Infants and Newborns with Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumors (ATRT) and Extracranial Malignant Rhabdoid Tumors (eMRT) in the EU-RHAB Registry: A Unique and Challenging Population

Karolina Nemes, Pascal D. Johann, Mona Steinbügl, Miriam Gruhle, Susanne Bens, Denis Kachanov, Margarita Teleshova, Peter Hauser, Thorsten Simon, Stephan Tippelt, Wolfgang Eberl, Martin Chada, Vicente Santa Maria Lopez, Lorenz Grigull, Pablo Hernáiz-Driever, Matthias Eyrich, Jane Pears, Till Milde, Harald Reinhard, Alfred LeipoldMarianne van de Wetering, Maria João Gil-Da-costa, Georg Ebetsberger-Dachs, Kornelius Kerl, Andreas Lemmer, Heidrun Boztug, Rhoikos Furtwängler, Uwe Kordes, Christian Vokuhl, Martin Hasselblatt, Brigitte Bison, Thomas Kröncke, Patrick Melchior, Beate Timmermann, Joachim Gerss, Reiner Siebert, Michael C. Frühwald

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Introduction: Malignant rhabdoid tumors (MRT) predominantly affect infants and young children. Patients below six months of age represent a particularly therapeutically challenging group. Toxicity to developing organ sites limits intensity of treatment. Information on prognostic factors, genetics, toxicity of treatment and long-term outcomes is sparse. Methods: Clinical, genetic, and treatment data of 100 patients (aged below 6 months at diagnosis) from 13 European countries were analyzed (2005–2020). Tumors and matching blood samples were examined for SMARCB1 mutations using FISH, MLPA and Sanger sequencing. DNA methylation subgroups (ATRT-TYR, ATRT-SHH, and ATRT-MYC) were determined using 450 k/850 k-profiling. Results: A total of 45 patients presented with ATRT, 29 with extracranial, extrarenal (eMRT) and 9 with renal rhabdoid tumors (RTK). Seventeen patients demonstrated synchronous tumors (SYN). Metastases (M+) were present in 27% (26/97) at diagnosis. A germline mutation (GLM) was detected in 55% (47/86). DNA methylation subgrouping was available in 50% (31 / 62) with ATRT or SYN; for eMRT, methylation-based subgrouping was not performed. The 5-year overall (OS) and event free survival (EFS) rates were 23.5 ± 4.6% and 19 ± 4.1%, respectively. Male sex (11 ± 5% vs. 35.8 ± 7.4%), M+ stage (6.1 ± 5.4% vs. 36.2 ± 7.4%), presence of SYN (7.1 ± 6.9% vs. 26.6 ± 5.3%) and GLM (7.7 ± 4.2% vs. 45.7 ± 8.6%) were significant prognostic factors for 5-year OS. Molecular subgrouping and survival analyses confirm a previously described survival advantage for ATRT-TYR. In an adjusted multivariate model, clinical factors that favorably influence the prognosis were female sex, localized stage, absence of a GLM and maintenance therapy. Conclusions: In this cohort of homogenously treated infants with MRT, significant predictors of outcome were sex, M-stage, GLM and maintenance therapy. We confirm the need to stratify which patient groups benefit from multimodal treatment, and which need novel therapeutic strategies. Biomarker-driven tailored trials may be a key option.

Originele taal-2Engels
Nummer van het tijdschrift9
StatusGepubliceerd - 27 apr. 2022


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