DNA copy number changes detected by comparative genomic hybridization and their association with clinicopathologic parameters in breast tumors

Cancer Genet Cytogenet. 2003 Sep;145(2):108-14. doi: 10.1016/s0165-4608(03)00094-3.


The purpose of this study was to use comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) to screen breast tumors for copy number changes: 22 ductal, 9 lobular, 7 mixed, 2 micropapillary carcinomas, and 2 ductal carcinoma in situ were studied and various regional genomic imbalances were detected. The majority of the aberrations identified in this study were in line with previous CGH findings. The most frequent DNA sequence copy number changes were 1q, 8q, and 20q gains. The frequency of 16q losses was significantly higher in lobular carcinomas. The nodal involvement was 10 times higher in cases showing losses of 13q than in cases having normal peak profile at this region. Estrogen receptor positivity was significantly higher in cases displaying 20q gains and 16q losses. Unambiguous high-level DNA amplifications have also been detected. These mapped to 4q31, 6q21 approximately q22, 8q21 approximately q24, 8p11.2 approximately p12, 11q13, 15q24 approximately qter, 20q13.1 approximately qter, and 20q12 approximately qter chromosomal locations. Our results highlight several chromosomal regions that may be important in the molecular genetics of distinct clinicopathologic breast cancer subgroups.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Breast Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Breast Neoplasms / physiopathology
  • Carcinoma / genetics
  • Carcinoma / physiopathology
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Chromosomes
  • Female
  • Gene Dosage*
  • Gene Duplication
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Sequence Deletion