Mink cell focus-forming viruses (MCF) are slow-transforming retroviruses that are able to accelerate the appearance of T-cell lymphomas when injected in newborn AKR mice. Activation of proto-oncogenes by proviral insertion is thought to be the major mechanism by which these viruses exert their oncogenic potential. However, molecular phenomena not strictly virus-determined, such as mutations in cellular oncogenes/tumor suppressor genes or chromosome aberrations, have been hypothesized to contribute to the achievement of the fully neoplastic phenotype in MCF-infected mice. To evaluate the role of spontaneous mutagenesis phenomena in murine virus-induced lymphomagenesis, we analyzed a series of 18 MCF247-induced thymic lymphomas and derived cell lines for the presence of p53 and c-ras gene mutations. Only 1 mutation at the p53 gene and 1 mutation at the ki-ras gene were detected in our study. Our results suggest that spontaneous mutagenesis plays a minor role in virus-induced lymphomagenesis and support the notion that multiple proviral insertions could be the prevalent mechanism of transformation in this experimental system.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 1995|
- murine lymphomagenesis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research