Send to

Choose Destination
Cell. 1995 Jun 16;81(6):957-66.

The secretory phospholipase A2 gene is a candidate for the Mom1 locus, a major modifier of ApcMin-induced intestinal neoplasia.

Author information

Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Jefferson Cancer Center, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107, USA.


Mutations in the APC gene are responsible for various familial and sporadic colorectal cancers. Min mice carry a dominant mutation in the homolog of the Apc gene and develop multiple adenomas throughout their small and large intestine. Quantitative trait loci studies have identified a locus, Mom1, which maps to the distal region of chromosome 4, that dramatically modifies Min-induced tumor number. We report here the identification of a candidate gene for Mom1. The gene for secretory type II phospholipase A2 (Pla2s) maps to the same region that contains Mom1 and displays 100% concordance between allele type and tumor susceptibility. Expression and sequence analysis revealed that Mom1 susceptible strains are most likely null for Pla2s activity. Our results indicate that Pla2s acts as a novel gene that modifies polyp number by altering the cellular microenvironment within the intestinal crypt.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science
Loading ...
Support Center