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A viable allele of Mcm4 causes chromosome instability and mammary adenocarcinomas in mice.

Nature genetics | Jan 28, 2007

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17143284

Mcm4 (minichromosome maintenance-deficient 4 homolog) encodes a subunit of the MCM2-7 complex (also known as MCM2-MCM7), the replication licensing factor and presumptive replicative helicase. Here, we report that the mouse chromosome instability mutation Chaos3 (chromosome aberrations occurring spontaneously 3), isolated in a forward genetic screen, is a viable allele of Mcm4. Mcm4(Chaos3) encodes a change in an evolutionarily invariant amino acid (F345I), producing an apparently destabilized MCM4. Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains that we engineered to contain a corresponding allele (resulting in an F391I change) showed a classical minichromosome loss phenotype. Whereas homozygosity for a disrupted Mcm4 allele (Mcm4(-)) caused preimplantation lethality, Mcm(Chaos3/-) embryos died late in gestation, indicating that Mcm4(Chaos3) is hypomorphic. Mutant embryonic fibroblasts were highly susceptible to chromosome breaks induced by the DNA replication inhibitor aphidicolin. Most notably, >80% of Mcm4(Chaos3/Chaos3) females succumbed to mammary adenocarcinomas with a mean latency of 12 months. These findings suggest that hypomorphic alleles of the genes encoding the subunits of the MCM2-7 complex may increase breast cancer risk.

Pubmed ID: 17143284 RIS Download

Mesh terms: Adenocarcinoma | Amino Acid Sequence | Animals | Cells, Cultured | Chromosomal Instability | Chromosome Mapping | DNA Helicases | DNA Mutational Analysis | Female | Fetal Viability | Male | Mammary Neoplasms, Animal | Mice | Mice, Inbred C3H | Mice, Inbred C57BL | Mice, Transgenic | Minichromosome Maintenance Complex Component 4 | Molecular Sequence Data | Sequence Homology, Amino Acid

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  • Agency: NIGMS NIH HHS, Id: R01 GM45415

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