Absence of the JAZF1/SUZ12 chimeric transcript in the immortalized non-neoplastic endometrial stromal cell line T HESCs
Affiliations: Archaeological Research Laboratory, Stockholm University, Wallenberglaboratoriet, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
- Published online on: September 23, 2010 https://doi.org/10.3892/ol.2010.185
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Endometrial stromal sarcomas are rare malignancies, accounting for less than 10% of uterine sarcomas. The most characteristic chromosomal aberration of this tumor type is the translocation t(7;17)(p15-p21;q12-q21) leading to the fusion of two zinc finger genes, JAZF1 and SUZ12. Recently, the presence of the neoplastic JAZF1/SUZ12 fusion transcript was reported in normal cells of human endometrium. One of the positive samples for the JAZF1/SUZ12 transcript was the immortalized T HESCs cell line. This cell line was derived from the stromal cells obtained from an adult female with myomas and immortalized by transfection of a human telomerase gene. Since T HESCs has a normal karyotype and no fusion of the two genes occurs at the genomic level, the JAZF1/SUZ12 transcript was proposed to be generated by regulated trans-splicing between precursor RNAs for JAZF1 and SUZ12. However, no confirmatory reports currently exist. To determine whether the results could be reproduced, the T HESCs cell line was subjected to three different RT-PCR amplifications for the JAZF1/SUZ12 fusion transcript. RT-PCR assays did not amplify JUZF1/SUZ12 cDNA fragments in the T HESCs cell line, whereas the same assays easily generated JUZF1/SUZ12-amplified transcripts in an endometrial stromal cell sarcoma carrying the t(7;17) chromosomal aberration. Thus, the presence, if any, of a JUZF1/SUZ12 chimeric transcript in the immortalized normal T HESCs is not a constant, reproducible result.