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NTRK2 Fusion Driven Pediatric Glioblastoma: Identification of key molecular drivers by personalized oncology

  • Levine (a1), Y Shen (a2), K Mungall (a2), J Serrano (a3), M Snuderl (a3), E Pleasance (a2), SJM Jones (a2), J Laskin (a2) (a4), MA Marra (a2), R Rassekh (a5), R Deyell (a5), S Yip (a1), S Cheng (a5) and C Dunham (a6)...

Abstract

We describe the case of an 11-month-old girl with a rare cerebellar glioblastoma driven by a NACC2-NTRK2 (Nucleus Accumbens Associated Protein 2-Neurotrophic Receptor Tyrosine Kinase 2) fusion. Initial workup of our case demonstrated homozygous CDKN2A deletion, but immunohistochemistry for other driver mutations, including IDH1 R132H, BRAF V600E, and H3F3A K27M were negative, and ATRX was retained. Tissue was subsequently submitted for personalized oncogenomic analysis, including whole genome and whole transcriptome sequencing, which demonstrated an activating NTRK2 fusion, as well as high PD-L1 expression, which was subsequently confirmed by immunohistochemistry. Furthermore, H3 and IDH demonstrated wildtype status. These findings suggested the possibility of treatment with either NTRK- or immune checkpoint- inhibitors through active clinical trials. Ultimately, the family pursued standard treatment that involved Head Start III chemotherapy and proton radiotherapy. Notably, at most recent follow upapproximately two years from initial diagnosis, the patient is in disease remission and thriving, suggesting favorable biology despite histologic malignancy. This case illustrates the value of personalized oncogenomics, as the molecular profiling revealed two actionable changes that would not have been apparent through routine diagnostics. NTRK fusions are known oncogenic drivers in a range of cancer types, but this is the first report of a NACC2-NTRK2 fusion in a glioblastoma.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

This presentation will enable the learner to:

  1. 1.Explore the current molecular landscape of pediatric high grade gliomas
  2. 2.Recognize the value of personalized oncogenomic analysis, particularly in rare and/or aggressive tumors
  3. 3.Discuss the current status of NTRK inhibitor clinical trials

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