Dr. Charville has a special interest in the diagnosis of rare tumors that derive from bone and soft tissues, including muscle, fat, blood vessels, cartilage, and other connective tissues. He also specializes in the classification and study of diseases related to the gastrointestinal and hepatopancreatobiliary systems.

Dr. Charville particularly enjoys working alongside Stanford's excellent physicians-in-training to classify the most diagnostically challenging cases in collaboration with pathologists from around the world, bringing to bear cutting-edge techniques for comprehensive histologic and molecular characterization in each case. This experience serves as the inspiration for laboratory-based investigation of the molecular underpinnings of human disease, focusing on genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of neoplasia and the translation of these mechanistic insights into novel diagnostic and predictive biomarkers.

Clinical Focus

  • Soft Tissue and Bone Pathology
  • Gastrointestinal and Hepatopancreatobiliary Pathology
  • Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor - University Medical Line, Pathology

Administrative Appointments

  • Director, Soft Tissue and Bone Pathology Service, Department of Pathology (2023 - Present)
  • Associate Director, Gastrointestinal and Pancreatobiliary Pathology Service, Department of Pathology (2023 - Present)

Honors & Awards

  • Anatomic Pathology Junior Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Pathology, Stanford University School of Medicine (2019)
  • Faculty Mentoring Award, Department of Pathology, Stanford University School of Medicine (2019)
  • Arthur Purdy Stout Stipend Award, Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists (2017)
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F30), National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health (2009-2015)
  • Medical Scientist Training Program, National Institutes of Health, Stanford University School of Medicine (2007-2015)
  • Francis P. Venable Medal, Department of Chemistry, UNC-Chapel Hill (2007)
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation (2005-2007)

Professional Education

  • M.D., Stanford University School of Medicine (2015)
  • Ph.D., Stanford University School of Medicine, Developmental Biology (2015)
  • Residency: Stanford University Pathology Residency (2018) CA
  • Board Certification, American Board of Pathology, Anatomic Pathology (2018)

All Publications

  • CHRNA6 RNA in situ hybridization is a useful tool for the diagnosis of extraskeletal myxoid chondrosarcoma. Modern pathology : an official journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc Dulken, B. W., Kingsley, L., Zdravkovic, S., Cespedes, O., Qian, X., Suster, D. I., Charville, G. W. 2024: 100464


    Extraskeletal myxoid chondrosarcoma (EMC) is an uncommon mesenchymal neoplasm characteristically composed of uniform-appearing round to spindle-shaped cells with eosinophilic cytoplasm and abundant myxoid extracellular matrix. While the majority of cases harbor a pathognomonic t(9;22) translocation that fuses EWSR1 with the orphan nuclear receptor NR4A3, there are less common variants that partner NR4A3 with TAF15, TCF12, or TFG. By immunohistochemistry, EMC has features of both cartilaginous and neuroendocrine differentiation, as evidenced by inconsistent expression of S100 protein and synaptophysin or INSM1, respectively, in a subset of cases. Given the limitations of available immunohistochemical stains for the diagnosis of EMC, we analyzed genome-wide gene expression microarray data to identify candidate biomarkers based on differential expression in EMC in comparison to other mesenchymal neoplasms. This analysis pointed to CHRNA6 as the gene with the highest relative expression in EMC (96-fold; P = 8.2×10-26), and the only gene with more than 50-fold increased expression in EMC compared to other tumors. Using RNA chromogenic in situ hybridization (CISH), we observed strong and diffuse expression of CHRNA6 in 25 cases of EMC, including both EWSR1- and TAF15-rearranged variants. All examined cases of histological mimics were negative for CHRNA6 overexpression; however, limited CHRNA6 expression, not reaching a threshold of greater than 5 puncta or one aggregate of chromogen in more than 25% of cells, was observed in 69 of 685 mimics (10.1%), spanning an array of mesenchymal tumors. Taken together, these findings suggest that, with careful interpretation and the use of appropriate thresholds, CHRNA6 RNA CISH is a potentially useful ancillary histological tool for the diagnosis of EMC.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.modpat.2024.100464

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  • Diagnostic utility of FOXO1 immunohistochemistry for rhabdomyosarcoma classification. Histopathology Rutland, C. D., Gedallovich, J., Wang, A., Zdravkovic, S., Varma, S., Hornick, J. L., Charville, G. W. 2023


    AIMS: Rhabdomyosarcomas currently are classified into one of four subtypes (alveolar, embryonal, spindle cell/sclerosing, or pleomorphic) according to their morphological, immunohistochemical, and molecular genetic features. The alveolar subtype is characterized by a recurrent translocation involving PAX3 or PAX7 and FOXO1; identification of this translocation is important for appropriate classification and prognostication. In this study, we aimed to explore the diagnostic utility of FOXO1 immunohistochemistry for rhabdomyosarcoma classification.METHODS/RESULTS: A monoclonal antibody targeting a FOXO1 epitope retained in the fusion oncoprotein was used to study 105 rhabdomyosarcomas. FOXO1 was positive for expression by immunohistochemistry in all 25 alveolar rhabdomyosarcomas with 84% showing diffuse expression in greater than 90% of neoplastic cells; the remainder of alveolar rhabdomyosarcomas displayed at least moderate staining in a minimum of 60% of lesional cells. Apart from three spindle cell rhabdomyosarcomas showing heterogeneous nuclear immunoreactivity in 40-80% of tumor cells, the 80 cases of embryonal, pleomorphic, and spindle cell/sclerosing rhabdomyosarcoma were negative for FOXO1 expression (96.3% specific) when using a threshold of nuclear staining in 20% of neoplastic cells to determine positivity. Variable cytoplasmic staining was present in a fraction of all rhabdomyosarcoma subtypes. Non-neoplastic lymphocytes, endothelial cells, and Schwann cells also showed variably intense nuclear anti-FOXO1 immunoreactivity.CONCLUSIONS: Taken together, our findings suggest that FOXO1 immunohistochemistry is a highly sensitive and relatively specific surrogate marker of the PAX3/7::FOXO1 fusion oncoprotein in rhabdomyosarcoma. Cytoplasmic immunoreactivity, expression in non-neoplastic tissues, and limited nuclear staining of non-alveolar rhabdomyosarcomas represent potential pitfalls in interpretation.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/his.14898

    View details for PubMedID 36860202

  • GRM1 Immunohistochemistry Distinguishes Chondromyxoid Fibroma From its Histologic Mimics. The American journal of surgical pathology Toland, A. M., Lam, S. W., Varma, S., Wang, A., Howitt, B. E., Kunder, C. A., Kerr, D. A., Szuhai, K., Bovée, J. V., Charville, G. W. 2022


    Chondromyxoid fibroma (CMF) is a rare benign bone neoplasm that manifests histologically as a lobular proliferation of stellate to spindle-shaped cells in a myxoid background, exhibiting morphologic overlap with other cartilaginous and myxoid tumors of bone. CMF is characterized by recurrent genetic rearrangements that place the glutamate receptor gene GRM1 under the regulatory control of a constitutively active promoter, leading to increased gene expression. Here, we explore the diagnostic utility of GRM1 immunohistochemistry as a surrogate marker for GRM1 rearrangement using a commercially available monoclonal antibody in a study of 230 tumors, including 30 CMF cases represented by 35 specimens. GRM1 was positive by immunohistochemistry in 97% of CMF specimens (34/35), exhibiting moderate to strong staining in more than 50% of neoplastic cells; staining was diffuse (>95% of cells) in 25 specimens (71%). Among the 9 CMF specimens with documented exposure to acid decalcification, 4 (44%) exhibited diffuse immunoreactivity (>95%) for GRM1, whereas all 15 CMF specimens (100%) with lack of exposure to decalcification reagents were diffusely immunoreactive (P=0.003). High GRM1 expression at the RNA level was previously observed by quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction in 9 CMF cases that were also positive by immunohistochemistry; low GRM1 expression was observed by quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction in the single case of CMF that was negative by immunohistochemistry. GRM1 immunohistochemistry was negative (<5%) in histologic mimics of CMF, including conventional chondrosarcoma, enchondroma, chondroblastoma, clear cell chondrosarcoma, giant cell tumor of the bone, fibrous dysplasia, chondroblastic osteosarcoma, myoepithelial tumor, primary aneurysmal bone cyst, brown tumor, phosphaturic mesenchymal tumor, CMF-like osteosarcoma, and extraskeletal myxoid chondrosarcoma. These results indicate that GRM1 immunohistochemistry may have utility in distinguishing CMF from its histologic mimics.

    View details for DOI 10.1097/PAS.0000000000001921

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  • Acinar cell clonal expansion in pancreas homeostasis and carcinogenesis. Nature Neuhofer, P., Roake, C. M., Kim, S. J., Lu, R. J., West, R. B., Charville, G. W., Artandi, S. E. 2021


    Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths worldwide1. Studies in human tissues and in mouse models have suggested that for many cancers, stem cells sustain early mutations driving tumour development2,3. For the pancreas, however, mechanisms underlying cellular renewal and initiation of PDAC remain unresolved. Here, using lineage tracing from the endogenous telomerase reverse transcriptase (Tert) locus, we identify a rare TERT-positive subpopulation of pancreatic acinar cells dispersed throughout the exocrine compartment. During homeostasis, these TERThigh acinar cells renew the pancreas by forming expanding clones of acinar cells, whereas randomly marked acinar cells do not form these clones. Specific expression of mutant Kras in TERThigh acinar cells accelerates acinar clone formation and causes transdifferentiation to ductal pre-invasive pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasms by upregulating Ras-MAPK signalling and activating the downstream kinase ERK (phospho-ERK). In resected human pancreatic neoplasms, we find that foci of phospho-ERK-positive acinar cells are common and frequently contain activating KRAS mutations, suggesting that these acinar regions represent an early cancer precursor lesion. These data support a model in which rare TERThigh acinar cells may sustain KRAS mutations, driving acinar cell expansion and creating a field of aberrant cells initiating pancreatic tumorigenesis.

    View details for DOI 10.1038/s41586-021-03916-2

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  • PDGFB RNA in situ hybridization for the diagnosis of dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans. Modern pathology : an official journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc Cloutier, J. M., Allard, G. n., Bean, G. R., Hornick, J. L., Charville, G. W. 2021


    Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP) is a spindle cell neoplasm of the skin and superficial soft tissue with a tendency for locally aggressive behavior; metastatic potential coincides with fibrosarcomatous transformation. The vast majority of DFSPs harbor the t(17;22) translocation resulting in a COL1A1-PDGFB fusion that drives autocrine growth stimulation via PDGFB overexpression. Here, we examined the utility of PDGFB RNA chromogenic in situ hybridization (CISH) for the diagnosis of DFSP. A total of 337 tumors represented in whole tissue sections and tissue microarrays, including 37 cases of DFSP and 300 histologically similar spindle cell tumors, were subjected to PDGFB RNA CISH using commercially available probes. PDGFB overexpression was observed by light microscopy in 24 of 26 conventional DFSPs (92%) and 11 of 11 fibrosarcomatous DFSPs (100%). One of two DFSPs negative for PDGFB by RNA CISH was found to harbor an uncommon alternative rearrangement involving PDGFD. All examined cases of histologic mimics were negative for PDGFB overexpression; limited PDGFB expression, not reaching an empirical threshold of greater than 5 puncta or one aggregate of chromogen in more than 25% of cells, was observed in 7 of 300 mimics (2.3%), including desmoplastic melanoma, malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor, angiosarcoma, and pleomorphic dermal sarcoma. Vascular PDGFB expression was seen in several tumor types. We conclude that PDGFB RNA CISH, with careful interpretation and the use of appropriate thresholds, may serve as a surrogate marker of PDGFB rearrangement and a useful ancillary tool for the diagnosis of DFSP.

    View details for DOI 10.1038/s41379-021-00800-2

    View details for PubMedID 33762682

  • Diagnosis of soft tissue tumors using immunohistochemistry as a surrogate for recurrent fusion oncoproteins. Seminars in diagnostic pathology Black, M. A., Charville, G. W. 2021


    Soft tissue neoplasms encompass a broad spectrum of clinicopathologic manifestations. In a subset of soft tissue tumors, spanning a wide range of clinical behavior from indolent to highly aggressive, recurrent genetic translocations yield oncogenic fusion proteins that drive neoplastic growth. Beyond functioning as primary mechanisms of tumorigenesis, recurrent translocations represent key diagnostic features insofar as the presence of a particular oncogenic gene fusion generally points to specific tumor entities. In addition to more direct methods for identifying recurrent translocations, such as conventional cytogenetics or fluorescence in situ hybridization, immunohistochemistry for a component of the fusion oncoprotein increasingly is being used as a surrogate marker, exploiting the tendency of these fusion components to be distinctively overexpressed by translocation-bearing tumor cells. Diagnostic immunohistochemistry can also be used to identify the characteristic gene expression changes that occur downstream of oncogenic fusions. Here, we review the use of immunohistochemistry to detect surrogate markers of recurrent translocations in soft tissue tumors, focusing on the practical applications and limitations of this diagnostic approach.

    View details for DOI 10.1053/j.semdp.2021.10.005

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  • Well-differentiated lipomatous neoplasms with p53 alterations: A clinicopathologic and molecular study of eight cases with features of atypical pleomorphic lipomatous tumor. Histopathology Hammer, P. M., Kunder, C. A., Howitt, B. E., Charville, G. W. 2021


    Well-differentiated lipomatous neoplasms encompass a broad spectrum of benign and malignant tumors, many of which are characterized by recurrent genetic abnormalities. Although a key regulator of p53 signaling, MDM2, is characteristically amplified in well-differentiated liposarcoma, recurrent abnormalities of p53 itself have not been reported in well-differentiated adipocytic neoplasms. Here, we present a series of well-differentiated lipomatous tumors characterized by p53 alterations and histologic features in keeping with atypical pleomorphic lipomatous tumor (APLT).We reviewed the morphologic, immunohistochemical, and molecular genetic features of eight lipomatous tumors with p53 alterations. Four tumors arose in the thigh, and one case each arose in the shoulder, calf, upper back, and subclavicular regions; six tumors were deep/subfascial and two were subcutaneous. Relevant clinical history included two patients with Li-Fraumeni syndrome. Morphologically, all cases demonstrated well-differentiated adipocytes with prominent nuclear pleomorphism, limited mitotic activity, and no tumor cell necrosis. All cases were negative for MDM2 overexpression and amplification by immunohistochemistry and fluorescence in situ hybridization, respectively. By immunohistochemistry, p16 was diffusely overexpressed in all cases; seven tumors (88%) showed abnormal loss of Rb and p53. TP53 mutation or deletion was identified in 4 of 6 tumors evaluated by exon-targeted hybrid capture-based massively parallel sequencing; RB1 mutation or deletion was present in 5 of 6 cases.We present a series of eight well-differentiated lipomatous neoplasms characterized by p53 alterations in addition to Rb loss and histologic features of APLT. These findings suggest that impaired p53 signaling may contribute to the pathogenesis of APLT in a subset of cases.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/his.14593

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  • DDIT3 Immunohistochemistry Is a Useful Tool for the Diagnosis of Myxoid Liposarcoma. The American journal of surgical pathology Scapa, J. V., Cloutier, J. M., Raghavan, S. S., Peters-Schulze, G. n., Varma, S. n., Charville, G. W. 2020


    Myxoid liposarcoma is a malignant adipogenic neoplasm characterized by prominent arborizing capillaries, occasional lipoblasts, and primitive-appearing spindle cells in a myxoid background. A recurrent translocation in myxoid liposarcoma results in an oncoprotein consisting of full-length DDIT3 (CHOP) fused to an N-terminal segment of either FUS (TLS) or, less often, EWSR1. Here, we explore the diagnostic significance of DDIT3 expression in myxoid liposarcoma using a mouse monoclonal antibody recognizing an epitope in the N-terminal region. Studying a total of 300 tumors, we find diffuse, moderate-to-strong nuclear-localized anti-DDIT3 immunoreactivity in all 46 cases of myxoid liposarcoma representing 36 unique tumors, including 6 cases with high-grade (round cell) morphology. DDIT3 immunohistochemistry also highlighted a distinctive vasculocentric growth pattern in 7 myxoid liposarcomas treated with neoadjuvant radiation. In contrast, the vast majority of other examined lipomatous and myxoid neoplasms exhibited no DDIT3 expression; limited, weak immunoreactivity in <10% of cells was infrequently observed in dedifferentiated liposarcoma (6/39, 15%), solitary fibrous tumor (3/12, 25%), pleomorphic liposarcoma (1/15, 7%), and high-grade myxofibrosarcoma (2/17, 12%). Although this minimal DDIT3 expression did not correlate with DDIT3 amplification or myxoid liposarcoma-like morphology in dedifferentiated liposarcoma, there was evidence among sarcomas (excluding myxoid liposarcoma) of a relationship between expression and exposure to neoadjuvant radiation or cytotoxic chemotherapy. The constellation of findings indicates that DDIT3 immunohistochemistry may have utility in the evaluation of myxoid and lipomatous neoplasms to support the diagnosis of myxoid liposarcoma.

    View details for DOI 10.1097/PAS.0000000000001564

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  • OLIG2 is a marker of the fusion protein-driven neurodevelopmental transcriptional signature in alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. Human pathology Raghavan, S. S., Mooney, K. L., Folpe, A. L., Charville, G. W. 2019


    Alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) is associated with an underlying pathogenic translocation involving either PAX3 or PAX7 and FOXO1. The presence or absence of this fusion defines the biology and clinical behavior of this subtype of RMS and its identification in tumors is relevant to prognostication and treatment planning. To further explore the unique characteristics of fusion-driven RMS, we leveraged a published gene expression data set to perform an unbiased comparison of 33 fusion-positive and 25 fusion-negative RMS cases. Our analyses revealed 1790 expressed loci with more than two-fold differential expression at a threshold of P<.05. Genes with increased expression in fusion-positive relative to fusion-negative RMS were significantly enriched for those involved in "nervous system development," "neuron differentiation," and "neurogenesis," highlighting a neurodevelopmental gene expression signature driven by the alveolar RMS-associated fusion protein. We show that neurodevelopmental genes are enriched near PAX3-FOXO1 fusion protein binding sites, suggesting a genome-wide fusion protein-mediated activation of cis regulatory elements. Among the genes with differential expression in fusion-positive versus fusion-negative RMS, we identified expression of the transcriptional regulator of motor neuron and oligodendrocyte development, OLIG2, as a marker of the fusion protein-dependent neurodevelopmental signature. Immunohistochemical analysis of a cohort of 73 RMS specimens revealed OLIG2 expression in 96.4% of fusion-positive RMS (N=27/28), but only in 6.7% of fusion-negative RMS (N=3/45; P<.001). The proportion of OLIG2-expressing cells in fusion-negative cases did not exceed 5%, while 92.9% of fusion-positive cases showed expression in at least 5% of cells. Our findings identify OLIG2 expression as a unique manifestation of a neurodevelopmental gene expression signature driven by the oncogenic fusion protein characteristic of alveolar RMS, which may aid in the diagnostic and prognostic distinction of fusion-positive cases.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.humpath.2019.07.003

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  • EWSR1 fusion proteins mediate PAX7 expression in Ewing sarcoma. Modern pathology : an official journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc Charville, G. W., Wang, W. L., Ingram, D. R., Roy, A. n., Thomas, D. n., Patel, R. M., Hornick, J. L., van de Rijn, M. n., Lazar, A. J. 2017


    PAX7 is a paired-box transcription factor that is required for the developmental specification of adult skeletal muscle progenitors in mice. We previously demonstrated PAX7 expression as a marker of skeletal muscle differentiation in rhabdomyosarcoma. Here, using analyses of published whole-genome gene expression microarray data, we identify PAX7 as a gene with significantly increased expression in Ewing sarcoma in comparison to CIC-DUX4 round cell sarcoma. Analysis of PAX7 in a large cohort of 103 Ewing sarcoma cases by immunohistochemistry revealed expression in 99.0% of cases (102/103). PAX7 expression was noted in cases demonstrating three distinct Ewing sarcoma EWSR1 translocations involving FLI1, ERG, and NFATc2. No PAX7 expression was observed in any of 27 cases of CIC-DUX4 sarcoma by immunohistochemistry (0%; 0/27). Exploring the mechanism of PAX7 expression in Ewing sarcoma using curated RNA- and ChIP-sequencing data, we demonstrate that the EWSR1 fusion protein is required for PAX7 expression in Ewing sarcoma and identify a candidate EWSR1-FLI1-bound PAX7 enhancer that coincides with both a consensus GGAA repeat-containing binding site and a peak of regulatory H3K27 acetylation. Taken together, our findings provide mechanistic support for the utility of PAX7 immunohistochemistry in the diagnosis of Ewing sarcoma, while linking this sarcoma of uncertain histogenesis to a key transcriptional regulator of mammalian muscle progenitor cells.Modern Pathology advance online publication, 23 June 2017; doi:10.1038/modpathol.2017.49.

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  • PAX7 Expression in Rhabdomyosarcoma, Related Soft Tissue Tumors, and Small Round Blue Cell Neoplasms. American journal of surgical pathology Charville, G. W., Varma, S., Forgó, E., Dumont, S. N., Zambrano, E., Trent, J. C., Lazar, A. J., van de Rijn, M. 2016; 40 (10): 1305-1315


    Rhabdomyosarcoma, the most common soft tissue malignancy of childhood, is a morphologically variable tumor defined by its phenotype of skeletal muscle differentiation. The diagnosis of rhabdomyosarcoma often relies in part on the identification of myogenic gene expression using immunohistochemical or molecular techniques. However, these techniques show imperfect sensitivity and specificity, particularly in scant tissue biopsies. Here, we expand the toolkit for rhabdomyosarcoma diagnosis by studying the expression of PAX7, a transcriptional regulator of mammalian muscle progenitor cells implicated in the pathogenesis of rhabdomyosarcoma. Immunohistochemical analysis of tissue microarrays using a monoclonal anti-PAX7 antibody was used to characterize PAX7 expression in 25 non-neoplastic tissues, 109 rhabdomyosarcomas, and 697 small round blue cell or other soft tissue tumors. Among non-neoplastic tissues, PAX7 was specifically expressed in adult muscle progenitor cells (satellite cells). In embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, PAX7 expression was positive in 52 of 63 cases (83%), negative in 9 of 63 cases (14%), and focal in 2 of 63 cases (3%). PAX7-positive embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma cases included several showing focal or negative myogenin expression. PAX7 expression in alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma was positive in 6 of 31 cases (19%), negative in 14 of 31 cases (45%), and focal in 11 of 31 cases (36%). In addition, PAX7 was expressed in 5 of 7 pleomorphic rhabdomyosarcomas (71%) and 6 of 8 spindle cell rhabdomyosarcomas (75%). Among histologic mimics, only Ewing sarcoma showed PAX7 expression (7/7 cases, 100%). In contrast, expression of PAX7 was not seen in the large majority (688/690, 99.7%) of examined cases of other soft tissue tumors, small round blue cell neoplasms, and leukemias/lymphomas. In summary, immunohistochemical analysis of PAX7 expression may be a useful diagnostic tool in the assessment of skeletal muscle differentiation in human tumors.

    View details for DOI 10.1097/PAS.0000000000000717

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  • Myoepithelial Tumors of Soft Tissue and Bone in Children and Young Adults: A Clinicopathologic Study of 40 Cases Occurring in Patients < 21 Years of Age. Human pathology Logan, S. J., Dehner, C. A., Alruwaii, F. I., Din, N. U., Olson, D. R., Fritchie, K. J., Charville, G. W., Blessing, M. M., Folpe, A. L. 2024


    Myoepithelial tumors of the soft tissue and bone occurring in patients 21 years of age and younger are rare, and their clinicopathologic features remain incompletely understood. We studied a well-characterized series of 40 such tumors. Cases were retrieved from our archives for the period 2009-2022 and re-reviewed. Available immunohistochemical and molecular genetic data was collected. Clinical information including available follow-up was obtained. The tumors occurred in 18 males and 22 females, ranging from 3 months to 21 years of age (median 11.5 years), and involved a wide variety of soft tissue (n=36) and bone (n=4) locations. Histologically benign myoepithelial tumors tended to occur in adolescents (median age 14.5 years; range 5-21 years), whereas myoepithelial carcinomas occurred in younger patients (median age 8.5 years; range 3 months-20 years). Microscopically, the tumors showed a complex admixture of epithelioid, plasmacytoid and spindled cells in a variably hyalinized, myxoid, chondroid or chondromyxoid background. Small subsets of histologically malignant tumors had rhabdoid or "round cell" features. Immunohistochemistry showed 35/40 (88%) cases to be positive with at least one keratin antibody. The 5 keratin-negative tumors were uniformly positive for S100 protein and/or SOX10 and expressed EMA (4 cases) and/or p63 (3 cases). EMA, SMA and GFAP were positive in 21/25 (84%), 13/21 (62%), and 8/21 (38%) tumors, respectively. SMARCB1 and SMARCA4 expression was retained in 29/31 (94%) and 22/22 (100%) of cases, respectively. FISH for EWSR1 gene rearrangement was positive in 6/18 (33%) tested cases. Two EWSR1-negative tumors were also FUS-negative. NGS identified EWSR1::POU5F1, FUS::KLF17, and BRD4::CITED1 gene fusions in 3 tested cases. Clinical follow-up (22 patients; median 23 months; range 1-119 months) showed 3 patients with local recurrences and 5 with distant metastases (lymph nodes, lung, and brain). Three patients died of disease, 3 were alive with recurrent or unresectable disease, and 16 were disease-free. Adverse clinical outcomes were seen only in patients with malignant tumors. We conclude that myoepithelial neoplasms of soft tissue and bone are over-repesented in patients < 21 years of age, more often histologically malignant, and potentially lethal. Histologic evaluation appears to reliably predict the behavior of these rare tumors.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.humpath.2024.05.007

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  • Extraskeletal Ewing Sarcoma of the Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Tract: Deceptive Immunophenotype Commonly Leads to Misdiagnosis. The American journal of surgical pathology Shiyanbola, O., Nigdelioglu, R., Dhall, D., González, I. A., Warmke, L. M., Schechter, S., Choi, W. T., Hu, S., Voltaggio, L., Zhang, Y., Liang, T. Z., Ko, H. M., Charville, G. W., Longacre, T. A. 2024


    Ewing sarcoma (ES) is an uncommon mesenchymal neoplasm that typically develops as a bone mass, although up to 30% arise in extraskeletal sites. ES of the gastrointestinal (GI) and hepatobiliary tract is rare and may be misdiagnosed as other, more common neoplasms that occur in these sites. However, the correct classification of extraskeletal ES is important for timely clinical management and prognostication. We reviewed our experience of ES in the GI and hepatobiliary tract in order to further highlight the clinicopathologic features of these neoplasms and document the potential for misdiagnosis in this setting. The archives and consultation files of 6 academic institutions were retrospectively queried for cases of ES occurring in the GI and hepatobiliary tract. The histologic slides and ancillary studies were reviewed and clinical data were retrieved for each case through the electronic medical records, when available. Twenty-three patients with ES in the GI and/or hepatobiliary tract were identified from 2000 to 2022. Of these, 11 were women and 12 were men with a median age of 38 years (range, 2 to 64). Tumor locations included the pancreas (n=5), liver (n=2), stomach (n=3), colorectum (n=3), and small intestine (n=5), as well as tumors involving multiple organs, pelvis and retroperitoneum (n=5). Tumor size varied between 2 cm and 18 cm. Twenty were primary and 3 were metastases. Of the 23 cases, only 17% were initially diagnosed as ES. The most common misdiagnoses involved various forms of neuroendocrine neoplasia due to expression of synaptophysin and other neuroendocrine markers (22%). A wide variety of diagnoses including GI stromal tumor was considered due to aberrant CD117 expression (4%). The diagnosis of ES was ultimately confirmed by detection of the EWSR1 rearrangement in 22 cases. The remaining case was diagnosed using traditional immunohistochemistry. Follow-up information was available in 20 cases, with follow-up time varying between 2 and 256 months. Six patients with follow-up died of disease between 6 and 60 months following initial presentation. Our data indicate ES in the GI and hepatobiliary tract is commonly misdiagnosed leading to a delay in therapy. In light of the attendant therapeutic and prognostic implications, ES should be considered in the differential diagnosis of any GI or hepatobiliary tumor with epithelioid and/or small round cell morphology.

    View details for DOI 10.1097/PAS.0000000000002236

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  • Diagnosing liposarcoma on (peri)-renal mass biopsy: A clinicopathological study of 30 cases. Histopathology Potterveld, S. K., Mubeen, A., Anderson, W. J., Clay, M. R., Bourgeau, M., Charville, G. W., Sangoi, A. R. 2024


    Classification of renal neoplasms on small tissue biopsies is in increasing demand, and maintaining broad differential diagnostic considerations in this setting is necessary. When evaluating a renal or perirenal tumour biopsy with sarcomatoid morphology, together with sarcomatoid renal cell carcinoma and sarcomatoid urothelial carcinoma as top diagnostic considerations, it is vital to additionally consider the possibility of well-differentiated and de-differentiated liposarcoma.This study reports a series of 30 biopsy samples from sites in or around the kidney collected from four institutions in which the correct diagnosis was either well-differentiated or de-differentiated liposarcoma. The majority (26 of 30, 87%) of lesions were accurately diagnosed on biopsy sampling, all of which incorporated testing for MDM2 by immunohistochemistry (IHC), fluorescence in-situ hybridisation (FISH) or a combination of the two as part of the diagnostic work-up. Tumour expression of MDM2 by IHC without confirmatory FISH analysis was sometimes (30%) sufficient to reach a diagnosis, but demonstration of MDM2 amplification by FISH was ascertained in the majority (57%) of biopsy samples. A diagnosis of de-differentiated liposarcoma was not definitively established until resection in four (13%) patients, as no MDM2 testing was performed on the corresponding pre-operative biopsies.When a retroperitoneal tumour is not clinically suspected, histological consideration of a liposarcoma diagnosis may be overlooked. Implementation of ancillary immunohistochemical and cytogenetic testing can ultimately lead to a definitive diagnosis in this potentially misleading anatomical location.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/his.15197

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  • Scattering-Based Light Sheet Microscopy Imaging of HPV-Associated Squamous Lesions of the Anal Canal: A Proof-of-Principle Study. Modern pathology : an official journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc Liang, B., Zhao, J., Kim, Y., Barry-Holson, K. Q., Bingham, D. B., Charville, G. W., Darragh, T. M., Folkins, A. K., Howitt, B. E., Kong, C. S., Longacre, T. A., McHenry, A. J., Toland, A. M., Zhang, X., Lim, K., Khan, M. J., Kang, D., Yang, E. J. 2024: 100493


    Demand for anal cancer screening is expected to rise following the recent publication of the ANCHOR trial, which showed that treatment of HSIL significantly reduces the rate of progression to anal cancer. While screening for HPV-associated squamous lesions in the cervix is well-established and effective, this is less true for other sites in the lower anogenital tract. Current anal cancer screening and prevention rely on high-resolution anoscopy (HRA) with biopsies. This procedure has a steep learning curve for providers and may cause patient discomfort. Scattering-based light-sheet microscopy (sLSM) is a novel imaging modality with the potential to mitigate these challenges through real-time, microscopic visualization of disease-susceptible tissue. Here, we report a proof-of-principle study that establishes feasibility of dysplasia detection using an sLSM device. We imaged 110 anal biopsy specimens collected prospectively at our institution's dysplasia clinic (including 30 nondysplastic, 40 LSIL and 40 HSIL specimens) and found that these optical images are highly interpretable and accurately recapitulate histopathologic features traditionally used for the diagnosis of HPV-associated squamous dysplasia. A reader study to assess diagnostic accuracy suggests that sLSM images are noninferior to H&E for the detection of anal dysplasia (sLSM accuracy = 0.87, H&E accuracy = 0.80; p = 0.066). Given these results, we believe that sLSM technology holds great potential to enhance the efficacy of anal cancer screening by allowing accurate sampling of diagnostic tissue at the time of anoscopy. While the current imaging study was performed on ex vivo biopsy specimens, we are currently developing a handheld device for in vivo imaging that will provide immediate microscopic guidance to HRA providers.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.modpat.2024.100493

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  • Spatially Segregated Macrophage Populations Predict Distinct Outcomes In Colon Cancer. Cancer discovery Matusiak, M., Hickey, J. W., van IJzendoorn, D. G., Lu, G., Kidzinski, L., Zhu, S., Colburg, D. R., Luca, B., Phillips, D. J., Brubaker, S. W., Charville, G. W., Shen, J., Loh, K. M., Okwan-Duodu, D. K., Nolan, G. P., Newman, A. M., West, R. B., van de Rijn, M. 2024


    Tumor-associated macrophages are transcriptionally heterogeneous, but the spatial distribution and cell interactions that shape macrophage tissue roles remain poorly characterized. Here, we spatially resolve five distinct human macrophage populations in normal and malignant human breast and colon tissue and reveal their cellular associations. This spatial map reveals that distinct macrophage populations reside in spatially segregated micro-environmental niches with conserved cellular compositions that are repeated across healthy and diseased tissue. We show that IL4I1+ macrophages phagocytose dying cells in areas with high cell turnover and predict good outcome in colon cancer. In contrast, SPP1+ macrophages are enriched in hypoxic and necrotic tumor regions and portend worse outcome in colon cancer. A subset of FOLR2+ macrophages is embedded in plasma cell niches. NLRP3+ macrophages co-localize with neutrophils and activate an inflammasome in tumors. Our findings indicate that a limited number of unique human macrophage niches function as fundamental building blocks in tissue.

    View details for DOI 10.1158/2159-8290.CD-23-1300

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  • Sarcomas with EWSR1::Non-ETS Fusion (EWSR1::NFATC2 and EWSR1::PATZ1). Surgical pathology clinics Machado, I., Llombart-Bosch, A., Charville, G. W., Navarro, S., Domínguez Franjo, M. P., Bridge, J. A., Linos, K. 2024; 17 (1): 31-55


    The wide application of increasingly advanced molecular studies in routine clinical practice has allowed a detailed, albeit still incomplete, genetic subclassification of undifferentiated round cell sarcomas. The WHO classification continues to include provisional molecular entities, whose clinicopathologic features are in the early stages of evolution. This review focuses on the clinicopathologic, molecular, and prognostic features of undifferentiated round cell sarcomas with EWSR1/FUS::NFATC2 or EWSR1::PATZ1 fusions. Classic histopathologic findings, uncommon variations, and diagnostic pitfalls are addressed, along with the utility of recently developed immunohistochemical and molecular markers.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.path.2023.07.001

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  • Sarcoma microenvironment cell states and ecosystems are associated with prognosis and predict response to immunotherapy. Nature cancer Subramanian, A., Nemat-Gorgani, N., Ellis-Caleo, T. J., van IJzendoorn, D. G., Sears, T. J., Somani, A., Luca, B. A., Zhou, M. Y., Bradic, M., Torres, I. A., Oladipo, E., New, C., Kenney, D. E., Avedian, R. S., Steffner, R. J., Binkley, M. S., Mohler, D. G., Tap, W. D., D'Angelo, S. P., van de Rijn, M., Ganjoo, K. N., Bui, N. Q., Charville, G. W., Newman, A. M., Moding, E. J. 2024


    Characterization of the diverse malignant and stromal cell states that make up soft tissue sarcomas and their correlation with patient outcomes has proven difficult using fixed clinical specimens. Here, we employed EcoTyper, a machine-learning framework, to identify the fundamental cell states and cellular ecosystems that make up sarcomas on a large scale using bulk transcriptomes with clinical annotations. We identified and validated 23 sarcoma-specific, transcriptionally defined cell states, many of which were highly prognostic of patient outcomes across independent datasets. We discovered three conserved cellular communities or ecotypes associated with underlying genomic alterations and distinct clinical outcomes. We show that one ecotype defined by tumor-associated macrophages and epithelial-like malignant cells predicts response to immune-checkpoint inhibition but not chemotherapy and validate our findings in an independent cohort. Our results may enable identification of patients with soft tissue sarcomas who could benefit from immunotherapy and help develop new therapeutic strategies.

    View details for DOI 10.1038/s43018-024-00743-y

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  • Frontiers in Soft Tissue Tumor Pathology. Surgical pathology clinics Charville, G. W. 2024; 17 (1): ix

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.path.2023.07.005

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  • Atypical spindle cell/pleomorphic lipomatous tumor with sarcomatous transformation: clinicopathologic and molecular analysis of four cases. Modern pathology : an official journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc Perret, R., Charville, G. W., Alame, M., Rebier, F., Soubeyran, I., Gross, J. M., Graham, D., Green, D. C., Kerr, D. A., Khan, W. A., Cloutier, J. M. 2024: 100454


    Atypical spindle cell/pleomorphic lipomatous tumor (ASPLT) is a recently described adipocytic tumor predominantly affecting the subcutaneous soft tissues of adults. Previous studies have shown that ASPLT follows a benign clinical course with a 4-12% local recurrence rate and no risk of dedifferentiation. Herein, we describe the clinicopathological and molecular findings of four cases of ASPLT showing unequivocal sarcomatous transformation. Three patients were male and one was female, aged 65, 70, 74 and 78 years. Two cases presented as mass-forming lesions, while one case was incidentally discovered. The tumors measured 30, 55, 80 and 110 mm and occurred in the chest wall (n= 2) or arm (n= 2); all were subcutaneous. Microscopically, they showed a biphasic appearance comprising a low-grade ASPLT component and a high-grade sarcomatous component. The low-grade components showed features in the spectrum of either atypical pleomorphic lipomatous tumor (n=2) or atypical spindle cell lipomatous tumor (n=2). The high-grade components displayed leiomyosarcoma-like (n= 2), pleomorphic liposarcoma-like (n= 1) or undifferentiated sarcoma-like (n=1) morphology. On immunohistochemistry, tumors were negative for MDM2 and showed loss of RB1 expression. In addition, the leiomyosarcoma-like areas seen in two cases were positive for smooth muscle actin and H-caldesmon. Single nucleotide polymorphism array, performed in three cases, showed deletions of TP53, RB1 and flanking genes in both components. In contrast, the sarcomatous components showed more complex genomic profiles with rare segmental gains and recurrent loss of PTEN (n=3), ATM (n=2) and CDKN2A/B (n=2) among other genes. Whole exome sequencing identified a TP53 variant in one case and an ATRX variant in another, each occurring in both tumor components. Limited clinical follow-up showed no recurrence or metastasis after 1-13 months (median 4.5 months) post-surgical excision. Altogether, our data support that ASPLT can rarely develop sarcomatous transformation and offers insights into the molecular mechanisms underlying this event.

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  • Matrix viscoelasticity promotes liver cancer progression in the pre-cirrhotic liver. Nature Fan, W., Adebowale, K., Váncza, L., Li, Y., Rabbi, M. F., Kunimoto, K., Chen, D., Mozes, G., Chiu, D. K., Li, Y., Tao, J., Wei, Y., Adeniji, N., Brunsing, R. L., Dhanasekaran, R., Singhi, A., Geller, D., Lo, S. H., Hodgson, L., Engleman, E. G., Charville, G. W., Charu, V., Monga, S. P., Kim, T., Wells, R. G., Chaudhuri, O., Török, N. J. 2024


    Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a major risk factor for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Changes in extracellular matrix (ECM) mechanics contribute to cancer development1,2, and increased stiffness is known to promote HCC progression in cirrhotic conditions3,4. Type 2 diabetes mellitus is characterized by an accumulation of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) in the ECM; however, how this affects HCC in non-cirrhotic conditions is unclear. Here we find that, in patients and animal models, AGEs promote changes in collagen architecture and enhance ECM viscoelasticity, with greater viscous dissipation and faster stress relaxation, but not changes in stiffness. High AGEs and viscoelasticity combined with oncogenic β-catenin signalling promote HCC induction, whereas inhibiting AGE production, reconstituting the AGE clearance receptor AGER1 or breaking AGE-mediated collagen cross-links reduces viscoelasticity and HCC growth. Matrix analysis and computational modelling demonstrate that lower interconnectivity of AGE-bundled collagen matrix, marked by shorter fibre length and greater heterogeneity, enhances viscoelasticity. Mechanistically, animal studies and 3D cell cultures show that enhanced viscoelasticity promotes HCC cell proliferation and invasion through an integrin-β1-tensin-1-YAP mechanotransductive pathway. These results reveal that AGE-mediated structural changes enhance ECM viscoelasticity, and that viscoelasticity can promote cancer progression in vivo, independent of stiffness.

