Atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor
A malignant WHO grade IV embryonal tumor of the CNS comprised of poorly differentiated elements and rhabdoid cells and, by definition, includes inactivation of SMARCB1 (INI1) or (extremely rarely) SMARCA4 (BRG1). Histologically similar tumors lacking these molecular genetics should be classified as CNS embryonal tumors with rhabdoid features.
Many of these tumors were probably previously misdiagnosed as MDBs. Occurs primarily in infants and children (> 90% are < 5 years of age, with most age < 2 years). A minority are associated with primary renal rhabdoid tumor. The ratio of supratentorial to infratentorial AT/RTs is 4:3. Posterior fossa AT/RTs may occur in the cerebellar hemispheres, cerebellopontine angle (CPA) and brainstem. 33% have CSF spread at presentation. Althogh the prognosis is poor, not all AT/RTs have the same behavior, and at least 2 different molecular classes have been identified.
Atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumors (ATRTs) comprise at least two transcriptional subtypes with different clinical outcomes; however, the mechanisms underlying therapeutic heterogeneity remained unclear. In a study, Torchia et al., analyzed 191 primary ATRTs and 10 ATRT cell lines to define the genomic and epigenomic landscape of ATRTs and identify subgroup-specific therapeutic targets.
They found ATRTs segregated into three epigenetic subgroups with distinct genomic profiles, SMARCB1 genotypes, and chromatin landscape that correlated with differential cellular responses to a panel of signaling and epigenetic inhibitors. Significantly, they discovered that differential methylation of a PDGFRB-associated enhancer confers specific sensitivity of group 2 ATRT cells to dasatinib and nilotinib, and suggest that these are promising therapies for this highly lethal ATRT subtype 1).
AT/RT can occur anywhere in the central nervous system (CNS) including the spinal cord. About 60% will be in the posterior cranial fossa (particularly the cerebellum). One review estimated 52% posterior fossa, 39% sPNET (supratentorial primitive neuroectodermal tumors), 5% pineal, 2% spinal, and 2% multi-focal.
In the United States, three children per 1,000,000 or around 30 new AT/RT cases are diagnosed each year. AT/RT represents around 3% of pediatric cancers of the CNS.
Around 17% of all pediatric cancers involve the CNS; it is the most common childhood solid tumor.
Typically shows rhabdoid cells which can also be seen in other tumors, but it is differentiated from other tumors by the specific genetic alteration involving the SMARCB1 gene. Only a few cases of AT/RT arising in low-grade glioma have been reported. A 13-year-old girl presented with headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting.A 4.7 cm cerebellar mass was found on MRI.The mass was totally removed. Histologically, the tumor revealed two distinct morphologic appearances: central areas of AT/RT containing rhabdoid cells and sarcomatous component in the background of pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma(PXA). Immunohistochemically, PXA areas retained nuclear expression of INI-1 and low Ki-67 proliferation index, whereas AT/RT component showed loss of INI-1 nuclear expression and markedly elevated Ki-67 proliferation index. Epithelial membrane antigen (EMA), smooth muscle actin (SMA), and p53 protein were positive only in AT/RT. BRAF V600E mutation was identified in PXA by real-time polymerase chain reaction.We report a rare case of AT/RT arising in PXA which is supposed to progress by inactivation of INI-1 in a pre-existing PXA 2).
Patient age at the time of diagnosis, supratentorial location of the mass and fewer complications with adjuvant treatments seem to be factors yielding good prognosis for AT/RT tumors. In agreement with the latest international protocols, multidisciplinary treatment is the ideal treatment, consisting of radiotherapy and chemotherapy after complete tumor resection 3).
Twenty-eight pediatric patients with CNS AT/RT who were treated with radiation therapy (RT) as part of multimodality treatment regimens at a single institution (1996-2015) were reviewed. Survival outcomes were analyzed in relation to possible prognostic factors.
The 28 patients analyzed were followed up for a median 48-month period. Median progression-free survival (PFS) was 11 months, and overall survival (OS) was 57 months. Patients < 3 years old had RT delayed for a longer period after surgery (p = 0.04), and the mean RT dose to tumor bed was lower (p < 0.01) than in patients ≥ 3 years old. In multivariate analysis, a higher primary tumor bed RT dose was identified as a favorable prognostic factor for both PFS (hazard ratio [HR] = 0.85 per gray, p < 0.01) and OS (HR = 0.92 per gray, p = 0.02). In addition, an interval between surgery and RT initiation > 2 months, with disease progression observed before RT, as compared with an interval ≤ 2 months without disease progression prior to RT, was associated with worse PFS (HR = 8.50, p < 0.01) and OS (HR = 5.27, p < 0.01).
Early and aggressive RT after surgery is critical for successful disease control in AT/RT patients. Conversely, a delay in RT until disease progression is observed that leads to unfavorable outcomes 4).
In a study, Torchia et al. analyzed 191 primary Atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor ATRTs and 10 ATRT cell lines to define the genomics and epigenomic landscape of ATRTs and identify subgroup-specific therapeutic targets. They found ATRTs segregated into three epigenetic subgroups with distinct genomic profiles, SMARCB1 genotypes, and chromatin landscape that correlated with differential cellular responses to a panel of signaling and epigenetic inhibitors. Significantly, they discovered that differential methylation of a PDGFRB-associated enhancer confers specific sensitivity of group 2 ATRT cells to dasatinib and nilotinib, and suggest that these are promising therapies for this highly lethal ATRT subtype 5).