Detection of oncogenic mRNA sequences in cultured cells by in situ hybridization

G. D. Stoner, You Ming You, J. Skouv

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The present study was undertaken to determine the feasibility of using in situ hybridization techniques to identify oncogene transcription in cultured cells. Following in situ hybridization with 32P-labeled v-src and v-Ha-ras DNA probes, src and Ha-ras related transcripts were identified in cell lines transfected with v-src and Ha-ras, respectively. In both the v-src and c-Ha-ras transfected cell lines, the number of silver grains over individual cells were significantly higher (p<0.001, t-test) than in a non-transfected, non-tumorigenic, rat esophageal epithelial cell line. There was a highly variable number of silver grains above individual cells. Significantly fewer silver grains were counted over cells that had been preincubated with either non-labeled v-src or v-Ha-ras DNA or that were pretreated with RNase A. Both oncogene transfected cell lines contained approximately 10 times more oncogene related mRNAs than non-transfected cells as judged by the numbers of silver grains over individual cells. Filter-hybridization analysis of the transfected and non-transfected cell lines confirmed that the expression of src and Ha-ras transcripts was higher in the transfected cell lines than in the non-transfected cell line. Therefore, the in situ hybridization technique would appear useful for the identification of oncogene transcripts in single cells and could potentially be applied to cytological preparations of human cells and to human tumor cells in culture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)74-82
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of clinical and laboratory science
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1987

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