Purpose: Our objective was to identify the genetic changes involved in primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL) oncogenesis and evaluate their clinical relevance. Experimental Design:We investigated a series of 29 newly diagnosed, HIV-negative, PCNSL patients using high-resolution single nucleotide polymorphism (SNPa) arrays (n=29) and whole-exome sequencing (n=4) approaches. Recurrent homozygous deletions and somatic gene mutations found were validated by real time quantitative polymerase chain reaction and Sanger sequencing respectively. Molecular results were correlated with prognosis. Results:All PCNSLs were diffuse large B-cell lymphomas, and the patients received chemotherapy without radiotherapy as initial treatment. SNPa analysis revealed recurrent large and focal chromosome imbalances that target candidate genes in PCNSL oncogenesis. The most frequent genomic abnormalities were (i) 6p21.32 loss (HLA locus); (ii) 6q loss; (iii) CDKN2A homozygous deletions; (iv) 12q12-q22; (v) chromosome 7q21 and 7q31 gains. Homozygous deletions of PRMD1, TOX, and DOCK5 and the amplification of HDAC9 were also detected. Sequencing of matched tumor and blood DNA samples identified novel somatic mutations in MYD88 and TBL1XR1 in 38% and 14% of the cases, respectively. The correlation of genetic abnormalities with clinical outcomes using multivariate analysis showed that 6q22 loss (p=0.006 and p=0.01), and CDKN2A homozygous deletion (p=0.02 and p=0.01) were significantly associated with shorter progression free survival and overall survival. Conclusions:Our study provides new insights into the molecular tumorigenesis of PCNSL and identifies novel genetic alterations in this disease, especially MYD88 and TBL1XR1 mutations activating the NFkB signaling pathway, that may be promising targets for future therapeutic strategies.
- Received March 13, 2012.
- Revision received June 7, 2012.
- Accepted June 29, 2012.
- Copyright © 2012, American Association for Cancer Research.