Genetic abnormalities were detected by comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) in 12 ovarian clear cell adenocarcinomas. DNA sequence copy number abnormalities (CNAs) occurring in more than 20% of the cancers included increased copy numbers of 8q11-q13, 8q21-q22, 8q23, 8q24-qter, 17q25-qter, 20q13-qter and 21q22-qter and reduced copy numbers of 19p. Increases in copy numbers of 8q11-q13, 8q21-q22, 8q23 and 8q24-qter occurred more frequently in disease-free patients than in recurrent/non-surviving patients (p < 0.05). However, increases in copy numbers of 17q25-qter and 20q13-qter occurred more frequently in recurrent/non-surviving patients than in disease-free patients (p < 0.05). Furthermore, increases in copy numbers of 17q25-qter and 20q13-qter occurred together (p < 0.05). Additionally, there were negative correlations between increases in copy numbers of 8q21-q22 and 17q25-qter, and between 8q21-q22 and 20q13-qter (p < 0.05). It appears that ovarian clear cell adenocarcinomas can be classified into two subtypes, one being cancer with an increase in copy numbers of 8q and the other being cancer with increases in copy numbers of 17q25-qter and 20q13-qter.
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