Steady‐state levels of myc, fos, p53, sis, and neu mRNAs were measured in eight variants derived from the Dunning R3327 rat prostate adenocarcinoma and compared to levels in normal dorsal prostate. Expression of the myb and serbB oncogenes in the Dunning tumors was below the limits of detection. Myc, p53, and sis mRNA levels in all tumors were at or above control levels. Fos mRNA levels were below control levels in four of five anaplastic tumors and were above control levels in the remaining tumors. A comparison of mRNA levels along the two Dunning lineages revealed that increased expression of these oncogenes did not correlate with tumor progression.
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