Journal of Neuro-Oncology

, Volume 137, Issue 3, pp 463–468 | Cite as

MicroRNA-30c as a novel diagnostic biomarker for primary and secondary B-cell lymphoma of the CNS

  • Alexander Baraniskin
  • Monika Chomiak
  • Guido Ahle
  • Thomas Gress
  • Malte Buchholz
  • Michael Turewicz
  • Martin Eisenacher
  • Michelle Margold
  • Uwe Schlegel
  • Wolff Schmiegel
  • Stephan Hahn
  • Roland Schroers
Laboratory Investigation


Primary lymphomas of the central nervous system (PCNSL) are highly aggressive tumors affecting exclusively the CNS, meninges, and eyes. PCNSL must be separated from secondary spread of systemic lymphoma to the CNS (SCNSL), which may occur at diagnosis or relapse of systemic lymphomas. At present, there are no valid methods to distinguish PCNSL from SCNSL based on tumor biopsy because of similar histological presentation. However, SCNSL and PCNSL are different in terms of prognosis and adequate therapy protocols. MicroRNA expression profiles of CSF samples collected from SCNSL and PCNSL patients were compared using microRNA arrays. MiR-30c revealed the largest differential expression and was selected for validation by RT-PCR on 61 CSF samples from patients with PCNSL and 14 samples from SCNSL. MiR-30c was significantly increased in patients with SCNSL compared to PCNSL (p < 0.001). MiR-30c levels in CSF enabled the differentiation of patients with PCNSL from SCNSL with an area under the curve (AUC) of 0.86, with a sensitivity of 90.9% and a specificity of 85.5%. Our data suggest that miR-30c detected in the CSF can serve as biomarker for distinction between PCNSL and SCNSL. The validation in a larger cohort is needed. With respect to its function, miR-30c may facilitate lymphoma cells to engraft into CNS by interaction with CELSR3 gene that controls the function of ependymal cilia and, thus, affects the circulation of CSF.


Primary central nervous system lymphoma Secondary central nervous system lymphoma Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) MicroRNA (miRNA) qRT-PCR MiR-30c 



The authors thank Andrea Reinert for the excellent technical assistance.

Author contributions

MC, AB, TG, MB performed the experiments. GA, JK, MM, US collected clinical samples. MT and ME. analyzed the results statistically, AB, MC, SH, US, WS and RS designed the research. AB, RS analyzed the results and wrote the paper.


This study was supported by the a Grant from the Ruhr-University of Bochum (FORUM), and by a Grant (PURE) from the Ministry of Science, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and by de.NBI, a project of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare no competing financial interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MedicineRuhr-University of Bochum, Knappschaftskrankenhaus Bochum-LangendreerBochumGermany
  2. 2.Department of NeurologyHôpitaux Civils de ColmarColmarFrance
  3. 3.Department of GastroenterologyUniversity HospitalMarburgGermany
  4. 4.Unit of Medical Bioinformatics, Medizinisches Proteom-CenterRuhr-University BochumBochumGermany
  5. 5.Department of NeurologyKnappschaftskrankenhaus, Ruhr-University of BochumBochumGermany
  6. 6.Department of Molecular GI-Oncology, Center of Clinical ResearchRuhr-University of BochumBochumGermany

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