OBJECTIVE: The clinical course and underlying molecular causes in patients with glioblastoma presenting with seizures are poorly understood. Here we investigated clinical features and carrier systems as well as a transaminase relevant in glutamate homeostasis in patients with glioblastoma.
METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of our clinical glioma database for clinical data during a 2-year period. Patients with glioblastoma were divided into 2 groups: symptomatic and asymptomatic for seizures. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and tissue samples from both groups were investigated. A Cox regression analysis was performed for survival and clinical and molecular features.
RESULTS: One hundred three patients diagnosed with glioblastoma in this period were identified. Twenty-three patients were symptomatic with seizures (22.3%). All were IDH-1/2 wild-type. We found no significant difference in the tumor localization between the groups. Patients with seizures from glioblastoma had significantly smaller tumors, which caused less edema compared to nonepileptogenic tumors. A significantly increased up-regulation of glutamate carrier systems was evident in symptomatic tumors compared to asymptomatic tumors. Moreover, there seems to be an oversupply of glutamate in symptomatic tumors due to dysregulation in glutamate synthesis.
SIGNIFICANCE: Glioblastoma presenting with seizures is morphologically different from asymptomatic tumors. Furthermore, we were able to show that the molecular profile of these tumors, particularly glutamate homeostasis controlling systems, is significantly different.