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We have generated a transgenic mouse model for astrocytoma by expressing the v-src kinase under control of the glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) gene regulatory elements in astrocytes. Abnormal astrogliosis was observed in all transgenic animals already at 2 weeks postnatally, frequently followed by the development of dysplastic changes. Later, small proliferative foci arose, and overt astrocytoma developed in the brain and spinal cord in 14.4% of mice after a follow up time of 65 weeks. While early lesions were histologically consistent with low-grade astrocytoma, at later stages most tumors were highly mitotic and frankly malignant. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) was expressed by tumor cells already at early stages, suggesting induction by v-src, and it was most pronounced in pseudopalisading cells surrounding necrotic areas, implying additional upregulation by hypoxia. In larger lesions, mitotic activity and expression of flk-1, the cognate receptor of VEGF were induced in endothelial cells. Therefore, end-stage tumors mimicked the morphological and molecular characteristics of human glioblastoma multiforme. Time course and stochastic nature of the process indicate that v-src did not suffice for malignant transformation, and that astrocytomas were the result of a multistep process necessitating co-operation of additional genetic events.
|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed|
|Communities & Collections:||04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of Neuropathology|
|DDC:||570 Life sciences; biology|
610 Medicine & health
|Date:||01 May 1997|
|Deposited On:||11 Feb 2008 13:26|
|Last Modified:||23 Nov 2012 16:20|
|Publisher:||Nature Publishing Group|
|WoS Citation Count:||89|
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