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Genes Chromosomes Cancer. 2000 May;28(1):82-91.

A functional investigation of tumor suppressor gene activities in a nasopharyngeal carcinoma cell line HONE1 using a monochromosome transfer approach.

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Department of Biology, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China.


Monochromosome transfers of selected chromosomes into a nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) cell line were performed to determine if tumor suppressing activity for NPC mapped to chromosomes 9, 11, and 17. Current information from cytogenetic and molecular allelotyping studies indicate that these chromosomes may harbor potential tumor suppressor genes vital to NPC. The present results show the importance of CDKN2A on chromosome 9 in NPC development. There was no functional suppression of tumor development in nude mice with microcell hybrids harboring the newly transferred chromosome 9 containing an interstitial deletion at 9p21, whereas transfection of CDKN2A into the NPC HONE1 cells resulted in obvious growth suppression. Whereas intact chromosome 17 transfers into HONE1 cells showed no functional suppression of tumor formation, chromosome 11 was able to do so. Molecular analysis of chromosome 11 tumor segregants indicated that at least two tumor suppressive regions mapping to 11q13 and 11q22-23 may be critical for the development of NPC.

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