Publications

2022
Mata DA, Harries L, Williams E, Hiemenz MC, Decker B, Tse JY, Janovitz T, Ferguson DC, Speece IA, Margolis ML, et al. Method of Tissue Acquisition Affects Success of Comprehensive Genomic Profiling in Lung Cancer. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2022.Abstract
CONTEXT.—: Multiple procedural techniques can be used to obtain tissue to create a formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded specimen for comprehensive genomic profiling (CGP) in lung cancer. The literature is mixed on whether the procedure affects CGP success. OBJECTIVE.—: To examine whether biopsy procedure affects lung cancer CGP success. DESIGN.—: This was a cross-sectional study of all patients with lung cancer whose specimens were submitted for CGP between January and February 2020. Multiple quality control metrics were used to determine whether cases were successfully profiled. RESULTS.—: In all, 3312 samples were identified. Overall, 67.5% (2236 of 3312) were obtained from biopsies, 13.0% (432 of 3312) from fine-needle aspirations (FNAs), 9.7% (321 of 3312) from resections, 5.3% (174 of 3312) from fluid cytology cell blocks, and 4.5% (149 of 3312) from bone biopsies. Overall, 70.1% (2321 of 3312) of cases passed CGP, 15.4% (510 of 3312) of cases were released as qualified reports, and 14.5% (481 of 3312) of cases failed CGP. Resection samples were the most likely to be successfully sequenced, failing in only 2.8% (9 of 321) of instances, while fluid cytology specimens were the least likely, failing in 23.0% (40 of 174) of instances. Biopsy (14.5% [324 of 2236]), FNA (18.5% [80 of 432]), and bone biopsy (18.8% [28 of 149]) specimens failed at intermediate frequencies. On multivariate logistic regression analysis of CGP success on specimen type, fluid cytology (OR, 0.08; 95% CI, 0.03-0.19), biopsy (OR, 0.25; 95% CI, 0.11-0.52), FNA (OR, 0.14; 95% CI, 0.06-0.32), and bone biopsy (OR, 0.07; 95% CI, 0.03-0.17) specimens had decreased odds of CGP success relative to resection samples. Among patients with successfully sequenced samples, 48.0% were eligible for at least 1 therapy, based on a companion diagnostic or National Comprehensive Cancer Network biomarker. CONCLUSIONS.—: The method of tissue acquisition was an important preanalytic factor that determined whether a sample would be successfully sequenced and whether a clinically actionable genomic alteration would be detected.
Ferguson DC, Mata DA, Tay TK, Traina TA, Gucalp A, Chandarlapaty S, D'Alfonso TM, Brogi E, Mullaney K, Ladanyi M, et al. Androgen receptor splice variant-7 in breast cancer: clinical and pathologic correlations. Mod Pathol. 2022;35 (3) :396-402.Abstract
Androgen receptor (AR) inhibitor therapy is a developing treatment for AR-positive breast cancer (BC) with ongoing clinical trials. AR splice variant-7 (AR-V7) is a truncated variant of AR that leads to AR inhibitor therapy resistance in prostate cancer; recent studies have identified AR-V7 in BC and theorized that AR-V7 can have a similar impact. This study assessed the prevalence and clinicopathologic features associated with AR-V7 in a large BC cohort. BC samples were evaluated by MSK-Fusion targeted RNAseq for AR-V7 detection and MSK-IMPACT targeted DNAseq, including triple-negative tumors with no driver alteration and estrogen receptor-positive/ESR1 wildtype tumors progressing on therapy. Among 196 primary and metastatic/recurrent cases (196 RNAseq, 194DNAseq), 9.7% (19/196) were AR-V7 positive and 90.3% (177/196) AR-V7 negative. All AR-V7 positive BC were AR-positive by immunohistochemistry (19/19). The prevalence of AR-V7 by receptor subtype (N = 189) was: 18% (12/67) in ER-/PgR-/HER2-negative BC, 3.7% (4/109) in ER-positive/HER2-negative BC, and 15.4% (2/13) in HER2-positive BC; AR-V7 was detected in one ER-positive/HER2-unknown BC. Apocrine morphology was observed in 42.1% (8/19) of AR-V7 positive BC and 3.4% (6/177) AR-V7 negative BC (P < 0.00001). Notably, AR-V7 was detected in 2 primary BC and 7 metastatic/recurrent BC patients with no prior endocrine therapy. We conclude that positive AR IHC and apocrine morphology are pathologic features that may indicate testing for AR-V7 is warranted in both primary and metastatic BC in the appropriate clinical context. The study findings further encourage the assessment of AR-V7 as a predictive biomarker for AR antagonist benefit in ongoing clinical BC trials.
