Lab Anim Res.  2018 Sep;34(3):118-125. 10.5625/lar.2018.34.3.118.

Successful development of squamous cell carcinoma and hyperplasia in RGEN-mediated p27 KO mice after the treatment of DMBA and TPA

  • 1Department of Biomaterials Science, College of Natural Resources and Life Science/Life and Industry Convergence Research Institute, Pusan National University, Korea.
  • 2Department of Experimental Animal Research, Clinical Research Institute, Seoul National University Hospital, Korea.
  • 3Department of Biochemistry, College of Life Science and Biotechnology, Yonsei University, Korea.


To evaluate the carcinogenicity of p27 knockout (KO) mice with RNA-guided endonuclease (RGENs)-mediated p27 mutant exon I gene (IΔ), alterations in the carcinogenic phenotypes including tumor spectrum, tumor suppressor proteins, apoptotic proteins and cell cycle regulators were observed in p27 (IΔ) KO mice after treatment with 7,12-Dimethylbenz[a]anthracene (DMBA) and 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA)(DT) for 5 months. The target region (544~571 nt) in exon I of the p27 gene was successfully disrupted in p27 (IΔ) KO mice using the RGEN-induced non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) technique. After DT exposure for 5 months, a few solid tumors (identified as squamous cell carcinoma) developed on the surface of back skin of DT-treated p27 (IΔ) KO mice. Also, squamous cell hyperplasia with chronic inflammation was detected in the skin dermis of DT-treated p27 (IΔ) KO mice, while the Vehicle+p27 (IΔ) KO mice and WT mice maintained their normal histological skin structure. A significant increase was observed in the expression levels of tumor suppressor protein (p53), apoptotic proteins (Bax, Bcl-2 and Caspase-3) and cell-cycle regulator proteins (Cyclin D1, CDK2 and CDK4) in the skin of DT-treated p27 (IΔ) KO mice, although their enhancement ratio was varied. Taken together, the results of the present study suggest that squamous cell carcinoma and hyperplasia of skin tissue can be successfully developed in new p27 (IΔ) KO mice produced by RGEN-induced NHEJ technique following DT exposure for 5 months.


p27; tumorigenesis; DMBA; TPA; carcinoma; hyperplasia
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