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Abstract

A transforming N-ras gene was isolated from the SHAC human stomach fibrosarcoma cell line. A single-point mutation resulting in the substitution of histidine for glutamine at codon 61 was found in the SHAC transforming allele. The N-ras gene is overexpressed in the tumor cells and transformant cells. The N-ras p21 product was studied by immunoprecipi-tation and showed no alteration in mobility as compared to the normal p31 protein. The c-myc gene is amplified and overexpressed in these cells. This report gives evidence that an amplified c-myc and a mutated N-ras gene are both present in this tumor cell line and provides support for the idea that co-operation of at least 2 activated cellular oncogenes is required for carcinogenesis.