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Immunohistochemical NF1 Analysis Does not Predict NF1 Gene Mutation Status in Pheochromocytoma.
Department of Oncology and Pathology, Karolinska Institutet, SE-17176, Stockholm, Sweden / Cancer Center Karolinska, CCK, Karolinska University Hospital Solna, SE-17176, Stockholm, Sweden.
Department of Oncology and Pathology, Karolinska Institutet, SE-17176, Stockholm, Sweden / Cancer Center Karolinska, CCK, Karolinska University Hospital Solna, SE-17176, Stockholm, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Department of Clinical Pathology and Cytology, Radiumhemmet, Karolinska University Hospital Solna, SE-17176, Stockholm, Sweden.
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2015 (English)In: Endocrine pathology, ISSN 1046-3976, E-ISSN 1559-0097, Vol. 26, no 1, 9-14 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Pheochromocytomas (PCCs) are tumors originating from the adrenal medulla displaying a diverse genetic background. While most PCCs are sporadic, about 40 % of the tumors have been associated with constitutional mutations in one of at least 14 known susceptibility genes. As 25 % of sporadic PCCs harbor somatic neurofibromin 1 gene (NF1) mutations, NF1 has been established as the most recurrently mutated gene in PCCs. To be able to pinpoint NF1-related pheochromocytoma (PCC) disease in clinical practice could facilitate the detection of familial cases, but the large size of the NF1 gene makes standard DNA sequencing methods cumbersome. The aim of this study was to examine whether mutations in the NF1 gene could be predicted by immunohistochemistry as a method to identify cases for further genetic characterization. Sixty-seven PCCs obtained from 67 unselected patients for which the somatic and constitutional mutational status of NF1 was known (49 NF1 wild type, 18 NF1 mutated) were investigated for NF1 protein immunoreactivity, and the results were correlated to clinical and genetic data. NF1 immunoreactivity was absent in the majority of the PCCs (44/67; 66 %), including 13 out of 18 cases (72 %) with a somatic or constitutional NF1 mutation. However, only a minority of the NF1 wild-type PCCs (18/49; 37 %) displayed retained NF1 immunoreactivity, thereby diminishing the specificity of the method. We conclude that NF1 immunohistochemistry alone is not a sufficient method to distinguish between NF1-mutated and non-mutated PCCs. In the clinical context, genetic screening therefore remains the most reliable tool to detect NF1-mutated PCCs.

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Springer, 2015. Vol. 26, no 1, 9-14 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-115262DOI: 10.1007/s12022-014-9348-1ISI: 000350057500002PubMedID: 25403449OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-115262DiVA: diva2:794472
Available from: 2015-03-11 Created: 2015-03-11 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved

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