Gene expression profiles associated with treatment response in oligodendrogliomas

Pim J French, Sigrid M A Swagemakers, Jord H A Nagel, Mathilde C M Kouwenhoven, Eric Brouwer, Peter van der Spek, Theo M Luider, Johan M Kros, Martin J van den Bent, Peter A Sillevis Smitt

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Oligodendrogliomas are a specific subtype of brain tumor of which the majority responds favorably to chemotherapy. In this study, we made use of expression profiling to identify chemosensitive oligodendroglial tumors. Correlation of expression profiles to loss of heterozygosity on 1p and 19q, common chromosomal aberrations associated with response to treatment, identified 376, 64, and 60 differentially expressed probe sets associated with loss of 1p, 19q or 1p, and 19q, respectively. Correlation of expression profiles to the tumors' response to treatment identified 16 differentially expressed probe sets. Because transcripts associated with chemotherapeutic response were identified independent of common chromosomal aberrations, expression profiling may be used as an alternative approach to the tumors' 1p status to identify chemosensitive oligodendroglial tumors. Finally, we correlated expression profiles to survival of the patient after diagnosis and identified 103 differentially expressed probe sets. The observation that many genes are differentially expressed between long and short survivors indicates that the genetic background of the tumor is an important factor in determining the prognosis of the patient. Furthermore, these transcripts can help identify patient subgroups that are associated with favorable prognosis. Our study is the first to correlate gene expression with chromosomal aberrations and clinical performance (response to treatment and survival) in oligodendrogliomas. The differentially expressed transcripts can help identify patient subgroups with good prognosis and those that will benefit from chemotherapeutic treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11335-44
Number of pages10
JournalCancer research
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2005


  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols/therapeutic use
  • Brain Neoplasms/drug therapy
  • Chromosome Aberrations
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 1/genetics
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 19/genetics
  • DNA, Neoplasm/genetics
  • Female
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic
  • Humans
  • In Situ Hybridization, Fluorescence
  • Loss of Heterozygosity
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Oligodendroglioma/drug therapy
  • Prognosis
  • Survival Rate
  • Treatment Outcome

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