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Eur J Cancer. 1999 May;35(5):733-7.

Significant increase of a specific variant TSG101 transcript during the progression of cervical neoplasia.

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Department of Surgery, University of Heidelberg, Germany.


The human tumour susceptibility gene TSG101 has recently been identified on chromosomal locus 11p15.1-15.2 which is frequently affected by genetic alterations in neoplastic lesions of the uterine cervix. Aberrant transcripts of the TSG101 gene have been reported in various tumour entities, including breast, ovarian and prostate cancers, but also in several non-neoplastic tissues. We analysed TSG101 transcription by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) in a total of 139 clinical samples of cervical tissues and in cervical carcinoma cell lines. Variant transcripts were observed in all cell lines, in 69 of 122 (57%) cervical dysplasia and carcinoma samples and in five of 17 (29%) normal cervical tissues. One specific variant TSG101 transcript (delta 154-1054) was detected with a significantly increased frequency in advanced preneoplastic cervical lesions. However, the relative abundance of variant TSG101 transcripts appeared to be generally low, as only wild-type, but no variant transcripts were detectable in Northern blot analyses of cervical carcinoma cell lines. These data point to a progressive loss of stringent splice control functions or to extended alternative splicing in advanced dysplasia and neoplasia. The relative amounts of variant transcripts do not support a major functional role of TSG101 variants in cervical carcinogenesis.

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