[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Brain metastases are associated with a dismal prognosis. Whether brain metastases harbor distinct genetic alterations beyond those observed in primary tumors is unknown. We performed whole-exome sequencing of 86 matched brain metastases, primary tumors, and normal tissue. In all clonally related cancer samples, we observed branched evolution, where all metastatic and primary sites shared a common ancestor yet continued to evolve independently. In 53% of cases, we found potentially clinically informative alterations in the brain metastases not detected in the matched primary-tumor sample. In contrast, spatially and temporally separated brain metastasis sites were genetically homogenous. Distal extracranial and regional lymph node metastases were highly divergent from brain metastases. We detected alterations associated with sensitivity to PI3K/AKT/mTOR, CDK, and HER2/EGFR inhibitors in the brain metastases. Genomic analysis of brain metastases provides an opportunity to identify potentially clinically informative alterations not detected in clinically sampled primary tumors, regional lymph nodes, or extracranial metastases.
SIGNIFICANCE: Decisions for individualized therapies in patients with brain metastasis are often made from primary-tumor biopsies. We demonstrate that clinically actionable alterations present in brain metastases are frequently not detected in primary biopsies, suggesting that sequencing of primary biopsies alone may miss a substantial number of opportunities for targeted therapy.
Cancer Discovery 09/2015; DOI:10.1158/2159-8290.CD-15-0369 · 19.45 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Label-free DNA imaging is highly desirable in biology and medicine to perform live imaging without affecting cell function and to obtain instant histological tissue examination during surgical procedures. Here we show a label-free DNA imaging method with stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) microscopy for visualization of the cell nuclei in live animals and intact fresh human tissues with subcellular resolution. Relying on the distinct Raman spectral features of the carbon-hydrogen bonds in DNA, the distribution of DNA is retrieved from the strong background of proteins and lipids by linear decomposition of SRS images at three optimally selected Raman shifts. Based on changes on DNA condensation in the nucleus, we were able to capture chromosome dynamics during cell division both in vitro and in vivo. We tracked mouse skin cell proliferation, induced by drug treatment, through in vivo counting of the mitotic rate. Furthermore, we demonstrated a label-free histology method for human skin cancer diagnosis that provides comparable results to other conventional tissue staining methods such as H&E. Our approach exhibits higher sensitivity than SRS imaging of DNA in the fingerprint spectral region. Compared with spontaneous Raman imaging of DNA, our approach is three orders of magnitude faster, allowing both chromatin dynamic studies and label-free optical histology in real time.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 09/2015; 112(37). DOI:10.1073/pnas.1515121112 · 9.67 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Conclusive intraoperative pathologic confirmation of diffuse infiltrative glioma guides the decision to pursue definitive neurosurgical resection. Establishing the intraoperative diagnosis by histologic analysis can be difficult in low-cellularity infiltrative gliomas. Therefore, we developed a rapid and sensitive genotyping assay to detect somatic single-nucleotide variants in the telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) promoter and isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1).
This assay was applied to tissue samples from 190 patients with diffuse gliomas, including archived fixed and frozen specimens and tissue obtained intraoperatively. Results demonstrated 96% sensitivity (95% CI, 90%-99%) and 100% specificity (95% CI, 95%-100%) for World Health Organization grades II and III gliomas. In a series of live cases, glioma-defining mutations could be identified within 60 minutes, which could facilitate the diagnosis in an intraoperative timeframe.
The genotyping method described herein can establish the diagnosis of low-cellularity tumors like glioma and could be adapted to the point-of-care diagnosis of other lesions that are similarly defined by highly recurrent somatic mutations.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A 25-year-old man presented with oral ulcers and odynophagia. On examination, there were scattered pink papules and plaques on the trunk, thighs, and buttocks and multiple raised, erythematous nodules on both shins. A diagnostic procedure was performed.
