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Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2010 Aug;22(8):938-41. doi: 10.1097/MEG.0b013e32832e9d2c.

hMLH1 promoter methylation and JC virus T antigen presence in the tumor tissue of colorectal cancer Israeli patients of different ethnic groups.

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Department of Gastroenterology, Rabin Medical Center, Beilinson Hospital, and Tel Aviv University, Israel. yniv@clalit.org.il

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Hypermethylation of tumor suppressor genes' promoter and JC virus infection may be etiologic factors in the development of colorectal cancer (CRC).

OBJECTIVES:

To look at both JC virus T antigen and hMLH1 promoter methylation in CRC tissue in Israeli ethnic groups with different incidence of CRC.

METHODS:

Twenty-four consecutive patients with sporadic CRC were included in the study. Genomic DNA was isolated from paraffin-embedded microdomains removed from five slides of 7 mum by deparaffinizing in multiple xylene washes. Isolated DNA was used as a template for PCR to amplify DNA sequences coding the amino terminus of JC virus T antigen. Methylation-specific PCR was performed on bisulfite-modified DNA templates from CRC tissue materials to study methylation status of hMLH1 promoter, using two sets of primers specific for amplification of methylated and unmethylated alleles.

RESULTS:

hMLH1 promoter methylation was observed in five patients (20.8%) who were also positive for JC virus T antigen, with even distribution among the ethnic groups. JC virus T antigen DNA was found in cancer tissues of 20 of the 24 patients; 50, 90.9, and 100% of Asia-Africa-born Jews, Europe-America-born Jews, and Israeli Arabs, respectively (P = 0.036 between the first group to the other).

CONCLUSION:

Evidence for higher JC virus infection was shown among Europe-America-born Jews and Israeli Arabs. hMLH1 promoter methylation was evenly distributed between different ethnic groups in Israel.

PMID:
20531010
DOI:
10.1097/MEG.0b013e32832e9d2c
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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