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The making of the glioblastoma classification



Classification of cancer should lead to informative patients’ stratification and selective therapeutic vulnerabilities. A pathway-based classification of glioblastoma uncovered a mitochondrial subtype with a unique sensitivity to inhibitors of oxidative phosphorylation. Precision targeting of cancer metabolism could provide therapeutic opportunities to a lethal neoplasm and be translated to other tumour types.

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Fig. 1: Four-group functional classification of glioblastoma.


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A.I. and A.L. conceived and wrote this Comment article.

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Correspondence to Antonio Iavarone.

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A.L. and A.I. are listed as inventors on patent applications filed by Columbia University related to the diagnostic and therapeutic applications of the functional classification described here.

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This work was supported by NIH R01CA101644, U54CA193313, R01CA131126 and R01CA239721 to A.L.; R01CA178546, U54CA193313, R01CA179044, R01CA190891, R01CA239698, and The Chemotherapy Foundation’s grant to A.I.

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Lasorella, A., Iavarone, A. The making of the glioblastoma classification. Br J Cancer 125, 4–6 (2021).

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