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    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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  • 2
    Keywords: tumor ; CELL ; Germany ; human ; MICROSCOPY ; SITE ; SITES ; GENE ; GENES ; HYBRIDIZATION ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; DNA ; IMPACT ; image analysis ; SEQUENCE ; SEQUENCES ; chromosome ; IN-SITU ; SINGLE-COPY ; IN-SITU HYBRIDIZATION ; SURFACE ; LOCALIZATION ; MAMMALIAN-CELLS ; ONCOGENE ; UNITED-STATES ; FRAGMENTS ; FLUORESCENCE ; INTERPHASE ; SPATIAL-ORGANIZATION ; NUCLEAR-LOCALIZATION ; CHROMOSOME TERRITORIES ; INSITU HYBRIDIZATION ; ORGANIZATION ; CLUSTERS ; STATES ; CLUSTER ; DNA-SEQUENCE ; DNA-SEQUENCES ; in situ hybridization ; nuclear organization ; SUPPRESSOR GENE ; CENTROMERIC HETEROCHROMATIN ; gene loci ; heterochromatin protein 1 ; HUMAN-CHROMOSOME TERRITORIES ; INACTIVE GENES ; nontranscribed sequences ; TRANSCRIPTION SITES
    Abstract: Knowledge about the functional impact of the topological organization of DNA sequences within interphase chromosome territories is still sparse. Of the few analyzed single copy genomic DNA sequences, the majority had been found to localize preferentially at the chromosome periphery or to loop out from chromosome territories. By means of dual-color fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), immurrolabeling, confocal microscopy, and three-dimensional (3D) image analysis, we analyzed the intraterritorial and nuclear localization of 10 genomic fragments of different sequence classes in four different human cell types. The localization of three muscle-specific genes FLNA, NEB, and TTN, the oncogene BCL2, the tumor suppressor gene MADH4, and five putatively nontranscribed genomic sequences was predominantly in the periphery of the respective chromosome territories, independent from transcriptional status and from GC content. In interphase nuclei, the noncoding sequences were only rarely found associated with heterochromatic sites marked by the satellite III DNA D1Z1 or clusters of mammalian heterochromatin proteins (HP1alpha, HP1beta, HP1gamma). However, the nontranscribed sequences were found predominantly at the nuclear periphery or at the nucleoli, whereas genes tended to localize on chromosome surfaces exposed to the nuclear interior. (C) 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 15530862
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  • 3
    Keywords: CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; SURVIVAL ; Germany ; GENE ; GENE-EXPRESSION ; GENES ; PROTEIN ; transcription ; PATIENT ; MECHANISM ; FAMILY ; TRANSCRIPTION FACTOR ; chromosome ; DELETION ; LYMPHOMA ; gene expression ; DISRUPTION ; UP-REGULATION ; MUTATION ; leukemia ; DELETIONS ; inactivation ; TUMOR-SUPPRESSOR GENE ; REGION ; B-CELLS ; point mutation ; TRANSCRIPTS ; molecular ; TUMOR-SUPPRESSOR ; ACUTE MYELOID-LEUKEMIA ; regulation ; ATM MUTATIONS ; B-CLL ; tumor suppressor gene ; transcript ; 11Q23 ; ATM ; CYCLIN-E ; GENOMIC REGION ; GTPASE-ACTIVATING PROTEIN ; INDUCED SKIN TUMORS ; MLL
    Abstract: Deletion of chromosome region 11q22-q23 defines a subgroup of patients with B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL) characterized by poor survival. Although the tumor-suppressor gene ATM in the consensus deletion region was found to be biallelically inactivated in about one third of B-CLL cases, in the majority of those who have this deletion, inactivation of the remaining ATM allele was not observed. To identify a second disease-associated gene, we investigated two B-CLL cases with translocation breakpoints in the critical 11q23 deletion region. In one case, a t(X;11)(q13;q23) was cloned and two novel genes were isolated. The breakpoint on 11q23 affected the ARHGAP20 gene, which encodes a protein predicted to be involved in the regulation of Rho family GTPases. The breakpoint on Xq13 occurred in