Glioneuronal tumor with neuropil-like islands (GTNI): a report of 8 cases with chromosome 1p/19q deletion analysis

Violetta Barbashina, Paulo Salazar, Marc Ladanyi, Marc K Rosenblum, Mark A Edgar
American Journal of Surgical Pathology 2007, 31 (8): 1196-202
Glioneuronal tumor with neuropil-like islands (GTNI) is a rare neoplasm harboring circumscribed loci of neuronal differentiation and diffusely infiltrating astroglial and oligodendrocytelike components. We report 8 previously unpublished examples of GTNI, specifically studied for chromosome 1p and 19q allelic losses. All tumors showed characteristic histologic features and immunoprofile. One primary tumor displayed frankly malignant histology with frequent mitoses, microvascular proliferation, and necrosis. This tumor progressed within months of the initial resection. Three other tumors (2 low-grade and 1 showing only focal microvascular proliferation) recurred at 2 years, 3 years, and 1 year, respectively. All cases were evaluated for 1p/19q allelic losses by standard polymerase chain reaction-based loss of heterozygosity assays. No evidence of 1p/19q losses was found in 7 of 8 tumors. One tumor demonstrated small interstitial deletions at 1p36 (at D1S1612 and D1S513, but not at D1S548 or D1S1592) and a small interstitial deletion at 19q13 (at D19S219 and D19S412, but not at PLA2G4C). The lack of large, whole-arm 1p/19q losses (such as those found in oligodendroglial tumors), aberrant p53 expression, and the predominance of astroglial components may indicate a biologic relationship of the GTNI to diffuse astrocytoma. Although GTNI shares some morphologic features with recently reported cases of oligodendroglioma with neurocytic differentiation, the 2 tumors appear different at the molecular genetic level.

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