A refined localization of two deleted regions in chromosome 6q associated with salivary gland carcinomas

Oncogene. 1998 Jan 8;16(1):83-8. doi: 10.1038/sj.onc.1201480.


Deletions within chromosome 6 (6q25 to 6qter) are the most consistent structural change observed in salivary gland carcinomas. To better define the location of these deletions we investigated loss of heterozygosity (LOH) for 23 polymorphic markers within 19 salivary gland carcinomas covering several histological subtypes. LOH was observed in 47% of tumors, confirming previous reports that such losses are frequent and occur in almost all histological subtypes of tumors. The highest frequency of LOH was found at, or distal to, D6S437. Seven tumors had allelic losses for D6S297 and/or D6S37. A second peak of loss was also observed at D6S262 and D6S32. In some tumors we observed LOH in one or the other of these two regions. In other tumors we observed loss of both regions with retention of intervening loci. These data suggest that two small deletions commonly occur, one between D6S262 and D6S32 (estimated to cover less than 1.5 Mb) and another between D6S297 and D6S446 (estimated to cover approximately 2 Mb). These results extend previous studies by sublocalizing the regions of LOH and suggest that inactivation of one or more tumor suppressor genes located in these regions may be an important step in salivary gland carcinogenesis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Blotting, Southern
  • Chromosome Deletion*
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 6*
  • Humans
  • Loss of Heterozygosity
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Polymorphism, Genetic
  • Salivary Gland Neoplasms / genetics*