Bcl-2 accelerates multistep prostate carcinogenesis in vivo.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The impact of bcl-2 proto-oncogene expression on the pathogenesis and progression of prostate cancer was examined in a transgenic mouse model. Probasin-bcl-2 transgenic mice were crossed with TRAMP (TRansgenic Adenocarcinoma Mouse Prostate) mice that express the SV40 early genes (T/t antigens) under probasin control. Prostate size, cell proliferation, apoptosis, and the incidence and latency of tumor formation were evaluated. The double transgenic, probasin-bcl-2 X TRAMP F1 (BxT) mice exhibited an increase in the wet weight of the prostate. This was associated with an increase in proliferation, attributable to T/t antigens, and a decrease in apoptosis attributable to bcl-2. The latency to tumor formation was also decreased in the BxT mice compared to the TRAMP mice. The incidence of metastases was identical in both the TRAMP and BxT mice. Lastly, the incidence of hormone-independent prostate cancer was reduced in the BxT mice compared to the TRAMP mice. Together, these results demonstrate that bcl-2 can facilitate multistep prostate carcinogenesis in vivo.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bruckheimer, EM; Brisbay, S; Johnson, DJ; Gingrich, JR; Greenberg, N; McDonnell, TJ

Published Date

  • November 2, 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 46

Start / End Page

  • 5251 - 5258

PubMed ID

  • 11077442

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0950-9232

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/sj.onc.1203881


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England