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OMIM, Johns Hopkin University
Referenced article focusing on the relationship between phenotype and genotype.
International Cancer Genome Consortium.
Summary of gene and mutations by cancer type from ICGC
Cancer Genome Anatomy Project, NCI
COSMIC, Sanger Institute
Somatic mutation information and related details
GEO Profiles, NCBI
Search the gene expression profiles from curated DataSets in the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) repository.
Latest Publications: ANO1 (cancer-related)
Zhang D, Liao X, Tang Y, et al.Warthin-like Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of the Parotid Gland: Unusual Morphology and Diagnostic Pitfalls.
Anticancer Res. 2019; 39(6):3213-3217 [PubMed
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BACKGROUND: Warthin-like mucoepidermoid carcinoma is a newly recognized rare entity and could be misdiagnosed as a benign Warthin tumor. We report such a case of a 36-year-old male who presented with a left parotid gland mass.
CASE REPORT: Fine-needle aspiration showed features suggestive of Warthin tumor. Following parotidectomy, grossly there was a 1.6 cm well-circumscribed multilobular mass with focal areas of cystic change. Microscopically, at low magnification it had histological features resembling Warthin tumor, while lining with squamoid cells with scattered mucocytes demonstrating mild cytologic atypia was observed at high magnification. Immunohistochemically, the tumor cells were positive for p40, p63, cytokeratin 5/6, cytokeratin 7, and cancer antigen 125, but negative for discovered on GIST-1 (DOG1). Mucicarmine stain highlighted intracellular mucin within mucocytes. Rearrangement of mastermind like transcriptional coactivator 2 (MAML2) (11q21) gene was shown to be present in tumor cells by fluorescence in situ hybridization, supporting the diagnosis of a low-grade Warthin-like mucoepidermoid carcinoma. The patient was disease-free 12 months after surgery.
CONCLUSION: Warthin-like mucoepidermoid carcinoma has not been widely recognized and can be misdiagnosed as Warthin tumor. Testing for MAML2 rearrangement provides essential support for diagnosis in difficult cases.
Jiang Y, Cai Y, Shao W, et al.MicroRNA‑144 suppresses aggressive phenotypes of tumor cells by targeting ANO1 in colorectal cancer.
Oncol Rep. 2019; 41(4):2361-2370 [PubMed
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The aim of the present study was to research the mechanism of action of microRNA‑144 (miR‑144) in colorectal cancer (CRC) and its role in tumor progression. It was demonstrated that miR‑144 was downregulated and anoctamin 1 (ANO1) expression was upregulated in CRC. The expression of ANO1 was negatively associated with that of miR‑144 in CRC. The present study indicated that upregulated expression of ANO1 was associated with poor differentiation and advanced tumor‑node‑metastasis stage. It was verified that upregulation of ANO1 expression activated the epidermal growth factor receptor/extracellular signal‑regulated kinase signaling pathway. It was also demonstrated that miR‑144 exerts strong tumor‑inhibiting effects by targeting ANO1. Therefore, miR‑144 may have potential as a prognostic marker or therapeutic target for CRC.
AIM: To determine whether it is possible to identify different immune phenotypic subpopulations of cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) in pancreatic cancer (PC).
METHODS: We defined four different stromal compartments in surgical specimens with PC: The juxtatumoural, peripheral, lobular and septal stroma. Tissue microarrays were produced containing all pre-defined PC compartments, and the expression of 37 fibroblast (FB) and 8 extracellular matrix (ECM) markers was evaluated by immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence (IF), double-IF, and/or
RESULTS: CD10, CD271, cytoglobin, DOG1, miR-21, nestin, and tenascin C exhibited significant differences in expression profiles between the juxtatumoural and peripheral compartments. The expression of CD10, cytoglobin, DOG1, nestin, and miR-21 was moderate/strong in juxtatumoural CAFs (j-CAFs) and barely perceptible/weak in peripheral CAFs (p-CAFs). The upregulation of
CONCLUSION: Different immune phenotypic CAF subpopulations can be identified in PC, using markers such as cytoglobin, CD271, and miR-21. Future studies should determine whether CAF subpopulations have different functional properties.
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Bai C, Liu X, Xu J, et al.Expression profiles of stemness genes in gastrointestinal stromal tumor.
Hum Pathol. 2018; 76:76-84 [PubMed
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Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) is believed to originate from intestinal cells of Cajal or their stem cell precursors, and expresses stemness-related markers, such as CD117, CD34, DOG1 and nestin. To further characterize phenotypic features of GISTs, we examined expression profiles of a panel of stemness genes in GISTs, by analyzing existing gene expression profiling datasets. Our results showed that mRNA levels of B-lymphoma moloney murine leukaemia virus insertion region-1 (BMI1), kruppel-like factor 4 (KLF4), sal-like protein 4 (SALL4) and telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) were significantly unregulated in GISTs. Subsequently, protein expression of BMI1 and TERT was identified in GIST specimens by immunohistochemistry. Especially, we found that high expression of nuclear BMI1 was associated with large tumor size (P = .0239), high mitotic count (P < .01), high Ki-67 index (P = .0357), advanced National Institute of Health (NIH) criteria (P = .0025) and advanced World Health Organization (WHO) classification (P < .01) in GISTs. Functional and pathway enrichment analysis showed that most of BMI1's coexpressed genes were involved in tumor growth-related process, such as regulation of cell cycle and proliferation. Furthermore, we confirmed RAS oncogene family (RAB18) and limb development membrane protein 1 (LMBR1) genes as novel targets for BMI1 in GIST cells. These results provide valuable information for the expression profiles of stemness genes in GISTs, and identified nuclear BMI1 as an important marker of GIST cell proliferation and progression.
Lu G, Shi W, Zheng HInhibition of STAT6/Anoctamin-1 Activation Suppresses Proliferation and Invasion of Gastric Cancer Cells.
Cancer Biother Radiopharm. 2018; 33(1):3-7 [PubMed
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BACKGROUND: Gastric carcinoma is the most popular cancer worldwide. Anoctamin-1 is a calcium-activated channel and highly expressed in various tumors. A previous study indicated that suppressed Anoctamin-1 expression decreased cancer cell proliferation or migration. As a signal transduction and transcription activator, STAT6 is a novel agonist for Anoctamin-1 promoter. However, its role in tumor cell proliferation or migration remains unclear. Therefore, this study aimed to suppress STAT6 and Anoctamin-1 protein expression in gastric cancer cells to test the inhibitory effects on gastric cancer cell migration or invasion.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: MTT colorimetry was used to test cell proliferation. Western blot was used to measure STAT6 and Anoctamin-1 expression before and after small interfering RNA (siRNA) treatment. A scratch assay was performed to measure cell migration, followed by Transwell chamber assay analysis of cell invasion.
RESULTS: After STAT6 siRNA interference, the expression of STAT6 and Anoctamin-1 was significantly decreased in the gastric carcinoma cell line. Anoctamin-1 siRNA interference only decreased its protein expression, but not STAT6 protein expression. Interference of STAT6 or Anoctamin-1 reduced their protein expression and inhibited proliferation, migration, or invasion of gastric cancer cells.
CONCLUSIONS: Inhibition of STAT6/Anoctamin-1 activation decreased proliferation, migration, or invasion of gastric cancer cells, suggesting that the STAT6/Anoctamin-1 pathway might be a novel target for treating gastric cancer.
Jung M, Park SH, Jeon YK, et al.Gastrointestinal stromal tumor of unusual phenotype after imatinib treatment: A case report and diagnostic utility of ETV1 mRNA in situ hybridization.
Medicine (Baltimore). 2017; 96(49):e9031 [PubMed
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RATIONALE: Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) is the most common tumor of mesenchymal origin in gastrointestinal tract. Immunohistochemical (IHC) staining combined with a typical morphology is used for the diagnosis of GIST. Typically, IHC staining for v-kit Hardy-Zuckerman 4 feline sarcoma viral oncogene (KIT) and discovered on GIST-1(DOG1) is positive in almost all GISTs. However, imatinib mesylate, a specific inhibitor of KIT tyrosine kinase, frequently involves changes in the morphology and IHC staining of GIST, impeding the diagnosis. Recently, in situ hybridization (ISH) for E26 transformation-specific sequence variant 1 (ETV1) mRNA was introduced as a useful marker to diagnose GIST.
PATIENT CONCERNS: We report 2 cases of gastric GIST, which expressed unusual phenotypes after imatinib therapy.
DIAGNOSES: The first patient was found to have a gastric subepithelial tumor in gastroduodenoscopy done for regular checkup. In biopsy of the tumor, it showed homogenous spindle cells that were positive to standard IHC markers for GIST. The second patient visited our hospital because of a palpable mass in the abdomen. In abdominal computed tomography (CT), a tumor arising from the stomach was found. A needle biopsy was done and the patient was diagnosed of gastric GIST because the biopsy showed spindle cells positive to typical IHC markers for GIST. After imatinib treatment, in both patients, the resected tumors were composed of heterogeneous spindle cells negative to KIT, DOG1, and CD34 IHC staining, which was unusual for GIST. However, ISH for ETV1 mRNA done for both biopsied and resected tumors was positive, even after imatinib treatment. A molecular analysis found a mutation in exon 11 of KIT gene before and after imatinib therapy in both patients, confirming the diagnosis of GIST.
INTERVENTIONS: Both patients took neoadjuvant imatinib treatment, and afterwards, underwent a surgical resection.
OUTCOMES: The patients remain on imatinib treatment and no progression or recurrence has been detected to date.
LESSONS: ISH for ETV1 mRNA is a useful technique in diagnosing GIST when IHC with KIT, DOG1, or CD34 fail to stain positive after imatinib therapy.
Developing tumors continuously release nano-sized vesicles that represent circulating "fingerprints" of the tumor's identity. In gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST), we have previously reported that these tumors release "oncosomes" carrying the constitutively activated tyrosine kinase (TK) receptor KIT. Despite the clinical utility of TK inhibitors, such as imatinib mesylate (IM), recurrence and metastasis are clinical problems that urge the need to identify new tumor-derived molecules. To this aim, we performed the first high quality proteomic study of GIST-derived exosomes (GDEs) and identified 1,060 proteins composing the core GDE proteome (cGDEp). The cGDEp was enriched in diagnostic markers (
ANO1 is a calcium-activated chloride channel that is frequently overexpressed in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) and other cancers. While ANO1 expression negatively correlates with survival in several cancers, its epigenetic regulation is poorly understood. We analyzed HNSCC samples from TCGA and a separate dataset of HPV+ oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) samples to identify differentially methylated regions. E6 and E7 transfected normal oral keratinocytes (NOK) were used to induce hypermethylation of the ANO1 promoter. We found three CpG islands that correlated with ANO1 expression, including two positively correlated with expression. Using two HNSCC datasets with differential expression of ANO1, we showed hypermethylation of positively correlated CpG islands potentiates ANO1 expression. E7 but not E6 transfection of NOK cells led to hypermethylation of a positively correlated CpG island without a change in ANO1 expression. ANO1 promoter methylation was also correlated with patient survival. Our results are the first to show the contribution of positively correlated CpG's for regulating gene expression in HNSCC. Hypermethylation of the ANO1 promoter was strongly correlated with but not sufficient to increase ANO1 expression, suggesting methylation of positively correlated CpG's likely serves as an adjunct to other mechanisms of ANO1 activation.
Synchronous gastric tumors that consist of both gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) and adenocarcinoma are rare. We studied the clinicopathological and molecular characteristics of six cases containing both gastric adenocarcinoma and GIST. By means of immunohistochemical analysis, all GIST cells expressed CD117, CD34 and Dog1 in all six synchronous gastric adenocarcinomas with GIST, and in GIST alone. Sequencing analysis demonstrated that exon 11 c-kit mutations were present in two of six synchronous tumors and four of five GISTs. One of the two exon 11 c-kit mutations in synchronous adenocarcinomas with GISTs was an uncommon mutation of CTT > CCA at amino acid 576, and the other was a GTT deletion at amino acid 560. The mutation was a homozygous A > G mutation in exon 12 (amino acid 567) of PDGFR-α. We concluded that the exon 11 mutations were the most important in both cases of synchronous gastric adenocarcinoma with GIST and GIST alone. The mutation rate was higher in GIST alone than in synchronous adenocarcinoma with GIST.
Vallejo-Benítez A, Rodríguez-Zarco E, Carrasco SP, et al.Expression of dog1 in low-grade fibromyxoid sarcoma: A study of 19 cases and review of the literature.
Ann Diagn Pathol. 2017; 30:8-11 [PubMed
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DOG1 is a highly-sensitive marker often included in the immunohistochemical panel for the diagnosis of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs). Recent research has shown that DOG1 may also be expressed by low-grade fibromyxoid sarcomas (LGFMSs); this may give rise to diagnostic error when the sarcoma is located in the abdominal cavity. This paper reports on immnohistochemical expression of DOG1 in 19 LGFMSs using two different monoclonal antibodies: K9 (Leica, Novocastra Laboratories, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) and SP31 (Thermo Scientific, Freemont, USA). All LGFMSs displayed the standard histological pattern of alternating myxoid and fibrous areas, low cellularity and bland spindle-cell morphology. Positive staining for MUC4 was observed in 18/19 cases (94.7%), while there was rearrangement of the FUS gene in 14/19 (73.7%) cases and of the EWR1 gene in 2/19 (10.5%). The sarcoma staining negative for MUC4 displayed FUS gene rearrangement. Whole-section immunohistochemistry revealed positive staining for DOG1 in 8/19 cases (42.1%), though only with clone K9. Cytoplasmic as well as membrane staining was observed in all cases; staining was focal (10-30%) and of varying intensity (1+ to 2+). In conclusion, DOG1 clone K9 exhibited low sensitivity (42.1%) for the diagnosis of LGFMS, although higher than clone SP31. Since the two clones display similar sensitivity and specificity for GIST diagnosis, SP31 would appear to be more specific for this purpose, since no reaction was observed here with LGFMS, a GIST-mimicking lesion.
Hedenström P, Nilsson B, Demir A, et al.Characterizing gastrointestinal stromal tumors and evaluating neoadjuvant imatinib by sequencing of endoscopic ultrasound-biopsies.
World J Gastroenterol. 2017; 23(32):5925-5935 [PubMed
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AIM: To evaluate endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)-guided biopsies for the pretreatment characterization of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) to personalize the management of patients.
