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J Natl Cancer Inst. 1988 Jul 6;80(9):665-71.

In vivo amplification and rearrangement of c-myc oncogene in human breast tumors.

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Department of Genetics and Molecular Biology, CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico City, Mexico.


We have studied the genomic organization of cellular myc (c-myc) proto-oncogene in 48 human primary breast tumors. Two types of alterations (amplification and rearrangement) were observed in 27 (56%) of the tumors studied. The c-myc proto-oncogene appeared to be amplified 2- to 15-fold in the DNA of 20 tumors (41%). Non-germ line c-myc-related fragments (rearrangements) of variable size were detected in 7 primary breast tumors (6 malignant, 1 benign); 4 of these tumors presented both rearrangement and amplification, and the other 3 presented rearrangement only. The majority of the tumors analyzed were invasive ductal adenocarcinomas; 58% of these showed c-myc locus genetic alterations. Although the c-myc alterations described here do not appear to correlate with the aggressive behavior of primary breast tumors, they seem to be associated with development of breast carcinoma.

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