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    Keywords: brain ; EXPRESSION ; tumor ; Germany ; human ; DISTINCT ; GENE ; GENES ; microarray ; TUMORS ; DNA ; primary ; IDENTIFICATION ; DIFFERENCE ; MUTATION ; LINE ; ABERRATIONS ; pathology ; expression profiling ; METHYLATION ; ASTROCYTOMAS ; GLIOMAS ; LOH ; HYPERMETHYLATION ; CDNA MICROARRAY ; neuroblastoma ; molecular ; aberrant expression ; TUMOR-SUPPRESSOR ; SUPPRESSOR GENE ; GLIOMA ; HUMAN GLIOMAS ; analysis ; SUPPRESSOR ; MOLECULAR-GENETICS ; PROFILES ; LOSSES ; OLIGODENDROGLIAL TUMORS ; CANDIDATE ; UNIT ; GLIOBLASTOMA ; MULTIPLE GENES ; aberration ; SECONDARY GLIOBLASTOMAS ; CDNA-MICROARRAY ; PHASE-III TRIAL ; 19Q LOSS ; CANDIDATE TUMOR-SUPPRESSOR
    Abstract: Allelic losses on 19q are found in the majority of oligodendroglial tumors and approximately one-third of diffuse astrocytomas. However, the tumor suppressor genes (TSG) on 19q are still elusive. Using cDNA microarray expression profiling, EMP3 at 19q13.3 was among those genes showing the most pronounced expression differences. In line with this, other authors reported EMP3 as being epigenetically silenced in neuroblastomas and astrocytomas. To further investigate EMP3 as a TSG candidate on 19q13.3, we performed molecular analysis of this gene in 162 human gliomas. Mutation analysis did not reveal EMP3 alteration in 132 gliomas. In oligodendroglial tumors, we found that aberrant methylation in the 5'-region of EMP3 was significantly associated with reduced mRNA expression and LOH 19q. In astrocytomas, EMP3 hypermethylation was also paralleled by reduced expression but was independent of the 19q status. EMP3 hypermethylation was detected in more than 80% of diffuse, anaplastic astrocytomas and secondary glioblastomas. Primary glioblastomas, however, mostly lacked EMP3 hypermethylation and frequently overexpressed EMP3. Our data corroborate that oligodendroglial and astrocytic gliomas often show EMP3 hypermethylation and aberrant expression. Furthermore, our findings suggest that primary and secondary glioblastomas are not only characterized by distinct genetic profiles but also differ in their epigenetic aberrations
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17610521
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    Keywords: brain ; APOPTOSIS ; CANCER ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; GROWTH-FACTOR ; IN-VITRO ; INHIBITOR ; proliferation ; tumor ; CELL ; CELL-PROLIFERATION ; Germany ; INHIBITION ; MODEL ; PATHWAY ; PATHWAYS ; THERAPY ; VITRO ; EXPOSURE ; GENE ; microarray ; PROTEIN ; RNA ; DIFFERENTIATION ; MECHANISM ; INDUCTION ; mechanisms ; BIOLOGY ; ACID ; TARGET ; PROGRESSION ; AMPLIFICATION ; ASSAY ; PROMOTER ; genetics ; ONCOGENE ; STEM-CELLS ; PROGENITOR CELLS ; CANCER-THERAPY ; GLIOMAS ; RETINOIC ACID ; TRANS-RETINOIC ACID ; INHIBITORS ; signaling ; ONCOLOGY ; GLIOMA ; GLIOMA-CELLS ; MOLECULAR-MECHANISMS ; LOCUS ; GLIOBLASTOMA ; MicroRNAs ; MICRORNA ; CELL BIOLOGY ; TUMOR-INITIATING CELLS ; Genetic ; tumor grade ; Molecular mechanisms ; CTGF ; miR-17-92 ; NEURAL PRECURSORS ; spheroid culture
    Abstract: All-trans retinoic acid is a potent promoter of cellular differentiation processes, which is used in cancer therapy. Glioblastoma spheroid cultures are enriched in tumor-initiating cells, and provide a model to test new treatment options in vitro. We investigated the molecular mechanisms of response to exposure to differentiation-promoting conditions in such cultures. Microarray analyses of five independent cultures showed that after induction of differentiation, inhibitors of transforming growth factor beta/bone morphogenetic protein, Wnt/beta-catenin and IGF signaling were upregulated, whereas expression of several microRNAs decreased, particularly that of the miR-17-92 cluster. In primary astrocytic gliomas (n = 82), expression of several members of miR-17-92 was significantly higher relative to those of normal brain (n = 8) and significantly increased with tumor grade progression (P 〈 0.05). A high-level amplification of the miR-17-92 locus was detected in one glioblastoma specimen. Transfection of inhibitors of miR-17-92 induced increased apoptosis and decreased cell proliferation in glioblastoma spheroids. Mir-17-92 inhibition was also associated with increased messenger RNA (mRNA) and/or protein expression of CDKN1A, E2F1, PTEN and CTGF. The CTGF gene was shown to be a target of miR-17-92 in glioblastoma spheroids by luciferase reporter assays. Our results suggest that miR-17-92 and its target CTGF mediate effects of differentiation-promoting treatment on glioblastoma cells through multiple regulatory pathways. Oncogene (2010) 29, 3411-3422; doi:10.1038/onc.2010.83; published online 22 March 2010
