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Melchardt, Thomas; Hufnagl, Clemens; Weinstock, David M.; Kopp, Nadja; Neureiter, Daniel; Tränkenschuh, Wolfgang; Hackl, Hubert; Weiss, Lukas; Rinnerthaler, Gabriel; Hartmann, Tanja N.; Greil, Richard; Weigert, Oliver; Egle, Alexander (2016): Clonal evolution in relapsed and refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma is characterized by high dynamics of subclones. In: Oncotarget, Vol. 7, No. 32: pp. 51494-51502
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Little information is available about the role of certain mutations for clonal evolution and the clinical outcome during relapse in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Therefore, we analyzed formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded tumor samples from first diagnosis, relapsed or refractory disease from 28 patients using next-generation sequencing of the exons of 104 coding genes. Non-synonymous mutations were present in 74 of the 104 genes tested. Primary tumor samples showed a median of 8 non-synonymous mutations (range: 0-24) with the used gene set. Lower numbers of non-synonymous mutations in the primary tumor were associated with a better median OS compared with higher numbers (28 versus 15 months, p=0.031). We observed three patterns of clonal evolution during relapse of disease: large global change, subclonal selection and no or minimal change possibly suggesting preprogrammed resistance. We conclude that targeted re-sequencing is a feasible and informative approach to characterize the molecular pattern of relapse and it creates novel insights into the role of dynamics of individual genes.