Concurrent methylation of multiple genes in childhood ALL: Correlation with phenotype and molecular subgroup

  • Gutierrez M
  • Siraj A
  • Bhargava M
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Multiple genes have been shown to be independently hypermethylated in lymphoid malignancies. We report here on the extent of concurrent methylation of E-cadherin, Dap-kinase, O(6)MGMT, p73, p16, p15 and p14 in 129 pediatric ALL cases. While most of these genes demonstrated methylation in a proportion of cases, O(6)MGMT, p16 and p14 were infrequently methylated (11, 7 and 3%, respectively). Methylation of at least one gene was found in the vast majority (83%) of cases. To determine the extent and concordance of methylation we calculated a methylation index (MI=number of methylated genes/number of studied genes) for each sample. The average MI was 0.28, corresponding to 2/7 methylated genes. MI was correlated with standard prognostic factors, including immunophenotype, age, sex, WBC and presence of specific translocations (TEL-AML1, BCR-ABL, E2A-PBX1 or MLL-AF4). We determined that children >/=10 years old and children presenting with high WBC (>/=50 x 10(9)/l) both associated with a higher MI (P

Author-supplied keywords

  • Chrosomal translocations
  • Epigenetics
  • Hematological neoplasia
  • Immunophenotype
  • Tumor-suppressor genes

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