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Unravelling the USP6 gene: an update
  1. Fleur Cordier,
  2. David Creytens
  1. Pathology, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium
  1. Correspondence to Dr David Creytens, Pathology, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent 9000, Belgium; david.creytens{at}


Ubiquitin-specific protease 6 (USP6) rearrangements have been identified in aneurysmal bone cyst, nodular fasciitis, myositis ossificans, fibro-osseous pseudotumour of digits and cellular fibroma of tendon sheath. These entities show clinical as well as histological overlap, suggesting they are all clonal neoplastic belonging to the same biological spectrum and referred to as ‘USP6-associated neoplasms’. They all show a characteristic gene fusion formed by juxtaposition of the USP6 coding sequences to the promoter regions of several partner genes, leading to USP6 transcriptional upregulation.

  • soft tissue neoplasms
  • sarcoma
  • pathology, molecular

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