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Hedgehog-Patched pathway aberrations in a malignant triton tumor case study

Bura, Miljenko; Musani, Vesna; Čretnik, Maja; Botica, Iva; Levanat, Sonja (2008) Hedgehog-Patched pathway aberrations in a malignant triton tumor case study. Oncology Reports, 20 (2). pp. 347-352. ISSN 1021-335X

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Transition from malignant schwannoma to malignant triton tumor is analyzed in a case report on a patient with recurring cancers and suspected familial predisposition. It is hypothesized that rhabdomyoblastic differentiation, which distinguishes triton from schwannoma, might be attributable to Hedgehog-Patched pathway malfunctioning. Loss of one Patched gene allele was found in the tissue of advanced triton, but the retained allele had no exon or promoter mutations. Protein levels at early cancer stages indicated possible Patched response to the pathway activation in the first occurrence of triton tumor. Later, in the recurring triton, Patched expression was several times lower than in the control tissue, suggesting that haploinsufficiency was aided by silencing of the remaining allele, although its promoter was not hypermethylated. These findings may justify further investigation of the Hedgehog- Patched pathway role in triton malignancies, especially because of the recent research on the therapeutical potential of the pathway.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: malignant triton tumor; parotid gland; Schwanomma; Hedgehog pathway
Subjects: BIOMEDICINE AND HEALTHCARE > Basic Medical Sciences
Divisions: Division of Molecular Medicine
Project titleProject leaderProject codeProject type
Signal transduction in tumors: Hh-Gli interactions and therapeutic potential (Prijenos signala u tumorima: Hh-Gli put, interakcije i potencijalne terapije)-Sonja Levanat098-0982464-2461MZOS
Molecular base of thyroid cancer-criteria for treatment differentiated carcinoma (Molekularna osnova raka štitnjače-kriteriji u terapiji diferenciranih karcinoma)-Miljenko Bura108-0000000-0051MZOS
Depositing User: Maja Sabol
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2015 12:20
DOI: 10.3892/or_00000013

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