Clinicopathological significance of the gene expression of matrix metalloproteinase-7, insulin-like growth factor-1, insulin-like growth factor-2 and insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor in patients with colorectal cancer: insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor gene expression is a useful predictor of liver metastasis from colorectal cancer.


Matrix metalloproteinase-7 (MMP-7), secreted by cancer cells, has been implicated classically in the basement membrane destruction associated with tumor cell invasion and metastasis. Epidemiological studies have established a correlation between high levels of circulating insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and the relative risk of colorectal cancer, which… (More)


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