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  • Surgery and stereotactic radiosurgery for spinal leiomyosarcoma: a single-institution retrospective series and systematic review. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine Zamarud, A., Marianayagam, N. J., Sekar, V., Testa, S., Park, D. J., Yener, U., McCleary, T. L., Yoo, K. H., Emrich, S., Tayag, A., Ustrzynski, L., Pollom, E., Soltys, S., Wang, L., Charville, G., Ganjoo, K., Chang, S. D., Meola, A. 2023: 1-13


    Leiomyosarcoma (LMS) is a rare, aggressive soft-tissue sarcoma that seldom spreads to the bone. The spine can be either the site of LMS osseous metastases or the primary tumor site. The optimal treatment option for spinal LMS is still unclear. The authors present a cohort of patients with spinal LMS treated with either upfront surgery or upfront CyberKnife stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS).The authors retrospectively studied the clinical and radiological outcomes of 17 patients with spinal LMS treated at their institution between 2004 and 2020. Either surgery or SRS was used as the upfront treatment. The clinical and radiological outcomes were assessed. A systematic review of the literature was also conducted.Of the 17 patients (20 spinal lesions), 12 (70.6%) were female. The median patient age was 61 years (range 41-80 years). Ten patients had upfront surgery for their spinal lesions, and 7 had upfront CyberKnife radiosurgery. The median follow-up was 11 months (range 0.3-130 months). The median overall survival (OS) for the entire cohort was 13 months (range 0.3-97 months). In subgroup analysis, the median OS was lower for the surgical group (13 months, range 0.3-50 months), while the median OS for the SRS group was 15 months (range 5-97 months) (p = 0.5). Forty percent (n = 4) of those treated with surgery presented with local recurrence at a median of 6.7 months (range 0.3-36 months), while only 14% (n = 1) of those treated with CyberKnife radiosurgery had local recurrence after 5 months. Local tumor control (LTC) rates at the 6-, 12-, and 18-month follow-ups were 72%, 58%, and 43%, respectively, for the SRS group and 40%, 30%, and 20%, respectively, for the surgery group (p < 0.05). The literature review included 35 papers with 70 patients harboring spinal LMS; only 2 patients were treated with SRS. The literature review confirms the clinical and radiological outcomes of the surgical group, while data on SRS are anecdotal.The authors present the largest series in the literature of spinal LMS and the first on SRS for spinal LMS. This study shows that LTC is statistically significantly better in patients receiving upfront SRS instead of surgery. The OS does not appear different between the two groups.

    View details for DOI 10.3171/2023.10.SPINE23666

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  • GLI1-altered mesenchymal tumors with ACTB or PTCH1 fusion: a molecular and clinicopathologic analysis. Modern pathology : an official journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc Kerr, D. A., Cloutier, J. M., Margolis, M., Mata, D. A., Rodrigues Simoes, N. J., Faquin, W. C., Dias-Santagata, D., Chopra, S., Charville, G. W., Wangsiricharoen, S., Lazar, A. J., Wang, W. L., Rosenberg, A. E., Tse, J. Y. 2023: 100386


    Mesenchymal tumors with GLI1 fusions or amplifications have recently emerged as a distinctive group of neoplasms. The terms GLI1-altered mesenchymal tumor or GLI1-altered soft tissue tumor serve as a nosological category, though the exact boundaries/criteria require further elucidation. We examined 16 tumors affecting predominantly adults (median age: 40 years), without sex predilection. Several patients had tumors of longstanding duration (>10 years). The most common primary site was soft tissue (n=9); other sites included epidural tissue (n=1), vertebra (n=1), tongue (n=1), hard palate (n=1), and liver (n=1). Histologically, the tumors demonstrated multinodular growth of cytologically uniform, ovoid-to-epithelioid, occasionally short spindled cells with delicate intratumoral vasculature and frequent myxoid stroma. Mitotic activity ranged from 0-8 mitoses per 2mm2 (mean 2). Lymphovascular invasion/protrusion of tumor cells into endothelial-lined vascular spaces was present or suspected in 6 cases. Necrosis, significant nuclear pleomorphism, or well-developed, fascicular spindle-cell growth were absent. Half demonstrated features of the newly proposed subset, "distinctive nested glomoid neoplasm." Tumors were consistently positive for CD56 (n=5/5). A subset stained with S100 protein (n=7/13), SMA (n=6/13), keratin (n=2/9), EMA (n=3/7), and CD99 (n=2/6). Tumors harbored ACTB::GLI1 (n=15) or PTCH1::GLI1 (n=1) fusions. The assays utilized did not capture cases defined by GLI1 amplification. We also identified recurrent cytogenetic gains (1q, 5, 7, 8, 12, 12q13.2-ter, 21, and X). For patients with available clinical follow-up (n=8), half were disease-free. Half demonstrated distant metastases (lungs, bone, or soft tissue). Of cases without follow-up (n=8), 2 were known recurrences, and 1 was a presumed metastasis. Our results imply a more aggressive biological potential than currently reported. Given the possibility for metastasis and disease progression, even in cytologically bland, nested tumors, close clinical surveillance, akin to that for sarcoma management, may be indicated. The term GLI1-altered mesenchymal tumor with malignant potential is proposed.

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  • Management Strategies and Outcomes in Primary Liver Angiosarcoma. American journal of clinical oncology Ramakrishnan, N., Mokhtari, R., Charville, G. W., Bui, N., Ganjoo, K. 2023


    Primary hepatic angiosarcoma is a rare tumor of the liver that originates from endothelial and fibroblastic tissue, with poor prognosis and lack of standardized treatment. We retrospectively analyzed the clinical characteristics and treatment outcomes of 23 patients with primary liver angiosarcoma treated at an academic sarcoma center.We screened all patients with primary liver angiosarcoma treated at Stanford between 2000 and 2022. Data was collected from EPIC electronic medical records and included patient demographics, tumor characteristics, treatment modalities, and patient outcomes. Statistical analysis was completed using Python 3.0, while survival curves were generated using the Kaplan-Meier method and Lifelines Packages.There were nearly equal numbers of males (11) and females (12) in our study, with most patients aged 70 to 79 at diagnosis. The median overall survival (OS) was 6 months (range 0.07 to 222.6 mo). The 2- and 5-year OS were both 38.6%. 71% of patients received systemic treatment with chemotherapy, while 29% received immunotherapy. Local treatment with surgery or radioembolization was performed in 14% of patients. Three patients in our study displayed particularly improved OS and received various treatments, which ranged from hepatic resection to ipilimumab/nivolumab.Our study demonstrated that primary liver angiosarcoma has poor outcomes despite treatment. Surgical resection with negative margins is the only curative modality. However, most patients present with advanced disease and are not surgical candidates. Further research is needed to identify more effective systemic therapy options for this devastating disease.

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  • Non-cutaneous syncytial myoepitheliomas are identical to cutaneous counterparts: a clinicopathologic study of 24 tumors occurring at diverse locations. Virchows Archiv : an international journal of pathology Wangsiricharoen, S., Gjeorgjievski, S. G., Bahrami, A., Torres-Mora, J., Zou, Y. S., Michal, M., Charville, G. W., Gross, J. M. 2023


    Cutaneous syncytial myoepithelioma (CSM) is a rare myoepithelioma variant of skin, characterized by intradermal syncytial growth of spindle cells with a distinct immunophenotype of EMA and S100 positivity and infrequent keratin expression. While CSM was first described as a cutaneous tumor, singular non-cutaneous cases have since been reported in bone. We aimed to investigate the clinicopathological features of this variant across all anatomic sites through a large multi-institutional study.We complied a total of 24 myoepitheliomas with syncytial growth from our files. The tumors occurred in 12 male and 12 female patients (M:F = 1:1), with a median age of 31 years (range, 9-69 years). While the majority of tumors (75%, n = 18) occurred in skin, a significant subset (25%, n = 6) arose in non-cutaneous sites, including bone (n = 3), bronchus/trachea (n = 2), and interosseous membrane of tibia/fibula (n = 1). Tumor size ranged from 0.4 to 5.9 cm. Clinical follow-up (7 patients; range 14-202 months; median 56.5 months) showed a single local recurrence 8 years after incomplete skin excision but no metastases; all patients were alive at the time of last follow-up without evidence of disease. Histologically, all tumors were pink at low-power and characterized by a syncytial growth of bland ovoid, spindled, or histiocytoid cells with eosinophilic cytoplasm and prominent perivascular lymphoplasmacytic inflammation. One-third displayed adipocytic metaplasia (8/24). Rare cytologic atypia was seen but was not associated with increased mitotic activity. All tumors expressed S100, SMA, and/or EMA. Keratin expression was absent in most cases. Molecular analysis was performed in 16 cases, all showing EWSR1-rearrangments. In total, 15/15 (100%) harbored an EWSR1::PBX3 fusion, whereas 1 case EWSR1 FISH was the only molecular study performed.Syncytial myoepithelioma is a rare but recognizable morphologic variant of myoepithelioma which may have a predilection for skin but also occurs in diverse non-cutaneous sites. Our series provides evidence supporting a reappraisal of the term "cutaneous syncytial myoepithelioma," as 25% of patients in our series presented with non-cutaneous tumors; thus, we propose the term "syncytial myoepithelioma" to aid pathologist recognition and avoidance of potentially confusing terminology when referring to non-cutaneous examples. The behavior of syncytial myoepithelioma, whether it arises in cutaneous or non-cutaneous sites, is indolent and perhaps benign with a small capacity for local recurrence.

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  • Identification and confirmation via in situ hybridization of Merkel cell polyomavirus in rare cases of posttransplant cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Journal of cutaneous pathology Lawrence, L., Wang, A., Charville, G., Liu, C. L., Garofalo, A., Alizadeh, A., Jangam, D., Pinsky, B. A., Sahoo, M., Gratzinger, D., Khodadoust, M., Kim, Y., Novoa, R., Stehr, H. 2023


    Viral infection is an oncogenic factor in many hematolymphoid malignancies. We sought to determine the diagnostic yield of aligning off-target reads incidentally obtained during targeted hematolymphoid next-generation sequencing to a large database of viral genomes to screen for viral sequences within tumor specimens.Alignment of off-target reads to viral genomes was performed using magicBLAST. Localization of Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV) RNA was confirmed by RNAScope in situ hybridization. Integration analysis was performed using Virus-Clip.Four cases of post-cardiac-transplant folliculotropic mycosis fungoides (fMF) and one case of peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL) were positive in off-target reads for MCPyV DNA. Two of the four cases of posttransplant fMF and the case of PTCL showed localization of MCPyV RNA to malignant lymphocytes, whereas the remaining two cases of posttransplant fMF showed MCPyV RNA in keratinocytes.Our findings raise the question of whether MCPyV may play a role in rare cases of T-lymphoproliferative disorders, particularly in the skin and in the heavily immunosuppressed posttransplant setting.

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  • Low-grade fibromyxoid sarcoma of the breast: genetic characterization and immunohistochemical comparison to morphologic mimics. Human pathology Cloutier, J. M., Moreland, A., Wang, L., Kunder, C. A., Allard, G., Wang, A., Krings, G., Charville, G. W., Bean, G. R. 2023


    Spindle cell lesions of the breast elicit a specific, relatively limited differential diagnosis, and accurate classification often requires careful morphologic evaluation and immunohistochemical workup. Low-grade fibromyxoid sarcoma (LGFMS) is a rare malignant fibroblastic tumor with deceptively bland spindle cell morphology. Involvement of the breast is exceedingly rare. We examined the clinicopathologic and molecular characteristics of three cases of breast/axillary LGFMS. In addition, we interrogated the immunohistochemical expression of MUC4, a commonly used marker of LGFMS, in other breast spindle cell lesions. LGFMS presented in women at 23, 33, and 59 years of age. Tumor size ranged from 0.9 to 4.7 cm. Microscopically, they were circumscribed nodular masses composed of bland spindle cells with fibromyxoid stroma. Immunohistochemically, tumors were diffusely positive for MUC4 and negative for keratin, CD34, S100 protein, and nuclear beta-catenin. Fluorescence in-situ hybridization demonstrated FUS (n=2) or EWSR1 (n=1) rearrangements. Next-generation sequencing identified FUS::CREB3L2 and EWSR1::CREB3L1 fusions. MUC4 immunohistochemistry performed on 162 additional breast lesions demonstrated only weak and limited expression in a subset of cases of fibromatosis (10/20, ≤30% staining), scar (5/9, ≤10%), metaplastic carcinoma (4/23, ≤5%), and phyllodes tumor (3/74, ≤10%). MUC4 was entirely negative in cases of pseudoangiomatous stromal hyperplasia (n=9), myofibroblastoma (n=6), periductal stromal tumor (n=3), and cellular/juvenile fibroadenoma (n=21). LGFMS can rarely occur in the breast and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of breast spindle cell lesions. Strong and diffuse MUC4 expression is highly specific in this histologic context. Detection of an FUS or EWSR1 rearrangement can confirm the diagnosis.

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  • When a dermatopathologist encounters the ultra-rare: A case series of superficial soft tissue/cutaneous myxopapillary ependymomas. Journal of cutaneous pathology Chatzopoulos, K., Hytiroglou, P., Charville, G. W., Toland, A. M., Martinez-Lage, M., Cimino, P. J., Rosenblum, M. K., Linos, K. 2023


    Myxopapillary ependymoma (MPE) is an uncommon variant of ependymoma, almost exclusively seen in conus medullaris or filum terminale. MPE can be diagnostically challenging, especially when arising extra-axially. Here we report 5 cases of superficial soft tissue/cutaneous MPE, identified across three tertiary institutions. All patients were female and three of them (3/5, 60%) were children (median age 11 years, range 6-58 years). The tumors presented as slow-growing masses of the sacrococcygeal subcutaneous soft tissues, occasionally identified after minor trauma and clinically favored to be pilonidal sinuses. Imaging showed no neuraxis connection. Macroscopically, tumors were well-circumscribed, lobulated, and solid and microscopically they exhibited typical histopathology of MPE, at least focally. Two of the tumors (2/5, 40%) showed predominantly solid or trabecular architecture with greater cellular pleomorphism, scattered giant cells, and increased mitotic activity. All tumors (5/5, 100%) showed strong diffuse immunohistochemical expression of GFAP. One tumor clustered at the category "ependymoma, myxopapillary" by methylome analysis. Two patients (2/5, 40%) had local recurrence at 8 and 30 months after the initial surgery. No patients developed metastases during the follow-up period (median 60 months, range 6-116 months). Since a subset of extra-axial MPEs behaves more aggressively, timely and accurate diagnosis is of paramount importance.

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  • 7-UP: Generating in silico CODEX from a small set of immunofluorescence markers. PNAS nexus Wu, E., Trevino, A. E., Wu, Z., Swanson, K., Kim, H. J., D'Angio, H. B., Preska, R., Chiou, A. E., Charville, G. W., Dalerba, P., Duvvuri, U., Colevas, A. D., Levi, J., Bedi, N., Chang, S., Sunwoo, J., Egloff, A. M., Uppaluri, R., Mayer, A. T., Zou, J. 2023; 2 (6): pgad171


    Multiplex immunofluorescence (mIF) assays multiple protein biomarkers on a single tissue section. Recently, high-plex CODEX (co-detection by indexing) systems enable simultaneous imaging of 40+ protein biomarkers, unlocking more detailed molecular phenotyping, leading to richer insights into cellular interactions and disease. However, high-plex data can be slower and more costly to collect, limiting its applications, especially in clinical settings. We propose a machine learning framework, 7-UP, that can computationally generate in silico 40-plex CODEX at single-cell resolution from a standard 7-plex mIF panel by leveraging cellular morphology. We demonstrate the usefulness of the imputed biomarkers in accurately classifying cell types and predicting patient survival outcomes. Furthermore, 7-UP's imputations generalize well across samples from different clinical sites and cancer types. 7-UP opens the possibility of in silico CODEX, making insights from high-plex mIF more widely available.

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  • Treatment of De-Differentiated Liposarcoma in the Era of Immunotherapy. International journal of molecular sciences Zhou, M. Y., Bui, N. Q., Charville, G. W., Ganjoo, K. N., Pan, M. 2023; 24 (11)


    Well-differentiated/de-differentiated liposarcoma (WDLPS/DDLPS) is one of the most common histologic subtypes of soft tissue sarcoma (STS); however, treatment options remain limited. WDLPS and DDLPS both exhibit the characteristic amplification of chromosome region 12q13-15, which contains the genes CDK4 and MDM2. DDLPS exhibits higher amplification ratios of these two and carries additional genomic lesions, including the amplification of chromosome region 1p32 and chromosome region 6q23, which may explain the more aggressive biology of DDLPS. WDLPS does not respond to systemic chemotherapy and is primarily managed with local therapy, including multiple resections and debulking procedures whenever clinically feasible. In contrast, DDLPS can respond to chemotherapy drugs and drug combinations, including doxorubicin (or doxorubicin in combination with ifosfamide), gemcitabine (or gemcitabine in combination with docetaxel), trabectedin, eribulin, and pazopanib. However, the response rate is generally low, and the response duration is usually short. This review highlights the clinical trials with developmental therapeutics that have been completed or are ongoing, including CDK4/6 inhibitors, MDM2 inhibitors, and immune checkpoint inhibitors. This review will also discuss the current landscape in assessing biomarkers for identifying tumors sensitive to immune checkpoint inhibitors.

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  • Monitoring sarcoma response to immune checkpoint inhibition and local cryotherapy with circulating tumor DNA analysis. Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research Bui, N. Q., Nemat-Gorgani, N., Subramanian, A., Torres, I. A., Lohman, M., Sears, T. J., van de Rijn, M., Charville, G. W., Becker, H. C., Wang, D. S., Hwang, G. L., Ganjoo, K. N., Moding, E. J. 2023


    Immune checkpoint inhibition has led to promising responses in soft tissue sarcomas (STSs), but the majority of patients do not respond and biomarkers of response will be crucial. Local ablative therapies may augment systemic responses to immunotherapy. We evaluated circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) as a biomarker of response in patients treated on a trial combining immunotherapy with local cryotherapy for advanced STSs.We enrolled 30 patients with unresectable or metastatic STS to a phase 2 clinical trial. Patients received ipilimumab and nivolumab for 4 doses followed by nivolumab alone with cryoablation performed between cycles 1 and 2. The primary endpoint was objective response rate (ORR) by 14 weeks. Personalized ctDNA analysis using bespoke panels was performed on blood samples collected prior to each immunotherapy cycle.ctDNA was detected in at least one sample for 96% of patients. Pre-treatment ctDNA allele fraction was negatively associated with treatment response, progression-free survival (PFS), and overall survival (OS). ctDNA increased in 90% of patients from pre-treatment to post-cryotherapy, and patients with a subsequent decrease in ctDNA or undetectable ctDNA after cryotherapy had significantly better PFS. Of the 27 evaluable patients, the ORR was 4% by RECIST and 11% by irRECIST. Median PFS and OS were 2.7 and 12.0 months, respectively. No new safety signals were observed.ctDNA represents a promising biomarker for monitoring response to treatment in advanced STS, warranting future prospective studies. Combining cryotherapy and immune checkpoint inhibitors did not increase the response rate of STSs to immunotherapy.

