The lack of physical mapping data strongly restricts the analysis of the meningioma chromosomal region that was assigned to the bands 22q12.3-qter. Recently, we reported a new marker D22S16 for chromosome 22 that was assigned to the region 22q13-qter by in situ hybridization. Utilizing somatic cell hybrids we now sublocalized the marker D22S16 within the band region 22q12-13.1, thus placing it in the vicinity of the gene for the platelet derived growth factor (PDGFB). A physical map was established for the regions surrounding the PDGFB gene and the D22S16 marker. By means of pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) D22S16 and PDGFB were found to be physically linked within 900 kb. We also identified two CpG clusters bordering the PDGFB gene. For the enzyme NotI, a variation of the PDGFB restriction pattern was found between different individuals. PFGE analysis of the two loci (PDFGB and D22S16) failed to identify major rearrangements in meningioma.
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