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Mayo Clinic researchers reveal treasure trove of genes key to kidney cancer
Date:7/1/2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. A genomic analysis of clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC), the most common form of kidney cancer, from 72 patients has uncovered 31 genes that are key to development, growth and spread of the cancer, say researchers from Mayo Clinic in Florida. Eight of these genes had not been previously linked to kidney cancer, and six other genes were never known to be involved in any form of cancer.

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Their study, in the journal Oncotarget, is the most extensive analysis to date of gene expression's role in ccRCC tumor growth and metastasis. The ccRCC subtype accounts for 80 percent of all kidney cancer cases.

This study is a thorough analysis, because overexpressed genes were functionally tested in kidney cancer cells to ensure they were important to some aspect of the cancer process, says the study's senior investigator, molecular biologist, John A. Copland, Ph.D.

"The power of this study is that we looked at genes discovered to be over-expressed in patients' tumors and determined their function in kidney cancer, which has not been done on a large scale before," he says. "This is a seminal step in identifying key pathways and molecules involved in kidney cancer so that specific therapies that target the
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