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Identification of candidate genes associated with the pathogenesis of small cell lung cancer via integrated bioinformatics analysis

  • Authors:
    • Yi Liao
    • Guofang Yin
    • Xue Wang
    • Ping Zhong
    • Xianming Fan
    • Chengliang Huang
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  • Published online on: July 29, 2019     https://doi.org/10.3892/ol.2019.10685
  • Pages: 3723-3733
  • Copyright: © Liao et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution License.

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Abstract

The pathogenesis of small cell lung cancer (SCLC), a highly metastatic malignant tumor, remains unclear. In the present study, important genes and pathways that are involved in the pathogenesis of SCLC were identified. The following four datasets were downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus: GSE60052, GSE43346, GSE15240 and GSE6044. The differentially expressed genes (DEGs) between the SCLC samples and the normal samples were analyzed using R software. The limma package was used for every dataset. The RobustRankAggreg package was used to integrate the DEGs from the four datasets. Functional and pathway enrichment analyses were conducted using the Gene Ontology and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes databases with FunRich software and R software, respectively. In addition, the protein‑protein interaction (PPI) network of the DEGs was constructed using the STRING database and Cytoscape software. Hub genes and significant modules were identified using Molecular Complex Detection in Cytoscape software. Finally, the expression values of hub genes were determined using the Oncomine online database. In total, 412 DEGs were identified following the integration of the four datasets, with 146 upregulated genes and 266 downregulated genes. The upregulated DEGs were primarily enriched in the cell cycle, cell division and microtubule binding. The downregulated DEGs were primarily enriched in the complement and coagulation cascades, the cytokine‑mediated signaling pathway and protein binding. Eight hub genes and 1 significant module correlated to the cell cycle pathway were identified based on a subset of the PPI network. Finally, five hub genes were identified as highly expressed in SCLC tissue compared with normal tissue. The cell cycle pathway may be the pathway most closely associated with the pathogenesis of SCLC. NDC80, BUB1B, PLK1, CDC20 and MAD2L1 should be the focus of follow‑up studies regarding the diagnosis and treatment of SCLC.

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APA
Liao, Y., Yin, G., Wang, X., Zhong, P., Fan, X., & Huang, C. (2019). Identification of candidate genes associated with the pathogenesis of small cell lung cancer via integrated bioinformatics analysis. Oncology Letters, 18, 3723-3733. https://doi.org/10.3892/ol.2019.10685
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Liao, Y., Yin, G., Wang, X., Zhong, P., Fan, X., Huang, C."Identification of candidate genes associated with the pathogenesis of small cell lung cancer via integrated bioinformatics analysis". Oncology Letters 18.4 (2019): 3723-3733.
Chicago
Liao, Y., Yin, G., Wang, X., Zhong, P., Fan, X., Huang, C."Identification of candidate genes associated with the pathogenesis of small cell lung cancer via integrated bioinformatics analysis". Oncology Letters 18, no. 4 (2019): 3723-3733. https://doi.org/10.3892/ol.2019.10685