Lesional gene expression profiling in cutaneous T-cell lymphoma reveals natural clusters associated with disease outcome

Blood, 110(8): 3015-3027, 2007. Published: 2007.10.14

Jessica Shin, Stefano Monti, Daniel J Aires, Madeleine Duvic, Todd Golub, David A Jones, and Thomas S Kupper

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Cutaneous T cell lymphoma (CTCL) is defined by infiltration of activated and malignant T cells in skin. The clinical manifestations and prognosis in CTCL are highly variable. In this study, we hypothesized that gene expression analysis in lesional skin biopsies can improve understanding of the disease and its management. Based on 63 skin samples, we performed consensus clustering, revealing three patient clusters. Two clusters tended to differentiate limited CTCL (stages IA and IB) from more extensive CTCL (stages IB and III). Stage IB subjects appeared in both clusters, but those in the limited CTCL cluster were more responsive to treatment than those in the more extensive CTCL cluster. The third cluster was enriched in lymphocyte activation genes and was associated with a high proportion of tumor (stage IIB) lesions. Survival analysis revealed significant differences in event-free survival between clusters, with poorest survival seen in the activated lymphocyte cluster. Using supervised analysis, we further characterized genes significantly associated with lower stage/treatment responsive versus higher stage/treatment resistant CTCL. We conclude that transcriptional profiling of CTCL skin lesions reveals clinically relevant signatures, correlating with differences in survival and response to treatment. Additional prospective long-term studies to validate and refine these findings appear warranted.

Keywords: Clustering Survival analysis T-cell lymphoma Transcriptional profiling

Supplemental Data

Description Link/Filename
Samples' Annotation SampleAnnotation.xls
RMA, un-log2 transformed data ('.res' format) ctl.rma2.res.gz
Raw '.CEL' files (1st 21 chips) RAWDATA01_21.zip
Raw '.CEL' files (2nd 21 chips) RAWDATA22_42.zip
Raw '.CEL' files (last 21 chips) RAWDATA43_63.zip