The prognostic IDH1R132 mutation is associated with reduced NADP+-dependent IDH activity in glioblastoma

Fonnet E. Bleeker, Nadia A. Atai, Simona Lamba, Ard Jonker, Denise Rijkeboer, Klazien S. Bosch, Wikky Tigchelaar, Dirk Troost, W. Peter Van Dertop, Alberto Bardelli, Cornelis J F Van Noorden

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Somatic mutations in the isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 gene (IDH1) occur at high frequency in gliomas and seem to be a prognostic factor for survival in glioblastoma patients. In our set of 98 glioblastoma patients, IDH1 R132 mutations were associated with improved survival of 1 year on average, after correcting for age and other variables with Cox proportional hazards models. Patients with IDH1 mutations were on average 17 years younger than patients without mutation. Mutated IDH1 has a gain of function to produce 2-hydroxyglutarate by NADPH-dependent reduction of α-ketoglutarate, but it is unknown whether NADPH production in gliomas is affected by IDH1 mutations. We assessed the effect of IDH1R132 mutations on IDH-mediated NADPH production in glioblastomas in situ. Metabolic mapping and image analysis was applied to 51 glioblastoma samples of which 16 carried an IDH1R132 mutation. NADP+-dependent IDH activity was determined in comparison with activity of NAD+-dependent IDH and all other NADPH-producing dehydrogenases, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase, malate dehydrogenase, and hexose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase. The occurrence of IDH1 mutations correlated with approx. twofold diminished NADP+-dependent IDH activity, whereas activity of NAD +-dependent IDH and the other NADP+-dependent dehydrogenases was not affected in situ in glioblastoma. The total NADPH production capacity in glioblastoma was provided for 65% by IDH activity and the occurrence of IDH1R132 mutation reduced this capacity by 38%. It is concluded that NADPH production is hampered in glioblastoma with IDH1 R132 mutation. Moreover, mutated IDH1 consumes rather than produces NADPH, thus likely lowering NADPH levels even further. The low NADPH levels may sensitize glioblastoma to irradiation and chemotherapy, thus explaining the prolonged survival of patients with mutated glioblastoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-494
Number of pages8
JournalActa Neuropathologica
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010


  • Glioblastoma
  • IDH activity
  • IDH1
  • IDH2
  • Metabolic mapping
  • Mutation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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    Bleeker, F. E., Atai, N. A., Lamba, S., Jonker, A., Rijkeboer, D., Bosch, K. S., Tigchelaar, W., Troost, D., Van Dertop, W. P., Bardelli, A., & Van Noorden, C. J. F. (2010). The prognostic IDH1R132 mutation is associated with reduced NADP+-dependent IDH activity in glioblastoma. Acta Neuropathologica, 119(4), 487-494.