Rearrangement of the transcription factor gene CHOP in myxoid liposarcomas with t(12;16)(q13;p11)

Genes Chromosomes Cancer. 1992 Nov;5(4):278-85. doi: 10.1002/gcc.2870050403.


Most myxoid liposarcomas (MLS) are characterized cytogenetically by a t(12;16)(q13;p11). It is reasonable to assume that this translocation corresponds to the consistent rearrangement of one or two genes in 12q13 and/or 16p11, and that the loci thus affected are important in the normal control of fat cell differentiation and proliferation. We have used Southern blot technique to test whether a gene of the CCAAT/enhancer binding protein (C/EBP) family, CHOP, which maps to 12q13 and is assumed to be involved in adipocyte differentiation, could be the 12q gene in question. Using a cDNA probe that spans the CHOP coding region, we detected one rearranged and one wild type allele in nine of nine MLS with t(12;16). Using PCR generated, site-specific probes corresponding to the non-coding exons 1 and 2 and intron 2 of CHOP, rearrangements in five of seven tumors mapped to the 2.4 and 1.6 kbp PstI fragments that contain the first two exons and introns of the gene and the upstream promoter region. In contrast to the findings in MLS, no tumor without a t(12;16) exhibited aberrant CHOP restriction digest patterns. These tumors included one highly differentiated liposarcoma with abnormal karyotype but no involvement of 12q13, seven lipomas with various cytogenetic aberrations of 12q13-15, two uterine leiomyomas with t(12;14) (q14-15;q23-24), and one hemangiopericytoma and one chondroma, both of which also had 12q13 changes.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Alleles
  • Base Sequence
  • Blotting, Southern
  • CCAAT-Enhancer-Binding Proteins*
  • Cell Transformation, Neoplastic / genetics
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 12 / ultrastructure*
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 16 / ultrastructure*
  • DNA / genetics
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / genetics*
  • Female
  • Gene Rearrangement*
  • Humans
  • Liposarcoma / genetics*
  • Liposarcoma / pathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Neoplasm Proteins / genetics*
  • Nuclear Proteins / genetics*
  • Polymorphism, Restriction Fragment Length
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / pathology
  • Transcription Factor CHOP
  • Transcription Factors / genetics*
  • Translocation, Genetic*


  • CCAAT-Enhancer-Binding Proteins
  • DDIT3 protein, human
  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Neoplasm Proteins
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • Transcription Factors
  • Transcription Factor CHOP
  • DNA