M. Hendrych 1; J. Hemza 2; J. Kočvarová 3; E. Pešlová 3; D. Sochůrková 2; I. Doležalová 3; E. Brichtová 2; M. Pail 3; M. Brázdil 3; R. Jančálek 2; J. Vaníček 4; M. Hermanová 1
First Department of Pathology, Faculty of, Medicine, Masaryk University, St. Anne’s, University Hospital Brno, Czech Republic
1; Department of Neurosurgery, Faculty, of Medicine, Masaryk University, St. Anne’s University Hospital Brno, Czech Republic
2; Brno Epilepsy Center, Department of, Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk, University, St. Anne’s University Hospital, Brno, Czech Republic
3; Department of Medical Imaging, Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University, St. Anne´s University Hospital, Czech, Republic
Cesk Slov Neurol N 2021; 84/117(3): 282-285
Letter to editor
Hereby we would like to present a case report of a 27-year-old male patient with drug- -resistant structural epilepsy based on the diagnosis of the polymorphous low‑grade neuroepithelial tumor of the young (PLNTY), first reported by Huse et al in 2017 . PLNTY is a sporadic epileptogenic tumor characterized by an oligodendroglial-like component, diffuse CD34 expression, and alteration of the mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase signaling pathway. It shares multiple characteristics with other diffuse low-grade gliomas, especially with oligodendroglioma; nevertheless, its distinction is crucial because of the favorable prognosis of PLNTY.
The patient reported the first focal to bilateral tonic-clonic seizure (FBTCS) at the age of 23 years. At that time, medication with levetiracetam was introduced, which was subsequently switched to lamotrigine because of side-effect (hallucinations). The medication was completely stopped after 2 years of seizure freedom. After 1 year, the seizures recurred. The patient reported FBTCS without any aura. He experienced postictal confusion, sleepiness, agitation and aphasia. The initial CT scan displayed a subtle right parietal lobe lesion with calcifications corresponding to the expected epileptogenic focus area. The following MRI revealed a heterogeneous subcortical lesion in the right postcentral gyrus suggestive of cavernoma (Fig. 1). The patient was indicated for surgery consisting of lesionectomy. The intraoperative pre-resection electrocorticography with subdural grid confirmed prominent spikes above the lesion. After gross-total resection, the electrocorticography around the postresection cavity exhibited a normal brain activity. The results of the histopathology analyses described below revealed PLNTY. During a 6-month follow-up, the patient has been seizure-free, and the MRI did not show tumor recurrence.
The standard histopathological examination of routinely processed formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tumor tissue was performed. Microscopical evaluation presented a neoplasm formed exclusively by oligodendroglia- like cells featuring small round nuclei with perinuclear halos set in a network of branching “chicken-wire” capillaries (Fig. 2A). The tumor cells exhibited diffuse growth with secondary structures at the tumor periphery – perineuronal satellitosis and perivascular spread (Fig. 2B). No gemistocytes, piloid astrocytes, Rosenthal fibers, or eosinophilic globular bodies were detected. Neither foci of necrosis nor vascular proliferation were present. Only one mitosis was identified in the entire resected tumor specimen. The histological picture was highly suggestive for a tumor from the diffuse glioma’s category, especially for oligodendroglioma. According to the integrated diagnostics criteria of WHO classification, the implementation of adequate immunohistochemical analysis (IHC) and genetic testing are required. The initial IHC examination confirmed strong diffuse positivity for both glial markers – glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) (Fig. 2C) and oligodendrocyte transcription factor 2 (OLIG2) in neoplastic oligodendroglia-like cells (Fig. 2D). The proliferation activity of Ki-67 was negligible, below 1% (Fig. 2E). The nuclear expression of alpha-thalassemia/ mental retardation, X-linked (ATRX), was retained (Fig. 2F) and the tumor cells presented with a wildtype expression of p53. The neoplastic cells did not express R132H-mutant isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1) (Fig. 2G), thus the presence of IDH1/ 2 mutations was examined by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) sequencing, which did not detect any mutations in IDH1/ 2 genes, and the tumor was classified as IDH wild-type. The fluorescence in situ hybridization detection of 1p/ 19q codeletion was negative too, which excluded the diagnosis of oligodendroglioma. Further IHC examination displayed a diffuse and strong CD34 positivity (Fig. 2H) and complete absence of epithelial membrane antigen (EMA) expression in the tumor cells, consistent with the diagnosis of PLNTY. The following quantitative PCR analysis detected B-Raf protooncogene, and serine/ threonine kinase (BRAF) V600E mutation supporting the final diagnosis.
