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DNA Repair (Amst). 2004 Apr 1;3(4):379-86.

Mutations in the Trp53 gene of UV-irradiated Xpc mutant mice suggest a novel Xpc-dependent DNA repair process.

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Laboratory of Molecular Pathology, Department of Pathology, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX 75390-9072, USA.


Mutational hot spots in the human p53 gene are well established in tumors in the human population and are frequently negative prognosticators of the clinical outcome. We previously developed a mouse model of skin cancer with mutations in the xeroderma pigmentosum group C gene (Xpc). UVB radiation-induced skin cancer is significantly enhanced in these mice when they also carry a mutation in one copy of the Trp53 gene (Xpc-/-Trp53+/-). Skin tumors in these mice often contain inactivating mutations in the remaining Trp53 allele and we have previously reported a novel mutational hot spot at a non-dipyrimidine site (ACG) in codon 122 of the Trp53 gene in the tumors. Here we show that this mutation is not a hot spot in Xpa or Csa mutant mice. Furthermore, the mutation in codon T122 can be identified in mouse skin DNA from (Xpc-/-Trp53+/-) mice as early as 2 weeks after exposure to UVB radiation, well before histological evidence of dysplastic or neoplastic changes. Since this mutational hot spot is not at a dipyrimidine site and is apparently Xpc-specific, we suggest that some form of non-dipyrimidine base damage is normally repaired in a manner that is distinct from conventional nucleotide excision repair, but that requires XPC protein.

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