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01.12.2017 | Rapid communication | Ausgabe 1/2017 Open Access

Journal of Hematology & Oncology 1/2017

Mutations of CREBBP and SOCS1 are independent prognostic factors in diffuse large B cell lymphoma: mutational analysis of the SAKK 38/07 prospective clinical trial cohort

Journal of Hematology & Oncology > Ausgabe 1/2017
Darius Juskevicius, David Jucker, Dirk Klingbiel, Christoph Mamot, Stephan Dirnhofer, Alexandar Tzankov
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Recently, the mutational background of diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) has been revealed, identifying specific genetic events that drive lymphomagenesis. However, the prognostic value of these mutations remains to be determined. Prognostic biomarkers in DLBCL are urgently needed, since the current clinical parameter-based factors (e.g., International Prognostic Index (IPI)) are insufficient, particularly in identifying patients with poor prognosis who might benefit from alternative treatments.


We investigated the prognostic value of somatic mutations in DLBCL in a clinical trial (NCT00544219) patient cohort homogenously treated with six cycles of rituximab, cyclophosphamide, hydroxydaunorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone (R-CHOP), followed by two cycles of R (R-CHOP-14). The primary endpoint was event-free survival (EFS) at 2 years. Secondary endpoints included progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS). Targeted high-throughput sequencing (HTS) of tumor genomic DNA was performed on all exons or hotspots of 68 genes frequently mutated in B cell lymphomas. Mutational data was correlated with the endpoints to identify prognostic associations.


Targeted HTS detected somatic mutations in 71/76 (93%) of investigated cases. The most frequently mutated genes were KMT2D, SOCS1, GNA13, and B2M. Survival analysis revealed that CREBBP- and EP300-mutated cases had significantly worse OS, PFS, and EFS. In addition, ATM mutations predicted worse outcomes for all three clinical endpoints in germinal center B cell-like DLBCL. In contrast, SOCS1 mutations were associated with better PFS. On multivariable analysis taken into account IPI and failure to achieve complete remission, CREBBP and EP300 mutations remained significant to predict worse OS, PFS, and EFS.


Targeted mutation analysis of a uniformly treated prospective clinical trial DLBCL cohort identifies tumor-based genetic prognostic markers that could be useful in the clinical management of such patients.

Trial registration NCT00544219

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Additional file 1: Table S1. Statistics of high-throughput sequencing and variant calling. Table S2. Somatic mutations detected by high-throughput sequencing in 76 cases of primary DLBCL. (XLSX 384 kb)
Additional file 2: Figure S1. Mapping of the detected mutations to the protein sequences within respective domains in the ten most frequently mutated and relevant genes is this study. Mutations in CREBBP and EP300 always occurred within the HAT domain responsible for acetylation. In SOCS1, mutations were distributed evenly along the protein sequence. Y-axis represents the number of mutations detected at a particular amino acid position. Green–missense mutation; black–frameshift insertion/deletion; purple–nonsense mutation. (PDF 442 kb)
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