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A proposal for improving multicolor FISH sensitivity in the diagnosis of malignant melanoma using new combined criteria


Kerl, Katrin; Palmedo, Gabriele; Wiesner, Thomas; Mentzel, Thomas; Rütten, Arno; Schärer, Leo; Paredes, Bruno; Hantschke, Markus; Kutzner, Heinz (2012). A proposal for improving multicolor FISH sensitivity in the diagnosis of malignant melanoma using new combined criteria. American Journal of Dermatopathology, 34(6):580-585.

Abstract

ABSTRACT:: Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) for the diagnosis of melanoma makes use of specific fluorescent probes to detect selected chromosomal alterations on paraffin-embedded tissue samples. To date, interpretation of FISH data has been based on numerical values generated by 2 different computational algorithms that of Abbott and that of Gerami. To further evaluate the value of FISH in the diagnosis of malignant melanoma, we selected 163 clinically and histologically unequivocal cases of malignant melanoma in a cohort of 575 melanocytic tumors and analyzed FISH data using the criteria of Abbott, Gerami, and new combined criteria. Depending on the used criteria, FISH was positive in the unequivocal malignant melanoma in 69.3% (113/163) of cases using the Abbott criteria, 74.2% (121/163) of cases using the Gerami criteria, and 82.2% (134/163) of cases using the combined criteria of Abbott and Gerami. Although use of all 3 criteria was associated with 100% FISH negativity in a cohort of 30 unequivocal benign melanocytic nevi, use of the combined criteria revealed more FISH-positive cases in ambiguous benign melanocytic lesions than the criteria of Abbott or Gerami alone: Abbott, 125 of 367; Gerami, 146 of 367; combined, 161 of 367. Furthermore, we show that 66% (8/12) of FISH-negative cases of unequivocal melanoma are positive when analyzed by array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH), demonstrating that false-negative results remain despite the usage of the combined criteria for evaluation of FISH data. In these 8 FISH-negative aCGH-positive cases, copy number alterations were often located on chromosomes 9p, a chromosomal locus that is not targeted by the FISH probes currently used. In conclusion, the existing criteria for the evaluation of multicolor melanocytic FISH are limited by a nonnegligeable rate of false negativity that can be reduced by using newly proposed combined criteria but at the cost of increased detection of FISH positivity in ambiguous benign melanocytic lesions.

ABSTRACT:: Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) for the diagnosis of melanoma makes use of specific fluorescent probes to detect selected chromosomal alterations on paraffin-embedded tissue samples. To date, interpretation of FISH data has been based on numerical values generated by 2 different computational algorithms that of Abbott and that of Gerami. To further evaluate the value of FISH in the diagnosis of malignant melanoma, we selected 163 clinically and histologically unequivocal cases of malignant melanoma in a cohort of 575 melanocytic tumors and analyzed FISH data using the criteria of Abbott, Gerami, and new combined criteria. Depending on the used criteria, FISH was positive in the unequivocal malignant melanoma in 69.3% (113/163) of cases using the Abbott criteria, 74.2% (121/163) of cases using the Gerami criteria, and 82.2% (134/163) of cases using the combined criteria of Abbott and Gerami. Although use of all 3 criteria was associated with 100% FISH negativity in a cohort of 30 unequivocal benign melanocytic nevi, use of the combined criteria revealed more FISH-positive cases in ambiguous benign melanocytic lesions than the criteria of Abbott or Gerami alone: Abbott, 125 of 367; Gerami, 146 of 367; combined, 161 of 367. Furthermore, we show that 66% (8/12) of FISH-negative cases of unequivocal melanoma are positive when analyzed by array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH), demonstrating that false-negative results remain despite the usage of the combined criteria for evaluation of FISH data. In these 8 FISH-negative aCGH-positive cases, copy number alterations were often located on chromosomes 9p, a chromosomal locus that is not targeted by the FISH probes currently used. In conclusion, the existing criteria for the evaluation of multicolor melanocytic FISH are limited by a nonnegligeable rate of false negativity that can be reduced by using newly proposed combined criteria but at the cost of increased detection of FISH positivity in ambiguous benign melanocytic lesions.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Dermatology Clinic
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:26 Jul 2012 07:12
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:54
Publisher:Lippincott Wiliams & Wilkins
ISSN:0193-1091
Publisher DOI:10.1097/DAD.0b013e3182433f3a
PubMed ID:22668575
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-63880

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