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Mutations in the p53 gene occur in diverse human tumour types

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, December 1989
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Mutations in the p53 gene occur in diverse human tumour types
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Nature, December 1989
DOI 10.1038/342705a0
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Janice M. Nigro, Suzanne J. Baker, Antonette C. Preisinger, J. Milburn Jessup, Richard Hosteller, Karen Cleary, Sandra H. Signer, Nancy Davidson, Stephen Baylin, Peter Devilee, Thomas Glover, Francis S. Collins, Ainsley Weslon, Rama Modali, Curtis C. Harris, Bert Vogelstein


The p53 gene has been a constant source of fascination since its discovery nearly a decade ago. Originally considered to be an oncogene, several convergent lines of research have indicated that the wild-type gene product actually functions as a tumour suppressor gene. For example, expression of the neoplastic phenotype is inhibited, rather than promoted, when rat cells are transfected with the murine wild-type p53 gene together with mutant p53 genes and/or other oncogenes. Moreover, in human tumours, the short arm of chromosome 17 is often deleted. In colorectal cancers, the smallest common region of deletion is centred at 17p13.1; this region harbours the p53 gene, and in two tumours examined in detail, the remaining (non-deleted) p53 alleles were found to contain mutations. This result was provocative because allelic deletion coupled with mutation of the remaining allele is a theoretical hallmark of tumour-suppressor genes. In the present report, we have attempted to determine the generality of this observation; that is, whether tumours with allelic deletions of chromosome 17p contain mutant p53 genes in the allele that is retained. Our results suggest that (1) most tumours with such allelic deletions contain p53 point mutations resulting in amino-acid substitutions, (2) such mutations are not confined to tumours with allelic deletion, but also occur in at least some tumours that have retained both parental 17p alleles, and (3) p53 gene mutations are clustered in four 'hot-spots' which exactly coincide with the four most highly conserved regions of the gene. These results suggest that p53 mutations play a role in the development of many common human malignancies.

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Country Count As %
Germany 2 <1%
United States 2 <1%
Denmark 2 <1%
Canada 2 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
Japan 1 <1%
Malaysia 1 <1%
Serbia 1 <1%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 226 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 61 26%
Student > Bachelor 41 17%
Researcher 30 13%
Student > Master 30 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 16 7%
Other 39 16%
Unknown 22 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 65 27%
Medicine and Dentistry 58 24%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 58 24%
Engineering 9 4%
Chemistry 9 4%
Other 15 6%
Unknown 25 10%

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