NCI Definition: A rare, highly aggressive and lethal carcinoma that affects children and young adults. It arises from midline epithelial structures, most commonly the head, neck, and mediastinum. It is a poorly differentiated carcinoma and is characterized by mutations and rearrangement of the NUT gene. A balanced translocation t(15;19) is present that results in the creation of a fusion gene involving the NUT gene, most commonly BRD4-NUT fusion gene. [1]

Significant Genes in NUT Carcinoma


Disease Details

Midline Carcinoma of Children and Young Adults with NUT Rearrangement, NUT Midline Carcinoma, Carcinoma with t(15;19)(q13;p13.1) Translocation
Undifferentiated Carcinoma
NUT Midline Carcinoma of the Head and Neck and NUT Carcinoma of the Lung


1. National Cancer Institute. NCI Thesaurus Version 18.11d. https://ncit.nci.nih.gov/ncitbrowser/ [2018-08-28]. [2018-09-21].

2. The AACR Project GENIE Consortium. AACR Project GENIE: powering precision medicine through an international consortium. Cancer Discovery. 2017;7(8):818-831. Dataset Version 6. This dataset does not represent the totality of the genetic landscape; see paper for more information.

3. All assertions and clinical trial landscape data are curated from primary sources. You can read more about the curation process here.