CNA calling using Affymetrix SNP Array 6.0
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Hi Everyone,

I have a question regarding the use of Affymetrix SNP Array 6.0 to detect CNAs. This process was carried out with the data that I am working with and after processing with DNAcopy the data looks like this:

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As you can see the start locations for a number of CNAs on chromosome 17 is 527 while there end location varies. Shown here is only a fraction of the cases where this occurs. I was just wondering why this would be the case, is it not unusual for a CNA to start predominantly in one place? Or is this just an artifact of the array/methods used?

Thank you so much for any help you can provide.

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What is the source of the DNA, and how did you execute DNAcopy? I have previously used the Affymetrix SNP 6.0 on breast cancer samples...

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Hi, the data that I'm working with is the Metabric breast cancer data, so it's already been processed by other people. I myself didn't run DNAcopy.

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Oh right, from Curtis, Caldas, and co... Yes, they used DNAcopy - I met their bioinformatician in Cambridge, UK. His office was extremely small, almost like a dark closet.

The finding is probably related to the fact that different METABRIC tumours have different copy number at that interval - I'm not 100% certain. Loss at the chromosomal ends is quite common and, evidently, in some tumours, the loss extends up to 18 megabase along the chromosomal arm.

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Yeah that's the one!

That makes sense but is there a reason they all start at the same location? Is it to do with probe positions on the affymetrix array? Is there a probe at position 527 on chr 17?

Sorry if these are obvious questions I'm trying to get my head around CNA calling using arrays.

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Could be related to tumour heterogeneity and also the probe positioning on the array - indeed.

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