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Oncogene. 1999 Sep 23;18(39):5473-6.

hpttg is over-expressed in pituitary adenomas and other primary epithelial neoplasias.

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Departamento de Anatomía Patológica, Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocío, 41013-Sevilla, Spain.


The role of oncogenes in pituitary tumorigenesis remains elusive since few genetic changes have been identified so far in pituitary tumors. Pituitary tumor-transforming gene (pttg) has been recently cloned from rat GH4 pituitary tumor cells. We have previously isolated and characterized hpttg from human thymus. In the present study, we analyse the expression of hpttg mRNA in a series of human pituitary adenomas. We show that hpttg is highly expressed in the majority of pituitary adenomas while only very low levels of mRNA can be detected in normal pituitary gland by Northern blot analysis. hPTTG protein was immunolocalized mainly in the cytoplasm of adenoma cells. Other common extra-cranial malignant tumors were also analysed by immunohistochemistry. Interestingly, strong hPTTG immunoreactivity was detected in most adenocarcinomas of mammary and pulmonary origins.

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