Prostate cancer expression profiling by cDNA sequencing analysis

Guyang Matthew Huang*, Wai lap Ng, James Farkas, Lei He, Hongyu Annie Liang, David Gordon, Jun Yu, Leroy Hood

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Prostate cancer is a frequently diagnosed solid tumor that is originated mostly from prostate epithelium. One of the key issues in prostate cancer research is to develop molecular markers that can effectively detect and distinguish the progression and malignancy of prostate tumors. Automated, single-pass cDNA sequencing was utilized to rapidly identify expressed genes in a number of cDNA libraries constructed from various normal and tumor prostatic tissues. These included cell lines as well as short-term epithelial culture. A total of 6604 expressed sequence tags (ESTs) were generated and searched against on-line nucleotide and protein databases. A relational database centric software system was constructed to process, store, and analyze EST data rapidly, cDNA contigs were also obtained by assembly of multiple EST sequences. Protein structural signatures were annotated using motif analysis tools including BLOCKS and an in-house-designed neural network. Cross-library comparisons revealed their unique gene expression profiles. Several differentially expressed cDNA clones were identified, and their expression patterns were confirmed by RNA dot blot and RT-PCR analyses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-186
Number of pages9
Issue number2
StatePublished - 15 Jul 1999


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