High-resolution molecular cytogenetic analysis of Wilms tumors highlights diagnostic difficulties among small round cell kidney tumors

Ylva Stewénius, Yuesheng Jin, Ingrid Ora, Ioannis Panagopoulos, Emely Möller, Fredrik Mertens, Bengt Sandstedt, Jan Alumets, Måns Akerman, Johannes Hm Merks, Jan de Kraker, David Gisselsson

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Many solid tumors exhibit characteristic gene fusions, which are reflected by balanced translocations at the cytogenetic level. These changes might be useful diagnostic and prognostic tools. In Wilms tumor (WT, nephroblastoma) no fusions genes or recurrent balanced translocations have been described thus far. To screen for cryptic balanced translocations, we have analyzed 17 renal neoplasms, histopathologically classified as WT, by a combination of G-banding, multicolor FISH, and subtelomeric FISH. This approach revealed several submicroscopic chromosomal aberrations and three different seemingly balanced translocations, resulting in a heterozygous deletion of HACE1, an EWSR1/ERG fusion, and an EWSR1/FLI1 fusion, respectively. As EWSR1 rearrangements are known to be a characteristic of Ewing tumors (ET), our findings illustrate the diagnostic problems regarding small cell kidney tumors and strongly argue for the need of adjuvant diagnostic techniques in this group of neoplasms. In summary, our genomic screening approach proved efficient in finding structural chromosomal aberrations. The fact that no recurrent translocations were found in the WTs of this study argues against the presence of a frequent pathognomonic translocation in this disease entity.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)845-52
Aantal pagina's8
TijdschriftGenes Chromosomes and Cancer
Volume47
Nummer van het tijdschrift10
DOI's
StatusGepubliceerd - jul. 2008
Extern gepubliceerdJa

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