Rotenstein LS, Torre M, Cleary JL, Sen S, Guille C, Mata DA. Differences in Gender Representation in the Altmetric Top 100. J Gen Intern Med. 2022;37 (3) :590-592.
Wu Z, Lopes Abath Neto O, Bale TA, Benhamida J, Mata D, Turakulov R, Abdullaev Z, Marker D, Ketchum C, Chung H-J, et al. DNA methylation analysis of glioblastomas harboring FGFR3-TACC3 fusions identifies a methylation subclass with better patient survival. Acta Neuropathol. 2022;144 (1) :155-157.
Williams E, Montesion M, Lincoln V, Tse JY, Hiemenz MC, Mata DA, Shah BB, Shoroye A, Alexander BM, Werth AJ, et al. HPV51-associated Leiomyosarcoma: A Novel Class of TP53/RB1-Wildtype Tumor With Predilection for the Female Lower Reproductive Tract. Am J Surg Pathol. 2022;46 (6) :729-741.Abstract
Inactivating mutations in tumor suppressor genes TP53 and RB1 are considered central drivers in leiomyosarcomas (LMSs). In high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV)-related tumors, a similar functional outcome is achieved through oncoproteins E6 and E7, which inactivate the p53 and RB1 proteins, respectively. Here, we hypothesized that HPV infection could provide an alternative mechanism for tumorigenesis in a subset of TP53/RB1-wildtype LMS. We evaluated tumor samples from 2585 consecutive unique patients carrying a diagnosis of gynecologic or soft tissue LMS. Tumor DNA and available RNA were analyzed by hybrid-capture-based next-generation sequencing/comprehensive genomic profiling of 406 genes and transcripts (FoundationOneHeme). Of the initial 2585 cases, we excluded 16 based on the presence of molecular alterations that are considered defining for sarcomas other than LMS. In the remaining 2569 cases, we searched for LMS that were TP53/RB1-wildtype (n=486 of 2569; 18.9%). We also searched LMS tumors for HPV sequences that we then classified into genotypes by de novo assembly of nonhuman sequencing reads followed by alignment to the RefSeq database. Among TP53/RB1-wildtype LMS, we identified 18 unique cases harboring HPV sequences. Surprisingly, most (n=11) were HPV51-positive, and these 11 represented all HPV51-positive tumors in our entire LMS database (n=11 of 2569; 0.4%). The absence of genomic alterations in TP53 or RB1 in HPV51-positive LMS represented a marked difference from HPV51-negative LMS (n=2558; 0% vs. 72% [P<0.00001], 0% vs. 53% [P=0.0002]). In addition, compared with HPV51-negative LMS, HPV51-positive LMS were significantly enriched for genomic alterations in ATRX (55% vs. 24%, P=0.027) and TSC1 (18% vs. 0.6%, P=0.0047). All HPV51-positive LMS were in women; median age was 54 years at surgery (range: 23 to 74 y). All known primary sites were from the gynecologic tract or adjacent anogenital area, including 5 cases of vaginal primary site. Histology was heterogeneous, with evaluable cases showing predominant epithelioid (n=5) and spindle (n=5) morphology. In situ hybridization confirmed the presence of high-risk HPV E6/E7 mRNA in tumor cells in three of three evaluable cases harboring HPV51 genomic sequences. Overall, in our pan-LMS analysis, HPV reads were identified in a subset of TP53/RB1-wildtype LMS. For all HPV51-associated LMS, the striking absence of any detectable TP53 or RB1 mutations and predilection for the female lower reproductive tract supports our hypothesis that high-risk HPV can be an alternative tumorigenic mechanism in this distinct class of LMS.
