Recently, we identified the PLAG1 gene as the target gene in pleomorphic adenomas with chromosome abnormalities involving 8q12. The majority of breakpoints were shown to reside within the 5' noncoding region of the gene. We now report three pleomorphic adenomas with breakpoints located distal to PLAG1 in band 8q13. These tumors had the following chromosome 8 abnormalities: ins(8;12)(q12-13;q14q15), t(8;12)(q13;q15), and t(6;8)(p21.3-22;q13). Fluorescence in situ hybridization mapping of the chromosome 8 breakpoints revealed a yeast artificial chromosome clone spanning the breakpoints in two tumors. In none of the cases was PLAG1 activated and/or disrupted. Three candidate genes, N8, HMGIC, and HMGIY, were analyzed for rearrangements and/or abnormal expression by using reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction, rapid amplification of 3' cDNA ends, and Northern blot analyses.