Somatostatin receptor expression related to TP53 and RB1 alterations in pancreatic and extrapancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasms with a Ki67-index above 20%

Björn Konukiewitz, Anna Melissa Schlitter, Moritz Jesinghaus, Dominik Pfister, Katja Steiger, Angela Segler, Abbas Agaimy, Bence Sipos, Giuseppe Zamboni, Wilko Weichert, Irene Esposito, Nicole Pfarr, Günter Klöppel

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Somatostatin receptor 2A expression is a feature of well-differentiated neuroendocrine neoplasms and is important for their diagnosis and therapy. Little is known about somatostatin receptor 2A expression in poorly differentiated neuroendocrine neoplasms in relation to TP53 and RB1 status and how these features may contribute to the separation of well from poorly differentiated neuroendocrine neoplasms with a proliferation index above 20%. This study investigates the expression of somatostatin receptors, p53 and Rb1, and TP53 alterations in pancreatic and extrapancreatic well and poorly differentiated neuroendocrine neoplasms (Ki67-index >20%). Thirty-seven poorly differentiated neuroendocrine neoplasms of pancreatic (n=12) and extrapancreatic origin (n=25) as well as 10 well-differentiated neuroendocrine neoplasms of the pancreas (n=9) and rectum (n=1) with a Ki67-index >20% were immunostained for synaptophysin, chromogranin A, Ki67, CD56, p53, Rb1, ATRX, DAXX, progesterone receptor, somatostatin receptor 2A, somatostatin receptor 5, and cytokeratin 20, and sequenced for TP53, exons 5-9. Somatostatin receptor 2A was positive in 6/37 of poorly differentiated and in 8/10 of well-differentiated neuroendocrine neoplasms. One well-differentiated and two poorly differentiated neuroendocrine neoplasms expressed somatostatin receptor 5. Abnormal nuclear p53 and Rb1 staining was found in 29/37 and 22/37 poorly differentiated neuroendocrine neoplasms, respectively, whereas all well-differentiated neuroendocrine neoplasms showed normal p53 and Rb1 expression. TP53 gene alterations were restricted to poorly differentiated neuroendocrine neoplasms (24/34) and correlated well with p53 expression. All cases were progesterone receptor negative. Somatostatin receptor 2A expression is not limited to well-differentiated neuroendocrine neoplasms but also occurs in 16% of poorly differentiated neuroendocrine neoplasms from various sites. Most poorly differentiated neuroendocrine neoplasms are characterized by TP53 alterations and Rb1 loss, usually in the absence of somatostatin receptor 2A expression. In the pancreas, these criteria contribute to separate well-differentiated neuroendocrine neoplasms with a Ki67-index above 20% from poorly differentiated neuroendocrine neoplasms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587-598
Number of pages12
JournalModern Pathology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2017


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