Sarcomas arising in the sinonasal region are uncommon and encompass a wide variety of tumor types, including the newly described biphenotypic sinonasal sarcoma (BSNS), which is characterized by a monomorphic spindle cell proliferation with dual neural and myogenic phenotypes. Most BSNSs harbor a pathognomonic PAX3-MAML3 fusion driven by t(2;4)(q35;q31.1), whereas the alternative fusion partner gene remains unidentified in a subset of PAX3-rearranged cases. As NCOA1 on 2p23 is a known partner in PAX3-related fusions in other tumor types (ie, alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma), we investigated its status by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction assays in 2 BSNS cases showing only PAX3 gene rearrangements. Novel PAX3-NCOA1 fusions were identified in these 2 index cases showing an inv(2)(q35p23) by FISH and confirmed by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. Five additional BSNS cases with typical morphology were studied by FISH, revealing a PAX3-MAML3 fusion in 4 cases and only PAX3 rearrangement in the remaining case without abnormalities in MAML3 or NCOA1 gene. Except for 1 case with surface ulceration, all other tumors lacked increased mitotic activity or necrosis, and all cases immunohistochemically coexpressed S100 protein and actin, but lacked SOX10 reactivity. Interestingly, the 2 PAX3-NCOA1-positive cases showed desmin reactivity and displayed a small component of rhabdomyoblastic cells, which were not seen in the more common PAX3-MAML3 fusion cases. In conclusion, we report a novel PAX3-NCOA1 fusion in BSNS, which appears to be associated with focal rhabdomyoblastic differentiation and should be distinguished from PAX3-NCOA1-positive alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma or malignant Triton tumor. SOX10 immunohistochemistry is a useful marker in distinguishing BSNS from peripheral nerve sheath tumors.
- biphenotypic sinonasal sarcoma
- low-grade sinonasal sarcoma with neural and myogenic features
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine