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Histopathology. 2004 Oct;45(4):398-404.

Rare expression of KIT (CD117) in lymphomas: a tissue microarray study of 1166 cases.

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Institute of Pathology, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland.

Abstract

AIMS:

Imatinib mesylate specifically inhibits KIT tyrosine kinase activity, and has been proven to be effective in the treatment of gastrointestinal stromal tumours. Because other KIT-expressing malignancies might benefit from Imatinib therapy, we evaluated the distribution and expression of KIT in 1166 cases of malignant lymphoma.

MATERIALS AND RESULTS:

Tissue microarrays (TMAs) containing 824 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) and 342 Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL) cases were immunohistochemically analysed for the expression of the KIT protein. Two KIT-positive NHLs were sequenced using polymerase chain reaction analysis. One T-cell lymphoma and one follicular lymphoma of the 747 NHL cases (0.3%) were positive for KIT. All HLs were Kit-negative. None of the KIT-positive cases showed a kit gene mutation.

CONCLUSIONS:

KIT expression is a very rare event in NHL and virtually absent in HL. In the few positive cases, the aberrant expression is not caused by a mutation in the 'hot-spots' of the kit gene, indicating that treatment of these tumours with Imatinib may be ineffective.

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