Frequent LOH at Chromosome 12q22-23 and Apaf-1 Inactivation in Glioblastoma

Takuya Watanabe, Yuichi Hirota, Yasuaki Arakawa, Hironori Fujisawa, Osamu Tachibana, Mitsuhiro Hasegawa, Junkoh Yamashita, Yutaka Hayashi

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Glioblastoma (GB) often has loss of heterozygosity on the chromosomes, 1p, 10p, 10q, 11p, 17p, 19q, 22q, and several others. In the case of chromosome 12q, however, it remains to be seen whether LOH occurs. Apaf-1, the apoptotic protease activating factor-1, located at chromosome 12q22-23, is a major effecter of the p53 mediated apoptosis pathway, and Apaf-1 inactivation due to chromosome 12q22-23 LOH and hypermethylation may be involved in some of the neoplasms in malignancy. However, little is known about the frequency of the 12q22-23 LOH or the state of Apaf-1 in GB. To elucidate their involvement in GB, we analyzed a series of 33 GBs for chromosome 12q22-23 LOH, Apaf-1 mRNA expression, and Apaf-1 protein expression, using microsatellite analysis, reverse transcription (RT)-PCR analysis, and immunohistochemical (IHC) analysis, respectively. We also evaluated if and how the 12q22-23 LOH correlated with the p53 gene mutation and EGFR gene amplification. Chromosome 12q22-23LOH was detected in 14 (42%) of 33 cases. Among the examined cases with LOH at 12q22-23, a low expression of Apaf-1 mRNA was detected in 9 (69%) of 13 cases, and a low expression of Apaf-1 protein was detected in 12 (86%) of 14 cases. The 12q22-23 LOH was significantly correlated with low expression of mRNA and protein (p<0.05, p<0.001 respectively). The p53 gene mutation and EGFR gene amplification were found in 13 cases (39%) and 8 cases (24%), respectively, and these gene alterations were inversely correlated. However, 12q22-23 LOH had no correlations with the p53 gene mutation or EGFR gene amplification. Six of 9 GBs (67%) with neither p53 gene mutation nor EGFR gene amplification tested positive for 12q22-23 LOH. These GBs are likely to belong to another subset independent from the 2 common genetic subsets in GB (one with p53 gene mutation and without EGFR gene amplification, and the other with EGFR gene amplification and without p53 gene mutation). Twenty-three (70%) out of the 33 GBs with the 12q22-23 LOH also tested positive for Apaf-1 inactivation or p53 gene mutation. This high frequency of alterations in the apoptosis-associated factors prompts a speculation that abrogation of the Apaf-1 and p53 mediated apoptosis pathway may play an important role in the tumorigenesis of GB.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-439
Number of pages9
JournalBrain Pathology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 10-2003
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology


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