Author(s): Hoshi T, Imai M, Ogawa K
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Abstract Mucin-producing tumors of the pancreas (MPT) are characterized by the production of much mucin and a benign course after surgical treatment. We examined 16 cases of MPT and 20 cases of "common" pancreatic duct cell carcinomas (DCC) in regard to K-ras and p53 mutations. The mutations were detected by constant denaturant gel electrophoresis in combination with other techniques using PCR products amplified from the samples microdissected from the tissue sections. K-ras codon 12 mutations were identified in all MPT and in 95\% of DCC. On the other hand, p53 mutations were found in four of 20 (20\%) DCC, and p53 was immunocytochemically overexpressed in 3 of the 4 mutated cases. However, no p53 mutations and no p53 overexpression were identified in the 16 MPT. These results indicate that, although the K-ras codon 12 mutations may be almost essential for the development of both MPT and DCC, p53 mutations seemed to be involved mainly to the latters.
This article was published in J Surg Oncol
and referenced in Pancreatic Disorders & Therapy