Characterizing DNA methylation alterations from The Cancer Genome Atlas

ArticleinThe Journal of clinical investigation 124(1):17-23 · January 2014with58 Reads
Impact Factor: 13.22 · DOI: 10.1172/JCI69740 · Source: PubMed

    Abstract

    The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Research Network is an ambitious multi-institutional consortium effort aimed at characterizing sequence, copy number, gene (mRNA) expression, microRNA expression, and DNA methylation alterations in 30 cancer types. TCGA data have become an extraordinary resource for basic, translational, and clinical researchers and have the potential to shape cancer diagnostic and treatment strategies. DNA methylation changes are integral to all aspects of cancer genomics and have been shown to have important associations with gene expression, sequence, and copy number changes. This Review highlights the knowledge gained from DNA methylation alterations in human cancers from TCGA.