Robustness of equations that define molecular subtypes of glioblastoma tumors based on five transcripts measured by RT-PCR

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© 2015 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.. Glioblastoma (Gb) is one of the most deadly tumors. Its molecular subtypes are yet to be fully characterized while the attendant efforts for personalized medicine need to be intensified in relation to glioblastoma diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. Several molecular signatures based on gene expression microarrays were reported, but the use of microarrays for routine clinical practice is challenged by attendant economic costs. Several authors have proposed discriminant equations based on RT-PCR. Still, the discriminant threshold is often incompletely described, which makes proper validation difficult. In a previous work, we have reported two Gb subtypes based on the expression levels of four genes: CHI3L1, LDHA, LGALS1, and IGFBP3. One Gb subtype presented with low expression of the four genes mentioned, and of MGMT in a large portion of the patients (with anticipated high methylation of its promoter), and mutated IDH1. Here, we evaluate the robustness of the equations fitted with these genes using RT-PCR values in a set of 64 cases and importantly, define an unequivocal discriminant threshold with a view to prognostic implications. We developed two approaches to generate the discriminant equations: 1) using the expression level of the four genes mentioned above, and 2) using those genes displaying the highest correlation with survival among the aforementioned four ones, plus MGMT, as an attempt to further reduce the number of genes. The ease of equations' applicability, reduction in cost for raw data, and robustness in terms of resampling-based classification accuracy warrant further evaluation of these equations to discern Gb tumor biopsy heterogeneity at molecular level, diagnose potential malignancy, and prognosis of individual patients with glioblastomas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-51
JournalOMICS A Journal of Integrative Biology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


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