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  • COMPARATIVE GENOMIC HYBRIDIZATION  (44)
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    Keywords: SPECTRA ; CANCER ; tumor ; CELL ; Germany ; DISEASE ; NEW-YORK ; CLONES ; GENE ; HYBRIDIZATION ; cell line ; TUMORS ; LINES ; primary ; CELL-LINES ; chromosome ; IN-SITU ; AMPLIFICATION ; chromosome 2 ; COMPARATIVE GENOMIC HYBRIDIZATION ; COPY NUMBER ; COPY-NUMBER ; LYMPHOMA ; ABERRATIONS ; FISH ; REGIONS ; ONCOGENE ; SEGMENTS ; FLUORESCENCE ; IMBALANCES ; cytogenetic aberration ; fluorescence in situ hybridization ; Hodgkin's lymphoma ; JAK2 ; JUMPING TRANSLOCATIONS ; REL ; telomeric segment translocation ; YAC
    Abstract: Four Hodgkin's lymphoma cell lines (KM-H2, HDLM-2, L428, L1236) were analyzed for cytogenetic aberrations, applying multiplex fluorescence in situ hybridization, chromosome banding and comparative genomic hybridization. Each line was characterized by a highly heterogeneous pattern of karyotypic changes with a large spectrum of different translocated chromosomes (range 22- 57). A recurrent finding in all cell lines was the presence of chromosomal rearrangements of the short arm of chromosome 2 involving the REL oncogene locus. Furthermore, multiple translocated copies of telomeric chromosomal segments were frequently detected. This resulted in a copy number increase of putative oncogenes, e.g., JAK2 (9p24) in 3 cell lines, FGFR3 (4p16) and CCND2 (12p13) in 2 cell lines as well as MYC (8q24) in I cell line. Our data confirm previous cytogenetic results from primary Hodgkin's tumors suggesting an important pathogenic role of REL and JAK2 in this disease. In addition, they provide evidence for a novel cytogenetic pathomechanism leading to increased copy numbers of putative oncogenes from terminal chromosomal regions, most probably in the course of chromosomal stabilization by telomeric capture. (C) 2002 Wiley- Liss, Inc
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 12478664
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  • 2
    Keywords: CANCER ; EXPRESSION ; tumor ; carcinoma ; CELL ; Germany ; incidence ; GENE ; GENES ; HYBRIDIZATION ; microarray ; cell line ; DIFFERENTIATION ; TISSUE ; LINES ; ACTIVATION ; DNA ; FAMILY ; CELL-LINES ; MEMBER ; MEMBERS ; BREAST-CANCER ; cytokines ; IDENTIFICATION ; AMPLIFICATION ; COMPARATIVE GENOMIC HYBRIDIZATION ; microarrays ; NUMBER ; CHROMOSOMAL-ABERRATIONS ; CELL-LINE ; LINE ; PCR ; REGION ; REGIONS ; adenocarcinoma ; CANCER-RESEARCH ; FREQUENT ; REVEALS ; IMBALANCES ; OVEREXPRESSION ; cell lines ; pancreatic cancer ; pancreatic carcinoma ; GENOMIC HYBRIDIZATION ; HIGH-LEVEL ; CYTOKINE ; ONCOLOGY ; SUBSET ; RE ; PANCREATIC-CANCER ; FAMILIES ; AMPLIFICATIONS ; LEADS ; CANDIDATE GENES ; REAL-TIME ; EGFR ; MALT-LYMPHOMA
    Abstract: Genomic analyses aimed at the detection of high-level DNA amplifications were performed on 13 widely used pancreatic cancer cell lines and 6 pancreatic tumor specimens. For these analyses, array-based comparative genomic hybridization (Matrix-CGH) onto dedicated microarrays was used. In comparison with chromosomal CGH (eight amplifications), a 〉3-fold number of DNA amplifications was detected (n = 29). The most frequent amplifications mapped to 7p12.3 (three pancreatic cancer cell lines and three pancreatic tumor specimens), 8q24 (four pancreatic cancer cell lines and one pancreatic tumor specimen), 11q13 (three pancreatic cancer cell lines and three pancreatic tumor specimens), and 20q13 (four pancreatic cancer cell lines and three pancreatic tumor specimens). Genes contained in the consensus regions were MYC (8q24), EGFR (7p12.3), and FGF3 (11q13). In six of seven pancreatic cancer cell lines and pancreatic tumor specimens with 20q13 amplifications, the novel candidate gene NFAT C2, which plays a role in the activation of cytokines, was amplified. Other amplifications also affected genes for which a pathogenetic role in pancreatic carcinoma has not been described, such as BCL10 and BCL6, two members of the BCL family. A subset of amplified genes was checked for overexpression by means of real-time PCR, revealing the highest expression levels for BCL6 and BCL10. Thus, Matrix-CGH allows the detection of a high number of amplifications, resulting in the identification of novel candidate genes in pancreatic cancer
