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Title: The gene encoding the p53-regulated inhibitor of CDKs (PIC1) is not expressed in the Molt-4 leukemia cell line with p53 truncated at the carboxyl terminus, and harbors a nucleotide substitution at codon 31 in several other cancer cell lines
Authors: Chow, V.T.K. 
Ang, W.K.
Keywords: CDK inhibitor
Codon 31 substitution
Malt-4
p53 gene
PIC1 gene
Issue Date: 1995
Source: Chow, V.T.K., Ang, W.K. (1995). The gene encoding the p53-regulated inhibitor of CDKs (PIC1) is not expressed in the Molt-4 leukemia cell line with p53 truncated at the carboxyl terminus, and harbors a nucleotide substitution at codon 31 in several other cancer cell lines. International Journal of Oncology 6 (4) : 871-876. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Entry into the cell cycle is governed by cyclins, cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) and CDK-inhibitors (CDKIs). The p53-regulated inhibitor of CDKs (PIC1) is a universal CDKI whose gene expression is directly induced by the p53 tumor suppressor protein. Reverse transcription and polymerase chain reaction revealed strong PIC1 gene expression in control MRC-5 human embryo lung cells, but relatively weaker bands in A549 lung carcinoma; Hep3B, Mahlavu, PLC/PRF/5 hepatocellular carcinoma; SiHa, CaSki, HeLa cervical carcinoma; T24 bladder carcinoma; MCF7 breast carcinoma; Raji Burkitt lymphoma; HT-1080 fibrosarcoma; and G-401 Wilms' tumor cell lines. These data are consistent with other results obtained by Northern and Western blot and immunoprecipitation techniques, indicating diminished PIC1 expression in cancer cells especially those harboring mutated p53, or human papillomavirus E6 oncoproteins which abrogate p53 activity. PIC1 gene expression was absent in the Molt-4 T-lymphoblastic leukemia cell line with a previously documented alternatively-spliced p53 transcript translating into p53 protein truncated at the carboxyl terminus. It is proposed that this aberrant p53 interferes with the binding of wild-type p53 and other transcription factors to the PIC1 promoter thereby abolishing PIC1 gene expression. This Molt-4 cell line could serve as a useful experimental system for studying the interaction between p53 and other cellular factors with the PIC1 gene. Single-strand conformation polymorphism and direct cycle DNA sequencing analyses demonstrated a PIC1 variant (with an AGC to AGA substitution at codon 31 culminating in a serine to arginine replacement) in Mahlavu, PLC/PRF/5, SiHa, A549 and Raji cell lines. The higher proportion of the PIC1 variant in cancer cell lines (5/13 or 38%) compared with normal individuals (14%), coupled with differences between the predicted secondary structures of the normal and variant PIC1 proteins merit further investigations to elucidate the biological significance of this variant.
Source Title: International Journal of Oncology
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/132016
ISSN: 10196439
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