In Vitro Evaluation of Candidate Gene Targets for Cancer Therapy

  • Xing Fei Tan
  • Wei Xuan Teo
  • George W. YipEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1974)


Discovery and development of gene targets for cancer therapeutics are lengthy and highly costly processes. Identification and evaluation of candidate gene targets are of fundamental importance. RNA interference allows candidate genes to be specifically and effectively knocked down in cancer cells. This tool can be easily incorporated into a loss-of-function approach in the initial evaluation of candidate gene targets for cancer treatment prior to moving on to animal studies and clinical trials. This chapter describes a relatively simple and straightforward protocol that makes use of small interfering RNA to achieve knockdown of the candidate gene target and to evaluate the resultant effects on four aspects of cancer cell behavior: migration, invasion, proliferation, and adhesion.


siRNA Breast cancer Migration Invasion Proliferation Adhesion 



We would like to thank S. L. Bay for her help in preparing the illustrations and C. X. Ng for contributing images for Fig. 3. Work in the laboratory of G. W. Yip is supported by Grants NMRC/CSA/0041/2012 and NMRC/CIRG/1436/2015 from the National Medical Research Council, Singapore.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anatomy, Yong Loo Lin School of MedicineNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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