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Zhonghua Zhong Liu Za Zhi. 2013 Nov;35(11):833-6.

[Aberrant methylation of hMLH1 gene promoter in papillary thyroid cancer and its clinical significance].

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  • 1Zhejiang Cancer Research Institute, Zhejiang Cancer Hospital, Hangzhou 310022, China.
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To investigate the aberrant promoter methylation of hMLH1 gene promoter and its clinical significance in papillary thyroid cancer (PTC).


methylation of hMLH1 gene promoter in the cancer tissue and matched tumor-adjacent normal tissue of 152 PTC patients were detected by real-time methylation specific PCR (qMSP). The relationship between the methylation of hMLH1 gene promoter and clinicopathological features was analyzed.


The methylation rate of hMLH1 gene promoter in cancer tissues was 37.5% (57/152), of which 33 cases were totally methylated and 24 cases were partially methylated. The methylation rate of adjacent normal tissues was 5.3% (8/152)(all were partially methylated). The methylation rate of PTC tissues was significantly higher than that in the tumor-adjacent normal tissue (P < 0.01). The promoter methylation of hMLH1 gene in PTC was significantly correlated with age, size and number of the primary lesion, local invasion, T stage and lymph node metastasis (P < 0.05) , but not correlated with gender and clinical stage (P > 0.05).


Promoter methylation of hMLH1 gene is a common molecular event in PTC tissue, and it is significantly correlated with the progression of PTC.

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