Nuclear expression of STAT6 distinguishes solitary fibrous tumor from histologic mimics

Leona A. Doyle, Marina Vivero, Christopher D. M. Fletcher, Fredrik Mertens, Jason L. Hornick

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

354 Citations (SciVal)

Abstract

Solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) is composed of spindled to ovoid cells in a patternless architecture with prominent stromal collagen and hemangiopericytoma-like vessels. Some tumors show hypercellularity, nuclear atypia, and significant mitotic activity; the latter feature in particular often portends an aggressive clinical course. SFT can sometimes be difficult to distinguish from other benign mesenchymal tumors and sarcomas. The most characteristic (albeit nonspecific) immunohistochemical finding in SFT is CD34 expression. A NAB2-STAT6 gene fusion, resulting in a chimeric protein in which a repressor domain of NGFI-A binding protein 2 (EGR1 binding protein 2) (NAB2) is replaced with a carboxy-terminal transactivation domain from signal transducer and activator of transcription 6, interleukin-4 induced (STAT6), was recently identified as a consistent finding in SFT. However, as these genes are located in close proximity on 12q13, this fusion can only rarely be detected by conventional chromosomal banding or fluorescence in situ hybridization analysis. Nuclear expression of the carboxy terminal part of STAT6 is a consistent finding in SFT of the meninges (so-called 'meningeal hemangiopericytoma'). We investigated STAT6 expression by immunohistochemistry in SFTs and other soft tissue tumors arising outside the central nervous system to validate the diagnostic utility of this novel marker. Whole-tissue sections of 231 tumors were evaluated, including 60 cases of SFT as well as other benign and malignant mesenchymal neoplasms and sarcomatoid mesotheliomas. Fifty-nine of 60 SFT cases (98%) showed nuclear expression of STAT6, which was usually diffuse and intense. All other tumor types were negative for STAT6, except for three dedifferentiated liposarcomas and one deep fibrous histiocytoma, which showed weak staining. In conclusion, STAT6 is a highly sensitive and almost perfectly specific immunohistochemical marker for SFT and can be helpful to distinguish this tumor type from histologic mimics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)390-395
JournalModern Pathology
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Medical Genetics

Keywords

  • gene fusion
  • immunohistochemistry
  • sarcoma
  • soft tissue tumors
  • whole-exome sequencing

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Nuclear expression of STAT6 distinguishes solitary fibrous tumor from histologic mimics'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this