Gene Summary

Gene:STAT6; signal transducer and activator of transcription 6
Aliases: STAT6B, STAT6C, D12S1644, IL-4-STAT
Summary:The protein encoded by this gene is a member of the STAT family of transcription factors. In response to cytokines and growth factors, STAT family members are phosphorylated by the receptor associated kinases, and then form homo- or heterodimers that translocate to the cell nucleus where they act as transcription activators. This protein plays a central role in exerting IL4 mediated biological responses. It is found to induce the expression of BCL2L1/BCL-X(L), which is responsible for the anti-apoptotic activity of IL4. Knockout studies in mice suggested the roles of this gene in differentiation of T helper 2 (Th2) cells, expression of cell surface markers, and class switch of immunoglobulins. Alternative splicing results in multiple transcript variants.[provided by RefSeq, May 2010]
Databases:VEGA, OMIM, HGNC, Ensembl, GeneCard, Gene
Protein:signal transducer and activator of transcription 6
Source:NCBIAccessed: 10 March, 2017


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Cancer Overview

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Publications Per Year (1992-2017)
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Literature Analysis

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  • Oncogene Fusion Proteins
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Phosphorylation
  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Single Nucleotide Polymorphism
  • IL4
  • STAT6 Transcription Factor
  • Chromosome 12
  • Mutation
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Repressor Proteins
  • Up-Regulation
  • Messenger RNA
  • Western Blotting
  • Neoplasm Proteins
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Transcriptional Activation
  • Genetic Predisposition
  • Uniparental Disomy
  • STAT3 Transcription Factor
  • X-Box Binding Protein 1
  • Apoptosis
  • Biomarkers, Tumor
  • Breast Cancer
  • Promoter Regions
  • Hemangiopericytoma
  • Cancer Gene Expression Regulation
  • Suppressor of Cytokine Signaling Proteins
  • Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • bcl-X Protein
  • Interleukin-13
  • siRNA
  • bcl-2-Associated X Protein
  • Signal Transduction
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Suppressor of Cytokine Signaling 1 Protein
  • Gene Fusion
  • B-Cell Lymphoma
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis
  • JAK2
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Latest Publications: STAT6 (cancer-related)

Nakada S, Minato H, Nojima T
Clinicopathological differences between variants of the NAB2-STAT6 fusion gene in solitary fibrous tumors of the meninges and extra-central nervous system.
Brain Tumor Pathol. 2016; 33(3):169-74 [PubMed] Related Publications
Investigations on the NAB2-STAT6 fusion gene in solitary fibrous tumors (SFTs) and hemangiopericytomas (HPCs) have increased since its discovery in 2013. Although several SFTs reported without NAB2-STAT6 fusion gene analysis, we reviewed 546 SFTs/HPCs with NAB2-STAT6 fusion gene analysis in this study and investigated differences between the gene variants. In total, 452 cases tested positive for the NAB2-STAT6 fusion gene, with more than 40 variants being detected. The most frequent of these were NAB2 exon 6-STAT6 exon 16/17/18 and NAB2 exon 4-STAT6 exon 2/3, with the former occurring most frequently in SFTs in meninges, soft tissues, and head and neck; the latter predominated in SFTs in the pleura and lung. There was no difference between the histology of SFTs and fusion gene variants. A follow-up analysis of SFTs showed that 51 of 202 cases had a recurrence, with 18 of 53 meningeal SFTs having a local recurrence and/or metastasis within 0-19 years. In meninges and soft tissue, SFTs with the NAB2 exon 6-STAT6 exon 16/17/18 tended to recur more frequently than SFTs with the NAB2 exon 4-STAT6 exon 2/3. Clinicopathological data, including yearly follow-ups, are required for meningeal SFTs/HPCs to define the correlation of variants of NAB2-STAT6 fusion gene.

Balko JM, Schwarz LJ, Luo N, et al.
Triple-negative breast cancers with amplification of JAK2 at the 9p24 locus demonstrate JAK2-specific dependence.
Sci Transl Med. 2016; 8(334):334ra53 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 13/04/2017 Related Publications
Amplifications at 9p24 have been identified in breast cancer and other malignancies, but the genes within this locus causally associated with oncogenicity or tumor progression remain unclear. Targeted next-generation sequencing of postchemotherapy triple-negative breast cancers (TNBCs) identified a group of 9p24-amplified tumors, which contained focal amplification of the Janus kinase 2 (JAK2) gene. These patients had markedly inferior recurrence-free and overall survival compared to patients with TNBC without JAK2 amplification. Detection of JAK2/9p24 amplifications was more common in chemotherapy-treated TNBCs than in untreated TNBCs or basal-like cancers, or in other breast cancer subtypes. Similar rates of JAK2 amplification were confirmed in patient-derived TNBC xenografts. In patients for whom longitudinal specimens were available, JAK2 amplification was selected for during neoadjuvant chemotherapy and eventual metastatic spread, suggesting a role in tumorigenicity and chemoresistance, phenotypes often attributed to a cancer stem cell-like cell population. In TNBC cell lines with JAK2 copy gains or amplification, specific inhibition of JAK2 signaling reduced mammosphere formation and cooperated with chemotherapy in reducing tumor growth in vivo. In these cells, inhibition of JAK1-signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) signaling had little effect or, in some cases, counteracted JAK2-specific inhibition. Collectively, these results suggest that JAK2-specific inhibitors are more efficacious than dual JAK1/2 inhibitors against JAK2-amplified TNBCs. Furthermore, JAK2 amplification is a potential biomarker for JAK2 dependence, which, in turn, can be used to select patients for clinical trials with JAK2 inhibitors.

Yu Y, Luo Y, Zheng Y, et al.
Exploring the mechanism of non-small-cell lung cancer cell lines resistant to epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor.
J Cancer Res Ther. 2016 Jan-Mar; 12(1):121-5 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE: Here we aimed to explore the possible mechanism and potential regulatory relationships in which the non.small.cell lung cancer. (NSCLC)-resisted epidermal growth factor receptor. (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitor erlotinib.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: GSE38310, the gene expression profiles of NSCLC cell lines treated with dimethylsulfoxide or erlotinib, including HCC827, ER3, and T15-2, were downloaded from Gene Expression Omnibus database and preprocessed by normalization. Basing on the regulatory relationships of transcriptional factors obtained from University of California Santa Cruz. (UCSC) database, the differentially expressed genes. (DEGs) were screened using limma package in R with. |logFC| >1 and P < 0.05, and regulatory networks of these DEGs were built with supervised inference of regulatory networks (SIRENE). Subsequently, differentially regulatory networks were compared basing on Limit Fold Change. (LFC) method.
RESULTS: Totally 24,380 genes were obtained, 1,531 DEGs were identified in HCC827 cell lines, 37 DEGs in ER3 cell lines, 156 DEGs in T15-2 cell lines. After removing the redundancy genes, 1,575 differentially expressed genes were got at last. Basing on three regulatory networks of HCC827 cell lines, ER3 cell lines and T15-2 cell lies, sex-determining region Y (SRY).related high mobility group-box gene 9. (SOX9) and Suppressor of cytokine signaling 3 (STAT3) were identified by comparing with HCC827 and ER3 networks. And suppressor of cytokine signaling 5 B (STAT5B), early growth response-1 (EGR1) and STAT6 were obtained in comparison of HCC827 and T15-2 networks.
CONCLUSIONS: The regulatory edges with remarkable changes between HCC827 and ER3, HCC827 and T15.2 included some transcription factors and genes. (e. g., STAT3 and SOX9). STAT3, SOX9, STAT5B, EGR1, and STAT6 might affect the resistance of NSCLC to erlotinib.

