alexa Somatic gene copy number alterations in colorectal cancer: new quest for cancer drivers and biomarkers


Diagnostic Pathology: Open Access

Author(s): Wang H, Liang L, Fang JY, Xu J

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Colorectal cancer (CRC) results from the accumulation of genetic alterations, and somatic copy number alterations (CNAs) are crucial for the development of CRC. Genome-wide survey of CNAs provides opportunities for identifying cancer driver genes in an unbiased manner. The detection of aberrant CNAs may provide novel markers for the early diagnosis and personalized treatment of CRC. A major challenge in array-based profiling of CNAs is to distinguish the alterations that play causative roles from the random alterations that accumulate during colorectal carcinogenesis. In this view, we systematically discuss the frequent CNAs in CRC, focusing on functional genes that have potential diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic significance.

This article was published in Oncogene and referenced in Diagnostic Pathology: Open Access

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