Concordant point mutation of ETS-related gene (ERG) in tumor tissues from a synchronous multiple primary lung cancer: A case report

Lung Cancer

Beijing Da Xue Xue Bao Yi Xue Ban. 2020 Oct 18;52(5):971-974.


The rearrangement of the gene encoding the transcription factor ETS-related gene (ERG) is thought to play a key role in the development of prostate cancer. However, the studies on the ERG mutations have been rarely reported in non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC). Here, we reported genetic features regarding a case of a 68-year-old male patient who presented the primary synchronous multiple tumor lesions in the separated lungs. The patient was hospitalized due to the presence of tumor lesions at the right and left lungs revealed by a chest computerized tomography (CT) scan. After conducting lobectomies at the both lungs, the tumor nodules were all removed, and the histological analysis suggested adenocarcinoma at the both tumor lesions. The patient was diagnosed with synchronous multiple primary lung cancer (SMPLC) based on Martini-Melamed criteria and American College of Chest Physicians practice guidelines. An exome analysis of 315 genes in the two tumor lesions and a non-tumor lesion was conducted by using Illumina Nextseq500 platform from each tumor region to decipher a potential evolutional progress of SMPLC. Single or pair-end reads were first mapped to a human genome reference and filtered based on the mapping quality score. The read depth was ≥ 1 000× and the depth of coverage was 95%. The data revealed a discordant epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) from the separate lungs; additionally, a high frequency of point mutation on exon 9 H310P of the ERG gene was detected at the both sites of the tumor lesions. This case showed that a potential role of the molecular features analysis from each tumor lesion might contribute to the understanding of the evolutional development of SMPLC. This study suggests that the same environment may contribute certain gene(s) mutations in the same sites in the early stages of polyclonal tumor origins; meanwhile the extensive studies on these genes may help us understand the evolution and progress of tumor clones.