Intestinal-type intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN) of the pancreas is clinicopathologically distinctive. Our research aimed to elucidate the molecular mechanism of the development and progression of the intestinal-type IPMN. In 60 intestinal-type IPMN specimens, histological transitions from gastric-type epithelia to intestinal-type epithelia were observed in 48 cases (80%). CDX2/MUC2/alcian blue triple staining indicated that CDX2 appeared to precede MUC2 expression and subsequent alcian blue-positive mucin production. Expression of p21 and Ki-67 seemed to be accelerated by CDX2 expression (p = 6.02e-13 and p = 3.1e-09, respectively). p21/Ki-67 double staining revealed that p21 was mostly expressed in differentiated cells in the apex of papillae, while Ki-67 was expressed in proliferative cells in the base of papillae. This clear cellular arrangement seemed to break down with the progression of atypical grade and development of invasion (p = 0.00197). Intestinal-type IPMNs harbored frequent GNAS mutations (100%, 25/25) and RNF43 mutations (57%, 8/14) and shared identical GNAS and KRAS mutations with concurrent gastric-type IPMNs or incipient gastric-type neoplasia (100%, 25/25). RNF43 mutations showed emerging or being selected in intestinal-type neoplasms along with ß-catenin aberration. Activation of protein kinase A and extracellular-regulated kinase was observed in CDX2-positive intestinal-type neoplasm. These results suggest that gastric-type epithelia that acquire GNAS mutations together with induction of intrinsic CDX2 expression may evolve with clonal selection and additional molecular aberrations including RNF43 and ß-catenin into intestinal-type IPMNs, which may further progress with complex villous growth due to disoriented cell cycle regulation, acceleration of atypical grade, and advance to show an invasive phenotype.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology