Impact of clonal hematopoiesis of indeterminate potential on hepatocellular carcinoma in individuals with steatotic liver disease

Alfredo Marchetti, Serena Pelusi, Alessio Marella, Francesco Malvestiti, Antony Ricchiuti, Luisa Ronzoni, Marta Lionetti, Vittoria Moretti, Elisabetta Bugianesi, Luca Miele, Umberto Vespasiani-Gentilucci, Paola Dongiovanni, Alessandro Federico, Giorgio Soardo, Roberta D'Ambrosio, Misti V Mccain, Helen L Reeves, Vincenzo La Mura, Daniele Prati, Niccolò BolliLuca Valenti

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Background & Aims: Metabolic dysfunction associated steatotic liver disease (MASLD) is a global epidemic and is the most rapidly rising cause of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Clonal hematopoiesis of indeterminate potential (CHIP) contributes to neoplastic and cardiometabolic disorders and is considered a harbinger of tissue inflammation. CHIP was recently associated with increased risk of liver disease. The aim of this study was to examine whether CHIP is associated with HCC development in patients with SLD. Methods: We considered individuals with MASLD-HCC (n=208) and controls with (n=414) and without (n=259) advanced fibrosis who underwent whole exome sequencing. CHIP was diagnosed when >= 2 variant callers identified a known myeloid mutation with VAF >= 2%. Results: CHIP was observed in 116 participants (13.1%), most frequently in DNMT3A, TET2, TP53 and ASXL1, and correlated with age (p<0.0001) and advanced liver fibrosis (p=0.001). Higher AST levels predicted non-DNMT3A-CHIP, in particular with variant allele frequency (VAF)>= 10% (OR 1.14, 1.03-1.28 and OR 1.30, 1.12-1.49, respectively, p<0.05). After adjustment for sex, diabetes and a polygenic risk score of inherited MASLD predisposition CHIP was associated with cirrhosis (2.00, 1.30-3.15, p=0.02), and with HCC even after further adjustment for cirrhosis (OR 1.81, 1.11-2.00, 1.30-3.15, p=0.002). Despite the strong collinearity among aging and development of CHIP and HCC, non-DNTM3A-CHIP and TET2 lesions remained associated with HCC after full correction for clinical/genetics covariates and age (OR 2.45, 1.35-4.53; OR 4.8, 1.60-17.0, p=0.02). Conclusions: We observed an independent association between CHIP, particularly related to non-DNTM3A and TET2 genetic lesions, and MASLD-HCC.
Lingua originaleEnglish
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Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2024


  • CHIP
  • TET2
  • cirrhosis
  • genetics


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