[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Germ line deleterious mutations of BRCA1 gene are not the unique factor that could inactivate BRCA1 protein which leads to familial breast cancer onset with distant metastases' occurrence. The present research explores the role that could be assigned to BRCA1 SNPs to inactivate BRCA1 protein and therefore to the occurrence of familial breast cancer with an increased risk of distant metastases' occurrence. The presence or the absence of BRCA1 protein was first analyzed by applying the immunohistochemistry technique to the tumors with sporadic and familial breast cancer. Then, a case-control study was conducted including 40 patients with familial breast cancer, 46 ones with sporadic breast cancer and 34 healthy controls based on the genotyping of nine BRCA1 SNPs (c.442.58delT, c.2082C>T, c.2311T>C, c.2612C>T, c.3113A>G, c.3119G>A, c.3548A>G, c.4308T>C and 4837A>G) via direct sequencing. Finally, the functional role that could be assigned to these SNPs was focused upon. miRbase site was used as a bioinformatics tool to predict potential micro-RNAs (miRs) targeting SNPs that are associated with familial breast cancer according to the results of this research. These predicted miRs were confirmed by Q-PCR analysis and correlated with BRCA1 protein expression among patients along with potential distant metastases. Clinical outcome showed that distant metastasis concerned 45 % of familial breast cancer patients and 19.5 % with sporadic breast cancer. Analysis of BRCA1 protein expression revealed a negative staining among 46.6 % of familial breast cancer patients and only 16.6 % within sporadic breast cancer ones. The association of four variants was identified within BRCA1 gene (c.442.58 delT, c.2311T>C, c.2612C>T and c.4308T>C) to familial breast cancer across their wild genotypes. miR-1179 was selected as potential miR that targets the region of BRCA1 mRNA containing the c.2311T>C variant within the TT genotype. The expression of miR-1179 was significantly associated with familial breast cancer patients without BRCA1 deleterious mutations compared to those with sporadic breast cancer according to TT genotype along with BRCA1 negative staining and according to the occurrence of distant metastases. Combination between TT genotype of c.2311T>C and miR-1179 over-expression could generate a lack of BRCA1 protein leading to a high risk of familial breast cancer with distant metastases.
Medical Oncology 11/2014; 31(11):255. · 2.06 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Invasive urothelial bladder carcinomas have a poor prognosis even with cystectomy and chemotherapy. A high number of these patients have Her2 overexpression. The goal of this study is to assess the Her2 status in muscle invasive urothelial bladder carcinoma, to evaluation heterogeneity and discordance with metastases.
We retrospectively analyzed 21 specimens of transurethral resection or cystectomy in patients with invasive urothelial bladder carcinoma. We selected one representative section from primary tumors and metastases for immunohistochemistry analysis. Staining was evaluated according to the same criteria of breast cancer. A chromogenic in situ hybridization (CISH) was performed in case of 2+ score or in heterogeneous samples.
Median age of our patients was 62 years. Intratumoral heterogeneity was observed in 2 cases (less than 1%). One case showed a Her2 3+ score (high grade, pT2 stage) and 3 cases showed a 2+ score (all low grades, stage T2, T4, M1, respectively). Two metastatic lymph nodes scored 1+ for the first (primary 1+) and 2+ for the second (primary 1+). Two cases showed CISH gene amplification. The first one scored 2+ and had area of 3+ score. The second one scored 1+ and had area with 2+ score. Four patients died from disease, one of them had Her2 3+ score.
Her2 overexpression can be observed in muscle invasive urothelial bladder carcinoma in an important number of patients. Evaluation criteria must be standardized, especially with heterogeneous cases. Metastases tests can also readdress the expression of Her2, which gives the patient a supplementary therapeutic tool.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Manual assessment of estrogen receptors' (ER) status from breast tissue microscopy images is a subjective, time consuming and error prone process. Automatic image analysis methods offer the possibility to obtain consistent, objective and rapid diagnoses of histopathology specimens. In breast cancer biopsies immunohistochemically (IHC) stained for ER, cancer cell nuclei present a large variety in their characteristics that bring various difficulties for traditional image analysis methods. In this paper, we propose a new automatic method to perform both segmentation and classification of breast cell nuclei in order to give quantitative assessment and uniform indicators of IHC staining that will help pathologists in their diagnostic. Firstly, a color geometric active contour model incorporating a spatial fuzzy clustering algorithm is proposed to detect the contours of all cell nuclei in the image. Secondly, overlapping and touching nuclei are separated using an improved watershed algorithm based on a concave vertex graph. Finally, to identify positive and negative stained nuclei, all the segmented nuclei are classified into five categories according to their staining intensity and morphological features using a trained multilayer neural network combined with Fisher's linear discriminant preprocessing. The proposed method is tested on a large dataset containing several breast tissue images with different levels of malignancy. The experimental results show high agreement between the results of the method and ground-truth from the pathologist panel. Furthermore, a comparative study versus existing techniques is presented in order to demonstrate the efficiency and the superiority of the proposed method.
