Contribution of MAV-1-induced nephroblastoma to the study of genes involved in human Wilms' tumor development

Crit Rev Oncog. 1994;5(6):589-613.


The avian nephroblastoma induced by myeloblastosis-associated virus constitutes a unique animal model in which to study genes involved in the initiation and progression of the human Wilms' tumor. Along this line, we have identified a new cellular gene (nov, for nephroblastoma overexpressed) whose expression is regulated in vitro by the WT1 proteins and is stimulated in all avian nephroblastomas. The nov gene is also conserved in human and its expression is altered in Wilms' tumors. In both species, the nov gene encodes a potential insulin growth factor (IGF)-binding protein associated tot he extracellular matrix and likely to be involved in cell growth regulation. The recent data that are discussed in this review strongly suggest that the nov protein might play a critical role in normal and pathological nephrogenesis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Avian Myeloblastosis Virus / pathogenicity*
  • Base Sequence
  • Connective Tissue Growth Factor
  • DNA, Complementary
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Humans
  • Immediate-Early Proteins*
  • Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Nephroblastoma Overexpressed Protein
  • Oncogene Proteins, Viral / genetics
  • Wilms Tumor / genetics*
  • Wilms Tumor / virology


  • CCN2 protein, human
  • CCN3 protein, human
  • DNA, Complementary
  • Immediate-Early Proteins
  • Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins
  • Nephroblastoma Overexpressed Protein
  • Oncogene Proteins, Viral
  • Connective Tissue Growth Factor