Six of 8 foci showed LOH at one or two flanking markers of PTEN but did not contain PTEN mutations. LOH on 10p and 19q was found in only one case each. These data indicate that acquisition of a highly anaplastic glioblastoma phenotype with marked proliferative activity and lack of glial fibrillary acidic protein expression is associated with loss of a putative tumor suppressor gene on 10q25-qter.
American Journal Of Pathology 09/1999; 155(2):387-94. · 4.52 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Low-grade diffuse astrocytomas have an intrinsic tendency for malignant progression but the factors determining the kinetics of this process are still poorly understood. We report here the case of a male patient who developed a fibrillary astrocytoma at the age of 33 years and who underwent six surgical interventions over a period of 17 years without radiotherapy or chemotherapy. The first three biopsies spanned a period of 11 years and led to the diagnosis of low-grade, diffuse astrocytoma (WHO grade II), with a growth fraction (MIB-1 labeling index) of 2.3-3.7%. The fourth to sixth biopsies showed histological features of anaplastic astrocytoma (WHO grade III), with growth fractions between 5.0 and 10.5%. The fraction of gemistocytic neoplastic astrocytes also increased, from 0.3% in the first biopsy to 17.5% in the last biopsy and preceded the increase in proliferative activity and transition to anaplastic astrocytoma. The fraction of tumor cells immunoreactive to BCL-2 increased from 0.3% to 8.2%. A p53 mutation in codon 273 (CGT-->TGT, Arg-->Cys) was identified in the first biopsy and persisted throughout the course of the disease. However, the fraction of cells with p53 protein accumulation increased significantly during progression, from 3.2% in the first biopsy to 13.7% in the last. The absence of additional genetic alterations (PTEN mutations, loss of chromosome 10 and 19q) may be responsible for the slow progression and lack of glioblastoma features even after a 17-year disease duration.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: AP02 ligand (APO2L) is a CD95 ligand (CD95L)-related cytokine of the tumor necrosis factor family that interacts with agonistic (DR4, DR5) and antagonistic (DcR1, DcR2) receptors. Cultured malignant glioma cells preferentially express agonistic receptors and are susceptible to APO2L-induced apoptosis. Here, we report that 8 of 8 human glioma cell lines expressed APO2L mRNA and protein in vitro. Immunohistochemistry using a monoclonal antibody to APO2L revealed that all 23 primary astrocytic brain tumors analyzed, including low-grade astrocytomas and glioblastomas, express APO2L in vivo. With the exception of reactive astrocytes, non-neoplastic glia and neurons in the cerebrum lacked immunoreactivity of APO2L. Thus, in addition to the CD95/CD95L system, a second death ligand/death receptor pair may regulate susceptibility to apoptosis in human glial neoplasms.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Simian virus 40 (SV40) sequences have recently been identified in a variety of human neoplasms, including mesothelioma, osteosarcoma, and brain tumors, but significant discrepancies exist regarding the frequency at which this occurs. The SV40 genome is 70% homologous to JC and BK, two related polyomaviruses that are highly prevalent in humans and which may cause in immune-compromised patients progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) and cystitis, respectively. We have established a specific and sensitive method to identify SV40 sequence in DNA extracted from histological sections, using PCR followed by Southern hybridization to probes specific to the large T region. We found SV40 large T antigen sequences in all brain tumor types investigated. High frequencies were found in low-grade astrocytomas, anaplastic astrocytomas and secondary glioblastomas derived thereof (13/22, 59%) while somewhat lower frequencies were found in gemistocytic astrocytomas (9/28, 32%) and oligodendrogliomas (3/12, 25%). Primary glioblastomas, giant cell glioblastomas, and gliosarcomas, which clinically develop de novo, contained SV40 sequences in 11-25% of cases. Presence of viral DNA was also observed in pediatric brain tumors, including ependymomas (9/16, 56%), choroid plexus papillomas (6/16, 38%), and medulloblastomas (5/17, 29%). In 8 tumor biopsies with SV40 sequences, the adjacent normal brain tissue was also analyzed but was devoid of viral DNA in all but one case. BK and JC virus sequences were rarely detected, the overall frequencies being 3% and 2%, respectively. It remains to be shown whether the presence of SV40 contributes significantly to malignant transformation or whether certain human neoplasms provide a microenvironment that favors viral replication in humans with latent SV40 infection.