Sensitivity and Usefulness of VE1 Immunohistochemical Staining in Acral Melanomas with BRAF Mutation

  • Suh, Min Song (Department of Dermatology, Chonnam National University Medical School) ;
  • Choi, Yoo Duk (Department of Pathology, Chonnam National University Medical School) ;
  • Lee, Jee-Bum (Department of Dermatology, Chonnam National University Medical School) ;
  • Lee, Seung-Chul (Department of Dermatology, Chonnam National University Medical School) ;
  • Won, Young Ho (Department of Dermatology, Chonnam National University Medical School) ;
  • Yun, Sook Jung (Department of Dermatology, Chonnam National University Medical School)
  • Received : 2017.10.13
  • Accepted : 2018.06.07
  • Published : 2018.10.01


Background: Acral melanomas are known to have a low frequency of BRAF mutation, in contrary to higher KIT mutation. Recently, VE1 immunostaining was reported to have a good correlation with BRAF mutation status. Objective: We aimed to evaluate the clinicopathological features of BRAF-mutated acral melanomas and validate the correlation of the VE1 immunohistochemical stains in those cases. Methods: The clinical features (age, sex, anatomical site), and histopathological characteristics of 41 patients with acral melanoma were evaluated. We performed a next-generation sequencing to detect BRAF mutation status. We also determined the correlation of VE1 immunohistochemical staining with BRAF mutation status. Results: Among 19 acral melanomas with BRAF mutation, common histopathological subtype was acral lentiginous melanoma (8/19, 42%) and nodular melanoma (8/19, 42%) and superficial spreading melanoma (3/19, 16%) followed. VE1 immunostaining results were positive in all 15 cases with BRAF V600E mutation (sensitivity 100%), and negative in 4 cases of BRAF non-V600E mutation. However, VE1 immunostaining was negative in all 22 patients with BRAF wild-type. Conclusion: VE1 immunostaining had a good correlation with BRAF V600E mutation status.


Supported by : National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF)


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