Novel activating BRAF fusion identifies a recurrent alternative mechanism for ERK activation in pediatric Langerhans cell histiocytosis
Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is an inflammatory myeloid neoplasm characterized by constitutive activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK). Genomic characterization has identified activating point mutations including mutually exclusive BRAFV600E and activating MAP2K1 mutations to be responsible for ERK activation in a majority of pediatric LCH patients. Here, we report the discovery of a novel BRAF kinase fusion, PACSIN2-BRAF, in a child with multisystem LCH. This is the second reported case of an activating BRAF kinase fusion and indicates a recurrent pathologic mechanism. Genomic evaluation for activating kinase fusions should be strongly considered in pediatric LCH patients lacking more common mutations.