Southern blot analyses of the 9p-localized type I interferon (IFN) genes In DNAs obtained from malignant glioma cell lines and glial tumor tissue have indicated that homozygous deletions of the IFN-α and IFN-0 genes often occur during the development of the highly malignant central nervous system neoplasm, glioblastoma. We have applied a set of markers that span the IFN region on 9p to the analysis of DNAs from 30 human glioma cell lines in order to define the region of homozygous deletion associated with this cancer more precisely. Fourteen of the cell lines revealed either complete (12 cases) or partial (2 cases) homozygous deletions of the IFN-α gene cluster; no instances of homozygous deletions were observed that did not involve the IFN-α region. Genomic DNA identified by the markers nearest to and flanking the IFN-α genes were retained in 5 of the cases with homozygous deletions. Consequently, these results limit the extent of homozygous deletions in glioma cell lines to a small region of 9p21-p22 that includes most of the type I IFN locus.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|State||Published - Aug 1993|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research