Circumscribed sebaceous neoplasms: a morphological, immunohistochemical and molecular analysis

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© 2016 Royal College of Pathologists of AustralasiaSebaceous neoplasms encompass a range of lesions, including benign entities such as sebaceous adenoma and sebaceoma, as well as sebaceous carcinoma. The distinction of sebaceous carcinoma from benign lesions relies on histological identification of architectural or cytological features of malignancy. In this study we have assessed the diagnostic discriminatory ability of mitotic rate and immunohistochemical markers (p53, bcl-2 and p16) in a selected group of well circumscribed sebaceous neoplasms, incorporating examples of sebaceous adenoma, sebaceoma and sebaceous carcinoma. We found that mitotic rate was significantly higher in malignant lesions as compared to benign lesions, but none of the immunohistochemical markers showed a discriminatory expression pattern. In addition, we performed a mutational analysis on the same group of lesions using next generation sequencing (NGS) technology. The most commonly mutated gene was TP53, although there was no correlation between the p53 immunohistochemical results and number or type of TP53 mutation detected. CDKN2A, EGFR, CTNNB1 and KRAS were also commonly mutated across all lesions. No particular gene, mutation profile or individual mutation could be identified which directly correlated with the consensus histological diagnosis. In conclusion, within this diagnostically challenging group of lesions, mitotic activity, but not immunohistochemical labelling for p16 or bcl-2, correlates with diagnostic category. While a number of genes potentially involved in the genesis of sebaceous neoplasia were uncovered, any molecular differences between the histological diagnostic categories remain unclear.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)454-462
Number of pages9
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016


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