New England Journal of Medicine 02/2015; 372(9):864-72. DOI:10.1056/NEJMcpc1413303 · 55.87 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Pompe disease, an inherited deficiency of lysosomal acid alpha-glucosidase (GAA), is a metabolic myopathy with heterogeneous clinical presentations. Late-onset Pompe disease (LOPD) is a debilitating progressive muscle disorder that can occur anytime from early childhood to late adulthood. Enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) with recombinant human GAA is currently available for Pompe patients. Although ERT shows some benefits, the reversal of skeletal muscle pathology - lysosomal glycogen accumulation and autophagic buildup - remains a challenge. In this study, we examined the clinical status and muscle pathology of 22 LOPD patients and one atypical infantile patient on ERT to understand the reasons for muscle resistance to ERT.
The patients were divided into three groups for analysis, based on the age of onset and diagnosis: adult-onset patients, juvenile-onset patients, and those identified through newborn screening (NBS). The areas of autophagic buildup found in patients’ biopsies of all three groups, contained large autofluorescent inclusions which we show are made of lipofuscin, an indigestible intralysosomal material typically associated with ageing. These inclusions, analysed by staining, spectral analysis, time-resolved Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM), and Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) imaging, were the major pathology remaining in many fibers after ERT. The best outcome of ERT both clinically and morphologically was observed in the NBS patients.
The muscle biopsy, in spite of its shortcomings, allowed us to recognize an underreported, ERT-resistant pathology in LOPD; numerous lysosomes and autolysosomes loaded with lipofuscin appear to be a hallmark of LOPD skeletal muscle. Lipofuscin accumulation - a result of inefficient lysosomal degradation - may in turn exacerbate both lysosomal and autophagic abnormalities.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Antibodies that recognize neo-epitopes in tumor cells are valuable tools in the evaluation of tissue biopsy or resection specimens. The VE1 antibody that recognizes the V600E-mutant BRAF protein is one such example. We have recently shown that the vast majority of papillary craniopharyngiomas—tumors that arise in the sellar or suprasellar regions of the brain—harbor BRAF V600E mutations. The VE1 antibody can be effective in discriminating papillary craniopharyngioma from adamantinomatous craniopharyngioma, which harbors mutations in CTNNB1 and not BRAF. While further characterizing the use of the VE1 antibody in the differential diagnosis of suprasellar lesions, we found that the VE1 antibody stains the epithelial cells lining Rathke’s cleft cysts with very strong staining of the cilia of these cells. We used targeted sequencing to show that Rathke’s cleft cysts do not harbor the BRAF V600E mutation. Moreover, we found that the VE1 antibody reacts strongly with cilia in various structures—the bronchial airways, the fallopian tubes, the nasopharynx, and the epididymis—as well as with the flagella of sperm. In addition, VE1 reacts strongly with the cilia of the ependymal lining of the brain and with the cilia-containing microlumens of ependymoma tumors. There is significant sequence homology between the synthetic peptide (amino acid 596–606 of BRAF V600E: GLATEKSRWSG) that was used to generate the VE1 antibody and regions of multiple axonemal dynein heavy chain proteins (eg, DNAH2, DNAH7, and DNAH12). These proteins are major components of the axonemes of cilia and flagella where they drive the sliding of microtubules. In ELISA assays, we show that the VE1 antibody recognizes epitopes from these proteins. A familiarity with the cross-reactivity of the VE1 antibody with epitopes of proteins in cilia is of value when evaluating tissues stained with this important clinical antibody.
