Diagnostic accuracy and prognostic value of 18F-FDG PET in Hurthle cell thyroid cancer patients. (65/183)

Hurthle cell carcinoma is an uncommon and occasionally aggressive differentiated thyroid cancer associated with increased mortality compared with other differentiated thyroid malignancies. Because it generally has lower iodine avidity, 18F-FDG PET has been suggested as a more accurate imaging modality. However, there is limited information with regard to the true diagnostic accuracy and prognostic value of 18F-FDG PET in this disease. METHODS: All patients with Hurthle cell thyroid cancer who underwent their first 18F-FDG PET scan between May 1996 and February 2003 were identified retrospectively. 18F-FDG PET scans were reviewed and compared with all available imaging studies, including CT, ultrasound, and radioiodine scintigraphy (RIS). Abnormal 18F-FDG uptake was assessed visually and by measuring the maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) of the most intense lesion. Clinical follow-up for at least 1 y or until death was required for inclusion. RESULTS: Forty-four patients met inclusion criteria. The median follow-up was 2.9 y. There were 24 positive and 20 negative 18F-FDG PET scans with 1 false-positive and 1 false-negative study, resulting in a diagnostic sensitivity of 95.8% and a specificity of 95%. In 5 of 11 patients who had both positive CT and 18F-FDG PET findings, 18F-FDG PET revealed additional sites of disease. Furthermore, 18F-FDG PET correctly classified as negative 3 patients with false-positive CT findings. In 3 of 6 patients with positive RIS, 18F-FDG PET revealed additional sites of metastatic disease. Ten patients with positive 18F-FDG PET had negative RIS. Only 1 patient with negative 18F-FDG PET had positive RIS. The SUVmax also provided prognostic information: In a stepwise fashion, each increase in intensity by SUVmax unit was associated with a 6% increase in mortality (P < 0.001). The 5-y overall survival in patients with SUVmax < 10 was 92%; it declined to 64% in those with SUVmax > 10 (P < 0.01). CONCLUSION: 18F-FDG PET has excellent diagnostic accuracy in Hurthle cell thyroid cancer patients, improving on CT and RIS. Intense 18F-FDG uptake in lesions is an indicator of a poor prognosis. Our data suggest that all patients with Hurthle cell thyroid cancer should undergo 18F-FDG PET as part of their initial postoperative staging and periodically to screen for occult recurrence, particularly in patients with elevated serum thyroglobulin.  (+info)

MET expression in sporadic renal cell carcinomas. (66/183)

Although germline mutations of met proto-oncogene on human chromosome 7q31-34 have been known as useful molecular markers of hereditary papillary renal cell carcinoma (RCC), the expression of MET, a product of met proto-oncogene, has not been fully studied in sporadic RCC, along with its clinical significance. We investigated the expression of MET by immunohistochemistry in 182 cases of renal neoplasm encompassing 145 RCC, 25 urothelial carcinomas of renal pelvis, and 12 oncocytomas. MET was diffusely and strongly expressed in 90% of papillary RCC, all collecting duct carcinomas, and 92% of urothelial carcinomas of renal pelvis. On the contrary, clear cell RCC, chromophobe RCC, and oncocytomas were negative or focally positive for MET expression. In clear cell RCC, MET expression was positively correlated with high nuclear grade, presence of infiltrative growth, tumoral necrosis, papillary architecture, sarcomatoid component, tumoral involvement of the renal pelvis or ureter, involvement of the calyx, and lymphatic invasion. In conclusion, diffuse and strong expression of MET in papillary RCC and collecting duct carcinoma might be helpful in discriminating from the other subtypes of RCC with tubular or papillary growth. In case of MET expression observed in clear cell RCC, it might correlate with those clinicopathological parameters implying aggressive behavior.  (+info)

Expression of the ammonia transporter, rh C glycoprotein, in normal and neoplastic human kidney. (67/183)

Recent studies have identified the presence of a novel Mep/Amt/Rh glycoprotein family of proteins that may play an important role in transmembrane ammonia transport. One of the mammalian members of this family, Rh C glycoprotein (RhCG), transports ammonia, is expressed in distal nephron sites that are critically important for ammonia secretion, exhibits increased expression in response to chronic metabolic acidosis, and originally was cloned as a tumor-related protein. The purpose of our studies was to determine the localization of RhCG in the normal and neoplastic human kidney. Immunoblot analysis of human renal cortical protein lysates demonstrated RhCG protein expression with a molecular weight of approximately 52 kD. Immunohistochemistry revealed both apical and basolateral Rhcg expression in the distal convoluted tubule, connecting segment, and initial collecting tubule and throughout the collecting duct. Co-localization with calbindin-D28k, H(+)-ATPase, aquaporin-2, and pendrin showed that distal convoluted tubule and connecting segment cells, A-type intercalated cells, and non-A, non-B cells express RhCG and that B-type intercalated cells, principal cells, and inner medullary collecting duct cells do not. In renal neoplasms, RhCG was expressed by chromophobe renal cell carcinoma and renal oncocytoma but not by clear cell renal cell carcinoma or by papillary renal cell carcinomas. These studies suggest that RhCG contributes to both apical and basolateral membrane ammonia transport in the human kidney. Furthermore, renal chromophobe renal cell carcinoma and renal oncocytoma seem to originate from the A-type intercalated cell.  (+info)

Nasal oncocytoma in a domestic shorthair cat. (68/183)

