Differential gene expression screening between parental and highly metastatic pancreatic cancer variants using a DNA microarray

J Exp Clin Cancer Res. 2003 Jun;22(2):307-13.


To clarify the difference in genes expressed in hematogenous metastasis and peritoneal dissemination, a broad analysis of differential gene expression analysis between parental cell lines and established metastatic sublines was performed. Using an oligonucleotide array (Gene Chip, Affymetrix), approximately 2,000 genes involved in cancer were analyzed for each of the cell lines. HPC-4H4 (highly metastatic lines to the liver) compared with HPC-4 (low metastatic parental lines), in which 20 overexpressed genes and 5 underexpressed genes were recognized. HPC-4P4a (highly metastatic to the peritoneum) compared with HPC-4, in which 12 overexpressed genes and 15 underexpressed genes were also recognized. Analysis of HPC-4H4 and HPC-4P4a showed comparative up-regulation of 20 genes and down-regulation of 13 in the former, HPC-4H4. Further studies are needed to validate our hypothesis that some of the resulting differentially expressed genes might be implicated in the development of metastasis in pancreatic cancer. In conclusion, this genome-wide expression analysis will help to clarify the molecular mechanisms of cancer metastasis and of the different levels of gene expression in a variety of metastatic potentials in pancreatic cancer.

MeSH terms

  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Cluster Analysis
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasm Metastasis
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis / methods*
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / pathology
  • RNA, Messenger / metabolism


  • RNA, Messenger