Using computer-assisted digitial imageanalysis, the level of ras and gli messenger RNA (mRNA) in neoplasms of meningial and glial origin was determined in an attempt to correlate these parameters with histological tumor severity. We used single-stranded, asymmetric, radiolabelled RNA probes to detect the amount of ras and gli mRNA present in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tumor material. Such archival material can provide an immediate, larger sample base than with fresh samples. The extent of rat mRNA expression in 25 brain tumors was not significantly different than normal cerebellum. However, five of 74 astrocytomas of relatively high malignant potential demonstrated gli mRNA levels above normal cerebellum.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cancer Research