Fassan M, Salmaso R, Saraggi D, et al.
Plexiform fibromyxoma of the gallbladder.
Pathologica. 2015 Sep-Dec; 107(3-4):181-4 [PubMed] Related Publications
We report the unusual case of a plexiform fibromyxoma, occasionally assessed in a lithiasic gallbladder. The full thickness assessment of the gallbladder wall revealed an intra-mural, well demarked multi-nodular tumor (1 cm), consisting of a plexiform growth of spindle cells, included within a fibromyxoid stroma with a rich micro-vascular network. The tumor cells featured no nuclear atypia, nor mitotic activity. At the immunohistochemical profiling, the spindle shaped cells unequivocally featured vimentin, SMA, HHF35, collagen IV, and CD34; no cells expressed CD117, PDGFRA, CD10, desmin, GFAP, EMA, and S-100. Faint STAT6 nuclear expression was observed in isolated tumor cells. The molecular profiling did not revealed any CKIT and PDGFRA genes mutations. The uncommon site of the tumor presentation and its aberrant CD34 expression both confer to the reported case a unique place among the myxoid tumors of the gastrointestinal tract.

Hsu YA, Huang CC, Kung YJ, et al.
The anti-proliferative effects of type I IFN involve STAT6-mediated regulation of SP1 and BCL6.
Cancer Lett. 2016; 375(2):303-12 [PubMed] Related Publications
Type I IFN-induced STAT6 has been shown to have anti-proliferative effects in Daudi and B cells. IFN-sensitive (DS) and IFN-resistant (DR) subclones of Daudi cells were used to study the role of STAT6 in the anti-proliferative activities. Type I IFN significantly increased STAT6 mRNA and protein expression in DS but not DR cells. STAT6 knockdown significantly reduced the sensitivity to IFN in both cell lines. The molecular targets and functional importance of IFN-activated STAT6 were performed by chromatin immunoprecipitation-on-chip (ChIP-on-chip) experiments in type I IFN-treated Daudi cells. Two target genes (Sp1 and BCL6) were selected from the ChIP-on-chip data. IFN-induced STAT6 activation led to Sp1 upregulation and BCL6 downregulation in DS cells, with only minimal effects in DR cells. siRNA inhibition of STAT6 expression resulted in decreased Sp1 and BCL6 mRNA and protein levels in both DS and DR cells. IFN treatment did not increase Sp1 and BCL6 expression in a STAT2-deficient RST2 cell line, and this effect was mitigated by plasmid overexpression of STAT2, indicating that STAT2 is important for STAT6 activation. These results suggest that STAT6 plays an important role in regulating Sp1 and BCL6 through STAT2 to exert the anti-proliferative effects of type I IFN.

Fritchie KJ, Jin L, Rubin BP, et al.
NAB2-STAT6 Gene Fusion in Meningeal Hemangiopericytoma and Solitary Fibrous Tumor.
J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2016; 75(3):263-71 [PubMed] Related Publications
Meningeal solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) and hemangiopericytoma (HPC) are considered to be distinct entities in the WHO Classification of CNS Tumours (2007). They harbor NAB2-STAT6 fusions similar to their soft tissue counterparts, supporting the view that they are part of a tumor continuum. We examined 30 meningeal-based tumors originally diagnosed as either SFT or HPC. These showed a spectrum of morphologic features and were diagnosed as SFTs, malignant SFTs, HPCs, or tumors with "intermediate" features. All of the tumors showed nuclear expression of STAT6. SFTs consistently expressed diffuse CD34, while HPCs and intermediate tumors had heterogeneous staining. NAB2-STAT6 fusions were identified in 20 cases, including 7 with exon 4-exon 3, 9 with exon 6-exon 17, and 4 with exon 6-exon 18 fusions. NAB2 exon 4-STAT6 exon 3 fusion correlated with classic SFT morphology and older age and showed a trend toward less mitotic activity; there was also a trend toward more aggressive behavior in tumors lacking NAB2 exon 4-STAT6 exon 3. Thus, despite their clinical and morphologic differences, meningeal-based SFTs, HPCs, and tumors with intermediate features, similar to their soft tissue counterparts, form a histopathologic spectrum unified by STAT6 immunoexpression and NAB2-STAT6 fusion.

Haller F, Knopf J, Ackermann A, et al.
Paediatric and adult soft tissue sarcomas with NTRK1 gene fusions: a subset of spindle cell sarcomas unified by a prominent myopericytic/haemangiopericytic pattern.
J Pathol. 2016; 238(5):700-10 [PubMed] Related Publications
Neoplasms with a myopericytomatous pattern represent a morphological spectrum of lesions encompassing myopericytoma of the skin and soft tissue, angioleiomyoma, myofibromatosis/infantile haemangiopericytoma and putative neoplasms reported as malignant myopericytoma. Lack of reproducible phenotypic and genetic features of malignant myopericytic neoplasms have prevented the establishment of myopericytic sarcoma as an acceptable diagnostic category. Following detection of a LMNA-NTRK1 gene fusion in an index case of paediatric haemangiopericytoma-like sarcoma by combined whole-genome and RNA sequencing, we identified three additional sarcomas harbouring NTRK1 gene fusions, termed 'spindle cell sarcoma, NOS with myo/haemangiopericytic growth pattern'. The patients were two children aged 11 months and 2 years and two adults aged 51 and 80 years. While the tumours of the adults were strikingly myopericytoma-like, but with clear-cut atypical features, the paediatric cases were more akin to infantile myofibromatosis/haemangiopericytoma. All cases contained numerous thick-walled dysplastic-like vessels with segmental or diffuse nodular myxohyaline myo-intimal proliferations of smooth muscle actin-positive cells, occasionally associated with thrombosis. Immunohistochemistry showed variable expression of smooth muscle actin and CD34, but other mesenchymal markers, including STAT6, were negative. This study showed a novel variant of myo/haemangiopericytic sarcoma with recurrent NTRK1 gene fusions. Given the recent introduction of a novel therapeutic approach targeting NTRK fusion-positive neoplasms, recognition of this rare but likely under-reported sarcoma variant is strongly encouraged.

