Genome-wide array-based comparative genomic hybridization analysis of malignant pleural mesotheliomas (MPM) was carried out to identify regions that display DNA copy number alterations. Seventeen primary tumors and nine cell lines derived from 22 individuals were studied, some of them originating from the same patients. Regions of genomic aberrations observed in >20% of individuals were 1q, 5p, 7p, 8q24 and 20p with gains, and 1p36.33, 1p36.1, 1p21.3, 3p21.3, 4q22, 4q34-qter, 6q25, 9p21.3, 10p, 13q33.2, 14q32.13, 18q and 22q with losses. Two regions at 1p32.1 and 11q22 showed a high copy gain. The 1p32.1 region contained a protooncogene, JUN, and we further demonstrated overexpression of JUN with real-time polymerase chain reaction analysis. As MPM cell lines did not overexpress JUN, our findings suggested that induction of JUN expression was involved in the development of MPM cells in vivo, which also might result in gene amplification in a subset of MPM. Meanwhile, the most frequent alteration was the 9p21.3 deletion, which includes the p16INK4a/p14ARF locus. With polymerase chain reaction analysis, we determined the extent of the homozygous deletion regions of the p16INK4a/p14ARF locus in MPM cell lines, which indicated that the deletion regions varied among cell lines. Our results with array comparative genomic hybridization analysis provide new insights into the genetic background of MPM, and also give some clues to develop a new molecular target therapy for MPM.