An oncocytoma was diagnosed in the nasal cavity of a 12-year-old Domestic Shorthair cat who presented with periocular swelling and sneezing. Histologic examination from biopsy material revealed monomorphic sheets, anastomosing cords, tubules, and acini composed of large polygonal to oval cells that contained abundant finely granular eosinophilic cytoplasm. No vascular or lymphatic invasions were noted. Histochemical stains revealed positive staining of tumor cells with periodic acid-Schiff (PAS) (before and after diastase digestion) and phosphotungstic acid-hematoxylin. Immunohistochemical evaluation of the tumor cells demonstrated positive staining for cytokeratin and negative staining for vimentin, desmin, S-100, glial fibrillar acidic protein, and neuronal specific enolase. Ultrastructurally, the tumor cells contained large numbers of mitochondria within their cytoplasm, which confirmed a diagnosis of oncocytoma.  (+info)

A rare case of renal oncocytoma associated with erythrocytosis: case report. (69/183)

BACKGROUND: Oncocytomas are benign tumors of the kidney that are usually diagnosed postoperatively due to differential diagnostic problems from renal cell carcinoma. Although the latter are neoplasms that have been associated with erythrocytosis in 3.5% of cases, there are no reports in the literature about a similar occurrence in oncocytomas. CASE PRESENTATION: In this case report we present a unique case of a right lower pole oncocytoma associated with erythrocytosis. Erythrocytosis subsided after partial nephrectomy. CONCLUSION: Erythrocytosis can sometimes occur in association with renal oncocytomas.  (+info)

Novel germline variants identified in the inner mitochondrial membrane transporter TIMM44 and their role in predisposition to oncocytic thyroid carcinomas. (70/183)

Familial Non-Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma (fNMTC) represents 3-7% of all thyroid tumours and is associated with some of the highest familial risks among all cancers, with an inheritance pattern compatible with an autosomal dominant model with reduced penetrance. We previously mapped a predisposing locus, TCO (Thyroid tumour with Cell Oxyphilia) on chromosome 19p13.2, for a particular form of thyroid tumour characterised by cells with an abnormal proliferation of mitochondria (oxyphilic or oncocytic cells). In the present work, we report the systematic screening of 14 candidate genes mapping to the region of linkage in affected TCO members, that led us to identify two novel variants respectively in exon 9 and exon 13 of TIMM44, a mitochondrial inner membrane translocase for the import in the mitochondria of nuclear-encoded proteins. These variants were co-segregating with the TCO phenotype, were not present in a large group of controls and were predicted to negatively affect the protein (exon 9 change) or the transcript (exon 13 change). Functional analysis was performed in vitro for both changes and although no dramatic loss of function effects were identified for the mutant alleles, subtler effects might still be present that could alter Timm44 function and thus promote oncocytic tumour development. Thus we suggest that TIMM44 should be considered for further studies in independent samples of affected individuals with TCO.  (+info)

Gene expression profiling separates chromophobe renal cell carcinoma from oncocytoma and identifies vesicular transport and cell junction proteins as differentially expressed genes. (71/183)

PURPOSE: To compare gene expression profiles of chromophobe renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and benign oncocytoma, aiming at identifying differentially expressed genes. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Nine cases each of chromophobe RCC and oncocytoma were analyzed by oligonucleotide microarray. Candidate genes that showed consistent differential expression were validated by reverse transcription-PCR using 25 fresh-frozen and 15 formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tumor samples. Immunohistochemical analysis was also done for two selected gene products, claudin 8 and MAL2. RESULTS: Unsupervised hierarchical clustering separated the chromophobe RCC and oncocytoma into two distinct groups. By a combination of data analysis approaches, we identified 11 candidate genes showing consistent differential expression between chromophobe RCC and oncocytoma. Five of these genes, AP1M2, MAL2, PROM2, PRSS8, and FLJ20171, were shown to effectively separate these two tumor groups by quantitative reverse transcription-PCR using fresh tissue samples, with similar trends seen on formalin-fixed tissues. Immunohistochemical analysis revealed selective expression of MAL2 and claudin 8 in distal renal tubules, with MAL2 antibody showing differential expression between chromophobe RCC and oncocytoma. Functional analyses suggest that genes encoding tight junction proteins and vesicular membrane trafficking proteins, normally expressed in distal nephrons, are retained in chromophobe RCC and lost or consistently down-regulated in oncocytoma, indicating that these two tumor types, believed to be both derived from distal tubules, are likely distinctive in their histogenesis. CONCLUSIONS: We showed that chromophobe RCC and oncocytoma are distinguishable by mRNA expression profiles and a panel of gene products potentially useful as diagnostic markers were identified.  (+info)

ARPP protein is selectively expressed in renal oncocytoma, but rarely in renal cell carcinomas. (72/183)

We have recently isolated a gene, Ankyrin-repeated protein with a proline-rich region (ARPP), that is highly expressed in the skeletal and cardiac muscle. Our previous immunohistochemical analysis revealed that ARPP expression was augmented in rhabdomyosarcoma but scarcely detectable in leiomyosarcoma, showing that ARPP is a useful marker for rhabdomyosarcoma. In the present study, we generated the anti-ARPP monoclonal antibody, YAS11, immunoreactive with the N-terminal region (amino-acids residues 1-145) of the ARPP protein. Further, we immunohistochemically analyzed 100 renal tumors including 14 oncocytomas, and 86 renal cell carcinomas (RCCs). We found that ARPP was highly expressed in 12 of the 14 (85.7%) oncocytomas, but was detectable in only four of the 86 (4.7%) RCCs. Interestingly, ARPP was not detected in any of 11 chromophobe RCCs, suggesting that ARPP may be useful for differential diagnosis between oncocytoma and chromophobe RCC. Furthermore, we found that ARPP was selectively expressed in part of the distal renal tubule in normal kidney. Immunoelectron microscopy with anti-ARPP antibody revealed that ARPP was localized in mitochondria and nuclei in both the normal distal renal tubule and oncocytoma, suggesting that oncocytoma may be derived from the distal nephron, and probably from part of the distal renal tubule.  (+info)