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Hypoxia activates genetic programs that facilitate cell survival; however, in cancer, it may promote invasion and metastasis. Although the exact mechanisms driving hypoxia-induced invasion and metastasis remain elusive, we hypothesized that epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) may play a major role. We investigated this in vitro by treating(More)
Metastasis contributes to the poor prognosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, the mechanism through which a primary HCC cell develops into a metastatic phenotype is not well understood. In this study, we set out to elucidate how blood vessel epicardial substance (BVES), a novel adhesion molecule regulating tight junction formation, mediates(More)
Mutation in the p53 gene is arguably the most frequent type of gene-specific alterations in human cancers. Current p53-based gene therapy contains the administration of wt-p53 or the suppression of mutant p53 expression in p53-defective cancer cells. . We hypothesized that trans-splicing could be exploited as a tool for the correction of mutant p53(More)
Invasion and metastasis are the major causes of death in patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). Recent studies have confirmed that SPARC/osteonectin, cwcv and kazal-like domains proteoglycan 1 (SPOCK1) plays multiple roles in cancer progression. This study aims to explore the clinical characteristics of SPOCK1 in ESCC and its roles in the(More)
Hypoxia is often found in solid tumors and is associated with tumor progression and poor clinical outcomes. We elucidated the mechanism by which netrin-1 released under hypoxic stress can induce epithelial–mesenchymal transition (EMT) to promote invasion in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells. The expression of netrin-1 and the dependent receptors UNC5H(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the relationship between the gene polymorphism of HLA-DRB(1) and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)alpha with the genetic susceptibility to cirrhosis. METHODS The gene polymorphism of DRB(1) and TNF alpha of 106 cases of cirrhosis due to HBV and 108 controls were detected by means of polymerase chain reaction-sequence specific primer and RFLP(More)
The histidine-rich calcium-binding protein (HRC) is a regulator of Ca2+ homeostasis and it plays a significant role in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) progression. However, the relationship between HRC and liver fibrogenesis is still unknown. Our data demonstrates that HRC was upregulated in fibrotic liver and activated hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). TGF-β(More)
Activation of the platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)/PDGF beta receptor (PDGFβR) axis has a critical role in liver fibrosis. However, the mechanisms that regulate the PDGF signaling are yet to be elucidated. The present study demonstrates that paired related homeobox protein 1 (Prrx1) is involved in PDGF-dependent hepatic stellate cell (HSCs) migration(More)
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a major cause of chronic liver diseases, but its involvement in hepatic fibrogenesis remains unclear. Special AT-rich binding protein 1 (SATB1) has been implicated in reprogramming chromatin organization and transcription profiles in many cancers and non-cancer-related conditions. We found that hepatic SATB1(More)
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