Our previous studies showed that mitotic checkpoint impairment is present in about 40% of human lung cancer cell lines but that mutations in the MAD mitotic checkpoint genes are infrequent. In the present study, we examined 44 lung cancer cases for the potential involvement of the other gene family involved in the mitotic checkpoint, i.e. BUB. We found that the BUB gene family members including BUB1, BUBR1 and BUB3 are not frequent targets for mitotic checkpoint defects in lung cancers, if present at all. Further studies are thus warranted to elucidate the molecular basis for the acquisition of mitotic checkpoint defects in order to better understand the molecular pathogenesis of lung cancers. © 2001 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd.
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