The dbl oncogene, generated by the truncation of the amino-terminal portion of the proto-oncogene sequence, encodes a guanine-nucleotide-releasing factor. The transforming activity of this oncogene has never been demonstrated in vivo or in vitro except in the NIH 3T3 mouse fibroblast cell line. The expression of the proto-dbl transcript is confined to tissues and tumors of neuroectodermal derivation. Therefore, to study the transforming activity of the dbl oncogene in vivo. we have generated transgenic mice that express this oncogene in neuroepithelial tissues. Mice carrying the dbl oncogene did not develop a tumor. Successively, to establish whether dbl interacts with the tumor suppressor gene p53 in tumorigenesis, we have used a p53 deficient mouse strain. The results reported here indicate that dbl is capable of causing tumor formation in vivo when its expression is driven in an appropriate cellular and genetic environment.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 22 1995|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology