Overview of gene expression changes over multiple co-cultures of breast cancer cell lines and normal breast epithelial cells with fibroblasts. (a) Correlation of the measured co-culture gene expression levels and their estimated expression levels based on the proportional contribution of each cell type determined by a linear regression fit of the monoculture to the co-culture data. (b) Fold change of each gene associated with co-culturing of MDA-MB231 and CCL-171. Genes of the interferon response gene set (Additional data file 1) as determined by SAM are indicated in red. (c) Fold change in expression of the interferon response gene set (Additional data file 1) in co-culture of MCF-7, HMECs and MDA-MB-231 with either the CCL-171 lung fibroblast or the HTB-125 breast fibroblast, showing that CCL-171 and HTB-125 induce a distinct, but very similar response in co-culture with different epithelial cells. (d) Overview of collapsed data from repeat co-culture experiments of eight benign and malignant epithelial cells with three different fibroblasts. Hierarchical clustering of the interaction effects of 3,000 genes in co-cultures of 7 breast cancer cell lines and normal breast epithelial cells with fibroblasts. Red and green denote relative changes in expression associated heterotypic interaction. The magnitude of the relative change is given by color intensity.
Buess et al. Genome Biology 2007 8:R191 doi:10.1186/gb-2007-8-9-r191