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DNA methylation levels of the ELMO gene promoter CpG islands in human glioblastomas

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  • Signe Regner Michaelsen, Copenhagen University Hospital
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  • Derya Aslan, Rigshospitalet, Københavns Universitet
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  • Thomas Urup, Department of Radiation Biology, Copenhagen University Hospital
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  • Hans Skovgaard Poulsen, Copenhagen University Hospital
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  • Kirsten Grønbæk, Department of Hematology, Rigshospitalet, Københavns Universitet
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  • Helle Broholm, Rigshospitalet
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  • Lasse Sommer Kristensen

Complete surgical resection of glioblastoma is difficult due to the invasive nature of this primary brain tumor, for which the molecular mechanisms behind remain poorly understood. The three human ELMO genes play key roles in cellular motility, and have been linked to metastasis and poor prognosis in other cancer types. The aim of this study was to investigate methylation levels of the ELMO genes and their correlation to clinical characteristics and outcome in patients diagnosed with glioblastoma. To measure DNA methylation levels we designed pyrosequencing assays targeting the promoter CpG island of each the ELMO genes. These were applied to diagnostic tumor specimens from a well-characterized cohort of 121 patients who received standard treatment consisting of surgery, radiation therapy, plus concomitant and adjuvant chemotherapy. The promoter methylation levels of ELMO1 and ELMO2 were generally low, whereas ELMO3 methylation levels were high, in the tumor biopsies. Thirteen, six, and 18 biopsies were defined as aberrantly methylated for ELMO1, ELMO2, and ELMO3, respectively. There were no significant associations between the methylation status of any of the ELMO gene promoter CpG islands and overall survival, progression-free survival, and clinical characteristics of the patients including intracranial tumor location. Therefore, the methylation status of the ELMO gene promoter CpG islands is unlikely to have prognostic value in glioblastoma.

Original languageEnglish
Article number679
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018

    Research areas

  • Clinical outcome, DNA methylation, ELMO1, ELMO2, ELMO3, Glioblastoma, Invasion, Motility

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