The Tasmanian Devil Transcriptome Reveals Schwann Cell Origins of a Clonally Transmissible Cancer
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Publication Year 2010-01-01, Volume 327, Issue #5961, Page 84-87
Journal Title
SCIENCE
Publication Type
Journal Article
Abstract
The Tasmanian devil, a marsupial carnivore, is endangered because of the emergence of a transmissible cancer known as devil facial tumor disease (DFTD). This fatal cancer is clonally derived and is an allograft transmitted between devils by biting. We performed a large-scale genetic analysis of DFTD with microsatellite genotyping, a mitochondrial genome analysis, and deep sequencing of the DFTD transcriptome and microRNAs. These studies confirm that DFTD is a monophyletic clonally transmissible tumor and suggest that the disease is of Schwann cell origin. On the basis of these results, we have generated a diagnostic marker for DFTD and identify a suite of genes relevant to DFTD pathology and transmission. We provide a genomic data set for the Tasmanian devil that is applicable to cancer diagnosis, disease evolution, and conservation biology.
Publisher
AMER ASSOC ADVANCEMENT SCIENCE
Keywords
FACIAL-TUMOR DISEASE; SARCOPHILUS-HARRISII; IMMUNOHISTOCHEMICAL CHARACTERIZATION; VENEREAL TUMOR; MICRORNAS; DIVERSITY; NEOPLASMS; EVOLUTION; PROTEIN; SYSTEM
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Creation Date: 2010-01-01 12:00:00
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