Gene expression profiling in a mouse model of Helicobacter-induced gastric cancer

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Abstract

We have previously reported that a synergistic interaction between hypergastrinemia and Helicobacter felis (H. felis) infection accelerates gastric carcinogenesis in mice, but the precise mechanism for this interaction has not been clarified. Consequently, we undertook an oligonucleotide cDNA microarray study to investigate changes in gene expression in this model system. Male hypergastrinemic transgenic (INS-GAS) mice with 6-months H. felis infection were compared with three different age, strain and gender-matched control groups: (i) INS-GAS mice without H. felis infection; (ii) non-transgenic FVB/N mice with H. felis infection; and (iii) non-transgenic FVB/N mice without H. felis infection. Complementary RNA derived from whole stomach were hybridized to the Affymetrix GeneChip murine U74Av2 array. Among 12 000 cDNA spotted on each chip, 35 cDNA were upregulated and 41 cDNA were downregulated more than twofold in H. felis-infected INS-GAS mice compared with all three control groups. Expression changes were validated in 12 selected genes by northern hybridization and/or quantitative real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Confirmed upregulated genes included Reg I, amphiregulin, MMP-10, MMP-13, claudin-7 and chitinase 3-like 1, while confirmed downregulated genes included H/K-ATPase alpha and beta subunits, intrinsic factor, somatostatin, galectin-2 and apolipoprotein A-I. Immunohistochemical analysis of MMP-10, amphiregulin, H/K-ATPase beta subunit and galectin-2 confirmed these expression changes at the protein level, and MMP-10 was mainly detected in stromal cells of submucosal region, while the other three genes were expressed in gastric epithelial cells. Taken together, gene expression profiling of this mouse model may provide novel insights into Helicobacter-induced gastric carcinogenesis.

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