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PMID (35280868)
Authors Han Q, He X, Cui L, Qiu Y, Li Y, Chen H, Zhang H
Title Case Report: Early Distant Metastatic Inflammatory Myofibroblastic Tumor Harboring EML4-ALK Fusion Gene: Study of Two Typical Cases and Review of Literature.
Abstract Text Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor (IMT) is a distinctive neoplasm that frequently arises in the lung and accounts for ~1% of lung tumors. Distant metastatic IMT is extremely rare and has been poorly investigated. This analysis was specifically performed to explore the clinicopathological and genetic features of early distant metastatic IMT. Two typical patients with distant metastatic IMTs were selected, which accounted for 1.13% of all diagnosed IMTs in the last 5 years. One patient was a 55 year-old male, and the other patient was a 56 year-old female. Both primary tumors arose from the lung, and the initial clinical symptoms of the two patients involved coughing. Both of the imaging examinations showed low-density nodular shadows in the lungs with enhancement around the mass. Microscopically, dense arranged tumor cells, prominent cellular atypia, and high mitotic activity with atypical form were more prominent in the metastatic lesions than in the primary lesions. All of the primary and metastatic tumors in both cases showed positive anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) immunostaining and ALK rearrangement via fluorescence in situ hybridization. The EML4 (exon 6)-ALK (exon 20) fusion variant (v3a/b) was identified by using next-generation sequencing (NGS) and was verified by using reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Furthermore, intronic variants of NOTCH1 and synonymous variants of ARAF were also detected via NGS in one IMT for the first time and were verified in all of the primary and metastatic lesions via PCR. Distant metastasis occurred during a short period of time (1 and 2 months) after the first surgery. One patient presented with multiple metastases to the subcutaneous tissue and bone that responded to ALK inhibitor alectinib therapy, and the tumor was observed to regress 10 months after the initial ALK inhibitor therapy. In contrast, the other patient presented with subcutaneous neck metastasis without ALK inhibitor treatment and succumbed to the disease within 3 months after the surgery. This study demonstrated the possible role of EML4-ALKv3a/b in the malignant progression of IMT and proposed certain therapeutic effects of ALK inhibitors on multiple metastatic IMTs.


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Molecular Profile Treatment Approach
Gene Name Source Synonyms Protein Domains Gene Description Gene Role
Therapy Name Drugs Efficacy Evidence Clinical Trials
Drug Name Trade Name Synonyms Drug Classes Drug Description
Gene Variant Impact Protein Effect Variant Description Associated with drug Resistance
Molecular Profile Indication/Tumor Type Response Type Therapy Name Approval Status Evidence Type Efficacy Evidence References
EML4 - ALK inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor predicted - sensitive Alectinib Case Reports/Case Series Actionable In a clinical case study, Alecensa (alectinib) treatment resulted in a decrease or disappearance of metastatic lesions after 10 months in a patient with inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor harboring EML4-ALK (e6:e20), who remained on treatment with good clinical condition at 16 months (PMID: 35280868). 35280868