Sdhd ablation promotes thyroid tumorigenesis by inducing a stem-like phenotype.

Ashtekar A, Huk D, Magner A, La Perle K, Zhang X, Piruat JI, López-Barneo J, Jhiang SM, Kirschner LS
Endocr Relat Cancer 24 579-591 01/01/2017

Abstract

Mutations in genes encoding enzymes in the tricarboxylic acid cycle (TCA, also known as the Krebs cycle) have been implicated as causative genetic lesions in a number of human cancers, including renal cell cancers, glioblastomas and pheochromocytomas. In recent studies, missense mutations in the succinate dehydrogenase (SDH) complex have also been proposed to cause differentiated thyroid cancer. In order to gain mechanistic insight into this process, we generated mice lacking the SDH subunit D (Sdhd) in the thyroid. We report that these mice develop enlarged thyroid glands with follicle hypercellularity and increased proliferation.

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