Diamandis P, Ferrer-Luna R, Huang RY, et al.
Case Report: Next generation sequencing identifies a NAB2-STAT6 fusion in Glioblastoma.
Diagn Pathol. 2016; 11:13 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 13/04/2017 Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Molecular profiling has uncovered genetic subtypes of glioblastoma (GBM), including tumors with IDH1 mutations that confer increase survival and improved response to standard-of-care therapies.  By mapping the genetic landscape of brain tumors in routine clinical practice, we enable rapid identification of targetable genetic alterations.
CASE PRESENTATION: A 29-year-old male presented with new onset seizures prompting neuroimaging studies, which revealed an enhancing 5 cm intra-axial lesion involving the right parietal lobe. He underwent a subtotal resection and pathologic examination revealed glioblastoma with mitoses, microvascular proliferation and necrosis. Immunohistochemical (IHC) analysis showed diffuse expression of GFAP, OLIG2 and SOX2 consistent with a tumor of glial lineage. Tumor cells were positive for IDH1(R132H) and negative for ATRX. Clinical targeted-exome sequencing (DFBWCC Oncopanel) identified multiple functional variants including IDH1 (p.R132H), TP53 (p.Y126_splice), ATRX (p.R1302fs*), HNF1A (p.R263H) and NF1 (p.H2592del) variants and a NAB2-STAT6 gene fusion event involving NAB2 exon 3 and STAT6 exon 18. Array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) further revealed a focal amplification of NAB2 and STAT6.  IHC analysis demonstrated strong heterogenous STAT6 nuclear localization (in 20 % of tumor cells).
CONCLUSIONS: While NAB2:STAT6 fusions are common in solitary fibrous tumors (SFT), we report this event for the first time in a newly diagnosed, secondary-type GBM or any other non-SFT. Our study further highlights the value of comprehensive genomic analyses in identifying patient-specific targetable mutations and rearrangements.

Ju W, Zhang M, Wilson KM, et al.
Augmented efficacy of brentuximab vedotin combined with ruxolitinib and/or Navitoclax in a murine model of human Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016; 113(6):1624-9 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 13/04/2017 Related Publications
Despite relative success of therapy for Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL), novel therapeutic agents are needed for patients with refractory or relapsed disease. Recently, anti-PD1 immunotherapy or treatment with the anti-CD30 toxin conjugate brentuximab vedotin (BV) have been associated with remissions; however, the median responses of complete responses (CRs) with the latter were only 6.7 mo. To obtain curative therapy, other effective agents, based on HL biology, would have to be given in combination with BV. Hodgkin's Reed-Sternberg (HRS) cells secrete cytokines including IL-6 and -13, leading to constitutive activation of JAK/STAT signaling. In the present study the JAK1/2 inhibitor ruxolitinib reduced phosphorylation of STAT3 and STAT6 and expression of c-Myc in the HL cell line HDLM-2. These changes were enhanced when, on the basis of a matrix screen of drug combinations, ruxolitinib was combined with the Bcl-2/Bcl-xL inhibitor Navitoclax. The combination augmented expression of Bik, Puma, and Bax, and attenuated Bcl-xL expression and the phosphorylation of Bad. The use of the two-agent combination of either ruxolitinib or Navitoclax with BV or the three-agent combination strongly activated Bax and increased activities of cytochrome c and caspase-9 and -3 that, in turn, led to cleavage of poly(ADP ribose) polymerase and Mcl-1. Either ruxolitinib combined with Navitoclax or BV alone prolonged survival but did not cure HDLM-2 tumor-bearing mice, whereas BV combined with ruxolitinib and/or with Navitoclax resulted in a sustained, complete elimination of the HDLM-2 HL. These studies provide scientific support for a clinical trial to evaluate BV combined with ruxolitinib in select patients with HL.

Galateau-Salle F, Churg A, Roggli V, et al.
The 2015 World Health Organization Classification of Tumors of the Pleura: Advances since the 2004 Classification.
J Thorac Oncol. 2016; 11(2):142-54 [PubMed] Related Publications
A new World Health Organization (WHO) Classification of Tumors of the Pleura has recently been published. While the histologic classification of pleural malignant mesothelioma remains the same in the 2015 WHO classification as it was in the 2004 classification, multiple new observations have been recorded. First, more detailed study has been performed of histologic subtyping of epithelioid mesothelioma. In particular, it has been recognized that the pleomorphic subtype is associated with a poor prognosis, similar to that of sarcomatoid malignant mesothelioma. Second, there is improved understanding of the role of immunohistochemistry in distinguishing mesothelioma from carcinomas of various sites. Third, the criteria for distinguishing malignant mesothelioma from reactive mesothelial proliferations has been further refined. Fourth, additional studies of sarcomatoid mesothelioma have defined the frequency and spectrum of various histologic and immunohistochemical features, including heterologous elements. Finally, pleural well-differentiated papillary mesotheliomas are better defined and cases with invasive foci are recognized. In addition, several promising observations in mesothelioma pathology and genetics have been made in the past decade. These are now the subject of further investigation to determine if they can be validated in ways that will significantly impact clinical practice. These include a preliminary study of grading, suggesting that nuclear atypia and mitotic count are independent prognostic markers. The discovery of inactivating mutations in the BRCA1-associated protein 1 gene in sporadic and hereditary mesothelioma has opened up a variety of novel molecular, clinical, and diagnostic investigations. One possible diagnostic application includes the setting of separating mesothelioma from reactive mesothelial proliferations, where it may play a role in conjunction with p16 FISH. Another useful discovery was that the NAB2-STAT6 fusion is characteristic of solitary fibrous tumors. This led to development of a STAT6 antibody that is a reliable immunohistochemical marker for solitary fibrous tumors. Genetic studies also led to the finding that WWTR1-CAMTA1 fusions are useful diagnostic markers for epithelioid hemangioendotheliomas, which can present as pleural-based masses. Finally, desmoid type fibromatosis, a locally aggressive tumor that can present in the pleura, has been shown to frequently have CTNNB1 gene mutations and express β-catenin by immunohistochemistry.

Ishizawa K, Tsukamoto Y, Ikeda S, et al.
'Papillary' solitary fibrous tumor/hemangiopericytoma with nuclear STAT6 expression and NAB2-STAT6 fusion.
Brain Tumor Pathol. 2016; 33(2):151-6 [PubMed] Related Publications
This report describes clinicopathological findings, including genetic data of STAT6, in a solitary fibrous tumor (SFT)/hemangiopericytoma (HPC) of the central nervous system in an 83-year-old woman with a bulge in the left forehead. She noticed it about 5 months before, and it had grown rapidly for the past 1 month. Neuroradiological studies disclosed a well-demarcated tumor that accompanied the destruction of the skull. The excised tumor showed a prominent papillary structure, where atypical cells were compactly arranged along the fibrovascular core ('pseudopapillary'). There was rich vasculature, some of which resembled 'staghorn' vessels. Mitotic figures were occasionally found. Whorls, psammoma bodies, or intra-nuclear pseudoinclusions were not identified. By immunohistochemistry, CD34 was strongly positive in the tumor cells, and STAT6 was localized in their nuclei. By reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), an NAB2-STAT6 fusion gene, NAB2 exon6-STAT6 exon17, was detected, establishing a definite diagnosis of SFT/HPC. 'Papillary' SFT/HPC needs to be recognized as a possible morphological variant of SFT/HPC, and should be borne in mind in its diagnostic practice.

