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In Modern pathology : an official journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc

Phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) loss is associated with adverse outcomes in prostate cancer and has clinical potential as a prognostic biomarker. The objective of this work was to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) system for automated detection and localization of PTEN loss on immunohistochemically (IHC) stained sections. PTEN loss was assessed using IHC in two prostate tissue microarrays (TMA) (internal cohort, n = 272 and external cohort, n = 129 patients). TMA cores were visually scored for PTEN loss by pathologists and, if present, spatially annotated. Cores from each patient within the internal TMA cohort were split into 90% cross-validation (N = 2048) and 10% hold-out testing (N = 224) sets. ResNet-101 architecture was used to train core-based classification using a multi-resolution ensemble approach (×5, ×10, and ×20). For spatial annotations, single resolution pixel-based classification was trained from patches extracted at ×20 resolution, interpolated to ×40 resolution, and applied in a sliding-window fashion. A final AI-based prediction model was created from combining multi-resolution and pixel-based models. Performance was evaluated in 428 cores of external cohort. From both cohorts, a total of 2700 cores were studied, with a frequency of PTEN loss of 14.5% in internal (180/1239) and external 13.5% (43/319) cancer cores. The final AI-based prediction of PTEN status demonstrated 98.1% accuracy (95.0% sensitivity, 98.4% specificity; median dice score = 0.811) in internal cohort cross-validation set and 99.1% accuracy (100% sensitivity, 99.0% specificity; median dice score = 0.804) in internal cohort test set. Overall core-based classification in the external cohort was significantly improved in the external cohort (area under the curve = 0.964, 90.6% sensitivity, 95.7% specificity) when further trained (fine-tuned) using 15% of cohort data (19/124 patients). These results demonstrate a robust and fully automated method for detection and localization of PTEN loss in prostate cancer tissue samples. AI-based algorithms have potential to streamline sample assessment in research and clinical laboratories.

Harmon Stephanie A, Patel Palak G, Sanford Thomas H, Caven Isabelle, Iseman Rachael, Vidotto Thiago, Picanço Clarissa, Squire Jeremy A, Masoudi Samira, Mehralivand Sherif, Choyke Peter L, Berman David M, Turkbey Baris, Jamaspishvili Tamara