Journal article

ALLELIC LOSS ON CHROMOSOME 11P IS A LESS FREQUENT EVENT IN BILATERAL THAN IN UNILATERAL WILMS-TUMORS

MH LITTLE, J CLARKE, J BYRNE, R DUNN, PJ SMITH

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 1992

Abstract

Analyses to detect loss of heterozygosity (LOH) were performed at 11 polymorphic loci on chromosome 11 and, using a polymorphic CA repeat sequence in the WT1 gene, on a series of 39 tumours from 28 unilateral and 10 tumours from 6 bilateral Wilms' tumour (WT) patients. LOH was seen in 13 out of 35 patients including 12 out of 29 unilateral tumours, but only one of 10 bilateral tumours. This suggests that bilateral WT represents a subgroup of WT in which tumour initiating events less frequently involve LOH on chromosome 11 and that either epigenetic events, point mutations or another non-chromosome 11p locus are important in bilateral tumours. The observation of LOH in one WT but not another ..

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