Lin DI, Fine A, Danziger NA, Huang RSP, Mata DA, Decker B, Killian JK, Ramkissoon SH, Lechpammer M, Janovitz T, et al. Molecular analysis of endometrial serous carcinoma reveals distinct clinicopathologic and genomic subgroups. Gynecol Oncol. 2022;164 (3) :558-565.Abstract
OBJECTIVES: Endometrial serous carcinoma (EMSC) is an aggressive variant of uterine cancer with limited therapeutic options. We sought to define distinct clinicopathologic and genomic EMSC subgroups. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 2159 EMSC and 2346 endometrioid-type endometrial carcinomas (EEC) tissue specimens that had undergone comprehensive genomic profiling (CGP) via the FoundationOne CDx assay during routine clinical care. High tumor mutational burden (TMB) was defined as ≥10mut/Mb using the FDA-approved CDx cutoff for pembrolizumab. Microsatellite instability (MSI) was determined on 95 loci. Evidence of homologous recombination deficiency (HRD) was determined via genomic loss of heterozygosity (gLOH), a validated HRD detection method for predicting PARP inhibitor effectiveness in ovarian carcinoma. High gLOH was defined as ≥16%. RESULTS: A genomic analysis of 2159 EMSCs revealed a predominance of TP53 mutations, microsatellite stability, low tumor mutational burden (TMB), and recurrent alterations of PIK3CA, PPP2R1A, ERBB2, CCNE1, FBXW7 and MYC. Evidence of HRD via high gLOH was identified in 22% of EMSCs. BRCA1 and BRCA2 alterations, as well as unique SET (solid, pseudo-endometrioid, and transitional cell-like) variant morphology, were enriched in HRD-EMSC. There was an increased frequency of CCNE1 amplification, a lower prevalence of PIK3CA and PPP2R1A alterations, and no differences in HRD, MSI or TMB biomarker frequencies in patients of predicted African ancestry. EMSC exhibited distinct gene mutation frequencies and MSI, TMB and gLOH biomarker signatures compared to a cohort 2346 EEC. CONCLUSIONS: Molecularly defined subgroups provide a framework to test the susceptibility of EMSC to targeted therapies in specific genetic settings (e.g. HRD, PIK3CA, PPP2R1A, ERBB2, MYC, CCNE1).
Dagogo-Jack I, Madison RW, Lennerz JK, Chen K-T, Hopkins JF, Schrock AB, Ritterhouse LL, Lester A, Wharton KA, Mino-Kenudson M, et al. Molecular Characterization of Mesothelioma: Impact of Histologic Type and Site of Origin on Molecular Landscape. JCO Precis Oncol. 2022;6 :e2100422.Abstract
PURPOSE: Mesothelioma is an aggressive malignancy with heterogeneous outcomes that are partly driven by the differential efficacy of existing therapies across histologic types and sites of origin. Large-scale molecular analysis of mesothelioma and its subtypes has the potential to inform future therapeutic strategies. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analyzed 1,294 mesotheliomas {980 pleural (malignant pleural mesothelioma [MPM]) and 314 peritoneal (malignant peritoneal mesothelioma [MPeM])} using next-generation sequencing, determined programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) expression and histology in a subset of cases, and assessed MTAP/CDKN2A copy-number status by fluorescence in situ hybridization and T-cell infiltration in an independent cohort. RESULTS: The molecular landscape of MPM was characterized by inactivating alterations in CDKN2A (49%), BAP1 (44%), CDKN2B (42%), MTAP (34%), and NF2 (33%). Compared with epithelioid MPM, nonepithelioid (ie, biphasic and sarcomatoid) MPM had identical tumor mutational burden (median 1.25 mut/Mb, P = .63), more commonly expressed PD-L1 (74% v 51%, P = .02), and was more likely to harbor MTAP, CDKN2A, and CDKN2B copy loss (P < .05). Fluorescence in situ hybridization confirmed that homozygous MTAP loss was enriched in nonepithelioid MPM. Relative to MPM, MPeM had comparable tumor mutational burden and PD-L1 expression. The molecular profile of MPeM was similar to MPM, with the distinction that PBRM1 alterations occurred at higher frequency (16% v 7%, P < .01). ALK rearrangements were only observed in MPeM. CONCLUSION: Regardless of histology and location, the molecular landscape of mesothelioma primarily consists of inactivating alterations in tumor suppressor genes, with enrichment of certain alterations in distinct subsets (eg, MTAP loss in nonepithelioid tumors). Given the limited efficacy of current therapies for this disease, novel approaches targeting recurring alterations should be explored.
