The Role of Chromosome Deletions in Human Cancers

  • Mei Chen
  • Yi Yang
  • Yu Liu
  • Chong Chen
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1044)


Chromosome deletions are a hallmark of human cancers. These chromosome abnormalities have been observed for over than a century and frequently associated with poor prognosis. However, their functions and potential underlying mechanisms remain elusive until recently. Recent technique breakthroughs, including cancer genomics, high throughput library screening and genome editing, opened a new era in the mechanistic studying of chromosome deletions in human cancer. In this chapter, we will focus on the latest studies on the functions of chromosome deletions in human cancers, especially hematopoietic malignancies and try to persuade the readers that these chromosome alterations could play significant roles in the genesis and drug responses of human cancers.


Chromosome deletion Human cancer Knudson’s two-hit hypothesis Haploinsufficient tumor suppressor Genome editing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mei Chen
    • 1
  • Yi Yang
    • 1
  • Yu Liu
    • 1
  • Chong Chen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Hematology, State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy and Cancer Center, West China HospitalSichuan University and National Collaborative Innovation CenterChengduChina

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