Sci. STKE, 28 September 1999
Dual roles Suppressing cancer and autoimmunity?
Mutations of the Pten tumor suppressor gene, which encodes a phosphatase, occur in both sporadic and inherited human cancers. Di Cristofano et al. show that mice carrying heterozygous mutations in Pten develop lymphomas and suffer from autoimmune disease in a manner similar to that seen in mice with inactivating mutations in Fas or Fas ligand. T and B cells from the Pten heterozygous mice were impaired in Fas-mediated apoptosis. These results implicate Pten in the Fas response and suggest that it may play a role as a suppressor of autoimmunity as well as cancer.
Di Cristofano, A., Kotsi, P., Peng, Y.F., Cordon-Cardo, C., Elkon, K.B., and Pandolfi, P.P. (1999) Impaired Fas response and autoimmunity in Pten +/- mice. Science 285: 2122-2125. [Abstract] [Full Text]
Citation: Suppressing cancer and autoimmunity? Sci. STKE 1999, tw12 (1999).
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