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  • Calcified Chondroid Mesenchymal Neoplasm: Exploring the Morphologic and Clinical Features of an Emergent Entity with a Series of 33 Cases. The American journal of surgical pathology Kallen, M. E., Michal, M., Meyer, A., Suster, D. I., Olson, N. J., Charville, G. W., Perret, R., Gross, J. M. 2023


    Calcified chondroid mesenchymal neoplasm is a term proposed for tumors with a spectrum of morphologic features, including cartilage/chondroid matrix formation, that frequently harbor FN1 gene fusions. We report a series of 33 cases of putative calcified chondroid mesenchymal neoplasms, mostly referred for expert consultation out of concern for malignancy. Patients included 17 males and 16 females, with a mean age of 51.3 years. Anatomic locations include the hands and fingers, feet and toes, head and neck, and temporomandibular joint; 1 patient presented with multifocal disease. Radiologic review showed soft tissue masses with variable internal calcification, which occasionally scalloped bone but in all cases appeared indolent/benign. Tumors had a mean gross size of 2.1 cm and a homogenous rubbery to fibrous/gritty tan-white cut surface. Histology demonstrated multinodular architecture with a prominent chondroid matrix and increased cellularity towards the periphery of the nodules. The tumor cells were polygonal with eccentric nuclei and bland cytologic features and showed a variable amount of increased spindled / fibroblastic forms in the perinodular septa. The majority of cases had notable grungy and/or lacy calcifications. A subset of cases demonstrated at least focal areas of increased cellularity and osteoclast-like giant cells. Herein, we confirm the distinct morphologic and clinicopathologic features associated with this entity with the largest series to date, with a focus on practical diagnostic separation from similar chondroid neoplasms. Awareness of these features is critical in avoiding pitfalls, including a malignant diagnosis of chondrosarcoma.

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  • Contemporary diagnostic approach to atypical vascular lesion and angiosarcoma. Seminars in diagnostic pathology Rutland, C. D., Bean, G. R., Charville, G. W. 2023


    Vascular neoplasms account for a substantial fraction of cutaneous mesenchymal tumors, spanning from clinically indolent benign lesions to highly aggressive malignancies. These neoplasms present a distinctive challenge in terms of their diagnostic histopathology, both because of the breadth of their morphological manifestations and because of the significant histological overlap between different entities, even benign and malignant ones. The post-radiotherapy setting is particularly problematic diagnostically, insofar as radiation exposure predisposes not only to secondary angiosarcoma, but also to atypical vascular lesion, a largely benign proliferation of cutaneous blood vessels typically affecting the breast. To address these challenges, we explore the clinical, histological, and molecular features of malignant vascular neoplasia, including primary and secondary subtypes, through the comparative lens of atypical vascular lesion. In addition to highlighting the key morphological indicators of malignancy in superficial vasoformative tumors, we offer an approach that integrates clinical characteristics and molecular genetic profiling to facilitate accurate classification. With this current knowledge as our foundation, we also look ahead in an effort to frame some of the key unanswered questions regarding superficial vascular malignancies and their natural history, clinical management, and molecular underpinnings.

    View details for DOI 10.1053/j.semdp.2023.04.017

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  • The abundance and morphology of human large intestinal goblet and tuft cells during chronic schistosomiasis. Parasite immunology Gologorsky, M. B., Mechler, C. M., Forgó, E., Charville, G. W., Howitt, M. R. 2023: e12981


    Schistosomiasis affects nearly 240 million people in predominately low- and middle-income countries and ranks second in the number of cases and socio-economic burden among all parasitic diseases. Despite the enormous burden posed by schistosomes, our understanding of how schistosomiasis impacts infected human tissues remains limited. Intestinal schistosomiasis in animal models leads to goblet cell hyperplasia, likely increasing mucus production and reflecting an intestinal type 2 immune response. However, it is unknown whether these same changes occur in schistosome-infected humans. Using immunofluorescence and light microscopy, we compared the abundance and morphology of goblet cells in patients diagnosed with schistosomiasis to uninfected controls. The mucin-containing vesicles in goblet cells from schistosome-infected patients were significantly larger (hypertrophic) than uninfected individuals, although goblet cell hyperplasia was absent in chronic human schistosomiasis. In addition, we examined tuft cells in the large intestinal epithelium of control and schistosome-infected patients. Tuft cell numbers expand during helminth infection in mice, but these cells have not been characterized in human parasite infections. We found no evidence of tuft cell hyperplasia during human schistosome infection. Thus, our study provides novel insight into schistosome-associated changes to the intestinal epithelium in humans, suggesting an increase in mucus production by large intestinal goblet cells but relatively minor effects on tuft cell numbers.

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  • Mapping transcriptional heterogeneity and metabolic networks in fatty livers at single-cell resolution. iScience Coassolo, L., Liu, T., Jung, Y., Taylor, N. P., Zhao, M., Charville, G. W., Nissen, S. B., Yki-Jarvinen, H., Altman, R. B., Svensson, K. J. 2023; 26 (1): 105802


    Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is a heterogeneous disease with unclear underlying molecular mechanisms. Here, we perform single-cell RNA sequencing of hepatocytes and hepatic non-parenchymal cells to map the lipid signatures in mice with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). We uncover previously unidentified clusters of hepatocytes characterized by either high or low srebp1 expression. Surprisingly, the canonical lipid synthesis driver Srebp1 is not predictive of hepatic lipid accumulation, suggestive of other drivers of lipid metabolism. By combining transcriptional data at single-cell resolution with computational network analyses, we find that NAFLD is associated with high constitutive androstane receptor (CAR) expression. Mechanistically, CAR interacts with four functional modules: cholesterol homeostasis, bile acid metabolism, fatty acid metabolism, and estrogen response. Nuclear expression of CAR positively correlates with steatohepatitis in human livers. These findings demonstrate significant cellular differences in lipid signatures and identify functional networks linked to hepatic steatosis in mice and humans.

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  • The Majority of Patients Who Undergo ERCP When Large Duct Obstruction Is Evident on Liver Biopsy Have Biliary Findings Amenable to Endoscopic Intervention. Journal of clinical medicine Martin, M., Lee, J., Gugig, R., Ofosu, A., Charville, G. W., Barakat, M. T. 2023; 12 (2)


    (1) Background: Abnormal liver function tests are commonly encountered in clinical practice, often leading to additional workup to determine the underlying etiology of these abnormal laboratory studies. As part of this evaluation, if less invasive imaging studies are performed and are without evidence of biliary obstruction, liver biopsy may be performed, and the finding of large duct obstruction on liver biopsy is commonly encountered. The utility of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) for evaluation and management of possible biliary obstruction in patients with large duct obstruction on liver biopsy has not been studied to date. (2) Methods: To assess the utility of ERCP in patients with large bile duct obstruction on liver biopsy, we retrospectively evaluated patients with large duct obstruction on liver biopsy from 2010-2019 at our tertiary care and transplant center. Demographic and clinical characteristics were evaluated for all patients, with sub-group analysis for patients who underwent ERCP and those who had intervenable findings at the time of ERCP. Descriptive statistics with proportions, means, and standard deviations were performed for demographics and clinical variables using absolute standardized difference. (3) Results: During the study period, 189 liver biopsies with evidence of large duct obstruction were performed. After exclusion criteria were applied, 166 unique patients were eligible for the study. Ninety-one patients with evidence of large duct obstruction on liver biopsy underwent ERCP and 75 did not. Of the 91 patients who underwent ERCP, 76 patients (84%) had an intervenable finding at ERCP. Patients who underwent ERCP were overall more likely to have had a liver transplant (65% ASD 0.63), have previously undergone cholecystectomy (80%, ASD 0.56), and be immunocompromised (80%, ASD 0.56). (4) Conclusions: ERCP is high yield when large duct obstruction is apparent on liver biopsy, with the majority of patients (84%) who undergo ERCP in this clinical context having a biliary finding necessitating therapeutic endoscopic intervention.

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  • Adult Pancreatoblastoma: Report of 3 new Cases With Genetic Diversity and Autopsy Findings. International journal of surgical pathology Machado, I., López-Guerrero, J. A., Fernandez, A., López, R., García Casado, Z., Ferrandez, A., Llombart-Bosch, A., Charville, G. W. 2022: 10668969221133351


    We report the histopathological, immunohistochemical (IHC), and molecular findings in 3 patients with adult pancreatoblastoma, including 2 with autopsy features. The tumors were located in the tail and body of the pancreas, and the 2 autopsy examinations revealed liver and lung metastases. Histopathologically the neoplasms were composed of solid epithelial elements with nested or trabecular growth patterns, fibrous stroma, and squamoid clusters. Keratin 19 was positive mainly in squamoid corpuscles, and trypsin or chymotrypsin was positive in the acinar component. Neuroendocrine differentiation was observed in all tumors, and nuclear β-catenin expression in 2 tumors. Despite nuclear β-catenin expression, CTNNB1 mutation was found only in tumor 2. APC mutation was detected in tumor 1, and SMAD4 as well as MEN1 mutations in tumor 3. This last tumor also revealed chromosomal instability with many chromosomal losses and gains. The follow-up showed regional or distant metastases in all patients. Two patients died of disease after 3 and 26 months of follow-up and 1 patient is alive with no evidence of disease 6 years and 2 months after surgery. Adult pancreatoblastoma can display genetic heterogeneity, diverse histological appearance, and overlapping IHC findings. As a result, the differential diagnosis with other adult pancreatic tumors, such as acinar cell carcinoma, neuroendocrine neoplasm, solid pseudopapillary neoplasm, and mixed tumors may be challenging, especially when dealing with limited tumor tissue. The identification of squamoid corpuscles is essential for diagnosis. Although molecular findings might provide useful information, the integration of clinical, radiological, and histopathological findings is essential in pancreatoblastoma diagnosis.

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  • Graph deep learning for the characterization of tumour microenvironments from spatial protein profiles in tissue specimens. Nature biomedical engineering Wu, Z., Trevino, A. E., Wu, E., Swanson, K., Kim, H. J., D'Angio, H. B., Preska, R., Charville, G. W., Dalerba, P. D., Egloff, A. M., Uppaluri, R., Duvvuri, U., Mayer, A. T., Zou, J. 2022


    Multiplexed immunofluorescence imaging allows the multidimensional molecular profiling of cellular environments at subcellular resolution. However, identifying and characterizing disease-relevant microenvironments from these rich datasets is challenging. Here we show that a graph neural network that leverages spatial protein profiles in tissue specimens to model tumour microenvironments as local subgraphs captures distinctive cellular interactions associated with differential clinical outcomes. We applied this spatial cellular-graph strategy to specimens of human head-and-neck and colorectal cancers assayed with 40-plex immunofluorescence imaging to identify spatial motifs associated with cancer recurrence and with patient survival after treatment. The graph deep learning model was substantially more accurate in predicting patient outcomes than deep learning approaches that model spatial data on the basis of the local composition of cell types, and it generated insights into the effect of the spatial compartmentalization of tumour cells and granulocytes on patient prognosis. Local graphs may also aid in the analysis of disease-relevant motifs in histology samples characterized via spatial transcriptomics and other -omics techniques.

    View details for DOI 10.1038/s41551-022-00951-w

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  • Trichodysplasia Spinulosa Polyomavirus Endothelial Infection, California, USA. Emerging infectious diseases Lawrence, L., Wang, A., Charville, G., Toland, A., Pinsky, B., Natkunam, Y., Younes, S., Stehr, H., Gratzinger, D. 2022; 28 (9): 1935-1937


    We describe 3 patients in California, USA, with trichodysplasia spinulosa polyomavirus (TSPyV) infection of endothelium after steroid administration. We detected TSPyV RNA in tissue specimens by in situ hybridization, which revealed localization to endothelial cells. These cases suggest that diseases associated with endothelial inflammation could be associated with TSPyV infection.

    View details for DOI 10.3201/eid2809.220856

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  • Interactions in CSF1-driven Tenosynovial Giant Cell Tumors. Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research van IJzendoorn, D. G., Matusiak, M., Charville, G. W., Spierenburg, G., Varma, S., Colburg, D. R., van de Sande, M. A., van Langevelde, K., Mohler, D. G., Ganjoo, K. N., Bui, N. Q., Avedian, R. S., Bovee, J. V., Steffner, R., West, R. B., van de Rijn, M. 2022


    A major component of cells in Tenosynovial Giant Cell Tumor (TGCT) consists of bystander macrophages responding to CSF1 that is overproduced by a small number of neoplastic cells with a chromosomal translocation involving the CSF1 gene. An autocrine loop was postulated where the neoplastic cells would be stimulated through CSF1R expressed on their surface. Here we use single cell RNA sequencing to investigate cellular interactions in TGCT.A total of 18,788 single cells from three TGCT and two Giant Cell Tumor of Bone (GCTB) samples underwent singe cell RNAseq. The three TGCTs were additionally analyzed using long read RNA sequencing. Immunofluorescence and immunohistochemistry for a range of markers was used to validate and extend the scRNAseq findings.Two recurrent neoplastic cell populations were identified in TGCT that are highly similar to non-neoplastic synoviocytes. We identified GFPT2 as a marker that highlights the neoplastic cells in TCGT. We show that the neoplastic cells themselves do not express CSF1R. We identified overlapping features between the giant cells in TGCT and GCTB.The neoplastic cells in TGCT are highly similar non-neoplastic synoviocytes. The lack of CSF1R on the neoplastic cells indicates they may be unaffected by current therapies. High expression of GFPT2 in the neoplastic cells is associated with activation of the YAP1/TAZ pathway. In addition, we identified expression of the PDGF receptor in the neoplastic cells. These findings suggest two additional pathways to target in this tumor.

    View details for DOI 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-22-1898

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  • Management of Patients with Newly Diagnosed Desmoid Tumors in a First-Line Setting. Cancers Testa, S., Bui, N. Q., Charville, G. W., Avedian, R. S., Steffner, R., Ghanouni, P., Mohler, D. G., Ganjoo, K. N. 2022; 14 (16)


    The initial management of desmoid tumors (DTs) is shifting from surgery towards active surveillance, with systemic and locally ablative treatments reserved for enlarging and/or symptomatic disease. However, it remains unclear which patients would benefit most from an initial conservative rather than interventional approach. To answer this question, we retrospectively analyzed adult and pediatric patients with DTs treated at a tertiary academic cancer center between 1992 and 2022. Outcomes measured were progression-free survival (PFS) and time to next treatment (TTNT) after first-line therapy. A total of 262 treatment-naïve patients were eligible for analysis with a median age of 36.5 years (range, 0-87 years). The 5-year PFS and the median TTNT (months) after first-line treatment were, respectively: 50.6% and 69.1 mo for surgery; 64.9% and 149.5 mo for surgery plus adjuvant radiotherapy; 57.1% and 44.7 mo for surgery plus adjuvant systemic therapy; 24.9% and 4.4 mo for chemotherapy; 26.7% and 5.3 mo for hormonal therapy; 41.3% and 29.6 mo for tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs); 44.4% and 8.9 mo for cryoablation and high intensity focused ultrasound; and 43.1% and 32.7 mo for active surveillance. Age ≤ 40 years (p < 0.001), DTs involving the extremities (p < 0.001), a maximum tumor diameter > 60 mm (p = 0.04), and hormonal therapy (p = 0.03) predicted a higher risk of progression. Overall, our results suggest that active surveillance should be considered initially for patients with smaller asymptomatic DTs, while upfront TKIs, local ablation, and surgery achieve similar outcomes in those with more aggressive disease.

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  • Cutaneous Angiosarcoma of the Head and Neck-A Retrospective Analysis of 47 Patients. Cancers Ramakrishnan, N., Mokhtari, R., Charville, G. W., Bui, N., Ganjoo, K. 2022; 14 (15)


    Cutaneous angiosarcoma (CAS) is a rare and aggressive malignant tumor with blood vessel or lymphatic-type endothelial differentiation. It has a poor prognosis with lack of standardized treatment options. This study retrospectively evaluated the clinical characteristics and treatment outcomes of 47 patients with CAS of the head and neck treated at an academic sarcoma center. Patient data were collected from the electronic medical records. 62% of patients were male with the scalp being the most commonly affected area (64%). The majority of patients presented with localized disease (53%). Median overall survival (OS) was 3.4 years with an OS of 36% at 5 years. There was a statistically significant increase in OS for patients who underwent surgery compared to those who did not (5.4 vs. 2.8 years). In contrast, radiotherapy (RT) or chemotherapy did not significantly increase OS. 45% of patients had recurrence of disease during their treatment course with a median time to recurrence of 22.8 months. There was not a significant difference in OS for patients who underwent immunotherapy compared to those who underwent chemotherapy, although only a few patients received immunotherapy. We found that surgery was an effective treatment modality in patients with easily resectable disease, while RT, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy did not significantly improve OS.

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  • A Subset of SMARCB1 (INI-1) Deficient Vulvar Neoplasms Express Germ Cell Markers. Histopathology Hammer, P. M., Kolin, D. L., Charville, G. W., McCluggage, W. G., Howitt, B. E. 2022


    SMARCB1 (INI-1) deficient vulvar neoplasms comprise a group of rare tumors that include epithelioid sarcoma (ES), myoepithelial carcinoma (MEC), the recently described myoepithelioma-like tumor of the vulvar region (MELTVR), and sarcomas which are difficult to classify. It has been suggested that so-called vulvar yolk sac tumors (YST) may represent morphologic variants of SMARCB1-deficient tumors; thus we investigated the immunoreactivity of germ cell markers in SMARCB1-deficient vulvar neoplasms.Ten SMARCB1-deficient vulvar neoplasms were stained with germ cell tumor markers (SALL4, glypican-3, OCT3/4, and AFP) and re-reviewed for morphologic features. The tumors occurred in adult females (median age 41 years) and included ES (n=7), MELTVR (n=2), and MEC (n=1). All cases showed loss of SMARCB1 expression. Four cases (40%) were focally positive for SALL4 in areas with morphology of typical-appearing ES. One of these cases also showed focal staining for OCT3/4. One ES showed a transition from typical-appearing ES to YST-like morphology, with diffuse expression of SALL4 and glypican-3, and focal expression of AFP, in these latter areas. All other tested cases were negative for AFP.Our study reveals that SALL4, glypican-3, and OCT3/4 are positive in a subset of SMARCB1-deficient vulvar neoplasms, which may pose a diagnostic challenge and result in consideration of a germ cell tumor. We also highlight a case with transition from ES to YST-like morphology, lending further support that YSTs of the vulva are somatically derived SMARCB1-deficient neoplasms and do not represent true germ-cell neoplasia.

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  • First Recurrence of Synovial Sarcoma Presenting With Solitary Pancreatic Mass. Cureus Narayan, R. R., Charville, G. W., Delitto, D., Ganjoo, K. N. 2022; 14 (6): e26356


    Synovial sarcoma usually presents in the lower extremities and metastasizes to the lungs; however, unusual patterns of recurrence can occur. For patients with recurrent synovial sarcoma to a proximal peripancreatic lymph node, a pancreaticoduodenectomy or Whipple procedure is the best option for a cure. Lymph node metastasis from synovial sarcoma is exceptionally rare, and data guiding the use of the Whipple procedure for curative resection of metastatic synovial sarcoma are even more sparse. In this report, we describe the management of a patient with metastatic synovial sarcoma to a proximal peripancreatic lymph node with a pancreaticoduodenectomy.

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  • Current management and recent progress in desmoid tumors. Cancer treatment and research communications Zhou, M. Y., Bui, N. Q., Charville, G. W., Ghanouni, P., Ganjoo, K. N. 2022; 31: 100562


    Desmoid tumors are rare soft tissue tumors that can have aggressive infiltrative growth and relapse locally. Desmoid tumors can impact functionality and cause treatment-related morbidity and mortality. Here, the authors review current management strategies and avenues for further investigation. As part of the evolution of therapy away from primary surgical approaches to less invasive options, image-guided ablation has been accepted as less morbid and include cryoablation and high-intensity focused ultrasound. Systemic therapy options currently include hormonal agents, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, tyrosine kinase inhibitors, and anthracycline-based regimens. Hormonal agents and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs have benign side effect profiles but generally limited efficacy. Anthracycline-based therapies are limited by the risk of secondary malignancies and cardiomyopathy. Tyrosine kinase inhibitors are well studied, and sorafenib is now one of the most utilized therapies, though limited by its side effect profile. Nirogacestat (PF-0308401) is an investigational small molecule gamma-secretase (GS) inhibitor that has demonstrated efficacy in phase 1 and II trials. A phase III trial investigating patients with desmoid tumors or aggressive fibromatosis is estimated to be completed December 2021 (NCT03785964). In addition to nirogacestat, the gamma-secretase inhibitor AL102 is being investigated for the treatment of patients with progressing desmoid tumors in the phase II/III RINGSIDE trial. Finally, the beta-catenin inhibitor Tegavivint (BC2059) is being investigated in a phase 1 open-label trial in patients with a proven primary or recurrent desmoid tumor that is unresectable and symptomatic or progressive.

