Rb and TP53 pathway alterations in sporadic and NF1-related malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors

Sarah Birindelli, Federica Perrone, Maria Oggionni, Cinzia Lavarino, Barbara Pasini, Barbara Vergani, Guglielmina N. Ranzani, Marco A. Pierotti, Silvana Pilotti

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Karyotypic complexities associated with frequent loss or rearrangement of a number of chromosome arms, deletions, and mutations affecting the TP53 region, and molecular alterations of the INK4A gene have been reported in sporadic and/or neurofibromatosis type I (NF1)-related malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs). However, no investigations addressing possible different pathogenetic pathways in sporadic and NF1-associated MPNSTs have been reported. This lack is unexpected because, despite similar morphologic and immunophenotypic features, NF1-related cases are, by definition, associated with NF1 gene defects. Thus, we investigated the occurrence of TP53 and p16INK4A gene deregulation and the presence of microsatellite alterations at markers located at 17p, 17q, 9p21, 22q, 11q, 1p, or 2q loci in MPNSTs and neurofibromas either related (14 cases) or unrelated (14 cases) to NF1. Our results indicate that, in MPNSTs, p16INK4A inactivation almost equally affects both groups. However, TP53 mutations and loss of heterozygosity involving the TP53 locus (43% versus 9%), and p53 wild type overexpression, related or not to mdm2 overexpression (71% versus 25%), seem to mainly be restricted to sporadic MPNSTs. In NF1-associated MPNSTs, our microsatellite results are consistent with the occurrence of somatic inactivation by loss of heterozygosity of the second NF1 allele.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)833-844
Number of pages12
JournalLaboratory Investigation
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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