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Gene expression profile of ewing sarcoma cell lines differing in their EWS-FLI1 fusion type

Oct 1, 2005 | Magazine: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Bandrés E, Malumbres R, Escalada A, Cubedo E, González I, Honorato B, Zarate R, García-Foncillas J, de Alava E.
Laboratory of Pharmacogenomics, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain


The t(11;22)(q24;q12) translocation is present in up to 95% of Ewing tumor patients and results in the formation of an EWS-FLI-1 fusion gene that encodes a chimeric transcription factor. Many alternative forms of EWS-FLI-1 exist because of variations in the location of the EWS and FLI-1 genomic breakpoints.

Previous reports have shown that the type 1 fusion is associated with a significantly better prognosis than the other fusion types. It has been suggested that the observed clinical discrepancies result from different transactivation potentials of the various EWS-FLI-1 fusion proteins. In an attempt to identify genes whose expression levels are differentially modulated by structurally different EWS-FLI-1 transcription factors, we have used microarray technology to interrogate 19,000 sequence genes to compare gene expression profile of type 1 or non-type 1 Ewing sarcoma cell lines.

Data analysis showed few qualitative differences on gene expression; expression of only 41 genes (0.215% of possible sequences analyzed) differed significantly between Ewing tumor cell lines carrying EWS-FLI-1 fusion type 1 with respect to those with non-type 1 fusion.

CITATION  J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2005 Oct;27(10):537-42