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Autotaxin (ATX) is an exoenzyme that potently induces tumor cell motility, and enhances experimental metastasis and angiogenesis. ATX was shown recently to be identical to serum lysophospholipase D activity, producing lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) from lyso-glycerophospholipids. LPA, itself a strong chemoattractant for tumor cells, may mediate the actions of(More)
We have determined O(6)-methylguanine-DNA-methyltransferase (MGMT) promoter methylation status by methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction (MSP) in 22 paraffin-embedded specimens of glioblastoma multiforme. A MGMT methylation-specific high resolution melting (HRM) assay was performed to compare the methylation levels of the tumorous and non-tumorous(More)
MicroRNA-31 (miR-31) is among the most frequently altered microRNAs in human cancers and altered expression of miR-31 has been detected in a large variety of tumor types, but the functional role of miR-31 still hold both tumor suppressive and oncogenic roles in different tumor types. MiR-31 expression was down-regulated in a large cohort of hepatocellular(More)
In the present study, we investigated mRNA expression patterns of both SOCS5 and SOCS6 in various normal and cancer tissues using a commercially available Cancer Profiling Array. We found that SOCS5 and SOCS6 had similar expression patterns in most cancer and healthy individuals, suggesting that these two genes are transcriptionally co-regulated.(More)
UNLABELLED ArrayCyGHt is a web-based application tool for analysis and visualization of microarray-comparative genomic hybridization (array-CGH) data. Full process of array-CGH data analysis, from normalization of raw data to the final visualization of copy number gain or loss, can be straightforwardly achieved on this arrayCyGHt system without the use of(More)
Histone deacetylase 2 (HDAC2) is crucial for embryonic development, affects cytokine signaling relevant for immune responses and is often significantly overexpressed in solid tumors; but little is known about its role in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In this study, we showed that targeted-disruption of HDAC2 resulted in reduction of both tumor cell(More)
Recently, the -160 C/A polymorphism, located within the regulatory region of Ecadherin promoter, has been shown to influence E-cadherin transcription by altering transcription factor binding. We examined the effect of this polymorphism on risk of gastric cancer and on histological classification of intestinal- and diffuse-type gastric cancer in 146 normal(More)
Recent molecular genetic studies have revealed that two major types of genomic instabilities, chromosomal instability (CIN) and microsatellite instability (MSI), exist in colorectal carcinomas. In order to clarify the molecular signature related to the CIN and MSI in colorectal carcinomas, we performed transcriptomic expression analysis on eight(More)
Histone deacetylases (HDACs) are known to play a central role in the regulation of several cellular properties interlinked with the development and progression of cancer. Recently, HDAC1 has been reported to be overexpressed in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), but its biological roles in hepatocarcinogenesis remain to be elucidated. In this study, we(More)
Activating mutations of KIT and platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha (PDGFRA) are known to be alternative and mutually exclusive genetic events in the development of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs). We examined the effect of the mutations of these two genes on the gene expression profile of 22 GISTs using the oligonucleotide microarray.(More)