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J Pathol. 2004 Nov;204(3):326-32.

Genome-wide profiling of oral squamous cell carcinoma.

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Department of Life Science, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan.


Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is a common malignancy, the incidence of which is particularly high in some Asian countries due to the geographically linked areca quid (AQ) chewing habit. In this study, array-based comparative genomic hybridization was used to screen microdissected OSCCs for genome-wide alterations. The highest frequencies of gene gain were detected for TP63, Serpine1, FGF4/FGF3, c-Myc and DMD. The highest frequencies of deletion were detected for Caspase8 and MTAP. Gained genes, classified by hierarchical clustering, were mainly on 17q21-tel; 20q; 11q13; 3q27-29 and the X chromosome. Among these, gains of EGFR at 7p, FGF4/FGF3, CCND1 and EMS1 at 11q13, and AIB1 at 20q were significantly associated with lymph node metastasis. The genomic profiles of FHIT and EXT1 in AQ-associated and non-AQ-associated OSCCs exhibited the most prominent differences. RT-PCR confirmed the significant increase of TP63 and Serpine1 mRNA expression in OSCC relative to non-malignant matched tissue. A significant increase in Serpine1 immunoreactivity was observed from non-malignant matched tissue to OSCC. However, there was no correlation between the frequent genomic loss of Caspase 8 and a significant decrease in Caspase8 expression. These data demonstrate that genomic profiling can be useful in analysing pathogenetic events involved in the genesis or progression of OSCC.

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