p53, SKP2, and DKK3 as MYCN Target Genes and Their Potential Therapeutic Significance
A definite association between the transcription of N-myc oncogene and proliferation-related genes, histone H3, c-myc and p53, was found in a set of 12 primary untreated neuroblastomas and a metastasis of one of these at relapse. Molecular analysis allowed us to discriminate between actually proliferating and non-proliferating tumors, and suggested a link between N-myc and proliferation. Flow cytometric analysis of DNA distribution was less reliable for assessing tumor proliferative activity. Our data also seem to indicate a down-regulation of c-myc by N-myc in human neuroblastoma.