Malignant clinical features of anaplastic gliomas without IDH mutation

Ichiyo Shibahara, Yukihiko Sonoda, Takuhiro Shoji, Masayuki Kanamori, Ryuta Saito, Tomoo Inoue, Tomohiro Kawaguchi, Yoji Yamashita, Takashi Watanabe, Toshihiro Kumabe, Mika Watanabe, Hiroyoshi Suzuki, Teiji Tominaga

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Background Diagnosis of WHO grade III anaplastic gliomas does not always correspond to its clinical outcome because of the isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) gene status. Anaplastic gliomas without IDH mutation result in a poor prognosis, similar to grade IV glioblastomas. However, the malignant features of anaplastic gliomas without IDH mutation are not well understood. The aim of this study was to examine anaplastic gliomas, in particular those without IDH mutation, with regard to their malignant features, recurrence patterns, and association with glioma stem cells. Methods We retrospectively analyzed 86 cases of WHO grade III anaplastic gliomas. Data regarding patient characteristics, recurrence pattern, and prognosis were obtained from medical records. We examined molecular alterations such as IDH mutation, 1p19q loss, TP53 mutation, MGMT promoter methylation, Ki67 labeling index, and CD133, SOX2, and NESTIN expression. Results Of the 86 patients with anaplastic gliomas, 58 carried IDH mutation, and 40 experienced recurrence. The first recurrence was local in 25 patients and distant in 15. Patients without IDH mutation exhibited significantly higher CD133 and SOX2 expression (P =. 025 and. 020, respectively) and more frequent distant recurrence than those with IDH mutation (P =. 022). Conclusions Patients with anaplastic gliomas without IDH mutation experienced distant recurrence and exhibited glioma stem cell markers, indicating that this subset may share some malignant characteristics with glioblastomas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-144
Number of pages9
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1


  • Anaplastic gliomas
  • CD133
  • Distant recurrence
  • Grade III gliomas
  • IDH


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