A correlation has previously been demonstrated between the presence of the three HMGI proteins (HMGI, HMGY, and HMGI-C) and the expression of a highly malignant phenotype in epithelial and fibroblastic rat thyroid cells; this being subsequently extended to experimental thyroid, lung, prostate, mammary, and skin carcinomas. Recently, we have demonstrated that expression of HMGI and HMGY proteins, coded for by the HMGI(Y) gene, is associated with the malignant phenotype of human thyroid neoplasias. Here, we show that HMGI(Y) gene expression is present both at the RNA and protein level in human colorectal carcinoma cell lines and tissues examined in this study. Conversely, no HMGI(Y) proteins were detected in normal intestinal mucosa. Therefore, these results suggest an involvement of HMGI and HMGY proteins overexpression in colorectal tumorigenesis.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 15 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research