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Glioblastomas may develop de novo (primary glioblastomas) or through progression from low-grade or anaplastic astrocytomas, (secondary glioblastomas). These subtypes of glioblastoma constitute distinct disease entities that evolve through different genetic pathways, affect patients at different ages, and are likely to differ in prognosis and response to therapy. Primary glioblastomas develop in older patients and typically show EGFR overexpression, PTEN (MMAC1) mutations, CDKN2A (p16) deletions, and less frequently, MDM2 amplification. Secondary glioblastomas develop in younger patients and often contain TP53 mutations as the earliest detectable alteration. These characteristics are derived largely from patients selected on the basis of clinical history and sequential biopsies. Currently available data are insufficient for a substitution of histologic classification and grading of astrocytic tumors by genetic typing alone. More subtypes of glioblastomas may exist with intermediate clinical and genetic profiles, a factor exemplified by the giant-cell glioblastoma that clinically and genetically occupies a hybrid position between primary (de novo) and secondary glioblastomas. Future research should aim at the identification of criteria for a combined clinical, histologic, and genetic classification of astrocytic tumors.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Giant cell glioblastoma is a rare glioblastoma variant characterized by the presence of large, bizarre, multinucleated giant cells. This glioblastoma subtype develops clinically de novo after a short clinical history and contains a high frequency of p53 mutations. In this study, we screened a series of 18 giant cell glioblastomas for additional genetic alterations. PCR-SSCP followed by DNA sequencing revealed PTEN mutations in 5 of 15 tumors (33%). Of these, two mutations were located in exon 5, two mutations in exon 6, and one mutation each in exons 1 and 9. Four mutations were point mutations and two mutations were deletions. One neoplasm contained two PTEN mutations (exons 5 and 6). None of the giant cell glioblastomas showed a homozygous deletion of PTEN orp16, or amplification of MDM2. Immunohistochemically, MDM2 overexpression was either not observed or detected in only a minor fraction of tumor cells. Differential PCR revealed EGFR amplification in only one of 17 tumors (6%). These results indicate that giant cell glioblastomas occupy a hybrid position, sharing with primary (de novo) glioblastomas a short clinical history, the absence of a less malignant precursor lesion and a 30% frequency of PTEN mutations. With secondary glioblastomas that develop through progression from low-grade astrocytomas, they have in common a younger patient age at manifestation and a high frequency (>70%) of p53 mutations.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Phenacetin abuse and smoking are established risk factors for transitional cell carcinomas of the urinary tract. In the present study, we analysed exposure and the clinical course of patients who underwent nephrectomy for transitional cell carcinoma of the renal pelvis. PCR-SSCP of archival, paraffin-embedded histological sections followed by direct DNA sequencing revealed that 29 of 89 (33%) renal pelvic carcinomas contained a p53 mutation. Double mutations were found in 4 tumours and triple mutations in 1 tumour. The incidence of p53 mutations was significantly higher in tumours with grades 3 and 4 than in those with grades 1 and 2 and higher in invasive than in non-invasive tumours. Furthermore, patients with carcinomas carrying a p53 mutation showed poorer survival than those without mutation. The type of p53 mutation in renal pelvic carcinomas was similar to that reported for bladder cancer, G:C-->A:T transition mutations being most frequent (45%, 33% of these at CpG sites), followed by G:C-->T:A and G:C-->C:G transversions. The incidence and type of p53 mutation did not differ significantly in patients with a history of phenacetin abuse, smoking or neither of these habits. This was also true for G:C-->T:A transversions (17.5% of mutations), which are considered typical of smoking-induced carcinomas at other sites, e.g., lung, oral cavity and oesophagus. Our results indicate that the frequency and pattern of p53 mutations are similar in transitional cell carcinomas of the bladder and the renal pelvis and do not reflect exposure to phenacetin and/or smoking. The frequency of genetic polymorphism in genes coding for carcinogen-metabolising enzymes (CYP1A1, NAT1, GSTT1 and GSTM1) was also independent of exposure. Although the sample size of our study does not allow definite conclusions, these data are compatible with chronic tissue damage as a causative factor in the evolution of urothelial carcinomas rather than pointing to a direct mutagenic effect of phenacetin and tobacco-specific carcinogens.
International Journal of Cancer 10/1998; 79(5):531-6. · 6.20 Impact Factor