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Oncogene. 1995 Jul 20;11(2):359-63.

Allelic loss at 7q31.1 in human primary ovarian carcinomas suggests the existence of a tumor suppressor gene.

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Department of Carcinogenesis, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Smithville 78957, USA.


We studied loss of heterozygosity (LOH) in chromosome 7q in order to determine the location of a putative tumor suppressor gene (TSG) in human epithelial ovarian carcinomas. Samples were obtained from 26 primary ovarian carcinomas at the time of staging laparotomy. Paired normal and tumoral DNAs were used as templates for polymerase chain reaction amplification of a set of 14 (C-A)n microsatellite repeats on 7q21-qter. All the cases studied presented LOH at one or more loci on 7q. Seventy-three percent LOH (in 14 of 19 informative cases) were detected in D7S522 at 7q31.1. The percentages of LOH were normally distributed around microsatellite D7S522 determining a smallest common deleted region of 1 cM. The high incidence of LOH in primary ovarian carcinomas suggests that a TSG relevant to the development of ovarian cancers is present at 7q31.1, confirming our previous functional evidence for a TSG in this region.

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