Although chromosome 3p regions are the most frequent site for genetic alterations in small-cell lung carcinoma (SCLC) and non-small-cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC), the extent of such abnormality in carcinoid tumors remained to be investigated. Moreover, the histogenetic and biological implications of these findings in non-carcinoid lung tumors remain unclear. We studied eight microsatellite loci on chromosome 3p regions by multiplex polymerase chain reaction in paired normal and tumor DNA from 17 carcinoid tumors, 5 SCLCs, and 38 NSCLCs to determine the histogenetic and the clinical significance of their alterations in these neoplasms. Our results revealed a lack of microsatellite abnormalities at all loci tested in both typical and atypical carcinoid tumors. SCLCs and NSCLCs showed loss of heterozygosity in 100% (5/5) and 58.0% (22/38), respectively. Loss of heterozygosity at more than two loci correlated significantly with poor histological differentiation and were preponderantly found in high proliferative index and DNA aneuploid NSCLCs. Microsatellite instability was noted in only one (1.7%) of the lesions. Our study suggests that 1) the difference in chromosome 3p alterations between carcinoid tumors and SCLCs favors a stochastic rather than linear evolution of these tumors, 2) 3p alterations may constitute an initial event in the development of small cell carcinomas, and 3) loss of heterozygosity at 3p loci is associated with aggressive tumor characteristics in non-small-cell carcinomas.
Hurr, K., Kemp, B., Silver, S. A., & El-Naggar, A. K. (1996). Microsatellite alteration at chromosome 3p loci in neuroendocrine and non-neuroendocrine lung tumors: Histogenetic and clinical relevance. American Journal of Pathology, 149(2), 613–620. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0169-5002(97)82811-5