Background: Renal tumor subtypes are associated with distinct, recurring cytogenetic abnormalities and hereditary cancer syndromes. In papillary renal carcinoma, trisomy 7 and 17 and loss of the Y chromosome are the most common chromosomal defects. Case presentation: The present paper analyzes the chromosomes 7, 17, and Y alterations found in familial papillary carcinoma and in the normal tissue of two brothers. The evaluation, performed by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and cytogenetic conventional methods, was carried out on blood samples, normal kidney tissue, and tumor samples of the two brothers. Patient 1 showed gains of chromosomes 7 and 17 both in normal and tumor tissue. Chromosome Y status was normal. Patient 2 showed chromosome 7 and 17 gains, chromosome Y loss in tumor and chromosome 17 and Y alterations in normal kidney tissue. The constitutional karyotype was normal in both brothers. Conclusions: Of particular relevance were the chromosome aberrations found in normal kidney parenchyma. In fact, the progressive alterations of 7, 17, and Y chromosomes could provide evidence of early genetic instability of tissue and may even precede the development of macroscopically identifiable lesions.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations|
|Publication status||Published - May 2008|
- Papillary renal carcinoma
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