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Title: H-RAS gene expression in human multinodular goiter
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Murcia : F. Hernández
ISSN: 0213-3911
Related subjects: 616.4 - Patología del sistema linfático, órganos hematopoyéticos, endocrinos
Keywords: Multinodular goiter
Abstract: The RAS protooncogene has an important, although not yet established role in thyroid neoplasia. In this study, we evaluated the H-RAS mRNA and protein levels in human samples of nontoxic and toxic multinodular goiter samples, according to serum TSH levels. The mean of H-RAS mRNA levels in nodules of nontoxic nodular goiter were significantly increased compared to nonnodular tissue (1.49±1.21 vs. 0.94±0.81 AU, P=0.016). Nine of the 18 specimens (50%) of nontoxic multinodular goiter exhibited increased levels of H-RAS mRNA. The increased H-RAS mRNA levels were paralleled by inRAcreased H-Ras protein levels in about 90% of the cases. Interestingly, no differences were observed in H-RAS expression between nodules and adjacent nonnodular tissue in toxic nodular goiters (0.58±0.27 vs. 0.58±0.20 AU, P=0.88). None of the 10 samples from toxic multinodular goiters exhibited overexpression of H-RAS. The H-RAS expression was positively correlated with thyroglobulin expression (r2=0.51; P=0.04). In conclusion, we demonstrated increased levels of H-RAS mRNA and protein in samples of nontoxic multinodular goiter, indicating that it might be involved in goiter pathogenesis. In contrast, H-RAS overexpression was not detected in any of the samples of toxic multinodular goiter, suggesting different mechanisms for cell proliferation in nodular goiter according to thyroid status.
Primary author: Golbert, L.
Kolling, J.H.G.
Leitão, A.H.
Martins, L.
Kimura, E.T.
Maia, A.L.
Published in: Histology and histopathology
Document type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Number of pages / Extensions: 8
Rights: info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
Appears in Collections:Vol.22, nº 4 (2007)

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