Inhibitory role of Smad7 in hepatocarcinogenesis in mice and in vitro.

Smad7 is a principal inhibitor of the TGFβ-Smad signalling pathway. We have investigated the functional significance of Smad7 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Smad7 knockout (KO) and wild-type (WT) mice were injected with diethylnitrosamine (DEN) to induce HCC. The effects of Smad7 on cellular features were examined in HCC cells, using a Smad7 over… (More)