We conducted a mutation analysis of the most conserved region of the neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) gene, the guanine triphosphatase (GTPase) activating protein (GAP)-related domain (NF1 GRD), to which the function of tumour suppressor is attributed. Sixty primary neuroectodermal tumours were analysed. The rationale for the study was based on the likelihood of finding structural alterations resulting in loss of function of this region in tumours of neuroepithelial tissues, where the activity of neurofibromin seems to be crucial in regulating the mechanisms of signal transduction and cell transformation mediated by p21 ras. Following analysis of the whole NF1 GRD sequence, no mutations were identified in the tumours analysed. We conclude that the loss of NF1 gene tumour suppressor function, that might lead or contribute to the development of malignancies in neuroectodermal tissues, is not due to structural abnormalities of the region of the gene which interacts with p21 ras.
- GAP-related domain neuroectodermal tumour
- GTPase- activating protein
- Neurofibromatosis type 1
- Neurofibromin tumour suppressor gene
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research