Association between c-Myc Expression with Clinicopathological Features in T And NK Cell Lymphomas

Document Type : Research Articles


Department of Pathology, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 16150 Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, Malaysia and Hospital USM, Health Campus, USM, 16150 Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, Malaysia.


Background: c-Myc has become significantly involved in aggressive B-cell non Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), but little is known about its importance in T and NK cell NHL (TNKcNHLs) in association with prognostic factors. The study is to investigate the significance of c-Myc expression with clinicopathological features of TNKcNHLs patients. Methodology: A cross-sectional study of 32 archived tissue blocks of TNKcNHLs were immunohistochemically stained with c-Myc. The results were microscopically evaluated and statistically analysed to examine the association between the clinicopathological data with the c-Myc expression. Results: c-Myc protein expressions were detected in 25/32 (78.1%) cases. The median age was 38-years.  Malay ethnicity (92.0%) with 21 males and 11 females. c-Myc expressions were seen in T lymphoblastic lymphoma (20%), ALK-positive ALCL (16%) ,PTCL,NOS (16%), extra nodal NK/T-cell lymphoma, nasal type (12%), extra-nodal involvement (78.1%), elevated serum LDH (83.3%) and high ECOG performance status (82.4%). However, no statistical significant of c-Myc in association with the clinicopathological parameters (p > 0.05). Conclusion: There was no statistically significant association of clinicopathological parameters and histological subtypes of TNKcNHLs contributed by small samples tested. However, the attribution of c-Myc in this disease should be further explored.


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