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 20305691
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    Abstract: Glioblastoma is the most aggressive brain tumor in adults with a median survival below 12 months in population-based studies. The main reason for tumor recurrence and progression is constitutive or acquired resistance to the standard of care of surgical resection followed by radiotherapy with concomitant and adjuvant temozolomide (TMZ/RT--〉TMZ). Here, we investigated the role of microRNA (miRNA) alterations as mediators of alkylator resistance in glioblastoma cells. Using microarray-based miRNA expression profiling of parental and TMZ-resistant cultures of three human glioma cell lines, we identified a set of differentially expressed miRNA candidates. From these, we selected miR-138 for further functional analyses as this miRNA was not only upregulated in TMZ-resistant versus parental cells, but also showed increased expression in vivo in recurrent glioblastoma tissue samples after TMZ/RT--〉TMZ treatment. Transient transfection of miR-138 mimics in glioma cells with low basal miR-138 expression increased glioma cell proliferation. Moreover, miR-138 overexpression increased TMZ resistance in long-term glioblastoma cell lines and glioma initiating cell cultures. The apoptosis regulator BIM was identified as a direct target of miR-138, and its silencing mediated the induced TMZ resistance phenotype. Altered sensitivity to apoptosis played only a minor role in this resistance mechanism. Instead, we identified the induction of autophagy to be regulated downstream of the miR-138/BIM axis and to promote cell survival following TMZ exposure. Our data thus define miR-138 as a glioblastoma cell survival-promoting miRNA associated with resistance to TMZ therapy in vitro and with tumor progression in vivo.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 26887050
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    Keywords: tumor ; Germany ; GENE ; DIFFERENTIATION ; TUMORS ; PATIENT ; prognosis ; ASSOCIATION ; FREQUENCIES ; AGE ; MUTATION ; IN-SITU HYBRIDIZATION ; MUTATIONS ; pathology ; GLIOMAS ; GLIOMA ; astrocytoma ; oligoastrocytoma ; oligodendroglioma ; USA ; SOMATIC MUTATIONS ; IDH1 ; Diffuse astrocytoma ; ASSIGNMENT ; IDH2 ; CODON 132 ; ISOCITRATE DEHYDROGENASE
    Abstract: Somatic mutations in the IDH1 gene encoding cytosolic NADP+-dependent isocitrate dehydrogenase have been shown in the majority of astrocytomas, oligodendrogliomas and oligoastrocytomas of WHO grades II and III. IDH2 encoding mitochondrial NADP+-dependent isocitrate dehydrogenase is also mutated in these tumors, albeit at much lower frequencies. Preliminary data suggest an importance of IDH1 mutation for prognosis showing that patients with anaplastic astrocytomas, oligodendrogliomas and oligoastrocytomas harboring IDH1 mutations seem to fare much better than patients without this mutation in their tumors. To determine mutation types and their frequencies, we examined 1,010 diffuse gliomas. We detected 716 IDH1 mutations and 31 IDH2 mutations. We found 165 IDH1 (72.7%) and 2 IDH2 mutations (0.9%) in 227 diffuse astrocytomas WHO grade II, 146 IDH1 (64.0%) and 2 IDH2 mutations (0.9%) in 228 anaplastic astrocytomas WHO grade III, 105 IDH1 (82.0%) and 6 IDH2 mutations (4.7%) in 128 oligodendrogliomas WHO grade II, 121 IDH1 (69.5%) and 9 IDH2 mutations (5.2%) in 174 anaplastic oligodendrogliomas WHO grade III, 62 IDH1 (81.6%) and 1 IDH2 mutations (1.3%) in 76 oligoastrocytomas WHO grade II and 117 IDH1 (66.1%) and 11 IDH2 mutations (6.2%) in 177 anaplastic oligoastrocytomas WHO grade III. We report on an inverse association of IDH1 and IDH2 mutations in these gliomas and a non-random distribution of the mutation types within the tumor entities. IDH1 mutations of the R132C type are strongly associated with astrocytoma, while IDH2 mutations predominantly occur in oligodendroglial tumors. In addition, patients with anaplastic glioma harboring IDH1 mutations were on average 6 years younger than those without these alterations
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 19554337
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    Keywords: CANCER ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH-FACTOR ; SURVIVAL ; tumor ; LONG-TERM ; GENE ; DELETION ; PROGRESSION ; AMPLIFICATION ; MUTATIONS ; expression profiling ; MALIGNANT BRAIN-TUMORS ; ONCOLOGY ; genetic pathways ; astrocytoma ; GLIOBLASTOMA-MULTIFORME ; GLIOBLASTOMA ; ARRAY-CGH ; FGFR2 ; INTEGRATED GENOMIC ANALYSIS ; IDH
