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Applications of Gene Transfer in the Analysis of Gene Amplification

  • G. M. Wahl
  • S. Carroll
  • P. Gaudray
  • J. Meinkoth
  • J. Ruiz


Gene amplification is a ubiquitous process that occurs under conditions in which elevated levels of specific gene products provide a cell with a growth advantage or are required for cellular differentiation to proceed. It has been shown to mediate the resistance of prokaryotes and eukaryotes to antiproliferative agents and adverse environmental conditions (for reviews, see Anderson and Roth, 1977; Biedler et al.,1983; Cowell, 1982; Hamlin et al., 1984; Schimke, 1984; Stark and Wahl, 1984) and to allow the accumulation of structural RNAs and specific proteins during development (e.g., see Hamlin et al., 1984; Stark and Wahl, 1984). A role for gene amplification in the development or progression of malignancy has also been proposed to account for the frequent amplification and overexpression of protooncogenes in a variety of tumor cells grown in vitro or isolated from patients in vivo (for reviews, see Bishop, 1983; Schimke, 1984).


Gene Amplification Chinese Hamster Ovary Cell Thymidine Kinase Dihydrofolate Reductase Amplification Process 
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  • G. M. Wahl
    • 1
  • S. Carroll
    • 1
  • P. Gaudray
    • 1
  • J. Meinkoth
    • 1
  • J. Ruiz
    • 1
  1. 1.Gene Expression LaboratoryThe Salk InstituteLa JollaUSA

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