Hibernomas are characterized by homozygous deletions in the multiple endocrine neoplasia type I region. Metaphase fluorescence in situ hybridization reveals complex rearrangements not detected by conventional cytogenetics

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Hibernomas are benign tumors of brown fat, frequently characterized by aberrations of chromosome band 11q13. In this study, the chromosome 11 changes in five hibernomas were analyzed in detail by metaphase fluorescence in situ hybridization. In all cases, complex rearrangements leading to loss of chromosome 11 material were found. Deletions were present not only in those chromosomes that were shown to be rearranged by G-banding, but in four cases also in the ostensibly normal homologues, resulting in homozygous loss of several loci. Among these, the gene for multiple endocrine neoplasia type I (MEN1) was most frequently deleted. In addition to the MEN1 deletions, heterozygous loss of a second region, approximately 3 Mb distal to MEN1, was found in all five cases, adding to previous evidence for a second tumor suppressor locus in 11q13.


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  • Cell and Molecular Biology
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-66
JournalAmerican Journal of Pathology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Publication categoryResearch