Defining an embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma endotype

Cold Spring Harb Mol Case Stud. 2020 Apr 1;6(2):a005066. doi: 10.1101/mcs.a005066. Print 2020 Apr.


Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) is the most common childhood soft-tissue sarcoma. The largest subtype of RMS is embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma (ERMS) and accounts for 53% of all RMS. ERMS typically occurs in the head and neck region, bladder, or reproductive organs and portends a promising prognosis when localized; however, when metastatic the 5-yr overall survival rate is ∼43%. The genomic landscape of ERMS demonstrates a range of putative driver mutations, and thus the recognition of the pathological mechanisms driving tumor maintenance should be critical for identifying effective targeted treatments at the level of the individual patients. Here, we report genomic, phenotypic, and bioinformatic analyses for a case of a 3-yr-old male who presented with bladder ERMS. Additionally, we use an unsupervised agglomerative clustering analysis of RNA and whole-exome sequencing data across ERMS and undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma (UPS) tumor samples to determine several major endotypes inferring potential targeted treatments for a spectrum of pediatric ERMS patient cases.

Keywords: embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't