Inflammatory malignant fibrous histiocytomas and dedifferentiated liposarcomas: Histological review, genomic profile, and MDM2 and CDK4 status favour a single entity

Université Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2, Burdeos, Aquitaine, France
The Journal of Pathology (Impact Factor: 7.43). 07/2004; 203(3):822-30. DOI: 10.1002/path.1579
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Inflammatory malignant fibrous histiocytoma (inflammatory MFH) is a very rare tumour that occurs most often in the retroperitoneum. So far, it has been considered to be a special subtype of MFH. As it is now widely accepted that most retroperitoneal pleomorphic MFHs are dedifferentiated liposarcomas, the present study compared histological features, genomic profile (CGH analysis), and MDM2 and CDK4 status (immunohistochemistry, FISH, and quantitative PCR) in inflammatory MFHs from 12 patients and dedifferentiated liposarcomas that had an inflammatory MFH component from eight patients. Metaphase cytogenetic and FISH analyses were also performed on one inflammatory MFH. Histological review showed areas of well-differentiated liposarcoma in nine inflammatory MFHs. CGH analysis showed 12q13-15 amplification or gain in six of seven inflammatory MFHs and in seven of seven dedifferentiated liposarcomas. Immunohistochemistry showed positivity of tumour cells for MDM2 in every tumour in both groups and for CDK4 in ten and seven inflammatory MFHs and dedifferentiated liposarcomas, respectively. Metaphase cytogenetic and FISH analysis performed on one inflammatory MFH showed the presence of a supernumerary large marker chromosome and ring chromosome with high-level amplification of both MDM2 and CDK4 genes. FISH analysis on paraffin wax-embedded sections showed amplifications of MDM2 and CDK4 in seven of seven inflammatory MFHs and in seven of seven dedifferentiated liposarcomas. Quantitative PCR showed amplification of MDM2 in six and of CDK4 in seven of nine inflammatory MFHs. In conclusion, this study strongly suggests that most so-called inflammatory MFHs are dedifferentiated liposarcomas.

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    • "Comprehensive studies at DNA and mRNA levels have provided several valuable findings. For example, studies of changes in gene copy number using array-based CGH have demonstrated relationships among malignant fibrous histiocytoma (MFH), leiomyosarcoma, and liposarcoma [4, 5]. Expression profiling of 5520 genes at the mRNA level using microarrays has revealed distinct molecular signatures for 41 sarcomas, thereby providing new markers with potential diagnostic value [6]. "
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    • "Thus, MDM2 may be more helpful in deciding if a lesion is malignant, and may not be as helpful in specifically subtyping a neoplasm as a LPS. However, when looking at mesenchymal malignancies, it is uncertain whether the MDM2 amplification truly occurs in a subset of pleomorphic sarcomas other than LPS, or whether this group simply represents dedifferentiated LPS that were under-sampled.[2224] For example, one study looked at a series of malignant fibrous histiocytomas diagnosed in the retroperitoneum and most of these were reclassified as dedifferentiated LPS after careful analysis, including examination for MDM2 and CDK4 amplification by IHC and CGH.[25] "
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