Update in Molecular Diagnostics in Melanocytic Neoplasms
ABSTRACT Future classification systems for melanocytic neoplasms will likely include the integration of molecular aberrations. A number of studies have shown that many gene mutations and chromosomal copy number aberrations may correlate with characteristic clinical and morphologic features for melanocytic neoplasms. This review discusses newly described familial germline mutations such as the BRCA1-associated protein-1 familial melanoma syndrome, recently described somatic mutations, and chromosomal copy number aberrations recently described in melanoma. Further, we discuss how these specific molecular aberrations correlate with specific clinical and morphologic features in melanocytic neoplasm and their implications for prognosis and molecular diagnostics. In addition, we discuss state of the art advancements in molecular diagnostics for melanocytic neoplasms and newly developed fluorescence in situ hybridization assays including the utility of fluorescence in situ hybridization for 9p21 in spitzoid melanocytic neoplasms. Lastly, we discuss a phenomenon known as paradoxical activation of wild-type BRAF seen in patients treated with vemurafenib and some potential clinical presentations of this process.
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ABSTRACT: Identification of prognostic melanoma-associated copy number alterations (CNAs) is still an area of active research. Here, we investigated by high-resolution array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) a cohort of 31 paraffin-preserved primary malignant melanomas (MMs), whose prognosis was not predictable on the basis of conventional histopathological parameters. Although we identified a variety of highly recurrent sites of genomic lesions, the total number of CNAs per patient was not a discriminator of MM outcome. Furthermore, validation of aCGH by quantitative PCR on an extended population of 65 MM samples confirmed the absence of predictive value for the most recurrent CNA loci. Instead, our analysis revealed specific prognostic potential of the frequency of homozygous deletions (representing less than 3% of the total CNAs on average per sample), which was strongly associated with sentinel lymph node (SLN) invasion (P = 0.003), and distant metastasis (P = 0.003). Increased number of homozygous deletions was also indicative of poor patient survival (P = 0.01), both in our samples and in an independent validation of public dataset of primary and metastatic MMs. Moreover, we identified 77 hotspots of minimal common homozygous deletions, enriched in genes involved in cell adhesion processes and cell-communication functions, which preferentially accumulated in primary MMs showing the most severe outcome. Therefore, specific loss of gene loci in regions of minimal homozygous deletion may represent a pivotal type of genomic alteration accumulating during MM progression with potential prognostic implication. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.Genes Chromosomes and Cancer 06/2014; 53(6). DOI:10.1002/gcc.22160 · 3.84 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Morphologic heterogeneity among melanocytic proliferations is a common challenge in the diagnosis of melanoma. In particular, atypical melanocytic lesions in children, adolescents, and young adults may be difficult to classify because of significant morphologic overlap with melanoma. Recently a four-probe fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) protocol to detect chromosomal abnormalities in chromosomes 6 and 11 has shown promise for improving the classification of melanocytic lesions. We sought to determine the correlation between FISH results, morphology, and clinical outcomes in a series of challenging melanocytic proliferations in young patients. We retrospectively performed the standard four-probe FISH analysis on 21 melanocytic neoplasms from 21 patients younger than 25 years of age (range 5-25 years, mean 14.6 years) from Stanford University Medical Center who were prospectively followed for a median of 51 months (range 1-136 months). The study cohort included patients with 5 confirmed melanomas, 2 melanocytic tumors of uncertain malignant potential (MelTUMPs), 10 morphologically challenging atypical Spitz tumors (ASTs), and 4 typical Spitz nevi. FISH detected chromosomal aberrations in all five melanomas and in one MelTUMP, in which the patient developed subsequent lymph node and distant metastasis. All 10 ASTs, 4 Spitz nevi, and 1 of 2 MelTUMPs were negative for significant gains or losses in chromosomes 6 and 11q. Our findings demonstrated a strong correlation between positive FISH results and the histomorphologic impression of melanoma. This finding was also true for the MelTUMP with poor clinical outcome. Therefore FISH may serve as a helpful adjunct in the classification of controversial melanocytic tumors in young patients.Pediatric Dermatology 06/2014; 31(5). DOI:10.1111/pde.12382 · 1.52 Impact Factor
Current Problems in Surgery 12/2014; 51(12):478-520. DOI:10.1067/j.cpsurg.2014.11.004 · 1.42 Impact Factor