Somatic mutations of TSC2 or MTOR characterize a morphologically distinct subset of sporadic renal cell carcinoma with eosinophilic and vacuolated cytoplasm Journal Article


Authors: Chen, Y. B.; Mirsadraei, L.; Jayakumaran, G.; Al-Ahmadie, H. A.; Fine, S. W.; Gopalan, A.; Sirintrapun, S. J.; Tickoo, S. K.; Reuter, V. E.
Article Title: Somatic mutations of TSC2 or MTOR characterize a morphologically distinct subset of sporadic renal cell carcinoma with eosinophilic and vacuolated cytoplasm
Abstract: The differential diagnosis of renal cell neoplasms with solid or nested architecture and eosinophilic cytoplasm has become increasingly complex. Despite recent advances in classifying a number of entities exhibiting this morphology, some tumors remain in the unclassified category. Here we describe a morphologically distinct group of sporadic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) with predominantly nested architecture, eosinophilic, and remarkably vacuolated cytoplasm retrospectively identified from a cohort of previously unclassified tumors. We examined the clinicopathologic and immunohistochemical features of these tumors and investigated their mutational and copy number alterations using a targeted next-generation sequencing platform. The study included 7 patients with a mean age of 54 years (range: 40 to 68 y) and a male to female ratio of 3:4. All patients presented with a solitary renal mass and had no prior medical or family history raising concern for syndromic conditions. Tumors were well-circumscribed, unencapsulated, and comprised of nests of eosinophilic cells in a hypocellular and often edematous stroma. Tumor cells had round nuclei with prominent nucleoli and granular cytoplasm with striking vacuolization. Thick-walled vessels and calcifications were also frequently present, whereas increased mitotic activity, necrosis, foamy histiocytes or lymphocytic infiltrates were not identified. All cases were positive for PAX8, had retained expression of SDHB and FH, and exhibited a CK7-/CK20-phenotype. While cathepsin-K was positive in 5 cases, none exhibited immunoreactivity to HMB45 or Melan A, or TFE3 immunostaining. Next-generation sequencing identified somatic inactivating mutations of TSC2 (3/5 tumors tested) or activating mutations of MTOR (2/5) as the primary molecular alterations, consistent with hyperactive mTOR complex 1 signaling which was further demonstrated by phospho-S6 and phospho-4E-BP1 immunostaining. Copy number analysis revealed a loss of chromosome 1 in both cases with MTOR mutation. These tumors represent a novel subset of sporadic RCC characterized by alterations in TSC1-TSC2 complex or the mTOR complex 1 pathway. Recognition of their characteristic morphologic and immunophenotypic features will allow them to be readily identified and separated from the unclassified RCC category. © 2018 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.
Keywords: mtor; tsc; somatic mutations; sporadic renal cell carcinoma
Journal Title: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
Volume: 43
Issue: 1
ISSN: 0147-5185
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins  
Date Published: 2019-01-01
Start Page: 121
End Page: 131
Language: English
DOI: 10.1097/pas.0000000000001170
PUBMED: 30303819
PROVIDER: scopus
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Notes: Article -- Export Date: 1 February 2019 -- Source: Scopus
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  1. Satish K Tickoo
    369 Tickoo
  2. Anuradha Gopalan
    274 Gopalan
  3. Yingbei Chen
    221 Chen
  4. Samson W Fine
    316 Fine
  5. Victor Reuter
    913 Reuter