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RATIONALE: Studying samples of blood and tumor tissue from patients with cancer in the laboratory may help doctors learn more about changes that occur in DNA and identify biomarkers related to cancer.
PURPOSE: This research trial studies biomarkers in samples from patients with high-risk neuroblastoma.
- To establish telomere length measurement by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) as an alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT) detection method in neuroblastoma (NB).
- To determine the frequency of ALT in high-risk NB and the characteristics of ALT+ NB.
- To establish C-circle (extra-chromosomal telomeric DNA circles) level as a marker of ALT activity in NB.
- To evaluate the prognostic significance of ALT in NB.
- To evaluate the utility of the C-circle assay for the detection of circulating tumor DNA in NB patients with an ALT+ tumor.
OUTLINE: Archived tumor tissue and serum samples are analyzed for telomere length measurement, frequency, and C-circle levels by PCR. Results are then compared with patients' age at diagnosis and outcomes including survival data (event-free and overall survival).
DNA analysis, polymerase chain reaction, laboratory biomarker analysis, medical chart review
Active, not recruiting
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T04:00:30-0400
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RATIONALE: Studying samples of blood from patients with cancer in the laboratory may help doctors learn more about changes that occur in DNA and identify biomarkers related to cancer. ...
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MOLECULAR BIOLOGY techniques used in the diagnosis of disease. Included are such techniques as IN SITU HYBRIDIZATION of chromosomes for CYTOGENETIC ANALYSIS; OLIGONUCLEOTIDE ARRAY SEQUENCE ANALYSIS of gene expression patterns in disease states; identification of pathogenic organisms by analysis of species specific DNA sequences; and detection of mutations with POLYMERASE CHAIN REACTION.
Methods for using more than one primer set in a polymerase chain reaction to amplify more than one segment of the target DNA sequence in a single reaction.
Methods used for detecting the amplified DNA products from the polymerase chain reaction as they accumulate instead of at the end of the reaction.
In vitro method for producing large amounts of specific DNA or RNA fragments of defined length and sequence from small amounts of short oligonucleotide flanking sequences (primers). The essential steps include thermal denaturation of the double-stranded target molecules, annealing of the primers to their complementary sequences, and extension of the annealed primers by enzymatic synthesis with DNA polymerase. The reaction is efficient, specific, and extremely sensitive. Uses for the reaction include disease diagnosis, detection of difficult-to-isolate pathogens, mutation analysis, genetic testing, DNA sequencing, and analyzing evolutionary relationships.
A heat stable DNA-DIRECTED DNA POLYMERASE from the bacteria Thermus aquaticus. It is widely used for the amplification of genes through the process of POLYMERASE CHAIN REACTION. EC 2.7.7.-.
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