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 15231651
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    Keywords: PEPTIDE ; EXPRESSION ; INVASION ; Germany ; human ; COHORT ; DISEASE ; DISEASES ; POPULATION ; RISK ; GENE ; GENOME ; HYBRIDIZATION ; PATIENT ; DNA ; INDUCTION ; colon ; polymorphism ; COMPARATIVE GENOMIC HYBRIDIZATION ; COPY NUMBER ; NUMBER ; HUMAN GENOME ; PEPTIDES ; POLYMERASE-CHAIN-REACTION ; INDIVIDUALS ; ULCERATIVE-COLITIS ; inflammation ; INFLAMMATORY-BOWEL-DISEASE ; CLUSTER ; DNA-SEQUENCE ; INTERVAL ; LOCUS ; chronic inflammation ; DEFICIENT ; SEGMENTAL DUPLICATIONS ; odds ratio ; genomic ; ALPHA-DEFENSIN ; DEFENSIN DEFICIENCY ; healthy individuals ; NOD2 ; PANETH CELLS ; RESIDENT INTESTINAL FLORA
    Abstract: Defensins are endogenous antimicrobial peptides that protect the intestinal mucosa against bacterial invasion. It has been suggested that deficient defensin expression may underlie the chronic inflammation of Crohn disease ( CD). The DNA copy number of the beta-defensin gene cluster on chromosome 8p23.1 is highly polymorphic within the healthy population, which suggests that the defective beta-defensin induction in colonic CD could be due to low beta-defensin gene copy number. Here, we tested this hypothesis, using genomewide DNA copy number profiling by array-based comparative genomic hybridization and quantitative polymerase-chain-reaction analysis of the human beta-defensin 2 (HBD-2) gene. We showed that healthy individuals, as well as patients with ulcerative colitis, have a median of 4 ( range 2 - 10) HBD-2 gene copies per genome. In a surgical cohort with ileal or colonic CD and in a second large cohort with inflammatory bowel diseases, those with ileal resections/disease exhibited a normal median HBD-2 copy number of 4, whereas those with colonic CD had a median of only 3 copies per genome ( for the surgical cohort; P = .008 P = .032 for the second cohort). Overall, the copy number distribution in colonic CD was shifted to lower numbers compared with controls ( for both the surgical cohort and the cohort with inflammatory bowel diseases). Individuals with P = .002 〈= 3 copies have a significantly higher risk of developing colonic CD than did individuals with 〉= 4 copies ( odds ratio 3.06; 95% confidence interval 1.46 - 6.45). An HBD-2 gene copy number of 〈 4 was associated with diminished mucosal HBD-2 mRNA expression (P = 0.033). In conclusion, a lower HBD-2 gene copy number in the beta-defensin locus predisposes to colonic CD, most likely through diminished beta-defensin expression
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16909382
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    Keywords: EXPRESSION ; tumor ; carcinoma ; Germany ; GENE ; GENES ; HYBRIDIZATION ; microarray ; PROTEIN ; TISSUE ; TUMORS ; DNA ; PROGRESSION ; AMPLIFICATION ; COMPARATIVE GENOMIC HYBRIDIZATION ; microarrays ; HEAD ; NECK ; squamous cell carcinoma ; PROGNOSTIC VALUE ; CYCLIN D1 OVEREXPRESSION ; OVEREXPRESSION ; POOR-PROGNOSIS ; CHROMOSOMAL IMBALANCES ; CHRONIC LYMPHOCYTIC-LEUKEMIA ; CANDIDATE GENES ; tissue microarray analysis ; SPECIMENS ; ARRAY CGH
