Genome-wide analysis of penile cancer using high-density single nucleotide polymorphism arrays
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The availability of genome-wide high-density single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) arrays makes it possible to in a structured manner study chromosome aberrations in penile cancer where little is known of disruptive genetic events. In this study 19 penile squamous cell carcinomas were analyzed using the 250k NspI SNP array from Affymetrix. We find major regions of frequent copy number gain in chromosome arms 3q, 5p and 8q, and slightly less frequent in 1p, 16q and 20q. The chromosomal regions of most frequent copy number losses were 3p, 4q, 11p and 13q. We identified four candidate genes residing in the major chromosomal regions of aberration. Eight tumours showed copy number gain of the PIK3CA gene located to 3q26.3. Five of the remaining tumours carried an activating mutation of the PIK3CA gene and these tumours showed very few chromosomal aberrations. Collectively, disruption of the PIK3CA gene was found in 13/19 samples, and presence of active phosphorylated AKT was confirmed immunohistochemically in these tumours indicating an active signalling pathway. We found copy number gain of the hTERT gene (5p15.33) in 7 samples and of the Myc gene (8q24.21) in 7 samples. Copy number loss of the tumoursuppressor gene FHIT (3p14.2) was observed in 8 samples, the same 8 samples that showed copy number gain of the PIK3CA gene. In total the PI3K/AKT and RAS/MAPK pathways were found to be activated through mutation or amplification in 64% of the cases, indicating the significance of these pathways in the aetiology of penile cancer.
SNP array, penile cancer, PIK3CA, Myc, TERT, FHIT
Cancer and Oncology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-15100OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-15100DiVA: diva2:37895