Independently activated dbl oncogenes exhibit similar yet distinct structural alterations

A. Eva, G. Vecchio, M. Diamond, S. R. Tronick, D. Ron, G. M. Cooper, S. A. Aaronson

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The dbl oncogene was initially isolated following transfection of NIH3T3 cells with DNA of a human diffuse B cell lymphoma. Its transcribed sequences were shown to be distributed over a 30-kb span within a molecularly cloned 45-kb segment of human DNA which contained the transforming gene. By restriction mapping, its transcribed region corresponded to that of its normal allele, except at the 5' end where a rearrangement involved transcribed dbl oncogene sequences from another locus. An independent isolate of a dbl-related transforming gene was obtained following transfection of NIH3T3 cells with DNA of a human nodular poorly differentiated lymphoma (NPDL). Physical mapping indicated that this transforming gene, designated NPDL-dbl, shared considerable homology with the dbl oncogene, but differed at both 5' and 3' termini. Its point of divergence from the normal allele at the 5' end was at least 10 kb upstream from that of the dbl oncogene. The oncogenes each expressed truncated transcripts commpared to the 5.3-kb normal transcript. The dbl and NPDL-dbl oncogene translational products of 66 and 76 kDa, respectively, were consistent with their corresponding major 2.8- and 3.5-kb transcripts. It was not possible to detect evidence of the 5' structural rearrangements associated with these oncogenes in either of the original tumors. Thus, if these rearrangements were critical to their activation, they occurred in the process of gene transfer or in vivo in only a minority of tumor cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-360
Number of pages6
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology

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