Monday, October 22, 2012

IDH1 Mutations in Oligodendrogliomas: PNA-clamping PCR is best analytic method

This is just out from a Korean group headed by Dr. Se-Hoon Kim publishing online in Brain Pathology:

Although direct sequencing of mutations in isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1) has been considered to be the gold standard method to detect this mutation, the sensitivity of this technique has been questioned especially because specimens from glial tumors may contain large numbers of non-tumor cells. The group screened 141 cases of oligodendroglial tumors for IDH1 mutations using peptide nucleic acid (PNA)-mediated clamping PCR and compared the results with the results of direct sequencing, pyrosequencing, and immunohistochemistry (IHC). Nested PCR was only performed in cases having mutant IDH1 only discovered by clamping PCR. Using dilution experiments mixing IDH1 wild-type and mutant DNA samples, clamping PCR detected mutations in samples with a 1% tumor DNA composition. Using PNA clamping PCR, the group detected 138 of 141 (97.9%) cases with mutant IDH1 in the series, which is significantly higher (P = 0.016; PNA clamping vs. direct sequencing) than those of direct sequencing (74.5%), pyrosequencing (75.2%), and IHC (75.9%). From these results, it appears that almost all oligodendroglial tumors have IDH1 mutations, suggesting that IDH1 mutation is an early and common event especially in the development of oligodendroglial tumors.

1 comment:

Craig said...

Only catch is whether the method is TOO sensitive. After all, if all oligos are positive for IDH1, why do the "inferior" IDH tests effectively stratify prognosis?

I'll be keen to see if anyone else can replicate this work.

Craig H.