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    Keywords: CANCER ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; carcinoma ; GENE ; GENE-EXPRESSION ; GENES ; microarray ; PROTEIN ; SAMPLE ; SAMPLES ; murine ; AP-1 ; CARCINOGENESIS ; tumour ; SKIN ; MOUSE ; TRANSCRIPTION FACTORS ; IDENTIFICATION ; PROGRESSION ; gene expression ; PROMOTERS ; skin carcinogenesis ; METASTASIS ; SSH ; PCR ; TRANSFORMATION ; EPITHELIAL-CELLS ; squamous cell carcinoma ; FRAGMENTS ; MULTISTAGE CARCINOGENESIS ; real-time PCR ; expression profiling ; PHORBOL ESTER ; CDNA MICROARRAY ; NMRI MOUSE SKIN ; tumour promoter
    Abstract: Malignant transformation of mouse skin by chemical carcinogens and tumour promoters, such as the phorbol ester 12-O- tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA), is a multi-stage process that leads to squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) formation. In an effort to identify turnour-associated genes, we studied the influence of short-term TPA-treatment on the gene expression profile of murine skin. A comprehensive microarray with some 5,000 murine gene specific cDNA fragments was established and hybridised with pooled RNA derived from control and TPA-treated dorsal skin samples. Of these genes, 54 were up- and 35 were down-regulated upon TPA application. Additionally, we performed suppression subtractive hybridisation (SSH) with respective RNA pools to generate and analyse a cDNA library enriched for TPA- inducible genes. Expression data of selected genes were confirmed by quantitative real-time PCR and Northern blot analysis. Comparison of microarray and SSH data revealed that 26% of up-regulated genes identified by expression profiling matched with those present in the SSH library. Besides numerous known genes, we identified a large set of unknown cDNAs that represent previously unrecognised TPA-regulated genes in murine skin with potential function in tumour promotion. Additionally, some TPA-induced genes, such as SprrIA, Saa3, junB, II4ralpha, Gp38, RalGDS and Slpi exhibit high basal level in advanced stages of skin carcinogenesis, suggesting that at least a subgroup of the identified TPA-regulated genes may contribute to tumour progression and metastasis. (C) 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 12640676
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