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Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1999;889:32-44.

APC and intestinal carcinogenesis. Insights from animal models.

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  • 1New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, NY 10021, USA.


The APC protein is a crucial regulator of intestinal cell growth, and mutations in the APC gene are a common initial event in the process of human colorectal carcinogenesis. Animals bearing germline mutations in Apc are therefore important models for human colorectal cancer. These animals have been used both to understand the biology of human colorectal cancer and to screen for agents able to prevent malignant transformation of susceptible intestinal cells.

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