Tumorigenic study on hepatocytes coexpressing SV40 with Ras

Beicheng Sun, Meizhen Chen, Christina Hawks, Peter J. Hornsby, Xuehao Wang

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A model of neoplastic transformation by the combination of SV40 large T antigen (LT), SV40 small T antigen (ST), oncogenic Ras, and human telomerase reverse transcriptase subunit (hTERT) has become established and replicated in primary human fibroblasts, however, there is no report on human hepatocytes. Here we use cell transplantation model, and show that transplantation of human hepatocytes of HL-7702 and HL-7703 expressing Ha-RasV12 and SV40 LT into subrenal capsule of immunodeficient mice results in fully malignant tumors, in contrast to conventional subcutaneous injections where tumors fail to develop. In GM-847 cell study, we have found that hTERT is not required for tumorigenic growth in subrenal capsule transplantation, however, it is required in subcutaneous injection assay. These results demonstrate that Human hepatocytes can be transformed under kidney capsule by coexpressing SV40 LT and Ha-RasV12, neither hTERT nor protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) inhibition are required for malignant transformation, a gene which increases cell survival in the subcutaneous injection model is not required for tumorigenic growth in subrenal capsule.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-219
Number of pages7
JournalMolecular Carcinogenesis
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2006


  • Cell transplantation
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Oncogene
  • Tumorigenesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Research


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