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Genome-Wide Expression Profiling Reveals Downregulation of OTP and CD44 and Upregulation of RET as Indicators of Poor Prognosis in Lung Carcinoids


Introduction: Lung carcinoids comprise a heterogeneous group of neuroendocrine tumors. Only few parameters have been identified that correlated with poor disease outcome, including 11q22-q25 deletions. New biomarkers are required to further improve diagnosis and prediction of prognosis.

Aim(s): To identify differentially expressed genes between carcinoids with a favorable and poor outcome using high resolution gene-expression profiling, and to test their value as prognostic markers.

Materials and methods: mRNA of five tumors with a favorable (>5yr survival) and five with a poor (distant metastasis / deceased) disease outcome was labeled and hybridized to 4x44k Agilent arrays, with a human pool expressing 70-80% of genes as a control. Results were validated by qRT-PCR and immunohistochemistry on an independent series of lung carcinoids.

Conference: 9th Annual ENETSConcerence (2012)

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Authors: Swarts D, Van Neste L, Henfling M, Van Suylen R, Volante M,

Keywords: Bronchial carcinoids, cDNA microarray, MEN-2,

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