Quantitative analysis of differential expression of HOX genes in multiple cancers

Orit Adato, Yaron Orenstein, Juri Kopolovic, Tamar Juven-Gershon, Ron Unger

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Transcription factors encoded by Homeobox (HOX) genes play numerous key functions during early embryonic development and differentiation. Multiple reports have shown that mis-regulation of HOX gene expression plays key roles in the development of cancers. Their expression levels in cancers tend to differ based on tissue and tumor type. Here, we performed a comprehensive analysis comparing HOX gene expression in different cancer types, obtained from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), with matched healthy tissues, obtained from Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx). We identified and quantified differential expression patterns that confirmed previously identified expression changes and highlighted new differential expression signatures. We discovered differential expression patterns that are in line with patient survival data. This comprehensive and quantitative analysis provides a global picture of HOX genes’ differential expression patterns in different cancer types.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1572
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
Issue number6
StatePublished - 14 Jun 2020

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  • Cancer
  • Differential expression analysis
  • HOX genes
  • Patient survival
  • Transcription factors


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