Pancreatic cancer with liver metastases has a poor prognosis and the molecular mechanisms remain unclear. In this study, SW1990HM, a highly metastatic human pancreatic carcinoma line was subcloned from SW1990 by intrasplenic injection. In vivo and in vitro tumorigenicity, metastatic potential, in vitro invasion, cell growth curves, plate efficiency and S-phase cell numbers were higher in SW1990HM cells. Gene expression profiles of SW1990HM and SW1990 cells showed 40 metastasis-related genes expressed with a 3-fold difference. Thirteen of these 32.5% (13/40) were adhesion and extracellular-matrix related and twelve 30% (12/40) were cell growth and proliferation related, such as MMP10, MMP9, MMP7, CDH1, MGAT5, CTNNA1, IGF1, IL8RB, ITGA7, MDM2, MET, SSTR2 and VEGF, which were related to the onset and progression of tumor metastasis. Thus, SW1990HM is an attractive model to study metastasis and identify potential therapeutic targets.