    Abstract: Chromosomal band 11q13 is frequently amplified in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) and assumed to be critically involved in tumor initiation and progression by proto-oncogene activation. Though cyclin D1 (CCND1) is supposed to be the most relevant oncogene, several additional putative candidate genes are inside this chromosomal region, for which their actual role in tumorigenesis still needs to be elucidated. To characterize the 11q13 amplicon in detail, 40 OSCCs were analyzed by comparative genomic hybridization to DNA microarrays (matrix-CGH) containing BAC clones derived from chromosomal band 11q13. This high-resolution approach revealed a consistent amplicon about 1.7 Mb in size including the CCND1 oncogene. Seven BAC clones covering FGF3, EMS1, and SHANK2 were shown to be frequently coamplified inside the CCND1 amplicon. Subsequent analysis of tissue microarrays; by FISH revealed amplification frequencies of 36.8% (88/239) for CCND1, 34.3% (60/ 175) for FGF3, 37.4% (68/182) for EMS1, and 36.3% (61/168) for SHANK2. Finally, quantitative mRNA expression analysis demonstrated consistent overexpression of CCND1 in all tumors and of EMS1 and SHANK2 in a subset of specimens with 11q13 amplification, but no expression of FGF3 in any of the cases. Our study underlines the critical role of CCND1 in OSCC development and additionally points to the functionally related genes EMS1 and SHANK2, both encoding for cytoskeleton-associated proteins, which are frequently coamplified with CCND1 and therefore could cooperatively contribute to OSCC pathogenesis. (c) 2005 Wiley-Liss, Inc
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16235239
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    Keywords: EXPRESSION ; tumor ; carcinoma ; CELL ; Germany ; human ; INFORMATION ; HEPATOCELLULAR-CARCINOMA ; HISTORY ; GENE ; GENES ; HYBRIDIZATION ; DIFFERENTIATION ; TUMORS ; RESOLUTION ; DNA ; MECHANISM ; mechanisms ; ADENOMAS ; hepatocellular carcinoma ; PROGRESSION ; COMPARATIVE GENOMIC HYBRIDIZATION ; COPY NUMBER ; NUMBER ; CHROMOSOMAL-ABERRATIONS ; ABERRATIONS ; IN-SITU HYBRIDIZATION ; TUMOR-SUPPRESSOR GENE ; REGION ; INSTABILITY ; REGIONS ; ONCOGENE ; TRANSFORMATION ; ORAL-CONTRACEPTIVES ; CARCINOMAS ; IMBALANCES ; CLUSTER ; MOLECULAR-MECHANISM ; TUMOR-SUPPRESSOR ; INCREASE ; CLUSTER-ANALYSIS ; CHROMOSOMAL INSTABILITY ; CHIP ; tumor suppressor gene ; cluster analysis ; LOSSES ; GLYCOGEN-STORAGE-DISEASE ; genomic ; HUMAN HEPATOCELLULAR-CARCINOMA ; ARRAY CGH ; CHROMOSOMAL-ABNORMALITIES ; TUMOR-SUPPRESSOR GENES ; ARRAY-CGH ; LIVER-CELL ADENOMAS
    Abstract: Background & Alms: To gain more information about the molecular mechanisms leading to dedifferentiation of hepatocellular adenoma (HCA) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), high-resolution array-based comparative genomic hybridization (array-CGH) was performed on 24 cases of HCC and 10 cases of HCA. Methods: DNA chips containing 6251 individual bacterial artificial chromosome/plasmid artificial chromosome clones were used. They allowed for a genome-wide resolution of 1 Mb and an even higher resolution of up to 100 kb for chromosome regions recurrently involved in human tumors and for regions containing known tumor-suppressor genes and oncogenes. Results: Copy number changes on the genomic scale were found by array-based comparative genomic hybridization in all cases. In HCC, gains of chromosomal regions 1q (91.6%), and 8q (58.3%), and losses of 8p (54%) were found most frequently. Hierarchic cluster analysis branched all HCA from HCC. However, in 2 adenomas with a known history of glycogenosis type I and adenomatosis hepatis gains of 1q were found, too. The critically gained region was narrowed down to bands 1q22-23. Although no significant differences in the mean number of chromosomal aberrations were seen between adenomas and well-differentiated carcinomas (2.7 vs 4.6), a significant increase accompanied the dedifferentiation of HCC (14.1 in HCC-G2 and 16.3 in HCC-G2/3; P 〈 .02). Dedifferentiation of HCC also was correlated closely to losses of 4q and 13q (P 〈 .001 and 〈 .005, respectively). Conclusions: The increased chromosomal instability during dedifferentiation of HCC leads to an accumulation of structural chromosomal aberrations and losses and gains of defined chromosome regions
