• Journal of Thoracic Oncology 08/2014; · 4.47 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) inhibitor crizotinib has recently received approval for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic ALK-positive non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). As the therapeutic prescription postulates the detection of ALK rearrangements, reliable diagnostic approaches are of utmost importance. With this study, we present the data of the first German ALK-round robin test based on genomic DNA in situ hybridization (ISH). The application of immunohistochemistry (IHC) for ALK protein detection was optional and not required for certification.
    Journal of thoracic oncology: official publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer 08/2014; · 4.55 Impact Factor
  • M von Laffert, R Arsenic, H Olze, M Dietel, F C Uecker
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    ABSTRACT: Warthin tumors (cystadenolymphoma, cystadenoma lymphomatosum papilliferum) account for approximately 10-15 % of all benign salivary gland tumors and are bilateral in approximately 10-15 %, as well as extraparotideal in approximately 8 % of cases. Nasopharyngeal Warthin tumors are extremely rare; however they should be borne in mind as a consideration of differential diagnostics. Furthermore, parotid glands and cervical lymph nodes should be examined as associated synchronous or metachronous manifestations are possible. Palpation, sonography and other radiological imaging of the cervical region, if applicable, might be required.
    Der Pathologe 01/2014; · 0.62 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: The reliable identification of non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC) with chromosomal breaks in the gene of the anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) is crucial for the induction of therapy with ALK-inhibitors. In order to ensure a reliable detection of ALK-breaks by means of fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) testing, round robin tests are essential. In preparation of a nation (German)-wide round robin test we initiated a pre-testing phase involving 8 experts in FISH-diagnostics to identify NSCLC cases (n=10) with a pre-tested ALK-status. In addition, ALK immunohistochemistry (IHC) was performed to assess ALK protein expression. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Sections derived from a tissue microarray, each consisting of 3 cores from 10 NSCLC cases, were independently tested for ALK protein expression by IHC and genomic ALK-breaks by FISH involving 8 institutes of pathology. Based on a pre-screening, 5 cases were identified to be clearly ALK-break negative, whereas the remaining 5 cases were ALK-break positive including one case with low percentage (20%) of positive cells. The latter had been additionally tested by RT-PCR. RESULTS: The 5 unequivocal ALK-break negative NSCLC were almost consistently scored negative by means of FISH and IHC by all 8 experts. Interestingly, 4 of the 5 cases with pre-defined ALK-breaks revealed homogenous FISH results whereas IHC for the detection of ALK protein expression showed heterogeneous results. The remaining case (low number of ALK-break positive cells) was scored negative by 3 experts and positive by the other 5. RT-PCR revealed the expression of an EML4-ALK fusion gene variant 1. CONCLUSION: ALK-break negative NSCLC cases revealed concordant homogeneous results by means of FISH and IHC (score 0-1) by all 8 experts. Discordant FISH results were raised in one ALK-break positive case with a low number of affected tumor cells. The remaining 4 ALK-break positive cases revealed concordant FISH data whereas the ALK-IHC revealed very diverse results. The cases with concordant FISH results provide an excellent basis for round robin ALK-FISH testing. As long as standardized ALK-IHC protocols are missing, ALK protein expression cannot by regarded as the method of choice for identification of patients eligible for treatment with ALK inhibitors.