METHODS: All patients with lesions suspected to be GIST who were referred for EUS-sampling at a tertiary Swedish center were eligible for inclusion 2006-2015. During the observational study phase (2006-2011), routine fine-needle-aspiration (EUS-FNA) was performed. In 2012-2015, we converted to an interventional, randomized protocol with dual sampling EUS-FNA and fine-needle-biopsy-sampling (EUS-FNB) for all lesions. c-KIT- and DOG-1-immunostaining was attempted in all samples and a manual count of the Ki-67-index was performed. FNB-sampled tissue and the resected specimens were subjected to Sanger sequencing of the
RESULTS: In all, 64 unique patients with GIST were included, and of these, 38 were subjected to pretreatment dual sampling. EUS-FNB had a higher diagnostic sensitivity when compared head-to-head with EUS-FNA (98%
CONCLUSION: EUS-guided biopsy sampling is accurate for the pretreatment diagnosis and characterization of GISTs and allows the prediction and evaluation of tumor response to neoadjuvant imatinib therapy.
TMEM16A (known as anoctamin 1) Ca
Charville GW, Longacre TASurgical Pathology of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors: Practical Implications of Morphologic and Molecular Heterogeneity for Precision Medicine.
Adv Anat Pathol. 2017; 24(6):336-353 [PubMed
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Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST), the most common mesenchymal neoplasm of the gastrointestinal tract, exhibits diverse histologic and clinical manifestations. With its putative origin in the gastrointestinal pacemaker cell of Cajal, GIST can arise in association with any portion of the tubular gastrointestinal tract. Morphologically, GISTs are classified as spindled or epithelioid, though each of these subtypes encompasses a broad spectrum of microscopic appearances, many of which mimic other histologic entities. Despite this morphologic ambiguity, the diagnosis of GIST is aided in many cases by immunohistochemical detection of KIT (CD117) or DOG1 expression. The natural history of GIST ranges from that of a tumor cured by surgical resection to that of a locally advanced or even widely metastatic, and ultimately fatal, disease. This clinicopathologic heterogeneity is paralleled by an underlying molecular diversity: the majority of GISTs are associated with spontaneous activating mutations in KIT, PDGFRA, or BRAF, while additional subsets are driven by genetic lesions-often inherited-of NF1 or components of the succinate dehydrogenase enzymatic complex. Specific gene mutations correlate with particular anatomic or morphologic characteristics and, in turn, with distinct clinical behaviors. Therefore, prognostication and treatment are increasingly dictated not only by morphologic clues, but also by accompanying molecular genetic features. In this review, we provide a comprehensive description of the heterogenous molecular underpinnings of GIST, including implications for the practicing pathologist with regard to morphologic identification, immunohistochemical diagnosis, and clinical management.
Baghai F, Yazdani F, Etebarian A, et al.Clinicopathologic and molecular characterization of mammary analogue secretory carcinoma of salivary gland origin.
Pathol Res Pract. 2017; 213(9):1112-1118 [PubMed
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BACKGROUND: Mammary analogue secretory carcinoma (MASC) is a newly recognized salivary gland tumor that harbors a characteristic balanced chromosomal translocation t (12; 15) (p13; q25) resulting in an ETV6-NTRK3 fusion gene.
METHODS: Retrospective study of 111 salivary gland carcinomas revealed 37 cases with secretory features and growth patterns resembling secretory carcinoma of breast. These 37 cases were originally diagnosed as acinic cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma not otherwise specified and cystadenocarcinoma. Positive immunostaining for S-100 protein and mammaglobin, followed by detection of ETV6 gene rearrangement by FISH and/or ETV6-NTRK3 fusion transcript by RT-PCR were used to identify MASCs.
RESULTS: In the cohort of 37 salivary carcinomas with secretory features we have identified 10 cases of MASC. All 10 MASCs were positive for mammaglobin, S-100 protein and SOX10, while staining for DOG1 and p63 protein were mostly absent. In 7/10 cases, both FISH and RT-PCR were positive while three remaining cases showed break of ETV6 gene by FISH analysis and the RT-PCR was negative. Clinical follow-up data were obtained in 6 out of 10 patients with MASC. In 3 patients cervical lymph node metastases developed, one patient with high grade transformed MASC died with multiple distant bone metastases, and local recurrence was observed in three patients.
CONCLUSION: Our clinicopathological data are in keeping with previous studies; in most cases, MASC is a low-grade malignancy with overall favorable prognosis. In rare cases, however, MASC with high-grade transformation may behave aggressively, and these patients could benefit from targeted biological treatment using tyrosine kinase inhibitors.
Andreasen S, Skálová A, Agaimy A, et al.ETV6 Gene Rearrangements Characterize a Morphologically Distinct Subset of Sinonasal Low-grade Non-intestinal-type Adenocarcinoma: A Novel Translocation-associated Carcinoma Restricted to the Sinonasal Tract.
