Encyclopedia of Cancer

Living Edition
| Editors: Manfred Schwab


  • Oliver GimmEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27841-9_5065-2


Rearranged during transfection: RET is the abbreviation for a gene that was found to be rearranged during transfection studies of NIH-3T3 cells with human lymphoma DNA. It is a receptor tyrosine kinase, for which the ligand is glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factors (GDNF). It was originally detected as an oncogenic version from a T-cell lymphoma.


RETis located on chromosome sub-band 10q11.2 and consists of at least 21 exons. Alternative polyadenylation sites and alternative splicing result in different transcript sizes. RET splice variants contain the first 19 exons, followed by distinct 3′ ends. These variants produce three protein isoforms that have 9 (RET9), 51 (RET51), or 43 (RET43) distinct amino acids at their C termini. The gene encodes for a transmembrane tyrosine kinase receptor. The first ten exons, and maybe part of exon 11, encode the extracellular domain; exon 11 encodes the transmembrane domain, while the remaining exons encode the...


Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type Enteric Nervous System Enteric Neuron 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity HospitalLinköpingSweden