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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2008 Nov 14;376(2):336-40. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2008.08.134. Epub 2008 Sep 5.

Deficient repair of 8-hydroxyguanine in the BxPC-3 pancreatic cancer cell line.

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Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, Biomedical Research Center, 251 Bayview Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21224, USA.


Elevated levels of oxidatively induced DNA lesions have been reported in malignant pancreatic tissues relative to normal pancreatic tissues. However, the ability of the pancreatic cancer cells to remove these lesions has not previously been addressed. This study analyzed the effectiveness of the pancreatic cancer cell line, BxPC-3 to repair 8-hydroxyguanine (8-OH-Gua) relative to a nonmalignant cell line. We show that BxPC-3 cells repair 8-OH-Gua less effectively than the nonmalignant cells. This repair deficiency correlated with significant downregulation of the hOGG1 protein and the corresponding mRNA (30-fold lower than GAPDH) in BxPC-3 cell line. The repair defect was complemented in vivo by transient transfection of the hOGG1 gene and in vivo by recombinant hOGG1. These results are the first to show a deficiency of 8-OH-Gua repair in BxPC-3 cells, implicating this defect in the risk factor of pancreatic cancer.

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