Transformation of myoblasts by activated ras inhibits myogenic differentiation. We demonstrate that this oncogene inhibits expression of the muscle regulatory factors MyoD1 and myogenin. Expression of retroviral-encoded MyoD1 in ras-transformed myoblasts leads to the re-expression of both terminal differentiation markers and lineage markers expressed in proliferating myoblasts (including endogenous MyoD1 and myogenin), suggesting that ras inhibits myogenic differentiation in a manner dependent on the loss of MyoD1 expression. In addition, we show that fos transformation of myoblasts inhibits muscle differentiation by a similar mechanism.
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- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)