BRWD3, which codes for a putative novel transcription factor. The rearrangement of ARHGAP20 and BRWD3 did not result in fusion transcripts, but it disrupted both genes. Mutation analysis of 28 B-CLL samples with monoallelic deletions and two B-CLL samples with 11q23 translocations detected no deleterious mutation in the remaining copy of ARHGAP20. Quantitative expression analysis in 22 B-CLLs revealed significant up-regulation of ARHGAP20 in CLL B cells, whereas BRWD3 was slightly down-regulated. Thus, deregulation of ARHGAP20 by altered gene expression or by gene disruption (but not point mutation) might be a general molecular mechanism of B-CLL leukemogenesis. (C) 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 15543602
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  • 4
    Keywords: RECEPTOR ; EXPRESSION ; Germany ; KINASE ; TYROSINE KINASE ; GENE ; GENE-EXPRESSION ; GENES ; transcription ; ACCURACY ; TRANSDUCTION ; PATIENT ; ACTIVATION ; DOMAIN ; cell cycle ; CELL-CYCLE ; CYCLE ; signal transduction ; IDENTIFICATION ; PATTERNS ; gene expression ; MUTATION ; SIGNAL-TRANSDUCTION ; leukemia ; REGION ; MUTATIONS ; PROGNOSTIC-SIGNIFICANCE ; CONSTITUTIVE ACTIVATION ; SERIES ; point mutation ; gene expression profiling ; CYCLE CONTROL ; HEMATOLOGIC MALIGNANCIES ; GENE-MUTATIONS ; ACUTE MYELOGENOUS LEUKEMIA ; acute myeloid leukemia ; NORMAL CYTOGENETICS ; STUDY-GROUP ULM ; CANDIDATE GENES ; INTERNAL TANDEM DUPLICATION ; MYELOID-LEUKEMIA ; GENE-TRANSCRIPTION ; ADULT PATIENTS ; HIGH-DOSE CYTARABINE ; EXPRESSION PATTERNS ; SIGNATURE ; COOPERATIVE-GROUP ; FLT3-activating mutations ; normal karyotype ; NRAS-activating mutations ; SONIC-HEDGEHOG
    Abstract: In acute myeloid leukemia (AML), constitutive activation of the FLT3 receptor tyrosine kinase, either by internal tandem duplications (FLT3-ITD) of the juxtamembrane region or by point mutations in the second tyrosine kinase domain (FLT3-TKD), as well as point mutations of the NRAS gene (NRAS-PM) are among the most frequent somatic gene mutations. To elucidate whether these mutations cause aberrant signal transduction in AML, we used gene expression pro. ling in a series of 110 newly diagnosed AML patients with normal karyotype. The different algorithms used for data analysis revealed highly concordant sets of genes, indicating that the identified gene signatures are specific for each analysed subgroup. Whereas samples with FLT3-ITD and FLT3-TKD could be separated with up to 100% accuracy, this did not apply for NRAS-PM and wild-type samples, suggesting that only FLT3-ITD and FLT3-TKD are associated with an apparent signature in AML. The set of discriminating genes included several known genes, which are involved in cell cycle control (CDC14A, WEE1), gene transcription (HOXB5, FOXA1), and signal transduction (SMG1). In conclusion, we showed that unique gene expression patterns can be correlated with FLT3-ITD and FLT3-TKD. This might lead to the identification of further pathogenetic relevant candidate genes particularly in AML with normal karyotype
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 15674343
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  • 5
    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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  • 6
    Keywords: EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; proliferation ; carcinoma ; Germany ; INHIBITION ; PATHWAY ; DISTINCT ; GENE ; GENES ; microarray ; PROTEIN ; DIFFERENTIATION ; TISSUE ; TUMORS ; SKIN ; IN-SITU ; AMPLIFICATION ; COPY NUMBER ; immunohistochemistry ; NUMBER ; MUTATIONS ; ONCOGENE ; HUMAN HOMOLOG ; HEAD ; PREVALENCE ; PRECURSORS ; EFFECTOR ; basal cell carcinoma ; N-MYC ; CELL CARCINOMA ; SUBSET ; fluorescence in situ hybridisation ; LOCUS ; tissue microarray ; NMYC ; HUMAN NEUROBLASTOMA ; SPECIMENS
