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Br J Cancer. 1998 Nov;78(9):1152-5.

Somatic alterations of the SMAD-2 gene in human colorectal cancers.

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Department of Surgery II, Gifu University School of Medicine, Japan.


The SMAD-2 gene, which is located at 18q21, has been identified as a candidate tumour-suppressor gene from work on colorectal cancers. The aim of the present study was to determine the clinical alterations and the significance of its mutations in a series of colorectal cancers previously examined for SMAD-4/DPC-4 gene. Mutation analyses of the SMAD-2 gene were carried out on cDNA samples from 36 primary colorectal cancer specimens using a combination of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) and DNA sequencing. Only one missense mutation (2.8%), producing an amino acid substitution in the highly conserved region, and two homozygous deletions (5.5%) of the total coding region of the SMAD-2 gene were detected in the 36 cancers. The SMAD-2 gene may play a role as a candidate tumour-suppressor gene in a small fraction of colorectal cancers. However, allelic loss at 18q21 is very often seen in this type of tumour. Even in combination with changes in SMAD-4, the observed frequency was not sufficient to account for all 18q21 deletions in colorectal cancers. Thus, another tumour-suppressor gene, such as DCC, discovered as the first tumour-suppressor candidate in the region may also exist in this chromosome region.

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