DNA copy number changes in development and progression in leiomyosarcomas of soft tissues

Am J Pathol. 1998 Sep;153(3):985-90. doi: 10.1016/S0002-9440(10)65640-4.


DNA copy number changes were investigated in 29 leiomyosarcomas by comparative genomic hybridization. The most frequent losses were detected in 10q (20 cases, 69%) and 13q (17 cases, 59%). The most frequent gains were detected in 17p (16 cases, 55%). The most frequent high-level amplifications were detected in 17p (7 cases, 24%) and 8q (6 cases, 21%). A total of 137 losses and 204 gains were detected. Small tumors (less than 5 cm in diameter) displayed fewer changes per sample (3 to 11; mean, 7) than the other tumors (4 to 22; mean, 13). There was an increase in the number of gains from small tumors (mean, 4) to very large tumors (>20 cm; mean, 10). However, the number of losses was similar in small, large, and very large tumors (mean, 4.5). Tumor size-related aberrations were observed. Gains in 16p were detected in all small tumors but were infrequent in large and very large tumors (27% and 11%, respectively). Similarly, gains and high-level amplifications in 17p were more common in small (80%) than in very large tumors (33%). Gains in 1q, 5p, 6q, and 8q were not seen in any of the small tumors but were detected in large and very large tumors. Gains in 6q and 8q occurred in 8 of 9 cases (89%) of very large tumors, 5 of them with a high-level amplification in 8q.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Chromosome Aberrations / genetics
  • DNA, Neoplasm / analysis*
  • Disease Progression
  • Female
  • Gene Dosage*
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Karyotyping
  • Leiomyosarcoma / genetics*
  • Leiomyosarcoma / pathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / pathology


  • DNA, Neoplasm