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Type: Journal article
Title: Down-regulation of Fas gene expression in colon cancer is not a result of allelic loss or gene rearrangement
Author: Butler, L.
Hewett, P.
Butler, W.
Cowled, P.
Citation: British Journal of Cancer, 1998; 77(9):1454-1459
Issue Date: 1998
ISSN: 0007-0920
Abstract: Expression of Fas, an apoptosis-inducing receptor, in colonic epithelium is progressively reduced during malignant transformation. We have examined the human Fas gene for loss of heterozygosity (LOH) and gross rearrangements in colon tumours and matched normal mucosa. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) primers were designed to span a Dral restriction fragment length polymorphic site in the gene. Heterozygosity was detected in normal DNA samples by PCR amplification of the polymorphic site and restriction enzyme digestion. Thirtyeight of 88 patients (43%) with colon carcinomas were informative for the assay, and LOH was detected in 6 of the 38 (16%) corresponding tumours. Tumours from three patients with LOH did not express detectable Fas mRNA, and Fas expression was reduced or absent in 7 of 11 tumours from informative patients without LOH. Southern blotting of tumour DNA samples was used to detect rearrangement of the Fas gene, but no altered hybridization patterns were observed in 64 tumours analysed. These findings indicate that disruption of the Fas gene is not primarily responsible for the loss of Fas protein expression reported in colon cancer. We have also shown that loss of Fas gene transcription is common in these tumours, which may be due to epigenetic gene silencing.
Keywords: Fas (APO-1/CD95); colon cancer; apoptosis; loss of heterozygosity; gene rearrangement
RMID: 0030004673
DOI: 10.1038/bjc.1998.239
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