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1.  Expression of Neuroendocrine Markers in Different Molecular Subtypes of Breast Carcinoma 
BioMed Research International  2014;2014:408459.
Background. Carcinomas of the breast with neuroendocrine features are incorporated in the World Health Organization classification since 2003 and include well-differentiated neuroendocrine tumors, poorly differentiated neuroendocrine carcinomas/small cell carcinomas, and invasive breast carcinomas with neuroendocrine differentiation. Neuroendocrine differentiation is known to be more common in certain low-grade histologic special types and has been shown to mainly cluster to the molecular (intrinsic) luminal A subtype. Methods. We analyzed the frequency of neuroendocrine differentiation in different molecular subtypes of breast carcinomas of no histologic special type using immunohistochemical stains with specific neuroendocrine markers (chromogranin A and synaptophysin). Results. We found neuroendocrine differentiation in 20% of luminal B-like carcinomas using current WHO criteria (at least 50% of tumor cells positive for synaptophysin or chromogranin A). In contrast, no neuroendocrine differentiation was seen in luminal A-like, HER2 amplified and triple-negative carcinomas. Breast carcinomas with neuroendocrine differentiation presented with advanced stage disease and showed aggressive behavior. Conclusions. We conclude that neuroendocrine differentiation is more common than assumed in poorly differentiated luminal B-like carcinomas. Use of specific neuroendocrine markers is thus encouraged in this subtype to enhance detection of neuroendocrine differentiation and hence characterize the biological and therapeutic relevance of this finding in future studies.
PMCID: PMC3950407  PMID: 24701575
2.  Correlation of histological and macroscopic findings in peritoneal endometriosis 
Context: In the last two decades, a color based concept of disease activity in peritoneal endometriosis has been in use in the clinical context, with red lesions being considered active and black or white lesions being interpreted as less active or dormant. Objective: Our aim was to analyze 4 main color categories of peritoneal endometriosis (black, white, red and brown) in one single patient group using histomorphological and immunohistochemical methods. Design: 65 endometriosis lesions (30 black, 17 white, 11 brown, 7 red) were resected from 47 premenopausal, nulliparous women which had not received exogenous hormones for at least six months prior to the operation. Specimen workup, histomorphological analysis and immunohistochemical analysis were performed in a standardized manner. Results: The color categories showed a broad overlap in proliferative activity and hormone receptor expression. Differences were found in lesion morphology. Adjacent stromal reaction in particular showed a marked increase from red through brown and black to white lesions. Differences were also seen in gland pattern and gland content. Conclusions: Lesion colors in peritoneal endometriosis seem to be determined by gland content and a varying adjacent stromal reaction and more likely reflect an aging process than different levels of disease activity.
PMCID: PMC3885469  PMID: 24427335
Endometriosis; colors; proliferation; hormone receptors; age
3.  Oncofertility: combination of ovarian stimulation with subsequent ovarian tissue extraction on the day of oocyte retrieval 
New anticancer treatments have increased survival rates for cancer patients, but often at the cost of sterility. Several strategies are currently available for preserving fertility. However, the chances of achieving a pregnancy with one technique are still limited. A combination of methods is therefore recommended in order to maximize women’s chances of future fertility. In this retrospective study, ovarian stimulation with subsequent ovarian tissue extraction on the day of oocyte retrieval were combined and the quality of the ovarian tissue, the numbers and quality of oocytes, time requirements, and the safety of the strategy were examined.
Fourteen female patients suffering from malignant diseases underwent one in vitro fertilization cycle. Different stimulation protocols were used, depending on the menstrual cycle. Transvaginal oocyte retrieval was scheduled 34–36 h after human chorionic gonadotropin administration. Immediately afterwards, ovarian tissue was extracted laparoscopically.
A mean of 10 oocytes were retrieved per patient, and 67% of the oocytes were successfully fertilized using intracytoplasmic sperm injection. No periprocedural complications and no complications leading to postponement of the start of chemotherapy occurred. The ovarian tissues were of good quality, with a normal age-related follicular distribution and without carcinoma cell invasion.
An approach using ovarian stimulation first, followed by laparoscopic collection of ovarian tissue, is a useful strategy for increasing the efficacy of fertility preservation techniques. The ovarian tissue is not affected by prior ovarian stimulation.
