In this report we confirm the localization of the human RET proto-oncogene to chromosome 10q11.2, both by Southern blot analysis of a panel of human-rodent somatic cell hybrids and by in situ hybridization on human metaphase chromosomes. Previously, we had assigned to the same chromosome region the gene termed H4. In about 25% of papillary thyroid carcinomas, this gene was shown to rearrange with RET to give rise to the transforming sequence PTC. The analysis of different cell hybrids containing subfragments of chromosome 10, in conjunction with pulse field gel electrophoresis, established that H4 is mapped distally to RET at a distance not less than 280 kb. These findings suggest that intrachromosomal rearrangements are responsible for PTC activation in papillary thyroid carcinomas.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 1991|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research
- Molecular Biology