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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Epigenetic and genetic alterations in duodenal carcinomas are distinct from biliary and ampullary carcinomas.

BACKGROUND & AIMS: Carcinomas of the extrahepatic bile ducts, ampulla of Vater, and duodenum are uncommon, and their epigenetic and genetic alterations are not well characterized. METHODS: We therefore compared the methylation profile and genetic alterations in 18 extrahepatic biliary, 9 ampullary, and 12 duodenal carcinomas. We evaluated methylation at p16, p14, and human Mut L homologue (hMLH1) by methylation- specific PCR (MSP), and at cyclooxygenase 2 ( COX2), O(6)-methyl-guanine methyltransferase (MGMT), estrogen receptor (ER), retinoic acid receptor beta 2 (RAR beta), and T-type calcium channel (CACNA1G) genes, and methylated in tumor 1 (MINT1), MINT2, MINT25, MINT27, and MINT31 loci by combined bisulfite restriction analysis (COBRA); mutation of K-ras, p53, p16, and p14 genes by sequencing; loss of heterozygosity of chromosome 9p; and microsatellite instability (MSI). RESULTS: Duodenal carcinomas were methylated more frequently or had increased methylation densities than biliary carcinomas at p14 (P = 0.04), hMLH1 (P = 0.04), MGMT (P = 0.01), MINT1 (P = 0.01), MINT25 (P = 0.01), MINT27 (P = 0.001), RAR beta (P = 0.03), and ER (P = 0.001), and than ampullary carcinomas at RAR beta (P = 0.02) and ER (P = 0.03). In contrast, the methylation profiles of biliary and ampullary carcinomas were not statistically different. Simultaneous methylation of 3 or more CpG islands (CpG island methylator phenotype-high) was more common in duodenal cancers (P = 0.004). MGMT methylation was associated with G-to-A mutation in K-ras (P = 0.006), and hMLH1 methylation was associated with MSI-high (P = 0.01). CONCLUSIONS: Our findings indicate that the methylation profile and genetic alterations of duodenal carcinomas are distinct from biliary and ampullary carcinomas, and that tumor-specific methylation is associated with gene mutation and MSI.[1]


  1. Epigenetic and genetic alterations in duodenal carcinomas are distinct from biliary and ampullary carcinomas. Kim, S.G., Chan, A.O., Wu, T.T., Issa, J.P., Hamilton, S.R., Rashid, A. Gastroenterology (2003) [Pubmed]
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