Gene expression profiling of drug metabolism and toxicology markers using a low-density DNA microarray

Françoise De Longueville, Dominique Surry, Georgina Meneses-Lorente, Vincent Bertholet, Valerie Talbot, Stephanie Evrard, Nathalie Chandelier, Andrew Pike, Phil Worboys, Jean-Paul Rasson, Béatrice Le Bourdellès, José Remacle

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DNA microarrays are useful tools to study changes of gene expression in response to a treatment with drugs. Here, we describe the optimization of conditions for the cDNA synthesis and hybridization protocols to be used for a low-density DNA microarray called "Rat HepatoChips". This DNA microarray with 59 carefully selected genes could be used to study changes in gene expression levels due to a treatment with xenobiotic. These 59 genes (including 8 housekeeping genes) have been selcted among potential toxic markers involved in basic cellular processes and drug metabolism related genes. Using the optimized conditions, the results were shownto be reproducible with 6% variation between the duplicated spots and 10% between arrays. conditions were optimized to allow quantification with a dynamic range of four log units. In order to demonstrate the major advantage of these tool for studying gene expression, samples of control rat liver were compared with those of animals doses with phenobarbital (PB) or pregnenolone-16&-carbonitrile (PCN), two compounds well known to induce cytochrome P450 isoforms of 2B and 3A subfamilies, respectively. This microarray has shown that other genes apart from the corresponding CYP P450 genes have been changed due to PB and PCN treatment. Apoptosis-related genes have shown to be changed due to PB and PCN treatment, wich confirms results from previous work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-149
Number of pages13
JournalBiochemical Pharmacology
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Low-density microarray; quantitative assay; toxicogenomics;drug metabolism; CYP2B and CYP3A inducer; rat liver


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