Genetic changes observed in a case of adult pilocytic astrocytoma revealed by array CGH analysis

Pećina-Šlaus, Nives and Gotovac, Kristina and Kafka, Anja and Tomas, Davor and Borovečki, Fran (2014) Genetic changes observed in a case of adult pilocytic astrocytoma revealed by array CGH analysis. Molecular Cytogenetics, 7 (1). p. 95. ISSN 1755-8166

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BACKGROUND A palette of copy number changes in a case of adult pilocytic astrocytoma analyzed by Array Comparative Genomic Hybridization (aCGH) is presented. Pilocytic astrocytomas are specific gliomas that are benign and biologically distinct and the molecular mechanisms responsible for their development remain unexplained. The aCGH was performed using SurePrint G3 Human CGH microarrays 4 × 180 K (Agilent Technologies). To ascertain whether some of the aberrations were of constitutive nature, we also analyzed the blood sample from the same patient. ----- RESULTS The result of aCGH analysis demonstrated differences in the tumor tissue when compared to normal control on the array and also to autologous DNA from patient's blood. The total number of aberrations found in our case was 41 including 37 deletions and 4 amplifications. Whole chromosomal gains and losses were not observed. Collectively, our results showed three deletions and one amplification at 1p, two deletions at 2q, two deletions at 4q, two deletion at 5q, two deletions at 7p and two deletions at 7q; there were also three deletions at 8q, one deletion at 9p, one deletion at 10p, three deletions and one amplification at 10q. Chromosome 11 showed two deletions at 11p, while there was one deletion at 12p and one at 12q. Four deletions at 14q; two deletions at 15q, one amplification at 17q and one deletion at 17q; one deletion at 18p, two deletions at 22q and finally one deletion at Xp and one deletion and one amplification at Xq. Among the signaling pathways, olfactory transduction, Fc gamma R-mediated phagocytosis and p53 signaling pathway showed significant enrichment ascertained by gene ontology (GO) analysis using the DAVID software. ----- CONCLUSIONS Our aCGH analysis is bringing subtle genomic alterations thus broadening genetic spectrum of adult pilocytic astrocytoma in order to offer new molecular biomarkers that will help in diagnostics and therapeutic decision-making.

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Departments: Centar za translacijska i klinička istraživanja
Katedra za medicinsku biologiju
Depositing User: Ana Babić
Status: Published
Pećina-Šlaus, NivesUNSPECIFIED
Gotovac, KristinaUNSPECIFIED
Borovečki, FranUNSPECIFIED
Date: 23 December 2014
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2016 12:54
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2020 10:11
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