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Title: The Role of Cell Adhesion Genes in the Pathogenesis of Medulloblastoma
Authors: Bertrand, Kelsey C.
Advisor: Taylor, Michael
Department: Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology
Keywords: medulloblastoma
Issue Date: 2-Jun-2011
Abstract: Medulloblastoma is the most common pediatric brain tumour, yet many of the underlying genetic and epigenetic factors have yet to be discovered. After a genome wide screen of a large cohort of primary medulloblastomas, we discovered that many of the genes within the cell adhesion family are affected by either copy number loss and/or decreased expression unexplained by copy number change. This led us to believe that both genetic and epigenetic factors were affecting this gene family. Through methylation-specific PCR, RT-PCR and high-throughput methylation status analysis, we have concluded that promoter CpG methylation plays a role in the expression of the PCDH10 protein in both medulloblastoma cell lines and primary tumours. Through functional validation with a stable cell line re-expressing PCDH10, I show that cell cycle and proliferation remain unchanged but migration is decreased in cells with PCDH10 re-expression. This suggests that PCDH10 has characteristics of a tumour suppressor in medulloblastoma.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/27544
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