c-Met expression and MET amplification in malignant pleural mesothelioma

Annals of Diagnostic Pathology 2016 August 23 [Epub 2016 April 30] [Link]

Bois MC, Mansfield AS, Sukov WR, Jenkins SM, Moser JC, Sattler CA, Smith CY, Molina JR, Peikert T, Roden AC


c-Met is a receptor tyrosine kinase shown to be overexpressed in malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). Whereas MET mutations have been identified in 3%-16% of MPMs, MET amplification has recently been reported in a single epithelioid MPM. We studied c-Met expression and MET amplification in a large MPM cohort and correlated results with morphologic and clinical features. We report the first case of MET amplification in sarcomatoid MPM. MPMs from surgical pathology files (1989-2014) were reviewed. c-Met immunohistochemistry was performed. Staining intensity and distribution were multiplied (H-score). Staining localization (cytoplasmic and/or membranous) was noted. Fluorescence in situ hybridization was performed using probes for MET and centromere 7. One hundred forty-nine patients (median age, 68.0years; interquartile range, 61-75) had epithelioid (n=97), biphasic (n=18), or sarcomatoid (n=34) MPM. Median follow-up was 10.1months (range, 0.1-222.5). One hundred thirty patients died of disease; 2 were alive with disease. c-Met was expressed in 147 MPMs. c-Met staining intensity, distribution, and H-score differed among the histologic subtypes (P=.015; P=.0001, and P=.0005, respectively), but none were predictive of survival. Epithelioid subtype had greater c-Met expression. MET amplification was identified in 1 sarcomatoid MPM and MET duplication in 1 epithelioid MPM; both had poor outcomes. Chromosome 7 aneusomy was observed in 54 of 144 (37.5%) MPMs and associated with decreased overall survival in sarcomatoid MPMs (hazard ratio=2.81; 95% confidence interval, 1.21-6.51; P=.01). In conclusion, c-Met is expressed in MPM, with significant differences in expression among histologic subtypes. MET amplification is a rare event in MPM, making it an unlikely common pathogenesis for c-Met expression.