Presence of 1q gain and absence of 7p gain are new predictors of local or metastatic relapse in localized resectable neuroblastoma

Annalisa Pezzolo, Elena Rossi, Stefania Gimelli, Federica Parodi, Francesca Negri, Massimo Conte, Angela Pistorio, Angela Sementa, Vito Pistoia, Orsetta Zuffardi, Claudio Gambini

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We have addressed the search of novel genetic prognostic markers in a selected cohort of patients with stroma-poor localized resectable neuroblastoma (NB) who underwent relapse or progression (group 1) or complete remission (group 2) over a minimum follow-up of 32 months from diagnosis. Twenty-three Italian patients with localized resectable NB (stages 1 and 2) diagnosed from 1994 through 2005 were studied. All patients received surgical treatment. Chemotherapy was administered only to the three stage 2 patients who had M YCN-amplified tumors. High-resolution array-comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) DNA copy-number analysis technology was used to identify novel prognostic markers. Chromosome 1p36.22p36.32 loss and 1q22qter gain, detected almost exclusively in group 1 patients, were significantly associated with poor event-free survival (EFS) (p = 0.0024 and p = 0.024, respectively). In contrast, patients with 7p11.2p22 gain, who belonged predominantly to group 2, had a significantly better EFS (p = 0.015). The frequency of 17q gain or 3p and 11q losses did not differ significantly in group 1 versus group 2 NBs. The sensitive technique allowed us to define the smallest region of 1p deletion. In conclusion, 1q22qter gain and 7pll.2p22 gain might represent new prognostic markers in localized resectable NB, but the small study size and the retrospective nature of the findings warrant further validation of the results in larger studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)192-200
Number of pages9
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009


  • 1q gain
  • 7p gain
  • Array-cgh
  • Localized resectable neuroblastoma
  • Prognostic markers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology
  • Clinical Neurology

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