Analysis of human prostate cancers and cell lines for mutations in the TP53 and KLF6 tumour suppressor genes

Br J Cancer. 2003 Aug 18;89(4):687-90. doi: 10.1038/sj.bjc.6601164.


A recent report suggests that the KLF6 gene encoding the Krüppel-like factor 6 protein is a frequently mutated, putative tumour suppressor gene in prostate cancer. The aims of the present study were to confirm these initial findings by determining the frequency of exon2 KLF6 mutations in a cohort of European prostate cancer patients, and to investigate whether there was evidence for mutational inactivation of both the KLF6 and TP53 tumour suppressor loci in some tumours. We examined 32 primary prostate tumours and three prostate tumour cell lines for mutations by PCR amplification and direct dideoxy sequencing (KLF6), and by oligonucleotide microarray (p53GeneChip) analysis and dideoxy sequencing (TP53). Whereas TP53 mutations typical of prostate cancer were found at a frequency consistent with the literature, no KLF6 mutations were found in any of the tumour samples nor in the three prostate cancer cell lines.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • DNA Mutational Analysis
  • DNA, Neoplasm / analysis
  • Exons
  • Genes, p53*
  • Humans
  • Kruppel-Like Factor 6
  • Kruppel-Like Transcription Factors
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Point Mutation*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / pathology
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins*
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Trans-Activators / genetics*
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured
  • Zinc Fingers / genetics


  • DNA, Neoplasm
  • KLF6 protein, human
  • Kruppel-Like Factor 6
  • Kruppel-Like Transcription Factors
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins
  • Trans-Activators