Modern Pathology 11/2014; 28(4). DOI:10.1038/modpathol.2014.150 · 6.19 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: BAP1 (BRCA1-Associated Protein 1) is a tumor suppressor gene whose mutations have recently been reported to increase susceptibility for the development of uveal melanoma, cutaneous atypical and epithelioid melanocytic lesions, clear cell renal cell carcinoma and other tumors. Screening for BAP1 mutation/loss/inactivation and BRAFV600E mutation can be done by immunohistochemistry. We investigated BAP1 and BRAFV600E expression in 193 sporadic melanocytic lesions (11 dermal nevi, 20 congenital nevi, 40 primary and non-desmoplastic melanomas, 40 desmoplastic melanomas, 23 metastatic melanomas, 17 Spitz nevi, 19 atypical Spitz nevi, 8 atypical Spitz tumors, 14 proliferative nodules arising in congenital nevi, 1 nevus during pregnancy), and 30 melanocytic lesions from 3 patients with family history of uveal melanoma and BAP1 germline mutation. Most sporadic melanocytic lesions exhibited positive BAP1 nuclear staining except for 1 proliferative nodule arising in congenital nevus; 1 desmoplastic, 1 nevoid and 2 metastatic melanomas. BRAFV600E positivity was demonstrated in 80% of dermal, 5% of congenital, 6% of Spitz, and 5.5% of atypical Spitz nevi; 29% of proliferative nodules arising in congenital nevi; 24% of primary and non-desmoplastic and 35% of metastatic melanomas. Combined BAP1 loss and BRAFV600E staining was seen in 67% of BAP1 tumor syndrome-associated lesions and in none of the sporadic melanocytic proliferations including Spitz and atypical Spitz nevi and atypical Spitz tumors, with the exception of 1 primary melanoma. The combined BAP1-BRAFV600E + immunoprofile appears to be a constant feature of BAP1 tumor syndrome-associated melanocytic lesions, and the designation of Spitz nevi or variants thereof appears to be inaccurate for this group of lesions.
Human pathology 11/2014; 46(2). DOI:10.1016/j.humpath.2014.10.015 · 2.77 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background:
The management of dysplastic nevi (DN) is a highly debated and controversial topic within the dermatology community. Clinicians agree that margin-positive severely DN should be removed with a surgical margin, however, there is disagreement surrounding the appropriate management of margin-positive mildly and moderately DN.
We sought to evaluate the utility of re-excising margin-positive mildly and moderately DN.
A retrospective chart review was conducted on all adult patients given the diagnosis of a biopsy-proven DN from 2010 through 2011. The primary outcomes were defined as the presence of melanocytic residuum in re-excisional specimens and a clinically significant change in diagnosis.
A total of 1809 mildly and moderately DN were diagnosed from 2010 through 2011. In all, 765 (42.3%) of these lesions were found to have positive surgical margins during biopsy, and 495 (64.7) of the 765 lesions were subsequently re-excised. Melanocytic residuum was present in 18.2% of re-excisional specimens. Re-excision resulted in a clinically significant alteration of the diagnosis in only 1 case (0.2%).
Limitations include retrospective design and inability to assess for malignant transformation given limited follow-up.
Re-excising mildly and moderately DN results in a low histopathological yield and rarely results in a clinically significant change in diagnosis. As such, clinical monitoring of margin-positive lesions may be warranted.
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 09/2014; 71(6). DOI:10.1016/j.jaad.2014.08.025 · 4.45 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: : Currently, urogenital complaints are among the most common problems encountered by family practitioners, gynecologists, and dermatologists. In response to the intricacy of vulvar disorders, the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease was created to facilitate the exchange between clinicians and pathologists involved in the care of these patients. Recent classifications for inflammatory disorders and intraepithelial neoplasm have been proposed. In addition, vulvar skin biopsies are the most common source of intradepartmental consultation during dermatopathology sign-out. The purpose of this article is to review the various inflammatory dermatoses of the vulva and to update readers with new advances regarding these entities.
The American Journal of dermatopathology 09/2014; 36(9):689-704. DOI:10.1097/DAD.0000000000000149 · 1.39 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objectives:
The VE1 monoclonal antibody was developed to recognize the V600E mutation in BRAF, which is found in various tumors.
We report that the VE1 antibody stains normal anterior pituitary gland and adrenal cortex, which lack detectable BRAF V600E mutations.
