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O6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) is a ubiquitous protein responsible for repair of O6-alkylguanine, a mutagenic, carcinogenic and toxic lesion. To characterize the elements responsible for the regulation of the MGMT gene, a 2.6 kb Sstl fragment isolated from a genomic clone, was shown to contain 5' flanking sequences of the gene. The promoter(More)
High-level expression of the DNA repair protein O6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) correlates with cellular resistance to the chloroethylnitrosourea (CENU) class of alkylating agents. Consequently, tumors expressing low levels of MGMT are sensitive to CENU chemotherapy, and any mechanism that can be used to reduce MGMT levels could sensitize(More)
Irinotecan, 7-ethyl-10-[4-(1-piperidino)-1-piperidino]carbonyloxycamptothecin (CPT-11) is activated by carboxylesterases (CE) to yield the potent topoisomerase I inhibitor, SN-38. We have demonstrated previously that a rabbit liver CE is approximately 100-1000-fold more efficient at drug activation than a highly homologous human CE. In an attempt to use(More)
The DNA repair enzyme, O6-methylguanine DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) is responsible for repair of damage induced by alkylating agents that produce adducts at O6-guanine in DNA. Although the MGMT gene promoter has housekeeping gene promoter characteristics, unlike these genes which are expressed at a constant level, MGMT transcriptional activity varies(More)
Transcriptional silencing of the DNA repair gene, O6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) in a proportion of transformed cell lines is associated with methylated CpG hotspots in the MGMT 5' flank. The goal of the study was to evaluate the mechanism by which CpG methylation of theMGMT promoter region influenced silencing of the gene. Analysis of(More)
O6-Methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT), an enzyme that repairs adducts at O6 of guanine in DNA, is a major determinant of susceptibility to simple methylating carcinogens or of tumor response to anticancer chloroethylating drugs. To investigate the mechanisms underlying cellular expression of this DNA repair enzyme, we focused on the role of a 59-bp(More)
MDM2 has been characterized as a protein that binds to and facilitates degradation of the tumor suppressor p53. Interestingly, more than 40 different splice variants of MDM2 transcripts have been identified both in tumors and normal tissues, and the majority of these variants do not contain sequence encoding the p53 binding site. This review describes the(More)
Approx. 20% of human tumor cell lines (termed Mer-) are deficient in the DNA repair enzyme O6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT; E.C. Such cells possess the MGMT gene and promoter sequences but have virtually no mRNA or protein. Cytosine methylation of gene sequences has been proposed as a mechanism by which MGMT could be suppressed in(More)
Self-renewal is considered as a common property of stem cells. Dysregulation of stem cell self-renewal is likely a requirement for the development of cancer. Hiwi, the human Piwi gene, encodes a protein responsible for stem cell self-renewal. In this study, we investigated the expression of Hiwi at the RNA level by real-time quantitative PCR in 65 primary(More)
Chloroethylnitrosoureas (CENUs) are thought to induce cytotoxic DNA interstrand cross-links via an initial reaction at O6-position of guanine, yielding a rearranged intermediate, O6,N1-ethanoguanine. Repair of these adducts by mammalian and bacterial DNA alkyltransferases blocks the formation of cross-links. Human alkyltransferase can form a covalent(More)