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Cancer Genet Cytogenet. 1992 Jun;60(2):152-7.

Telomeric associations evolving to ring chromosomes in a recurrent pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma.

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Department of Pathology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock.


Telomeric associations observed in a recurrent untreated pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma were apparently the primary cytogenetic events that evolved by fusion and breakage events, resulting in subclones with ring chromosomes. The telomeric fusions between chromosomes 15pter and 20qter, and between an extra copy of the long arm of chromosome 1 and chromosome 22qter, evolved in a stepwise fashion to ring chromosomes 20 and 22. The findings in this tumor demonstrate that telomeric association is one mechanism that can initiate chromosome instability by generating subclones with unstable chromosome intermediates and result in ring chromosomes and subsequent chromosome loss.

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