Han Y, Zhang Q, Yu X, et al.
Immunohistochemical detection of STAT6, CD34, CD99 and BCL-2 for diagnosing solitary fibrous tumors/hemangiopericytomas.
Int J Clin Exp Pathol. 2015; 8(10):13166-75 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 13/04/2017 Related Publications
Solitary fibrous tumors (SFTs)/hemangiopericytomas (HPCs) are uncommon mesenchymal neoplasms of fibroblastic type that can arise anywhere in the body. Recently, NGFI-A binding protein 2 (NAB2)-signal transducer and the activator of transcription 6 (STAT6) fusion gene were discovered as a hallmark of SFTs/HPCs by using whole-exome, and transcriptome sequencing; consequently, the fusion gene can be rapidly detected by STAT6 immunohistochemistry. In this study, 53 formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissues were performed using immunohistochemistry with antibodies against STAT6, CD34, CD99 and Bcl-2. Nuclear STAT6 positive staining was present in 51 cases (51/53, sensitivity 96.2%), which were usually diffuse (4+ in 14 cases; 3+ in 13 cases; 2+ in 9 cases; 1+ in 15 cases) and intense (strong in 17 cases; moderate in 22 cases; and weak in 12 cases) staining. CD34 was positive in 47 cases (47/53, sensitivity 88.7%), CD99 was positive in 50 cases (50/53, sensitivity 94.3%) and Bcl-2 was positive in 51 cases (51/53, sensitivity 96.2%). There is no difference among categories such as age, sex, location, tumor size, or estimated dignity in immunohistochemical staining of STAT6, CD34, CD99 and Bcl-2. The nuclear STAT6 being positive is a helpful and highly sensitive marker in diagnosis of SFTs/HPCs. Considering immunohistochemical STAT6, CD34, CD99 and Bcl-2 findings together can provide more supportive diagnostic information.

Huang SC, Li CF, Kao YC, et al.
The clinicopathological significance of NAB2-STAT6 gene fusions in 52 cases of intrathoracic solitary fibrous tumors.
Cancer Med. 2016; 5(2):159-68 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 13/04/2017 Related Publications
NAB2-STAT6 gene fusion drives STAT6 nuclear expression and is the pathognomonic hallmark of solitary fibrous tumors (SFTs). However, no study has systematically analyzed the clinicopathological features, STAT6 immunoexpression status, or the fusion variants of NAB2-STAT6 in intrathoracic SFTs. Fifty-two intrathoracic SFTs were retrieved to appraise histopathology, assess STAT6 immunoexpression, and determine NAB2-STAT6 fusion variants by RT-PCR. Location-relevant histologic mimics served as controls. Thirty-one pleura-based, 12 mediastinal/pericardial, and nine intrapulmonary lesions were histologically categorized into eight malignant, eight atypical, and 36 conventional or cellular SFTs, including two fat-forming and two giant cell angiofibroma-like SFTs. STAT6 distinctively decorated the tumoral nuclei in 51 (98%) SFTs. However, no nuclear staining was observed in the histological mimics. NAB2-STAT6 fusion was detected in 34 SFTs. Twenty-nine (85.3%) exhibited the major NAB2ex4-STAT6ex2/3 variant and 5 (14.7%) the minor NAB2ex6-STAT6ex16/17. NAB2ex4-STAT6ex2 was significantly associated with older age (P = 0.01) and pleuropulmonary tumors (P = 0.025). After a median follow-up of 33.9 (range, 0.3-174.6) months, adverse outcomes occurred in one atypical and five malignant SFTs, including two local relapses, one intrapulmonary metastasis, and three extrathoracic metastases. Inferior disease-free survival was univariately associated with atypical/malignant histology (P = 0.001) and a mitosis >4/10 HPFs (P = 0.0012) but was unrelated to fusion variants. In conclusion, the majority of intrathoracic SFTs exhibited STAT6 nuclear staining, and NAB2ex4-STAT6ex2/3 was the predominant fusion type. However, clinical aggressiveness is associated with atypical/malignant histology primarily contributed by increased mitosis but was unrelated to the NAB2-STAT6 fusion variants.

Demosthenous C, Han JJ, Hu G, et al.
Loss of function mutations in PTPN6 promote STAT3 deregulation via JAK3 kinase in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.
Oncotarget. 2015; 6(42):44703-13 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 13/04/2017 Related Publications
PTPN6 (SHP1) is a tyrosine phosphatase that negatively controls the activity of multiple signaling pathways including STAT signaling, however role of mutated PTPN6 is not much known. Here we investigated whether PTPN6 might also be a potential target for diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and performed Sanger sequencing of the PTPN6 gene. We have identified missense mutations within PTPN6 (N225K and A550V) in 5% (2/38) of DLBCL tumors. Site directed mutagenesis was performed to mutate wild type (WT) PTPN6 and stable cell lines were generated by lentiviral transduction of PTPN6(WT), PTPN6(N225K) and PTPN6(A550V) constructs, and effects of WT or mutated PTPN6 on STAT3 signaling were analyzed. WT PTPN6 dephosphorylated STAT3, but had no effect on STAT1, STAT5 or STAT6 phosphorylation. Both PTPN6 mutants were unable to inhibit constitutive, as well as cytokines induced STAT3 activation. Both PTPN6 mutants also demonstrated reduced tyrosine phosphatase activity and exhibited enhanced STAT3 transactivation activity. Intriguingly, a lack of direct binding between STAT3 and WT or mutated PTPN6 was observed. However, compared to WT PTPN6, cells expressing PTPN6 mutants exhibited increased binding between JAK3 and PTPN6 suggesting a more dynamic interaction of PTPN6 with upstream regulators of STAT3. Consistent with this notion, both the mutants demonstrated increased resistance to JAK3 inhibitor, WHIP-154 relative to WT PTPN6. Overall, this is the first study, which demonstrates that N225K and A550V PTPN6 mutations cause loss-of-function leading to JAK3 mediated deregulation of STAT3 pathway and uncovers a mechanism that tumor cells can use to control PTPN6 substrate specificity.

