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Genomics. 2003 Feb;81(2):93-7.

Characterization of the human common fragile site FRA2G.

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  • 1Dipartimento di Genetica e Biologia Molecolare, Universit√† La Sapienza, P.le Aldo Moro 5, 00185 Rome, Italy.

Abstract

Common fragile sites are nonrandom loci that show gaps and breaks when cells are exposed to specific compounds. They are preferentially involved in recombination, chromosomal rearrangements, and foreign DNA integration. These sites have been suggested to play a role in chromosome instability observed in cancer. In this work we used a FISH-based approach to identify a BAC contig that spans the FRA2G fragile site located at the 2q31 region. Our observations indicate that a very fragile region spanning at least 450 kb is present within a large fragile region that extends over 1 Mb. At least seven genes are mapped in the fragile region. One of these seems to be a good candidate as a potential tumor suppressor gene impaired by the recurrent deletions observed at the 2q31 region in some neoplasms. In the fragile region, a considerable number of regions of high flexibility that may be related to the fragility are present.

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