PMCID: PMC3599192  PMID: 23510640
Fertility preservation; Ovarian tissue; Ovarian stimulation; IVF; Oocyte cryopreservation; Ovarian tissue cryopreservation
4.  Invasive Breast Cancer: Recognition of Molecular Subtypes 
Breast Care  2011;6(4):258-264.
Molecular profiling has fundamentally changed our understanding of breast cancer in the last 10 years, by creating a new taxonomy of breast cancers based on the expression patterns of so-called ‘intrinsic genes’. Hierarchical clustering analyses performed on microarray-based gene expression profiles of breast cancers defined distinct breast cancer subgroups (luminal type A/B, HER2-enriched type, basal-like type). Since the initial landmark study by Perou et al., the concept of intrinsic breast cancer subtypes has been corroborated and expanded by several independent research groups. Further studies revealed individual properties of the intrinsic subgroups regarding the clinical course and the responsiveness to chemotherapy. The new gene expression profile-based taxonomy of breast cancer has been enthusiastically embraced by the scientific community and hailed as a major breakthrough on the way to individually tailored therapies. However, validation of the gene signatures in prospective studies is necessary before accepting these new technologies in daily clinical practice. In this review, the current data regarding the intrinsic subtypes and the associated clinical implications as well as the methodology of molecular profiling and possible use of immunohistochemistry in identifying intrinsic subtypes are discussed.
PMCID: PMC3225209  PMID: 22135623
Invasive breast cancer; Molecular subtypes; Luminal type; Basal type; HER2
5.  Associations of Breast Cancer Risk Factors With Tumor Subtypes: A Pooled Analysis From the Breast Cancer Association Consortium Studies 
Yang, Xiaohong R. | Chang-Claude, Jenny | Goode, Ellen L. | Couch, Fergus J. | Nevanlinna, Heli | Milne, Roger L. | Gaudet, Mia | Schmidt, Marjanka K. | Broeks, Annegien | Cox, Angela | Fasching, Peter A. | Hein, Rebecca | Spurdle, Amanda B. | Blows, Fiona | Driver, Kristy | Flesch-Janys, Dieter | Heinz, Judith | Sinn, Peter | Vrieling, Alina | Heikkinen, Tuomas | Aittomäki, Kristiina | Heikkilä, Päivi | Blomqvist, Carl | Lissowska, Jolanta | Peplonska, Beata | Chanock, Stephen | Figueroa, Jonine | Brinton, Louise | Hall, Per | Czene, Kamila | Humphreys, Keith | Darabi, Hatef | Liu, Jianjun | Van ‘t Veer, Laura J. | van Leeuwen, Flora E. | Andrulis, Irene L. | Glendon, Gord | Knight, Julia A. | Mulligan, Anna Marie | O’Malley, Frances P. | Weerasooriya, Nayana | John, Esther M. | Beckmann, Matthias W. | Hartmann, Arndt | Weihbrecht, Sebastian B. | Wachter, David L. | Jud, Sebastian M. | Loehberg, Christian R. | Baglietto, Laura | English, Dallas R. | Giles, Graham G. | McLean, Catriona A. | Severi, Gianluca | Lambrechts, Diether | Vandorpe, Thijs | Weltens, Caroline | Paridaens, Robert | Smeets, Ann | Neven, Patrick | Wildiers, Hans | Wang, Xianshu | Olson, Janet E. | Cafourek, Victoria | Fredericksen, Zachary | Kosel, Matthew | Vachon, Celine | Cramp, Helen E. | Connley, Daniel | Cross, Simon S. | Balasubramanian, Sabapathy P. | Reed, Malcolm W. R. | Dörk, Thilo | Bremer, Michael | Meyer, Andreas | Karstens, Johann H. | Ay, Aysun | Park-Simon, Tjoung-Won | Hillemanns, Peter | Arias Pérez, Jose Ignacio | Rodríguez, Primitiva Menéndez | Zamora, Pilar | Benítez, Javier | Ko, Yon-Dschun | Fischer, Hans-Peter | Hamann, Ute | Pesch, Beate | Brüning, Thomas | Justenhoven, Christina | Brauch, Hiltrud | Eccles, Diana M. | Tapper, William J. | Gerty, Sue M. | Sawyer, Elinor J. | Tomlinson, Ian P. | Jones, Angela | Kerin, Michael | Miller, Nicola | McInerney, Niall | Anton-Culver, Hoda | Ziogas, Argyrios | Shen, Chen-Yang | Hsiung, Chia-Ni | Wu, Pei-Ei | Yang, Show-Lin | Yu, Jyh-Cherng | Chen, Shou-Tung | Hsu, Giu-Cheng | Haiman, Christopher A. | Henderson, Brian E. | Le Marchand, Loic | Kolonel, Laurence N. | Lindblom, Annika | Margolin, Sara | Jakubowska, Anna | Lubiński, Jan | Huzarski, Tomasz | Byrski, Tomasz | Górski, Bohdan | Gronwald, Jacek | Hooning, Maartje J. | Hollestelle, Antoinette | van den Ouweland, Ans M. W. | Jager, Agnes | Kriege, Mieke | Tilanus-Linthorst, Madeleine M. A. | Collée, Margriet | Wang-Gohrke, Shan | Pylkäs, Katri | Jukkola-Vuorinen, Arja | Mononen, Kari | Grip, Mervi | Hirvikoski, Pasi | Winqvist, Robert | Mannermaa, Arto | Kosma, Veli-Matti | Kauppinen, Jaana | Kataja, Vesa | Auvinen, Päivi | Soini, Ylermi | Sironen, Reijo | Bojesen, Stig E. | Dynnes Ørsted, David | Kaur-Knudsen, Diljit | Flyger, Henrik | Nordestgaard, Børge G. | Holland, Helene | Chenevix-Trench, Georgia | Manoukian, Siranoush | Barile, Monica | Radice, Paolo | Hankinson, Susan E. | Hunter, David J. | Tamimi, Rulla | Sangrajrang, Suleeporn | Brennan, Paul | McKay, James | Odefrey, Fabrice | Gaborieau, Valerie | Devilee, Peter | Huijts, P.E.A. | Tollenaar, RAEM. | Seynaeve, C. | Dite, Gillian S. | Apicella, Carmel | Hopper, John L. | Hammet, Fleur | Tsimiklis, Helen | Smith, Letitia D. | Southey, Melissa C. | Humphreys, Manjeet K. | Easton, Douglas | Pharoah, Paul | Sherman, Mark E. | Garcia-Closas, Montserrat
Previous studies have suggested that breast cancer risk factors are associated with estrogen receptor (ER) and progesterone receptor (PR) expression status of the tumors.
We pooled tumor marker and epidemiological risk factor data from 35 568 invasive breast cancer case patients from 34 studies participating in the Breast Cancer Association Consortium. Logistic regression models were used in case–case analyses to estimate associations between epidemiological risk factors and tumor subtypes, and case–control analyses to estimate associations between epidemiological risk factors and the risk of developing specific tumor subtypes in 12 population-based studies. All statistical tests were two-sided.
In case–case analyses, of the epidemiological risk factors examined, early age at menarche (≤12 years) was less frequent in case patients with PR− than PR+ tumors (P = .001). Nulliparity (P = 3 × 10−6) and increasing age at first birth (P = 2 × 10−9) were less frequent in ER− than in ER+ tumors. Obesity (body mass index [BMI] ≥ 30 kg/m2) in younger women (≤50 years) was more frequent in ER−/PR− than in ER+/PR+ tumors (P = 1 × 10−7), whereas obesity in older women (>50 years) was less frequent in PR− than in PR+ tumors (P = 6 × 10−4). The triple-negative (ER−/PR−/HER2−) or core basal phenotype (CBP; triple-negative and cytokeratins [CK]5/6+ and/or epidermal growth factor receptor [EGFR]+) accounted for much of the heterogeneity in parity-related variables and BMI in younger women. Case–control analyses showed that nulliparity, increasing age at first birth, and obesity in younger women showed the expected associations with the risk of ER+ or PR+ tumors but not triple-negative (nulliparity vs parity, odds ratio [OR] = 0.94, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.75 to 1.19, P = .61; 5-year increase in age at first full-term birth, OR = 0.95, 95% CI = 0.86 to 1.05, P = .34; obesity in younger women, OR = 1.36, 95% CI = 0.95 to 1.94, P = .09) or CBP tumors.
This study shows that reproductive factors and BMI are most clearly associated with hormone receptor–positive tumors and suggest that triple-negative or CBP tumors may have distinct etiology.
PMCID: PMC3107570  PMID: 21191117
6.  Ki67, chemotherapy response, and prognosis in breast cancer patients receiving neoadjuvant treatment 
BMC Cancer  2011;11:486.