Lucas F, Mata DA, Greenblatt MB, Means J, Jarolim P. A Potassium-Based Quality-of-Service Metric Reduces Phlebotomy Errors, Resulting in Improved Patient Safety and Decreased Cost. Am J Clin Pathol. 2022;157 (5) :789-798.Abstract
OBJECTIVES: Poor phlebotomy technique can introduce pseudohyperkalemia without hemolysis, requiring additional workup and placing a significant burden on patients, clinical teams, and laboratories. Such preanalytical biases can be detected through systematic evaluation of potassium concentrations on a per-phlebotomist basis. We report our long-term experience with a potassium-based quality-of-service phlebotomy metric and its effects on resource utilization. METHODS: Potassium monitoring and retraining of 26 full-time phlebotomists were piloted as a quality-of-service intervention. Changes in potassium concentrations and impact on resource utilization were assessed. An algorithm for data monitoring and phlebotomist feedback was developed, followed by institution-wide implementation. RESULTS: Systematic intervention and retraining normalized K+ concentrations and lowered the percentage of venipunctures with K+ above 5.2 mmol/L, leading to a marked increase in phlebotomist compliance. This change resulted in resources savings of 13% to 100% for individual phlebotomists, reducing the total extra laboratory time required for repeat phlebotomies to determine hyperkalemia, mostly in the high-volume phlebotomist group. CONCLUSIONS: A quality-of-service algorithm that involved monitoring potassium concentrations on a per-phlebotomist basis with feedback and retraining contributed to a concrete, data-based quality improvement plan. The institution-wide implementation of this metric allowed for significant cost savings and a reduction in critical value alerts, directly affecting the quality of patient care.
Graf RP, Fisher V, Mateo J, Gjoerup OV, Madison RW, Raskina K, Tukachinsky H, Creeden J, Cunningham R, Huang RSP, et al. Predictive Genomic Biomarkers of Hormonal Therapy Versus Chemotherapy Benefit in Metastatic Castration-resistant Prostate Cancer. Eur Urol. 2022;81 (1) :37-47.Abstract
BACKGROUND: Biomarkers predicting second-generation novel hormonal therapy (NHT) benefit relative to taxanes are critical for optimized treatment decisions for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) patients. These associations have not been reported simultaneously for common mCRPC genomic biomarkers. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate predictive associations of common genomic aberrations in mCRPC using an established comprehensive genomic profiling (CGP) system. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: A retrospective cohort study used data from a deidentified US-based clinicogenomic database comprising patients treated in routine clinical practice between 2011 and 2020, evaluated with Foundation Medicine CGP in tissue biopsies obtained around the time of treatment decision. The main cohort included 180 NHT and 179 taxane lines of therapy (LOTs) from 308 unique patients. The sequential cohort comprised a subset of the main cohort NHT LOTs immediately followed by taxane from 55 unique patients. OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS AND STATISTICAL ANALYSIS: Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) response, time to next treatment (TTNT), and overall survival (OS) were assessed. Main cohort analyses were adjusted for known treatment assignment biases via inverse probability of treatment weighting (IPTW) in treatment interaction models. RESULTS AND LIMITATIONS: In the main cohort, patients with AR amplification (ARamp) or PTEN aberrations (PTENalt) had worse relative PSA response on NHT versus taxanes compared with patients without. Patients with ARamp, PTENalt, or RB1 aberrations (RB1alt) also had worse relative TTNT and OS on NHT but not on taxanes. In multivariable models for TTNT and OS adjusted via IPTW, ARamp, PTENalt, and RB1alt were shown as poor prognostic factors overall and demonstrated significant treatment interactions, indicating reduced hazards of therapy switch and death on taxanes versus NHT. Consistent associations favoring increased benefit from subsequent taxane despite prior NHT treatment line were observed only for ARamp in the sequential cohort, in which very few patients had RB1alt for assessment. CONCLUSIONS: ARamp status is a candidate biomarker to predict poor effectiveness of NHT relative to taxanes in mCRPC in scenarios where both options are considered. PATIENT SUMMARY: Specific alterations in the DNA of tumors may assist in choosing between novel oral hormonal therapies and standard chemotherapy in advanced prostate cancer patients.
Mata DA, Williams E, Sokol E, Oxnard GR, Fleischmann Z, Tse JY, Decker B. Prevalence of UV Mutational Signatures Among Cutaneous Primary Tumors. JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5 (3) :e223833.
