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. and U of T researchers published a study that examined the genetic and epigenetic differences of how genes express themselves in cancer cells.
The researchers found that the three key predictors of how genes work in cancer are gene expression variation, gene conservation, and the presence of epigenetic marks. This work reveals that the top most predictive variables are not what most cancer researchers have previously believed, according to their spokesperson.
"What we found was that the main determinant of how gene expression is operating in cancer cells was related to the presence of key regulatory marks on our genes. Those being active marks of DNA methylation and active marks of histone modifications."
These marks affect how easily the gene can be transcribed into RNA. Previous studies have suggested that gene expression variation is linked to the second most important predictor for gene expression: gene conservation.
The study by Swaney and colleagues, in the journal Cancer Biology Discovery, suggests that gene conservation is in fact a predictor of gene expression in cancer cells, but only when the gene is active.
"It turns out, it's not an independent predictor. It's about active marks on genes. That is, your gene has to be active in order to be conserved. Then you get to the next predictor, which is gene expression variation," said Swaney. "The problem is that we all thought that gene expression variation was the most important predictor of gene expression, but apparently, that's not true."
Looking at the specific genes involved in many of the cancers, it turns out that there are very few active marks of DNA methylation or active marks of histone modifications in a large subset of these genes. The genes that are most likely to be active in the cells are also most conserved, but only when compared to other genes in a non-cancerous cell type.
"We found about a third of our cancer genes are active. It turns out that they tend to be highly conserved in other species, compared to a non-cancerous tissue type. But, it's very good to have conserved genes, because we want to keep them that way," said Swaney.
The study suggests that cancer often starts by simply ignoring the regulatory marks on the genes in cancer cells. But once the marks are 0b46394aab