Integrated analysis of single-cell chromatin state and transcriptome identified common vulnerability despite glioblastoma heterogeneity

Ramya Raviram, Anugraha Raman, Sebastian Preissl, Jiangfang Ning, Shaoping Wu, Tomoyuki Koga, Kai Zhang, Cameron W. Brennan, Chenxu Zhu, Jens Luebeck, Kinsey Van Deynze, Jee Yun Han, Xiaomeng Hou, Zhen Ye, Anna K. Mischel, Yang Eric Li, Rongxin Fang, Tomas Baback, Joshua Mugford, Claudia Z. HanChristopher K. Glass, Cathy L. Barr, Paul S. Mischel, Vineet Bafna, Laure Escoubet, Bing Ren, Clark C. Chen

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In 2021, the World Health Organization reclassified glioblastoma, the most common form of adult brain cancer, into isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH)-wild-type glioblastomas and grade IV IDH mutant (G4 IDHm) astrocytomas. For both tumor types, intratumoral heterogeneity is a key contributor to therapeutic failure. To better define this heterogeneity, genome-wide chromatin accessibility and transcription profiles of clinical samples of glioblastomas and G4 IDHm astrocytomas were analyzed at single-cell resolution. These profiles afforded resolution of intratumoral genetic heterogeneity, including delineation of cell-to-cell variations in distinct cell states, focal gene amplifications, as well as extrachromosomal circular DNAs. Despite differences in IDH mutation status and significant intratumoral heterogeneity, the profiled tumor cells shared a common chromatin structure defined by open regions enriched for nuclear factor 1 transcription factors (NFIA and NFIB). Silencing of NFIA or NFIB suppressed in vitro and in vivo growths of patient-derived glioblastomas and G4 IDHm astrocytoma models. These findings suggest that despite distinct genotypes and cell states, glioblastoma/ G4 astrocytoma cells share dependency on core transcriptional programs, yielding an attractive platform for addressing therapeutic challenges associated with intratumoral heterogeneity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere2210991120
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number20
StatePublished - May 16 2023

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