Analysis of Thyroid Tumorigenesis in Xenograft Mouse Model

  • Xuguang Zhu
  • Sheue-Yann Cheng
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1801)


Analysis of thyroid tumorigenesis in xenograft mouse model is important to study human thyroid cancer. Recent studies have made big strides toward understanding the molecular mechanisms by which thyroid hormone nuclear receptors (TR) act to maintain normal cellular functions in growth, differentiation, and development. Despite growing interest, the role of TR in oncogenesis remains to be fully elucidated. Two TR genes give rise to three major TR isoforms: TRα1, TRβ1, and TRβ2. These TR subtypes express in a tissue- and development-dependent manner. Research has been directed at understanding the mechanisms by which TR could mediate aberrant cellular signaling that contributes to oncogenesis, at dissecting possible distinct roles of TR isoforms in oncogenesis, and at the differential susceptibility of target tissues to the oncogenic actions of TR. This chapter gives a brief overview of the current undersatanding of known molecular oncogenic actions of TR. Here, we describe analysis of thyroid tumorigenesis used in interrogating the in vivo oncogenic actions of TR.

Key words

Thyroid hormone receptor Oncogenesis Thyroid tumorigenesis 



We regret any reference omissions due to length limitation. We wish to thank all colleagues and collaborators who have contributed to the work described in this review. The research described in this review by the authors and their colleagues at National Cancer Institute was supported by the Intramural Research Program of the Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Center for Cancer ResearchNational Cancer Institute, National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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