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Clinical and molecular studies of liposarcoma

by Engström, Katarina, PhD

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Aims: (1) To analyse clinicopathological characteristics, treatment and outcome of liposarcoma, and to determine whether, and how, the Scandinavian Sarcoma Group (SSG) treatment guidelines were followed; (2) to analyse tumour volume and morphology response after radiotherapy in myxoid/round cell liposarcoma (MLS/RCLS); (3) to examine the role of the MLS-specific fusion gene FUS-DDIT3 in development of liposarcomas; and (4) to analyse expression patterns of cell cycle regulating proteins in MLS. Methods: (1) A total of 319 liposarcomas reported between 1986?1998 to the SSG Register were reviewed. Altogether 237 patients without metastasis were analyzed for local recurrences in relation to surgical margins and radiotherapy, metastasis and survival. (2) Thirty-three primary or metastatic MLSs/RCLSs were treated with radiotherapy. Tumour size was measured by MRI or CT. Histopathology was performed of both non-irradiated and irradiated lesions. (3) The fibrosarcoma cell line HT1080 was transfected with the recombinant vectors pFUS-DDIT3-EGFP, pDDIT3-EGFP and pFUSa-EGFP. The tranfectants and the HT1080 cell line were injected into SCID mice, followed by histopathology. The transfected and non-transfected cells were cultured with adipogenic induction medium and microarray-based expression comparison of the different cell lines was performed. (4) Cell cycle controlling factors were analysed by immunohistochemistry and Western blotting in non-irradiated and irradiated MLSs/RCLSs. Results: (1) Altogether 78% were primarily operated at a sarcoma centre, 45% with wide margins. Only 58% of high-grade (Grades III-IV) lesions with non-wide surgery had postoperative radiotherapy. The risk of local recurrence in this group was 47%, if not irradiated. The estimated 10-year local recurrence-free and metastasis-free survival in the low-grade (Grades I-II) group was 87% and 95% respectively, while in the high-grade group it was 75% and 61%, respectively. Independent adverse prognostic factors for local recurrence were surgery outside a sarcoma centre and dedifferentiated liposarcoma. For metastases, they were old age, large tumour size, high grade and histological type MLS /RCLS. (2) Irradiated MLS/RCLS showed median tumour volume reduction of 52% in 23 tumours. The morphology showed paucicellularity, hyalinization and lipoma-like appearance. There were no obvious differences in volume reduction or morphologic response in MLSs/RCLSs in comparison with MLSs. (3) Cells expressing FUS-DDIT3 and DDIT3 grew in SCID mice as liposarcomas and the capillary network was similar to that found in MLSs/RCLSs. Cells transfected with DDIT3 responded in vitro to adipogenic factors by accumulation of fat, and microarray-based comparison showed that the DDIT3 and FUS-DDIT3 transfected variants shifted toward an MLS/RCLS-like expression pattern. (4) High expression of cyclin D1 and E, their kinases and kinase-inhibitors P16, P27 and P57 was observed, together with low Ki67 and normal cyclin A. Conclusion: Liposarcoma should be treated at specialized centres and postoperative radiotherapy is indicated for high-grade lesions, at least after non-wide surgery. Low-grade MLSs have high radio-responsiveness, and radiotherapy is indicated after non-wide surgery or in a preoperative setting. The fusion oncogene FUS-DDIT3 and DDIT3 may induce a liposarcoma phenotype, with DDIT3 being the tumour type-determining part of the fusion oncogene. Deregulation of G1-controlling proteins is common and indicates that MLS cells accumulate in late G1 phase.
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School:Göteborgs universitet

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Doctoral Dissertation

Keywords:MEDICINE; Liposarcoma; radiotherapy; prognostic factors; transfection; FUD-DDIT3; adipogenesis; microarray expression analysis; cell cycle; immunohistochemistry

ISBN:978-91-628-7193-2

Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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