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Cancer Res. 1995 Jul 1;55(13):2896-903.

A screening method to identify genes commonly overexpressed in carcinomas and the identification of a novel complementary DNA sequence.

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Institut de Génétique et de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique/Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale/Université Louis Pasteur, Illkirch, France.


We describe a differential screening method for cDNA libraries which used a combination of subtracted and PCR-amplified cDNA probes, and which can be applied to the selection of genes expressed in multiple tissues. This technique was used to identify genes commonly overexpressed in breast and basal cell carcinomas. These represent stromally dependent, invasive tumors with and without metastatic capacity. Thus, this screening sought to identify genes involved in the early stages of tumor progression. We identified a total of 16 genes, including c-erbB-2 and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases 3 whose products have been implicated in tumorigenesis or invasion. We also identified a novel sequence (D52) showing little homology with others described in any species, which maps to the human chromosomal band 8q21. In situ RNA hybridizations of breast carcinoma sections indicated that the D52 gene was expressed in cancer cells, whereas other genes identified in the differential screening were expressed in fibroblastic or inflammatory cells within the tumor stroma. Thus, the procedure developed in this study selected genes expressed in a diversity of cell types, indicating its potential usefulness in other systems.

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