Genes encoding histone proteins are differentially expressed between men and women with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma and their expression correlates with survival [post]

Shahan Mamoor
2020 unpublished
Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma is a pediatric brain cancer and has the lowest median survival rate of all cancers known to man (1). 99% of patients diagnosed with DIPG will expire within 5 years (1). Understanding the transcriptional behavior of tumors in DIPG is critical for the development of novel therapies. In this study, I compared the transcriptomes of tumors from men with DIPG versus that of tumors from women diagnosed with DIPG (2). I found that three histone genes, including
more » ... HIST1H2BD, and HIST1H3D, which encode Histone H4, Histone H2B Type 1D, and Histone H3.1 were among the genes whose expression was most different between the DIPG tumors of men and women. Importantly, the expression level of two of these genes significantly correlated in a linear fashion with the amount of time the patient survived. It has previously been reported that 78% of DIPG tumors contain a mutation in Histone H3.1 (HIST1H3B) (3). This is the first report of differential expression of histone genes in tumors of patients with DIPG.
doi:10.31219/ fatcat:lahclbb6ufepzp4hepvbbs267a