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The term “glioma” could technically be used to refer to all tumors of any glial lineage (i.e., from glial cells such as oligodendroglia, ependymal cells, Schwann cells, microglia…), but in its common usage, “glioma” usually refers only to astrocytic tumors.

Gliomas comprise a heterogeneous group of benign and malignant neoplasms.

Studies on gliomas suggested that the microenvironment of human gliomas contains both glioma stem cells (GSCs) and glioma associated (GA)-mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs; (GA-MSCs). Also, studies have suggested that nano- sized vesicles, termed exosomes, have been recently observed to contribute towards intercellular communication within the tumor niche 1).


Gliomas are the second most common primary brain tumors, with an incidence of 4–5/100 000 individuals. Gliomas are the second leading cause of cancer mortality in adults under the age of 35, the fourth leading cause in those under the age of 54, and result in death in approximately 13 770 individuals per year in the United States.

Approximately 89,000 new primary brain tumors are diagnosed in the United States each year, for which 27% are gliomas and 32.8% are malignant gliomas 2).

The are more frequent among males 3).


They encompass two principle subgroups: diffuse gliomas and gliomas showing a more circumscribed growth pattern ('non-diffuse gliomas'). In the revised 4th edition of the World Health Organization Classification of Tumors of the Central Nervous System published in 2016, classification of especially diffuse gliomas has fundamentally changed: for the first time a large subset of these tumours is now defined based on presence/absence of IDH mutation and 1p/19q codeletion. Following this approach, the diagnosis of (anaplastic) oligoastrocytoma can be expected to largely disappear 4).

see Glioma classification.

Sorting and grading of glial tumors by the WHO grade classification provide clinicians with guidance as to the predicted course of the disease and choice of treatment. Nonetheless, histologically identical tumors may have very different outcome and response to treatment. Molecular biomarkers that carry both diagnostic and prognostic information add useful tools to traditional classification by redefining tumor subtypes within each WHO category. Therefore, molecular markers have become an integral part of tumor assessment in modern neurooncology and biomarker status now guides clinical decisions in some subtypes of gliomas. The routine assessment of IDH status improves histological diagnostic accuracy by differentiating diffuse glioma from reactive gliosis. It carries a favorable prognostic implication for all glial tumors and it is predictive for chemotherapeutic response in anaplastic oligodendrogliomas with codeletion of 1p19q chromosomes. Glial tumors that contain chromosomal codeletion of 1p/19q are defined as tumors of oligodendroglial lineage and have favorable prognosis. MGMT promoter methylation is a favorable prognostic marker in astrocytic high-grade gliomas and it is predictive for chemotherapeutic response in anaplastic gliomas with wild-type IDH1/2 and in elderly glioblastoma 5).



Clinical Features

Many gliomas become symptomatic with either seizures or focal neurological deficits and are subsequently detected via MRI.






Case series

Michiwaki et al. evaluated 234 glioma patients according to the updated WHO classification. Isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH), H3F3A, BRAF hotspot mutations, TERT promotor mutation, and chromosome 1p/19q co-deletion were examined. RE, non-RE, GdE, and IC were evaluated as significant neuroimaging findings. Kaplan-Meier analyses were performed to evaluate overall survival (OS) and the correlations of prognostic factors were evaluated by log-rank tests. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to detect prognostic factors for OS.

A total of 207 patients were eligible. In 110 patients presenting RE, 102 (93%) were glioblastoma (GBM), IDH-wild type. In 97 patients without RE, presence of GdE or IC were not significantly different between IDH-mutant and -wild type tumors, whereas presence of GdE was a significant indicator of higher WHO grades. IC was the only significant finding for 1p/19q co-deleted tumors. TERT promoter mutation was observed in 7/17 patients with diffuse astrocytic glioma, IDH-wild type; recently-defined as “molecular GBM.” IC, RE, and GdE were observed with lower prevalence in molecular GBMs. While presence of RE, GdE, and absence of IC were significant factors of OS in overall cohort, presence of GdE was not significant in OS in cases without RE, and IDH-mutant tumors. IC was a significant predictor of favorable OS in cases without RE and IDH-wild type tumors. Multivariate analysis also validated these findings.

GdE alone is not a significant predictor of IDH mutation status, but the pattern of enhancement is a significant predictor with RE demonstrating high sensitivity and specificity for GBM, IDH-wild type. Predicting “molecular GBM” by conventional neuroimaging is difficult. Moreover, GdE is not a significant factor of survival analyzed with pattern of enhancement or molecular stratifications. IC is an important radiographic finding for predicting molecular diagnosis and survival in glioma patients 6)


From 2012 to 2015, 94 Czech patients with primary brain tumors were enrolled into the study. The IDH1/2 mutation was detected by denaturing capillary electrophores. The methylation status of the MGMT gene and other 46 genes was revealed by MS-MLPA. In all 94 patients, the clinical data were correlated with molecular markers by Kaplan Meier analyses and Cox regression model. The MGMT promoter methylation status was established and compared to clinical data. In our study eight different probes were used to elucidate the MGMT methylation status; hypermethylation was proclaimed if four and more probes were positive. This 3 : 5 ratio was tested and confirmed by Kaplan-Meier and Cox analyses. The study confirmed the importance of the IDH1/2 mutation and hypermethylation of the MGMT gene promoter being present in tumour tissue. Both markers are independent positive survival predictors; in the Cox model the IDH hazard ratio was 0.10 and in the case of MGMT methylation it reached 0.32. The methylation analysis of the panel of additional 46 genes did not reveal any other significant epigenetic markers; none of the candidate genes have been confirmed in the Cox regression analyses as an independent prognostic factor 7).

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