Neuroblastoma in two siblings supports the role of 1p36 deletion in tumor development

Crocifissa Lo Cunsolo, Achille Iolascon, Andrea Cavazzana, Roberto Cusano, Paolo Strigini, Katia Mazzocco, Lucia Giordani, Luisa Massimo, Bruno De Bernardi, Massimo Conte, Gian Paolo Tonini

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Familial neuroblastoma occurs rarely. We studied a family with three children; one of them has a disseminated (stage 4) and another has a localized (stage 2) neuroblastoma. We observed subtelomeric locus DIZ2 (1p36) deletion in both tumors by using double-color fluorescence in situ hybridization. The MYNC gene was found in single copy in both tumors. Loss of heterozygosity (LOH) and restriction fragment length polymorphism analyses were performed by using DNA from frozen tumor cells and from microdissected tumor areas excised from paraffin-embedded sections. We detected somatic LOH at locus DIS468 (1p36) in a tumor-cell population with a trisomy 1 of the stage-2 patient. Neuroblastoma cells of the stage-4 patient were diploid and showed allelic loss at the following loci: D1S172, D1S80, D1S94, D1S243, D1S468, D1S214, D1S241, and D1S164. Haplotype study showed that the siblings inherited the same paternal 1p36→pter chromosome region by homologous recombination and that, in the two tumors, arm 1p of different chromosomes of maternal origin was damaged. Our results suggest that the siblings inherited the predisposition to neuroblastoma associated with paternal 1p36 region and that tumors developed as a consequence of somatic loss of the maternal 1p36 allele.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-130
Number of pages5
JournalCancer Genetics and Cytogenetics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology


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