AIRmax and AIRmin mouse lines show a differential lung inflammatory response and differential lung tumor susceptibility after urethane treatment. The transcript profile of approximately 24,000 known genes was analyzed in normal lung tissue of untreated and urethane-treated AIRmax and AIRmin mice. In lungs of untreated mice, inflammation-associated genes involved in pathways such as "leukocyte transendothelial migration", "cell adhesion" and "tight junctions" were differentially expressed. Moreover, gene expression levels differed significantly in urethane-treated mice; in AIRmin mice, modulation of expression of genes involved in pathways associated with inflammatory response paralleled the previously observed persistent infiltration of inflammatory cells in the lung of these mice.
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