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Volume 2011, Article ID 483154, 13 pages
Review Article

Liposarcoma: Molecular Genetics and Therapeutics

Sarcoma Genomics & Genetics, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, 12 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne, VIC 3002, Australia

Received 16 September 2010; Accepted 29 October 2010

Academic Editor: Stephen Lessnick

Copyright © 2011 Rachel Conyers et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Sarcomas are a group of heterogeneous tumours with varying genetic basis. Cytogenetic abnormalities range from distinct genomic rearrangements such as pathognomonic translocation events and common chromosomal amplification or loss, to more complex rearrangements involving multiple chromosomes. The different subtypes of liposarcoma are spread across this spectrum and constitute an interesting tumour type for molecular review. This paper will outline molecular pathogenesis of the three main subtypes of liposarcoma: well-differentiated/dedifferentiated, myxoid/round cell, and pleomorphic liposarcoma. Both the molecular basis and future avenues for therapeutic intervention will be discussed.