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16979954
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  • 6
    Keywords: EXPRESSION ; carcinoma ; CELL ; Germany ; human ; THERAPY ; GENE ; HYBRIDIZATION ; microarray ; PROTEIN ; TISSUE ; SURGERY ; ACTIVATION ; CONTRAST ; TARGET ; IN-SITU ; PROGRESSION ; AMPLIFICATION ; COMPARATIVE GENOMIC HYBRIDIZATION ; COPY NUMBER ; immunohistochemistry ; CATALYTIC SUBUNIT ; NUMBER ; metastases ; CANCER-CELLS ; HEAD ; CARCINOMAS ; NECK ; squamous cell carcinoma ; pathology ; FLUORESCENCE ; fluorescence in situ hybridization ; protein expression ; in situ hybridization ; CELL CARCINOMA ; development ; methods ; tissue microarray ; tissue microarray analysis ; CANDIDATE ; SQUAMOUS-CELL ; reverse transcriptase ; human telomerase ; IMMORTALITY ; oral squamous cell carcinoma ; TERT
    Abstract: BACKGROUND: Gene copy number gain of chromosomal arm 5p is frequently found in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) suggesting the activation of proto-oncogenes. TERT is a candidate gene encoding for human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT). The aim of the present study was to elucidate the relevance of TERT copy number gain and high hTERT expression in OSCC. METHODS: Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) for TERT and immunohistochemistry (IHC) for hTERT were performed to analyze TERT copy numbers and hTERT expression, respectively, on tissue microarray (TMA) sections including n = 247 OSCC and n = 105 pharyngeal and laryngeal squamous cell carcinomas (PSCC/LSCC). RESULTS: Increased hTERT protein expression was more frequently found in OSCC (71.1 %, 155/218) than in PSCC/LSCC (36.0%, 35/89) (13 〈 0.001). By contrast, specific TERT amplifications were less common in OSCC (2.1%, 4/191) compared with PSCC/LSCC (9.9%, 8/81) (P = 0.047). CONCLUSIONS: High hTERT expression is a frequent finding in OSCC. It might be a promising target for the development of specific anti-neoplastic therapy approaches
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17448136
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    Keywords: APOPTOSIS ; EXPRESSION ; tumor ; CELL ; Germany ; human ; GENE ; GENES ; HYBRIDIZATION ; microarray ; PROTEIN ; SAMPLE ; SAMPLES ; transcription ; cell line ; RESOLUTION ; LINES ; NF-KAPPA-B ; ACTIVATION ; DNA ; primary ; BASE ; ANTIGEN ; CELL-LINES ; FREQUENCY ; FREQUENCIES ; AMPLIFICATION ; COMPARATIVE GENOMIC HYBRIDIZATION ; COPY NUMBER ; immunohistochemistry ; LYMPHOMA ; NUMBER ; CELL-LINE ; leukemia ; LINE ; REGION ; REGIONS ; LOCALIZATION ; leukocyte ; NF-kappa B ; DNA AMPLIFICATION ; CHROMOSOMAL LOCALIZATION ; cell lines ; GAINS ; non-hodgkin's lymphoma ; B-CELL LYMPHOMA ; HIGH-FREQUENCY ; MATRIX ; FEATURES ; ONCOLOGY ; HIGH-RESOLUTION ; CANDIDATE GENES ; DEFECTS ; ACTIVATOR ; analysis ; GENOTYPE ; LOSSES ; CANDIDATE ; HODGKIN LYMPHOMA ; genomic ; DEFECT ; B-CELL ; GENOMIC ALTERATIONS ; ARRAY CGH ; ARRAY-CGH ; POINT ; DNA-CHIP HYBRIDIZATION ; mediastinal B-cell lymphoma ; array-based comparative genomic hybridization ; NUCLEAR ACCUMULATION
    Abstract: Primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma (PMBL) is an aggressive extranodal B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma with specific clinical, histopathological and genomic features. To characterize further the genotype of PMBL, we analyzed 37 tumor samples and PMBL cell lines Med-B1 and Karpas1106P using array-based comparative genomic hybridization (matrix- or array-CGH) to a 2.8k genomic microarray. Due to a higher genomic resolution, we identified altered chromosomal regions in much higher frequencies compared with standard CGH: for example, +9p24 (68%), +2p15 (51%), +7q22 (32%), +9q34 (32%), +11q23 (18%), +12q (30%) and +18q21 (24%). Moreover, previously unknown small interstitial chromosomal low copy number alterations (for