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1

What is an oncogene?

A gain of function mutation that can activate pathways to promote cellular growth.

2

What are the ways in which proto-oncogenes act as oncogenes?

1. Hyperactive protein made in normal amounts.
2. Normal protein made in hyper amounts.
3. A new gene is made due to chromosome fusion.

3

What drug can be used against the Philadelphia chromosome (CML)?

Gleevec, an example of precision medicine!

4

What is an oncomir?

miRNA that behave as oncogenes by inhibiting tumor suppressor genes. Extremely potent

5

What is Ataxia Telandiectasia (A-T)?

A recessive chromosome instability syndrome that modulates cellular responses to DNA damage.

6

What are the symptoms of A-T and when do they appear/

First signs appear around age 2: lack of balance, slurred speech. Progressively degenerates to radiosensitivity, immunodeficiency, and predisposition to cancer.

7

What defect does radiation cause?

Double strand DNA break.

8

Do XP patients have radiosensitivity?

No.

9

What is a hallmark of A-T?

Chromosome restrictions on karyotype.

10

What is Fanconi Anemia?

A recessive chromosome instability syndrome of a FA protein complex that modulates cellular response to DNA damage.

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What are symptoms of Fanconi Anemia?

Physical abnormalities (e.g. double thumb), bone marrow failure, malignancy

12

What is Bloom syndrome?

A recessive chromosome instability syndrome. The bloom complex and the FA complex work together and fail to respond to DNA damage.

13

What are the symptoms of Bloom syndrome?

Severe growth deficiency
Otitis media
Pneumonia
Infertility
Cancer

14

What do you see on a Bloom karyotype?

Excessive crossing over

15

What are 3 chromosome instability syndromes?

A-T
Franconi Anemia
Bloom Syndrome

16

What is Knudson's two hit hypothesis?

Developing a loss of function cancer requires a mutation of BOTH alleles.

17

Is Rb dominant?

Yes, but incomplete penetrance

18

What gene is mutated in Li Fraumeni syndrome?

p53

19

Which BRCA gene can also cause male breast cancer?

BRCA2

20

What does "expression profiling" get you?

Using a microarray, you can take a tissue and see what genes are expressed and how much.

21

What is hierarchical clustering?

Grouping of experimental expression profiles according to similarity. Can do the whole genome at once.