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  • Molecular investigation of ALK-rearranged epithelioid fibrous histiocytomas identifies CLTC as a novel fusion partner and evidence of fusion-independent transcription activation. Genes, chromosomes & cancer Georgantzoglou, N., Green, D., Winnick, K. N., Sumegi, J., Charville, G. W., Bridge, J. A., Linos, K. 2022


    Epithelioid fibrous histiocytoma (EFH) is a rare cutaneous neoplasm, which is characterized by the presence of rearrangements involving the ALK gene. Although EFH was long considered a variant of fibrous histiocytoma, the identification of its unique genetic signature confirmed that it represents a distinct entity. The aim of the present study was to examine a cohort of ALK-immunoreactive EFH cases to further characterize gene fusion partners. Next generation sequencing detected ALK fusions in 11 EFH cases identified in the pathology archives of two different institutions. The most common fusion partner was DCTN1 (N = 4) followed by CLTC (N = 2) and VCL (N = 2), while the remaining cases harbored fusions involving SPECC1L, PPFIBP1, and PRKAR1A. In one case no fusion was detected by NGS and FISH despite suitable sample quality. Notably, IHC demonstrated positive ALK expression and the level of aligned ALK reads was comparable to the fusion-positive cases. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of CLTC as a fusion partner in EFH. The two CLTC rearranged cases in our cohort also represent the first two EFH cases in the literature that involve exon 19 of ALK, instead of exon 20. These findings underscore the remarkable plasticity of ALK as an oncogenic driver and further expand the list of its potential fusion partners in EFH. Lastly this is also the first report of ALK-immunoreactive EFH with no underlying fusion suggesting a fusion independent transcription mechanism as seen in other tumors. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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  • Does PAX7 and NKX2.2 immunoreactivity in Ewing sarcoma have prognostic significance? Virchows Archiv : an international journal of pathology Machado, I., Charville, G. W., Yoshida, A., Navarro, S., Righi, A., Gambarotti, M., Scotlandi, K., López-Guerrero, J. A., Llombart-Bosch, A. 2022


    Ewing sarcoma (ES) is an aggressive neoplasm with variable morphology. It has no specific immunoprofile or molecular signature. Neither CD99, NKX2.2 nor PAX7 immunoreactivity alone is completely specific, although diagnostic specificity improves when combined. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the immunohistochemical (IHC) expression of PAX7 in a large series of genetically confirmed ES. Existing results for CD99 and NKX2.2 immunoexpression, morphological findings and molecular studies (fusion gene subtypes) were retrieved from a previous study. Survival analyses were performed in cases with available clinical follow-up. PAX7 was positive in 95.5% of ES with diffuse staining (> 50%) in all positive cases and moderate or strong intensity for most cases. Nineteen ES displayed both PAX7 and CD99 immunoreactivity but lacked NKX2.2 immunoexpression. No relationships could be found between PAX7 expression and the histological types or ES gene fusion subtypes. Univariant/multivariate analysis showed that lack of PAX7 and/or NKX2.2 immunoexpression constitute independent poor prognostic factors for progression free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS). In conclusion, IHC for CD99, NKX2.2, and PAX7 may be useful in daily practice for ES diagnosis, particularly in hospitals lacking facilities for molecular studies. In addition, the combination of strong CD99 membranous positivity and nuclear PAX7 and NKX2.2 immunoreactivity seems to be very reliable for ES diagnosis when supported by a corroborating histomorphologic and clinical picture. Although PAX7 is not entirely specific for ES, it seems to have a more extensive and strong nuclear immunoreactivity than NKX2.2 expression, even in tumors with decalcification artifact. Considering the prognostically significant data herein reported, we strongly recommend validation in prospective ES series that include localized and disseminated tumors.

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  • Immune imprinting, breadth of variant recognition, and germinal center response in human SARS-CoV-2 infection and vaccination. Cell Röltgen, K., Nielsen, S. C., Silva, O., Younes, S. F., Zaslavsky, M., Costales, C., Yang, F., Wirz, O. F., Solis, D., Hoh, R. A., Wang, A., Arunachalam, P. S., Colburg, D., Zhao, S., Haraguchi, E., Lee, A. S., Shah, M. M., Manohar, M., Chang, I., Gao, F., Mallajosyula, V., Li, C., Liu, J., Shoura, M. J., Sindher, S. B., Parsons, E., Dashdorj, N. J., Dashdorj, N. D., Monroe, R., Serrano, G. E., Beach, T. G., Chinthrajah, R. S., Charville, G. W., Wilbur, J. L., Wohlstadter, J. N., Davis, M. M., Pulendran, B., Troxell, M. L., Sigal, G. B., Natkunam, Y., Pinsky, B. A., Nadeau, K. C., Boyd, S. D. 2022


    During the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, novel and traditional vaccine strategies have been deployed globally. We investigated whether antibodies stimulated by mRNA vaccination (BNT162b2), including third-dose boosting, differ from those generated by infection or adenoviral (ChAdOx1-S and Gam-COVID-Vac) or inactivated viral (BBIBP-CorV) vaccines. We analyzed human lymph nodes after infection or mRNA vaccination for correlates of serological differences. Antibody breadth against viral variants is lower after infection compared with all vaccines evaluated but improves over several months. Viral variant infection elicits variant-specific antibodies, but prior mRNA vaccination imprints serological responses toward Wuhan-Hu-1 rather than variant antigens. In contrast to disrupted germinal centers (GCs) in lymph nodes during infection, mRNA vaccination stimulates robust GCs containing vaccine mRNA and spike antigen up to 8 weeks postvaccination in some cases. SARS-CoV-2 antibody specificity, breadth, and maturation are affected by imprinting from exposure history and distinct histological and antigenic contexts in infection compared with vaccination.

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  • CDX2 expression in malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor: A potential diagnostic pitfall associated with PRC2 inactivation. Histopathology Odeyemi, O. O., Ozawa, M. G., Charville, G. W. 2022


    Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (MPNST) is a soft tissue sarcoma that exhibits features of Schwann cell differentiation. Heterologous, often mesenchymal-type differentiation occurs in a subset of MPNST, while glandular morphology also is encountered in rare cases. We observed in MPNST unanticipated expression of CDX2, a transcription factor that regulates intestinal epithelial differentiation, and aimed to further characterize this phenomenon.Expression of CDX2 was assessed by immunohistochemistry in a total of 32 high-grade MPNSTs lacking morphological evidence of epithelial differentiation, including twelve tumors (38%) that developed in the setting of neurofibromatosis and four (13%) in the setting of prior radiation therapy. CDX2 was expressed by 14 of 32 MPNSTs (44%), wherein immunoreactivity, varying from weak to strong, was present in 2-95% of neoplastic spindle cells (median 10%, mean 23%). Notably, CDX2 expression was limited to tumors with PRC2 inactivation (22/32; 69%), as evidenced immunohistochemically by diffuse loss of trimethylated histone H3K27. Analyzing publicly available RNA-sequencing data from twelve MPNST cell lines, two of which are clonally related, we observed CDX2 expression in all six PRC2-inactivated cell lines, while CDX2 expression was negligible in six cell lines with intact PRC2, amounting to a 58-fold increase in CDX2 expression on average with PRC2 inactivation.CDX2 is expressed in a subset of MPNSTs, even in the absence of morphological evidence of epithelial differentiation. CDX2 expression in MPNST is strongly associated with underlying PRC2 inactivation.

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  • Immune checkpoint upregulation in periprosthetic joint infection. Journal of orthopaedic research : official publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society Warren, S. I., Charville, G. W., Manasherob, R., Amanatullah, D. F. 2022


    Periprosthetic joint infections (PJI) induce an immunosuppressive cytokine profile through an unknown mechanism. Immune checkpoints, like programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) and its ligand (PD-L1), initiate innate immunosuppressive pathways essential for self-tolerance. Several malignancies and chronic infections co-opt these pathways to derive a survival advantage. This study evaluates PD-1/PD-L1 expression in periprosthetic tissue from patients undergoing revision hip or knee arthroplasty for a PJI versus an aseptic failure. PD-1/PD-L1 in the global tissue sample and the high-power microscopic field of maximum expression was analyzed prospectively using immunohistochemistry. Fifteen patients with a PJI (45%) and 16 patients with an aseptic failure (52%) were included. PD-1 expression was uniformly low. Maximum PD-L1 expression was upregulated in patients with a PJI (25%, interquartile range [IQR]: 5%-75%) versus an aseptic failure, (8%, IQR: 1%-48%, p = 0.039). In the PJI cohort, maximum PD-L1 expression was higher among patients who developed a recurrent PJI (68%, IQR: 53%-86% vs. 15%, IQR: 5%-70%, p = 0.039). Patients with global PD-L1 over 5% trended toward a near 22-fold increase in the odds of reinfection (odds ratio [OR]: 21.9, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.9-523.5, p = 0.057) and patients with maximum PD-L1 over 20% trended toward a 15-fold increase in the odds of reinfection (OR: 15.0, 95% CI: 0.6-348.9, p = 0.092). These results support immune checkpoint upregulation as a mechanism of PJI-induced local immune dysfunction. Future studies should confirm PD-L1 as a risk factor for reinfection in larger cohorts.

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  • Methylation profiling reveals novel molecular classes of rhabdomyosarcoma. Scientific reports Clay, M. R., Patel, A., Tran, Q., Hedges, D. J., Chang, T. C., Stewart, E., Charville, G., Cline, C., Dyer, M. A., Orr, B. A. 2021; 11 (1): 22213


    Rhabdomyosarcomas (RMS) represent a family of aggressive soft tissue sarcomas that present in both children and adults. Pathologic risk stratification for RMS has been based on histologic subtype, with poor outcomes observed in alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma (ARMS) and the adult-type pleomorphic rhabdomyosarcoma (PRMS) compared to embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma (ERMS). Genomic sequencing studies have expanded the spectrum of RMS, with several new molecularly defined entities, including fusion-driven spindle cell/sclerosing rhabdomyosarcoma (SC/SRMS) and MYOD1-mutant SC/SRMS. Comprehensive genomic analysis has previously defined the mutational and copy number spectrum for the more common ERMS and ARMS and revealed corresponding methylation signatures. Comparatively, less is known about epigenetic correlates for the rare SC/SRMS or PRMS histologic subtypes. Herein, we present exome and RNA sequencing, copy number analysis, and methylation profiling of the largest cohort of molecularly characterized RMS samples to date. In addition to ARMS and ERMS, we identify two novel methylation subtypes, one having SC/SRMS histology and defined by MYOD1 p. L122R mutations and the other matching adult-type PRMS. Selected tumors from adolescent patients grouped with the PRMS methylation class, expanding the age range of these rare tumors. Limited follow-up data suggest that pediatric tumors with MYOD1-mutations are associated with an aggressive clinical course.

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  • Hairless regulates heterochromatin maintenance and muscle stem cell function as a histone demethylase antagonist. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Liu, L., Rodriguez-Mateo, C., Huang, P., Huang, A., Lieu, A., Mao, M., Chung, M., Yang, S., Yu, K., Charville, G. W., Gan, Q., Rando, T. A. 2021; 118 (37)


    Skeletal muscle possesses remarkable regenerative ability because of the resident muscle stem cells (MuSCs). A prominent feature of quiescent MuSCs is a high content of heterochromatin. However, little is known about the mechanisms by which heterochromatin is maintained in MuSCs. By comparing gene-expression profiles from quiescent and activated MuSCs, we found that the mammalian Hairless (Hr) gene is expressed in quiescent MuSCs and rapidly down-regulated upon MuSC activation. Using a mouse model in which Hr can be specifically ablated in MuSCs, we demonstrate that Hr expression is critical for MuSC function and muscle regeneration. In MuSCs, loss of Hr results in reduced trimethylated Histone 3 Lysine 9 (H3K9me3) levels, reduced heterochromatin, increased susceptibility to genotoxic stress, and the accumulation of DNA damage. Deletion of Hr leads to an acceleration of the age-related decline in MuSC numbers. We have also demonstrated that despite the fact that Hr is homologous to a family of histone demethylases and binds to di- and trimethylated H3K9, the expression of Hr does not lead to H3K9 demethylation. In contrast, we show that the expression of Hr leads to the inhibition of the H3K9 demethylase Jmjd1a and an increase in H3K9 methylation. Taking these data together, our study has established that Hr is a H3K9 demethylase antagonist specifically expressed in quiescent MuSCs.

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  • Quantitative image features from radiomic biopsy differentiate oncocytoma from chromophobe renal cell carcinoma. Journal of medical imaging (Bellingham, Wash.) Jaggi, A., Mastrodicasa, D., Charville, G. W., Jeffrey, R. B., Napel, S., Patel, B. 2021; 8 (5): 054501


    Purpose: To differentiate oncocytoma and chromophobe renal cell carcinoma (RCC) using radiomics features computed from spherical samples of image regions of interest, "radiomic biopsies" (RBs). Approach: In a retrospective cohort study of 102 CT cases [68 males (67%), 34 females (33%); mean age ± SD, 63 ± 12    years ], we pathology-confirmed 42 oncocytomas (41%) and 60 chromophobes (59%). A board-certified radiologist performed two RB rounds. From each RB round, we computed radiomics features and compared the performance of a random forest and AdaBoost binary classifier trained from the features. To control for overfitting, we performed 10 rounds of 70% to 30% train-test splits with feature-selection, cross-validation, and hyperparameter-optimization on each split. We evaluated the performance with test ROC AUC. We tested models on data from the other RB round and compared with the same round testing with the DeLong test. We clustered important features for each round and measured a bootstrapped adjusted Rand index agreement. Results: Our best classifiers achieved an average AUC of 0.71 ± 0.024 . We found no evidence of an effect for RB round ( p = 1 ). We also found no evidence for a decrease in model performance when tested on the other RB round ( p = 0.85 ). Feature clustering produced seven clusters in each RB round with high agreement ( Rand index = 0.981 ± 0.002 , p < 0.00001 ). Conclusions: A consistent radiomic signature can be derived from RBs and could help distinguish oncocytoma and chromophobe RCC.

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  • Management Strategies for Patients With Epithelioid Hemangioendothelioma: Charting an Indolent Disease Course. American journal of clinical oncology Yurkiewicz, I. R., Zhou, M., Ganjoo, K. N., Charville, G. W., Bolleddu, S., Lohman, M., Bui, N. 2021


    Epithelioid hemangioendothelioma (EHE) is a malignant vascular neoplasm representing ∼1% of sarcomas. Due to its rarity, its clinical course is not well characterized and optimal treatment remains unknown.This was a retrospective review of patients with EHE treated at Stanford University between 1998 and 2020. Demographic characteristics, pathology results, treatment modalities, and clinical outcomes were collected from the electronic medical records.A total of 58 patients had a mean age of 50.6 years and a slight female predominance (52%). Primary disease sites were liver (33%), soft tissue (29%), lung (14%), bone (9%), and mediastinum (9%). A majority (55%) had advanced or metastatic disease. Median overall survival (OS) was 16.9 years, with OS 89% at 1 year, 68% at 5 years, and 64% at 10 years. The longest median OS was associated with soft tissue sites and shortest with lung and mediastinal disease (P=0.03). The localized disease had improved median OS compared with metastatic disease (P=0.02). There was no OS difference between tumors >3 cm and those equal or smaller (P=0.85). Surgery was a common treatment (71%), while radiation and ablation were sometimes used (28% and 9%, respectively). The median time to initiating therapy of any kind was 68 days. The median time to systemic therapy was 114 days.We report on the clinical characteristics and outcomes of patients with EHE at a large academic center. Treatment options included surgical excision, liver transplant, ablation, radiation, and systemic therapy. A subset of patients had indolent disease not requiring treatment upfront.

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  • A Retrospective Comparative Analysis of Outcomes and Prognostic Factors in Adult and Pediatric Patients with Osteosarcoma. Current oncology (Toronto, Ont.) Testa, S., Hu, B. D., Saadeh, N. L., Pribnow, A., Spunt, S. L., Charville, G. W., Bui, N. Q., Ganjoo, K. N. 2021; 28 (6): 5304-5317


    Osteosarcoma is the most common primary bone malignancy in both children and adults. Despite introduction of intensive multimodal treatment with chemotherapy and surgery, outcomes are still poor, especially for patients with metastatic disease and adults. Hence, there is an ongoing need for better prognostic markers and outcome data to inform management decisions in both the adult and pediatric setting. Here, we retrospectively analyzed 112 patients with bone osteosarcoma treated at two large adult and pediatric tertiary academic centers between 1989 and 2019. Patients were divided into an adult (≥18 years) and pediatric (<18 years) cohort for comparison. Our aim was to evaluate predictors of outcomes in pediatric and adult patients, with a specific focus on the role of methotrexate when added to a combination of doxorubicin-cisplatin; the prognostic value of tumor necrosis after neoadjuvant chemotherapy; and outlining any differences in outcomes between adults and pediatric patients that could inform clinical management. Adult patients treated with methotrexate-doxorubicin-cisplatin and those treated with doxorubicin-cisplatin had similar 5-year PFS (26%, 95%CI: 45.5%-10% vs. 50%, 95%CI: 69.6%-26.2%, p = 0.1) and 5-year OS (63%, 95%CI: 82%-34%, vs. 78%, 95%CI: 90.6%-52.6%, p = 0.5). In the adult cohort, there was no difference between patients with ≥90% necrosis and <90% necrosis in either 5-year PFS (42%, 95%CI: 71.1%-11.3% vs. 38%, 95%CI: 57.7%-18.2%, p = 0.4) or 5-year OS (85%, 95%CI: 97.8%-33.4% vs. 56%, 95%CI: 76.8%-27.6%, p = 0.4). In the pediatric cohort, compared to patients with <90% necrosis, those with ≥90% necrosis had significantly better 5-year PFS (30%, 95%CI: 49.3%-14.1% vs. 55%, 95%CI: 73.9%-38.5%, p = 0.003) and 5-year OS (64%, 95%CI: 80.8%-41.1% vs. 78%, 95%CI: 92%-60.9%, p = 0.04). Adult and pediatric patients had similar 5-year OS (69%, 95%CI: 83.2%-49.8% vs. 73%, 95%CI: 83.2%-59.3%, p = 0.8) and 5-year PFS (37%, 95%CI: 52.4%-22.9% vs. 43%, 95%CI: 56.2%-30.4% p = 0.3) even though the proportion of patients with ≥90% necrosis after neoadjuvant chemotherapy was higher for children compared to adults (60.3% vs. 30%, OR: 3.54, 95%CI: 1.38-8.46, p = 0.006). In conclusion, in adult patients, the addition of methotrexate to doxorubicin and cisplatin did not correlate with a significant survival benefit, questioning the therapeutic value of methotrexate overall. Our study confirms the prognostic utility of percent tumor necrosis after neoadjuvant chemotherapy in pediatric patients but not in adult patients. Lastly, this is one of the few reported studies where patients with osteosarcoma younger and older than 18 years had similar PFS and OS.

