Genome-Wide Expression Profiling Reveals Downregulation of OTP and CD44 and Upregulation of RET as Indicators of Poor Prognosis in Lung Carcinoids Abstract #462

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 ENETS Conference (2012)
Category: Basic
Presenting Author: MSc Dorian Swarts

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