    Abstract: Formation of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) has been linked to deregulation in the sonic hedgehogh (Shh) signalling pathway. Though mutations of the genes, PTCHI and SMO, are known to be involved in aberrant Shh signalling, the distinct downstream effectors of these genes are poorly described. Studies have indicated that the NMYC oncogene is a potential Shh downstream effector. To assess the expression of Nmyc protein and gene copy numbers of the NMYC gene locus in a representative BCC tumour collection, immunohistochemistry (IHC) and fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH) were performed on 273 BCC specimens of different growth patterns and anatomic localisations on tissue microarray (TMA) sections. High Nmyc protein expression was detected in 72.7% (160/220) of all BCC specimens. Strong Nmyc immunopositivity was more frequently found in infiltrative BCCs compared to nodular/superficial BCCs (p=0.005), and in BCCs of the head compared to BCCs of other anatomic localisations (p=0.021). The prevalence of NMYC copy number gains was 17.5% (37/211), including three tumours with nodular differentiation that exhibited a distinct high-level amplification of the NMYC locus. These data indicate that high expression of the Shh downstream mediator, Nmyc, is a frequent event in BCC, predominantly in more aggressive subtypes. Although the NMYC copy number gain found in a subset of cases might contribute to this aberrant Nmyc protein expression by a gene dosage effect, our data suggests that Nmyc protein can also be induced by aberrant Shh signalling, acting as an effector molecule of the Shh pathway. Novel systemic anti-sense NMYC inhibition strategies could be a promising option for therapy-refractory BCC
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16596176
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  • 7
    Keywords: RECEPTOR ; APOPTOSIS ; EXPRESSION ; SURVIVAL ; Germany ; DISTINCT ; GENE ; GENE-EXPRESSION ; GENES ; ANTIGEN ; cell cycle ; CYCLE ; PROGNOSTIC-FACTORS ; CD38 EXPRESSION ; SUBSET ; GENOMIC ABERRATIONS ; MUTATION STATUS ; ANTIGEN RECEPTORS ; B-CELL RECEPTOR ; EXPRESSION PATTERNS ; APOPTOSIS-ASSOCIATED GENES ; PATHOMECHANISMS
    Abstract: The mutation status and usage of specific VH genes such as V3-21 and V1-69 are potentially independent pathogenic and prognostic factors in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). To investigate the role of antigenic stimulation, we analyzed the expression of genes involved in B-cell receptor (BCR) signaling/activation, cell cycle, and apoptosis control in CLL using these specific VH genes compared to VH mutated (VH-MUT) and VH unmutated (VH-UM) CLL not using these VH genes. V3-21 cases showed characteristic expression differences compared to VH-MUT (up: ZAP70 [or ZAP-70]; down: CCND2, P27) and VH-UM (down: PI3K, CCND2, P27, CDK4, BAX) involving several BCR-related genes. Similarly, there was a marked difference between VH unmutated cases using the V1-69 gene and VH-UM (up: FOS; down: BLNK, SYK, CDK4, TP53). Therefore, usage of specific VH genes appears to have a strong influence on the gene expression pattern pointing to antigen recognition and ongoing BCR stimulation as a pathogenic factor in these CLL subgroups
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16322480
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  • 8
    Keywords: RECEPTOR ; CANCER ; EXPRESSION ; tumor ; carcinoma ; Germany ; GENE ; GENES ; HYBRIDIZATION ; microarray ; DNA ; ASSOCIATION ; BREAST-CANCER ; IDENTIFICATION ; IN-SITU ; COPY NUMBER ; microarrays ; DESIGN ; NUMBER ; ABERRATIONS ; REGIONS ; OVEREXPRESSION ; CLUSTER ; E-cadherin ; RE ; CANDIDATE GENES ; REVERSE TRANSCRIPTION-PCR ; EXPRESSION PATTERNS ; ARRAY-CGH ; LOBULAR CARCINOMA
