Recent progress in neuro-oncology has validated the significance of genetic diagnosis in gliomas. We previously investigated IDH1/2 and TP53 mutations via Sanger sequencing for adult supratentorial gliomas and reported that PCR-based sequence analysis classified gliomas into three genetic subgroups that have a strong association with patient prognosis: IDH mutant gliomas without TP53 mutations, IDH and TP53 mutant gliomas, and IDH wild-type gliomas. Furthermore, this analysis had a strong association with patient prognosis. To predict genetic subgroups prior to initial surgery, we retrospectively investigated preoperative radiological data using CT and MRI, including MR spectroscopy (MRS), and evaluated positive 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) fluorescence as an intraoperative factor. We subsequently compared these factors to differentiate each genetic subgroup. Multiple factors such as age at diagnosis, tumor location, gadolinium enhancement, 5-ALA fluorescence, and several tumor metabolites according to MRS, such as myo-inositol (myo-inositol/total choline) or lipid20, were statistically significant factors for differentiating IDH mutant and wild-type, suggesting that these two subtypes have totally distinct characteristics. In contrast, only calcification, laterality, and lipid13 (lipid13/total Choline) were statistically significant parameters for differentiating TP53 wild-type and mutant in IDH mutant gliomas. In this study, we detected several pre- and intraoperative factors that enabled us to predict genetic subgroups for adult supratentorial gliomas and clarified that lipid13 quantified by MRS is the key tumor metabolite that differentiates TP53 wild-type and mutant in IDH mutant gliomas. These results suggested that each genetic subtype in gliomas selects the distinct lipid synthesis pathways in the process of tumorigenesis.
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