Activation of the ras oncogene in primary human esophageal carcinomas and cell lines established from such carcinomas was analyzed using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-direct sequencing method. This analysis revealed a GC→AT transition at the second base in the 12th codon of the c-Ki-ras gene in TE1 and TE2 esophageal carcinoma cell lines. In contrast, no point mutation was detected in the 12th, 13th, and 61st codon of the c-Ki-ras and c-Ha-ras gene in 31 primary esophageal carcinomas including those from which TE1 and TE2 cell lines were established. These results demonstrate that while activation of the c-Ki-ras gene by point mutation occurred in a subset of esophageal carcinoma cell lines during establishment of the cell lines, the activation events are not important in the transformation of human esophageal epithelial cells.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Biochemical and biophysical research communications|
|Publication status||Published - 1992 Aug 31|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology