Melanocytic naevi with globular and reticular dermoscopic patterns display distinct BRAF V600E expression profiles and histopathological patterns Journal Article


Authors: Marchetti, M. A.; Kiuru, M. H.; Busam, K. J.; Marghoob, A. A.; Scope, A.; Dusza, S. W.; Cordova, M. A.; Fonseca, M.; Wu, X.; Halpern, A. C.
Article Title: Melanocytic naevi with globular and reticular dermoscopic patterns display distinct BRAF V600E expression profiles and histopathological patterns
Abstract: Results BRAF V600E expression was detected in 11 of 12 globular naevi vs. four of 13 reticular naevi (91·7% vs. 30·1%, P = 0·004). A predominantly dermal growth pattern (P < 0·001) and the presence of large junctional nests (P = 0·017) were each associated with a globular dermoscopic pattern. The presence of either a predominantly dermal growth pattern or large junctional nests was found in 13 of 15 naevi positive for BRAF V600E and in two of 10 naevi negative for BRAF V600E (86·7% vs. 20%, P = 0·002). Conclusions The frequency of BRAF V600E mutations differs in naevi distinguished by unique dermoscopic structures and microanatomical growth patterns. Globular naevi, which most often histologically correspond to a predominantly dermal growth pattern and/or the presence of large junctional nests, are significantly more likely to express BRAF V600E than reticular naevi. These preliminary results require validation, but may directly inform future studies of naevogenesis and melanoma genesis. What's already known about this topic? Activating BRAF V600E mutations have been detected in a majority of melanocytic naevi. What does this study add? Dermoscopically defined globular naevi, which are most often composed of large melanocytic nests and a predominantly dermal growth pattern, are at least three times more likely to express BRAF V600E than dermoscopically defined reticular naevi. Methods We retrospectively identified histologically proven melanocytic naevi with banal reticular or globular dermoscopic patterns and evaluated BRAF V600E expression using immunohistochemistry. Summary Background BRAF (v-raf murine sarcoma viral oncogene homologue B) V600E mutations have been detected with high frequency in melanocytic naevi. Few studies have stratified analyses by naevus dermoscopic pattern. Objectives To determine the frequency of BRAF V600E expression and histopathological pattern in acquired melanocytic naevi distinguished by a globular vs. reticular dermoscopic pattern.
Journal Title: British Journal of Dermatology
Volume: 171
Issue: 5
ISSN: 0007-0963
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing  
Date Published: 2014-11-01
Start Page: 1060
End Page: 1065
Language: English
DOI: 10.1111/bjd.13260
PROVIDER: scopus
PUBMED: 25039578
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Notes: Export Date: 1 December 2014 -- Source: Scopus
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  1. Allan C Halpern
    328 Halpern
  2. Stephen Dusza
    201 Dusza
  3. Alon Scope
    119 Scope
  4. Ashfaq A Marghoob
    440 Marghoob
  5. Klaus J Busam
    587 Busam
  6. Maija H.T. Kiuru
    9 Kiuru
  7. Maira   Fonseca
    14 Fonseca
  8. Xinyuan   Wu
    9 Wu
  9. Miguel A Cordova
    58 Cordova