Jasmien Hoebeeck

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High-resolution array comparative genomic hybridization (arrayCGH) profiling was performed on 75 primary tumors and 29 cell lines to gain further insight into the genetic heterogeneity of neuroblastoma and to refine genomic subclassification. Using a novel data-mining strategy, three major and two minor genomic subclasses were delineated. Eighty-three(More)
Various types of mutations exist that exert an effect on the normal function of a gene. Among these, exon/gene deletions often remain unnoticed in initial mutation screening. Until recently, no fast and efficient methods were available to detect this type of mutation. Molecular detection methods for gene copy number changes included Southern blot (SB) and(More)
Recurrent loss of part of the long arm of chromosome 11 is a well established hallmark of a subtype of aggressive neuroblastomas. Despite intensive mapping efforts to localize the culprit 11q tumour suppressor gene, this search has been unsuccessful thus far as no sufficiently small critical region could be delineated for selection of candidate genes. To(More)
Changes in copy number of genes contribute to the pathogenesis of various genetic disorders and cancer. The status of a gene has not only diagnostic value but sometimes directs treatment stratification. Although, for many years, Southern blot and fluorescence in situ hybridization were the standard methods for the detection of deletion, duplication, or(More)
CpG island hypermethylation has been recognized as an alternative mechanism for tumor suppressor gene inactivation. In this study, we performed methylation-specific PCR (MSP) to investigate the methylation status of 10 selected tumor suppressor genes in neuroblastoma. Seven of the investigated genes (CD44, RASSF1A, CASP8, PTEN, ZMYND10, CDH1, PRDM2) showed(More)
Deletions in the long arm of chromosome 11 are observed in a subgroup of advanced stage neuroblastomas with poor outcome. The deleted region harbours the tumour suppressor gene SDHD that is frequently mutated in paraganglioma and pheochromocytoma, which are, like neuroblastoma, tumours originating from the neural crest. In this study, we sought for evidence(More)
DNA methylation plays an important role in development and tumorigenesis by epigenetic modification and silencing of critical genes. The development of PCR-based methylation assays on bisulphite modified DNA heralded a breakthrough in speed and sensitivity for gene methylation analysis. Despite this technological advancement, these approaches require a(More)
PURPOSE Activating mutations of the anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) were recently described in neuroblastoma. We carried out a meta-analysis of 709 neuroblastoma tumors to determine their frequency and mutation spectrum in relation to genomic and clinical parameters, and studied the prognostic significance of ALK copy number and expression. EXPERIMENTAL(More)
Accurate outcome prediction in neuroblastoma, which is necessary to enable the optimal choice of risk-related therapy, remains a challenge. To improve neuroblastoma patient stratification, this study aimed to identify prognostic tumor DNA methylation biomarkers. To identify genes silenced by promoter methylation, we first applied two independent genome-wide(More)
The recurrent loss of 3p segments in neuroblastoma suggests the implication of 1 or more tumor suppressor genes but thus far few efforts have been made to pinpoint their detailed chromosomal position. To achieve this goal, array-based comparative genomic hybridization was performed on a panel of 23 neuroblastoma cell lines and 75 primary tumors using a(More)