    Abstract: To identify novel glioma-associated pathomechanisms and molecular markers, we performed an array-based comparative genomic hybridization analysis of 131 diffuse astrocytic gliomas, including 87 primary glioblastomas (pGBIV), 13 secondary glioblastomas (sGBIV), 19 anaplastic astrocytomas (AAIII) and 12 diffuse astrocytomas (AII). All tumors were additionally screened for IDH1 and IDH2 mutations. Expression profiling was performed for 74 tumors (42 pGBIV, 11 sGBIV, 13 AAIII, 8 AII). Unsupervised and supervised bioinformatic analyses revealed distinct genomic and expression profiles separating pGBIV from the other entities. Classifier expression signatures were strongly associated with the IDH1 gene mutation status. Within pGBIV, the rare subtype of IDH1 mutant tumors shared expression profiles with IDH1 mutant sGBIV and was associated with longer overall survival compared with IDH1 wild-type tumors. In patients with IDH1 wild-type pGBIV, PDGFRA gain or amplification as well as 19q gain were associated with patient outcome. Array-CGH analysis additionally revealed homozygous deletions of the FGFR2 gene at 10q26.13 in 2 pGBIV, with reduced FGFR2 mRNA levels being frequent in pGBIV and linked to poor outcome. In conclusion, we report that diffuse astrocytic gliomas can be separated into 2 major molecular groups with distinct genomic and mRNA profiles as well as IDH1 gene mutation status. In addition, our results suggest FGFR2 as a novel glioma-associated candidate tumor suppressor gene on the long arm of chromosome 10.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 20473936
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    Keywords: EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; PATHWAY ; DOWN-REGULATION ; CERVICAL-CANCER ; HYPERMETHYLATION ; MALIGNANT GLIOMA ; Molecular targets ; GLIOBLASTOMA ; ANTAGONIST SFRP1
    Abstract: Background Diffusely infiltrative growth of human astrocytic gliomas is one of the major obstacles to successful tumor therapy. Thorough insights into the molecules and pathways signaling glioma cell invasion thus appear of major relevance for the development of targeted and individualized therapies. By miRNA expression profiling of microdissected human tumor biopsy specimens we identified miR-328 as one of the main miRNAs upregulated in invading glioma cells in vivo and further investigated its role in glioma pathogenesis. Methods We employed miRNA mimics and inhibitors to functionally characterize miR-328, 3' untranslated region luciferase assays, and T-cell factor/lymphoid enhancer factor reporter assays to pinpoint miR-328 targets and signaling pathways, and analyzed miR-328 expression in a large panel of gliomas. Results First, we corroborated the invasion-promoting role of miR-328 in A172 and TP365MG glioma cells. Secreted Frizzled-related protein 1 (SFRP1), an inhibitor of Wnt signaling, was then pinpointed as a direct miR-328 target. SFRP1 expression is of prognostic relevance in gliomas with reduced expression, being associated with significantly lower overall patient survival in both the Repository of Molecular Brain Neoplasia Data (REMBRANDT) and The Cancer Genome Atlas. Of note, miR-328 regulated both SFRP1 protein expression levels and Wnt signaling pathway activity. Finally, in human glioma tissues miR-328 appeared to account for the downregulation of SFRP1 preferentially in lower-grade astrocytic gliomas and was inversely related to SFRP1 promoter hypermethylation. Conclusion Taken together, we report on a novel molecular miR-328-dependent mechanism that via SFRP1 inhibition and Wnt activation contributes to the infiltrative glioma phenotype at already early stages of glioma progression, with unfavorable prognostic implications for the final outcome of the disease.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 24305703