Computers in biology and medicine 12/2013; 43(12):2263-77. · 1.27 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Automatic image segmentation of immunohistologically stained breast tissue sections helps pathologists to discover the cancer disease earlier. The detection of the real number of cancer nuclei in the image is a very tedious and time consuming task. Segmentation of cancer nuclei, especially touching nuclei, presents many difficulties to separate them by traditional segmentation algorithms. This paper presents a new automatic scheme to perform both classification of breast stained nuclei and segmentation of touching nuclei in order to get the total number of cancer nuclei in each class. Firstly, a modified geometric active contour model is used for multiple contour detection of positive and negative nuclear staining in the microscopic image. Secondly, a touching nuclei method based on watershed algorithm and concave vertex graph is proposed to perform accurate quantification of the different stains. Finally, benign nuclei are identified by their morphological features and they are removed automatically from the segmented image for positive cancer nuclei assessment. The proposed classification and segmentation schemes are tested on two datasets of breast cancer cell images containing different level of malignancy. The experimental results show the superiority of the proposed methods when compared with other existing classification and segmentation methods. On the complete image database, the segmentation accuracy in term of cancer nuclei number is over than 97%, reaching an improvement of 3–4% over earlier methods.
Biomedical Signal Processing and Control 09/2013; 8(5):421–436. · 1.53 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Through this case presentation and a review of the literature, we aim to describe clinical and pathologic features and to distinguish the outcome of these tumors. A 25-year-old woman presented with pelvic pain and an iliac mass. Workup revealed a 53-mm cystic partitioned mass of the left ovary infiltrating the left sacrum. She underwent a left adnexectomy. Gross examination revealed a ruptured ovarian mass. When dissected, it showed grayish cerebroid aspects. Histologic examination revealed a malignant tumor proliferation of the diffuse large cells. An immunohistochemical analysis showed negative results for PLAP, αFP, βHCG, CD117, CK20, and CD30. It also showed lack of B markers and T marker (CD3) and an expression of CD138 and anaplastic lymphoma kinase. The patient was treated by 6 cycles of CHOP chemotherapy and a pelvic radiotherapy. She presented with a 15-cm splenomegaly 26 months later and died of febrile neutropenia. Most patients follow an aggressive disease and are unlikely to respond to the standard.
International journal of gynecological pathology: official journal of the International Society of Gynecological Pathologists 07/2013; · 2.07 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Aurora A kinase is overexpressed in many cancers but the status of this protein in the breast cancer often varies. We investigate the expression and localization of Aurora A protein in relation with tumor emergence and progression in breast cancer. Aurora A kinase status was evaluated in 107 patients using immunohistochemistry. The experimental findings showed that high expression of the Aurora A protein was correlated with elevated nuclear grade, low expression of progesterone receptor and positive nodal status. The experimental results showed also that the localization of this kinase shifts from cytoplasm in non malignant adjacent tissue to both cytoplasmic and nuclear compartments in tumoral tissue, suggesting an oncogenic role of the nuclear accumulation. We have, furthermore, detected the overexpression of this protein in non malignant adjacent tissue. The expression of the Aurora A kinase in non malignant tissue may represent an earlier diagnosis tool for breast cancer.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We investigate the expression and localization of the tumor suppressor protein pVHL as well as the oncoprotein Aurora A kinase in kidney cancer. Both Aurora A kinase and pVHL protein status were evaluated using immunohistochemistry. The Aurora A expression is correlated with the Fuhrman grade and the TNM stage, while the pVHL expression is correlated with the capsule rupture and the TNM stage. Aurora A kinase expression increases in malignant tissue comparing to the non-malignant one. And there is a decrease in pVHL expression from the adjacent healthy tissues to the tumor`s ones. The two kinds of opposite tumor profiles display significant distribution difference according to TNM stages. It could be proposed that the absence of Aurora A protein associated with a strong expression of pVHL in clear cells kidney carcinoma are of good prognosis for the disease.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Bachground: Breast cancer is the first cancer in women. Lymphatic involvement in breast cancer is common, especially in our patients because of the frequency of locally advanced forms. This contrast with a weak rate of diagnosed internal mammary chain invasion. Methods: We present observations of patients presenting atypical forms of internal mammary chain involvement. Aim: To clarify the atypical presentations of internal mammary chain involvement in breast cancer. Results: The invasion of internal mammary chain is often underestimated. Indeed, this site of lymphatic spread is not accessible to the clinical exam and its radiological exploration is not systematic. Otherwise, different clinical, pathological and radiological presentations have to attract our attention to a potential internal mammary chain invasion. Conclusion: Our misrecognition of this site of spread and its different presentations can partly explain the lack of diagnosis.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Malignant solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) is an extremely rare neoplasm. There are only rare published accounts of the cytopathologic features of this tumor. We report a case of a 59-year-old woman presented with a 10-year history of a right thigh mass. A preoperative fine needle aspiration (FNA) was performed. Smears were hypercellular, with cohesive and crowded tissue fragments, haphazard cell arrangements and many single cells. The tumor cells were polymorphous, plump spindled or round with often indented or bare nuclei. A differential diagnosis of low grade sarcoma was favored. The diagnosis of malignant SFT is extremely difficult on FNA and must be included in the differential diagnosis of spindle cell neoplasms.
Journal of Cytology 04/2012; 29(2):139-41. · 0.31 Impact Factor