What molecular and genetic changes are characteristic of renal tumors? Based on the new knowledge, is molecular targeting feasible?


During the past 20 years, consorted efforts of a number of investigator groups have identified several genes that are associated with certain types of renal tumors. To identify the genetic basis of renal tumors, investigators studied the hereditary forms of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) with the hope that gene(s) identified may also be involved in the development of sporadic forms of RCC. The VHL gene was identified in association with clear cell RCC. With a similar approach, association of the C-MET gene with papillary RCC and the BHD (Birt-Hogg-Dube) gene with chromophobe RCC and oncocytoma was discovered. To date, the VHL gene is only one that is significantly associated with the development of clear cell RCC. It is a suppressor gene. Its loss of function either by mutation or loss (physical and functional) leads to the activation of several genes, including the genes for vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), transforming growth factor-α (TGFα), and glucose transporter (GLUT-1), all of which are important for supporting the growth of tumor cells. Thus, these genes are potential targets for supperssing tumor cell growth.


Renal Cell Carcinoma Clear Cell Carcinoma Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma Fumarate Hydratase 
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