The clinicopathological and molecular features of sinusoidal large B-cell lymphoma


Mod Pathol. 2020 Sep 24. doi: 10.1038/s41379-020-00685-7. Online ahead of print.


We report 17 cases of sinusoidal large B-cell lymphoma (SLBCL). Clinical, morphologic, immunophenotypic, and molecular features were detected and analyzed. All cases showed an obvious sinusoidal growth pattern, usually associated with residual atrophic lymphoid tissue. All tumors contained large pleomorphic lymphoid cells and one or more prominent nucleoli, with abundant amphophilic cytoplasms; 15/17 cases showed anaplastic morphologic features. The patient age ranged from 43 to 80 years (median

57 years), and 7 males and 10 females were included. Eleven of 15 (73.3%) patients had Ann Arbor stage III or IV disease, and 10/15 (66.6%) patients had an International Prognostic Index (IPI) score ≥3. Immunophenotypically, 16/17 (94.1%) cases displayed a nongerminal center B-cell (non-GCB) immunophenotype. Furthermore, 16/17 (94.1%) cases were positive for CD30, and p53 was expressed in 10/16 (62.5%) cases. In total, 12/14 (85.7%) cases expressed BCL2 and MYC simultaneously (double expression), and 11/14 (78.6%) cases showed PD-L1 positivity (6/11 had a PD-L1 tumor proportion score ≥50%). Cytogenetically, concurrent MYC and BCL2 and/or BCL6 abnormalities (break-apart or extra copy) were detected in 10/15 cases, and 7/13 (53.8%) cases harbored a PD-L1/L2 amplification. TP53 mutation was found in 7/13 (53.8%) cases by Sanger sequencing. Whole-exome and large-panel sequencing results revealed high mutation frequencies of TP53 (4/7), MYD88 (3/7), KMT2D (3/7), CREBBP (3/7), and PIM1 (3/7). Among the 13 patients with SLBCL treated with aggressive chemotherapy regimens, the median overall survival (OS) was 18 months, and the 2-year OS rate was 34.6%. The OS of patients with SLBCL was markedly worse than that of 35 control group patients with common diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) without sinusoidal features (P < 0.001). SLBCL may represent a specific type of DLBCL that has characteristic pathologic features. The cancer is aggressive in most clinical cases, and outcomes are poor. SLBCL and anaplastic DLBCL (A-DLBCL) have many overlapping clinicopathological and molecular features.