Tumorigenic effect of nonfunctional p53 or p21 in mice mutant in the Werner syndrome helicase

Michel Lebel, Robert D. Cardiff, Philip Leder

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Werner syndrome is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by genomic instability and by the premature onset of a number of age-related diseases, including malignancy. To assess a potential collaboration between p21 or p53 cell cycle regulators and Wrn proteins, Wrn mutant mice were created and mated with p21 or p53 null mice to generate double mutants. The p21 null/Wrn mutant mice did not show an acceleration of tumorigenesis during the first year of life, suggesting that the p53-dependent G1-S cell cycle checkpoint (which operates via p21) is not involved in Wrn-abetted tumor suppression. In contrast, the p53 null/Wrn mutant mice were particularly remarkable with respect to the rapidity with which they developed tumors. These mice were also distinguished by the variety of tumors they developed compared to those that developed in p53 null mice. Such data suggest a genetic interaction between p53 and Wrn in which loss of Wrn provokes a more variable p53 response unrelated to its role in the G1-S cell cycle checkpoint.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1816-1819
Number of pages4
JournalCancer Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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