Anaya Y, Cakmak H, Mata DA, Letourneau J, Zhang L, Lenhart N, Juarez-Hernandez F, Jalalian L, Cedars MI, Rosen M. Triggering with 1,500 IU of human chorionic gonadotropin plus follicle-stimulating hormone compared to a standard human chorionic gonadotropin trigger dose for oocyte competence in in vitro fertilization cycles: a randomized, double-blinded, controlled n. Fertil Steril. 2022.Abstract
OBJECTIVE: To assess if triggering with 1,500 IU of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) with 450 IU of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) induces noninferior oocyte competence to a standard dose of hCG trigger used in in vitro fertilization (IVF). The alternative trigger will be considered noninferior if it is at least 80% effective in promoting oocyte competence. DESIGN: Randomized, double-blinded, controlled noninferiority trial. SETTING: Academic infertility practice. PATIENTS: Women aged 18-41 undergoing IVF with antral follicle count ≥8, body mass index ≤30 kg/m2, and no history of ≥2 IVF cycles canceled for poor response were enrolled. Participants with a serum estradiol >5,000 pg/mL on the day of trigger were excluded because of high risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. INTERVENTIONS: Participants were randomized to receive an alternative trigger of 1,500 IU of hCG plus 450 IU of FSH or a standard trigger dose of hCG (5,000 or 10,000 IU) for final oocyte maturation. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The primary outcome was total competent proportion, defined as the probability of 2 pronuclei from an oocyte retrieved. The alternative trigger will be considered noninferior to the standard trigger if a 1-sided 95% confidence interval (CI) of the relative risk (RR) is not <0.8. Secondary outcomes included oocyte recovery and maturity, intracytoplasmic sperm injection fertilization, embryo quality, pregnancy rates, as well as serum and follicular hormones. Secondary outcomes were compared using a 2-sided superiority test. Outcomes were analyzed by intention-to-treat and per-protocol. RESULTS: A total of 105 women undergoing IVF were randomized from May 2015 to June 2018. The probability of the primary outcome was 0.59 with the alternative trigger and 0.65 with the standard trigger, with a RR of 0.91 and a 1-sided 95% CI of 0.83. Noninferiority of the alternative trigger was demonstrated. Live birthrate from all fresh transfers in the alternative trigger group vs. standard trigger was 46.9 vs. 46.4% (RR, 1.01; 95% CI, 0.62-1.62), respectively. Live birthrate per randomized participant was 48.1% in the alternative trigger group vs. 62.7% with the standard trigger (RR, 0.73; 95% CI, 0.48-1.11). No participants had a failed retrieval. CONCLUSION: Triggering with 1,500 IU of hCG plus 450 IU of FSH promoted noninferior oocyte competence compared to a standard hCG trigger dose. TRIAL REGISTRATION: NCT02310919.
2021
Agarwala S, Mata DA, Hafeez F. Accuracy of a convolutional neural network for dermatological diagnosis of tumours and skin lesions in a clinical setting. Clin Exp Dermatol. 2021;46 (7) :1310-1311.
Huang RSP, Haberberger J, McGregor K, Mata DA, Decker B, Hiemenz MC, Lechpammer M, Danziger N, Schiavone K, Creeden J, et al. Clinicopathologic and Genomic Landscape of Breast Carcinoma Brain Metastases. Oncologist. 2021;26 (10) :835-844.Abstract
BACKGROUND: Among patients with breast carcinoma who have metastatic disease, 15%-30% will eventually develop brain metastases. We examined the genomic landscape of a large cohort of patients with breast carcinoma brain metastases (BCBMs) and compared it with a cohort of patients with primary breast carcinomas (BCs). MATERIAL AND METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 733 BCBMs tested with comprehensive genomic profiling (CGP) and compared them with 10,772 primary breast carcinomas (not-paired) specimens. For a subset of 16 triple-negative breast carcinoma (TNBC)-brain metastasis samples, programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) immunohistochemistry (IHC) was performed concurrently. RESULTS: A total of 733 consecutive BCBMs were analyzed. Compared with primary BCs, BCBMs were enriched for genomic alterations in TP53 (72.0%, 528/733), ERBB2 (25.6%, 188/733), RAD21 (14.1%, 103/733), NF1 (9.0%, 66/733), BRCA1 (7.8%, 57/733), and ESR1 (6.3%,46/733) (p < .05 for all comparisons). Immune checkpoint inhibitor biomarkers such as high tumor mutational burden (TMB-high; 16.2%, 119/733); high microsatellite instability (1.9%, 14/733); CD274 amplification (3.6%, 27/733); and apolipoprotein B mRNA editing enzyme, catalytic polypeptide-like mutational signature (5.9%, 43/733) were significantly higher in the BCBM cohort compared with the primary BC cohort (p < .05 for all comparisons). When using both CGP and PD-L1 IHC, 37.5% (6/16) of patients with TNBC brain metastasis were eligible for atezolizumab based on PD-L1 IHC, and 18.8% (3/16) were eligible for pembrolizumab based on TMB-high status. CONCLUSION: We found a high prevalence of clinically relevant genomic alterations in patients with BCBM, suggesting that tissue acquisition (surgery) and/or cerebrospinal fluid for CGP in addition to CGP of the primary tumor may be clinically warranted. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: This study found a high prevalence of clinically relevant genomic alterations in patients with breast carcinoma brain metastasis (BCBM), suggesting that tissue acquisition (surgery) and/or cerebrospinal fluid for comprehensive genomic profiling (CGP) in addition to CGP of the primary tumor may be clinically warranted. In addition, this study identified higher positive rates for FDA-approved immunotherapy biomarkers detected by CGP in patients with BCBM, opening a possibility of new on-label treatments. Last, this study noted limited correlation between tumor mutational burden and PD-L1 immunohistochemistry (IHC), which shows the importance of testing patients with triple-negative BCBM for immune checkpoint inhibitor eligibility with both PD-L1 IHC and CGP.