Trabelsi S, Mama N, Chourabi M, et al.
Meningeal Hemangiopericytomas and Meningomas: a Comparative Immunohistochemical and Genetic Study.
Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2015; 16(16):6871-6 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: The meningeal hemangiopericytoma (MHPC) is a vascular tumor arising from pericytes. Most intracranial MHPCs resemble meningiomas (MNGs) in their clinical presentation and histological features and may therefore be misdiagnosed, despite important differences in prognosis.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: We report 8 cases of MHPC and 5 cases of MNG collected from 2007 to 2011 from the Neuro-Surgery and Histopathology departments. All 13 samples were re reviewed by two independent pathologists and investigated by immunohistochemistry (IHC) using mesenchymal, epithelial and neuro-glial markers. Additionally, we screened all tumors for a large panel of chromosomal alterations using multiplex ligation probe amplification (MLPA). Presence of the NAB2-STAT6 fusion gene was inferred by immunohistochemical staining for STAT6.
RESULTS: Compared with MNG, MHPCs showed strong VIM (100% of cases), CD99 (62%), bcl-2 (87%), and p16 (75%) staining but only focal positivity with EMA (33%) and NSE (37%). The p21 antibody was positive in 62% of MHPC and less than 1% in all MNGs. MLPA data did not distinguish HPC from MNG, with PTEN loss and ERBB2 gain found in both. By contrast, STAT6 nuclear staining was observed in 3 MHPC cases and was absent from MNG.
CONCLUSIONS: MNG and MHPC comprise a spectrum of tumors that cannot be easily differentiated based on histopathology. The presence of STAT6 nuclear positivity may however be a useful diagnostic marker.

Ma Y, Bao C, Kong R, et al.
MicroRNA‑361‑5p suppresses cancer progression by targeting signal transducer and activator of transcription 6 in non‑small cell lung cancer.
Mol Med Rep. 2015; 12(5):7367-73 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 13/04/2017 Related Publications
The incidence of non‑small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has significantly increased in China, while the prognosis of affected patients is poor. The pathogenesis of NSCLC is thought to be regulated by microRNAs (miRs). The present study used a miR array in order to determine the expression of miR‑361‑5p, which was significantly lower in NSCLC tissues compared with that in adjacent tissues, indicating a crucial role of miR‑361‑5p during the progression of NSCLC. Furthermore, the effects of transfection-induced upregulation of miR‑361‑5p on the NSCLC cell line H23 were assessed. Overexpression of miR‑361‑5p inhibited the proliferation and colony formation ability of H23 cells. In addition, apoptosis of H23 cells was induced by upregulation of miR‑361‑5p. Furthermore, signal transducer and activator of transcription 6 (STAT6) was confirmed as a direct target of miR‑361‑5p by a dual‑luciferase reporter assay. Moreover, inhibition of STAT6 by small interfering RNA or miR‑361‑5p also decreased the expression of B-cell lymphoma extra large (Bcl-xL). In vivo, miR‑361‑5p significantly reduced tumor growth in a nude mouse xenograft model, and suppressed STAT6 and Bcl-xL expression. In conclusion, the present study indicated that miR‑361‑5p may represent a novel molecular tool for therapeutic and diagnostic strategies in NSCLC.

Ichiyanagi O, Ito H, Takai S, et al.
A GRIA2 and PAX8-positive renal solitary fibrous tumor with NAB2-STAT6 gene fusion.
Diagn Pathol. 2015; 10:155 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 13/04/2017 Related Publications
Solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) is a rare neoplasm composed of mesenchymal-derived spindle cells. Although SFT occurs anywhere in the body, they most frequently affects the thoracic region. Here, we reported an extremely rare case of an extrathoracic SFT occurring primarily in the kidney. To our knowledge, little information has been described on the immunohistochemistry (IHC) and genetics of renal SFT.A 41-year old Japanese female came to our hospital for further examination of a left kidney mass detected incidentally with ultrasound. Extensive investigation of the tumor, including physical, laboratory, and image examinations led to a clinical diagnosis of renal cancer (cT1aN0M0), which were in most parts imbedded in the lower polar parenchyma. The patient underwent laparoscopic radical nephrectomy. The mass was diagnosed pathologically as SFT originating from the kidney, but not as renal carcinoma. Microscopically, the tumor was composed of spindle-shape cells distributed variably in dense collagenous stroma and had a focal hemangiopericytomatous staghorn-like vascular pattern. Mitotic figures, atypical structures, necrosis and hemorrhage were not identified. No adjuvant therapies were given postoperatively. The patient has been free of tumor recurrence for 25 months since the surgery. IHC revealed that the tumor diffusely expressed CD34, CD99, Bcl2, PAX8, NAB2, STAT6, and GRIA2. The tumor stained negatively for desmin, S-100, c-Kit, CK-AE1/AE3, CDK4 and MDM2. A NAB2-SATA6 gene fusion was detected in tumor cells by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, direct sequencing, and an in situ proximity ligation brightfield assay. The gene fusion occurred as an 831 bp truncation of exon 2 in NAB2 connected to the beginning of exon 3 in STAT6. We have reported a case of GRIA2 and PAX8-positive SFT occurring primarily in the kidney with such NAB2-STAT6 gene fusion for the first time. Diffuse expression of PAX8 in the tumor might present with a renal origin. Reportedly, benign histology of SFT cannot necessarily predict favorable clinical prognosis. Genetic alterations recently identified in SFT could possibly refer to risk stratification for tumor recurrence. However, malignant preponderance of extrathoracic SFT over thoracic SFT remains unexplained so far. Long-term follow-up after surgery should be performed in the present case.

Barratt DT, Klepstad P, Dale O, et al.
Innate Immune Signalling Genetics of Pain, Cognitive Dysfunction and Sickness Symptoms in Cancer Pain Patients Treated with Transdermal Fentanyl.
PLoS One. 2015; 10(9):e0137179 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 13/04/2017 Related Publications
Common adverse symptoms of cancer and chemotherapy are a major health burden; chief among these is pain, with opioids including transdermal fentanyl the mainstay of treatment. Innate immune activation has been implicated generally in pain, opioid analgesia, cognitive dysfunction, and sickness type symptoms reported by cancer patients. We aimed to determine if genetic polymorphisms in neuroimmune activation pathways alter the serum fentanyl concentration-response relationships for pain control, cognitive dysfunction, and other adverse symptoms, in cancer pain patients. Cancer pain patients (468) receiving transdermal fentanyl were genotyped for 31 single nucleotide polymorphisms in 19 genes: CASP1, BDNF, CRP, LY96, IL6, IL1B, TGFB1, TNF, IL10, IL2, TLR2, TLR4, MYD88, IL6R, OPRM1, ARRB2, COMT, STAT6 and ABCB1. Lasso and backward stepwise generalised linear regression were used to identify non-genetic and genetic predictors, respectively, of pain control (average Brief Pain Inventory < 4), cognitive dysfunction (Mini-Mental State Examination ≤ 23), sickness response and opioid adverse event complaint. Serum fentanyl concentrations did not predict between-patient variability in these outcomes, nor did genetic factors predict pain control, sickness response or opioid adverse event complaint. Carriers of the MYD88 rs6853 variant were half as likely to have cognitive dysfunction (11/111) than wild-type patients (69/325), with a relative risk of 0.45 (95% CI: 0.27 to 0.76) when accounting for major non-genetic predictors (age, Karnofsky functional score). This supports the involvement of innate immune signalling in cognitive dysfunction, and identifies MyD88 signalling pathways as a potential focus for predicting and reducing the burden of cognitive dysfunction in cancer pain patients.

