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Virology. 2003 Apr 25;309(1):114-24.

Identification of genes associated with adenovirus 12 tumorigenesis by microarray.

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Department of Microbiology, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.


A total of 242 genes were shown to be differentially expressed between haplotypically matched tumorigenic adenovirus 12 (Ad12) and nontumorigenic Ad5-transformed cells using a microarray containing 8734 cDNAs. Eighty-seven of the differentially expressed genes have known roles that include signal transduction, cell growth and proliferation, transcription regulation, protease, and immune functions. The remaining differentially expressed genes are represented by EST cDNAs which have functions that are either completely unknown or proposed, based on sequence similarity to known genes. A subset of 22 differentially expressed genes from the microarray was further examined by Northern blot analyses to verify the identification of new genes associated with Ad12 tumorigenesis. Growth factor receptor binding protein 10 (Grb10) and protease nexin 1 (PN-1) were overexpressed in all of the tumorigenic Ad12-transformed cells examined, whereas expression of these genes was negligible in all of the nontumorigenic Ad5-transformed cells. By contrast, other genes including B cell translocation gene 2 (BTG2) were shown to be significantly up-regulated in Ad5-transformed cells as compared to Ad12-transformed cells.

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