Am J Surg Pathol. 2017; 41(11):1552-1560 [PubMed
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Low-grade sinonasal adenocarcinomas (low-grade SNACs) of the sinonasal tract comprise a poorly characterized and histologically heterogeneous group of tumors. We describe three cases of a histologically distinct variant of low-grade SNAC characterized by ETV6 gene rearrangements. The patients included 2 women (aged 32 and 88 y) and a man (aged 75 y); all were initially treated with surgery alone. Follow-up ranged from 9 to 170 months with one patient having 2 local recurrences and none experiencing distant or regional metastases. Tumors were composed of cytologically bland columnar and cuboidal eosinophilic tumor cells with basally located nuclei arranged in tubular and tubulotrabecular patterns. Immunohistochemically, CK7, DOG1, GCDFP-15, and SOX10 were positive in all cases, and vimentin was positive in 2 cases. Scattered single cells or small groups of tumor cells were S-100 positive. Only one case had weak, focal expression of GATA3, and mammaglobin was consistently negative. Two cases had ETV6-NTRK3 gene fusions, whereas ETV6 had an unknown fusion partner gene in one case. The highly similar morphology, immunohistochemical profile, and genetics of the presented cases are suggestive of a specific disease. Although translocation-associated adenocarcinomas in the sinonasal tract have previously been described exclusively as salivary-type carcinomas, we present the first type of carcinoma characterized by recurrent genetic rearrangements and distinct phenotype occurring exclusively in the sinonasal tract with no known major salivary gland counterpart. We provisionally designate this tumor ETV6-rearranged low-grade SNAC. Identification of additional cases is necessary to fully appreciate the morphologic and biological spectrum of this disease.
Agaimy A, Michal M, Chiosea S, et al.Phosphaturic Mesenchymal Tumors: Clinicopathologic, Immunohistochemical and Molecular Analysis of 22 Cases Expanding their Morphologic and Immunophenotypic Spectrum.
Am J Surg Pathol. 2017; 41(10):1371-1380 [PubMed
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Phosphaturic mesenchymal tumor (PMT) is a rare neoplasm of uncertain histogenesis that has been linked to tumor-induced osteomalacia (TIO) since 1959. The neoplastic cells produce increased amount of FGF23 which results in TIO via uncontrolled renal loss of phosphate (phosphaturia), and consequently diminished bone mineralization. To date, ∼300 cases have been reported. Although there is increasing evidence that PMT can be diagnosed by reproducible histopathologic features, firm diagnosis has been often restricted to cases associated with TIO and, hence, diagnosis of "nonphosphaturic variants" remained challenging. Recently, FGFR1/FN1 gene fusions were detected in roughly half of cases. We herein reviewed the clinicopathologic features of 22 PMTs (15 cases not published before), stained them with an extended immunohistochemical marker panel and examined them by fluorescence in situ hybridization for FGFR1 gene fusions. Patients were 12 males and 9 females (one of unknown sex) aged 33 to 83 years (median: 52 y). Lesions affected the soft tissues (n=11), bones (n=6), sinonasal tract (n=4), and unspecified site (n=1). Most lesions originated in the extremities (9 in the lower and 4 in the upper extremities). Acral sites were involved in 10 patients (6 foot/heel, 3 fingers/hands, and 1 in unspecified digit). Phosphaturia and TIO were recorded in 10/11 and 9/14 patients with detailed clinical data, respectively. Limited follow-up (5 mo to 14 y; median: 16 mo) was available for 14 patients. Local recurrence was noted in one patient and metastasis in another patient. Histologically, 11 tumors were purely of conventional mixed connective tissue type, 3 were chondromyxoid fibroma-like, 2 were hemangio-/glomangiopericytoma-like with giant cells, and 1 case each angiomyolipoma-like and reparative giant cell granuloma-like. Four tumors contained admixture of patterns (predominantly cellular with variable conventional component). Immunohistochemistry showed consistent expression of CD56 (11/11; 100%), ERG (19/21; 90%), SATB2 (19/21; 90%), and somatostatin receptor 2A (15/19; 79%), while other markers tested negative: DOG1 (0/17), beta-catenin (0/14), S100 protein (0/14), and STAT6 (0/7). FGFR1 fluorescence in situ hybridization was positive in 8/17 (47%) evaluable cases. These results add to the phenotypic delineation of PMT reporting for the first time consistent expression of SATB2 and excluding any phenotypic overlap with solitary fibrous tumor or sinonasal glomangiopericytoma. The unifying immunophenotype of the neoplastic cells irrespective of the histologic pattern suggests a specific disease entity with diverse morphotypes/variants rather than different neoplasms unified by TIO.
Chondroblastoma is a rare primary bone tumor of young people that typically arises in the ends of the long bones. Radiologic investigations show a small, circumscribed, lytic lesion. The tumor is characterized histologically by the proliferation of chondroblasts along with areas of mature cartilage, giant cells, and occasionally, secondary aneurysmal bone cyst formation. Chondroblastoma, however, may also present with atypical features, such as prominent hemosiderin deposition, numerous giant cells, or the presence of a large aneurysmal bone cyst component. Malignant entities such as clear cell chondrosarcoma and chondroblastic osteosarcoma must also be considered. Recently, immunohistochemical stains such as DOG1 and SOX9 have been described in chondroblastoma, and K36M mutations in either the H3F3A or H3F3B genes have also been identified. While generally regarded as a benign entity, chondroblastoma manifests an intermediate type of behavior, given its ability to recur locally, and rarely, metastasize.
Kosemehmetoglu K, Kaygusuz G, Fritchie K, et al.Clinical and pathological characteristics of gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) metastatic to bone.
