- PEComas are a rare subset of soft tissue sarcomas recently recognized as a distinct entity by the World Health Organization in 2002 and are composed of histologically and immunohistochemically distinctive epithelioid cells.
- PEComas appear to arise most commonly at visceral (especially gastrointestinal and uterine), retroperitoneal, and abdominopelvic sites.
- Most PEComas are benign, but there is a subset of PEComas, i.e., advanced malignant PEComas , for which there are currently no approved therapies and for which there are only a few case reports in the literature.
- The prognosis for this patient subset is poor, with a median survival estimated to be 12-17 months following diagnosis of advanced disease .
- Overactivation of the mTOR pathway has been reported in malignant PEComa, and mTOR inhibitors have shown anecdotal efficacy in this indication in case reports or retrospective studies .
- Aadi’s phase 2 registrational trial for FYARROTM (nab-sirolimus, ABI-009) in patients with advanced PEComa (Perivascular Epithelioid Cell tumors) has been completed.
- FYARROTM (nab-sirolimus, ABI-009) has received Orphan Designation for PEComa as well as Fast Track and Breakthrough Therapy Designations for advanced (metastatic or locally advanced) malignant PEComa.
- Aadi is also a recipient of FDA’s Orphan Product Development Grant for this indication.
What does PEComa look like?
Nested architecture and clear cell features
Trabecular architecture and capillary vascular network
Epithelioid cell with granular eosinophilic cytoplasm
Smooth muscle-like spindle cell morphology
Features of Malignancy:
Metastatic malignant PEComa to liver: nested architecture, clear cell morphology, and mitotic activity
Malignant PEComa: marked nuclear atypia including macronucleoli and multinucleate cells
How is malignant PEComa diagnosed?
Classification of tumors[3-5]
Features worrisome for malignancy*:
• Large tumor size
• Marked nuclear atypia
• Mitotic activity
• Infiltrative margins
*Firm minimal criteria for malignancy have not yet been established.
Immunohistochemical (IHC) and Cytogenetic Markers<br>
Comparison of PEComa and its main differential diagnoses
Personal communication from Dr. Jason Hornick, 2020.
+++, >75% of cases; ++, 50%–75% of cases; +, 25%–50% of cases; –, 0% of cases.
MiTF, microphthalmia transcription factor; SMA, smooth muscle actin.
The somatic deletion of 16p, on which the TSC2 gene is located, is a common cytogenetic finding of PEComa-NOS. Studies have suggested an oncogenetic relationship of malignant PEComas as a TSC2-linked neoplasm.
For information on our Expanded Access Program for FYARROTM (nab-sirolimus, ABI-009) in patients with advanced PEComa and patients with malignancies with relevant genetic mutations or mTOR pathway activation please see: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03817515
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6. Data on file. Aadi Bioscience.