Peculiar allelotype associated with susceptibility to neuroblastoma

Patrizia Perri, Annalisa Pession, Katia Mazzocco, Paolo Strigini, Achille Iolascon, Giuseppe Basso, Gian Paolo Tonini

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Human neuroblastoma (NB) is characterized genetically by deletions of the short arm of chromosome I and by MYCN amplification. Loss of heterozygosity (LOH) has been found frequently for region Ip36. We have studied restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLPs) by using anonymous and hypervariable region (HVR) sequences to demonstrate LOll for I p loci in 50 Italian neuroblastoma patients. Twelve cases (25%) showed LOH at one or more loci. Locus DIS94 was the most frequently involved (8/12 cases with deletion; 67%). MYCN amplification was observed in 20% of the patients. We also studied the allelic distribution in the constitutional DNA of neuroblastoma patients and of healthy Italian subjects for loci DIS112 and DIS94. A significantly (P = 0.01) different allele frequency was detected in the two groups at locus DIS94, but not at DIS112. Furthermore, the NB population was not in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium at the former locus. This new observation suggests the existence of an allelotype associated with the susceptibility to neuroblastoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-63
Number of pages4
JournalGenes Chromosomes and Cancer
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Genetics


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