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Synovial Sarcoma Translocation Detection
SYTSSX Translocation Assay
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Reverse transcription followed by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) with detection by capillary electrophoresis.
Synovial sarcoma is characterized by the t(X;18)(p11;q11) translocation which occurs in over 90% of cases regardless of histologic subtype. This rearrangement leads to fusion of the SYT (SS18) gene on chromosome 18 with one of several closely related SSX genes located on the X chromosome. Approximately two-thirds of fusions are SYT/SSX1 and one-third SYT/SSX2. Other fusions are rare. Because of their high specificity and prevalence, SYT/SSX fusion transcripts are highly sensitive diagnostic markers for synovial sarcoma. Testing can aid in the differential diagnosis of synovial sarcoma, especially in tumors with unusual histologic or clinical presentations. This test qualitatively detects the SYT/SSX1 and SYT/SSX2 fusion transcripts in fresh/frozen or formalin-fixed paraffin embedded tissues.
Interpretive report provided. The specific fusion transcript type is reported with a positive test result.
* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.
A formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue block containing an area with a high percentage of neoplastic cells (for micro-/macro-dissection) is preferred. Unstained, UNBAKED slides (5-8, 10-micron slides; 10-15 if few neoplastic cells are present) with associated H&E stained slide are also acceptable. Decalcified tissue or other fixatives will be accepted and the assay attempted, however these may result in failed testing due to degraded nucleic acid. Both blocks and slides should be stored at room temperature.