Point mutations and deletions in the Znfn1a1/Ikaros gene in chemically induced murine lymphomas
2002 (English)In: Cancer Research, ISSN 0008-5472 (print) 1538-7445 (online), Vol. 62, no 9, 2650-2653 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The Znfn1a1 gene encodes a zinc finger protein called Ikaros, which is criticalfor T-cell development and differentiation. The execution of normalfunction of Ikaros requires sequence-specific DNA binding, transactivation, and dimerization domains. In this study, exons 3–5 and exon 7 of the Znfn1a1 gene that encode the functional domains of Ikaros were analyzed for point mutations and deletions in murine lymphomas induced by 1,3-butadiene, 2',3'-dideoxycytidine, or phenolphthalein. Missense and frameshift mutations were identified in 11% (11 of 104) of the tumors. Interestingly, 8 of the mutations were identified in the NH2-terminal zinc finger motifs, which are crucial for the DNA-binding function of Ikaros. The other 3 samples carried frameshift mutations in exon 7 that resulted in truncations and abrogation of both transactivation and dimerization domains. One tumor with a missense mutation in the DNA-binding domain also displayed a 45-bp deletion in the dimerization domain. Southern analysis disclosed interstitial homozygous deletions in the functional domains of Ikaros in 4% (3 of 68) of the lymphomas examined. Allelic losses on markers surrounding the Znfn1a1 gene were detected in 27% (12 of 45) of the tumors analyzed. However, only 2 tumors with allelic losses also showed mutations in the Znfn1a1 gene, indicating that other tumor suppressor genes located on this region might be involved as well. Our results suggest inactivation of Ikaros in a subset of chemically induced lymphomas and additionally support the contention of tumor-suppressor activity for Ikaros.
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2002. Vol. 62, no 9, 2650-2653 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-12923OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-12923DiVA: diva2:17400