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Clinical significance of immunohistochemistry for detection of BAP1 mutations in uveal melanoma.

Mod. Pathol. 2014, vol. 27, issue 10

Uveal melanoma is a lethal cancer with a strong propensity to metastasize. Limited therapeutic options are available once the disease has disseminated. A strong predictor for metastasis is the loss of chromosome 3. Inactivating mutations in BAP1 encoding the BRCA1-associated protein 1 and located on chromosome 3p21.1, have been described in uveal melanoma and other types of cancer. In this study, we determined the prevalence of somatic BAP1 mutations and examined whether these mutations correlate with the functional expression of BAP1 in uveal melanoma tissue and with other clinical, histopathological and chromosomal parameters. We screened a cohort of 74 uveal melanomas for BAP1 mutations, using different deep sequencing methods. The frequency of BAP1 mutations in our study group was 47%. The expression of BAP1 protein was studied using immunohistochemistry. BAP1 staining was absent in 43% of the cases. BAP1 mutation status was strongly associated with BAP1 protein expression (PLink to full publication

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