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posted on 07.04.2021, 13:57 authored by Lu Xie, Yufei Yang, Wei Guo, Dongxue Che, Jie Xu, Xin Sun, Kuisheng Liu, Tingting Ren, Xingyu Liu, Yi Yang, Tao Ji, Xiaodong Tang

Osteosarcoma (OTS) is aggressive bone malignancy without well-recognized prognosis biomarker. Tumor mutational burden (TMB) has been proved as effective biomarker in predicting clinical outcomes in several cancer types. However, its prognostic value in OTS remains unknown. In this study, we aim to evaluate the implication of TMB in OTS patients.


To depict the landscape of somatic mutations in OTS, we performed Whole-Exome Sequencing (WES) on 31 OTS tissue samples and corresponding White Blood Cells (WBCs) as matched control. TMB was calculated as the total number of somatic alterations in coding regions normalized to the per sequenced genomic megabase (~30.4Mb in WES). The prognostic values of TMB were evaluated by Kaplan-Meier methods and Cox regression models.


The median age was 16.0 years at diagnosis, and 54.8% of patients were male. The most common genetic alterations were mainly involved in cell cycle and DNA damage response and repair, including H3F3A, TP53, MYC, and CDKN2A/B. The median progression-free survival (PFS) was 775.5 days in TMB-High (defined as third quartile of TMB value, <2.565) versus 351 days in TMB-Low (<2.565). All patients with TMB-High are PFS-Long (>400 days), while 36.4% of all patients with TMB-Low were PFS-Long (P=0.003). TMB were significantly greater in PFS-Long than in PFS-Short (<400 days) (P=0.002). Moreover, the median overall survival (OS) was 1,307 days in TMB-High versus 672.5 days in TMB-Low. Furthermore, TMB-High group had significantly improved PFS (P=0.04) and OS (P=0.03).


TMB-High can be used as prognostic marker for OTS. Our findings demonstrate that TMB may be helpful in combination with traditionally clinicopathologic risk factors to optimize risk stratification and guide treatment decisions.