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  • Hereditary inflammatory fibroid polyps caused by germline pathogenic variants in PDGFRA: Refining PDGFRA-mutation syndrome. Cancer genetics Hodan, R., Charville, G. W., Ladabaum, U. 2021; 256-257: 106-109


    A 35-year-old Filipino woman presented with epigastric pain and was found to have two large jejunal and ileal inflammatory fibroid polyps (IFPs) and dozens of subcentimeter small bowel submucosal nodules. Targeted exon sequencing of PDGFRA on the resected jejunum IFP identified a variant c.1664A>G that was subsequently confirmed in the germline. Family history was striking for three relatives with confirmed IFPs, including one with small bowel intussusception on five occasions. All relatives with IFPs were confirmed to have the same PDGFRA germline likely pathogenic variant, all were female, and all had IFPs by age 50 years that necessitated surgery. Two obligate carriers were reported to have had a similar phenotype while at least one obligate male carrier had no reported history of IFPs. This is the sixth reported family with a germline PDGFRA pathogenic variant and history of IFPs or gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST). This is the second report of the c.1664A>G likely pathogenic variant in a family that is unrelated to, and of different ethnic origin than, the first family. This second family exhibited a striking history of multiple IFPs without any reported GISTs, suggesting a possible genotype/phenotype association for this variant, and a possible female gender penetrance bias.

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  • PAX7 Is a Sensitive Marker of Skeletal Muscle Differentiation in Rhabdomyosarcoma and Tumors With Rhabdomyosarcomatous Differentiation in the Female Genital Tract. International journal of gynecological pathology : official journal of the International Society of Gynecological Pathologists Weiel, J. J., Kokh, D., Charville, G. W., Longacre, T. A. 2021


    In the female genital tract, rhabdomyosarcoma may occur in "pure" form or as a heterologous constituent of a biphasic neoplasm such as carcinosarcoma or adenosarcoma. Discriminating rhabdomyosarcoma from its histologic mimics relies on confirmation of skeletal muscle differentiation by morphology or immunohistochemistry (IHC), which can be challenging to interpret in some cases owing to limited expression. PAX7, a transcription factor expressed in mammalian muscle progenitor cells, has been reported in up to 86% of soft tissue rhabdomyosarcomas by IHC. To determine whether PAX7 IHC could augment current approaches to identify rhabdomyosarcoma in gynecologic malignancies, we assessed PAX7, myogenin, and MyoD1 IHC on whole tissue sections from 100 gynecologic tumors: 50 with rhabdomyosarcomatous differentiation and 50 with features mimicking rhabdomyosarcoma. PAX7 expression was present in 96% (48/50) of gynecologic tumors with rhabdomyosarcomatous differentiation and was absent in all rhabdomyosarcoma mimics; it was more diffusely expressed than myogenin in 16 cases and was positive in a greater percentage of tumor cells in 28 cases. PAX7 and myogenin were typically coexpressed, and no rhabdomyosarcoma exhibited complete absence of both markers; however, 2 myogenin-negative tumors were PAX7-postive. Morphologically, PAX7 localized to the nuclei of primitive-appearing cells, whereas myogenin was observed in maturing rhabdomyoblasts including strap cells. Our findings highlight the utility of PAX7 as a complementary diagnostic marker of rhabdomyosarcomatous differentiation in gynecologic tumors. PAX7 should be used in combination with other markers of skeletal muscle differentiation, namely myogenin, and may be particularly helpful in cases where myogenin and/or MyoD1 expression is limited.

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  • Nodular fasciitis of the breast: clinicopathologic and molecular characterization with identification of novel USP6 fusion partners. Modern pathology : an official journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc Cloutier, J. M., Kunder, C. A., Charville, G. W., Hosfield, E. M., García, J. J., Brown, R. A., Troxell, M. L., Allison, K. H., Bean, G. R. 2021


    Nodular fasciitis is a benign, self-limited, pseudosarcomatous neoplasm that can mimic malignancy due to its rapid growth, cellularity, and mitotic activity. Involvement of the breast is rare and diagnosis on biopsy can be challenging. In this largest series to date, we examined the clinicopathologic and molecular characteristics of 12 cases of nodular fasciitis involving the breast/axilla. All patients were female, with a median age of 32 years (range 15-61). The lesions were 0.4 to 5.8 cm in size (median 0.8). All cases presented as palpable masses, and two patients had overlying skin retraction. Microscopically, lesions were relatively well-circumscribed nodular masses of bland myofibroblastic spindle cells within a variably myxoid stroma. Infiltrative growth into adipose tissue or breast epithelium was frequent. Mitotic figures were present in all cases, ranging from 1 to 12 per 10 high-power fields (median 3). Immunohistochemically, all cases expressed smooth muscle actin and were negative for pan-cytokeratin, p63, desmin, CD34, and nuclear beta-catenin. Targeted RNA sequencing performed on 11 cases identified USP6 gene fusions in eight; one additional case was positive by break-apart fluorescence in situ hybridization. The common MYH9-USP6 rearrangement was detected in four cases; another case had a rare alternative fusion with CTNNB1. Three cases harbored novel USP6 gene fusions involving NACA, SLFN11, or LDHA. All fusions juxtaposed the promoter region of the 5' partner gene with the full-length coding sequence of USP6. Outcome data were available for eight patients; none developed recurrence or metastasis. Five patients elected for observation without immediate excision, and self-resolution of the lesions was reported in three cases. Albeit uncommon, nodular fasciitis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of breast spindle cell lesions. A broad immunohistochemical panel to exclude histologic mimics, including metaplastic carcinoma, is important. Confirmatory detection of USP6 rearrangements can aid in classification, with potential therapeutic implications.

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  • PDGFRA Immunohistochemistry Predicts PDGFRA Mutations in Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors. The American journal of surgical pathology Papke, D. J., Forgó, E. n., Charville, G. W., Hornick, J. L. 2021


    Platelet-derived growth factor receptor A (PDGFRA) is a receptor tyrosine kinase that is activated by mutations in 10% of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) and 55% to 70% of inflammatory fibroid polyps. PDGFRA-mutant GISTs are usually epithelioid and occur predominantly in the stomach. Succinate dehydrogenase-deficient GISTs also arise in the stomach and are usually epithelioid, as are some KIT-mutant GISTs. Recently, avapritinib was approved to treat PDGFRA D842V-mutant GISTs, which do not respond to conventional targeted therapy. Here, we evaluate the utility of PDGFRA immunohistochemistry (IHC) to predict PDGFRA mutations to direct targeted therapy. PDGFRA IHC was performed at 1:3000 and 1:10,000 dilutions on a tissue microarray containing 153 GISTs (126 KIT-mutant, 17 PDGFRA-mutant, and 10 succinate dehydrogenase-deficient). The "positive" staining threshold was defined as 50% of neoplastic cells staining at moderate intensity. PDGFRA IHC was 75.0% and 80.9% specific for PDGFRA mutations at 1:3000 and 1:10,000 dilutions, respectively, and it was 100% sensitive at both. On the basis of its higher specificity, a 1:10,000 dilution was used to stain whole-tissue sections of GISTs and other gastric tumor types. Combining tissue microarray and whole-tissue data, PDGFRA IHC was 94.4% sensitive and 81.0% specific for PDGFRA-mutant GIST among all 210 GISTs, and it was 84.1% specific among 149 GISTs with an epithelioid component. PDGFRA was positive in a subset of inflammatory fibroid polyps (15/30; 50%), monophasic synovial sarcomas (5/10; 50%), inflammatory myofibroblastic tumors (5/10; 50%), and plexiform fibromyxomas (2/8; 25%). It was negative in poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma (0/20), diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (0/10), glomus tumor (0/10), gastrointestinal neuroectodermal tumor (0/10), leiomyoma (0/10), gastric schwannoma (0/8), and gastroblastoma (0/3). Among GISTs, PDGFRA IHC is highly sensitive and moderately specific for PDGFRA-mutant tumors; it also can be positive in inflammatory fibroid polyp and some other mesenchymal tumor types. PDGFRA positivity could be used to triage epithelioid GISTs for PDGFRA sequencing to determine optimal therapy.

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  • Surgical resection of leiomyosarcoma of the inferior vena cava: A case series and literature review. Surgical oncology Zhou, M., Javadi, C., Charville, G. W., Bui, N. Q., Harris, E. J., Poultsides, G. A., Norton, J. A., Visser, B., Lee, B., Dua, M. M., Ganjoo, K. N. 2021; 39: 101670


    We review our institution's experience in treating leiomyosarcomas involving the inferior vena cava, and we offer guidance on the management.A text-based search was performed to identify all patients who underwent surgical resection between January 2002 and October 2020. Clinicopathologic data, intraoperative variables, and outcomes were extracted from chart review.Twelve of 16 patients (75%) had localized disease; the remaining had limited metastatic disease. Seven of 16 patients (44%) received neoadjuvant chemotherapy or radiation; three patients had partial responses, and four patients had stable disease using RECIST 1.1 criteria. IVC reconstruction was performed in 14 of 16 patients (88%); IVC was ligated for the remaining two patients. Half of all patients had R0 resection on final pathology; the remaining had R1 resections. Progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) were not statistically different between patients with R0 and R1 resection. Median PFS was 1.8 years (95% CI 0.89 - not reached); median OS was 6.5 years (1.8 - not reached). Only one patient (6%) experienced local disease recurrence; 4 of 16 patients (25%) experienced disease recurrence distally without local recurrence.Resection of IVC leiomyosarcomas at a sarcoma referral center with experience in vascular reconstruction can lead to many years of recurrence-free survival. Surgical resection should be offered to patients with a low volume of metastatic disease to reduce local complications from the primary tumor, many of which exert significant mass effect on surrounding organs. For patients with metastatic disease or large, high-risk tumors, neoadjuvant chemotherapy can provide a biologic test of disease stability prior to resection.

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  • Nuclear expression of DDIT3 distinguishes high-grade myxoid liposarcoma from other round cell sarcomas. Modern pathology : an official journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc Baranov, E. n., Black, M. A., Fletcher, C. D., Charville, G. W., Hornick, J. L. 2021


    Myxoid liposarcoma (MLPS) is a malignant adipocytic neoplasm with predilection for the extremities. MLPS is genetically defined by a t(12;16) translocation leading to FUS-DDIT3 (95%) or more rarely t(12;22) leading to EWSR1-DDIT3. Low-grade MLPS is characterized by bland spindle cells within a myxoid matrix containing delicate "chicken-wire" vasculature, whereas high-grade ("round cell") MLPS may be indistinguishable from other round cell sarcomas. In many cases, cytogenetic or molecular genetic techniques are applied to confirm the diagnosis. A recent study documented the utility of DDIT3 immunohistochemistry (IHC) in the differential diagnosis of adipocytic and myxoid soft tissue tumors. The purpose of this study was to evaluate DDIT3 IHC as a surrogate for molecular testing in high-grade MLPS. IHC was performed using a mouse monoclonal antibody directed against the N-terminus of DDIT3 on whole tissue sections from 50 high-grade MLPS cases and 319 histologic mimics used as controls (170 on whole tissue sections and 149 on a tissue microarray). Histologic mimics included Ewing sarcoma, CIC-rearranged sarcoma, sarcomas with BCOR genetic alterations, poorly differentiated synovial sarcoma, alveolar and embryonal rhabdomyosarcomas, mesenchymal chondrosarcoma, desmoplastic small round cell tumor, and neuroblastoma. Nuclear staining in >5% of cells was considered positive. By IHC, 48 (96%) high-grade MLPS showed strong diffuse nuclear staining for DDIT3. Of the controls, 2% of cases were positive, with no more than 25% nuclear staining. An additional 19% of control cases displayed less than 5% nuclear staining. Overall, DDIT3 IHC showed 96% sensitivity and 98% specificity for high-grade MLPS; strong, diffuse staining is also 96% sensitive but is 100% specific. IHC using an antibody directed against the N-terminus of DDIT3 is highly sensitive and specific for high-grade MLPS among histologic mimics and could replace molecular genetic testing in many cases, although limited labeling may be seen in a range of other tumor types.

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  • Distantly Metastatic Retinoblastoma to Soft Tissue and Bone: A Challenging Diagnosis Highlighting the Utility of CRX. The American journal of surgical pathology Meredith, D. M., Charville, G. W., Fletcher, C. D., Hornick, J. L. 2020


    Distant metastasis of retinoblastoma to sites outside the central nervous system is rare; such cases may present years following primary treatment. Diagnosis may be difficult given the rarity of such events and considerable histologic mimics. We describe the clinicopathologic features of 6 cases of metastatic retinoblastoma to distant bone and soft tissue sites from 2 large academic centers. Patients were 3 female and 3 male children; median age was 9.5 years (range: 5 to 15 y) with a mean interval from primary disease diagnosis of 8.0 years (range: 0.75 to 14 y). Metastasis to bones of the lower extremities was most common, occurring in 4 of 6 cases. Tumors showed typical histologic features of retinoblastoma, with sheets of primitive round cells with minimal cytoplasm and indistinct nucleoli; however, characteristic Flexner-Wintersteiner rosettes were absent. A subset of cases demonstrated an alveolar growth pattern, and 2 cases showed higher grade cytology with nuclear anaplasia and prominent nucleoli. Immunohistochemistry for CRX and RB1 showed uniform positivity and loss of expression, respectively. Metastatic retinoblastoma outside the central nervous system may present following long disease-free intervals. Immunohistochemistry for CRX is helpful to confirm this challenging diagnosis.

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  • Clinicopathologic characterization of malignant chondroblastoma: a neoplasm with locally aggressive behavior and metastatic potential that closely mimics chondroblastoma-like osteosarcoma. Modern pathology : an official journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc Papke, D. J., Hung, Y. P., Schaefer, I. M., Bredella, M. A., Charville, G. W., Reith, J. D., Fletcher, C. D., Nielsen, G. P., Hornick, J. L. 2020


    Chondroblastoma is currently classified as a benign neoplasm; however, chondroblastoma and chondroblastoma-like osteosarcoma have morphologic overlap, raising the possibility that some tumors diagnosed as chondroblastoma-like osteosarcoma might actually represent malignant chondroblastoma. The H3F3B K36M point mutation, which has not been reported in osteosarcoma, is identified in 95% of chondroblastomas and is reliably detectable by immunohistochemistry (IHC). We reviewed 11 tumors diagnosed as atypical chondroblastoma, malignant chondroblastoma, or chondroblastoma-like osteosarcoma (median follow-up: 8.8 years; range: 4 months-26.4 years). Seven chondroblastomas with cytologic atypia and permeative growth were designated "malignant chondroblastoma"; six were H3K36M-positive by IHC. Relative to conventional chondroblastoma, malignant chondroblastoma occurred in older individuals (median: 52 years; range: 29-57 years) and arose at unusual sites. Three of four tumors with long-term follow-up recurred, and one patient died of widespread metastases. One was found to have chromosomal copy number alter4ations and a SETD2 mutation in addition to H3F3B K36M. The four remaining tumors were classified as chondroblastoma-like osteosarcoma. Chondroblastoma-like osteosarcoma occurred in younger patients (median: 21 years; range: 19-40 years) than malignant chondroblastoma. In contrast to malignant chondroblastoma, all had regions of malignant cells forming bone. Two of three patients with long-term follow-up developed recurrences, and two died of disease, one with widespread metastases. No mutations in H3F3A/H3F3B were detected by Sanger sequencing. While malignant chondroblastoma and chondroblastoma-like osteosarcoma show significant morphologic overlap, they have distinct clinical presentations and genetic findings. When considering this challenging differential diagnosis, IHC using histone H3 mutation-specific antibodies is a critical diagnostic adjunct.

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  • Angiosarcoma of the Breast: Management and Outcomes. American journal of clinical oncology Gutkin, P. M., Ganjoo, K. N., Lohman, M. n., von Eyben, R. n., Charville, G. W., Nazerali, R. S., Dirbas, F. M., Horst, K. C. 2020


    Angiosarcoma of the breast is rare and has a poor prognosis. We reviewed our institution's experience with this disease to characterize presentation, identify management patterns, and report outcomes.Fifty-eight patients with nonmetastatic angiosarcoma were identified from 1998 to 2019 and retrospectively reviewed. Overall survival (OS) and recurrence-free survival (RFS) were calculated using the Kaplan-Meier analysis and log-rank test.The median follow-up was 43.4 months (range: 1.8 to 203.3 mo). Twenty-four patients had primary angiosarcoma (PAS) and 34 patients had secondary angiosarcoma (SAS). Patients with PAS were significantly younger than those with SAS (P<0.0001). Mastectomy was the main surgical treatment in our cohort (n=47) and 3 underwent a lumpectomy. The multifocal disease was found in 5/23 patients with PAS and 11/35 patients with SAS. Twenty-eight patients received chemotherapy. Radiation was administered to 13 patients with PAS and 3 patients with SAS. Five-year OS was 73.7% for PAS and 63.5% for SAS. Local recurrence occurred in a greater proportion of patients with margins <5 mm than those with margins ≥5 mm. Chemotherapy did not impact RFS and was not associated with OS in PAS (P=0.35). Those with SAS treated with chemotherapy had significantly greater OS than those who did not receive chemotherapy (P=0.043). Radiation did not significantly influence RFS or OS.Five-year OS was higher than anticipated. Margins >5 mm appear important for local control. Patients with SAS, but not PAS, may achieve improved survival with chemotherapy. National trials using prespecified agents may be needed to identify an optimal chemotherapy regimen for women with SAS.

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  • AGER1 downregulation associates with fibrosis in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis and type 2 diabetes. The Journal of clinical investigation Dehnad, A. n., Fan, W. n., Jiang, J. X., Fish, S. R., Li, Y. n., Das, S. n., Mozes, G. n., Wong, K. A., Olson, K. A., Charville, G. W., Ali, M. n., Török, N. J. 2020


    Type 2 diabetes is clinically associated with progressive necroinflammation and fibrosis in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) accumulate during prolonged hyperglycemia, but the mechanistic pathways that lead to accelerated liver fibrosis have not been well defined. In this study, we show that the AGEs clearance receptor AGER1 was downregulated in patients with NASH and diabetes and in our NASH models, whereas the proinflammatory receptor RAGE was induced. These findings were associated with necroinflammatory, fibrogenic, and pro-oxidant activity via the NADPH oxidase 4. Inhibition of AGEs or RAGE deletion in hepatocytes in vivo reversed these effects. We demonstrate that dysregulation of NRF2 by neddylation of cullin 3 was linked to AGER1 downregulation and that induction of NRF2 using an adeno-associated virus-mediated approach in hepatocytes in vivo reversed AGER1 downregulation, lowered the level of AGEs, and improved proinflammatory and fibrogenic responses in mice on a high AGEs diet. In patients with NASH and diabetes or insulin resistance, low AGER1 levels were associated with hepatocyte ballooning degeneration and ductular reaction. Collectively, prolonged exposure to AGEs in the liver promotes an AGER1/RAGE imbalance and consequent redox, inflammatory, and fibrogenic activity in NASH.

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  • Diffuse PRAME expression is highly specific for malignant melanoma in the distinction from clear cell sarcoma. Journal of cutaneous pathology Raghavan, S. S., Wang, J. Y., Toland, A. n., Bangs, C. D., Rieger, K. E., Novoa, R. A., Charville, G. W., Brown, R. A. 2020

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  • MUC4 is expressed in alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. Histopathology Forgó, E. n., Hornick, J. L., Charville, G. W. 2020


    MUC4 is a transmembrane glycoprotein normally expressed by several human epithelial surfaces, including those of the colon, vagina, and respiratory tract. Although MUC4 overexpression is seen in various carcinomas, its expression among mesenchymal neoplasms is fairly specific to low-grade fibromyxoid sarcoma and sclerosing epithelioid fibrosarcoma. Having observed unanticipated anti-MUC4 immunoreactivity in rhabdomyosarcoma, we aimed to further characterize its expression.Expression of MUC4 was assessed by immunohistochemistry in a total of 97 rhabdomyosarcomas using formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue sections. MUC4 was expressed by 21 of 26 PAX3/7-FOXO1 fusion-positive cases, wherein immunoreactivity, varying from weak to strong, was present in 20-100% of neoplastic cells. With the exception of one sclerosing rhabdomyosarcoma showing immunoreactivity in 20% of cells, MUC4 was not expressed by embryonal (n=28), sclerosing (n=20), or pleomorphic (n=23) rhabdomyosarcomas. Analyzing published gene expression microarray data from a separate cohort of 33 fusion-positive and 25 fusion-negative rhabdomyosarcomas, we found on average 11.4-fold increased expression in fusion-positive tumors (P=0.0004).MUC4 is expressed to a variable extent in the majority of PAX3/7-FOXO1 fusion-positive (alveolar) rhabdomyosarcomas, while expression in other rhabdomyosarcoma subtypes is rare.