Zou J, Guo P, Lv N, Huang D
Lipopolysaccharide-induced tumor necrosis factor-α factor enhances inflammation and is associated with cancer (Review).
Mol Med Rep. 2015; 12(5):6399-404 [PubMed] Related Publications
Lipopolysaccharide-induced tumor necrosis factor-α factor (LITAF) exerts transcription factor activity and is involved in protein quality control. LITAF activity is highly dependent on correct translocation from the endosome/lysosome to the nucleus, while certain LITAF mutants mislocalize to areas, such as the cytosol and mitochondria, resulting in developmental diseases. In addition, previous studies have proposed that LITAF functions as a tumor suppressor and is frequently under‑represented in certain types of cancer. However, the mechanism of this phenomenon remains unclear. The present review summarizes the major advances in LITAF studies, and proposes that LITAF may serve as a switch in the balance between classical and alternative activation in tumor associated‑inflammation. Thus, LITAF may be a promising therapeutic target with regard to the tumor microenvironment.

Cieslik M, Chugh R, Wu YM, et al.
The use of exome capture RNA-seq for highly degraded RNA with application to clinical cancer sequencing.
Genome Res. 2015; 25(9):1372-81 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 13/04/2017 Related Publications
RNA-seq by poly(A) selection is currently the most common protocol for whole transcriptome sequencing as it provides a broad, detailed, and accurate view of the RNA landscape. Unfortunately, the utility of poly(A) libraries is greatly limited when the input RNA is degraded, which is the norm for research tissues and clinical samples, especially when specimens are formalin-fixed. To facilitate the use of RNA sequencing beyond cell lines and in the clinical setting, we developed an exome-capture transcriptome protocol with greatly improved performance on degraded RNA. Capture transcriptome libraries enable measuring absolute and differential gene expression, calling genetic variants, and detecting gene fusions. Through validation against gold-standard poly(A) and Ribo-Zero libraries from intact RNA, we show that capture RNA-seq provides accurate and unbiased estimates of RNA abundance, uniform transcript coverage, and broad dynamic range. Unlike poly(A) selection and Ribo-Zero depletion, capture libraries retain these qualities regardless of RNA quality and provide excellent data from clinical specimens including formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) blocks. Systematic improvements across key applications of RNA-seq are shown on a cohort of prostate cancer patients and a set of clinical FFPE samples. Further, we demonstrate the utility of capture RNA-seq libraries in a patient with a highly malignant solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) enrolled in our clinical sequencing program called MI-ONCOSEQ. Capture transcriptome profiling from FFPE revealed two oncogenic fusions: the pathognomonic NAB2-STAT6 inversion and a therapeutically actionable BRAF fusion, which may drive this specific cancer's aggressive phenotype.

Wang C, Zhu C, Wei F, et al.
Constitutive Activation of Interleukin-13/STAT6 Contributes to Kaposi's Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus-Related Primary Effusion Lymphoma Cell Proliferation and Survival.
J Virol. 2015; 89(20):10416-26 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 13/04/2017 Related Publications
UNLABELLED: Activation of the Janus kinase (JAK)/signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) signaling pathway has been associated with numerous human malignancies, including primary effusion lymphomas (PELs). PEL, a cancerous proliferation of B cells, is caused by Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV). Previously we identified constitutive phosphorylation of STAT6 on tyrosine 641 (p-STAT6(C)) in PEL cell lines BC3 and BCBL1; however, the molecular mechanism leading to this activation remains unclear. Here we demonstrate that STAT6 activation tightly correlates with interleukin-13 (IL-13) secretion, JAK1/2 tyrosine phosphorylation, and reduced expression of SHP1 due to KSHV infection. Moreover, p-STAT6(C) and reduction of SHP1 were also observed in KS patient tissue. Notably, blockade of IL-13 by antibody neutralization dramatically inhibits PEL cell proliferation and survival. Taken together, these results suggest that IL-13/STAT6 signaling is modulated by KSHV to promote host cell proliferation and viral pathogenesis.
IMPORTANCE: STAT6 is a member of signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) family, whose activation is linked to KSHV-associated cancers. The mechanism through which STAT6 is modulated by KSHV remains unclear. In this study, we demonstrated that constitutive activation of STAT6 in KSHV-associated PEL cells results from interleukin-13 (IL-13) secretion and reduced expression of SHP1. Importantly, we also found that depletion of IL-13 reduces PEL cell growth and survival. This discovery provides new insight that IL-13/STAT6 plays an essential role in KSHV pathogenesis.

Papageorgis P, Ozturk S, Lambert AW, et al.
Targeting IL13Ralpha2 activates STAT6-TP63 pathway to suppress breast cancer lung metastasis.
Breast Cancer Res. 2015; 17:98 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 13/04/2017 Related Publications
INTRODUCTION: Basal-like breast cancer (BLBC) is an aggressive subtype often characterized by distant metastasis, poor patient prognosis, and limited treatment options. Therefore, the discovery of alternative targets to restrain its metastatic potential is urgently needed. In this study, we aimed to identify novel genes that drive metastasis of BLBC and to elucidate the underlying mechanisms of action.
METHODS: An unbiased approach using gene expression profiling of a BLBC progression model and in silico leveraging of pre-existing tumor transcriptomes were used to uncover metastasis-promoting genes. Lentiviral-mediated knockdown of interleukin-13 receptor alpha 2 (IL13Ralpha2) coupled with whole-body in vivo bioluminescence imaging was performed to assess its role in regulating breast cancer tumor growth and lung metastasis. Gene expression microarray analysis was followed by in vitro validation and cell migration assays to elucidate the downstream molecular pathways involved in this process.
RESULTS: We found that overexpression of the decoy receptor IL13Ralpha2 is significantly enriched in basal compared with luminal primary breast tumors as well as in a subset of metastatic basal-B breast cancer cells. Importantly, breast cancer patients with high-grade tumors and increased IL13Ralpha2 levels had significantly worse prognosis for metastasis-free survival compared with patients with low expression. Depletion of IL13Ralpha2 in metastatic breast cancer cells modestly delayed primary tumor growth but dramatically suppressed lung metastasis in vivo. Furthermore, IL13Ralpha2 silencing was associated with enhanced IL-13-mediated phosphorylation of signal transducer and activator of transcription 6 (STAT6) and impaired migratory ability of metastatic breast cancer cells. Interestingly, genome-wide transcriptional analysis revealed that IL13Ralpha2 knockdown and IL-13 treatment cooperatively upregulated the metastasis suppressor tumor protein 63 (TP63) in a STAT6-dependent manner. These observations are consistent with increased metastasis-free survival of breast cancer patients with high levels of TP63 and STAT6 expression and suggest that the STAT6-TP63 pathway could be involved in impairing metastatic dissemination of breast cancer cells to the lungs.
CONCLUSION: Our findings indicate that IL13Ralpha2 could be used as a promising biomarker to predict patient outcome and provide a rationale for assessing the efficacy of anti-IL13Ralpha2 therapies in a subset of highly aggressive basal-like breast tumors as a strategy to prevent metastatic disease.

