Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor (IMT) is clinically and histologically characterized by inflammation. Some populations of IMT have anaplastic large cell lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene rearrangements. Infection with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and human herpesvirus-8 (HHV-8) in tumor cells of IMT has been reported; these reports, however, have been limited to ALK-negative IMT. The purpose of the present paper was to evaluate 21 cases of IMT for the presence of EBV and HHV-8. Immunohistochemically, 15 cases were ALK positive and six were negative. Of eight cases analyzed using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, tropomyosin 3 (TPM3)-ALK, TPM4-ALK and clathrin heavy chain-ALK fusion genes were detected in one, two and two cases, respectively. All 21 IMT, irrespective of ALK expression, were negative for EBV by in situ hybridization for EBV-encoded RNA and immunohistochemical stain for latent membrane antigen-1. HHV-8 was also negative in all IMT by PCR for HHV-8 DNA sequence (KS330/233) and immunohistochemical stain for latent nuclear antigen. These results suggest that IMT may be a heterogeneous group in terms of pathogenesis, and EBV and HHV-8 do not play a major role in the pathogenesis of ALK-positive tumor.
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