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Methylation Status of the O6-Methylguanine-Deoxyribonucleic Acid Methyltransferase Gene Promoter in World Health Organization Grade III Gliomas

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Authors
Yang, Seung-Heon; Kim, Yong Hwy; Kim, Jin Wook; Park, Chul-Kee; Jung, Hee-Won; Park, Sung-Hye
Issue Date
2009-10
Publisher
KOREAN NEUROSURGICAL SOC
Citation
JOURNAL OF KOREAN NEUROSURGICAL SOCIETY; Vol.46 4; 385-388
Keywords
MGMT gene promoterMethylation-specific PCROligodendrogliomaMethylation1p/19q
Abstract
Objective : We analyzed the methylation status of the O6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) gene promoter in World Health Organization (WHO) grade III gliomas in association with other molecular markers to evaluate their prevalence. Methods : The samples of a total of 36 newly WHO grade III glioma patients including 19 anaplastic oligodendrogliomas (AO), 7 anaplastic oligoastrocytomas (AOA), and 10 anaplastic astrocytomas (AA) were analyzed. The methylation status of the MGMT gene promoter was confirmed by methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction. The 1p/19q chromosomal deletion status and EGFR amplification were assessed by Fluorescence In-Situ Hybridization. MGMT, EGFR, EGFRvIII, and p53 expression were analyzed by immunohistochemical staining. Results : The MGMT gene promoter was methylated in 32 (88.9%) and unmethylated in 4 (11.2%). Among them, all of the AO and AOA had methylated MGMT gene promoter without exception. Significant associations between MGMT gene promoter hypermethylation and 1p/19q deletion was observed (p = 0.003). Other molecular markers failed to show significant associations between MGMT gene promoter statuses. Conclusion : There was extensive epigenetic silencing of MGMT gene in high grade gliomas with oligodendroglial component. Together with frequent 1p/19q co-deletion in oligodendroglial tumors, this may add plausible explanations supporting the relative favorable prognosis in oligodendroglial tumors compared with pure astrocytic tumors.
ISSN
2005-3711
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/76633
DOI
https://doi.org/10.3340/jkns.2009.46.4.385
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