DNA copy number profile discriminates between esophageal adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma and represents an independent prognostic parameter in esophageal adenocarcinoma

Enrica Rumiato, Giulia Pasello, Marco Montagna, Maria Chiara Scaini, Gian Luca De Salvo, Anna Parenti, Matteo Cagol, Alberto Ruol, Ermanno Ancona, Alberto Amadori, Daniela Saggioro

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We report multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification analysis (MLPA) of DNA copy number alterations in 59 esophageal cancer samples, stratified by histotype. Results showed that squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) samples present clustered abnormalities with several genes altered at high frequency. Instead, esophageal adenocarcinoma (ADC) samples are characterized by a more widespread genomic instability, and in these patients total DNA copy number alterations resulted to be an independent prognostic factor. The detection of characteristic molecular changes represents a step towards a better understanding of the molecular basis of esophageal tumorigenesis, and might offer the potential for the discovery of tumor-specific biomarkers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-93
Number of pages10
JournalCancer Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2011



  • ADC
  • DNA copy number
  • Esophageal adenocarcinoma
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma
  • MLPA
  • SCC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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