The genetic landscape of breast carcinomas with neuroendocrine differentiation Journal Article


Authors: Marchiò, C.; Geyer, F. C.; Ng, C. K. Y.; Piscuoglio, S.; De Filippo, M. R.; Cupo, M.; Schultheis, A. M.; Lim, R. S.; Burke, K. A.; Guerini-Rocco, E.; Papotti, M.; Norton, L.; Sapino, A.; Weigelt, B.; Reis-Filho, J. S.
Article Title: The genetic landscape of breast carcinomas with neuroendocrine differentiation
Abstract: Neuroendocrine breast carcinomas (NBCs) account for 2–5% of all invasive breast cancers, and are histologically similar to neuroendocrine tumours from other sites. They typically express oestrogen receptor (ER), and are HER2-negative and of luminal 'intrinsic' subtype. Here, we sought to define the mutational profile of NBCs, and to investigate whether NBCs and common forms of luminal (ER+/HER2−) breast carcinoma show distinct repertoires of somatic mutations. Eighteen ER+/HER2− NBCs, defined as harbouring >50% of tumour cells expressing chromogranin A and/or synaptophysin, and matched normal tissues were microdissected and subjected to massively parallel sequencing targeting all exons of 254 genes most frequently mutated in breast carcinomas and/or related to DNA repair. Their mutational repertoire was compared with that of ER+/HER2− breast carcinomas (n = 240), PAM50-defined luminal breast carcinomas (luminal A, n = 209; luminal B, n = 111) and invasive lobular carcinomas (n = 127) from The Cancer Genome Atlas. NBCs were found to harbour a median of 4.5 (range 1–11) somatic mutations, similar to that of luminal B breast carcinomas (median = 3, range 0–17) but significantly higher than that of luminal A breast carcinomas (median = 3, range 0–18, p = 0.02). The most frequently mutated genes were GATA3, FOXA1, TBX3, and ARID1A (3/18, 17%), and PIK3CA, AKT1, and CDH1 (2/18, 11%). NBCs less frequently harboured PIK3CA mutations than common forms of ER+/HER2−, luminal A and invasive lobular carcinomas (p < 0.05), and showed a significantly higher frequency of somatic mutations affecting ARID1A (17% versus 2%, p < 0.05) and the transcription factor-encoding genes FOXA1 (17% versus 2%, p = 0.01) and TBX3 (17% versus 3%, p < 0.05) than common-type ER+/HER2− breast carcinomas. No TP53 somatic mutations were detected in NBCs. As compared with common forms of luminal breast carcinomas, NBCs show a distinctive repertoire of somatic mutations featuring lower frequencies of TP53 and PIK3CA mutations, enrichment for FOXA1 and TBX3 mutations, and, akin to neuroendocrine tumours from other sites, ARID1A mutations. Copyright © 2016 Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2016 Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Keywords: breast carcinoma; synaptophysin; chromogranin a; massively parallel sequencing; somatic mutations; neuroendocrine differentiation; copy number alterations
Journal Title: Journal of Pathology
Volume: 241
Issue: 3
ISSN: 0022-3417
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell  
Date Published: 2017-02-01
Start Page: 405
End Page: 419
Language: English
DOI: 10.1002/path.4837
PROVIDER: scopus
PUBMED: 27925203
PMCID: PMC5481202
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Notes: Article -- Export Date: 2 February 2017 -- Source: Scopus
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  1. Larry Norton
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  2. Britta Weigelt
    366 Weigelt
  3. Jorge Sergio Reis
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  4. Kiu Yan Charlotte Ng
    155 Ng
  5. Raymond Sear Lim
    56 Lim
  6. Caterina   Marchio
    26 Marchio
  7. Kathleen   Burke
    55 Burke