Virchows Arch. 2017; 471(1):77-90 [PubMed
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Our aim in this study was to describe the clinical, morphological, and molecular profile of gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) metastatic to bone. We analyzed the morphological, phenotypic, and molecular characteristics of seven cases, and in addition reviewed 17 cases from literature. Sequence analysis of KIT and PDGFRA genes was possible for six cases. For the GIST cases with bone metastasis, the most common primaries were small intestine (29%), stomach (25%), and rectum (21%). Sites of bone metastases were vertebrae (11), pelvis (8), femur (8), ribs (6), humerus (5), skull (3), scapula (1), and mandible (1). The size ranged from 1.5 to 13 cm (median, 3.8 cm). Bone metastases without involvement of any other organ were seen in 17% of the cases and were solitary in 14 (58%). Adjacent soft tissue involvement was present in nearly half of the patients. Bone metastasis was either manifest at the time of diagnosis (28%) or occurred after a mean period of 4.7 years (3 months-20 years). Morphologically, neoplastic cells were spindle in 67%, epithelioid in 13%, and mixed epithelioid and spindle in 20%. CD117, DOG1, and CD34 were positive in 88, 86, and 85% of the cases, respectively. KIT Exon 11 mutations were the most frequent gene alteration (78%), followed by KIT Exon 13 mutations. Of 17 of the cases with available follow-up information, 7 (41%) patients developed bone metastasis under imatinib therapy. Five patients (29%) died of disease within a mean of 17 months. Bone metastases from GIST are usually found in patients with advanced disease and typically present as lytic masses with occasional soft tissue involvement. We could not identify any KIT or PDGFRA alterations predisposing to bone metastasis.
Poveda A, García Del Muro X, López-Guerrero JA, et al.GEIS guidelines for gastrointestinal sarcomas (GIST).
Cancer Treat Rev. 2017; 55:107-119 [PubMed
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Gastrointestinal stromal sarcomas (GISTs) are the most common mesenchymal tumours originating in the digestive tract. They have a characteristic morphology, are generally positive for CD117 (c-kit) and are primarily caused by activating mutations in the KIT or PDGFRA genes(1). On rare occasions, they occur in extravisceral locations such as the omentum, mesentery, pelvis and retroperitoneum. GISTs have become a model of multidisciplinary work in oncology: the participation of several specialties (oncologists, pathologists, surgeons, molecular biologists, radiologists…) has forested advances in the understanding of this tumour and the consolidation of a targeted therapy, imatinib, as the first effective molecular treatment in solid tumours. Following its introduction, median survival of patients with advanced or metastatic GIST increased from 18 to more than 60months. Sunitinib and Regorafenib are two targeted agents with worldwide approval for second- and third-line treatment, respectively, in metastatic GIST.
BACKGROUND: MicroRNA-381 (miR-381) has been reported to play suppressive or promoting roles in different malignancies. However, the expression level, biological function, and underlying mechanisms of miR-381 in gastric cancer remain poorly understood. Our previous study indicated that transmembrane protein 16A (TMEM16A) contributed to migration and invasion of gastric cancer and predicted poor prognosis. In this study, we found that miR-381 inhibited the metastasis of gastric cancer through targeting TMEM16A expression.
METHODS: MiR-381 expression was analyzed using bioinformatic software on open microarray datasets from the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) and confirmed by quantitative RT-PCR (qRT-PCR) in human gastric cancer tissues and cell lines. Cell proliferation was investigated using MTT and cell count assays, and cell migration and invasion abilities were evaluated by transwell assay. Xenograft nude mouse models were used to observe tumor growth and pulmonary metastasis. Luciferase reporter assay, western blot, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and immunohistochemistry were employed to explore the mechanisms of the effect of miR-381 on gastric cancer cells.
RESULTS: MiR-381 was significantly down-regulated in gastric cancer tissues and cell lines. Low expression of miR-381 was negatively related to lymph node metastasis, advanced tumor stage and poor prognosis. MiR-381 decreased gastric cancer cell proliferation, migration and invasion in vitro and in vivo. TMEM16A was identified as a direct target of miR-381 and the expression of miR-381 was inversely correlated with TMEM16A expression in gastric cancer tissues. Combination analysis of miR-381 and TMEM16A revealed the improved prognostic accuracy for gastric cancer patients. Moreover, miR-381 inhibited TGF-β signaling pathway and down-regulated epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) phenotype partially by mediating TMEM16A.
CONCLUSIONS: MiR-381 may function as a tumor suppressor by directly targeting TMEM16A and regulating TGF-β pathway and EMT process in the development of progression of gastric cancer. MiR-381/TMEM16A may be a novel therapeutic candidate target in gastric cancer treatment.
Shi SS, Wang X, Xia QY, et al.P16 overexpression in BRAF-mutated gastrointestinal stromal tumors.
Expert Rev Mol Diagn. 2017; 17(2):195-201 [PubMed
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BACKGROUND: The aims of this study were to analyze the histopathology, immunophenotype, molecular features, and prognosis in cases of BRAF-mutated gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) and to examine the p16 expression in these tumors, and further discuss its effects on tumor formation and progression.
