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New research sheds light on a common link between tumor formation and Costello Syndrome, an inherited developmental disorder in which patients have cardiac defects, mild mental retardation, and face-shape abnormalities. The study reported in the journal Disease Models & Mechanisms (DMM), dmm.biologists.org uses a zebrafish model to help explain a puzzling correlation between Costello syndrome and cancer.



A new model for studying cancer

Costello Syndrome is one of several developmental disorders caused by mutations in a gene known as H-RAS. Additionally, mutations in H-RAS and the Ras family of genes are common in most human cancers. Thus, researchers are trying to determine how genetic mutations that activate H-RAS can cause a congenital illness as well as cancer. In this new study, Cristina Santoriello and his colleagues investigate this mystery by expressing activated H-RAS in zebrafish, which are often used to study the developmental process. They observed that the effect of mutant H-RAS in part depends on the timing and level of gene expression. Higher levels of H-RAS caused overabundant cell-growth, reminiscent of tumors. Furthermore, zebrafish expressing mutant H-RAS through development displayed hallmarks of the human Costello Syndrome, such as reduced body size, heart defects, and physical deformities.

This new model of Costello Syndrome can be used to learn more about this disease, especially in regard to symptoms that worsen with age. Additionally, using this model to examine the developmental processes that control malignant mutant H-RAS effects can potentially lead to novel cancer therapies.


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New research sheds light on a common link between tumor formation and Costello Syndrome, an inherited developmental disorder in which patients have cardiac defects, mild mental retardation, and face-shape abnormalities. The study reported in the journal Disease Models and Mechanisms (DMM), dmm.biologists.org uses a zebrafish model to help explain a puzzling correlation between Costello syndrome and cancer.

Medicineworld.org: A new model for studying cancer

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