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Research Article

Oct2, BCL6, IRF8, OCAB and PU.1 in the Assessment of Prognosis in Diffuse Large B cell Lymphoma Patients

Rojas-Bilbao EA1, Knott ME2, Bal de Kier Joffé ED2, Zerga ME3, Nuñez M4, Puricelli LI2 and Ranuncolo SM2,5*,#
1Pathology Department, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2Research Area, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
3Hematology Department, Institute of Oncology “Angel H. Roffo” University of Buenos Aires.
4School of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Buenos Aires.
5Department of Histology and Cell Biology, School of Medicine, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
#Members of the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET)
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Received: December 20, 2015 Accepted: February 06, 2016 Published: February 06, 2016
Citation: Rojas-Bilbao EA, Knott ME, Bal de Kier Joffé ED, Zerga ME, Nuñez M, et al. (2016) Oct2, BCL6, IRF8, OCAB and PU.1 in the Assessment of Prognosis in Diffuse Large B cell Lymphoma Patients. J Mol Biomarkers Diagn 7:276. doi:10.4172/2155-9929.1000276
Copyright: © 2016 Rojas-Bilbao EA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction H2O in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited


Background: Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL) is the most common type of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in adults. This germinal center derived B cell lymphoma is a heterogeneous disease with a highly variable clinical course, currently treated with immune-chemotherapy. The International Prognosis Index (IPI) remains the main prognosis indicator. This highlights the absence of biomarkers suitable to provide molecular biology information to more accurately establish prognosis and predict treatment response in DLBCL patients.

Methods: We determined the Oct2, BCL6, IRF8, OCAB and PU.1 transcription factors expression by immunohistochemistry in 73 DLBCL lymph node biopsies to address their potential as prognosis biomarkers in DLBCL patients. These molecules exhibit well-known key roles in the germinal center development.

Results: A large number of cases showed high Oct2 (64/73), BCL6 (40/73) and/or IRF8 (44/73) percentage of positive tumor cell nuclei. In contrast, a significant number of analyzed biopsies, showed a low OCAB and/or PU.1 percentage of positive tumor cells. The expression of each factor was not associated with any of the relevant clinical-pathological features including the DLBCL molecular subtype and the IPI. Oct2, BCL6 and IRF8 high expression (more than 70% of positive tumor cells) correlated with poor prognosis in terms of shorter overall survival. Particularly, high BCL6 and IRF8 expression maintained their prognostic value in a multivariate analysis stratified for the IPI score. Interestingly, IRF8 emerged as a novel prognosis indicator among the free bone marrow disease patients at diagnosis, subjected to a specific multivariate analysis named classification tree. Patients with free-bone marrow disease, which normally have a better outcome, showed a worse prognosis when they expressed high IRF8 at diagnosis.

Conclusions: The assessment of these factors expression would provide novel cellular and molecular insights to more efficiently predict DLBCL patient prognosis.