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  • Tenosynovial giant cell tumor of the suboccipital region - A rare, benign neoplasm in this location. Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia Singh, R. n., Stienen, M. N., Ganjoo, K. n., Kolahi, K. S., Cayrol, R. n., Charville, G. W., Born, D. E., Zygourakis, C. C. 2020


    Tenosynovial giant cell tumors (TGCTs) are benign neoplasms that arise from the synovium of tendon sheaths, bursae, and joints. We report a rare presentation of TGCT involving the suboccipital spine.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jocn.2020.05.022

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  • "Inflammatory Leiomyosarcoma" and "Histiocyte-rich Rhabdomyoblastic Tumor": a clinicopathological, immunohistochemical and genetic study of 13 cases, with a proposal for reclassification as "Inflammatory Rhabdomyoblastic Tumor". Modern pathology : an official journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc Cloutier, J. M., Charville, G. W., Mertens, F. n., Sukov, W. n., Fritchie, K. n., Perry, K. D., Edgar, M. n., Rowsey, R. A., Folpe, A. L. 2020


    Inflammatory leiomyosarcoma (ILMS), defined as "a malignant neoplasm showing smooth muscle differentiation, a prominent inflammatory infiltrate, and near-haploidization", is a very rare soft tissue tumor with a generally favorable prognosis. The morphologic features of "histiocyte-rich rhabdomyoblastic tumor" (HRRMT) are similar to those of ILMS, although this lesion shows by definition a skeletal muscle phenotype. Recent gene expression profiling and immunohistochemical studies have also suggested that ILMS and HRRMT may be related. We studied the clinicopathologic, immunohistochemical and genetic features of four cases previously classified as ILMS and nine classified as HRRMT. Tumors from both groups tended to occur in the deep soft tissues of the extremities of young to middle-aged males and exhibited indolent behavior. Morphologically, all were well-circumscribed, often encapsulated, and showed a striking histiocyte-rich inflammatory infiltrate admixed with variably pleomorphic tumor cells showing spindled and epithelioid to rhabdoid morphology, eosinophilic cytoplasm, and prominent nucleoli, but few, if any, mitotic figures. Immunohistochemically, the tumor cells expressed desmin, alpha-smooth muscle actin, and the rhabdomyoblastic markers PAX7, MyoD1, and myogenin. H-caldesmon expression was absent in all cases, using the specific h-CD antibody. Karyotypic study (1 HRRMT) and genome-wide copy number analysis (7 HRRMT, OncoScan SNP assay), revealed near-haploidization in four cases, with subsequent genome doubling in one, an identical phenotype to that seen in ILMS. We propose reclassification of ILMS and HRRMT as "inflammatory rhabdomyoblastic tumor", a name which accurately describes the salient morphologic and immunohistochemical features of this distinctive tumor, as well as its intermediate (rarely metastasizing) clinical behavior.

    View details for DOI 10.1038/s41379-020-00703-8

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  • Sinonasal FUS-ERG-Rearranged Ewing's Sarcoma Mimicking Glomangiopericytoma. Case reports in oncology Zhou, M. n., Ko, Y. C., Charville, G. W., Ganjoo, K. N. 2020; 13 (3): 1393–96


    Ewing's sarcoma is a rare and aggressive tumor that typically arises in the long bones of the extremities. It belongs in the family of small round blue cell tumors and is characterized immunohistochemically by diffuse CD99 expression and molecularly by one of several oncogenic translocations, most commonly t(11;22)(q24;q12) between the EWSR1 gene and the FLI1 gene. Here we present a rare case of Ewing's sarcoma in the sinonasal tract with FUS-ERG gene arrangement that was regarded for almost a decade as a sinonasal-type hemangiopericytoma (glomangiopericytoma). This case illustrates the surprisingly prolonged natural history of Ewing's sarcoma that did not receive therapy for many years and the importance of considering alternative genetic translocations. Our experience suggests that the presence of diffuse CD99 membranous staining pattern in a small blue round cell tumor with morphology typical for Ewing's sarcoma but FISH negative for EWSR1 rearrangement should prompt consideration of FUS-ERG fusion.

    View details for DOI 10.1159/000511415

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  • Disseminated Pneumocystis jirovecii Infection with Osteomyelitis in a Patient with CTLA-4 Haploinsufficiency. Journal of clinical immunology Siddiqi, A. E., Liu, A. Y., Charville, G. W., Kunder, C. A., Uzel, G. n., Sadighi Akha, A. A., Oak, J. n., Martin, B. n., Sacha, J. n., Lewis, D. B., Gernez, Y. n. 2020

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s10875-020-00748-z

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  • Non-phagocytic Activation of NOX2 is Implicated in Progressive Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis During Aging. Hepatology (Baltimore, Md.) Jiang, J. X., Fish, S. R., Tomilov, A. n., Li, Y. n., Fan, W. n., Dehnad, A. n., Gae, D. n., Das, S. n., Mozes, G. n., Charville, G. W., Ramsey, J. n., Cortopassi, G. n., Török, N. J. 2020


    Older patients with obesity/type II DM frequently present with advanced non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Whether this is due to specific molecular pathways that accelerate fibrosis during aging, is unknown. Activation of the Src homology 2 domain containing collagen-related (Shc) proteins and redox stress have been recognized in aging, however their link to NASH has not been explored. Shc expression increased in livers of older patients with NASH, as assessed by RTqPCR or western blots. Fibrosis, Shc expression, markers of senescence and NADPH oxidases (NOXs) were studied in young/old mice on fast food diet (FFD). To inhibit Shc in old mice LV-shShc vs. control-LV were used during FFD. For hepatocyte-specific effects, fl/fl Shc mice on FFD were injected with AAV8-TBG-Cre vs. control. Fibrosis was accelerated in older mice on FFD, and Shc inhibition by LV in older mice, or hepatocyte-specific deletion resulted in significantly improved inflammation, reduction in senescence markers in older mice, lipid peroxidation and fibrosis. To study NOX2 activation, the interaction of p47phox (NOX2 regulatory subunit) and p52Shc was evaluated by proximity ligation, and co-IPs. Palmitate induced p52Shc binding to p47phox activating the NOX2 complex, more so at older age. Kinetics of binding were assessed in SH2 or PTB deletion mutants by biolayer interferometry, revealing the role of SH2 and the PTB domains. Lastly, an in silico model of p52Shc/p47phox interaction using RosettaDock was generated. Conclusion Accelerated fibrosis in the aged is modulated by p52Shc/NOX2. We show a novel pathway for direct activation of the phagocytic NOX2 in hepatocytes by p52Shc binding and activating the p47phox subunit that results in redox stress, and accelerated fibrosis in the aged.

    View details for DOI 10.1002/hep.31118

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  • Diagnostic classification of soft tissue malignancies: A review and update from a surgical pathology perspective. Current problems in cancer Cloutier, J. M., Charville, G. W. 2019


    Soft tissue sarcomas encompass a broad spectrum of histologically, clinically, and molecularly diverse neoplasms that present unique diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. Accurate classification is essential both for appropriate risk stratification and for guiding clinical management. Once classified almost exclusively based on the morphologic appearance of the tumor by light microscopy, many soft tissue sarcomas are now known to manifest recurrent patterns of genetic alterations. In addition to enabling molecular confirmation of histologic diagnoses, discovery of these recurrent genetic alterations has helped to refine existing morphologic definitions of sarcoma subtypes and even prompted the discovery of new subtypes. As therapy for sarcoma has become increasingly tailored to a specific entity, the integration of molecular data has assumed added importance in diagnostic decision making. In this article, we summarize principles of the histologic evaluation of soft tissue sarcomas, discuss specific diagnostic features of several of the most common sarcoma subtypes, and describe our vision for a future of soft tissue sarcoma diagnosis that merges morphologic, genetic, and epigenetic features to arrive at diagnoses that are aligned with tumor-specific, biologically targeted treatment approaches.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.currproblcancer.2019.05.006

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  • INSM1 Expression in Peripheral Neuroblastic Tumors and Other Embryonal Neoplasms. Pediatric and developmental pathology : the official journal of the Society for Pediatric Pathology and the Paediatric Pathology Society Wang, H. n., Krishnan, C. n., Charville, G. W. 2019: 1093526619843725


    Insulinoma-associated protein 1 (INSM1) is a transcription factor that functions in neuroepithelial tissue development and shows expression in neuroendocrine neoplasms. Given the role of INSM1 in controlling differentiation of the sympatho-adrenal lineage, we hypothesized that INSM1 expression would define a subset of neuroblastic tumors. This study aimed to characterize the immunohistochemical profile of INSM1 in a cohort of peripheral neuroblastic tumors and compare INSM1 expression in these tumors to that seen in other embryonal neoplasms, using both tissue microarrays and whole-slide histologic sections. INSM1 showed nuclear expression in 39/50 (78%) peripheral neuroblastic tumors, including 27/32 (84%) neuroblastomas, 9/9 (100%) ganglioneuroblastomas, and 3/9 (33%) ganglioneuromas. Altogether, 70% of peripheral neuroblastic tumors showed anti-INSM1 immunoreactivity in more than 20% of tumor nuclei. Although no non-neuroblastic tumors in this study exhibited INSM1 expression in more than 20% of nuclei, focal or patchy staining was identified in 7/14 (50%) rhabdomyosarcomas, 7/22 (32%) nephroblastomas, and 4/20 (20%) Ewing sarcomas. The absence of INSM1 expression in peripheral neuroblastic tumors was restricted to undifferentiated and poorly differentiated neuroblastomas, as well as mature ganglioneuromas, mimicking the transient INSM1 expression seen in sympatho-adrenal differentiation during normal development. No significant association between MYCN amplification status and INSM1 expression was observed. We found that all 3 INSM1-negative neuroblastoma patients with available follow-up were alive at a median of 15 years, in comparison to 9 of 13 INSM1-positive neuroblastoma patients living at a median of 5 years. Additional studies are needed to determine whether INSM1 expression is indicative of a clinically significant differentiation state in neuroblastoma.

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  • Immune checkpoint blockade as a potential therapeutic strategy for undifferentiated malignancies. Human pathology Devereaux, K. A., Charu, V., Zhao, S., Charville, G. W., Bangs, C. D., van de Rijn, M., Cherry, A. M., Natkunam, Y. 2018; 82: 39–45


    Undifferentiated malignancies (UMs) encompass a diverse set of aggressive tumors that pose not only a diagnostic challenge but also a challenge for clinical management. Most tumors in this category are currently treated empirically with nonspecific chemotherapeutic agents that yield extremely poor clinical response. Given that UMs are inherently genetically unstable neoplasms with the potential for immune dysregulation and increased neoantigen production, they are likely to be particularly amenable to immune checkpoint inhibitors, which target programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) or its ligands, PD-L1 and PD-L2, to promote T-cell antitumor activity. Aberrant expression of PD-L1 and, more recently, chromosomal 9p24.1/CD274(PD-L1)/PDCD1LG2(PD-L2) alterations can be used as biomarkers to predict responsiveness to checkpoint inhibitors. Here we evaluated 93 cases previously diagnosed as an "undifferentiated" malignancy and found that 56% (52/93) of UMs moderately to strongly express PD-L1 by immunohistochemistry (IHC). Concurrent CD274(PD-L1) and PDCD1LG2(PD-L2) fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) was performed on 24 of these cases and demonstrates a genetic gain at both loci in 62.5% of UMs. Genetic alterations at the CD274(PD-L1) and PDCD1LG2(PD-L2) loci were found to be completely concordant by FISH. Overall, we found that a significant proportion of UMs express PD-L1 and provide molecular support for using checkpoint inhibitors as a treatment approach for this class of tumors.

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  • Impaired Notch Signaling Leads to a Decrease in p53 Activity and Mitotic Catastrophe in Aged Muscle Stem Cells. Cell stem cell Liu, L., Charville, G. W., Cheung, T. H., Yoo, B., Santos, P. J., Schroeder, M., Rando, T. A. 2018


    The decline of tissue regenerative potential with age correlates with impaired stem cell function. However, limited strategies are available for therapeutic modulation of stem cell function during aging. Using skeletal muscle stem cells (MuSCs) as a model system, we identify cell death by mitotic catastrophe as a cause of impaired stem cell proliferative expansion in aged animals. The mitotic cell death is caused by a deficiency in Notch activators in the microenvironment. We discover that ligand-dependent stimulation of Notch activates p53 in MuSCs via inhibition of Mdm2 expression through Hey transcription factors during normal muscle regeneration and that this pathway is impaired in aged animals. Pharmacologic activation of p53 promotes the expansion of aged MuSCs invivo. Altogether, these findings illuminate a Notch-p53 signaling axis that plays an important role in MuSC survival during activation and is dysregulated during aging, contributing to the age-related decline in muscle regenerative potential.

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  • When Lightning Strikes Twice. Digestive diseases and sciences Baiu, I. n., Charville, G. W., Visser, B. C. 2018

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  • A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure: Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection for Early Gastric Cancer. Digestive diseases and sciences Huang, R. J., Charville, G. W., Hwang, J. H., Friedland, S. n. 2018

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  • Bioengineered Viral Platform for Intramuscular Passive Vaccine Delivery to Human Skeletal Muscle. Molecular therapy. Methods & clinical development Paulk, N. K., Pekrun, K. n., Charville, G. W., Maguire-Nguyen, K. n., Wosczyna, M. N., Xu, J. n., Zhang, Y. n., Lisowski, L. n., Yoo, B. n., Vilches-Moure, J. G., Lee, G. K., Shrager, J. B., Rando, T. A., Kay, M. A. 2018; 10: 144–55


    Skeletal muscle is ideal for passive vaccine administration as it is easily accessible by intramuscular injection. Recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) vectors are in consideration for passive vaccination clinical trials for HIV and influenza. However, greater human skeletal muscle transduction is needed for therapeutic efficacy than is possible with existing serotypes. To bioengineer capsids with therapeutic levels of transduction, we utilized a directed evolution approach to screen libraries of shuffled AAV capsids in pools of surgically resected human skeletal muscle cells from five patients. Six rounds of evolution were performed in various muscle cell types, and evolved variants were validated against existing muscle-tropic serotypes rAAV1, 6, and 8. We found that evolved variants NP22 and NP66 had significantly increased primary human and rhesus skeletal muscle fiber transduction from surgical explants ex vivo and in various primary and immortalized myogenic lines in vitro. Importantly, we demonstrated reduced seroreactivity compared to existing serotypes against normal human serum from 50 adult donors. These capsids represent powerful tools for human skeletal muscle expression and secretion of antibodies from passive vaccines.

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  • Serous Neoplasms of the Pancreas: A Comprehensive Review. Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine Charville, G. W., Kao, C. S. 2018; 142 (9): 1134–40


    Serous neoplasms are uncommon, usually cystic tumors that account for less than 1% of all primary pancreatic lesions. They consist predominantly of a monomorphic epithelial cell population with a glycogen-rich, clear cytoplasm, reminiscent of clear cell renal cell carcinoma, with which serous neoplasms share an association with underlying VHL loss-of-function mutations. Serous neoplasms have no metastatic potential. Accurate recognition of this entity, including its various architectural subtypes, is critical to appropriate prognostication and treatment. Immunohistochemical detection of inhibin and calponin expression, along with the absence of both estrogen and progesterone receptors and nuclear β-catenin, can help to distinguish serous neoplasms from mimics. With the advent of minimally invasive and molecularly driven diagnostic techniques, the pathologist's role in the assessment and management of serous neoplasms has become increasingly complex and important. We provide an update on the histologic, immunohistochemical, and molecular features of pancreatic serous neoplasms for the practicing pathologist.

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  • Resolution of Crizotinib-Associated Fulminant Hepatitis following Cessation of Treatment. Case reports in hepatology Charville, G. W., Padda, S. K., Sibley, R. K., Puthillath, A., Kwo, P. Y. 2018; 2018: 3413592


    Targeted cancer treatments offer the prospect of precise inhibition of tumor growth without the untoward off-target toxicity of traditional chemotherapies. Still, unintended, often idiosyncratic side effects, such as drug-induced liver injury, can occur. We discuss the case of a 26-year-old female with a history of ROS1-rearranged lung adenocarcinoma, undergoing treatment with the tyrosine kinase inhibitor crizotinib, who presented to our hospital with abdominal pain and scleral icterus. Liver chemistries were notable for hyperbilirubinemia (5mg/dL total) and marked transaminasemia (AST 1736 U/L, ALT >3500 U/L); liver biopsy demonstrated acute hepatitis with extensive necrosis. There was no evidence of an infectious or autoimmune etiology. It was discovered that the patient was taking a 500mg once daily dose of crizotinib, in lieu of the intended dose of 250mg twice daily. After immediate cessation of crizotinib therapy upon hospital admission, there was complete biochemical resolution of the hepatitis. This case highlights the potential reversibility of fulminant crizotinib-associated hepatoxicity, possibly related to supratherapeutic dosing, when managed with abrupt stoppage of the drug and initiation of supportive care.

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  • Immunohistochemistry for PAX7 is a useful confirmatory marker for Ewing sarcoma in decalcified bone marrow core biopsy specimens. Virchows Archiv : an international journal of pathology Fernandez-Pol, S. n., van de Rijn, M. n., Natkunam, Y. n., Charville, G. W. 2018


    PAX7 has been recently demonstrated to be a highly sensitive marker for Ewing sarcoma, and thus far has only been shown to label a relatively small set of other mesenchymal neoplasms. Because the processing of bone marrow core biopsies can often hinder the performance of immunohistochemical stains, we set out to determine if our laboratory's PAX7 staining protocol effectively detects Ewing sarcoma in Bouin's fixed, decalcified bone marrow core biopsies. We stained ten core biopsies involved by Ewing sarcoma, nine non-involved core biopsies, and 13 core biopsies involved by histologic mimics of Ewing sarcoma. Only the ten biopsies involved by Ewing sarcoma and four biopsies with rhabdomyosarcoma showed strong nuclear PAX7 staining. None of the other tumors demonstrated PAX7 expression. This study demonstrates that the PAX7 staining protocol used in our laboratory is a useful marker for Ewing sarcoma and other PAX7-positive tumors in decalcified bone marrow core biopsies.

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  • PAX7 expression in sarcomas bearing the EWSR1-NFATC2 translocation. Modern pathology : an official journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc Charville, G. W., Wang, W. L., Ingram, D. R., Roy, A. n., Thomas, D. n., Patel, R. M., Hornick, J. L., van de Rijn, M. n., Lazar, A. J. 2018

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  • The SS18-SSX Fusion Oncoprotein Hijacks BAF Complex Targeting and Function to Drive Synovial Sarcoma. Cancer cell McBride, M. J., Pulice, J. L., Beird, H. C., Ingram, D. R., D'Avino, A. R., Shern, J. F., Charville, G. W., Hornick, J. L., Nakayama, R. T., Garcia-Rivera, E. M., Araujo, D. M., Wang, W. L., Tsai, J. W., Yeagley, M. n., Wagner, A. J., Futreal, P. A., Khan, J. n., Lazar, A. J., Kadoch, C. n. 2018


    Synovial sarcoma (SS) is defined by the hallmark SS18-SSX fusion oncoprotein, which renders BAF complexes aberrant in two manners: gain of SSX to the SS18 subunit and concomitant loss of BAF47 subunit assembly. Here we demonstrate that SS18-SSX globally hijacks BAF complexes on chromatin to activate an SS transcriptional signature that we define using primary tumors and cell lines. Specifically, SS18-SSX retargets BAF complexes from enhancers to broad polycomb domains to oppose PRC2-mediated repression and activate bivalent genes. Upon suppression of SS18-SSX, reassembly of BAF47 restores enhancer activation, but is not required for proliferative arrest. These results establish a global hijacking mechanism for SS18-SSX on chromatin, and define the distinct contributions of two concurrent BAF complex perturbations.

