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Cytogenet Genome Res. 2007;118(1):8-12.

High-resolution oligonucleotide array-CGH pinpoints genes involved in cryptic losses in chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

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Department of Pathology, Haartman Institute and HUSLAB, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Central Hospital, Helsinki, Finland.


Although recurrent chromosomal alterations occur in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), relatively few affected tumor suppressors and oncogenes have been implicated. To improve genetic characterization of CLL, we performed high-resolution gene copy number analysis of 20 CLL patients using oligonucleotide array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH). The most recurrent losses were observed in 13q and 11q with variable sizes. The 11q losses varied between 7.44 Mb and 41.72 Mb in size and targeted ATM among others. Lost regions in 13q were generally smaller, spanning from 0.79 Mb to 29.33 Mb. The minimal common region (158 kb) in 13q14.3, which was also homozygously deleted in some cases, harbored five genes: TRIM13, KCNRG, DLEU2, DLEU1, and FAM10A4. Additionally, two micro-RNA genes (MIRN15A and MIRN16-1) locate to the region. New cryptic losses were detected in 1q23.2-->q23.3, 3p21.31, 16pter-->p13.3, 17p13.3-->p13.2, 17q25.3-->qter, and 22q11.22. In conclusion, our oligonucleotide aCGH study revealed novel aberrations and provided detailed genomic profiles of the altered regions.

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