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Expression of the Wilms' tumor gene WT1 in de novo lung cancer was examined using quantitative real-time RT-PCR and immunohistochemistry. Overexpression of the WT1 gene was detected by RT-PCR in 54/56 (96%) de novo non-small cell lung cancers examined and confirmed by detection of WT1 protein with an anti-WT1 antibody. Overexpression of the WT1 gene was(More)
Expression of the Wilms' tumor gene W T1 in primary astrocytic tumors was examined using a quantitative real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) or immunohistochemistry. Real-time RT-PCR showed that W T1 mRNA was expressed at various levels in all of the 25 astrocytic tumors examined. Immunohistochemical analysis showed that W T1(More)
It is well known that the Wilms' tumor gene WT1 plays an important role in cell proliferation and differentiation, and in organ development. In this study, to examine the role of the WT1 gene in lineage determination, fetal liver cells from LacZ-transgenic mice, in which WT1 expression was marked by the expression of the LacZ gene driven by WT1 promoter,(More)
The Wilms' tumour gene, WT1, is expressed at high levels in leukaemia cells and plays an important role in leukaemogenesis. WT1 is also expressed in human normal CD34+ bone marrow (BM) cells at about 100 times lower levels than in leukaemia cells. To identify and characterize WT1-expressing cells in CD34+ BM cells, they were sorted into single cells and(More)
AML1-ETO, a chimeric gene frequently detected in acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), inhibits the differentiation of myeloid progenitors by suppressing genes associated with myeloid differentiation and increases the replating ability of clonogenic myeloid progenitors. However, AML1-ETO alone cannot induce AML and thus additional genetic events are required(More)
In the thymi of WT1-transgenic (Tg) mice with the 17AA+/KTS- spliced form of the Wilms tumor gene WT1 driven by the lck promoter, the frequencies of CD4-CD8- double-negative (DN) thymocytes were significantly increased relative to those in normal littermates. Of the 4 subsets of CD4-CD8- DN thymocytes, the DN1 (CD44+CD25-) subset increased in both frequency(More)
BACKGROUND The Wilms' tumor gene WT1 is overexpressed in various kinds of solid cancers. However, it remains unclear whether WT1 is expressed in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS Expression of the WT1 gene was examined by real-time RT-PCR in 12 esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) and by immunohistochemistry in 9 of these 12(More)
Leukemia-specific promoters and enhancers for gene therapy had never been reported. Since the Wilms' tumor gene WT1 is overexpressed in almost all types of leukemia, WT1 is an ideal target of leukemia-specific therapy. To explore the possibility of gene therapy for leukemia using WT1 promoter and enhancer, their activities in several kinds of cells were(More)
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