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Cancer Res. 1993 Mar 1;53(5):953-6.

Frequent c-Ki-ras oncogene activation in mucous cell hyperplasias of pancreas suffering from chronic inflammation.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, Cancer Institute, Tokyo, Japan.


In order to scrutinize the possible significance of (nonatypical) mucous cell hyperplasia of the pancreas to neoplasia, we analyzed these lesions in terms of c-Ki-ras activation, which is known to be very frequent in pancreatic carcinomas. A total of 16 such mucous cell hyperplasias were collected from 10 pancreases resected for chronic pancreatitis. Tiny tissue fragments were taken from hematoxylin-stained sections by microdissection, and DNA analysis was carried out by the polymerase chain reaction amplification and oligonucleotide hybridization methods. Activating mutations of c-Ki-ras oncogene at codon 12 were detected in 10 of the 16 lesions (62.5%), a high rate as seen in carcinomas. The results indicated a clonal origin of cells comprising the mucous cell hyperplasia suggesting a neoplastic and/or precancerous nature.

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