Uteroglobin promoter-targeted c-MYC expression in transgenic mice cause hyperplasia of Clara cells and malignant transformation of T-lymphoblasts and tubular epithelial cells

Transgenic Res. 2001 Dec;10(6):501-11. doi: 10.1023/a:1013085228119.


To investigate the influence of the proto-oncogene c-MYC on tumor development in different epithelial tissues which secrete Clara Cell Secretory Protein (uteroglobin, UG), transgenic mouse lines were established expressing the human c-MYC proto-oncogene under the control of the rabbit UG-promoter. These mice expressed the c-MYC transgene in Clara cells and other UG expressing tissues like uterus and prostate. In the bronchioalveolar epithelium of the lung hyperplasias developed originating from Clara cells. Surprisingly, transgenics most frequently developed T-lymphoblastic lymphomas, a polycystic kidney phenotype and renal cell carcinoma derived from tubular epithelial cells, which are both tissues that had so far not been known to express UG. Immunohistological studies in UG/MYC transgenics and in a transgenic line (UG/eGFP) expressing Green Fluorescent Protein confirmed that the uteroglobin promoter is not only active in Clara cells, but also in tubular epithelial cells of the kidney and in lymphatic tissue. The UG/MYC transgenics will be useful to investigate the biochemical mechanisms underlying the development of carcinomas and the oncogenic properties of c-MYC in epithelial cells of various tissues.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Genetically Modified
  • Blotting, Northern
  • Blotting, Southern
  • Cell Transformation, Neoplastic
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Epithelial Cells / pathology*
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins
  • Humans
  • Hyperplasia*
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • In Situ Hybridization
  • Kidney / cytology
  • Luminescent Proteins / metabolism
  • Lung / cytology*
  • Lung / pathology
  • Mice
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Models, Genetic
  • Phenotype
  • Proto-Oncogene Mas
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myc / biosynthesis
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myc / genetics*
  • Spleen / pathology
  • T-Lymphocytes / pathology*
  • Uteroglobin / genetics*


  • Luminescent Proteins
  • MAS1 protein, human
  • Proto-Oncogene Mas
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myc
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins
  • Uteroglobin