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Differentially Expressed MicroRNAs in Pancreatic Cancer Stem Cells

Jung, Dawoon E. PhD*; Wen, Jing MD, PhD*; Oh, Taeyun PhD*†; Song, Si Young MD, PhD*‡§

doi: 10.1097/MPA.0b013e318221b33e
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Objective: The objective of this study was to analyze and identify pancreatic cancer stem cell-specific microRNAs (miRNAs) and messenger RNAs (mRNAs) to investigate their correlations to cancer stem cell biology.

Methods: We used sphere cultivation methods to enrich the stem cell population and analyzed overall miRNA and mRNA expressions using microarray analysis.

Results: Differentially expressed miRNAs including miR-99a, miR-100, miR-125b, miR-192, and miR-429 were detected in pancreatic cancer stem cells. Furthermore, examining both profiles, we obtained 210 miRNAs and 258 stem cell-associated mRNAs that were differentially expressed in the pancreatic cancer stem cells. These miRNAs and mRNAs were further investigated using cross-correlation analysis, which yielded 6 groups of miRNAs and 3 groups of mRNAs. The number of miRNA clusters and mRNA clusters showed high correlation based on microarray result.

Conclusions: Differentially expressed miRNAs in pancreatic cancer stem cells provide insights into possible linkages between clusters of miRNAs and clusters of stem cell-associated mRNAs in cancer stem cells and have broad implications in our understanding of cancer stem cells and cancer stem cell-targeted cancer therapy.

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From the *Brain Korea 21 Project for Medical Science, Yonsei University College of Medicine; †Life Science and Biotechnology, Yonsei University; and ‡Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Yonsei Institute of Gastroenterology, and §Severance Biomedical Science Institute, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Received for publication September 14, 2010; accepted April 27, 2011.

Reprints: Si Young Song, MD, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, 250 Sungsanno, Seodaemun-gu, 120-752, Seoul, South Korea (e-mail:

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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