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Mod Pathol. 2001 Oct;14(10):1030-5.

Amplification of c-myc by fluorescence in situ hybridization in a population-based breast cancer tissue array.

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Laboratory of Cancer Genetics, Institute of Medical Technology, University of Tampere and Tampere University Hospital, Tampere Finland.


A total of 261 primary breast carcinomas were analyzed for amplification of the c-myc oncogene by fluorescence in situ hybridization performed on tumor tissue array samples. Results were compared with individual clinicopathologic and follow-up data. Thirty-eight (14.6%) of the tumors showed c-myc gene amplification (defined as two or more additional copies of c-myc gene in relation to the number of chromosome 8 centromere). The reproducibility of fluorescence in situ hybridization assay (defined by hybridization with two different myc probes) was good (kappa coefficient 0.402). Statistically significant associations were found between c-myc amplification and DNA aneuploidy (P =.0011), and progesterone receptor negativity (P =.0071), and c-myc amplification also tended to be associated with high histologic grade (P =.064), positive axillary nodal status (P =.080), and a high S-phase fraction (P =.052). c-myc amplification was not significantly associated with overall survival of patients with invasive cancer (P =.32). These data from a population-based tumor material suggest that c-myc amplification is a feature of aggressive breast cancers, but that it is unlikely to be a clinically useful prognostic factor.

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