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High MET gene copy number predicted poor prognosis in primary intestinal diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

Wan-Ting Huang1 and Shih-Sung Chuang2*

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1 Department of Pathology, Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University College of Medicine, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2 Department of Pathology, Chi-Mei Medical Center, Tainan, Taipei Medical University and National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan

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Diagnostic Pathology 2013, 8:16  doi:10.1186/1746-1596-8-16

Published: 4 February 2013



MET is a proto-oncogene with its copy number (CN) alterations been reported in some cancers, but not in primary intestinal diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (PI-DLBL) yet.


In this retrospective study, we performed histology and chart reviews, immunohistochemistry and quantitative polymerase chain reaction for MET CN alterations on 28 surgically resected PI-DLBLs.


There were 12 men and 16 women with a median age of 70 and a mean follow-up of 32 months. The median MET CN was 2.20 (range, 1.04 to 3.35). CN gain was observed in 11 cases, including 5 with CN greater than 3. Nine patients (32%) had diploid CN and eight (29%) with CN loss. Patients with gain or diploid CN showed significantly worse prognosis (P = 0.046) than those with CN loss. Furthermore, MET CN greater than 3 was associated with an adverse outcome (P = 0.003). Intestinal perforation at presentation was the sole clinicopathological factor associated with a poor prognosis (P = 0.004) and perforation was correlated with CN greater than 3 (P = 0.002).


Our finding of MET CN gain as a poor prognostic factor in PI-DLBL patients might serve as the rationale for targeting MET signaling pathway in the treatment of these patients.

Copy number; Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma; Intestine; MET; Primary intestinal diffuse large B-cell lymphoma; Taiwan