Indexed on: 19 Feb '04Published on: 19 Feb '04Published in: Brain research. Molecular brain research
We analyzed the TP53 and INK4A/ARF loci in 29 pediatric medulloblastomas. Mutually exclusive mutation in TP53, methylation of P14(ARF) or deletion of INK4A/ARF were identified in 21% (6/29) of tumors. Five of these alterations were detected in large cell/anaplastic medulloblastomas or tumors with significant anaplasia. Our data provide the first evidence that alterations within the TP53-ARF tumor suppressor pathway contribute to development of aggressive forms of medulloblastoma.