Study of MET protein levels andMETgene copy number in 72 sinonasal intestinal-type adenocarcinomas


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Abstract

Background.Sinonasal intestinal-type adenocarcinomas (ITACs) have a poor prognosis, and are defined on the basis of their morphological similarities to colorectal adenocarcinomas. MET signaling pathway is involved in oncogenesis in various cancers. Nothing is currently known about the role of MET in ITACs.Methods.In a series of 72 ITACs, we investigated MET protein levels by immunohistochemistry (IHC) and gene copy number by in situ hybridization. These findings were analyzed as a function of clinical data, histological typing, and patient outcome.Results.MET protein was overproduced in 64% of cases and chromosome 7 polysomy was observed in 52% of cases. No tumor displayed MET amplification. The presence of mucinous or solid histological components, T3/T4 tumors, and incomplete resection were associated with a poor outcome.Conclusion.MET is overproduced in about two third of ITACs, suggesting a role for the MET signaling pathway in the oncogenesis of these tumors. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Head Neck 37: 1563–1568, 2015

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