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Identification of differentially expressed genes in rat silicosis model by suppression subtractive hybridization analysis.

Authors: Jin, Z  Liu, B  Feng, D  Chen, C  Li, X  Hu, Y  Peng, J  Liu, Y  Du, J  Fu, C  Wen, J 
Citation: Jin Z, etal., Acta Biochim Biophys Sin (Shanghai). 2008 Aug;40(8):740-6.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:18685790

The critical molecular mechanism in the development of the pulmonary fibrosis remains unknown, leaving diagnosed patients with a poor prognosis. To isolate the genes specifically up-regulated in pulmonary fibrosis, we established a rat silicosis model 360 d after treatment with crystalline silica suspension. Radiographs of chests showed that some scattered high-density shadows appeared in the lung field. Typical microscopic fibrosing silicotic nodules formed in the lung, alveolar epithelial cells and bronchial epithelial cells, particularly around the partial fibrosing silicotic nodules; some of them showed atypical hyperplasia that suggested a correlation between silicosis and lung cancer. Suppression subtractive hybridization analysis was performed to compare gene expression in lung tissue with silicosis and normal lung tissue. Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction showed that the expressions of seven novel cDNA sequences identified by suppression subtractive hybridization in lung tissue with silicosis differed from normal lung tissue. Bioinformatics analysis showed that 47 positive clones represented 35 genes containing two putative proteins and four predicted similar proteins. The analysis also showed that some screened genes in silicosis, such as prolyl 4-hydroxylases, actin-related protein-2/3 complex and acidic mammalian chitinase, have not been previously reported. These genes may provide new clues for investigating the molecular mechanisms in the development of pulmonary fibrosis.


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