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Cooper HS, Everley L, Chang WC, Pfeiffer G, Lee B, Murthy S, Clapper ML
The role of mutant Apc in the development of dysplasia and cancer in the mouse model of dextran sulfate sodium-induced colitis
Gastroenterology (2001) 121:1407-16.
Abstract
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Differences in genetic background may play a role in the development of ulcerative colitis (UC)-related neoplasia. Loss of heterozygosity (LOH) of APC has been reported in human UC-associated neoplasia. To investigate the role of genetic differences in UC-associated neoplasia, we compared differences in dextran sodium sulfate (DSS) colitis-associated neoplasia between wild-type C57BL/6J mice (WT-DSS) and C57BL/6J mice with a germline mutation in Apc (Min-DSS). METHODS: DSS colitis was induced in female wild-type and Min mice. Age- and sex-matched non-DSS-treated Mins were also studied. Animals were sacrificed after 1 and 2 cycles of DSS. The cecums and large intestines were studied for numbers of dysplasias/cancers. Dysplasias were studied for LOH of Apc. RESULTS: No WT-DSS, 100% of Min-DSS, and 50% of non-DSS-treated Mins had dysplasia. The mean numbers of lesions per mouse were 0 (WT-DSS), 15.6 and 29.3 (1 and 2 cycles Min-DSS, respectively), 1.2 and 1.9 (age-matched control Min, 1 and 2 cycle equivalents, respectively; P < 0.0002, Min-DSS vs. WT-DSS and non-DSS-treated Min; P = 0.03, Min-DSS 2 cycle vs. Min-DSS 1 cycle). Cancers were seen in 0%, 22%, and 40% of non-DSS Min, Min-DSS-1 cycle, and Min-DSS-2 cycle animals, respectively. LOH of Apc was observed in 90.6% of dysplasias and 6% of nondysplastic mucosa. CONCLUSIONS: A germline mutation in Apc contributes significantly to the development of colitis-associated neoplasia. Colitis markedly accelerates the development of dysplasia and cancer in the Min mouse. Dysplasia in Min-DSS occurs through LOH of Apc.
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Publication Date: 2001-12-01.
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