First vaccine for brain tumors targeting mutant IDH1 R132H prooved to be safe and effective in early trial

The availability of anti-IDH1 R132H  antibody  clone H09 (#DIA-H09, dianova, Germany) developed by the  German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg has triggered fundamental advances for the 2016 WHO classification of CNS tumors (link: ). IDH1 R132H IHC has been introduced as a backbone for differential diagnosis of glioma. Now, early in 2021 in the Journal Nature, researchers from Heidelberg & Mannheim report for the first time promising effects of a IDH1 R132H mutation-specific vaccine in patients with malignant brain tumors. The vaccine triggered the desired immune response in the tumors and proved to be safe.

In their recenty published study (Platten, M., Bunse, L., Wick, A. et al., Nature 2021), authors describe a multicentre, single-arm, open-label, first-in-humans phase I trial that were carried out in 33 patients with newly diagnosed World Health Organization grade 3 and 4 IDH1(R132H)+ astrocytomas. The DKFZ announces “Promising preclinical results” in their press release from March 2021. A phase II study to examine whether the IDH1 vaccine leads to better treatment results than the standard treatment alone is beeing prepared.

Up to now, theraphy had usually only limited success in halting tumor progression in patients with diffuse gliomas characterised by an IDH1 mutation, which can be identified by antibody clone H09 (#DIA-H09, dianova). We believe that the IDH1 R132H vaccine offers the potential for developing a treatment that can suppress these tumors more effectively and on a long-term basis,” commented study co-director Wolfgang Wick, Medical Director of the Neurological Clinic of Heidelberg University Hospital and Head of Division at DKFZ.


Platten, M., Bunse, L., Wick, A. et al. A vaccine targeting mutant IDH1 in newly diagnosed glioma. Nature (2021).

Get confidence in your IDH1 R132H stain: Find more than 100 scientific publications for clone H09 on CiteAb.

IDH1 R132H antibody clone H09 (DIA-H09) is an indispensable tool for Glioma diagnosis with high impact on cancer research as documented by nearly 100 scientific publications on CiteAb.

IDH1 R132H immunohistochemistry (IHC) forms a backbone for the differential diagnosis of gliomas. The 2016 WHO-classification for CNS Tumors recommends the analysis of new molecular markers on formalin-fixed tissues together with classical histomorphology. The focus here is on immunohistochemical determination of the IDH1 and ATRX mutation status. Successive integration of IHC procedures reduces the number of molecular tests required for unequivocal diagnosis (Reus et al., Acta Neuropathol. 129, 2015).

 anti-IDH1 R132H clone H09

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Clone H09 is the goldstandard for anti-IDH1 R132H IHC, which is recommended by the CNS WHO classification.

Clone H09 is the goldstandard for anti-IDH1 R132H IHC, which is recommended by the CNS WHO classification.

Antibody clone H09 has been developed approx. 10 years ago at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg. Since it’s market release in 2010, clone H09 has established as a worldwide immunohistochemical goldstandard for glioma diagnosis, based on it’s unparalleled quality. In June 2015 a consensus and editorial meeting at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg laid the foundation for the new WHO Classification of Tumors of the Central Nervous System. The 2016 CNS WHO classification presents a major restructuring and recommends IDH1 R132H immunohistochemistry (IHC) as an initial step in glioma diagnosis. Because of the high importance of clone H09, currently imitation products of the original anti-IDH1 R132H clone H09 are released but with lower quality and with distinct negative implications for application.

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2016 WHO Classification for Tumours of the Central Nervous System recommends IDH1 R132H -immunohistochemistry for classification of diffuse gliomas.

2016 CNS WHOFor the first time, the WHO (World Health Organization) Classification of Tumors of the Central Nervous System uses molecular and histological analysis together to define brain tumor entities. The new concept for how CNS tumor diagnosis should be structured, moves the IDH status into focus. The algorithm for classification of the diffuse gliomas often proceeds from IDH1 R132H histology first to molecular genetic features next.

Louis DN et al., The 2016 World Health Organization Classification of Tumors of the Central Nervous System: a summary. Acta Neuropathol. 2016, 131(6):803-820. >> Reference Link

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The next big thing: IDH mutations & AML (acute myeloid leukemia)


Figure: Immunohistochemistry of a bone marrow biopsy with anti-IDH1 R132H clone H09: Acute myelomonocytic leukemia (AML M4). (Picture courtesy of Professor Harald Stein, Pathodiagnostik Berlin, Berlin, Germany)

