Somatic activation of rasK gene in a human ovarian carcinoma

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Science  17 Feb 1984:
Vol. 223, Issue 4637, pp. 698-701
DOI: 10.1126/science.6695178


A tumor isolate from a patient with serous cystadenocarcinoma of the ovary contained an activated rasK gene detected hy transfection of NIH/3T3 cells. In contrast, DNA from normal cells of the same patient lacked transforming activity, indicating that activation of this transforming gene was the consequence of somatic mutation in the neoplastic cells. The transforming gene product displayed an electrophoretic mobility in sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gels that differed from the mobilities of rasK transforming proteins in other tumors, indicating that a previously undescribed mutation was responsible for activation of rasK in this ovarian carcinoma.