Overexpression of Gsα subunit in thyroid tumors bearing a mutated Gsα gene

Victor N. Gorelov, Kristoffel Dumon, Natalie S. Barteneva, Dieter Palm, Hans Dieter Röher, Peter E. Goretzki

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Point mutations occurring at codon 201 of the gene coding for the α subunit of the stimulatory G protein impair intrinsic GTPase activity and lead to a constitutive activation of adenylate cyclase. We have examined thyroid follicular and papillary carcinomas and follicular adenomas and found samples that bear this mutation at codon 201 of the Gsα gene. Both mutation-positive and mutation-negative tissue samples were investigated for the level of Gsα expression relative to a pool of normal thyroid tissue, using immunoblotting against two (mid-region-specific and C-end-specific) antipeptide antibodies. Using 8000 g and 100 000 g membrane fractions of homogenized tissues we have demonstrated that the Gsα proteins in normal ad neoplastic thyroid tissues are represented by three isoforms: 43 kDa, 45 kDa and 52 kDa. We have quantified and compared the amount of Gsα protein and find it is overexpressed in mutation-bearing tissue samples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-224
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Expression
  • Gsα gene
  • Immunoblotting
  • Point mutation
  • Thyroid tumors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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