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Complex patterns of chromosome 9 alterations including the p16INK4a locus in Wilms tumours
  1. R Natrajan1,
  2. W Warren1,
  3. B Messahel1,
  4. J S Reis-Filho2,
  5. M-A Brundler3,
  6. J S Dome4,
  7. P E Grundy5,
  8. G Vujanic6,
  9. K Pritchard-Jones1,
  10. C Jones1
  1. 1
    Paediatric Oncology, Institute of Cancer Research/Royal Marsden NHS Trust, Sutton, UK
  2. 2
    The Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research Centre, Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK
  3. 3
    Department of Histopathology, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  4. 4
    Department of Hematology/Oncology, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, USA
  5. 5
    Department of Paediatrics and Oncology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
  6. 6
    Department of Pathology, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK
  1. Dr Chris Jones, Paediatric Oncology, Institute of Cancer Research, 15 Cotswold Road, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5NG, UK; chris.jones{at}


Background: Previous data implicating genetic and epigenetic events on chromosome 9, including the CDKN2A/2B locus, as molecular predictors of Wilms tumour relapse, have been conflicting.

Aims: To clarify this using genome-wide and focused molecular genetic analysis.

Methods: Microarray-based comparative genomic hybridisation (aCGH) using genome-wide coverage was applied to 76 favourable histology Wilms tumours. Additional investigation of the 9p21 locus was carried out using loss of heterozygosity (LOH) and fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH), as well as immunohistochemistry for CDKN2A/p16INK4a on a paediatric renal tumour tissue microarray.

Results: Approximately half of the tumours were found to show chromosome 9 copy number changes. Those cases which harboured alterations comprised at least four distinct patterns: gain of the entire chromosome, loss of 9p, gain of 9q34, or a more complex combination of gains/losses. None of these tumour groups showed any statistically significant correlation with clinicopathological variables. Deletion mapping of 9p by LOH revealed several regions of overlap, including the CDKN2A/2B locus in 4/34 (11.8%) tumours, which was confirmed to represent hemizygous deletions by FISH. CDKN2A/p16INK4a protein expression was predominantly negative in Wilms tumours as assessed by immunohistochemistry on a tissue array, reflecting the expression pattern in normal kidney. However, 38/236 (16.1%) non-anaplastic Wilms tumours, 4/9 (44.4%) anaplastic Wilms tumours, 5/7 (71.4%) rhabdoid tumours of the kidney, and 4/10 (40%) clear cell sarcomas of the kidney showed nuclear CDKN2A/p16INK4a immunoreactivity.

Conclusions: These data reveal the complex nature of genetic alterations on chromosome 9 in Wilms tumours, but do not provide evidence for their involvement in or association with treatment failure.

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  • Competing interests: None declared.