    Lung cancer (Amsterdam, Netherlands) 05/2013; · 3.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The increasing importance of targeting drugs in the treatment of several tumor entities (breast, colon, lung, malignant melanoma (MM), lymphoma, and so on) and the necessity of a companion diagnostic (human epidermal growth factor receptor 2, Kirsten rat sarcoma viral oncogene, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), v-raf murine sarcoma viral oncogene homolog B1 (BRAF), and so on) is leading to new challenges for surgical pathology. As all the biomarkers to be specifically detected are tissue based, a precise and reliable diagnostic is absolutely crucial. To meet this challenge, surgical pathology has adapted a number of molecular methods (semi-quantitative immunohistochemistry, fluorescence in situ hybridization), PCR and its multiple variants, (pyro/Sanger) sequencing, next-generation sequencing, DNA-arrays, methylation analyses, and so on) to be applicable for formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue. To read a patients' tissue as 'deeply' as possible and to obtain information on morphological, genetic, proteomic as well as epigenetic background is the actual task of pathologists and molecular biologists in order to provide the clinicians with information relevant for individualized medicine. The intensified cooperation of clinicians and pathologists will provide the basis of improved clinical drug selection as well as guide development of new cancer gene therapies and molecularly targeted drugs by research units and the pharmaceutical industry. This review will give some information on (1) biomarker detection methods adapted to FFPE tissue, (2) the potency of predictive pathology in tumor detection and treatment and (3) the implications of pathology on the development of new drugs in molecularly targeted and gene therapies.Cancer Gene Therapy advance online publication, 15 March 2013; doi:10.1038/cgt.2013.13.
    Cancer gene therapy 03/2013; · 3.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: The initial pathology in hidradenitis suppurativa / acne inversa (HS) takes place in the folliculopilosebaceous unit (FPSU) and its surrounding tissue. The process involves follicular hyperkeratosis, inflammation and perifolliculitis. Identification of the exact origin of inflammation may shed new light on the pathogenesis and aetiology of the disease. OBJECTIVES: To study the morphology of the basement membrane zone (BMZ) in patients with HS. METHODS: Operative specimens obtained from 20 patients diagnosed with HS were cut stepwise. Within each specimen focus was set on heavily involved HS regions (centre) and clinically uninvolved regions (border). All (n=65) were stained with Periodic Acid Schiff (PAS) to visualise the epithelial support structures (basement membrane zone, BMZ) of the FPSU, the sinus tracts (ST) and the interfollicular epidermis (BM). The intensity of BMZ PAS staining was graded 0-4+. RESULTS: Compared to axillary skin of human controls the sebofollicular junction in HS patients was found to be almost devoid of PAS positive material (0/1+) in both the border and centre lesions of HS, whereas STs and BMs showed uniformly 2-3+ positivity irrespective of inflammation present. The distribution of inflammatory cells around the sebofollicular junction occurred predominantly in areas of BMZ thinning CONCLUSIONS: BMZ PAS-positivity of clinically uninvolved FPSUs of HS patients appears to be wispy or missing entirely. It is speculated that this may explain the apparent fragility of the sebofollicular junction. There is an increased concentration of inflammatory cells adjacent to these areas, whilst inflammatory cells are scarce in areas where the PAS material is intact. It is hypothesised that the PAS gap identifies areas susceptible to leakage, trauma and rupture, leading to release of materials that trigger inflammatory mediators, and the seeding of the dermis with free-living stem cells generating benign but invasive epithelialised sinuses, spreading horizontally in the dermis.
    British Journal of Dermatology 01/2013; · 3.76 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The term 'pilonidal sinus' (PS) reflects an acute exacerbating, purulent, fistulating chronic inflammation located in the coccyx region. Systematic histological investigations are scarce, and the etiology has remained controversial. Histological and immunohistochemical characterization of totally excised material of 27 patients (68 specimens) with PS (no antecedent and no current clinical signs of hidradenitis suppurativa, HS) and its correlation with data on HS which we published earlier. Follicular hyperplasia/hyperkeratosis and interfollicular epidermal hyperplasia are main features of PS. Early pathology seems to take place at terminal hair follicles, whereas sinus tract formations are a secondary event. Focused regions show an inflammatory mixed infiltrate consisting of CD3+, CD4+, CD8+, CD68+ and CD79+ cells. PS and HS have various common characteristics at the histological and immunohistochemical level. Considering PS as a unilocalized type of HS, risk factors known in the latter should henceforth be evaluated in PS as well.
