Single-cell RNA-seq highlights intratumoral heterogeneity in primary glioblastoma
Author(s)Patel, A. P.; Tirosh, I.; Trombetta, J. J.; Gillespie, S. M.; Wakimoto, H.; Cahill, D. P.; Nahed, B. V.; Curry, W. T.; Martuza, R. L.; Louis, D. N.; Rozenblatt-Rosen, O.; Suva, M. L.; Bernstein, Bradley E.; Regev, Aviv; Shalek, Alex K.; ... Show more Show less
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Human cancers are complex ecosystems composed of cells with distinct phenotypes, genotypes, and epigenetic states, but current models do not adequately reflect tumor composition in patients. We used single-cell RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) to profile 430 cells from five primary glioblastomas, which we found to be inherently variable in their expression of diverse transcriptional programs related to oncogenic signaling, proliferation, complement/immune response, and hypoxia. We also observed a continuum of stemness-related expression states that enabled us to identify putative regulators of stemness in vivo. Finally, we show that established glioblastoma subtype classifiers are variably expressed across individual cells within a tumor and demonstrate the potential prognostic implications of such intratumoral heterogeneity. Thus, we reveal previously unappreciated heterogeneity in diverse regulatory programs central to glioblastoma biology, prognosis, and therapy.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Biology; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Chemistry
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Patel, A. P., I. Tirosh, J. J. Trombetta, A. K. Shalek, S. M. Gillespie, H. Wakimoto, D. P. Cahill, et al. “Single-Cell RNA-Seq Highlights Intratumoral Heterogeneity in Primary Glioblastoma.” Science 344, no. 6190 (June 12, 2014): 1396–1401.
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