Journal article

Relaxation of IGF2 imprinting in Wilms tumours associated with specific changes in IGF2 methylation

MJ Sullivan, T Taniguchi, A Jhee, N Kerr, AE Reeve

ONCOGENE | STOCKTON PRESS | Published : 1999

Abstract

Relaxation of IGF2 imprinting occurs in Wilms tumours and many other cancers, but the mechanism of loss of imprinting (LOI) remains unknown. To investigate the role of altered DNA methylation in LOI, we examined the pattern of methylation of the human insulin-IGF2 region in Wilms tumours and the normal kidney. The analysis included regions homologous to three 'differentially methylated regions' of the mouse Igf2 gene (dmrs 0, 1 and 2). In tumours displaying normal IGF2 imprinting, and in the normal kidney, maternal allele-specific DNA methylation was identified spanning exons 2 and 3. This region is homologous to dmr 0, a site of maternal-specific differential methylation in the mouse. In Wi..

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