MiRNA expression patterns predict survival in glioblastoma

Maximilian Niyazi, Franz Zehentmayr, Olivier M. Niemöller, Sabina Eigenbrod, Hans Kretzschmar, Klaus Schulze Osthoff, Jörg Christian Tonn, Mike Atkinson, Simone Mörtl, Claus Belka

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Background: In order to define new prognostic subgroups in patients with glioblastoma a miRNA screen (> 1000 miRNAs) from paraffin tissues followed by a bio-mathematical analysis was performed.Methods: 35 glioblastoma patients treated between 7/2005 - 8/2008 at a single institution with surgery and postoperative radio(chemo)therapy were included in this retrospective analysis. For microarray analysis the febit biochip "Geniom ® Biochip MPEA homo-sapiens" was used. Total RNA was isolated from FFPE tissue sections and 1100 different miRNAs were analyzed.Results: It was possible to define a distinct miRNA expression pattern allowing for a separation of distinct prognostic subgroups. The defined miRNA pattern was significantly associated with early death versus long-term survival (split at 450 days) (p = 0.01). The pattern and the prognostic power were both independent of the MGMT status.Conclusions: At present, this is the first dataset defining a prognostic role of miRNA expression patterns in patients with glioblastoma. Having defined such a pattern, a prospective validation of this observation is required.

Original languageEnglish
Article number153
JournalRadiation Oncology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 10 Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Glioblastoma
  • Methylation
  • Microrna
  • Prognosis
  • Radiotherapy


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