The pathological complete response (pCR) after neoadjuvant chemotherapy is a surrogate marker for a favorable prognosis in breast cancer patients. Factors capable of predicting a pCR, such as the proliferation marker Ki67, may therefore help improve our understanding of the drug response and its effect on the prognosis. This study investigated the predictive and prognostic value of Ki67 in patients with invasive breast cancer receiving neoadjuvant treatment for breast cancer.
Ki67 was stained routinely from core biopsies in 552 patients directly after the fixation and embedding process. HER2/neu, estrogen and progesterone receptors, and grading were also assessed before treatment. These data were used to construct univariate and multivariate models for predicting pCR and prognosis. The tumors were also classified by molecular phenotype to identify subgroups in which predicting pCR and prognosis with Ki67 might be feasible.
Using a cut-off value of > 13% positively stained cancer cells, Ki67 was found to be an independent predictor for pCR (OR 3.5; 95% CI, 1.4, 10.1) and for overall survival (HR 8.1; 95% CI, 3.3 to 20.4) and distant disease-free survival (HR 3.2; 95% CI, 1.8 to 5.9). The mean Ki67 value was 50.6 ± 23.4% in patients with pCR. Patients without a pCR had an average of 26.7 ± 22.9% positively stained cancer cells.
Ki67 has predictive and prognostic value and is a feasible marker for clinical practice. It independently improved the prediction of treatment response and prognosis in a group of breast cancer patients receiving neoadjuvant treatment. As mean Ki67 values in patients with a pCR were very high, cut-off values in a high range above which the prognosis may be better than in patients with lower Ki67 values may be hypothesized. Larger studies will be needed in order to investigate these findings further.
PMCID: PMC3262864  PMID: 22081974
7.  SMARCB1(INI1)-deficient Sinonasal Basaloid Carcinoma 
Poorly differentiated sinonasal carcinomas are a heterogenous group of aggressive neoplasms that encompasses squamous cell carcinoma including basaloid variant, lymphoepithelial carcinoma, sinonasal undifferentiated carcinoma, and neuroendocrine-type small cell carcinoma. We herein describe 3 cases of a hitherto unreported variant combining features of basaloid carcinoma with variable intermingled rhabdoid cells. Patients were 2 women (aged 28 and 35) and a man (52 y) who presented with sinonasal masses. All had advanced local disease with bone involvement (pT4). None had a history of irradiation or a family history of rhabdoid tumors. Treatment was surgery and adjuvant chemoradiation. One patient developed liver, lung, pleural, and pericardial metastases (63 mo) and is currently (70 mo) alive under palliative treatment. Another developed recurrent cervical lymph node metastases and died of disease 8.5 years later. The youngest patient was disease-free at last follow-up 7 years later. Histologic features were very similar in all 3 cases and showed intimate admixture of compact basaloid cell nests with peripheral palisading, perivascular pseudorosettes, and a few scattered rhabdoid cells. Rhabdoid cells were more extensive in the metastasis in 1 case but formed a minor inconspicuous component in the primary tumors in all cases. Striking features common to all cases were (1) basaloid “blue” appearance at low power, (2) papilloma-like exophytic component, (3) extensive pagetoid surface growth with prominent denuding features, and (4) replacement of underlying mucous glands mimicking an inverted papilloma. Clear-cut origin from benign papilloma and overt squamous differentiation were lacking. Diffuse (2) or partial (1) p16 expression was noted, but all cases lacked human papillomavirus DNA by molecular tests. In situ hybridization was negative for Epstein-Barr virus. Immunohistochemistry showed diffuse expression of pancytokeratin. CK5 and vimentin showed intermingling of CK5+/vimentin− basaloid and CK5−/vimentin+ rhabdoid cells. Complete loss of nuclear SMARCB1 expression was seen in all cases including also the denuding carcinoma in situ–like surface lesions. To our knowledge, this variant of sinonasal carcinoma has not been reported before. The identical features in all 3 cases suggest a specific disease rather than a nonspecific dedifferentiated phenotype. Awareness of this rare variant and thus reporting of additional cases is necessary for defining its full morphologic and biological spectrum.
PMCID: PMC4141899  PMID: 24832165
rhabdoid carcinoma; basaloid carcinoma; SMARCB1; INI1; sinonasal tract; hybrid neoplasm

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