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Gastroenterol Clin North Am. 2013 Jun;42(2):399-415. doi: 10.1016/j.gtc.2013.01.001. Epub 2013 Mar 13.

Gastrointestinal stromal tumors.

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  • 1Laboratory of Pathology, NCI/NIH, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA. miettinenmm@mail.nih.gov


Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are the most common mesenchymal tumor of the gastrointestinal tract. Soon after GIST was recognized as a tumor driven by a KIT or platelet-derived growth factor receptor mutation, it became the first solid tumor target for tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapies. More recently, alternative molecular mechanisms for GIST pathogenesis have been discovered. These are related to deficiencies in the succinate dehydrogenase complex, NF1-gene alterations in connection with neurofibromatosis type 1 tumor syndrome, and mutational activation of the BRAF oncogene in very rare cases.

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