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    Abstract: Malignant gliomas are intrinsic brain tumors with a dismal prognosis. They are well-adapted to hypoxic conditions and poorly immunogenic. NKG2D is one of the major activating receptors of natural killer (NK) cells and binds to several ligands (NKG2DL). Here we evaluated the impact of miRNA on the expression of NKG2DL in glioma cells including stem-like glioma cells. Three of the candidate miRNA predicted to target NKG2DL were expressed in various glioma cell lines as well as in glioblastomas in vivo: miR-20a, miR-93 and miR-106b. LNA inhibitor-mediated miRNA silencing up-regulated cell surface NKG2DL expression, which translated into increased susceptibility to NK cell-mediated lysis. This effect was reversed by neutralizing NKG2D antibodies, confirming that enhanced lysis upon miRNA silencing was mediated through the NKG2D system. Hypoxia, a hallmark of glioblastomas in vivo, down-regulated the expression of NKG2DL on glioma cells, associated with reduced susceptibility to NK cell-mediated lysis. This process, however, was not mediated through any of the examined miRNA. Accordingly, both hypoxia and the expression of miRNA targeting NKG2DL may contribute to the immune evasion of glioma cells at the level of the NKG2D recognition pathway. Targeting miRNA may therefore represent a novel approach to increase the immunogenicity of glioblastoma.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 25277195
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    Abstract: Deletions of chromosome arm 10q are found in most glioblastomas and subsets of lower grade gliomas. Mutations in the PTEN gene at 10q23.3 are restricted to less than half of the 10q-deleted gliomas, suggesting additional glioma-associated tumor suppressors on 10q. We investigated 64 astrocytic gliomas of different malignancy grades for aberrant expression of 16 microRNAs (miRNAs) on 10q. Thereby, we identified four miRNAs (miR-107, miR-146b-5p, miR-346, miR-1287-5p) whose expression was frequently down-regulated in anaplastic astrocytomas and/or glioblastomas. DNA methylation analyses revealed 5'-CpG site hypermethylation of miR-346 in more than two-thirds of primary glioblastomas, while aberrant 5'-CpG site methylation of miR-146b-5p was frequent in IDH1-mutant astrocytomas and secondary glioblastomas. Overexpression of either of the four miRNAs in glioma cell lines reduced cell proliferation and/or increased caspase-3/7 activity. Expression analyses of miRNA overexpressing glioma cells and 3'-untranslated region luciferase reporter gene assays revealed evidence that these miRNAs post-transcriptionally regulate expression of glioma-relevant genes, including CDK6 (miR-107), EGFR (miR-146b-5p, miR-1287-5p), TERT and SEMA6A (miR-346), all of which are overexpressed in malignant gliomas in situ. In summary, we show that the 10q-located miRNAs miR-107, miR-146b-5p, miR-346 and miR-1287-5p are frequently down-regulated in malignant gliomas and thereby may support overexpression of important glioma growth-promoting genes.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 26223576
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    Abstract: Current classification of gliomas is based on histological criteria according to the World Health Organization (WHO) classification of tumors of the central nervous system. Over the past years, characteristic genetic profiles have been identified in various glioma types. These can refine tumor diagnostics and provide important prognostic and predictive information. We report on the establishment and validation of gene panel next generation sequencing (NGS) for the molecular diagnostics of gliomas. We designed a glioma-tailored gene panel covering 660 amplicons derived from 20 genes frequently aberrant in different glioma types. Sensitivity and specificity of glioma gene panel NGS for detection of DNA sequence variants and copy number changes were validated by single gene analyses. NGS-based mutation detection was optimized for application on formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue specimens including small stereotactic biopsy samples. NGS data obtained in a retrospective analysis of 121 gliomas allowed for their molecular classification into distinct biological groups, including (i) isocitrate dehydrogenase gene (IDH) 1 or 2 mutant astrocytic gliomas with frequent alpha-thalassemia/mental retardation syndrome X-linked (ATRX) and tumor protein p53 (TP53) gene mutations, (ii) IDH mutant oligodendroglial tumors with 1p/19q codeletion, telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) promoter mutation and frequent Drosophila homolog of capicua (CIC) gene mutation, as well as (iii) IDH wildtype glioblastomas with frequent TERT promoter mutation, phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) mutation and/or epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) amplification. Oligoastrocytic gliomas were genetically assigned to either of these groups. Our findings implicate gene panel NGS as a promising diagnostic technique that may facilitate integrated histological and molecular glioma classification.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 26919320
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