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Toxicologic pathology

Absence of beta-catenin alteration in hepatic tumors induced by p-nitroanisole in Crj:BDF1 mice.


PMID 16698720

Abstract

In the present study, beta-catenin localization in hepatocellular neoplasms and hepatoblastomas, induced by oral administration of p-Nitroanisole (pNA) in Crj:BDF1 for 2 years, was evaluated by immunohistochemistry along with genetic alterations in exon 2 of beta-catenin by the polymerase chain reaction-single strand conformation polymorphism (PCR-SSCP) approach. Genomic DNA was isolated from paraffin sections of a total of 53 liver tumors. Immunohistochemical analysis revealed no abnormal accumulation of the beta-catenin protein in any of the cases. No mutations (0/13), 20% silent mutations (3/15) and 8% silent plus 12% functional mutations (2 + 3/25), not in the multiple phosphorylation sites of beta-catenin, were observed in hepatocellular adenomas, carcinomas and hepatoblastomas, respectively. The results indicate that beta-catenin does not play an important role in development of hepatic tumors induced by pNA in Crj:BDF1 mice.

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