Diagnostic value of plasma and urinary 2-hydroxyglutarate to identify patients with isocitrate dehydrogenase-mutated glioma

Giuseppe Lombardi, Giuseppe Corona, Luisa Bellu, Alessandro Della Puppa, Ardi Pambuku, Pasquale Fiduccia, Roberta Bertorelle, Marina Paola Gardiman, Domenico D’avella, Giuseppe Toffoli, Vittorina Zagonel

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Background. Mutant isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) 1/2 enzymes can convert a-ketoglutarate into 2-hydroxyglutarate (2HG). The aim of the present study was to explore whether 2HG in plasma and urine could predict the presence of IDH1/2 mutations in patients with glioma. Materials and Methods. All patients had histological confirmation of glioma and a recent brain magnetic resonance imaging scan showing the neoplastic lesion. Plasma and urine samples were taken from all patients, and the 2HG concentrations were determined using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry. Results. A total of 84 patients were enrolled: 38 with R132HIDH1mutatedand46withwild type.Amongthe38patientswith mutant IDH1, 21 had high-grade glioma and 17 had low-grade glioma. Among the 46 patients with IDH1 wild-type glioma, 35 and 11 had high- and low-grade glioma, respectively. In all patients, we analyzed the mean 2HG concentration in the plasma,urine, andplasma/urine ratio (Ratio_2HG).We found a significant difference in the Ratio_2HG between patients with andwithout an IDH1mutation (22.268.7 vs. 15.666.8; p,.0001).The optimal cutoff value for Ratio_2HGto identify IDH1 mutation was 19 (sensitivity, 63%; specificity, 76%; accuracy, 70%). In the patients with high-grade glioma only, the optimal cutoff value was 20 (sensitivity, 76%; specificity, 89%; accuracy, 84%; positive predictive value, 80%; negative predictive value, 86%). In 7 of 7 patients with high-grade glioma,we found a correlation between the Ratio_2HG value and the response to treatment. Conclusion. Ratio_2HG might be a predictor of the presence of IDH1 mutation. The measurement of 2HG could be useful for disease monitoring and also to assess the treatment effects in these patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)562-567
Number of pages6
JournalThe oncologist
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • 2-Hydroxyglutarate
  • Biomarker
  • Glioma
  • Isocitrate dehydrogenase
  • Plasma
  • Urine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology


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