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Cell Death Differ. 2005 Jul;12(7):805-14.

Effects of inducible overexpression of DNp73alpha on cancer cell growth and response to treatment in vitro and in vivo.

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Laboratory of Molecular Pharmacology, Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri, Via Eritrea 62, 20157 Milan, Italy.


The p73 gene has a complex regulation, which leads to the expression of different isoforms, often with opposite biological effects. We have generated in the human colocarcinoma cell line HCT116, expressing a wild-type p53, an inducible DNp73alpha expressing system. Two clones (HCT116/DN3 and HCT116/DN14), upon doxycycline addition, show a strong expression of DNp73alpha. In vitro the two DNp73alpha overexpressing clones grow at similar rate of the control transfected clone (HCT116/8a) and similarly respond to DNA damage. When injected in mice, HCT116/DN3, HCT116/DN14, and HCT116/8a cells grew similarly in the absence or presence of tetracycline. In HCT116/DN3 and HCT116/DN14 tumors, tetracycline induced a strong expression of DNp73alpha both as mRNA and protein. These results indicate that in this system the overexpression of the DNp73alpha does not induce a more aggressive phenotype and does not seem to be associated with a reduced response of the cells to treatment with anticancer agents.

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