Frequent altered expression of fragile histidine triad protein in human colorectal adenomas

Hiroshi Morikawa, Yoshihito Nakagawa, Keisuke Hashimoto, Masami Niki, Yutaro Egashira, Ichiro Hirata, Kenichi Katsu, Yukihiro Akao

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Fragile histidine triad (FHIT) gene is involved in deletions on the short arm of chromosome 3 in various human cancers. We found that 47% of colorectal adenomas, which is a higher frequency than that of K-ras, showed altered expression of the Fhit protein by Western blot analysis. The amount of Fhit protein was inversely correlated with the degree of dysplasia. Importantly, 27% of low-grade dysplastic adenomas showed altered expression of Fhit protein. Additionally, expression of human Fhit protein in human colon carcinoma cell line SW480 exhibited a marked inhibition of growth and rendered SW480 cells highly susceptible to undergo apoptosis compared with control cells. These findings suggest that altered expression of the FHIT gene is a quite early aberration in the development of colorectal tumors and that Fhit protein may act as a tumor suppressor. (C) 2000 Academic Press.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-210
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 11-11-2000
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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