Recent studies have revealed the presence of TMPRSS2-ERG gene fusion in both primary and metastatic prostate cancers. However, the relationship between primary and corresponding metastatic prostate cancers with respect to the status of this gene fusion remains unclear. Using fluorescence in situ hybridization, we evaluated the rearrangement of the ERG gene in the radical prostatectomy specimens and corresponding lymph node metastases from 19 patients with prostate cancer. The mean age of the patients was 61 years, and the median Gleason score in the radical prostatectomy specimens was 7 (4 + 3). Prostate cancer was unifocal in 6 cases and multifocal in 13 cases, including 10 with 2 foci and 3 with 3 foci. In the primary prostate cancers, rearrangement of the ERG gene was observed in 13 cases and associated with deletion of the 5' ERG gene in 8 cases. In the metastases, the ERG rearrangement was present in 10 cases and associated with deletion of the 5' ERG gene in 6 cases. In unifocal prostate cancers, the status of the ERG rearrangement was concordant between the primary prostate cancer and metastasis in 5 of 6 cases. In multifocal prostate cancer, despite a significant interfocal discordance, the status of the ERG rearrangement was concordant between the index (largest) primary tumor focus and metastasis in all 13 cases. Our study demonstrates a close relationship of the TMPRSS2-ERG gene fusion status between primary and metastatic prostate cancer. The concordance of the ERG gene rearrangement status between the index primary tumor focus and metastasis suggests that metastasis most likely arises from the index tumor focus in multifocal prostate cancer.
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