Amplified MYCN in human neuroblastoma: paradigm for the translation of molecular genetics to clinical oncology

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2002 Jun:963:63-73.


Increase in the dosage of cellular oncogenes by DNA amplification is a frequent genetic alteration of cancer cells. In neuroblastoma, amplification of the gene MYCN has been associated with aggressively growing cancers and is an indicator for poor prognosis. MYCN amplification is of predictive value in identifying patients with neuroblastoma who require specific therapeutic regimens and those who do not benefit from chemotherapy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • DNA, Neoplasm / analysis
  • Gene Amplification
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Genes, myc / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Medical Oncology
  • Molecular Biology
  • N-Myc Proto-Oncogene Protein
  • Neuroblastoma / genetics*
  • Nuclear Proteins / genetics*
  • Oncogene Proteins / genetics*
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins / genetics
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-mdm2


  • DNA, Neoplasm
  • MYCN protein, human
  • N-Myc Proto-Oncogene Protein
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • Oncogene Proteins
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins
  • MDM2 protein, human
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-mdm2