Transgenic mice expressing atrial natriuretic factor-SV40 T-antigen fusion genes (ANF-TAG) developed cardiac tumors asymmetrically in the right atrium. Features associated with cardiac failure, including increased plasma creatine kinase activity (MM and MB) and ventricular dysrhythmias, also were associated with atrial tumor growth. These atrial tumors were able to grow at histocompatible sites (subcutaneously in syngeneic animals) for protracted periods of time yielding a series of transplantable atrial tumor lineages. The transplantable tumors displayed several cardiac-specific characteristics, such as endogenous electrical activity and expression of cardiac-specific proteins. These transplantable atrial tumors constitute a novel experimental resource for developing cell lines which display an adult cardiac phenotype.
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- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology