Test Catalog

Test ID: MAMLF    
MAML2 (11q21) Rearrangement, Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma (MEC), FISH, Tissue

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Supporting a diagnosis of mucoepidermoid carcinoma

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

This test does not include a pathology consultation. If a pathology consultation is requested, PATHC / Pathology Consultation should be ordered and the appropriate FISH test will be ordered and performed at an additional charge. 


This test includes a charge for application of the first probe set (2 FISH probes) and professional interpretation of results.


Additional charges will be incurred for all reflex probes performed. Analysis charges will be incurred based on the number of cells analyzed per probe set. If no cells are available for analysis, no analysis charges will be incurred.

Clinical Information Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test

Mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) is the most common malignant salivary gland neoplasm, representing over 30% of all malignant salivary gland tumors. The diagnosis of MEC can be quite challenging due to the degree of histologic overlap with other glandular, clear cell, or oncocytic salivary gland tumors. MAML2 rearrangements are detectable in 80% to 85% of MEC, but not in morphologic mimics such as oncocytic cystadenoma, Warthin tumor, oncocytoma, oncocytic carcinoma, acinic cell carcinoma, and metastatic renal cell carcinoma.

Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.

An interpretive report will be provided.

Interpretation Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

A neoplastic clone is detected when the percent of cells with an abnormality exceeds the normal cutoff for the MAML2 probe.


A positive result is consistent with a diagnosis of mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC).


A negative result suggests no rearrangement of the MAML2 gene region at 11q21. However, this result does not exclude the diagnosis of MEC.

Cautions Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances

This test is not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and it is best used as an adjunct to existing clinical and pathologic information.


Fixatives other than formalin (eg Prefer, Bouin) may not be successful for FISH assays, however nonformalin-fixed samples will not be rejected.


Paraffin-embedded tissues that have been decalcified are generally unsuccessful for FISH analysis. The pathologist reviewing the hematoxylin and eosin-stained slide may find it necessary to cancel testing.

Supportive Data

FISH analysis was performed on 28 mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue samples and 51 control specimens. The normal controls were used to generate a normal cutoff for this assay. A rearrangement of MAML2 was identified in 26 of 28 (93%) MEC cases.

Clinical Reference Recommendations for in-depth reading of a clinical nature

1. Stewart FW, Foote FW, Becker WF: Mucoepidermoid tumors of salivary glands. Ann Surg 1945;122:820-844

2. Spiro RH, Huvos AG, Berk R, Strong EW: Mucoepidermoid carcinoma of salivary gland origin. A clinicopathologic study of 367 cases. Am J Surg 1978;136:461-468

3. Seethala RR, Dacic S, Cieply K, et al: A reappraisal of the MECT1/MAML2 translocation in salivary mucoepidermoid carcinomas. Am J Surg Pathol 2010 Aug;34(8):1106-1121

4. Behboudi A, Enlund F, Winnes M, et al: Molecular classification of mucoepidermoid carcinomas-prognostic significance of the MECT1-MAML2 fusion oncogene. Genes Chromosomes Cancer 2006 May;45(5):470-481