Analysis of p53 and ras gene mutations in hepatocellular carcinoma in italy

Dario Conte, Antonino Neri, Nicola S. Fracchiolla, Lory S. Crocè, Lucia Lodi, Mirella Fraquelli, Flora Masuttit, Claudio Tiribellit

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Objective: To evaluate the frequency of p53 tumour suppressor gene and H- and K-ras oncogene mutations in both neoplastic and distant cirrhotic non-neoplastic tissue in Italian patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Patients: Ten men and four women (mean age 62 ±7 years) with HCC associated with cirrhosis, who underwent resection. More than half the patients had a lesion over 3 cm in diameter and in 12 cases carcinoma was well differentiated. Methods: Exons 4 to 9 of p53 and codons 12, 13 and 61 of the H- and K-ras genes were analyzed by the polymerase chain reaction-single strand conformation polymorphism method in both neoplastic and non-adjacent cirrhotic tissue and in cell lines harbouring known mutations as positive controls. Results: No aberrant migrating fragments were observed in tumoral and cirrhotic non-neoplastic tissue. Conclusions: Our findings suggest that p53 mutation is a rare occurrence in HCC, at least in countries with a low incidence of this cancer. They also confirm that H- and K-ras mutations are infrequent in HCC and play a minimal role in hepatocarc inogenesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1005-1008
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1994


  • Cirrhosis
  • H- and K-ras oncogenes
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • P53 tumour suppressor gene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology
  • Hepatology

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