Several drugs used for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) treatment rely on DNA damage for tumor cell killing. We verified the prognostic impact of the host DNA repair genotype in 2 independent cohorts of DLBCL treated with R-CHOP21 (training cohort, 163 cases; validation cohort, 145 cases). Among 35 single nucleotide polymorphisms analyzed in the training series, MLH1 rs1799977 was the sole predicting overall survival. DLBCL carrying the MLH1 AG/GG genotype displayed an increased death risk (hazard ratio [HR] = 3.23; P <.001; q =0 .009) compared with patients carrying the AA genotype. Multivariate analysis adjusted for International Prognostic Index identified MLH1 AG/GG as an independent OS predictor (P <.001). The poor prognosis of MLH1 AG/GG was the result of an increased risk of failing both R-CHOP21 (HR = 2.02; P = .007) and platinum-based second-line (HR = 2.26; P = .044) treatment. Survival analysis in the validation series confirmed all outcomes predicted by MLH1 rs1799977. The effect on OS of MLH1, a component of the DNA mismatch repair system, is consistent with its role in regulating the genotoxic effects of doxorubicin and platinum compounds, which are a mainstay of DLBCL first-and second-line treatment.
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