    Abstract: Purpose: Invasive ductal carcinoma and invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC) represent the major histologic subtypes of invasive breast cancer. They differ with regard to presentation, metastatic spread, and epidemiologic features. To elucidate the genetic basis of these differences, we analyzed copy number imbalances that differentiate the histologic subtypes. Experimental Design: High-resolution genomic profiling of 40 invasive breast cancers using matrix-comparative genomic hybridization with an average resolution of 0.5 Mb was conducted on bacterial artificial chromosome microarrays. The data were subjected to classification and unsupervised hierarchical cluster analyses. Expression of candidate genes was analyzed in tumor samples. Results: The highest discriminating power was achieved when combining the aberration patterns of chromosome arms 1q and 16p, which were significantly more often gained in ILC. These regions were further narrowed down to subregions 1q24.2-25.1, 1q25.3-q31.3, and 16p11.2. Located within the candidate gains on 1q are two genes, FMO2 and PTGS2, known to be overexpressed in ILC relative to invasive ductal carcinoma. Assessment of four candidate genes on 16p11.2 by real-time quantitative PCR revealed significant overexpression of FUS and ITGAX in ILC with 16p copy number gain. Unsupervised hierarchical cluster analysis identified three molecular subgroups that are characterized by different aberration patterns, in particular concerning gain of MYC (8q24) and the identified candidate regions on 1q24.2-25.1, 1q25.3-q31.3, and 16p11.2. These genetic subgroups differed with regard to histology, tumor grading, frequency of alterations, and estrogen receptor expression. Conclusions: Molecular profiling using bacterial artificial chromosome arrays identified DNA copy number imbalances on 1q and 16p as significant classifiers of histologic and molecular subgroups
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16428471
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  • 9
    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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  • 10
    Keywords: APOPTOSIS ; CANCER ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; SURVIVAL ; CELL ; Germany ; GENE ; GENES ; PROTEIN ; SAMPLES ; cell cycle ; CELL-CYCLE ; DOWN-REGULATION ; TARGET ; DELETION ; LYMPHOMA ; MUTATION ; COMPONENT ; inactivation ; PATHOGENESIS ; MUTATIONS ; B-CELLS ; DEGRADATION ; POLYMERASE-CHAIN-REACTION ; point mutation ; REGULATOR ; TRANSCRIPTS ; ONCOLOGY ; TUMOR-SUPPRESSOR ; CLL ; ATM MUTATIONS ; POINT MUTATIONS ; LEVEL ; TARGET GENES ; analysis ; leukaemia ; ATM ; PP2A ; PHOSPHATASE ; CONFORMATION ; B-CELL ; apoptosis regulation ; B-cell chronic lymphocytic ; 11q22-q23 ; CUL5 ; NPAT ; PHOSPHATASE 2A ; PPP2R1B
    Abstract: Deletion of 11q22-q23 is associated with an aggressive course of B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (B-CLL). Since only in a subset of these cases biallelic inactivation of ATM was observed, we sought to identify other disease-associated genes within 11q22-q23 by analysing NFAT (cell-cycle regulation), CUL5 (ubiquitin-dependent apoptosis regulation) and PPP2R1B (component of the cell-cycle and apoptosis regulating PP2A) for point mutations and their expression in B-CLL by single-strand conformation polymorphism/sequence analysis of the transcripts and real-time polymerase chain reaction. Though none of the genes were affected by deleterious mutations, we observed a significant down-regulation of NPAT in B-CLL versus CD19+ B cells and of CUL5 in 11q deletion versus non-deletion B-CLL samples and measured reduced PPP2R1B transcript levels in a subset of B-CLL cases. Alternative splicing of PPP2R1B transcripts (skipping of exons 2/3, 3, 9) was associated with a reduced activity of protein phosphatase 2A. Together, these results implicate deregulation of the cell-cycle and apoptosis regulators NPAT, CUL5 and PPP2R1B and a role for these genes in the pathogenesis of B-CLL. (C) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17449237
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