In this study, we investigated the prevalence of B-raf point mutations, RET/PTC rearrangements and N-ras point mutations in a large HTT series (28 samples). Twenty benign thyroid lesions and 10 PTC served as control cases. A high (47%) prevalence of RET/PTC rearrangements was found in HTT. By contrast, neither B-raf nor N-ras mutations were found in HTT. These findings suggest that, although RET/PTC, N-ras, and B-raf proteins may act along the same signalling cascade, the biological and morphological outcome of their oncogenic activation is not completely overlapping. Thus, in clinical practice, the detection of B-raf mutations in a thyroid follicular tumour may prove to be a valuable tool, supplementing histological examination, and allowing a differential diagnosis between PTC and HTT.

Molecular profile of hyalinizing trabecular tumours of the thyroid: high prevalence of RET/PTC rearrangements and absence of B-raf and N-ras point mutations

FUSCO, ALFREDO;SANTORO, MASSIMO
2005

Abstract

In this study, we investigated the prevalence of B-raf point mutations, RET/PTC rearrangements and N-ras point mutations in a large HTT series (28 samples). Twenty benign thyroid lesions and 10 PTC served as control cases. A high (47%) prevalence of RET/PTC rearrangements was found in HTT. By contrast, neither B-raf nor N-ras mutations were found in HTT. These findings suggest that, although RET/PTC, N-ras, and B-raf proteins may act along the same signalling cascade, the biological and morphological outcome of their oncogenic activation is not completely overlapping. Thus, in clinical practice, the detection of B-raf mutations in a thyroid follicular tumour may prove to be a valuable tool, supplementing histological examination, and allowing a differential diagnosis between PTC and HTT.
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