Undifferentiated Small Round Cell Sarcoma With t(4;19)(q35;q13.1) CIC-DUX4 Fusion: A Novel Highly Aggressive Soft Tissue Tumor With Distinctive Histopathology

2013-09-01 13:49:30

American Journal of Surgical Pathology; 2013 Sept; 37(9):1379-86

Choi, Eun-Young Karen; Thomas, Dafydd G.; McHugh, Jonathan B.; Patel, Rajiv M.; Roulston, Diane; Schuetze, Scott M.; Chugh, Rashmi; Biermann, Janet Sybil; Lucas, David R.


A subset of small round cell sarcomas remains difficult to classify. Among these, a rare tumor harboring a t(4;19)(q35;q13.1) with CIC-DUX4 fusion has been described. The aim of this study is to better understand its clinicopathologic features. Four cases of CIC-DUX4 sarcoma, all arising in adults (3 women, 1 man, aged 20 to 43 y), were identified using conventional cytogenetic, reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) methods. All 4 tumors demonstrated CIC-DUX4 fusion transcript by both RT-PCR and FISH and CIC rearrangement by FISH. Cytogenetic results from 2 tumors showed t(4;19)(q35;q13.1) occurring as part of a simple karyotype in 1 tumor and as part of a complex karyotype in the other, the latter from a postchemotherapy specimen. Both tumors harbored trisomy 8 and lacked any other known sarcoma-associated translocation. No EWS or SYT rearrangements were detected by RT-PCR or FISH. The tumors had small round cell morphology with a distinctive constellation of histologic features including extensive geographic necrosis, mild nuclear pleomorphism with coarse chromatin and prominent nucleoli, clear cell areas, and focal myxoid matrix. Only focal staining for CD99 was present in each tumor. Two had very focal cytokeratin staining. All tumors were negative for desmin, myogenin, TLE-1, and S100 protein, whereas nuclear INI-1 staining was retained. The tumors were highly aggressive, and all patients died of disseminated disease within 16.8 months. CIC-DUX4 sarcoma represents a novel translocation-associated sarcoma with distinctive histopathologic features and rapid disease progression.

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