STAT6 Expression in Solitary Fibrous Tumor and Histologic Mimics: A Single Institution Experience

Omer Saeed, Shanxiang Zhang, Liang Cheng, Jingmei Lin, Fatimah Alruwaii, Shaoxiong Chen

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Scopus citations


STAT6 stain has proved to be a good surrogate marker for the genetic alteration (NAB2-STAT6 gene fusion) in solitary fibrous tumor (SFT). This study aims to validate the use of STAT6 rabbit monoclonal antibody in differentiating SFT from its histologic mimics. Forty-five cases of SFT and 110 cases from 9 other spindle cell tumors were collected for STAT6 immunostaining. Positive nuclear STAT6 staining was present in all 45 SFT cases (100% sensitivity). No nuclear staining was identified in other spindle cell neoplasms (0/13, dedifferentiated liposarcoma; 0/17, synovial sarcoma; 0/16, malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors; 0/25, undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma; 0/10, dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans; 0/9, low-grade fibromyxoid sarcoma; 0/6, angiofibroma; 0/5, deep fibromatosis; 0/9, gastrointestinal tumor). The STAT6 staining in SFT was usually diffuse (5+ in 19 cases; 4+ in 17 cases) and strong (40 cases). Monoclonal STAT6 stain is highly sensitive and specific for SFTs and particularly useful in the diagnosis of difficult SFT cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalApplied Immunohistochemistry and Molecular Morphology
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019


  • STAT6
  • monoclonal antibody
  • solitary fibrous tumor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology
  • Medical Laboratory Technology

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'STAT6 Expression in Solitary Fibrous Tumor and Histologic Mimics: A Single Institution Experience'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this