Ovarian and endometrial endometrioid carcinomas have distinct CTNNB1 and PTEN mutation profiles.

Melissa K McConechy, Jiarui Ding, Janine Senz, Winnie Yang, Nataliya Melnyk, Alicia A Tone, Leah M Prentice, Kimberly C Wiegand, Jessica N McAlpine, Sohrab P Shah, Cheng-Han Lee, Paul J Goodfellow, C Blake Gilks, David G Huntsman, Modern pathology : an official journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc 27, 128-34 (2014)
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Ovarian endometrioid carcinomas and endometrial endometrioid carcinomas share many histological and molecular alterations. These similarities are likely due to a common endometrial epithelial precursor cell of origin, with most ovarian endometrioid carcinomas arising from endometriosis. To directly compare the mutation profiles of two morphologically similar tumor types, endometrial endometrioid carcinomas (n=307) and ovarian endometrioid carcinomas (n=33), we performed select exon capture sequencing on a panel of genes: ARID1A, PTEN, PIK3CA, KRAS, CTNNB1, PPP2R1A, TP53. We found that PTEN mutations are more frequent in low-grade endometrial endometrioid carcinomas (67%) compared with low-grade ovarian endometrioid carcinomas (17%) (P<0.0001). By contrast, CTNNB1 mutations are significantly different in low-grade ovarian endometrioid carcinomas (53%) compared with low-grade endometrial endometrioid carcinomas (28%) (P<0.0057). This difference in CTNNB1 mutation frequency may be reflective of the distinct microenvironments; the epithelial cells lining an endometriotic cyst within the ovary are exposed to a highly oxidative environment that promotes tumorigenesis. Understanding the distinct mutation patterns found in the PI3K and Wnt pathways of ovarian and endometrial endometrioid carcinomas may provide future opportunities for stratifying patients for targeted therapeutics.