Mutation analysis of the hMTH1 gene in sporadic human ovarian cancer.

F. Takama, T. Kanuma, D. Wang, J. I. Nishida, Y. Nakabeppu, N. Wake, H. Mizunuma

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8-oxo-deoxyguanosine triphosphate (8-oxo-dGTP) is a major oxidation product in the nucleotide pool of the cell and is a potent mutagen, because it can be incorporated into DNA with equal frequency opposite either template C or A. The human MTH1 gene (hMTH1) is a homologue of the E. coli mutator gene mutT, which encodes 8-oxo-dGTPase. hMTH1 protein reduces spontaneous mutations by removing 8-oxo-dGTP from the triphosphate pool. To determine whether this gene is associated with carcinogenesis of human ovarian cancer, the present study examined, for the first time, the hMTH1 sequence in 49 ovarian cancers and 9 ovarian cancer cell lines by means of polymerase chain reaction-single strand conformation polymorphism (PCR-SSCP) and sequencing analyses. A Gright curved arrow A transition at codon 83 was detected in one patient and one cell line (3.4%), followed by an amino acid change (valineright curved arrow methionine) which was known to cause the protein to be less active in vitro. This one base substitution was found in normal and corresponding tumor DNA, and its allele type was heterozygous. The same change has been detected in HNPCC (hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer) and gastric cancer patients, and thus it may not represent a mutation specific for ovarian cancer. A silent Tright curved arrow C transition at codon 119 was detected in 12 patients and 2 cell lines (24.1%). No specific mutations in hMTH1 were found in either ovarian cancer patients or cell lines. Thus, it appears that hMTH1 is not directly associated with ovarian cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-471
Number of pages5
JournalInternational journal of oncology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2000
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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