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Int J Oncol. 1998 Nov;13(5):971-4.

Detection of a rare point mutation at codon 59 and relatively high incidence of H-ras mutation in Indian oral cancer.

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Department of Molecular Cellular Oncology and Microbiology, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8549, Japan.


Analysis of H-, K- and N-ras genes for point mutations by PCR-SSCP and direct sequencing of 46 oral SCCs that were previously analyzed for p53 mutations revealed that 9 (20%) had point mutations in either the H-ras or the N-ras. A novel mutation at codon 59 (GCC-ACC) of H-ras thus far reported only in v-H-ras of Harvey murine sarcoma virus was observed in a tumor of the cheek. Majority (8/9) of these mutations were observed in H-ras, one in N-ras and none in K-ras. This study indicated that the ras gene mutation was relatively high in oral cancers associated with tobacco chewing and the ras and p53 mutational events seem to be independent and mutually exclusive.

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