Broken chromosomes can acquire new telomeres by "telomere capture" (TC), and it has become possible to investigate the terminus in cytogenetically visible telomere rearrangements. The TC phenomenon was observed in malignant conditions. We evaluated the TC rate in hepatitis C virus (HCV) patients compared to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma patients, as well as relative to a control group. For this purpose, we used two Cytocell probes, 15qter and 13qter. Higher TC rates were found in the three study groups relative to the control group. Our results showed that HCV patients have some of the components that can initiate the cascade of events leading to malignancies.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Cancer Genetics and Cytogenetics|
|State||Published - Jun 2009|