Differential tissue metabolic signatures in IgG4-related ophthalmic disease and orbital mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma

Hiroyuki Shimizu, Yoshihiko Usui, Ryo Wakita, Yasuko Aita, Atsumi Tomita, Kinya Tsubota, Masaki Asakage, Naoya Nezu, Hiroyuki Komatsu, Kazuhiko Umazume, Masahiro Sugimoto, Hiroshi Goto

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PURPOSE. To identify tissue metabolomic profiles in biopsy specimens with IgG4-related ophthalmic disease (IgG4-ROD) and mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma and investigate their potential implication in the disease pathogenesis and biomarkers. METHODS. We conducted a comprehensive analysis of the metabolomes and lipidomes of biopsy-proven IgG4-ROD (n = 22) and orbital MALT lymphoma (n = 21) specimens and matched adjacent microscopically normal adipose tissues using liquid chromatography time-of-flight mass spectrometry. The altered metabolomic profiles were visualized by heat map and principal component analysis. Metabolic pathway analysis was performed by Metabo Analyst 4.0 using differentially expressed metabolites. The diagnostic performance of the metabolic markers was evaluated using receiver operating characteristic curves. Machine learning algorithms were implemented by random forest using the R environment. Finally, an independent set of 18 IgG4-ROD and 17 orbital MALT lymphoma specimens were used to validate the identified biomarkers. RESULTS. The principal component analysis showed a significant difference of both IgG4-ROD and orbital MALT lymphoma for biopsy specimens and controls. Interestingly, lesions in IgG4-ROD were uniquely enriched in arachidonic metabolism, whereas those in orbital MALT lymphoma were enriched in tricarboxylic acid cycle metabolism. We identified spermine as the best discriminator between IgG4-ROD and orbital MALT lymphoma, and the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of the spermine to discriminate between the two diseases was 0.89 (95% confidence interval, 0.803–0.984). A random forest model incorporating a panel of five metabolites showed a high area under the receiver operating characteristic curve value of 0.983 (95% confidence interval, 0.981–0.984). The results of validation revealed that four tissue metabolites: N1,N12diacetylspermine, spermine, malate, and glycolate, had statistically significant differences between IgG4-ROD and orbital MALT lymphoma with receiver operating characteristic values from 0.708 to 0.863. CONCLUSIONS. These data revealed the characteristic differences in metabolomic profiles between IgG4-ROD and orbital MALT lymphoma, which may be useful for developing new diagnostic biomarkers and elucidating the pathogenic mechanisms of these common orbital lymphoproliferative disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Article number15
JournalInvestigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jan
Externally publishedYes


  • IgG4-related ophthalmic disease
  • Lipids
  • Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry
  • MALT lymphoma
  • Machine learning
  • Metabolomics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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