Matthew E Hennig

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Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a common cause of death from solid organ malignancy worldwide. Extracellular signal-regulated/mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (MEK) signaling is a critical growth regulatory pathway in HCC. Targeting MEK with a novel small molecule inhibitor, PD0325901, may inhibit HCC tumorigenesis. PD0325901 (0.01-100 nM)(More)
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) causes 600,000 mortalities per year worldwide. Previous studies from our lab provide evidence for altered mitogen-activated protein kinase and extracellular signal-regulated kinase kinase (MEK) signaling in HCC pathogenesis. We hypothesized that pharmacologic targeting of MEK may prevent HCC. Transforming growth(More)
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) causes 600,000 mortalities per year worldwide. Previous studies from our lab provide evidence for altered mitogen-activated protein kinase and extracellular signal-regulated kinase kinase (MEK) signaling in HCC pathogenesis. We hypothesized that pharmacologic targeting of MEK may prevent HCC. Transforming growth(More)
BACKGROUND Alcohol is a significant risk factor for the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). To date, no rodent model has demonstrated the formation of hepatic neoplasia in the setting of chronic alcohol consumption alone. METHODS We investigated whether rats selectively bred for high alcohol preference (P rats), allowed free access to water, or(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic ethanol intake is a significant risk factor for the development of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The effects of ethanol on extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) activation, transforming growth factor alpha (TGF-alpha), and HCC growth were examined in this study. METHODS HepG2, SKHep, Hep3B human HCC cells, or(More)
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