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Oncogene. 2001 Oct 4;20(45):6551-8.

Mouse model for lung tumorigenesis through Cre/lox controlled sporadic activation of the K-Ras oncogene.

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Division of Molecular Genetics and Center of Biomedical Genetics, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Plesmanlaan 121, 1066 CX Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


The onset of human lung cancer occurs through sequential mutations in oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes. Mutations in K-Ras play a prominent role in human non-small cell lung cancer. We have developed a mouse lung tumor model in which K-Ras can be sporadically activated through Cre-lox mediated somatic recombination. Adenoviral mediated delivery of Cre recombinase in lung epithelial cells gave rise to rapid onset of tumorigenesis, yielding pulmonary adenocarcinomas with 100% incidence after a short latency. The lung tumor lesions shared many features with human non-small cell lung cancer. Our data show that sporadic expression of the K-Ras oncogene is sufficient to elicit lung tumorigenesis. Therefore this model has many advantages over conventional transgenic models used thus far.

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