A few years back next generation sequencing of whole genomes from acute myeloid leukemia (AML) samples identified new mutations in the IDH1 and IDH2 gene. The mutations occur in 15-20% of newly diagnosed AML patients. IDH1/2 mutations have first been identified in gliomas and researchers wondererd how such mutations could promote malignant transformation. An important next step for understanding the contribution of IDH1 mutations to the transformed phenotype was the discovery that the amino acid substitutions in IDH mutants lead to the generation of the 2-HG “oncometabolite”. The conversion from normal a-KG to 2HG does not only prevent normal catalytic activity but results in a new function, which alters the energy balance of the Krebs cycle by competitive inhibition of dioxygenases. This leads to epigenetic reprogramming blocking diffentiation and contributing to a transformed phenotype. Very soon these mutant enzymes have been considered as clinical targets to reverse their metabolic effect. A breakthrough was presented at the 2014 EORTC-NCI-AACR Symposium on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics: The IDH1 inhibitor AG-120 shows very promising evidence for clinical activity in AML patients with IDH1 mutation. This IDH1 inhibitor together with an IDH2 inhibitor are also being studied in patients with glioma and data expected to be presented at a medical conference in 2015.

Clinical detection of mutants by sequencing is costly, technically difficult, relies on high quality DNA and often suffers from limited sensitivity (number of tumor cells in tissue is critical). Therefore it would be helpful if the mutation could be detected more easily. Histopathological data suggest the use of IDH1 R132H immunohistochemistry for clinical detection of IDH1 mutations in AML with the advantage of faster turnaround time, lower cost and the potential to detect even single positive cells.

A comparative staining approach: Antibody clone H09 is the gold standard for IDH1 R123H immunostaining in glioma.

 H09-HMab-FigFig.: IHC of human IDH1 R132H in formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded brain tissue sections: The IDH1 R132H mutation specific monoclonal antibody clone H09 displays a strong and specific reaction at a 1:40 dilution. In contrast, at a 1:40 dilution antibody clone HMab-1 shows a very faint staining which remains weak even at lower dilutions of 1:20 and 1:10. All sections were stained by an indirect alkaline phosphatase method according to standard procedures with antigen retrieval by high-temperature heating in citrate buffer (pH 6.0) and counterstaining with Hematoxylin.

The exclusive production of antibody clone H09 by dianova together with its widespread commercial availability since 2010 has changed routine diagnostic neuropathology: It provides an unrevaled accuracy to the diagnosis of infiltrating gliomas (WHOII/III) and secondary gliomas. At present many companies non-exclusivly offer a different clone, HMab-1. By comparative IHC analysis we demonstrate that clone H09 displays an unchallenged staining quality at considerably higher dilution.

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A web-based tool to estimate likelihood of IDH1/2 mutation in glioma

Craig Horbinsky, nUKHC_Blueeuropathologist at the University of Kentucky, and his team developed an interactive online-tool for the selection of brain tumor cases which might benefit from additional molecular testing. The Horbinsky team established an algorithm which calculates a statistical probability score by assembling parameters which can be obtained easily by a pathologist, e.g. WHO grade and patient age. Moreover, the tool differentiates IDH1 R132H immunostain negative cases from cases without previous testing and provides separate scores. This tool might help to better triage brain tumor cases for additional molecular testing.

Online-tool for predicting likelihood of IDH1/2 mutation in glioma

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First positive results toward a therapeutic vaccine against brain cancer

Cancer researchers from Heidelberg have been able to develop a IDH1 R123H mutation-specific vaccine. In the journal “Nature”. Platten and his co-workers report that the vaccine arrested tumor growth in mice. Moreover, they now have made the first successful step toward a vaccine that specifically targets the mutation in the tumor. “In some patients with low-grade glioma we found spontaneous immune responses against altered IDH1,” Platten says. “This is a good sign; it suggests that vaccinations based on the peptide can in fact support the body’s own immune system in fighting cancer cells.” This gives a “vaccination therapy” good chances of success, according to the Heidelberg physicians. In a clinical trial scheduled to start early next year, they plan to examine the safety of the vaccine against gliomas based on mutant IDH1 in human patients, for the first time. “Most low-grade gliomas cannot be removed completely by surgery and thus often recur,” says Prof. Wolfgang Wick, Medical Director of the Department of Neurooncology and head of the Clinical Cooperation Unit “Neurooncology” at the DKFZ. “Patients would therefore benefit tremendously from a vaccine that prevents this from happening.”

Schumacher et al. A vaccine targeting mutant IDH1 induces antitumour immunity
Nature 2014, DOI: 10.1038/nature13387

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New Website

DianovaLogo_greydianvova, the manufacturer of the mutation specific antibody against Isocitrate Dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1) R132H has just released the new website This new site offers pathologists and clinicians  a comprehensive overview and resources related to the use of the IDH1 R132H specific antibody clone H09 in brain tumor diagnostics.