Lin DI, Huang RSP, Mata DA, Decker B, Danziger N, Lechpammer M, Hiemenz M, Ramkissoon SH, Ross JS, Elvin JA. Clinicopathological and genomic characterization of BCORL1-driven high-grade endometrial stromal sarcomas. Mod Pathol. 2021;34 (12) :2200-2210.Abstract
BCORL1 is a transcriptional corepressor homologous to BCOR. We describe 12 BCORL1-altered uterine sarcomas with striking resemblance to BCOR-altered endometrial stromal sarcoma (BCOR-ESS), including 5 with BCORL1 rearrangements (JAZF1-BCORL1, EP300-BCORL1, or internal BCORL1 rearrangement), 5 with inactivating BCORL1 mutations (T513fs*22, P600fs*1, R945*, R1196*, or R1265fs*4) and 2 with homozygous BCORL1 deletion. The median patient age was 57.5 years (range 33-79). An association with aggressive clinical behavior was identified. Diagnoses assigned prior to genomic testing varied: 7 tumors were previously diagnosed as ESS, 2 as high-grade uterine sarcomas, 2 as myxoid uterine leiomyosarcomas, and 1 as a uterine spindle cell neoplasm consistent with leiomyosarcoma. Tumors harbored frequent gelatinous, mucomyxoid-like appearance by gross examination and unique histology with morphological overlap with BCOR-ESS. Key microscopic features included (1) a spindle cell appearance, most often with at least focal myxoid stroma, (2) variable amounts of hypocellular fibromyxoid spindle areas with lower grade atypia and/or (3) variable amounts of epithelioid areas with higher grade atypia. Specifically, spindle and epithelioid components were present in 100 and 75% of sarcomas, respectively; myxoid stroma was identified in 83%, collagen plaques or fibrosis in 50%, and high-grade nuclear atypia was present in 42%. Like BCOR-ESS, 50% of BCORL1-altered sarcomas exhibited CDK4 amplification or CDKN2A loss. In contrast, 33% harbored NF1 alterations, while 25% had other alterations in the NF2-mTOR pathway, expanding potential therapeutic targets. In conclusion, inactivating BCORL1 genomic alterations may define a distinct subset of high-grade endometrial stromal sarcomas with biological overlap with BCOR-ESS, both of which may mimic myxoid leiomyosarcomas.
Baniak N, Sholl LM, Mata DA, D'Amico AV, Hirsch MS, Acosta AM. Clinicopathological and molecular characteristics of prostate cancer diagnosed in young men aged up to 45 years. Histopathology. 2021;78 (6) :857-870.Abstract
AIMS: To characterise and compare the poorly understood clinicopathological and molecular characteristics of prostatic adenocarcinoma (PCa) in very young patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: We compared the clinicopathological and molecular characteristics of PCa diagnosed in 90 patients aged ≤45 years with those of PCa diagnosed in 200 patients of typical screening age (i.e. 60-65 years). Patients diagnosed at a younger age had a higher frequency of a family history of PCa and lower prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels than those diagnosed at regular screening age. There were no statistically significant differences in clinical stage or pathological characteristics of the core biopsy specimens between the groups. Young patients had a higher frequency of Grade Group 1 disease at radical prostatectomy. A subset of 13 aggressive PCa cases from young patients underwent successful DNA-based next-generation sequencing. In all, 46.2% (6/13) had TMPRSS2 rearrangements and 23.1% (3/13) had relevant pathogenic variants in DNA damage repair genes, including a mismatch repair-deficient case with biallelic inactivation of MLH1. No statistically significant differences were observed in PCa-specific recurrence/progression between the younger and older patients, including after adjustment for clinical stage, PSA level, and Grade Group. CONCLUSIONS: In this study, the clinicopathological and molecular features of PCa diagnosed in young patients were comparable to those of PCa diagnosed in patients of screening age. Early-onset PCa cases were not enriched in any of the known molecular PCa subtypes in this small series.
Rose Brannon A, Jayakumaran G, Diosdado M, Patel J, Razumova A, Hu Y, Meng F, Haque M, Sadowska J, Murphy BJ, et al. Enhanced specificity of clinical high-sensitivity tumor mutation profiling in cell-free DNA via paired normal sequencing using MSK-ACCESS. Nat Commun. 2021;12 (1) :3770.Abstract
Circulating cell-free DNA from blood plasma of cancer patients can be used to non-invasively interrogate somatic tumor alterations. Here we develop MSK-ACCESS (Memorial Sloan Kettering - Analysis of Circulating cfDNA to Examine Somatic Status), an NGS assay for detection of very low frequency somatic alterations in 129 genes. Analytical validation demonstrated 92% sensitivity in de-novo mutation calling down to 0.5% allele frequency and 99% for a priori mutation profiling. To evaluate the performance of MSK-ACCESS, we report results from 681 prospective blood samples that underwent clinical analysis to guide patient management. Somatic alterations are detected in 73% of the samples, 56% of which have clinically actionable alterations. The utilization of matched normal sequencing allows retention of somatic alterations while removing over 10,000 germline and clonal hematopoiesis variants. Our experience illustrates the importance of analyzing matched normal samples when interpreting cfDNA results and highlights the importance of cfDNA as a genomic profiling source for cancer patients.
Parker SL, Conner CR, Mata DA, Zima LA, Chen A, McCormack R, Bindal S, Stark JR. Factors Associated With Pregnancy and Perinatal Outcomes in Female Neurosurgeons: A Cross-Sectional Study. Neurosurgery. 2021;88 (4) :884-889.Abstract
Neurosurgery is male dominated with women representing only 12% of residents and 5% of practicing neurosurgeons. The conflicting demands of training versus pregnancy and motherhood are significant deterrents to women entering the field. We examined pregnancy incidence and timing, perinatal complications, and the perceived career impact of motherhood on female neurosurgeons using an anonymous survey of 643 training, practicing, and retired female neurosurgeons from the United States. Among 260 respondents, 50.8% (132/260) reported pregnancies, with an average age at first pregnancy that was significantly higher than the national average (32.1 vs 26.3 yr). In all, 40.1% (53/132) of respondents reported perinatal complications in at least one of their pregnancies. Only 25% (33/132) of respondents noted designated program maternity allowances. The most significant challenges associated with being a mother and neurosurgeon reported were issues relating to work/life balance, "mommy guilt," and sleep deprivation. A majority of respondents, 70.1% (82/116), reported fear of backlash from co-residents, partners, and staff, as well as hindered career advancement related to childbearing. Female neurosurgeons face challenges surrounding family planning different from those faced by male practitioners. Higher perinatal and fetal complications, backlash from colleagues, and demanding workload are significant issues. Progress requires institutional support and mentorship for women to create a more diverse field of practitioners.
Mata DA, Lian JW, Krakowski A, Agarwala S, Hafeez F. Histopathologic and immunophenotypic features of idiopathic dermal hypersensitivity reaction/urticarial dermatitis: A clinicopathologic study. J Cutan Pathol. 2021;48 (4) :592-595.
