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Quantitative relationships between pigment-related mRNA and biochemical melanoma markers in melanoma cell lines
Linköping University, Department of Biomedicine and Surgery, Clinical Chemistry. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Biomedicine and Surgery, Clinical Chemistry. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Biomedicine and Surgery, Clinical Chemistry. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Biomedicine and Surgery, Clinical Chemistry. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
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2002 (English)In: Melanoma research, ISSN 0960-8931, E-ISSN 1473-5636, Vol. 12, no 3, 193-200 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The use of reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analysis of melanoma-specific transcripts for the identification of circulating melanoma cells has shown very variable results in different studies on melanoma patients. We have therefore developed quantitative methods to study both analytical and biological variations as possible causes of this phenomenon. Pigment-related and S-100β transcripts were quantified in 12 different melanoma cell lines and related to the amounts of 5-S-cysteinyldopa, pigment and S-100B protein. A real-time PCR method was used and the results were expressed as absolute number of transcripts per cell. Tyrosinase, tyrosinase-related protein (TRP)-1, TRP-2 and MART-1/Melan-A mRNA varied from undetectable (< 10-4 transcripts/cell) to 103 transcripts/cell, i.e. by a factor > 107 in the different cell lines. S-100β mRNA varied from 2.8 to 165 transcripts/cell, i.e. by a factor of 60. Tyrosinase, TRP-1 and TRP-2 mRNA correlated significantly with the amount of 5-S-cysteinyldopa, an intermediate pigment metabolite (P < 0.001, P < 0.001 and P < 0.01, respectively). The amount of S-100β mRNA correlated significantly with the amount of S-100B protein (P < 0.001). No cross-correlations were seen between the pigment-related and S-100-related analytes. We conclude that one reason behind the negative results of RT-PCR measurement of pigment-related mRNA may be that these transcripts are not always expressed in the particular cells present in the patient's blood. Furthermore, variation in the expression of the order of 107 must have great impact on the diagnostic sensitivity. Measurement of S-100β mRNA would be more sensitive, but the use of this transcript is hampered by its presence in the blood cells. © 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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2002. Vol. 12, no 3, 193-200 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-25118DOI: 10.1097/00008390-200206000-00002PubMedID: 12140375Local ID: 9551OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-25118DiVA: diva2:245444
Available from: 2009-10-07 Created: 2009-10-07 Last updated: 2012-10-30
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1. Quantitative analysis of melanoma transcripts: with emphasis on methodological and biological variation
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2004 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The introduction of RT-PCR made it possible to detect circulating tumor cells in melanoma patients by analysis of melanoma-associated transcripts, especially tyrosinase. Since the development of the first PCR method for tyrosinase mRNA, several studies have presented varying results. In the present thesis I have developed and used quantitative PCR methods in order to evaluate methodological and biological factors which may explain the disparity in the literature.

Two methods were developed for tyrosinase, one competitive PCR and one real-time PCR method. With the real-time PCR technique, quantitative methods were also developed for tyrosinase related protein (TRP)-1, TRP-2, MART-1/Melan-A, S-100, GD2 synthase, MAGE-A3 and MAGE-A12. Methodological studies on the RNA extraction showed that the silica based RNA extraction method QIAamp gave considerably higher yields compared with the phenol-chloroform based extraction methods Ultraspec and FastRNA. Further studies showed that yields comparable with the QIAamp method could be obtained with the mRNA extraction method GenoPrep. Optimization of the cDNA synthesis procedure revealed that the reverse transcriptase and factors in the RNA sample inhibited the following PCR. This was avoided by diluting the cDNA sample before PCR.

The stability of the tumor cell RNA in the samples is of great concern when it comes to transporting samples from distant hospitals to the laboratory. It was found that blood collected in ACD was best, although insufficiently, stabilized when stored at +4 °C compared with room temperature. Similar stability was also obtained for PAXgene tubes stored at room temperature, however the stability of RNA was much improved when the PAXgene tubes were frozen.

Studies on the biological variation in cultured melanoma cell lines and tissue sections from melanoma metastases showed that the expression of melanoma associated transcripts varied widely. In melanoma cell lines the expression of the transcripts tyrosinase, TRP-1, TRP-2 and MART-1/Melan-A was related to the pigmentation of the cell lines. The pigment-related transcripts and S-100 were expressed at higher levels than GD2 synthase, MAGE-A3 and MAGE-A12 in the melanoma metastases. The expressions of TRP-2 and GD2 synthase appeared to be influenced by therapy. In metastases from patients treated with a combination of cisplatinum, DTIC and interferon-α2b, TRP-2 was expressed at higher levels and GD2 synthase at lower levels compared with untreated patients.

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Linköping: Linköpings universitet, 2004. 61 p.
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Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 843
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Medical and Health Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-24062 (URN)3621 (Local ID)91-7373-816-6 (ISBN)3621 (Archive number)3621 (OAI)
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2004-04-07, Aulan, Administrationshuset, Hälsouniversitetet, Linköping, 09:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2009-10-07 Created: 2009-10-07 Last updated: 2012-10-30Bibliographically approved

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