Tandem duplication of chromosomal segments is common in ovarian and breast cancer genomes

D.J. McBride, D. Etemadmoghadam, S.L. Cooke, K. Alsop, J. George, A. Butler, J. Cho, D. Galappaththige, C. Greenman, K.D. Howarth, K.W. Lau, C.K. Ng, K. Raine, J. Teague, D.C. Wedge, A.O. Cancer Study Group, X. Caubit, M.R. Stratton, J.D. Brenton, P.J. CampbellP. Andrew Futreal, D.D.L. Bowtell

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The application of paired-end next generation sequencing approaches has made it possible to systematically characterize rearrangements of the cancer genome to base-pair level. Utilizing this approach, we report the first detailed analysis of ovarian cancer rearrangements, comparing high-grade serous and clear cell cancers, and these histotypes with other solid cancers. Somatic rearrangements were systematically characterized in eight high-grade serous and five clear cell ovarian cancer genomes and we report here the identification of > 600 somatic rearrangements. Recurrent rearrangements of the transcriptional regulator gene, TSHZ3, were found in three of eight serous cases. Comparison to breast, pancreatic and prostate cancer genomes revealed that a subset of ovarian cancers share a marked tandem duplication phenotype with triple-negative breast cancers. The tandem duplication phenotype was not linked to BRCA1/2 mutation, suggesting that other common mechanisms or carcinogenic exposures are operative. High-grade serous cancers arising in women with germline BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation showed a high frequency of small chromosomal deletions. These findings indicate that BRCA1/2 germline mutation may contribute to widespread structural change and that other undefined mechanism(s), which are potentially shared with triple-negative breast cancer, promote tandem chromosomal duplications that sculpt the ovarian cancer genome. Copyright © 2012 Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)446-455
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Pathology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2012


  • Ovarian cancer
  • structural rearrangements
  • TSHZ3

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Cancer Research Centre


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