The presence of increased frequencies of blood-derived and solid tumors in ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T) patients, coupled with a role for the ATM (A-T mutation) protein in detecting specific forms of DNA damage, has led to the assumption of a mutator phenotype in A TM-deficient cells. Supporting this assumption are observations of increased rates of chromosomal aberrations and intrachromosomal homologous recombinational events in the cells of A-T patients. We have bred mice with knockout mutations for the selectable Aprt (adenine phosphoribosyltransferase) locus and the Atm locus to examine the frequency of second-step autosomal mutations in Amt-deficient cells. Two solid tissues were examined: (a) the ear, which yields predominately mesenchymal cells; and (b) the kidney, which yields predominately epithelial cells. We report here the lack of a mutator phenotype for inactivating autosomal mutations in solid tissues of the Atm-deficient mice.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|State||Published - Oct 1 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research