DES possible role for loss of microsatellite instability

Molecular similarities between DES-induced tumours in mice and endometrial cancer in humans, such as microsatellite instability brought about by defects in expression of DNA mismatch repair genes

2003 Study Abstract

A substantial fraction of human malignancies lack functional DNA mismatch repair (MMR), accumulate mutations at high frequency, and exhibit microsatellite instability (MSI).

In order to distinguish between MMR-competent and MMR-deficient malignancies, a consensus panel of microsatellite repeats has been adopted for MSI analysis of human tumors. There is no reference panel of repeats for MSI typing of murine malignancies.

In this study, we present six new microsatellite repeat markers for MSI typing of mouse tumors. Analysis of polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-amplified tumor DNA from MMR-deficient and -proficient mice on denaturing polyacrylamide gels revealed that the new panel of microsatellites was more sensitive in detecting MSI than six commonly used CAn repeats. Using the new set of microsatellite markers, we demonstrated the presence of MSI in endometrial carcinoma and cancer precursors from diethylstilbestrol (DES)-treated mice, pointing to a possible role for loss of MMR in hormonally promoted endometrial tumorigenesis.

Sources and more information
  • Full text (free access) : A panel of repeat markers for detection of microsatellite instability in murine tumors, Molecular Carcinogenis, DOI: 10.1002/mc.10157, 17 November 2003.
  • Example of Microsatellite Instability in a DNA Electropherogram Trace featured image credit Wikimedia Commons.
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