Renal Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor: A Morphologic, Cytogenetic, and Molecular Analysis with the Establishment of Two Cultured Cell Lines

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We report two patients with renal primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET) in whom the diagnosis was established by both a cytogenetic and a molecular analysis. Histologically, both renal tumors were composed of uniform immature round cells with a positive immunoreactivity for 013 (p30/32 MIC2). The cytogenetic analysis with in situ hybridization (chromosome painting) demonstrated reciprocal translocation t(11;22)(q24;q12) specific to PNET in the cultured cells derived from each tumor. The reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) in both tumors demonstrated EWS/ FLI-1 fusion transcripts, representing the molecular equivalent of t(11; 22). A Southern blot analysis also confirmed EWS gene rearrangement in both renal tumors. In addition, the authors also established two new cell lines (designated as FU-RPNT-1 and FU-RPNT-2) from renal PNETs. When transplanted into athymic mice, FU-RPNT-1 and FU-RPNT-2 reproduced and maintained the morphologic and molecular characteristics of the original tumors. In conclusion, the detection of t(11; 22) and EWS/FLI-1 fusion transcripts is considered to provide a novel adjunctive method for diagnosing renal PNET. These newly established cell lines thus may be used to investigate the biologic behavior related to renal PNETs.

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