Novel NTRK3 Fusions in Fibrosarcomas of Adults

Fumito Yamazaki, Fumihiko Nakatani, Naofumi Asano, Susumu Wakai, Masaya Sekimizu, Sachiyo Mitani, Takashi Kubo, Akira Kawai, Hitoshi Ichikawa, Akihiko Yoshida

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NTRK fusions in malignant tumors are therapeutic targets of tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Because they occur only in a small subset of mesenchymal tumors, knowledge regarding the corresponding histology is important to effectively identify patients who could benefit from targeted therapy. In this study, using RNA sequencing, we identified novel NTRK3 fusions involving related partner genes in 2 adult bone and soft tissue tumors that met the current histologic criteria of fibrosarcoma. Case 1 involved the left radius of a 38-year-old woman, whereas in case 2, the right thigh of a 26-year-old man was affected. Histologically, both tumors consisted of the long fascicular growth of long spindle cells. The tumor in case 1 additionally showed focal myxoid changes. Tumor cells had nonpleomorphic, atypical nuclei, and lacked evidence of a specific line of differentiation. Both tumors showed widespread CD34 immunoreactivity and very limited expression of actin. RNA sequencing detected in-frame fusion transcripts of STRN (exon 3)-NTRK3 (exon 14) in case 1 and STRN3 (exon 3)-NTRK3 (exon 14) in case 2, which were confirmed by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and Sanger sequencing. Pan-TRK immunostaining was diffusely positive in both cases. Fluorescence in situ hybridization showed signal patterns compatible with NTRK3 rearrangements in both cases, with case 2 additionally harboring a CDKN2A homozygous deletion. This study expands the clinicopathologic and genetic spectrum of sarcomas associated with NTRK fusions, and suggests that CD34-positive fibrosarcoma of bone and soft tissue could be a good candidate for NTRK testing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-530
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgical Pathology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Apr 1


  • NTRK3
  • adult
  • fibrosarcoma
  • gene fusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Surgery
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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