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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 66  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 1106--1114

MGMT gene promoter methylation and its correlation with clinicopathological parameters in glioblastomas

1 Department of Pathology, Division of Molecular Pathology, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Radiation Oncology, Division of Surgical Oncology, Tata Memorial Centre, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Neurosurgical, Division of Surgical Oncology, Tata Memorial Centre, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sridhar Epari
Department of Pathology, ACTREC and Tata Memorial Hospital, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.236974

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Background: MGMT (O6-methyl guanine DNA methyl transferase) promoter hypermethylation is a prognostic and predictive biomarker for glioblastomas (GBM). Aims: To evaluate the frequency of MGMT methylation status in a single institute series of 134 GBMs and correlate it with clinical (age, sex, location, survival) and other molecular parameters [such as p53 expression, alpha thalassemia/mental retardation syndrome X-linked (ATRX) expression, isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) 1R132H mutation, and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene amplification]. Results: One hundred and thirty-four GBMs were evaluated by methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction (MSP) for MGMT promoter methylation status. The results were correlated with the above mentioned clinicopathological parameters. MGMT gene promoter methylation was identified in 49.2% (66/134) GBMs, and was significantly associated with IDH1R132H mutation (14/66; 21%; P - value, 0.01) and ATRX loss (15/66; 23%; P - value, 0.01). Confluent necrosis was found to be significantly associated with MGMT unmethylation status (P - value: 0.002). Multivariable logistic regression analysis showed confluent necrosis as a single independent predictor (odds ratio [OR], 2.5; confidence interval [CI], 1.0–5.8; P - value, 0.04) of MGMT unmethylation status among all the parameters studied. Conclusions: The frequency of MGMT promoter methylation in GBMs was 49.2%, which was significantly associated with IDHR132H mutation and ATRX loss. In addition, the presence of confluent necrosis was significantly associated with MGMT unmethylation and was found to be an independent predictor of the same.


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