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Dr. Goldschmidt - Angiogenic Signature of Multiple Myeloma Determined by Gene Expression Profiling
Hartmut Goldschmidt, MD
Medizinischen Universitätsklinik und Poliklinik V
University of Heidelberg
Heidelberg, Germany
Member, IMF Board of Scientific Advisors

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[2484] Angiogenic Signature of Multiple Myeloma Determined by Gene Expression Profiling. Session Type: Poster Session, Board #674-II

Dirk Hose, Jerome Moreaux, Tobias Meissner, Jean-Francois Rossi, Axel Benner, Karene Mahtouk, Anja Seckinger, Christiane Heiss, Michael Hundemer, Thierry Reme, Jens Hillengass, Katja Herde, Uta Bertsch, John DeVos, Sabine Wenisch, Veronique Pantesco, Anna Jauch, Eric Jourdan, Hartmut Goldschmidt, Bernard Klein, Thomas Moehler Medicine V (Hematology/Oncology/Rheumatology), University Hospital Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany; INSERM U475 and CHU Montpellier, Montpellier, France; Biostatistics, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany; Institute for Human Genetics, University Hospital Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany; Laboratroy for Experimental Surgery, Giessen, Germany; National Center for Tumor Diseases, Heidelberg, Germany

BACKGROUND. Angiogenesis is a hallmark of active multiple myeloma and a therapeutic target, e.g. by thalidomide. Others and we have shown this to be due to a differential and novo expression of pro/antiangiogenic genes in MM as well as an effect of increased plasma cell number. AIM of this study was to investigate based on the expression of (anti)angiogenic genes alone (consensus list determined by medline search), (i) whether for respective samples being PPC, BMPC or MMC can be predicted, (ii) what expression differences between these entities exist, (iii) if differences between the expression pattern of MMC from early stage vs. therapy requiring MM can be used for prediction, and (iv) whether the survival of MM-patients undergoing HDT is different in two groups distinguished by their angiogenic signature.

PATIENTS AND METHODS. 187 newly diagnosed MM/MGUS-patients (65 training (TG) / 122 independent validation group (VG)), 14 normal donors (ND) and 12 in vitro generates PPC samples were included. Bone marrow aspirates were CD138-purified by activated magnetic cell sorting. RNA was in-vitro transcribed and hybridised to Affymetrix HG U133 A+B GeneChip (TG) and HG U133 2.0 plus arrays (VG). Expression data were gcrma-normalised and the empirical Bayes algorithm used. P-Values were adjusted using the Benjamini-Hochberg method (Bioconductor). The PANP-algorithm was used to identify expressed genes. iFISH was performed on purified MM-cells using probesets for chromosomes 1q21, 9q34, 11q23, 11q13, 13q14, 15q22, 17p13, 19q13, 22q11 and the translocations t(4;14) and t(11;14). Selected expression data were verified by real time RT-PCR and western blotting. RESULTS. (i) On TG and VG, being BMPC or PPC is predicted by a 17 gene predictor (31 probe sets) without error. Being MMC is predicted with an error rate of 6.9/4.7% with an overall-error rate of 5.8/4.3% in TG/VG, respectively. (ii) 5 proangiogenic genes/7 probe sets (HGF [hepatocyte growth factor], ADM [adrenomedullin], CXCL2 [chemokine (C-X-C-motif)-ligand 2], IGF1 [insulin-like growth factor 2], Met [HGF-receptor]) and 1 antiangiogenic/1 probe set (SerpinF1, [Serpin peptidase inhibitor F1]) are differentially expressed between these entities concordantly in TG and VG. (iii) Attribution of MMC to early or therapy requiring can not be predicted. Most patients with MGUS and MM display 1 or several over expressed angiogenic gene. Survival analysis (EFS/OAS) will now be performed based on these findings.

CONCLUSION. Our analysis reveals novel targets for antiangiogenic therapy of multiple myeloma as anti-HGF. There is evidence that angiogenesis related genes are activated early during disease progression as rationale for early intervention using antiangiogenic compounds.
Abstract #2484 appears in Blood, Volume 110, issue 11, November 16, 2007

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