Scott LM, Gandhi MK
Deregulated JAK/STAT signalling in lymphomagenesis, and its implications for the development of new targeted therapies.
Blood Rev. 2015; 29(6):405-15 [PubMed] Related Publications
Gene expression profiling has implicated several intracellular signalling cascades, including the JAK/STAT pathway, in the pathogenesis of particular subtypes of lymphoma. In marked contrast to the situation in patients with either acute lymphoblastic leukaemia or a myeloproliferative neoplasm, JAK2 coding sequence mutations are rare in lymphoma patients with an activated JAK/STAT "signature". This is instead the consequence of mutational events that result in the increased expression of non-mutated JAK2; positively or negatively affect the activity of other components of the JAK/STAT pathway; or establish an autocrine signalling loop that drives JAK-mediated cytokine-independent proliferation. Here, we detail these genetic lesions, their functional consequences, and impact on patient outcome. In light of the approval of a JAK1/JAK2 inhibitor for the treatment of myelofibrosis, and preliminary studies evaluating the efficacy of other JAK inhibitors, the therapeutic potential of compounds that target JAK/STAT signalling in the treatment of patients with lymphoma is also discussed.

Dagrada GP, Spagnuolo RD, Mauro V, et al.
Solitary fibrous tumors: loss of chimeric protein expression and genomic instability mark dedifferentiation.
Mod Pathol. 2015; 28(8):1074-83 [PubMed] Related Publications
Solitary fibrous tumors, which are characterized by their broad morphological spectrum and unpredictable behavior, are rare mesenchymal neoplasias that are currently divided into three main variants that have the NAB2-STAT6 gene fusion as their unifying molecular lesion: usual, malignant and dedifferentiated solitary fibrous tumors. The aims of this study were to validate molecular and immunohistochemical/biochemical approaches to diagnose the range of solitary fibrous tumors by focusing on the dedifferentiated variant, and to reveal the genetic events associated with dedifferentiation by integrating the findings of array comparative genomic hybridization. We studied 29 usual, malignant and dedifferentiated solitary fibrous tumors from 24 patients (including paired samples from five patients whose tumors progressed to the dedifferentiated form) by means of STAT6 immunohistochemistry and (when frozen material was available) reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction and biochemistry. In addition, the array comparative genomic hybridization findings were used to profile 12 tumors from nine patients. The NAB2/STAT6 fusion was detected in all of the tumors, but immunohistochemistry and western blotting indicated that chimeric protein expression was atypical or absent in 9 out of 11 dedifferentiated tumors. The comparative genomic hybridization results revealed that the usual and malignant solitary fibrous tumors had a simple profile, whereas the genome of the dedifferentiated tumors was complex and unstable, and suggested that 13q and 17p deletions and TP53 mutations may be present in malignant lesions before the full expression of a dedifferentiated phenotype. Solitary fibrous tumor dedifferentiation is associated with the loss of chimeric oncoprotein expression, genomic instability, and cell decommitment and reprogramming. The assessment of dedifferentiated solitary fibrous tumors is based on the presence of the fusion transcripts and, in principle, negative STAT6 immunohistochemistry should not rule out a diagnosis of solitary fibrous tumor.

Olsan EE, Matsushita T, Rezaei M, Weimbs T
Exploitation of the Polymeric Immunoglobulin Receptor for Antibody Targeting to Renal Cyst Lumens in Polycystic Kidney Disease.
J Biol Chem. 2015; 290(25):15679-86 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 13/04/2017 Related Publications
Autosomal-dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is a common life-threatening genetic disease that leads to renal failure. No treatment is available yet to effectively slow disease progression. Renal cyst growth is, at least in part, driven by the presence of growth factors in the lumens of renal cysts, which are enclosed spaces lacking connections to the tubular system. We have shown previously shown that IL13 in cyst fluid leads to aberrant activation of STAT6 via the IL4/13 receptor. Although antagonistic antibodies against many of the growth factors implicated in ADPKD are already available, they are IgG isotype antibodies that are not expected to gain access to renal cyst lumens. Here we demonstrate that targeting antibodies to renal cyst lumens is possible with the use of dimeric IgA (dIgA) antibodies. Using human ADPKD tissues and polycystic kidney disease mouse models, we show that the polymeric immunoglobulin receptor (pIgR) is highly expressed by renal cyst-lining cells. pIgR expression is, in part, driven by aberrant STAT6 pathway activation. pIgR actively transports dIgA from the circulation across the cyst epithelium and releases it into the cyst lumen as secretory IgA. dIgA administered by intraperitoneal injection is preferentially targeted to polycystic kidneys whereas injected IgG is not. Our results suggest that pIgR-mediated transcytosis of antagonistic antibodies in dIgA format can be exploited for targeted therapy in ADPKD.

Nakada S, Minato H, Takegami T, et al.
NAB2-STAT6 fusion gene analysis in two cases of meningeal solitary fibrous tumor/hemangiopericytoma with late distant metastases.
Brain Tumor Pathol. 2015; 32(4):268-74 [PubMed] Related Publications
We present two cases of meningeal solitary fibrous tumor (SFT)/hemangiopericytoma (HPC) with immunohistochemistry of STAT6 and analysis of NAB2-STAT6 fusion genes. Case 1 was a 37-year-old male with a left middle fossa tumor; case 2 was a 68-year-old female with a cerebellar tumor. They showed late metastasis to the lung or bone 8 or 13 years, respectively, after the first surgery. Histology of both primary and metastatic tumors showed a cellular hemangiopericytomatous pattern with nuclear atypia. The primary tumors showed nuclear staining of STAT6, but both metastatic tumors showed nuclear and cytoplasmic STAT6. DNA sequencing revealed two kinds of NAB2-STAT6 fusion genes. One consisted of exon 6 of NAB2, intron 6 of NAB2, and the middle of exon 17 of STAT6 (observed in the primary and metastatic tumors of case 1); the other consisted of exon 6 of NAB2 and the beginning of exon 17 of STAT6 (observed in the metastatic tumor of case 2). The primary tumor of case 2 had both fusion genes. To the best of our knowledge, we are the first to report NAB2-STAT6 fusion gene analysis in primary and metastatic meningeal SFT/HPCs and a case showed different fusion gene status in the metastatic tumor.

