Identification of differentially expressed genes in human lung squamous cell carcinoma using suppression subtractive hybridization

Wenyue Sun, Kaitai Zhang, Xinyu Zhang, Wendong Lei, Ting Xiao, Jinfang Ma, Suping Guo, Shujuan Shao, Husheng Zhang, Yan Liu, Jinsong Yuan, Zhi Hu, Ying Ma, Xiaoli Feng, Songnian Hu, Jun Zhou, Shujun Cheng, Yanning Gao

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Lung cancer is one of the major causes of cancer-related deaths. Over the past decade, much has been known about the molecular changes associated with lung carcinogenesis; however, our understanding to lung tumorigenesis is still incomplete. To identify genes that are differentially expressed in squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the lung, we compared the expression profiles between primarily cultured SCC tumor cells and bronchial epithelial cells derived from morphologically normal bronchial epithelium of the same patient. Using suppression subtractive hybridization (SSH), two cDNA libraries containing up- and down-regulated genes in the tumor cells were constructed, named as LCTP and LCBP. The two libraries comprise 258 known genes and 133 unknown genes in total. The known up-regulated genes in the library LCTP represented a variety of functional groups; including metabolism-, cell adhesion and migration-, signal transduction-, and anti-apoptosis-related genes. Using semi-quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, seven genes chosen randomly from the LCTP were analyzed in the tumor tissue paired with its corresponding adjacent normal lung tissue derived from 16 cases of the SCC. Among them, the IQGAP1, RAP1GDS1, PAICS, MLF1, and MARK1 genes showed a consistent expression pattern with that of the SSH analysis. Identification and further characterization of these genes may allow a better understanding of lung carcinogenesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-93
Number of pages11
JournalCancer Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 20 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Differential expression
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Suppression subtractive hybridization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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