Association between Wild Type and Mutant APC Gene Products

Li Kuo Su, Karen A. Johnson, David E. Hill, Kenneth W. Kinzler

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Germline mutations of the APC gene are responsible for familial adenomatous polyposis, an autosomal dominant inherited predisposition to colorectal tumors. Mutation of the APC gene is also an early, if not initiating, event for sporadic colorectal tumorigenesis. In both cases, almost all of the currently identified mutations of APC result in the truncation of the protein. In this study, we demonstrate that truncated APC proteins can associate with the wfld type APC in vivo. Using in vitro expression and immunoprecipitation, we show that the first 171 residues of APC are sufficient for APC oligomerization and that the first 45 amino acids of APC is necessary for this interaction. These results indicate that most mutant APC proteins should be able to bind to wild type APC protein and perhaps inactivate it in a dominant negative manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2728-2731
Number of pages4
JournalCancer Research
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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