Molecular Profiling of Salivary Gland Intraductal Carcinoma Revealed a Subset of Tumors Harboring NCOA4-RET and Novel TRIM27-RET Fusions – A Report of 17 Cases

The American Journal of Surgical Pathology | November, 2018

Alena Skálová, Tomas Vanecek, Emmanuelle Uro-Coste, Justin A. Bishop, Ilan Weinreb, Lester D.R. Thompson, Stefano de Sanctis, Marco Schiavo-Lena, Jan Laco, Cécile Badoual, Thalita Santana Conceiçao, Nikola Ptáková, Martina Baněčkova, Marketa Miesbauerová, Michal Michal

Intraductal carcinoma (IC) is the new World Health Organization designation for tumors previously called “low-grade cribriform cystadenocarcinoma” and “low-grade salivary duct carcinoma.” The relationship of IC to salivary duct carcinoma is controversial, but they now are considered to be distinct entities. IC is a rare low-grade malignant salivary gland neoplasm with features similar to mammary atypical ductal hyperplasia or ductal carcinoma in situ, that shows diffuse S100 protein and mammaglobin positivity and is only partially defined genetically. (Mammary analogue) secretory carcinoma harboring ETV6-NTRK3, and in rare cases ETV6-RET fusion, shares histomorphologic and immunophenotypical features with IC. Recently, RET rearrangements and NCOA4-RET have been described in IC, suggesting a partial genetic overlap with mammary analogue secretory carcinoma. Here, we genetically characterize the largest cohort of IC to date to further explore this relationship. Seventeen cases of IC were analyzed by next-generation sequencing (NGS) using the FusionPlex® Solid Tumor panel (ArcherDX). Identified fusions were confirmed using fluorescence in situ hybridization break apart and, in some cases, fusion probes, and a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction designed specifically to the detected breakpoints. All analyzed cases were known to be negative for ETV6 rearrangement by fluorescence in situ hybridization and for ETV6-NTRK3 fusion by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. next-generation sequencing (NGS) analysis detected a NCOA4-RET fusion transcript joining exon 7 or 8 of NCOA4 gene and exon 12 of RET gene in 6 cases of intercalated duct type IC; and a novel TRIM27-RET fusion transcript between exons 3 and 12 in 2 cases of salivary gland tumors displaying histologic and immunohistochemical features typical of apocrine IC. A total of 47% of IC harbored a fusion involving RET. In conclusion, we have confirmed the presence of NCOA4-RET as the dominant fusion in intercalated duct type IC. A novel finding in our study has been a discovery of a subset of IC patients with apocrine variant IC harboring a novel TRIM27-RET.

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