A Spatially Resolved Dark- versus Light-Zone Microenvironment Signature Subdivides Germinal Center-Related Aggressive B Cell Lymphomas.

Claudio Tripodo, Federica Zanardi, Fabio Iannelli, Saveria Mazzara, Mariella Vegliante, Gaia Morello, Arianna Di Napoli, Alessandro Mangogna, Fabio Facchetti, Sabina Sangaletti, Claudia Chiodoni, Alison VanShoiack, Anand D. Jeyasekharan, Stefano Casola, Mario P. Colombo, Maurilio Ponzoni, Stefano A. Pileri

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Abstract

We applied digital spatial profiling for 87 immune and stromal genes to lymph node germinal center (GC) dark- and light-zone (DZ/LZ) regions of interest to obtain a differential signature of these two distinct microenvironments. The spatially resolved 53-genes signature, comprising key genes of the DZ mutational machinery and LZ immune and mesenchymal milieu, was applied to the transcriptomes of 543 GC-related diffuse large B cell lymphomas and double-hit (DH) lymphomas. According to the DZ/LZ signature, the GC-related lymphomas were sub-classified into two clusters. The subgroups differed in the distribution of DH cases and survival, with most DH displaying a distinct DZ-like profile. The clustering analysis was also performed using a 25-genes signature composed of genes positively enriched in the non-B, stromal sub-compartments, for the first time achieving DZ/LZ discrimination based on stromal/immune features. The report offers new insight into the GC microenvironment, hinting at a DZ microenvironment of origin in DH lymphomas.
Original languageEnglish
JournaliScience
Volume23
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Transcriptomics
  • Cancer Systems Biology

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