Microarray Analysis of the Hypoxia-induced Gene Expression Profile in Malignant C6 Glioma Cells

  • Huang, Xiao-Dong (Department of Neurosurgery, Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University) ;
  • Wang, Ze-Fen (Department of Physiology, School of Basic Medical Science, Wuhan University) ;
  • Dai, Li-Ming (Department of Neurosurgery, Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University) ;
  • Li, Zhi-Qiang (Laboratory of Neuro-oncology, Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University)
  • Published : 2012.09.30


Hypoxia is commonly featured during glioma growth and plays an important role in the processes underlying tumor progression to increasing malignancy. Here we compared the gene expression profiles of rat C6 malignant glioma cells under normoxic and hypoxic conditions by cDNA microarray analysis. Compared to normoxic culture conditions, 180 genes were up-regulated and 67 genes were down-regulated under hypoxia mimicked by $CoCl_2$ treatment. These differentially expressed genes were involved in mutiple biological functions including development and differentiation, immune and stress response, metabolic process, and cellular physiological response. It was found that hypoxia significantly regulated genes involved in regulation of glycolysis and cell differentiation, as well as intracellular signalling pathways related to Notch and focal adhesion, which are closely associated with tumor malignant growth. These results should facilitate investigation of the role of hypoxia in the glioma development and exploration of therapeutic targets for inhibition of glioma growth.


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