Identification of Genes and MicroRNAs Involved in Ovarian Carcinogenesis

  • Wan, Shu-Mei (Department of Gynecology, General Hospital of Guangzhou Military Command of PLA) ;
  • Lv, Fang (Department of Gynecology, Bo-ai Hospital) ;
  • Guan, Ting (Department of Gynecology, General Hospital of Guangzhou Military Command of PLA)
  • Published : 2012.08.31


MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play roles in the clinic, both as diagnostic and therapeutic tools. The identification of relevant microRNAs is critically required for ovarian cancer because of the prevalence of late diagnosis and poor treatment options currently. To identify miRNAs involved in the development or progression of ovarian cancer, we analyzed gene expression profiles downloaded from Gene Expression Omnibus. Comparison of expression patterns between carcinomas and the corresponding normal ovarian tissues enabled us to identify 508 genes that were commonly up-regulated and 1331 genes that were down-regulated in the cancer specimens. Function annotation of these genes showed that most of the up-regulated genes were related to cell cycling, and most of the down-regulated genes were associated with the immune response. When these differentially expressed genes were mapped to MiRTarBase, we obtained a total of 18 key miRNAs which may play important regulatory roles in ovarian cancer. Investigation of these genes and microRNAs should help to disclose the molecular mechanisms of ovarian carcinogenesis and facilitate development of new approaches to therapeutic intervention.


Supported by : Guangdong Natural Science Foundation


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