Calcifying fibrous tumor and inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor are epigenetically related: A comparative genome-wide methylation study

Tess Tomassen, Christian Koelsche, Wendy W J de Leng, Felix K F Kommoss, Carmen M A Voijs, Ton Peeters, Max M van Noesel, David Creytens, Joost M van Gorp, Iver Petersen, Christian Vokuhl, Andreas von Deimling, Thomas Mentzel, Uta Flucke

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Abstract

Based on histological findings, calcifying fibrous tumor (CFT) may be a late (burned out) stage of inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor (IMT). This concept, however, has not been proven by molecular means. Five CFTs were analyzed for IMT-related rearrangements in ALK, ROS1 and RET using fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). Additionally, genome-wide methylation patterns were investigated and compared with IMT (n = 7), leiomyoma (n = 7), angioleiomyoma (n = 9), myopericytoma (n = 7) and reactive soft tissue lesions (n = 10) using unsupervised hierarchical cluster analysis and t distributed stochastic neighbor embedding. CFT patients, 4 females and 1 male, had a median age of 20 years ranging from 7 to 43 years. Two patients were younger than 18 years old. The tumors originated in the abdomen (n = 4) and axilla (n = 1). Histologically, all lesions were (multi) nodular and hypocellular consisting of bland looking (myo)fibroblasts embedded in a collagenous matrix with calcifications. FISH analysis brought up negative results for ALK, RET and ROS1 rearrangements. However, genome-wide methylation analysis revealed overlapping methylation patterns of CFT and IMT forming a distinct homogeneous methylation cluster with exception of one case clustering with myopericytoma/angioleiomyoma. In conclusion, DNA methylation profiling supports the concept that CFT and IMT represent both ends of a spectrum of one entity with CFT being the burn out stage of IMT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-105
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of diagnostic pathology
Volume41
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019

Keywords

  • Abdominal Neoplasms/genetics
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Axilla/pathology
  • Calcinosis/genetics
  • Child
  • DNA Methylation
  • Epigenesis, Genetic
  • Female
  • Genome-Wide Association Study
  • Granuloma, Plasma Cell/genetics
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neoplasms, Fibrous Tissue/genetics
  • Young Adult

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