Detection of unidentified chromosome abnormalities in human neuroblastoma by spectral karyotyping (SKY)

University of Zurich, Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Genes Chromosomes and Cancer (Impact Factor: 4.04). 07/2001; 31(3):201-8. DOI: 10.1002/gcc.1136
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Spectral karyotyping (SKY) is a novel technique based on the simultaneous hybridization of 24 fluorescently labeled chromosome painting probes. It provides a valuable addition to the investigation of many tumors that can be difficult to define by conventional banding techniques. One such tumor is neuroblastoma, which is often characterized by poor chromosome morphology and complex karyotypes. Ten primary neuroblastoma tumor samples initially analyzed by G-banding were analyzed by SKY. In 8/10 tumors, we were able to obtain additional cytogenetic information. This included the identification of complex rearrangements and material of previously unknown origin. Structurally rearranged chromosomes can be identified even in highly condensed metaphase chromosomes. Following the SKY results, the G-banding findings were reevaluated, and the combination of the two techniques resulted in a more accurate karyotype. This combination allows identification not only of material gained and lost, but also of breakpoints and chromosomal associations. The use of SKY is therefore a powerful tool in the genetic characterization of neuroblastoma and can contribute to a better understanding of the molecular events associated with this tumor.

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    • "Image acquisition was performed by use of an SD200 Spectracube (Applied Spectral Imaging) mounted on an Olympus BH-2 microscope using a custom-designed optical filter (SKY-1, Chroma Technology, Brattleboro, VT). Automatic identification of chromosomes was based on the measurement of the spectrum for each chromosome as described previously [36]. At least 20 metaphase cells were analyzed for each of U2OS untreated, scrambled and LAP2β KD clones. "
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    • "All cases were studied using G-banding and SKY according to standard procedures [12] [14]. Except for case 20, all other cases were previously published: cases 1–10 in [12], cases 11–17 in [13] and cases 18–19 in [15]. Case 20 is the cell line STA-BT-1 that was generated from glioblastoma multiform cells of a patient who was born in November 1972 and suffered from neurofibromatosis type 1, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, (chemo-and radiation therapy of the brain), and glioblastoma grade IV, (radio therapy 40 Gy), and who died in April 1990. "
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