DBL Expression Driven by the Neuron Specific Enolase Promoter Induces Tumor Formation in Transgenic Mice with a P53(±) Genetic Background

G. L. Coluccidamato, G. Santelli, A. Dalessio, G. Chiappetta, A. Mineo, G. Manzo, G. Vecchio, V. Defranciscis

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)762-770
Number of pages9
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Volume216
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 22 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry

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