Huang RSP, Decker B, Murugesan K, Hiemenz M, Mata DA, Li G, Creeden J, Ramkissoon SH, Ross JS. Pan-cancer analysis of (PD-L1) mutations in 314,631 patient samples and subset correlation with PD-L1 protein expression. J Immunother Cancer. 2021;9 (6).Abstract
BACKGROUND: The effects of non-amplification short variant (SV) mutations in CD274 (programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1)) on PD-L1 protein expression and immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICPIs) therapy are unknown. Here, we present a retrospective analysis of CD274 mutations detected by comprehensive genomic profiling (CGP) and correlate these results with tumor-cell PD-L1 immunohistochemistry (IHC)-based expression assessment to better understand the relationship between mutations and protein expression of PD-L1. METHODS: CGP was performed on hybridization-captured, adaptor ligation-based libraries using DNA and/or RNA extracted from 314,631 tumor samples that were sequenced for up to 406 cancer-related genes and select gene rearrangements. PD-L1 IHC was performed on a subset of cases (n=58,341) using the DAKO 22C3 PD-L1 IHC assay and scored with the tumor proportion score (TPS). RESULTS: Overall, the prevalence of CD274 SV mutations was low (0.3%, 1081/314,631) with 577 unique variants. The most common CD274 SV mutations were R260H (n=51), R260C (n=18), R125Q (n=12), C272fs*13 (n=11), R86W (n=10), and R113H (n=10). The prevalence of CD274 mutations varied depending on tumor type with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (1.9%, 19/997), cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (1.6%, 14/868), endometrial adenocarcinoma (1.0%, 36/3740), unknown primary melanoma (0.9%, 33/3679), and cutaneous melanoma (0.8%, 32/3874) having the highest frequency of mutations. Of the R260H cases concurrently tested with PD-L1 IHC, most (81.8%, 9/11) had no PD-L1 expression, which contrasts to the five E237K cases where most (80%, 4/5) had PD-L1 expression. In addition, we saw a significantly lower level of PD-L1 expression in samples with a clonal truncating variant (nonsense or frameshift indel) when compared with samples with a subclonal truncating variants (mean: TPS=1 vs TPS=38; p<0.001), and also in clonal versus subclonal missense mutations (mean: TPS=11 vs TPS=22, respectively; p=0.049) CONCLUSIONS: We defined the landscape of CD274 mutations in a large cohort of tumor types that can be used as a reference for examining CD274 mutations as potential resistance biomarkers for ICPI. Furthermore, we presented novel data on the correlation of CD274 mutations and PD-L1 protein expression, providing important new information on the potential functionality of these mutations and can serve as a basis for future research.
Huang RSP, Murugesan K, Montesion M, Pavlick DC, Mata DA, Hiemenz MC, Decker B, Frampton G, Albacker LA, Ross JS. Pan-cancer landscape of (PD-L1) copy number changes in 244 584 patient samples and the correlation with PD-L1 protein expression. J Immunother Cancer. 2021;9 (5).Abstract
INTRODUCTION: Several studies have shown clinical outcomes data that support the use of CD274 (PD-L1) copy-number (CN) gains and/or losses as a biomarker for immune checkpoint inhibitor (ICPI). Here, we present the landscape of CD274 CN changes across a large cohort of solid tumor cases and correlate these with PD-L1 protein expression by immunohistochemistry. METHODS: We analyzed all cases that underwent comprehensive genomic profiling (CGP) testing at Foundation Medicine between August 2014 and June 2020. CD274 CN changes were correlated with PD-L1 expression in tumor types where there were Food and Drug Administration approved companion diagnostic (CDx) claims and the CDx assay was used to assess PD-L1 expression. RESULTS: In all, 244 584 samples representing 290 solid tumor types were included in the study. Overall, 17.6% (42 983/244 584) had CD274 CN gains (>specimen ploidy), 44.6% (108 970/244 584) were CD274 CN neutral, and 37.9% (92 631/244 584) had CD274 CN loss. Using different CN cut offs to define CD274 positivity resulted in different prevalence estimates: ploidy +1, 17.4% (42 636/244 584); ploidy +2, 6.2% (15 183/244 584); ploidy +3, 2.2% (5375/244 584); ploidy +4, 1.1% (2712/244 584); and ploidy +8, 0.2% (434/244 584). The prevalence of CN changes and CN positivity varied based on tumor type. CD274 CN gains were significantly associated with PD-L1 positivity in NSCLC, urothelial carcinoma, breast carcinoma, cervical carcinoma, esophagus squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and head and neck SCC (ORs 3.3, 3.0, 2.0, 4.5. 3.8, 8.4, 1.4, respectively; p<0.05) and with microsatellite instability status in only clinically relevant tumor types (gastric adenocarcinoma, colorectal adenocarcinoma, uterine endometrial adenocarcinoma, esophageal adenocarcinoma and gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma (OR: 5.2, 1.9, 3.2, 3.7 and 6.5, respectively; p<0.05)). Conversely, CD274 CN changes were not significantly correlated with tumor mutational burden in almost all the tumor types. CONCLUSION: CD274 CN changes and PD-L1 expression were highly correlated in multiple tumor types. These prevalence data on CD274 CN changes across a large cohort of different solid tumors can be used to design future clinical studies to assess whether CD274 CN changes could be a potential biomarker for ICPI.

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