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Analytical Cellular Pathology
Volume 20 (2000), Issue 2-3, Pages 69-82

DNA Ploidy and Chromosomal Imbalances in Invasive Ductal Breast Cancer. A Comparative Study of DNA Image Cytometry and Comparative Genomic Hybridization (CGH)

Katrin Friedrich, Jens Scheithauer, Volker Dimmer, Wolfdietrich Meyer, Franz Theissig, Gunter Haroske, and Klaus Dietmar Kunze

Institute of Pathology, University of Technology, Fetscherstr. 74, 01307 Dresden, Germany

Received 3 December 1999; Accepted 23 May 2000

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Chromosomal imbalances were analyzed in 62 breast cancers with different DNA ploidy by CGH. The results of DNA image cytometry and CGH are consistent with peridiploid and aneuploid cases. The peritetraploid tumors harbored a high number of chromosomal imbalances, as a hint for an unfavorable prognosis. The quantitative analysis of imbalances highlighted the role of different physical constituents of the chromosome, and of chromosomal losses in different DNA ploidy groups. The peritetraploid and aneuploid tumors differed from the peridiploid tumors in losses at 8p and 18q. The peritetraploid cancers exhibited more gains at 8q, the aneuploid tumors more losses at 17p than their peridiploid counterparts. The aneuploid cases differed from the peritetraploid tumors in a higher number of losses at 11q and 14q. Combinations of imbalances provide further insights into the genetic background of DNA ploidy. Hypotheses for the progression from peridiploid to nondiploid breast cancers are given.

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