Journal Article

Genomic instability-based transgenic models of prostate cancer

Christina Voelkel-Johnson, Dale J. Voeks, Norman M. Greenberg, Roberto Barrios, Frideriki Maggouta, David T. Kurtz, David A. Schwartz, Gina M. Keller, Thomas Papenbrock, Gary A. Clawson and James S. Norris

in Carcinogenesis

Volume 21, issue 8, pages 1623-1627
Published in print August 2000 | ISSN: 0143-3334
Published online August 2000 | e-ISSN: 1460-2180 | DOI:
Genomic instability-based transgenic models of prostate cancer

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To develop animal models that represent the broad spectrum of human prostate cancer, we created transgenic mice with targeted prostate-specific expression of two genes (EcoRI and c-fos) implicated in the induction of genomic instability. Expression of the transgenes was restricted to prostate epithelial cells by coupling them to the tissue-specific, hormonally regulated probasin promoter (PB). The effects of transgene expression were examined histologically in prostate sections at time points taken from 4 to 24 months of age. The progressive presence of regions of mild-to-severe hyperplasia, low- and high-grade prostatic intra-epithelial neoplasia, and well-differentiated adenocarcinoma was observed in both PBEcoRI lines but no significant pathology was detected in the PBfos line. Prostate tissue of PBEcoRI mice was examined for expression of p53, proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) and Ki67 at multiple time points. Although p53 does not appear to be mutated, levels of PCNA and Ki67 are elevated and correlate with the severity of the prostatic lesions. Overall, pre-neoplastic and neoplastic stages represented in the PBEcoRI model showed similarity to corresponding early stages of the human disease. This genomic instability-based model will be used to study the mechanisms involved in the early stages of prostate carcinogenesis and to investigate the nature of subsequent events necessary for the progression to advanced disease.

Keywords: PB, probasin promoter; PCNA, proliferating cell nuclear antigen; PIN, prostatic intra-epithelial neoplasia; TRAMP, transgenic adenocarcinoma mouse prostate.

Journal Article.  3186 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics

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