Relationship of c-myc gene copy number and gene expression: Cellular effects of elevated c-myc protein

M. G. Pallavicini, C. Rosette, M. Reitsma, P. S. Deteresa, Joe Gray

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The relationship between gene copy number and expression and cellular consequences of elevated levels of c-myc protein has been investigated using recombinant Chinese hamster ovary cell lines transfected with DNA coding for the murine c-myc gene. HC-8 and LC-5 recombinant cells carry approximately 800 and 50 copies of c-myc sequences, respectively, under control of an inducible heat shock promoter. Multivariate flow cytometric analysis and clonogenic assays were used to measure the relationship among c-myc expression, rate of DNA synthesis, and cell survival. Following heat exposure, maximally induced HC-8 cells produced approximately tenfold more c-myc protein than heated LC-5 cells, suggesting a close relationship between gene copy number and level of expression. However, considerable heterogeneity in the level and time of c-myc expression was observed following heat induction, even though the amounts of genomic c-myc were relatively constant. Heterogeneity in gene expression was not attributable to variation in heat induction methodologies and/or cell cycle phase distributions. The presence of high levels of recombinant c-myc protein was associated with a decreased rate of bromodeoxyuridine incorporation into DNA. High levels of c-myc protein in HC-8 cells were inversely correlated with cell survival postheating, suggesting that high levels of c-myc protein are incompatible with cell survival.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)372-380
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Cellular Physiology
Volume143
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

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Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myc
myc Genes
Gene Dosage
Gene expression
Genes
Cells
Gene Expression
Hot Temperature
Cell Survival
DNA
Bromodeoxyuridine
Cricetulus
Recombinant Proteins
Ovary
Shock
Assays
Cell Cycle
Cell Line

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  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Physiology

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Relationship of c-myc gene copy number and gene expression : Cellular effects of elevated c-myc protein. / Pallavicini, M. G.; Rosette, C.; Reitsma, M.; Deteresa, P. S.; Gray, Joe.

In: Journal of Cellular Physiology, Vol. 143, No. 2, 1990, p. 372-380.

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Pallavicini, MG, Rosette, C, Reitsma, M, Deteresa, PS & Gray, J 1990, 'Relationship of c-myc gene copy number and gene expression: Cellular effects of elevated c-myc protein', Journal of Cellular Physiology, vol. 143, no. 2, pp. 372-380.
Pallavicini, M. G. ; Rosette, C. ; Reitsma, M. ; Deteresa, P. S. ; Gray, Joe. / Relationship of c-myc gene copy number and gene expression : Cellular effects of elevated c-myc protein. In: Journal of Cellular Physiology. 1990 ; Vol. 143, No. 2. pp. 372-380.
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