Encapsulated Papillary Oncocytic Neoplasms of the Thyroid: Morphologic, Immunohistochemical, and Molecular Analysis of 18 Cases

Department of Pathology, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA 22908, USA.
The American journal of surgical pathology (Impact Factor: 5.15). 09/2010; 34(11):1582-90. DOI: 10.1097/PAS.0b013e3181f2d820
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Encapsulated papillary oncocytic neoplasms (EPONs) of the thyroid are rare tumors, whose relationship to other thyroid tumors has not been thoroughly elucidated. Earlier, they have been regarded as variants of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC), hyperplastic lesions, and follicular neoplasms. Eighteen EPONs were retrieved from our surgical pathology files and reviewed for defining morphologic features. Cases having the typical nuclear features of PTC were excluded. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) for CK19, HBME1, and CD56 was carried out. Microdissection, polymerase chain reaction, and sequencing of exon 15 of the BRAF gene were completed. Cases were evaluated for rearranged in transformation/papillary thyroid carcinoma RET/PTC rearrangement by fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH). The majority of the tumors exhibited a distinctive histologic appearance. They were composed of true papillae lined by a single layer of predominantly cuboidal cells with oncocytic cytoplasm; hobnailing was typically prominent. Three tumors showed taller cells with uniformly apical nuclei and no hobnailing. Ten of 18 cases showed vascular and/or capsular invasion; hence, if the diagnostic criteria used to evaluate follicular neoplasms are applied, more than half of the tumors would be considered minimally invasive carcinomas. No cases were immunoreactive with antibodies to HBME1, whereas only 1 of 13 was immunoreactive for CK19. Six of 7 interpretable cases were immunoreactive for CD56. No BRAF point mutations or RET/PTC rearrangements were identified in the examined cases. All patients were alive at the time of last follow-up and no locally recurrent disease had been reported; however, 1 case was remarkable for a lymph node metastasis. Our results confirm that EPONs are histologically, immunohistochemically, and molecularly distinct from papillary thyroid carcinoma and seem to be most related to follicular neoplasms.

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    • "With this analysis we identified the regions that were differentially gained, lost or amplified between the 14 oncocytic and 11 non-oncocytic thyroid samples. A more complex genomic constellation is appreciated in the oncocytic group, strengthening the hypothesis that CNAs might Table 2. Summary of canonical BRAF and RAS hot-spot mutations frequency in oncocytic thyroid le- sions Reference Type of Analyzed oncocytic samples (n= case number) BRAF V600E mutation frequency (type of mutated thyroid tumor) H-, N-, K-RAS mutations frequency (type of mutated thyroid tumor) [51] FTC-O (n=11) NP 55% (FTC-O) [14] FA-O, FTC-O (n=11) NP 9.1% (FTC-O) [52] FTC-O (n=3) 0% NP [53] FTC-O, FA-O (n=22) 0% NP [13] FTC-O, FA-O (n=32) NP 9.4% (FTC-O, FA-O) [54] FA-O, FTC-O, PTC-O (n=39)^ 27.3% (PTC-O) NP [55] FTC-O (n=9) 0% 0% § [56] PTC-O -FV (n=3) 0% 0% [57] FA-O, FTC-O, PTC-O (n= 44) 0% 0% [58] FA-O, FTC-O (n=70) NP 11.4% (FTC-O) [59] PTC-O (n=9) 0% NP [11] FTC-O, PTC-O (n=13) 23% (PTC-O) 0% [60] PTC-O (n=8) 87.5% (PTC-O) NP [61] FTC-O, FA-O (n=20) 0% 5.8% (FTC-O) [12] FA-O, FTC-O, (n=27) 0% 11% (FTC-O) Present study Hyp-O, FA-O, PTC-O, FTC-O (n=14) 0% 0% ^Warthin-like PTCs were not considered; §Only N-RAS gene was analyzed. aCGH profiling of oncocytic thyroid lesions 1962 Am J Cancer Res 2015;5(6):1954-1971 contribute to development of oncocytic phenotype (Figure 5). "
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