193P - Heterogeneity of met assessed by immunohistochemistry (IHC) and fluorescence-in-situ hybridization (FISH) in nonsquamous non-small cell lung cancer...

Date 28 September 2014
Event ESMO 2014
Session Poster Display session
Topics Pathology/Molecular Biology
Translational Research
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Basic Scientific Principles
Basic Principles in the Management and Treatment (of cancer)
Presenter David Casadevall
Citation Annals of Oncology (2014) 25 (suppl_4): iv58-iv84. 10.1093/annonc/mdu326
Authors D. Casadevall1, J. Gimeno2, S. Clavé2, A. Taus1, L. Pijuan2, A. Luque3, M. Lorenzo2, S. Menendez2, B. Espinet2, J. Albanell4, E. Arriola1
  • 1Department Of Medical Oncology, Hospital del Mar, 08003 - Barcelona/ES
  • 2Pathology, Hospital del Mar, Barcelona/ES
  • 3Medical Oncology, Hospital del Mar, Barcelona/ES
  • 4Medical Oncology, University Hospital del Mar, 08003 - Barcelona/ES



Disappointing results have been observed in advanced NSCLC patients receiving MET inhibitors based on histological or immunohistochemical criteria. The aim of this study was to assess the impact of MET intratumor heterogeneity on MET evaluation and potentially on adequate selection of nsNSCLC patients for clinical trials.


Samples were obtained from a cohort of 120 patients. Of these, 47 were incorporated in a tissue microarray (TMA), selecting 4 histologically distinct areas of the tumor for heterogeneity studies. Assessment of Met expression was performed by IHC (SP44 Ventana) using H-score and MetMab criteria. FISH was used to assess gene copy number (GCN) (MET and CEP7 probes from Vysis). Using different scoring methods, correlation with clinico-pathologic and molecular features (KRAS, EGFR) and between Met expression and GCN was investigated. Heterogeneity of Met status between different tumor cores was examined.


Seventy percent of the patients were male and 55% were current smokers. Median age was 66 years and 36% were stage IV nsNSCLC. Of 127 samples, 90% were adenocarcinomas. Nineteen per cent and 11% harbored KRAS and EGFR mutations, respectively. Forty-eight per cent were MET-High according to MetMab criteria, and median H-score was 140 (range 0-400). Increased Met expression was associated with advanced stage (p = 0.001) and with former or no smoking history (p = 0.038). Mean MET GCN was 2.8 and 9 cases were considered FISH-positive (GCN > =5). Increased MET GCN was associated with solid histological pattern. Met H-score was directly associated with GCN (p = 0.036). Intra-class correlation coefficient between 4 tissue cores was 0.57, both for Met H-score and GCN. In three patients considered FISH-positive, 4 out of 12 cores were FISH-negative.


Classification of Met-driven tumors is challenging due to lack of robustness of methods and criteria for defining Met positivity. MET heterogeneity may hinder adequate patient selection for clinical trials with MET inhibitors.


All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.