Multiple myeloma is a disease characterized by a long, slowly progressive phase and a final, more aggressive one. Little is known about the mechanism of transformation of myeloma cells, although the clinical characteristics of the disease suggest a multi-step process. Recently, a myeloma cell line, NCl-H929, was isolated from a patient with aggressive preterminal disease and found to have a rearranged myc allele. This myeloma cell line has been further characterized in a focus formation assay to determine whether its unusual growth characteristics were associated with a second activated transforming gene. We now report that the NCl-H929 myeloma cell line has an activated ras(n) allele in addition to a rearranged myc allele. This is the first identification of an activated transforming gene in a multiple myeloma cell line; furthermore, the characterization of two independently activated oncogenes in this B cell malignancy has implications for both the pathogenesis and evolution of the disease.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - 1988|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cell Biology