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p27 and Rb are on overlapping pathways suppressing tumorigenesis in mice

By Michele S. Park, Juan Rosai, Hai T. Nguyen, Paola Capodieci, Carlos Cordon-Cardo and Andrew Koff


The commitment of cells to replicate and divide correlates with the activation of cyclin-dependent kinases and the inactivation of Rb, the product of the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor gene. Rb is a target of the cyclin-dependent kinases and, when phosphorylated, is inactivated. Biochemical studies exploring the nature of the relationship between cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitors and Rb have supported the hypothesis that these proteins are on a linear pathway regulating commitment. We have been able to study this relationship by genetic means by examining the phenotype of Rb+/−p27−/− mice. Tumors arise from the intermediate lobe cells of the pituitary gland in p27−/− mice, as well as in Rb+/− mice after loss of the remaining wild-type allele of Rb. Using these mouse models, we examined the genetic interaction between Rb and p27. We found that the development of pituitary tumors in Rb+/− mice correlated with a reduction in p27 mRNA and protein expression. To determine whether the loss of p27 was an indirect consequence of tumor formation or a contributing factor to the development of this tumor, we analyzed the phenotype of Rb+/−p27−/− mice. We found that these mice developed pituitary adenocarcinoma with loss of the remaining wild-type allele of Rb and a high-grade thyroid C cell carcinoma that was more aggressive than the disease in either Rb+/− or p27−/− mice. Importantly, we detected both pituitary and thyroid tumors earlier in the Rb+/−p27−/− mice. We therefore propose that Rb and p27 cooperate to suppress tumor development by integrating different regulatory signals

Topics: Biological Sciences
Publisher: The National Academy of Sciences
Year: 1999
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Provided by: PubMed Central
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