AKT1 and BRAF mutations in pediatric aggressive fibromatosis

Cristina Meazza, Antonino Belfiore, Adele Busico, Giulio Settanni, Nicholas Paielli, Luca Cesana, Andrea Ferrari, Stefano Chiaravalli, Maura Massimino, Alessandro Gronchi, Chiara Colombo, Silvana Pilotti, Federica Perrone

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Aside from the CTNNB1 and adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) mutations, the genetic profile of pediatric aggressive fibromatosis (AF) has remained poorly characterized. The aim of this study was to shed more light on the mutational spectrum of pediatric AF, comparing it with its adult counterpart, with a view to identifying biomarkers for use as prognostic factors or new potential therapeutic targets. CTNNB1, APC, AKT1, BRAF TP53, and RET Sanger sequencing and next-generation sequencing (NGS) with the 50-gene Ion AmpliSeq Cancer Hotspot Panel v2 were performed on formalin-fixed samples from 28 pediatric and 33 adult AFs. The prognostic value of CTNNB1, AKT1, and BRAF mutations in pediatric AF patients was investigated. Recurrence-free survival (RFS) curves were estimated with the Kaplan–Meier method and statistical comparisons were drawn using the log-rank test. In addition to the CTNNB1 mutation (64%), pediatric AF showed AKT1 (31%), BRAF (19%), and TP53 (9%) mutations, whereas only the CTNNB1 mutation was found in adult AF. The polymorphism Q472H VEGFR was identified in both pediatric (56%) and adult (40%) AF. Our results indicate that the mutational spectrum of pediatric AF is more complex than that of adult AF, with multiple gene mutations involving not only CTNNB1 but also AKT1 and BRAF. This intriguing finding may have clinical implications and warrants further investigations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1204-1213
Number of pages10
JournalCancer Medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2016


  • AKT1
  • BRAF
  • CTNNB1, TP53
  • pediatric aggressive fibromatosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cancer Research


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