Growth-related Elevations of DNA Topoisomerase II Levels Found in Dunning R3327 Rat Prostatic Adenocarcinomas

William G. Nelson, Donald S. Coffey

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The relationship between DNA topoisomerase II expression and mammalian cell proliferation has been evaluated by determining enzyme levels in normal and neoplastic rat prostate tissues. By activity assay and by immunoblot analysis using anti-topoisomerase II antiserum, topoisomerase II levels were found to be elevated in both the Dunning R3327-H and the Dunning R3327-G rat prostatic adenocarcinomas over levels assayed in the normal rat dorsal prostate. Immunohistochemical studies using the antitopoisomerase II antiserum revealed that a greater fraction of nuclei contained detectable levels of topoisomerase II in tissue sections prepared from each of the Dunning tumors than in rat dorsal prostate tissue sections. The Dunning R3327-H and R3327-G tumors grow at different rates in vivo (J. T. Isaacs and D. S. Coffey, Clin. Oncol., 2: 479-498, 1983). When measured topoisomerase II levels were compared to known growth parameters for each of the tissues studied, topoisomerase II expression was found to be correlated with tissue growth rate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3246-3250
Number of pages5
JournalCancer Research
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 15 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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