Molecular assessment of clonality leads to the identification of a new germ line TP53 mutation associated with malignant cystosarcoma phyllodes and soft tissue sarcoma

Diagn Mol Pathol. 1998 Dec;7(6):295-301. doi: 10.1097/00019606-199812000-00002.


Cystosarcoma phyllodes (CSP) is a rare breast neoplasm composed of stromal and epithelial elements. It usually runs a benign course but it may metastasize. In a 31-year-old patient with recurring CSP, a mesenchymal tumor in the leg developed. The question arose whether the latter tumor could be a metastasis from the CSP, which would have major treatment consequences. The problem was addressed using molecular methods, i.e., comparison of the pattern of polymorphic repeat markers on chromosome 17p as well as single strand conformation polymorphism analysis and sequencing of exons 5 to 8 of the TP53 gene in both tumor and normal tissue. An identical pattern of loss of heterozygosity in both breast tumors was demonstrated, but a different pattern was shown in the tumor in the leg. This led to the conclusion that the latter tumor had to be a new primary tumor. A mutation in codon 162 of the TP53 gene was found in the tumor tissue as well as in the normal tissue of this patient. This germ line mutation leads to the replacement of isoleucine by asparagine and most likely has functional consequences. In all four examined tumors of this patient, the normal TP53 allele was lost. This is strong evidence that this germ line TP53 mutation causes the genesis of these two rare primary mesenchymal tumors in this young patient. The current study exemplifies the power of molecular diagnostic methods in investigating the specific clinical problem of clonal relation between two separate tumors. The germ line mutation found in codon 162 of the TP53 gene and the association with cystosarcoma phyllodes have not been described previously.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Biomarkers, Tumor / genetics
  • Breast Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology
  • Codon / genetics
  • DNA, Neoplasm / genetics
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Fibroadenoma
  • Genes, p53*
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
  • Humans
  • Leg
  • Loss of Heterozygosity
  • Microsatellite Repeats
  • Neoplasm Metastasis / diagnosis
  • Neoplasm Proteins / genetics
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / genetics
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / pathology
  • Neoplasms, Second Primary / diagnosis*
  • Phyllodes Tumor / genetics*
  • Phyllodes Tumor / pathology
  • Phyllodes Tumor / secondary
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Polymorphism, Single-Stranded Conformational
  • Sarcoma / diagnosis
  • Sarcoma / genetics*
  • Sarcoma / pathology
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / pathology
  • Tumor Suppressor Protein p53 / genetics


  • Biomarkers, Tumor
  • Codon
  • DNA, Neoplasm
  • Neoplasm Proteins
  • Tumor Suppressor Protein p53