Published online Jun 21, 2013. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v19.i23.3658
Revised: March 20, 2013
Accepted: May 9, 2013
Published online: June 21, 2013
Core tip: Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have risen to prominence with important roles in a broad range of biological processes. LncRNA expression patterns and their biological functions in gastric cancer still remain unknown. We re-annotated the probes from an Affymetrix Human Exon 1.0 ST array and identified probes uniquely mapping to lncRNAs at the gene level. These probes correspond to 9294 lncRNAs, covering nearly 76% of the GENCODE lncRNA data set. We identified a set of lncRNAs that were differentially expressed in gastric cancer. In an independent data set, 59% of these differentially expressed lncRNAs showed significant expression changes with the same direction.