Staining with the VE1 antibody was seen in the adenohypophysis and correlated well with adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)-positive cells. ACTH-positive cells were typically most concentrated in the central mucoid wedge and pars intermedia, and VE1 staining was strong in these regions. Moreover, VE1 staining was seen in ACTH-expressing pituitary adenomas without detectable BRAF mutations. VE1 staining of the adrenal cortex was also significant, with the strongest staining seen in the inner segment of the zona fasciculata. Parathyroid glands, pancreatic islets, or parafollicular C cells in the thyroid showed no VE1 staining.
Overall, VE1 staining of endocrine tissues strongly suggests limitations on the use of this antibody for the detection of BRAF mutations.
American Journal of Clinical Pathology 06/2014; 141(6):811-5. DOI:10.1309/AJCP37TLZLTUAOJL · 2.51 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The histopathologic distinction between primary adnexal carcinomas and metastatic adenocarcinoma to the skin from sites such as the breast, lung, and others often presents a diagnostic dilemma. Current markers of diagnostic utility include p63 and cytokeratin 5/6; however, their expression has been demonstrated in 11%-22% and 27% of cutaneous metastases, respectively. Furthermore, the immunoreactivity of p40 and GATA3 in various cutaneous adnexal carcinomas has not been previously reported. In the present study, we compared the expression of p40, p63, cytokeratin 5/6, and GATA3 in a total of 143 cases, including 67 primary adnexal carcinomas and 76 cutaneous metastases. p40, p63, cytokeratin 5/6, and GATA3 expression was observed in 80%, 84%, 86% and 47% of primary adnexal carcinoma, respectively; and in 8%, 17%, 26% and 40% of cutaneous metastases, respectively. Chi-square analysis revealed statistically significant p-values (<0.0001) for p40, p63, and cytokeratin 5/6 in distinguishing primary adnexal carcinoma from cutaneous metastases. In summary, while p63 and cytokeratin 5/6 have similar sensitivity (84% and 86%, respectively) in detecting primary adnexal carcinomas, p40 appeared to be the most specific marker (92%) with the best positive predictive value (90%). Since breast and lung are the most common sites of origin for cutaneous metastases, p40 is the best distinguishing marker in these settings. None of the four studied markers (p40, p63, cytokeratin 5/6, and GATA3) are helpful in distinguishing between primary adnexal carcinomas from cutaneous metastases of salivary gland or bladder malignancies.
Human pathology 05/2014; 45(5). DOI:10.1016/j.humpath.2014.01.006 · 2.77 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Melanoma is an invasive malignancy with a high frequency of blood-borne metastases, but circulating tumor cells (CTCs) have not been readily isolated. We adapted microfluidic CTC capture to a tamoxifen-driven B-RAF/PTEN mouse melanoma model. CTCs were detected in all tumor-bearing mice and rapidly declined after B-RAF inhibitor treatment. CTCs were shed early from localized tumors, and a short course of B-RAF inhibition following surgical resection was sufficient to dramatically suppress distant metastases. The large number of CTCs in melanoma-bearing mice enabled a comparison of RNA-sequencing profiles with matched primary tumors. A mouse melanoma CTC-derived signature correlated with invasiveness and cellular motility in human melanoma. CTCs were detected in smaller numbers in patients with metastatic melanoma and declined with successful B-RAF-targeted therapy. Together, the capture and molecular characterization of CTCs provide insight into the hematogenous spread of melanoma.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: An otherwise healthy 46-year-old white woman underwent biopsy of a pigmented lesion on her left flank that proved to be a melanoma with 2.5 mm thickness, 5 to 7 mitoses per square millimeter, and evidence of ulceration. There was no clinical evidence of nodal metastasis. She underwent wide local excision (WLE) with 2-cm margins and lymphatic mapping with sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy (Fig 1). Two of five axillary SLNs were found to contain metastatic melanoma. In summary, this is a patient with two positive SLNs following WLE and SLN biopsy for melanoma of the left flank who now presents for further treatment recommendations.