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Oncogene. 2001 Sep 27;20(43):6245-9.

Loss of heterozygosity analysis defines a 3-cM region of 15q commonly deleted in human malignant mesothelioma.

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  • 1Human Genetics Program, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA 19111, USA.


Previous comparative genomic hybridization and allelic loss analyses demonstrated frequent deletions from 15q11.1-15 in malignant mesothelioma. Recurrent losses of 15q11-22 have also been reported in several other tumor types such as breast and colorectal cancers. To more precisely map the commonly deleted region, we have performed a high density loss of heterozygosity analysis of 46 malignant mesotheliomas, using 26 polymorphic microsatellite markers spanning the entire long arm of chromosome 15. Allelic loss from 15q was observed in 22 of 46 (48%) cases. These analyses have defined a minimally deleted region of approximately 3-cM, which was confirmed to reside at 15q15 by fluorescence in situ hybridization analysis with yeast artificial chromosome probes. No tumor suppressor genes have been reported to map to this site. The minimally deleted region identified in this investigation overlaps those observed in other kinds of cancer, and is the smallest site of recurrent 15q loss identified to date in human tumors. The identification of this commonly deleted site implicates a putative tumor suppressor gene(s) at 15q15 involved in diverse forms of human neoplasia.

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