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I want to say in contrast, X expression is elevated in only pancreas tissue and Y expression is elevated in only pituitary tissue. Can I write something like this?

In contrast, X and Y expression elevated in only in one tissue: pancreas, pituitary.

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    That last sentence is not clear at all. Only what you said at the beginning is. – Karlomanio Feb 6 at 20:51
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Yes, you can use a colon to present the two types of tissue. To make the association clear, you should add "respectively":

In contrast, X and Y expression increased in only one tissue [in each case]: pancreas and pituitary, respectively.

Note that I deleted an instance of "in" and changed the phrase to "expression increased," which is a much more common expression in the literature.

The addition of "in each case" further clarifies your meaning, as would a preceding sentence that reads something like "Expression of A, B, and C increased in both E and G."

You could also use, for example,

A, B, and C expression was elevated in multiple tissue types. In contrast, X and Y expression increased only in the pancreas and in the pituitary, respectively.

or

Expression of A, B, and C increased in both pancreas and pituitary tissue. In contrast, X expression increased only in the pancreas, and Y expression only in the pituitary.

  • Thank you. I wanted to shorten the sentence by adding a colon. But it seems in your first example it is still long and complicated. I think your second example is very clear though it has no colon. – user1883491 Feb 7 at 18:48
  • Can it (2nd example) be shortened like this? - In contrast, X and Y expression increased only in the pancreas and pituitary, respectively. – user1883491 Feb 7 at 22:30
  • Absolutely; this would be perfectly clear and succinct. – Chemomechanics Feb 7 at 23:18

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