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1.  Unclassified mixed germ cell-sex cord-stromal tumor with multiple malignant cellular elements in a young woman: a case report and review of the literature 
Unclassified mixed germ cell-sex cord-stromal tumor composed of germ cells and sex cord derivatives is a rare neoplasm. Approximately 10% of such tumors have malignant germ cell components. We report the case of a 28 year-old female with a right adnexal mass measuring 8 cm in greatest dimension, containing areas with both germ cell and sex cord components. The germ cell portion contained multiple growth patterns with a malignant appearance, while the sex cord element consisted mainly of annular tubules. Within the malignant germ cell elements was a dysgerminoma that accounted for approximately 75% of the tumor volume. Other malignant germ cell elements included yolk sac tumor, embryonal carcinoma, and choriocarcinoma, which comprised about 15% of the tumor volume. The annular tubule structures comprised about 10% of the total tumor volume. To our knowledge, this is the first case reported in the literature of an unclassified mixed germ cell-sex cord-stromal tumor associated with embryonal carcinoma components. The patient had a 46XX karyotype, regular menstrual periods, and no evidence of gross abnormalities in the contralateral ovary. The patient remained clinically well and disease-free 2 years after surgery. In addition to a thorough case description, the literature concerning this entity is reviewed and discussed.
PMCID: PMC4152097  PMID: 25197407
Mixed germ cell-sex cord-stromal tumor; mixed malignant germ cell tumor; sex cord tumors with annular tubules; gonadoblastoma
2.  Low-grade endometrioid carcinoma of the ovary associated with undifferentiated carcinoma: case report and review of the literature 
The association of low-grade endometrioid carcinoma with undifferentiated carcinoma (UC) was first reported in endometrium carcinoma, termed with dedifferentiated carcinoma (DC). However, the coexistence of low-grade endometrioid carcinoma (LGEC) or serous carcinoma (LGSC) with UC has received minimal attention in ovary, and the behavior of this kind of neoplasm remains at further discussion. In this study, we reported a case of low-grade ovarian endometrioid carcinoma associated with UC and reviewed another four cases previously reported. We found a histological continuity between the LGEC and UC components in H&E section, which suggested a dedifferentiation from LGEC to UC components. In summary, this kind of pathological type has aggressive behavior and these patients have very poor prognosis regardless of the amount of undifferentiated carcinoma.
PMCID: PMC4129063  PMID: 25120828
Ovarian carcinoma; undifferentiated carcinoma; dedifferentiated carcinoma; low-grade endometrioid carcinoma
3.  Nrf2 expression in endometrial serous carcinomas and its precancers 
Endometrial serous carcinoma (ESC) is the most aggressive subtype of endometrial cancer. Its aggressive behavior and poor clinical outcome may be partially attributed to lack of early diagnostic markers and unclear patho-genesis. The transcription factor Erythroid–E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) is a recently identified protein marker, which plays a role in carcinogenesis as well as responsible for poor prognosis of many human cancers. The aim of this study is to determine the Nrf2 expression in benign endometrium (n=28), endometrial cancers (n=122) as well as their precursor lesions (n=81) trying to see whether Nrf2 has any diagnostic usage and is potentially involved in endometrial carcinogenesis. The level of Nrf2 was evaluated by immunohistochemical (IHC) and verified by using Western blots. Among the malignant cases, Nrf2 was positive in 28 (68%) of 50 ESCs, which was significantly more than in 3 (6%) of 50 endometrioid carcinomas (p < 0.001) and 2 (13%) of 15 clear cell carcinomas (p = 0.001) and other histologic types of endometrial cancers. Among endometrial precursor lesions, both serous endometrial glandular dysplasia (EmGD, 40%) and serous endometrial intraepithelial carcinoma (EIC, 44%) showed a significantly higher Nrf2 expression than that in atypical endometrial hyperplasia or endometrial intraepithelial neoplasia (0%), clear cell EmGD (10%), and clear cell EIC (25%), respectively. We conclude that Nrf2 overexpression is closely associated with endometrial neoplasms with serous differentiation. Alteration of Nrf2 expression may represent one of the early molecular events in ESC carcinogenesis and overexpression of Nrf2 may used as a diagnostic marker in surgical pathology.
PMCID: PMC3016106  PMID: 21228930
Nrf2; endometrial cancer; precancer; endometrial serous carcinoma; endometrial glandular dysplasia

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