Petrovic A, Obéric A, Moulin A, Hamedani M
Ocular adnexal (orbital) solitary fibrous tumor: nuclear STAT6 expression and literature review.
Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2015; 253(9):1609-17 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE: To report the clinico-pathological features of solitary fibrous tumor occurring in the ocular adnexa (OA) in a single center. To assess the presence of NAB2-STAT6 genes fusion in OA solitary fibrous tumor detected by nuclear overexpression of STAT6.
METHODS: Retrospective study including orbital and OA solitary fibrous tumors treated between 2006 and 2014 in our center. The clinical, radiological, and histopathological findings were evaluated. STAT6 expression was assessed by immunohistochemistry.
RESULTS: Five patients were identified and presented with a chronic OA mass. The tumors were radiologically well delimited, highly vascularized and without bone erosion. All the patients underwent complete surgical excision. Pathological examination confirmed solitary fibrous tumor in all cases. All tumors demonstrated a nuclear expression of STAT6. There were no recurrences, with a mean follow-up of 5 years after surgery. Our review demonstrated that proptosis was the most common presentation occurring in 60 % of the cases. In the ocular adnexa, adverse histological criteria were found in 19.7 % of the tumors, and recurrences were observed in 48 % of these cases. Thirty-six percent of patients presented at least one local recurrence, and metastastic spread was found in 2.4 % of the cases. Tumor-related death was described in two cases.
CONCLUSION: Ocular adnexal SFT are rare and usually present as a chronic orbital mass with proptosis. In the OA, solitary fibrous tumor demonstrates STAT6 nuclear expression, as documented in other locations. Recurrences are unusual and metastasis exceptional. Initial surgical resection should be complete in order to avoid recurrence.

Nishio J, Iwasaki H, Aoki M, et al.
FDG PET/CT and MR imaging of CD34-negative soft-tissue solitary fibrous tumor with NAB2-STAT6 fusion gene.
Anticancer Res. 2015; 35(2):967-71 [PubMed] Related Publications
Extrapleural solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) is an uncommon mesenchymal neoplasm of intermediate biological potential. Herein, we describe the radiological, histological, immunohistochemical and molecular genetic features of an SFT arising in the left thigh of a 55-year-old woman. Magnetic resonance imaging exhibited a well-defined mass with intermediate signal intensity on T1-weighted sequences and heterogeneous high signal intensity on T2-weighted sequences. Contrast-enhanced T1-weighted sequences showed strong homogeneous enhancement of the mass. A prominent vascular pedicle was visible. Integrated positron-emission tomography (PET)/computed tomographic (CT) scan demonstrated a moderate 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake (maximum standardized uptake value, 4.45) in the mass. Following an open biopsy, wide excision of the tumor was performed. Histologically, the tumor was composed of a proliferation of spindle cells in a fibrous stroma with focal hyalinization. Thin-walled branching hemangiopericytoma-like vessels were observed. Immunohistochemically, the tumor cells were diffusely positive for signal transducer and activator of transcription 6 (STAT6) but negative for CD34. The MIB-1 labeling index was less than 5%. Subsequent reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction analysis identified a nerve growth factor inducible-A binding protein 2-STAT6 gene fusion. Our case supports the utility of STAT6 immunohistochemistry as an adjunct in the diagnosis of soft-tissue SFT with loss of CD34 positivity. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report showing the FDG PET/CT findings of soft-tissue SFT.

Kolberg M, Pedersen S, Bastani NE, et al.
Tomato paste alters NF-κB and cancer-related mRNA expression in prostate cancer cells, xenografts, and xenograft microenvironment.
Nutr Cancer. 2015; 67(2):305-15 [PubMed] Related Publications
Tomatoes may protect against prostate cancer development, possibly through targeting signaling pathways such as nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB). We investigated whether tomato paste could modulate NF-κB activity and cancer-related gene expression in human derived prostate cancer cells (PC3) and PC3 xenografts. PC3-cells were stably transduced with an NF-κB-luciferase construct, and treated with tomato extracts or vehicle control. Nude mice bearing PC3 xenografts were fed a Western-like diet with or without 10% tomato paste for 6.5 wk. The tomato diet significantly inhibited TNFα stimulated NF-κB activity in cultured PC3 cells, and modulated the expression of genes associated with inflammation, apoptosis, and cancer progression. Accumulation of lycopene occurred in liver, xenografts, and serum of mice fed tomato diet. Tomato paste in the diet did not affect tumor size in mice; however, there was a trend toward inhibition of NF-κB activity in the xenografts. The effect of tomato on gene expression was most prominent in the xenograft microenvironment, where among others NFKB2, STAT3, and STAT6 showed higher expression levels after tomato treatment. Our findings support biological activity of tomatoes in cancer-related inflammation.

Akaike K, Kurisaki-Arakawa A, Hara K, et al.
Distinct clinicopathological features of NAB2-STAT6 fusion gene variants in solitary fibrous tumor with emphasis on the acquisition of highly malignant potential.
Hum Pathol. 2015; 46(3):347-56 [PubMed] Related Publications
The impact of NGFI-A binding protein 2 (NAB2)-signal transducer and activator of transcription 6 (STAT6) fusion on the biological behavior and the mechanism of acquisition of malignant phenotype in solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) is not well understood. We examined variations of the NAB2-STAT6 fusion gene in 40 cases of SFT using formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissues and secondary genetic alterations of tumor protein p53 (TP53),, platelet-derived growth factor receptor, β polypeptide (PDGFRB), and telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) promoters. These gene variations were compared with the clinicopathological features. The 2-year and 5-year disease-free survival rates (DFSRs) were 91% and 83%, respectively. All 40 samples demonstrated nuclear staining for STAT6, including CD34-negative cases. Moreover, p53-positive staining was associated with a lower DFSR and was significantly associated with higher Ki-67 label index, higher mitotic rate (mitosis, >4/high-power field), and the presence of nuclear atypia/pleomorphism. NAB2-STAT6 fusions were detected in all of the cases; the NAB2 exon 4-STAT6 exon 2, the most common genotype, appeared in 18 cases, which was associated with thoracic tumor location and the less aggressive phenotype. In contrast, tumors with NAB2 exon 6-STAT6 exon 16/18 demonstrated an aggressive phenotype. Mutations in TP53 and PDGFRB were detected in 2 and 3 cases respectively, and these occurred in a mutually exclusive fashion. TERT promoter hot spot mutations were observed in 5 cases, which were associated with shorter DFSR. Two dedifferentiated SFT cases harbored both TP53 and TERT promoter mutations. TP53 mutations, which result in its overexpression, in combination with TERT promoter mutations seem to play an important role in the dedifferentiation process.

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