Chromosomal abnormalities in the 6q region have been observed frequently in several T-cell and myeloid leukemias. Interestingly, this region was found to contain three cellular oncogenes, c-myb, c-fyn and c-ros. Several of the tumors that exhibit 6q- abnormalities have also been found to express high levels of c-myb and, in some cases, amplification of the c-myb gene, leading to the suggestion that this gene could lie in proximity to the deletions observed in these tumors. To determine if c-myb gene activation is associated with 6q- abnormalities, we developed a megabase map of the human c-myb locus using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. We then examined the occurrence of abnormalities near the c-myb gene in several hematopoietic tumor cell lines containing well-characterized 6q- abnormalities. Our results show that no rearrangements or deletions occur within a region of 1.0 Mbp of the c-myb locus in these cell lines. However, several of the cell lines exhibited differential and partial methylation patterns which seem to be prevalent amongst different cell lines.
|Number of pages||7|
|State||Published - 1992|