Journal article

c-myb heterozygous mice are hypersensitive to 5-fluorouracil and ionizing radiation

RG Ramsay, S Micallef, S Lightowler, ML Mucenski, T Mantamadiotis, I Bertoncello

MOLECULAR CANCER RESEARCH | AMER ASSOC CANCER RESEARCH | Published : 2004

Abstract

Hypersensitivity to chemo- and radiotherapy employed during cancer treatment complicates patient management. Identifying mutations in genes that compromise tissue recovery would rationalize treatment and may spare hypersensitive patients undue tissue damage. Genes that govern stem cell homeostasis, survival, and progenitor cell maintenance are of particular interest in this regard. We used wild-type and c-myb knock-out mice as model systems to explore stem and progenitor cell numbers and sensitivity to cytotoxic damage in two radiosensitive tissue compartments, the bone marrow and colon. Because c-myb null mice are not viable, we used c-myb heterozygous mice to test for defects in stem-proge..

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