METHODS: In all, 283 GIST cases (201 KIT mutants, 12 PDGFRA mutants and 70 wild-type) from the 2010 to 2014 surgical pathology files of the Department of Pathology at Nanjing Jinling Hospital were analyzed for mutations in BRAF exon 15. Patient follow-up and clinical data were collected if available in the medical records. To determine the clinicopathological features and potential molecular mechanism, the authors examined 10 BRAF-mutated GIST cases for KIT, DOG1, SMA, desmin, S-100, Ki-67 and p16 expression.
RESULTS: The authors identified 10 cases (3.5%) of BRAF (V600E) mutations in a series of 283 primary GISTs, without KIT (exons 9, 11, 13, 17) or PDGFRA (exons 12, 18) gene mutations. All 10 cases exhibited spindle-cell features, and the morphology and immunophenotype of these cases were no different from those in cases of KIT-mutated GISTs. The clinical results indicated that BRAF-mutated GISTs tended to occur more frequently in females (7/10), older individuals (mean age, 54.9 years) and the stomach (7/10), and that these tumors were low risk and exhibited low recurrence and mortality rates. Two different forms of p16 were identified, which presented with simultaneously strong and diffuse nuclear and cytoplasmic expression patterns.
CONCLUSION: GISTs with the BRAF V600E mutation are relatively benign tumors with a distinctive molecular mechanism. The expression of the nuclear and cytoplasmic forms of p16 represent two independent mechanisms, and both seemed to control proliferation in response to oncogenic stimuli, protecting the cell from malignant transformation in BRAF-mutated GISTs.
Boland JM, Folpe ALOncocytic variant of malignant gastrointestinal neuroectodermal tumor: a potential diagnostic pitfall.
Hum Pathol. 2016; 57:13-16 [PubMed
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Malignant gastrointestinal neuroectodermal tumor (MGNET) is a very rare, aggressive malignant neoplasm that may occur in any location in the gastrointestinal tract. Malignant gastrointestinal neuroectodermal tumors typically consist of sheet-like to pseudopapillary proliferation of primitive-appearing epithelioid cells with a moderate amount of lightly eosinophilic cytoplasm, round nuclei and small nucleoli, often in association with osteoclast-like giant cells. By immunohistochemistry, these tumors show expression of S100 protein and SOX10, in the absence of expression of more specific melanocytic markers (eg, HMB45, Melan A). Genetically, malignant gastrointestinal neuroectodermal tumors are characterized by rearrangements of the EWSR1 or FUS genes with CREB1 or ATF1. We report a case of gastric malignant gastrointestinal neuroectodermal tumor occurring in a 46-year-old woman and showing striking oncocytic cytoplasmic change, a previously undescribed potential diagnostic pitfall. An initial needle biopsy showed large, eosinophilic cells with S100 protein and SOX10 expression and lacking expression of KIT, DOG1, Melan A, keratin, chromogranin, or smooth muscle actin, and was interpreted as representing a granular cell tumor. The subsequent excision specimen showed similar-appearing areas, but also contained small more primitive-appearing areas, lacking oncocytic change and having high nuclear grade and brisk mitotic activity. This resection specimen was initially diagnosed as a malignant granular cell tumor. However subsequent gene expression profiling studies showed an EWSR1-ATF1 fusion, confirmed with fluorescence in situ hybridization for EWSR1, and a final diagnosis of MGNET with oncocytic change was made. This case highlights a previously undescribed pitfall in the diagnosis of MGNET, oncocytic change, and suggests that MGNET should be included in the differential diagnosis for unusual oncocytic neoplasms of the gastrointestinal tract.
Pattle SB, Utjesanovic N, Togo A, et al.Copy number gain of 11q13.3 genes associates with pathological stage in hypopharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma.
