Integrated analysis of copy number alterations and loss of heterozygosity in human pancreatic cancer using a high-resolution, single nucleotide polymorphism array

Oncology. 2008;75(1-2):102-12. doi: 10.1159/000155813. Epub 2008 Sep 12.


Objective: To chart molecular genetic events in pancreatic cancer.

Methods: We analyzed genome-wide copy number alterations and loss of heterozygosity (LOH) in 25 established pancreatic cancer cell lines using a high-density single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) array. We verified the data using genomic PCR and applied them to clinical samples.

Results: Twenty-six homozygous deletion regions were detected in at least 1 cell line and LOH was found at 9p, 18q, 17p, 8p, 13q, 6q, 3p, 6p, 22q, 9q and 12q with high frequency (>50%), consistent with a previous study. Moreover, we found 23 amplified regions in at least 2 cell lines, including 8 unreported loci. We then examined representative genes at the 8 amplified loci in matched pairs of pancreatic cancer and normal tissues. The amplification was detected in 1 (7.1%) to 5 (35.7%) of 14 microdissected tissue specimens.

Conclusion: Using high-resolution SNP arrays, we studied genome-wide copy number alterations and LOH simultaneously. We identified several novel and minute genomic amplifications, which contained candidate oncogenes in human pancreatic cancers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Gene Dosage*
  • Humans
  • Loss of Heterozygosity*
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide