Losses of chromosomal arms 1p and 19q in the diagnosis of oligodendroglioma. A study of paraffin-embedded sections

Peter C. Burger, A. Yuriko Minn, Justin S. Smith, Thomas J. Borell, Anne E. Jedlicka, Brenda K. Huntley, Patricia T. Goldthwaite, Robert B. Jenkins, Burt G. Feuerstein

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Comparative genomic hybridization (CGH), fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), polymerase chain reaction-based microsatellite analysis, and p53 sequencing were performed in paraffin-embedded material from 18 oligodendrogliomas and histologically similar astrocytomas. The study was undertaken because of evidence that concurrent loss of both the 1p and 19q chromosome arms is a specific marker for oligodendrogliomas. Of the six lesions with a review diagnosis of oligodendroglioma, all had the predicted loss of 1p and 19q seen by CGH, FISH, and polymerase chain reaction. Other lesions, including some considered oligodendroglioma or mixed glioma by the submitting institution, did not. There were no p53 mutations in any of the six oligodendrogliomas, whereas 5 of the 10 remaining successfully studied cases did have p53 mutations. The results suggest that CGH and FISH performed on current or archival tissue can aid in classification of infiltrating gliomas such as oligodendrogliomas and astrocytomas. The results of the p53 studies are consistent with findings of previous investigations that such mutations are less common in oligodendrogliomas than they are in astrocytomas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)842-853
Number of pages12
JournalModern Pathology
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2001


  • Astrocytoma
  • Comparative genomic hybridization
  • FISH
  • Genetics
  • Oligodendroglioma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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