Aims: To describe a tumour with morphological and immunophenotypic characteristics of epithelioid variant of pleomorphic liposarcoma. Pleomorphic liposarcoma is a very rare variant of liposarcoma defined morphologically by the presence of pleomorphic lipoblasts showing peculiar epithelial-like features that can be confused with primary or metastatic carcinoma. Methods and results: Molecular analysis demonstrated for the first time the presence of FUS-CHOP transcript in this liposarcoma variant. Microarray analysis revealed a gene expression profile related to a more aggressive tumour type when compared with other myxoid/ round cell liposarcomas. Conclusions: The present data show that the epithelioid variant of pleomorphic liposarcoma represents a further variant of myxoid liposarcoma sharing the FUS-CHOP fusion transcript but carrying a distinct expression profile, in keeping with its aggressive clinical course.
- Epithelioid variant of pleomorphic liposarcoma
- FUS-CHOP translocation
- Gene profiling
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cell Biology
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine