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Genes Chromosomes Cancer. 1998 Mar;21(3):195-206.

Genetic analysis of glioblastoma multiforme provides evidence for subgroups within the grade.

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Department of Laboratory Medicine, UCSF Cancer Center, USA.


We analyzed 72 primary and 25 recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) samples for DNA sequence copy number abnormalities (CNAs) by comparative genomic hybridization (CGH). The number of aberrations per tumor ranged from 2 to 23 in primary GBM and 5 to 25 in recurrent GBM. There were 26 chromosome regions with CNAs in more than 20% of tumors. 7q22-36 was the most common gain and 10q25-26 was the most common loss; each occurred in more than 70% of tumors. Of 27 amplification sites, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) was the most common; it was observed in 25% of primary GBMs. Statistical analysis based on pairwise correlation of CNAs indicated that there is more than one class of primary GBM.

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