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Septal dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor: a comprehensive clinical, imaging, histopathologic, and molecular analysis. Neuro Oncol 2019 Jun 10;21(6):800-808



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BACKGROUND: Dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumors (DNETs) are uncommon neural tumors presenting most often in children and young adults and associated with intractable seizures. Rare midline neoplasms with similar histological features to those found in DNETs have been described near the septum pellucidum and termed "DNET-like neoplasms of the septum pellucidum." Due to their rarity, these tumors have been described in just a few reports and their genetic alterations sought only in small series.

METHODS: We collected 20 of these tumors for a comprehensive study of their clinical, radiological, and pathological features. RNA sequencing or targeted DNA sequencing was undertaken on 18 tumors, and genome-wide DNA methylation profiling was possible with 11 tumors. Published cases (n = 22) were also reviewed for comparative purposes.

RESULTS: The commonest presenting symptoms and signs were related to raised intracranial pressure; 40% of cases required cerebrospinal fluid diversion. Epilepsy was seen in approximately one third of cases. All patients had an indolent disease course, despite metastasis within the neuraxis in a few cases. Radiologically, the septum verum/septal nuclei were involved in all cases and are the proposed site of origin for septal DNET (sDNET). Septal DNET showed a high frequency (~80%) of mutations of platelet derived growth factor receptor A (PDGFRA), and alterations in fibroblast growth factor receptor 1 (FGFR1) and neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) were also identified. In a genomic DNA methylation analysis alongside other neural tumors, sDNETs formed a separate molecular group.

CONCLUSIONS: Genetic alterations that are different from those of cerebral DNETs and a distinct methylome profile support the proposal that sDNET is a distinct disease entity.

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Chiang JCH, Harreld JH, Tanaka R, Li X, Wen J, Zhang C, Boué DR, Rauch TM, Boyd JT, Chen J, Corbo JC, Bouldin TW, Elton SW, Liu LL, Schofield D, Lee SC, Bouffard JP, Georgescu MM, Dossani RH, Aguiar MA, Sances RA, Saad AG, Boop FA, Qaddoumi I, Ellison DW


Ryuma Tanaka MD Assistant Professor in the Pediatrics department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Biomarkers, Tumor
Brain Neoplasms
DNA Methylation
Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial
Receptor, Fibroblast Growth Factor, Type 1
Receptor, Platelet-Derived Growth Factor alpha
Survival Rate