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Abstract

Lipomas are frequently characterized by rearrangements resulting in the fusion of the HMGA2 gene (12q14.3) with a variety of partners. Chromosome band 9p22 rearrangements occur in about 1% of lipomas. We report here the molecular cytogenetic analysis of five cases of lipoma with a 9p22 aberration, including the first cytogenetic analysis of a colonic lipoma. Three out of the five cases showed a rearrangement of NFIB at 9p22.3. The NFIB rearrangement involved a fusion with HMGA2 in two cases. We have identified an in-frame fusion of the first three exons of HMGA2 with exon 6 of MSRB3 (12q14.3) and exons 8 and 9 of NFIB by using 3′RACE-PCR in a case of superficial lipoma. In a case of retroperitoneal lipoma we found a fusion of HMGA2 with NFIB by fluorescence in situ hybridization analysis. The colonic lipoma was characterized by a t(9;16;19)(p22;q21;q13) with a rearrangement of NFIB and no rearrangement of HMGA2. NFIB belongs to the nuclear factor I transcription family. It has been previously shown to be fused with HMGA2 in one case of lipoma and to be a recurrent partner of HMGA2 in pleormorphic adenoma of salivary glands. We here demonstrate that NFIB can also be rearranged independently from HMGA2, indicating a potentially important role in lipoma pathobiology. Our findings suggest that the rearrangement of NFIB might be associated with deep-seated lipomas, such as retroperitoneal or gastro-intestinal lipomas. © 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc.