Identification of the genetic and clinical characteristics of neuroblastomas using genome-wide analysis.

Research paper by Kumiko K Uryu, Riki R Nishimura, Keisuke K Kataoka, Yusuke Y Sato, Atsuko A Nakazawa, Hiromichi H Suzuki, Kenichi K Yoshida, Masafumi M Seki, Mitsuteru M Hiwatari, Tomoya T Isobe, Yuichi Y Shiraishi, Kenichi K Chiba, Hiroko H Tanaka, Satoru S Miyano, Katsuyoshi K Koh, et al.

Indexed on: 04 Jan '18Published on: 04 Jan '18Published in: Oncotarget


To provide better insight into the genetic signatures of neuroblastomas, we analyzed 500 neuroblastomas (included specimens from JNBSG) using targeted-deep sequencing for 10 neuroblastoma-related genes and SNP arrays analysis. ALK expression was evaluated using immunohistochemical analysis in 259 samples. Based on genetic alterations, the following 6 subgroups were identified: groups A (ALK abnormalities), B (other gene mutations), C (MYCN amplification), D (11q loss of heterozygosity [LOH]), E (at least 1 copy number variants), and F (no genetic changes). Groups A to D showed advanced disease and poor prognosis, whereas groups E and F showed excellent prognosis. Intriguingly, in group A, MYCN amplification was not a significant prognostic marker, while high ALK expression was a relevant indicator for prognosis (P = 0.033). Notably, the co-existence of MYCN amplification and 1p LOH, and the co-deletion of 3p and 11q were significant predictors of relapse (P = 0.043 and P = 0.040). Additionally, 6q/8p LOH and 17q gain were promising indicators of survival in patients older than 5 years, and 1p, 4p, and 11q LOH potentially contributed to outcome prediction in the intermediate-risk group. Our genetic overview clarifies the clinical impact of genetic signatures and aids in the better understanding of genetic basis of neuroblastoma.