Genes Chromosomes Cancer. 2017; 56(3):185-198 [PubMed
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Squamous cell carcinomas of the hypopharynx (HPSCC) and oropharynx (OPSCC) have markedly different patient outcomes. Differences in HPV prevalence between these two patient groups may account for some of this difference, but other molecular markers of prognosis or pathological phenotype have not been established. Copy number gain of oncogenes is a well-established molecular change contributing to HNSCC development. Quantitative PCR was used to explore copy number gains of specific genes (3q-PIK3CA, TP63; 11q13.3-CCND1, ANO1) in tumor DNA recovered from HPSCC (n = 48) and OPSCC (n = 52) patients. Associations between copy number gain, patient demographics, HPV/p16INK4a status and pathological stage were examined. HPV/p16 prevalence in HPSCC and OPSCC groups was 2.1% and 46.0%, respectively. HPSCCs had frequent gains of CCND1 (56.3%) and ANO1 (56.3%) but few gains of PIK3CA (6.3%). By contrast, OPSCCs had significantly fewer CCND1 (23.1%) and ANO1 (17.3%) gains, and significantly more PIK3CA (26.9%) gains. A mutually exclusive relationship between HPV/p16 and 11q13.3 gains was observed in OPSCCs, while PIK3CA and TP63 gains were similar across HPV-associated and smoking/alcohol-associated patients. ANO1 gain was significantly linked to tumor pathology in HPSCC, associating with nodal metastasis and smaller and less invasive tumors at presentation (P = 0.010). Our results provide a convincing link between a specific molecular change and disease phenotype that appears unique to our HPSCC population, supporting a model of 11q13.3 in promoting metastatic disease progression in HNSCC, and suggest a role for ANO1 as a molecular marker of metastatic disease. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
ANO1, a calcium-activated chloride channel, has been reported to be amplified or overexpressed in tissues of several cancers. However, reports on its roles in tumor progression obtained from cancer cell lines are inconsistent, suggesting that the role of ANO1 in tumorigenesis is likely dependent on either its expression level or cell-type expressing ANO1. To investigate the biological roles of ANO1 in different tumor cells, we, in this study, selected several cancer cell lines and a normal HaCaT cell line with high expression levels of ANO1, and examined the function of ANO1 in these cells using approaches of lentiviral knockdown and pharmacological inhibition. We found that ANO1 knockdown significantly inhibited cell proliferation and induced cell apoptosis in either tumor cell lines or normal HaCaT cell line. Moreover, silencing ANO1 arrested cancer cells at G1 phase of cell cycle. Treatment with ANO1 inhibitor CaCCinh-A01 reduced cell viability in a dose-dependent manner. Furthermore, both ANO1 inhibitors CaCCinh-A01 and T16Ainh-A01 significantly suppressed cell migration. Our findings show that ANO1 overexpression promotes cancer cell proliferation and migration; and genetic or pharmacological inhibition of ANO1 induces apoptosis and cell cycle arrest at G1 phase in different types of epithelium-originated cancer cells.
Said-Al-Naief N, Carlos R, Vance GH, et al.Combined DOG1 and Mammaglobin Immunohistochemistry Is Comparable to ETV6-breakapart Analysis for Differentiating Between Papillary Cystic Variants of Acinic Cell Carcinoma and Mammary Analogue Secretory Carcinoma.
Int J Surg Pathol. 2017; 25(2):127-140 [PubMed
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BACKGROUND: We investigated the reliability of combined DOG1 and mammaglobin immunohistochemistry compared with ETV6 fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) in the assessment of salivary tumors previously diagnosed as acinic cell carcinoma (ACC). Ultrastructural features of cases reclassified as mammary analogue secretory carcinoma (MASC) were assessed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM).
METHODS: Immunohistochemical (IHC) reactivity to DOG1 and mammaglobin was validated against FISH targeting the ETV6 gene in all 14 cases.
RESULTS: Three cases with papillary cystic histomorphology previously diagnosed as ACC were revised to MASC. TEM features of the ETV6 rearrangement-positive MASC cases showed large numbers of secretory granules with extrusion into the intercellular spaces, well-developed endoplasmic reticulum, lipid-laden vacuoles, well-formed microvilli, and large lining cystic spaces.
CONCLUSIONS: Combined DOG1 and mammaglobin immunohistochemistry is comparable to ETV6 -breakapart analysis for differentiating between papillary cystic variants of ACC and MASC.
Montalli VA, Passador-Santos F, Martinez EF, et al.Mammaglobin and DOG-1 expression in polymorphous low-grade adenocarcinoma: an appraisal of its origin and morphology.
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BACKGROUND: Polymorphous low-grade adenocarcinoma (PLGA) remains a diagnostic challenge for most pathologists due to its large spectrum of histological patterns. In this study, the expression of two new markers recently described for salivary gland tumors was studied in PLGA.
METHODS: The morphology of 33 cases of PLGA was carefully evaluated using hematoxylin-and-eosin-stained sections and confirmed by immunohistochemistry for cytokeratin 7, vimentin, and S-100. Periodic acid-Schiff with diastase digestion was also used. The expression of mammaglobin and DOG-1 was carried out using the EnVision System. Mammaglobin was assessed according to the percentage of positively stained tumor cells, while DOG-1 was evaluated according to its presence and site. For MCM-2 and Ki-67, markers of proliferation, the labeling index of cell nuclei positivity was evaluated using total cell number. The ETV6-NTRK3 fusion was examined by fluorescence in situ hybridization analysis.
RESULTS: The histological patterns of the tumor were classified as lobular or non-lobular. For the non-lobular pattern, tubular, cribriform, glomeruliform, trabecular, and papillary patterns were observed. Mammaglobin was present in all PLGA cases, and its expression was stronger (P = 0.01) in the lobular than in the non-lobular pattern. The expression of DOG-1 was present in the apical portion and cytoplasm of the cells. Proliferation markers were low for all cases independent of histological pattern.
CONCLUSIONS: Polymorphous low-grade adenocarcinoma has been confirmed to originate from the intercalated duct and to feature high expression of mammaglobin in its lobular pattern resembling that of mammary secretory analogue carcinoma, except for the ETV6 gene rearrangement.