Molecular genetics of intracranial meningiomas with emphasis on canonical Wnt signalling

Nives Pećina-Šlaus, Anja Kafka, Mirna Lechpammer

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Research over the last decade recognized the importance of novel molecular pathways in pathogenesis of intracranial meningiomas. In this review, we focus on human brain tumours meningiomas and the involvement of Wnt signalling pathway genes and proteins in this common brain tumour, describing their known functional effects. Meningiomas originate from the meningeal layers of the brain and the spinal cord. Most meningiomas have benign clinical behaviour and are classified as grade I by World Health Organization (WHO). However, up to 20% histologically classified as atypical (grade II) or anaplastic (grade III) are associated with higher recurrent rate and have overall less favourable clinical outcome. Recently, there is emerging evidence that multiple signalling pathways including Wnt pathway contribute to the formation and growth of meningiomas. In the review we present the synopsis on meningioma histopathology and genetics and discuss our research regarding Wnt in meningioma. Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition, a process in which Wnt signalling plays an important role, is shortly discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number67
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016


  • APC
  • AXIN1
  • Beta-catenin
  • E-cadherin
  • Meningioma
  • Meningioma genetics
  • P53
  • Wnt signalling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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