Epithelial-mesenchymal transition phenotypes of circulating tumor cells correlate with the clinical stages and cancer metastasis in hepatocellular carcinoma patients.


BACKGROUND Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) plays a crucial role in circulating tumor cells (CTCs) dissemination and cancer metastasis. OBJECTIVE To investigate the EMT phenotypes of CTCs in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients and the clinical utility in the early diagnosis of HCC metastasis and progression. METHODS We retrospectively… (More)
DOI: 10.3233/CBM-170315


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