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Generation of a Transgenic Zebrafish Line for In Vivo Assessment of Hepatic Apoptosis

Patient-Derived Cancer Xenograft Zebrafish Model (PDXZ) for Drug Discovery Screening and Personalized Medicine

Quality Control Protocol for Zebrafish Developmental Toxicity Studies

Gap junction protein beta 4 plays an important role in cardiac function in humans, rodents, and zebrafish

A novel orexin antagonist from a natural plant was discovered using zebrafish behavioural analysis

tOverexpression of caltractin gene in Tumor-Infiltrating Lymphocytes.


Da-Yu Tian, Masaaki Hayashi, Toshimichi Yoshida, Teruyo Sakakura, Yoshifumi Kawarada and Toshio Tanaka
International Journal of Oncology 13 1135-1140 1998


Differential display is a technique which relies on the polymerase chain reaction to identify messenger RNA differences between related tissue samples. We have employed an improved differential display technique, called fluorescent differential display (FDD), to identify the genes that are differentially expressed in normal and malignant mammary tissues. From FDD fingerprints, we identified changes in intensity of approximately 3% (185 bands) of a total of 5, 837 bands. Each of these 185 bands represented a differentially expressed gene, and we focused our attention on the expression of the gene for caltractin, a member of the calcium-binding EF-hand protein superfamily. Northern blot analysis revealed that the level of mRNA for caltractin was higher in breast carcinoma than in corresponding normal tissue in all cases tested (5/5). Moreover, high-level expression of the gene for caltractin was also recognized in other malignant tumors, such as hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), gastric cancer and leiomyosarcoma. The results of in situ hybridization showed strong stainings for caltractin mRNA in tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL), but not in malignant tumor cells. Our data suggests that the caltractin gene might be associated with the function of TIL.