    Dermatology 01/2012; 223(4):349-55. · 2.02 Impact Factor
  • M von Laffert, V Stadie, J Wohlrab, W C Marsch
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    ABSTRACT: Hidradenitis suppurativa/acne inversa is a chronic, inflammatory, scarring disease in the terminal hair follicle and apocrine gland-bearing areas (skin folds). There is considerable histological evidence that perifolliculitis and follicular hyperkeratosis precede the rupture of the follicle. The timing of the epithelial hyperplasia at the infundibula of inflamed terminal follicles has not yet been clarified. To clarify the early histopathological life of lesions ('chronology') in hidradenitis suppurativa/acne inversa, focusing on the terminal follicle structure and its surrounding tissue (hyperkeratosis, hyperplasia of follicular epithelium, perifolliculitis and rupture). In total, 485 operative specimens obtained from 128 patients with diagnosed hidradenitis suppurativa/acne inversa (all surgically treated by wide excision) were examined histologically. Two to five histological preparations (total 485) per operation area (total 196) were prepared by multiple slicing. Hidradenitis suppurativa/acne inversa showed a heterogeneous histological pattern: hyperkeratosis of the terminal follicles (89%), hyperplasia of follicular epithelium (80%), pronounced perifolliculitis (68%) and follicle rupture (24%). Perifolliculitis, follicular hyperkeratosis and hyperplasia occurred prior to the rupture of the follicle. Other histological criteria were: subepidermal cellular inflammatory infiltrate (82%), epidermal psoriasiform hyperplasia (56%), pronounced acute dermal inflammation (28%), pronounced chronic dermal inflammation (49%), and involvement of apocrine glands (52%) and subcutis (31%). Infundibular hyperkeratosis, hyperplasia of the follicular epithelium and perifolliculitis are major histopathological characteristics of hidradenitis suppurativa/acne inversa. These apparently precede rupture of the follicle. In particular, hyperplasia of the follicular epithelium probably marks the beginning of sinus formation, which usually spreads horizontally. Psoriasiform hyperplasia of the interfollicular epidermis with subepidermal inflammatory infiltrate might be interpreted as an inflammation-driven process basically identical to that which is evident at the terminal follicle. However, it does not lead to harmful and progressive sequelae like those (rupture, sinus tracts) seen at the terminal follicles.
    British Journal of Dermatology 02/2011; 164(2):367-71. · 3.76 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hidradenitis suppurativa (acne inversa) is a chronic suppurative and scarring inflammatory disease with predilection in the apocrine gland-bearing areas. Histological investigations in the 1990s showed keratotic occlusion of the terminal follicle structure to be the initial cause. Our investigations describe and reproduce the morphology and try to figure out very early lesions of HS. A total of 262 operative specimens from 60 patients were investigated by routine histology and 11 operative specimens by immunohistochemistry: HS is dominated by a heterogeneous histological image. 82% of the surgical specimens showed mild or pronounced follicular hyperkeratosis, whereas an isotopic hyperplasia of follicular epithelium was evident in 77%. Pronounced perifolliculitis was seen in 68% and rupture of the follicle structure in 28%. Features which had not so far been described in detail were: epidermal psoriasiform hyperplasia (43%) and subepidermal interfollicular inflammatory infiltrate (78%). In all 11 specimens, immunohistochemical investigations showed a perifollicular and subepidermal inflammation of CD-3-, CD-4-, CD-68-, CD-79- and CD-8-cells, the latter with a striking selective epitheliotropism. To conclude, we could show follicular hyperkeratosis and lymphocytic perifollicular inflammation as early patterns in pathogenesis, whereas rupture of the follicle structure takes place later. Finally, it seems that there are two hot spots of inflammatory events (perifollicular and subepidermal) composed of a comparable inflammatory cell mixture. The CD-8 cell epitheliotropism (follicular and epidermal) described here and its influence in follicular hyperkeratosis, in hyperplasia of follicular epithelium and in epidermal psoriasiform hyperplasia will be of further interest, for instance, concerning early pharmacological intervention.
    Experimental Dermatology 08/2009; 19(6):533-7. · 3.58 Impact Factor
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