example, -6p21, -11q13.3) and a total of 19 DNA amplifications were identified by array-CGH. For 17 chromosomal localizations (10 gains and 7 losses), which were altered in more than 10% of the analyzed cases, we delineated minimal consensus regions based on genomic base pair positions. These regions and selected immunohistochemistries point to candidate genes that are discussed in the context of NF-kappa B transcription activation, human leukocyte antigen class I/II defects, impaired apoptosis and Janus kinase/signal transducer and activator of transcription (JAK/STAT) activation. Our data confirm the genomic uniqueness of this tumor and provide physically mapped genomic regions of interest for focused candidate gene analysis
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17728785
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    Keywords: CANCER ; EXPRESSION ; CELL ; Germany ; IN-VIVO ; THERAPY ; DISEASE ; RISK ; GENE ; GENE-EXPRESSION ; GENES ; PATIENT ; ASSOCIATION ; DELETION ; COMPARATIVE GENOMIC HYBRIDIZATION ; gene expression ; DIFFERENCE ; NUMBER ; genetics ; leukemia ; DELETIONS ; REGION ; REGIONS ; HIGH-RISK ; CHILDREN ; CHRONIC MYELOGENOUS LEUKEMIA ; PROGNOSTIC FACTOR ; heredity ; ONCOLOGY ; CHILDHOOD ; THERAPIES ; PROGNOSTIC IMPACT ; CELL LYMPHOMA ; PROGNOSTIC-FACTOR ; USA ; LOSSES ; ARRAY-CGH ; PROFILE ; DERIVATIVE CHROMOSOME-9 ; EARLY TREATMENT RESPONSE ; INTRACHROMOSOMAL AMPLIFICATION ; TRANSLOCATION T(1/19)
    Abstract: In vivo response to initial therapy, as assessed by determination of minimal residual disease (MRD) after 5 and 12 weeks of treatment, has evolved as a strong prognostic factor in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) treated according to the BFM regime. Individual treatment response may be influenced by copy number alterations (CNA) leading to altered gene expression. We aimed to evaluate CNA using high-resolution array-comparative genomic hybridization (array-CGH) in different treatment-response groups. Leukemic genomic profiles of 25 standard risk (MRD-SR) and 25 high risk (MRD-HR) patients were compared. CNAs were found in 46/50 patients (92%). The most significant difference was a gain of 1q23-qter because of an unbalanced t(1; 19), found in 10/25 MRD-SR patients, but in none of the MRD-HR patients (P 〈 0.001). The most frequent Cl in the MRD-HR group were deletions of genomic regions harboring the immunoglobulin genes (1g), e.g., 2p11.2 in 60% of MRD-HR compared to 28% of MRD-SR (P = 0.045). Combining all 1g loci, significantly more MRD-HR than MRD-SR patients displayed deletions (17:8 patients, P = 0.02). Frequency of other CNAs, such as loss of 9p21 or gains of 21q, did not differ strongly between the two patient groups. This is the first study evaluating the clinical significance of CNA as detected by array-CGH in childhood ALL and the first to suggest that such analyses may provide clinically important data. This article contains Supplementary Material available at http://www.interscience.wiley.com/jpages/1045-2257/suppmat. (C) 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 18311775
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    Keywords: APOPTOSIS ; CANCER ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; proliferation ; tumor ; carcinoma ; CELL ; Germany ; human ; IN-VIVO ; HEPATOCELLULAR-CARCINOMA ; DISTINCT ; GENE ; GENE-EXPRESSION ; GENES ; TUMORS ; ACTIVATION ; DNA ; INFECTION ; MECHANISM ; prognosis ; mechanisms ; BREAST-CANCER ; TARGET ; virus ; TRANSGENIC MICE ; COMPARATIVE GENOMIC HYBRIDIZATION ; gene expression ; NUMBER ; etiology ; RATES ; REGION ; ONCOGENE ; ALCOHOL ; OVEREXPRESSION ; gene expression profiling ; ALCOHOL-CONSUMPTION ; CONSUMPTION ; molecular ; RE ; ARRAY ; CANDIDATE GENES ; USA ; CANDIDATE ; CANCERS ; viral ; CHROMOSOME-ABERRATIONS ; ELONGATION-FACTOR EEF1A2