The previous case series described the association of PLNTY with early-onset pharmacoresistant epilepsy in children or young adults aged 4 to 34 years . Nevertheless, the typical age range has not been established yet because a case report of a 57-yearold male without seizure history was published . PLNTY can be described on MRI as a well-circumscribed lesion mainly in the cortical or subcortical areas with calcifications and possible cystic components. The minority of published cases demonstrated post-gadolinium contrast enhancement, and none was associated with significant mass effect or edema . As PLNTY has a non-specific MRI pattern, the radiological diagnoses ranged from diffuse glioma, pilocytic astrocytoma, dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor (DNET), and pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma to focal cortical dysplasia [1,3,4].
PLNTYs are histologically quite heterogeneous neoplasms characterized by diffuse growth pattern and are formed, at least focally, by cells with oligodendroglialike morphology alternating with astrocytic morphology or even pseudorosettes. Calcifications are a common feature, on the contrary to necrotic foci, microvascular proliferations, Rosenthal fibers, and eosinophilic granular bodies. The tumor cells diffusely express GFAP, OLIG2, and CD34, while the expression of EMA, Neu-N or chromogranin are absent. The tumor cells also lack mutations in IDH1 and IDH2 genes and do not exhibit evidence for the codeletion of 1p/ 19q, both of which being the genetic alterations in the diagnostics of oligodendroglioma [1,5].
The described cases of PLNTYs harbored either BRAF alteration such as BRAF V600E mutation or BRAF fusion or other genomic events affecting FGFR2, FGFR3, or NTRK2 including FGFR3-TACC3 fusion, FGFR3 amplification, FGFR2-CTNNA3 fusion, FGFR2-INA fusion, FGFR2- KIAA1598 fusion, FGFR2 rearrangement, and NTRK2 disruption. These genetic alterations occurred in almost all PLNTYs in a mutually exclusive fashion, supporting the notion that the dysregulated MAP kinase signaling drives their oncogenesis. Therefore, targeting the MAP kinase signaling may become a promising therapeutic strategy in unresectable cases . Furthermore, the genome- wide methylation profiling revealed a distinct methylation signature suggesting that they are, in fact, distinct biologic entities closely related to other long-term epilepsy- associated tumors (LEATs), such as ganglioglioma, DNET, and pilocytic astrocytoma . LEATs frequently occur during brain development and are sometimes associated with focal cortical dysplasia (FCD IIIb) [7,8]. Like for other LEATs, a case report of PLNTY associated with focal cortical dysplasia (FCD IIIb) has already been published .
PLNTY has been classified as a WHO grade 1 tumor, despite the infiltrative growth pattern characteristic for grade 2 tumors. The WHO grade 1 designation is justified mainly by its negligible proliferation activity, insignificant mitotic activity, and minimal recurrence rate. PLNTY also appears to be treated with gross-total resection [1–6,9]. However, a recent case report by Bale et al described the malignant transformation of PLNTY with FGFR3-TACC3 fusion into glioblastoma . Thus, a long-term follow-up as well as extensive clinical case series are warranted to precisely establish adequate grading.
This work was supported by Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, under Grant MUNI/ A/ 1645/ 2020.
Conflict of interest
The authors declare they have no potential conflicts of interest concerning drugs, products, or services used in the study.
The Editorial Board declares that the manuscript met the ICMJE “uniform requirements” for biomedical papers.
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Michal Hendrych, MD
First Department of Pathology Faculty of Medicine Masaryk University St. Anne’s University Hospital Pekařská 53 656 91 Brno Czech Republic
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