Dataset features


Application: Gene expression microarray analysis
Number of samples: 15
Release date: Jul 19 2007
Last update date: Oct 29 2018
Access: Public
Diseases: Hyperaldosteronism, ACTH-Secreting Pituitary Adenoma
Chemicals: Aldosterone, Hydrocortisone, Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone, Serotonin, Glutamic Acid
Dataset link Expression data from normal adrenal gland and aldosterone-producing adenoma

Experimental Protocol

Normal human adult adrenals were obtained through the Cooperative Human Tissue Network (Philadelphia, PA) and Clontech (Palo Alto, CA). All the normal adrenal samples came from patients that underwent adrenalectomy along with a renalectomy due to renal carcinoma. The adrenal samples acquired from autopsies were obtained no more than six hours after death, and it was confirmed that the causes of death were unrelated to adrenal function. Real-time quantitative RT-PCR was used to check the legitimacy of the normal control adrenal samples. Examination of tissue sections from each adrenal gland also suggested normal histology. The APA samples were obtained from the Departments of Medicine at UT Southwestern and Division of Endocrinology at the University of Padua. All APA samples were from Conn’s Syndrome patients with significantly elevated circulating aldosterone that was lowered to the normal range after surgical removal of the tumor. Thirty-two adenomas were collected from patients with primary hyperaldosteronism. Twenty-eight of these adenomas had levels of CYP11B2 that were two standard deviations (SD) greater than seen in normal adrenal glands and these samples were used for analyses. It is currently not clear if the adenomas with low CYP11B2 expression are the source of aldosterone in these patients. Other studies suggest that subcapsular micronodules have varying expression of steroidogenic enzymes-some with aldosterone synthase and some without (Shigematsu et al., 2006). Future studies are required to determine if some tumor-bearing adrenals from primary hyperaldosteronsim patients also have small CYP11B2 positive micronodules as the source of aldosterone production. The cortisol-producing adenoma (CPA) tissues were obtained from Division of Endocrinology at the University of Padua from patients with Cushing’s syndrome. Each of the patients was cured following surgical removal of the adenoma. The use of these tissues was approved by the Institutional Review Boards of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas, TX), the Medical College of Georgia (Augusta, GA), and University of Padua (Italy). In addition, this study was approved by the ethical committee at the University of Padua, and informed consent was obtained from every patient. Microarray Analysis Total RNA isolated from normal adult adrenal glands (n = 5) and APA (n = 10) were used on 15 genomic expression arrays. In brief, RNA was hybridized to an Affymetrix human HG-U133+2 oligonucleotide microarray set containing 54,675 probe sets representing approximately 40,500 independent human genes. The arrays were scanned at high resolution using an Affymetrix GeneChip Scanner 3000 located at Medical College of Georgia Microarray Core Facility (Augusta, GA). Results were analyzed using GeneSpring GX 7.3.1 software (Silicon Genetics, Redwood City, CA) to identify differences in expression of GPCR between normal adult adrenal and APA. RNA Extraction The tissue was pulverized in liquid nitrogen to a powder. Total RNA was extracted using TRIzol Reagent (Invitrogen, Carlsbad, CA). The purity and integrity of the RNA were assessed by the Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer (Agilent Technologies, Palo Alto, CA) and its quantity was determined by NanoDrop spectrophotometer (NanoDrop Technologies, Wilmington, DE). cDNA Synthesis 2 µg of total RNA was reverse transcribed using the High Capacity cDNA Archive Kit (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, CA) following manufacturer recommendations and incubated at 25 ºC for 10 min, and 37 ºC for 2 h. The synthesized cDNA was subjected to 1:10 dilution and stored at -20ºC. Real-Time Quantitative PCR Primers and probes for the amplification of the selected GPCR sequences were performed using the TaqMan Gene Expression Assays (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, CA) based on published sequences for genes encoding the respective human GPCR. The gene symbols and AB assay numbers are listed in Table 1. The primer and probe set for human CYP11B2 was designed using Primer Express 3.0 (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, CA) and purchased from IDT (Integrated DNA Technologies, Inc, IA) as published previously (Saner-Amigh et al., 2006). In brief: Forward: 5’-GGCAGAGGCAGAGATGCTG-3’, Reverse: 5’- CTTGAGTTAGTGTCTCCACCAGGA-3’, Probe: 5’-CTGCACCACGTGCTGAAGCACT-3’. PCR reactions were performed using the ABI 7500 Fast Real-Time PCR System (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, CA) with a total volume of 20 μl per reaction following the reaction parameters recommended by the manufacturer, which includes denaturation at 95ºC for 20 s followed by amplification for 40 cycles (95ºC at 3 s, 60ºC at 30 s, fluorescence measurement). For each GPCR the 20 μl total volume consisted of 10 µl TaqMan Fast Universal PCR Master Mix (2X) (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, CA), 900 nM of each primer, 400 nM of the probe and 5 μl of each first-strand cDNA sample. CYP11B2 reaction mix consisted of 10µl TaqMan PCR Master Mix (2X) (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, CA), 100 nM of primer/probe mix and 5 μl of each first-strand cDNA sample. 18s rRNA was detected and quantified using the TaqMan Ribosomal RNA Control Reagents (Vic Probe) (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, CA). Each reaction included 10 µl of TaqMan PCR Master Mix (2X) (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, CA), 100 nM probe and 50 nM primers. Negative controls contained water instead of first-strand cDNA. Quantitative normalization of cDNA in each tissue-derived sample was performed using expression of 18s rRNA as an internal control. The generated Ct value of each gene was normalized by its respected Ct value of 18s rRNA (∆Ct). Then each gene was further normalized using the average ∆Ct value of the normal adult adrenal (∆∆Ct). The final fold-expression changes were calculated using the equation 2-∆∆Ct (Livak & Schmittgen, 2001). Statistical Analysis Data were analyzed and compared to control values (mean of normal adrenal samples) using the Mann-Whitney Rank Sum test with the SigmaStat 3.0 software package (SPSS, Chicago, IL). Results were considered significantly different when p value was less than 0.05.










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