    Abstract: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most common cancers worldwide and is characterized by aggressive tumor behavior coupled with poor prognosis. Various etiologies have been linked to HCC development, most prominently chronic hepatitis B and C virus infections as well as chronic alcohol consumption. In approximately 10% of HCCs, the etiology remains cryptic; however, recent epidemiological data suggest that most of these cryptogenic HCCs develop due to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. To identify etiology-dependent DNA copy number aberrations and genes relevant to hepatocarcinogenesis, we performed array based comparative genomic hybridization of 63 HCCs of well-defined etiology and 4 HCC cell lines followed by gene expression profiling and functional analyses of candidate genes. For a 10-megabase chromosome region on 8q24, we observed etiology-dependent copy number gains and MYC overexpression in viral and alcohol-related HCCs, resulting in up-regulation of MYC target genes. Cryptogenic HCCs showed neither 8q24 gains, nor MYC overexpression, nor target gene activation, suggesting that tumors of this etiology develop by way of a distinct MYC-independent pathomechanism. Furthermore, we detected several etiology-independent small chromosome aberrations, including amplification of MDM4 on 1q32.1 and frequent gains of EEF1A2 on 20q13.33. Both genes were overexpressed in approximately half the HCCs examined, and gene silencing reduced cell viability as well as proliferation and increased apoptosis rates in HCC cell fines. Conclusion: Our findings suggest that MDM4 and EEF1A2 act as etiology-independent oncogenes in a significant percentage of HCCs
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 18161050
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    Keywords: brain ; tumor ; Germany ; MODEL ; MODELS ; ALGORITHM ; screening ; SYSTEM ; COHORT ; RISK ; HYBRIDIZATION ; TUMORS ; PATIENT ; ACTIVATION ; DNA ; MARKER ; IMPACT ; prognosis ; BIOLOGY ; DELETION ; IN-SITU ; AMPLIFICATION ; COMPARATIVE GENOMIC HYBRIDIZATION ; NUMBER ; ABERRATIONS ; MARKERS ; ONCOGENE ; beta-catenin ; PROGNOSTIC VALUE ; OUTCOMES ; CHILDREN ; ONCOLOGY ; ADULT ; ADULTS ; CHILDHOOD ; brain tumor ; GENOMIC ABERRATIONS ; DNA COPY NUMBER ; medulloblastoma ; methods ; PROGNOSTIC MARKER ; RISK STRATIFICATION ; LOCI ; MYC ; outcome ; TUMOR BIOLOGY ; Genetic ; NUCLEAR BETA-CATENIN ; clinical oncology ; STRATIFICATION
    Abstract: Purpose Medulloblastoma (MB) is the most common malignant brain tumor in children, whereas it rarely presents in adults. We aimed to identify genetic aberrations in 146 adult MBs to evaluate age-dependent differences in tumor biology and adapt age-specific risk stratification models. Methods As a screening set, we studied a cohort of 34 adult MBs by using array-based comparative genomic hybridization comparing molecular results with clinical data. DNA copy number aberrations identified as possible prognostic markers were validated in an independent cohort of 112 adult patients with MB by fluorescent in situ hybridization analysis. Results were compared with the data obtained from 404 pediatric patients with MB. Results CDK6 amplification, 10q loss, and 17q gain are the most powerful prognostic markers in adult MB. Whereas MYC/MYCN oncogene amplifications had a high prognostic value in pediatric MB, these aberrations were rarely observed in adult tumors. Surprisingly, adult MBs with 6q deletion and nuclear beta-catenin activation did not share the excellent prognosis with their pediatric counterparts. Conclusion Adult MB is distinct from pediatric MB in terms of genomic aberrations and their impact on clinical outcomes. Therefore, adult MBs require age-specific risk stratification models. We propose a molecular staging system involving three distinct risk groups based on DNA copy number status of 10q and 17q
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 20479417
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