BACKGROUND: Primary adult renal sarcomas (RSs) are rare aggressive neoplasms. Clinical outcomes are extremely poor, and optimal treatment remains challenging. OBJECTIVE: To identify genomic alterations (GAs) in patients with RSs. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: Comprehensive genomic profiling (CGP) was conducted on DNA/RNA extracted from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue using the FoundationOne Heme/Sarcoma assay in 13 adult, locally advanced or metastatic RSs of various histologic types. OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS AND STATISTICAL ANALYSIS: All classes of GAs, including base substitutions, small indels, rearrangements, copy number alterations, tumor mutational burden (TMB), and microsatellite instability (MSI), were analyzed. RESULTS AND LIMITATIONS: CGP revealed 55 GAs (4.2 per tumor), 29 of which were clinically relevant genomic alterations (CRGAs; 2.2 per tumor). At least one CRGA was detected in nine (69%) cases. High-level amplifications (more than six copies) involving 4q12 amplicon of the KIT and PDGFRA genes were identified in four (31%) cases (two undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcomas [UPSs], one sarcomatoid renal cell carcinoma, and one myxofibrosarcoma). Both UPSs also had KDR gene amplification in addition to KIT and PDGFRA. Additional CRGAs were found in CDKN2A/B (23%), NF1 (23%), and MET (8%). All RSs were MSI stable, the mean TMB was 3.5 mutations/megabase (Mb), and none (0%) featured TMB >10 mutations/Mb. Limitations include the small sample size. CONCLUSIONS: RSs are characterized by diverse histology and genomic profiles including 31% of cases with 4q12 amplification harboring the KIT/PDGFRA/KDR genes. Of the tumors, 69% carry CRGAs, which could lead to potential benefit from targeted therapies; however, a low TMB also suggests that these cases are unlikely to respond to checkpoint inhibitors. PATIENT SUMMARY: This study provides insights into molecular biology of renal sarcoma, a rare aggressive subtype of kidney tumors. We demonstrated that renal sarcomas harbor unique, recurrent, clinically relevant molecular abnormalities that provide new opportunities for targeted therapies.
- 4q12 Amplicon
- Comprehensive genomic profiling
- Renal sarcoma