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  • Gastrointestinal Tract Vasculopathy: Clinicopathology and Description of a Possible "New Entity" With Protean Features. The American journal of surgical pathology Louie, C. Y., DiMaio, M. A., Charville, G. W., Berry, G. J., Longacre, T. A. 2018


    Noninfectious gastrointestinal (GI) vasculopathic disorders are rare and are often overlooked in histopathologic examination or when forming differential diagnoses due to their rarity. However, involvement of the GI tract may lead to serious complications, including ischemia and perforation. Since awareness of the types of vasculopathy that may involve the GI tract is central to arriving at a correct diagnosis, we reviewed our institutional experience with GI tract vasculopathy in order to enhance diagnostic accuracy of these rare lesions. We report the clinical and histologic features of 16 cases (excluding 16 cases of immunoglobulin A vasculitis) diagnosed over a 20-year period. Of the 16 patients, 14 presented with symptoms related to the GI vasculopathy (including 2 presenting with a mass on endoscopic examination). The remaining 2 patients presented with incarcerated hernia and invasive adenocarcinoma. The vasculopathy was not associated with systemic disease and appeared limited to the GI tract in 8 patients. Eight had associated systemic disease, but only 6 had a prior diagnosis. The underlying diagnoses in these 6 patients included systemic lupus erythematosus (1), dermatomyositis (2), rheumatoid arthritis (1), eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (1), and Crohn disease (1). One patient with granulomatous polyangiitis and 1 patient with systemic lupus erythematosus initially presented with GI symptoms. The 8 cases of isolated GI tract vasculopathy consisted of enterocolic lymphocytic phlebitis (4), idiopathic myointimal hyperplasia of the sigmoid colon (1), idiopathic myointimal hyperplasia of the ileum (1), granulomatous vasculitis (1), and polyarteritis nodosa-like arteritis (1). Isolated GI tract vasculopathy is rare, but appears to be almost as common as that associated with systemic disease. The chief primary vasculopathies are enterocolic lymphocytic colitis and idiopathic myointimal hyperplasia. Although the latter occurs predominantly in the left colon, rare examples occur in the small bowel and likely represent a complex, more protean disorder.

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  • Prognostic Gene Expression Signatures in Sarcoma: Finding Clarity in Complexity. Annals of oncology : official journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology Charville, G. W., Lazar, A. J. 2017

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  • Endoscopic Resection of Skull Base Teratoma in Klippel-Feil Syndrome through Use of Combined Ultrasonic and Bipolar Diathermy Platforms. Case reports in otolaryngology Edward, J. A., Psaltis, A. J., Williams, R. A., Charville, G. W., Dodd, R. L., Nayak, J. V. 2017; 2017: 6384586-?


    Klippel-Feil syndrome (KFS) is associated with numerous craniofacial abnormalities but rarely with skull base tumor formation. We report an unusual and dramatic case of a symptomatic, mature skull base teratoma in an adult patient with KFS, with extension through the basisphenoid to obstruct the nasopharynx. This benign lesion was associated with midline palatal and cerebral defects, most notably pituitary and vertebrobasilar arteriolar duplications. A multidisciplinary workup and a complete endoscopic, transnasal surgical approach between otolaryngology and neurosurgery were undertaken. Out of concern for vascular control of the fibrofatty dense tumor stalk at the skull base and need for complete teratoma resection, we successfully employed a tissue resection tool with combined ultrasonic and bipolar diathermy to the tumor pedicle at the sphenoid/clivus junction. No CSF leak or major hemorrhage was noted using this endonasal approach, and no concerning postoperative sequelae were encountered. The patient continues to do well now 3 years after tumor extirpation, with resolution of all preoperative symptoms and absence of teratoma recurrence. KFS, teratoma biology, endocrine gland duplication, and the complex considerations required for successfully addressing this type of advanced skull base pathology are all reviewed herein.

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  • Surgical Pathology of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors: Practical Implications of Morphologic and Molecular Heterogeneity for Precision Medicine. Advances in anatomic pathology Charville, G. W., Longacre, T. A. 2017


    Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST), the most common mesenchymal neoplasm of the gastrointestinal tract, exhibits diverse histologic and clinical manifestations. With its putative origin in the gastrointestinal pacemaker cell of Cajal, GIST can arise in association with any portion of the tubular gastrointestinal tract. Morphologically, GISTs are classified as spindled or epithelioid, though each of these subtypes encompasses a broad spectrum of microscopic appearances, many of which mimic other histologic entities. Despite this morphologic ambiguity, the diagnosis of GIST is aided in many cases by immunohistochemical detection of KIT (CD117) or DOG1 expression. The natural history of GIST ranges from that of a tumor cured by surgical resection to that of a locally advanced or even widely metastatic, and ultimately fatal, disease. This clinicopathologic heterogeneity is paralleled by an underlying molecular diversity: the majority of GISTs are associated with spontaneous activating mutations in KIT, PDGFRA, or BRAF, while additional subsets are driven by genetic lesions-often inherited-of NF1 or components of the succinate dehydrogenase enzymatic complex. Specific gene mutations correlate with particular anatomic or morphologic characteristics and, in turn, with distinct clinical behaviors. Therefore, prognostication and treatment are increasingly dictated not only by morphologic clues, but also by accompanying molecular genetic features. In this review, we provide a comprehensive description of the heterogenous molecular underpinnings of GIST, including implications for the practicing pathologist with regard to morphologic identification, immunohistochemical diagnosis, and clinical management.

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  • Evidence for a 'preinvasive' variant of fungal sinusitis: Tissue invasion without angioinvasion. World journal of otorhinolaryngology - head and neck surgery Paknezhad, H. n., Borchard, N. A., Charville, G. W., Ayoub, N. F., Choby, G. W., Thamboo, A. n., Nayak, J. V. 2017; 3 (1): 37–43


    Clinical experience has suggested the existence of an intermediate form of fungal sinusitis between the categories of non-invasive fungal sinusitis (non-IFS) and invasive fungal sinusitis (IFS). This fungal sinusitis variant demonstrates unhealthy mucosa by endoscopy with fungal invasion, but lacks angioinvasion microscopically, representing what clinically behaves as a 'pre-invasive' subtype of fungal sinusitis. Unlike non-IFS disease, patients with pre-invasive fungal sinusitis were still felt to require anti-fungal medications due to histologic presence of invasive fungus. While sharing some clinical features of IFS, these 'intermediate' patients were successfully spared extended and repeated surgical debridements given the microscopic findings, and have been successfully treated with shorter courses of antifungal therapy. These select patients have had favorable outcomes when managed in a judicious and semi-aggressive manner, in an undefined zone between the treatments for routine fungal ball and aggressive IFS.

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  • Pathways to clinical CLARITY: volumetric analysis of irregular, soft, and heterogeneous tissues in development and disease. Scientific reports Hsueh, B. n., Burns, V. M., Pauerstein, P. n., Holzem, K. n., Ye, L. n., Engberg, K. n., Wang, A. C., Gu, X. n., Chakravarthy, H. n., Arda, H. E., Charville, G. n., Vogel, H. n., Efimov, I. R., Kim, S. n., Deisseroth, K. n. 2017; 7 (1): 5899


    Three-dimensional tissue-structural relationships are not well captured by typical thin-section histology, posing challenges for the study of tissue physiology and pathology. Moreover, while recent progress has been made with intact methods for clearing, labeling, and imaging whole organs such as the mature brain, these approaches are generally unsuitable for soft, irregular, and heterogeneous tissues that account for the vast majority of clinical samples and biopsies. Here we develop a biphasic hydrogel methodology, which along with automated analysis, provides for high-throughput quantitative volumetric interrogation of spatially-irregular and friable tissue structures. We validate and apply this approach in the examination of a variety of developing and diseased tissues, with specific focus on the dynamics of normal and pathological pancreatic innervation and development, including in clinical samples. Quantitative advantages of the intact-tissue approach were demonstrated compared to conventional thin-section histology, pointing to broad applications in both research and clinical settings.

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  • Ex Vivo Expansion and In Vivo Self-Renewal of Human Muscle Stem Cells STEM CELL REPORTS Charville, G. W., Cheung, T. H., Yoo, B., Santos, P. J., Lee, G. K., Shrager, J. B., Rando, T. A. 2015; 5 (4): 621-632


    Adult skeletal muscle stem cells, or satellite cells (SCs), regenerate functional muscle following transplantation into injured or diseased tissue. To gain insight into human SC (huSC) biology, we analyzed transcriptome dynamics by RNA sequencing of prospectively isolated quiescent and activated huSCs. This analysis indicated that huSCs differentiate and lose proliferative potential when maintained in high-mitogen conditions ex vivo. Further analysis of gene expression revealed that p38 MAPK acts in a transcriptional network underlying huSC self-renewal. Activation of p38 signaling correlated with huSC differentiation, while inhibition of p38 reversibly prevented differentiation, enabling expansion of huSCs. When transplanted, expanded huSCs differentiated to generate chimeric muscle and engrafted as SCs in the sublaminar niche with a greater frequency than freshly isolated cells or cells cultured without p38 inhibition. These studies indicate characteristics of the huSC transcriptome that promote expansion ex vivo to allow enhanced functional engraftment of a defined population of self-renewing huSCs.

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  • Isolation of skeletal muscle stem cells by fluorescence-activated cell sorting NATURE PROTOCOLS Liu, L., Cheung, T. H., Charville, G. W., Rando, T. A. 2015; 10 (10): 1612-1624


    The prospective isolation of purified stem cell populations has dramatically altered the field of stem cell biology, and it has been a major focus of research across tissues in different organisms. Muscle stem cells (MuSCs) are now among the most intensely studied stem cell populations in mammalian systems, and the prospective isolation of these cells has allowed cellular and molecular characterizations that were not dreamed of a decade ago. In this protocol, we describe how to isolate MuSCs from limb muscles of adult mice by fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS). We provide a detailed description of the physical and enzymatic dissociation of mononucleated cells from limb muscles, a procedure that is essential in order to maximize cell yield. We also describe a FACS-based method that is used subsequently to obtain highly pure populations of either quiescent or activated MuSCs (VCAM(+)CD31(-)CD45(-)Sca1(-)). The isolation process takes ∼5-6 h to complete. The protocol also allows for the isolation of endothelial cells, hematopoietic cells and mesenchymal stem cells from muscle tissue.

    View details for DOI 10.1038/nprot.2015.110

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  • Bordetella petrii Sinusitis in an Immunocompromised Adolescent. Pediatric infectious disease journal Nagata, J. M., Charville, G. W., Klotz, J. M., Wickremasinghe, W. R., Kann, D. C., Schwenk, H. T., Longhurst, C. A. 2015; 34 (4): 458-?

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  • mTORC1 controls the adaptive transition of quiescent stem cells from G0 to G(Alert). Nature Rodgers, J. T., King, K. Y., Brett, J. O., Cromie, M. J., Charville, G. W., Maguire, K. K., Brunson, C., Mastey, N., Liu, L., Tsai, C., Goodell, M. A., Rando, T. A. 2014; 510 (7505): 393-396


    A unique property of many adult stem cells is their ability to exist in a non-cycling, quiescent state. Although quiescence serves an essential role in preserving stem cell function until the stem cell is needed in tissue homeostasis or repair, defects in quiescence can lead to an impairment in tissue function. The extent to which stem cells can regulate quiescence is unknown. Here we show that the stem cell quiescent state is composed of two distinct functional phases, G0 and an 'alert' phase we term G(Alert). Stem cells actively and reversibly transition between these phases in response to injury-induced systemic signals. Using genetic mouse models specific to muscle stem cells (or satellite cells), we show that mTORC1 activity is necessary and sufficient for the transition of satellite cells from G0 into G(Alert) and that signalling through the HGF receptor cMet is also necessary. We also identify G0-to-G(Alert) transitions in several populations of quiescent stem cells. Quiescent stem cells that transition into G(Alert) possess enhanced tissue regenerative function. We propose that the transition of quiescent stem cells into G(Alert) functions as an 'alerting' mechanism, an adaptive response that positions stem cells to respond rapidly under conditions of injury and stress, priming them for cell cycle entry.

    View details for DOI 10.1038/nature13255

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  • The mortal strand hypothesis: Non-random chromosome inheritance and the biased segregation of damaged DNA. Seminars in cell & developmental biology Charville, G. W., Rando, T. A. 2013; 24 (8-9): 653-660


    If a eukaryotic cell is to reproduce, it must duplicate its genetic information in the form of DNA, and faithfully segregate that information during a complex process of cell division. During this division process, the resulting cells inherit one, and only one, copy of each chromosome. Over thirty years ago, it was predicted that the segregation of sister chromosomes could occur non-randomly, such that a daughter cell would preferentially inherit one of the two sister chromosomes according to some characteristic of that chromosome's template DNA strand. Although this prediction has been confirmed in studies of various cell-types, we know little of both the mechanism by which the asymmetric inheritance occurs and the significance it has to cells. In this essay, we propose a new model of non-random chromosome segregation-the mortal strand hypothesis-and discuss tests of the model that will provide insight into the molecular choreography of this intriguing phenomenon.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.semcdb.2013.05.006

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  • Chromatin Modifications as Determinants of Muscle Stem Cell Quiescence and Chronological Aging CELL REPORTS Liu, L., Cheung, T. H., Charville, G. W., Hurgo, B. M., Leavitt, T., Shih, J., Brunet, A., Rando, T. A. 2013; 4 (1): 189-204


    The ability to maintain quiescence is critical for the long-term maintenance of a functional stem cell pool. To date, the epigenetic and transcriptional characteristics of quiescent stem cells and how they change with age remain largely unknown. In this study, we explore the chromatin features of adult skeletal muscle stem cells, or satellite cells (SCs), which reside predominantly in a quiescent state in fully developed limb muscles of both young and aged mice. Using a ChIP-seq approach to obtain global epigenetic profiles of quiescent SCs (QSCs), we show that QSCs possess a permissive chromatin state in which few genes are epigenetically repressed by Polycomb group (PcG)-mediated histone 3 lysine 27 trimethylation (H3K27me3), and a large number of genes encoding regulators that specify nonmyogenic lineages are demarcated by bivalent domains at their transcription start sites (TSSs). By comparing epigenetic profiles of QSCs from young and old mice, we also provide direct evidence that, with age, epigenetic changes accumulate and may lead to a functional decline in quiescent stem cells. These findings highlight the importance of chromatin mapping in understanding unique features of stem cell identity and stem cell aging.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.celrep.2013.05.043

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  • A sexy spin on nonrandom chromosome segregation. Cell stem cell Charville, G. W., Rando, T. A. 2013; 12 (6): 641-643


    Nonrandom chromosome segregation is an intriguing phenomenon linked to certain asymmetric stem cell divisions. In a recent report in Nature, Yadlapalli and Yamashita (2013) observe nonrandom segregation of X and Y chromosomes in Drosophila germline stem cells and shed light on the complex mechanisms of this fascinating process.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.stem.2013.05.013

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  • Maintenance of muscle stem-cell quiescence by microRNA-489 NATURE Cheung, T. H., Quach, N. L., Charville, G. W., Liu, L., Park, L., Edalati, A., Yoo, B., Hoang, P., Rando, T. A. 2012; 482 (7386): 524-U247


    Among the key properties that distinguish adult mammalian stem cells from their more differentiated progeny is the ability of stem cells to remain in a quiescent state for prolonged periods of time. However, the molecular pathways for the maintenance of stem-cell quiescence remain elusive. Here we use adult mouse muscle stem cells (satellite cells) as a model system and show that the microRNA (miRNA) pathway is essential for the maintenance of the quiescent state. Satellite cells that lack a functional miRNA pathway spontaneously exit quiescence and enter the cell cycle. We identified quiescence-specific miRNAs in the satellite-cell lineage by microarray analysis. Among these, miRNA-489 (miR-489) is highly expressed in quiescent satellite cells and is quickly downregulated during satellite-cell activation. Further analysis revealed that miR-489 functions as a regulator of satellite-cell quiescence, as it post-transcriptionally suppresses the oncogene Dek, the protein product of which localizes to the more differentiated daughter cell during asymmetric division of satellite cells and promotes the transient proliferative expansion of myogenic progenitors. Our results provide evidence of the miRNA pathway in general, and of a specific miRNA, miR-489, in actively maintaining the quiescent state of an adult stem-cell population.

    View details for DOI 10.1038/nature10834

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  • Stem cell ageing and non-random chromosome segregation PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES Charville, G. W., Rando, T. A. 2011; 366 (1561): 85-93


    Adult stem cells maintain the mature tissues of metazoans. They do so by reproducing in such a way that their progeny either differentiate, and thus contribute functionally to a tissue, or remain uncommitted and replenish the stem cell pool. Because ageing manifests as a general decline in tissue function, diminished stem cell-mediated tissue maintenance may contribute to age-related pathologies. Accordingly, the mechanisms by which stem cell regenerative potential is sustained, and the extent to which these mechanisms fail with age, are fundamental determinants of tissue ageing. Here, we explore the mechanisms of asymmetric division that account for the sustained fitness of adult stem cells and the tissues that comprise them. In particular, we summarize the theory and experimental evidence underlying non-random chromosome segregation-a mitotic asymmetry arising from the unequal partitioning of chromosomes according to the age of their template DNA strands. Additionally, we consider the possible consequences of non-random chromosome segregation, especially as they relate to both replicative and chronological ageing in stem cells. While biased segregation of chromosomes may sustain stem cell replicative potential by compartmentalizing the errors derived from DNA synthesis, it might also contribute to the accrual of replication-independent DNA damage in stem cells and thus hasten chronological ageing.

    View details for DOI 10.1098/rstb.2010.0279

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  • Reduced bacterial adhesion to fibrinogen-coated substrates via nitric oxide release BIOMATERIALS Charville, G. W., Hetrick, E. M., Geer, C. B., Schoenfisch, M. H. 2008; 29 (30): 4039-4044


    The ability of nitric oxide (NO)-releasing xerogels to reduce fibrinogen-mediated adhesion of Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and Escherichia coli is described. A negative correlation was observed between NO surface flux and bacterial adhesion for each species tested. For S. aureus and E. coli, reduced adhesion correlated directly with NO flux from 0 to 30 pmol cm(-2)s(-1). A similar dependence for S. epidermidis was evident from 18 to 30 pmol cm(-2)s(-1). At a NO flux of 30 pmol cm(-2)s(-1), surface coverage of S. aureus, S. epidermidis, and E. coli was reduced by 96, 48, and 88%, respectively, compared to non-NO-releasing controls. Polymeric NO release was thus demonstrated to be an effective approach for significantly reducing fibrinogen-mediated adhesion of both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria in vitro, thereby illustrating the advantage of active NO release as a strategy for inhibiting bacterial adhesion in the presence of pre-adsorbed protein.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2008.07.005

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  • Nitric oxide-releasing xerogel-based fiber-optic pH sensors ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY Dobmeier, K. P., Charville, G. W., Schoenfisch, M. H. 2006; 78 (21): 7461-7466


    A xerogel-based optical pH sensor capable of releasing low levels of nitric oxide (NO) and measuring changes in solution pH is reported. Through simple dip-coating procedures, aminoalkoxysilane-based xerogel films modified with N-diazeniumdiolate NO donor precursors and the fluorescent pH indicator seminaphthorhodamine-1 carboxylate (SNARF-1) were sequentially deposited onto optical fibers. The resulting sensors were characterized by fast and linear response to pH throughout the physiological range (pH 7.0-7.8). Real-time chemiluminescence measurements confirmed that the presence of the overlying SNARF-1-containing TMOS layer did not have an inhibitory effect on N-diazeniumdiolate formation or NO release, and the NO-releasing coatings were capable of maintaining NO fluxes >0.4 pmol/cm(2) s up to 16 h. In vitro blood compatibility studies using porcine platelets confirmed the expected thromboresistivity of the NO-releasing xerogel coatings.

    View details for DOI 10.1021/ac060995p

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