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Cancer Res. 1995 Jun 1;55(11):2400-3.

Ring 22 chromosomes in dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans are low-level amplifiers of chromosome 17 and 22 sequences.

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  • 1Laboratoire de Génetique Moléculaire des Cancers Humains, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique URA 1462, Faculté de Médecine, Nice, France.


Ring chromosomes have been found with some regularity as solid tumors have come increasingly under cytogenetic study. The full genetic content and significance of these rings remain unclear. Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, a tumor of the deep dermis, consistently has supernumerary ring chromosomes, sometimes as the sole detectable cytogenetic change. Using a modified method for comparative genomic hybridization and fluorescent in situ hybridization with a panel of various probes, we found that these ring chromosomes consistently contain the chromosome 22 centromere along with interstitial sequences from chromosomes 17 and 22, specifically from regions 17q23-24 and 22q11-12. The ring chromosomes in dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans are vehicles for a particular pattern of relatively low-level genomic amplification of selected sequences.

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