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Binyi Lin, Tianchi Chen, Qijun Zhang, Xiaoxiao Lu, Zhiyun Zheng, Jun Ding, Jinfeng Liu, Zhe Yang, Lei Geng, Liming Wu, Lin Zhou, Shusen Zheng
To investigate the potential oncogene promoting recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) following liver transplantation (LT), throughput RNA sequencing was performed in a subgroup of HCC patients. The up-regulated FAM83D in HCC tissues was found and further verified in 150 patients by real-time PCR and immunohistochemistry. FAM83D overexpression significantly correlated with high HCC recurrence rate following LT and poor HCC characteristics such as high AFP, poor differentiation. Of cancer stem cells (CSCs) markers, CD44 expression was effectively suppressed when FAM83D was knocked down by siRNA...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
Haruki Kimura, Kazuyoshi Ohkawa, Masanori Miyazaki, Mitsuru Sakakibara, Kazuho Imanaka, Takeshi Tamura, Hironari Sueyoshi, Ryoji Takada, Nobuyasu Fukutake, Hiroyuki Uehara, Reiko Ashida, Tatsuya Ioka, Tetsuro Nakazawa, Katsuyuki Nakanishi, Kazuhiro Katayama
BACKGROUND: Intermediate-stage [Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer stage-B (BCLC-B)] hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) comprises of a heterogeneous population of patients with a wide range of tumor burdens. We therefore formulated a subclassification of BCLC-B HCC using the up-to-seven criteria and tumor markers according to the results of a retrospective analysis of these patients. METHODS: This study included 125 patients newly diagnosed with BCLC-B HCC who underwent transarterial chemoembolization...
October 20, 2016: Hepatology International
Raymond Kwok Kei Chow, Sarah Tsz-Kwan Sin, Ming Liu, Yan Li, Tim Hon Man Chan, Yangyang Song, Leilei Chen, Dora Lai-Wan Kwong, Xin-Yuan Guan
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), which accounts for 85-90% of primary liver cancer, is now the second leading cause of cancer-related mortality worldwide. Here we reported that Aldo-Keto Reductase family 7A isoform 3 (AKR7A3) is frequently down-regulated in HCC, associating with poor overall survival rate, elevated serum α-fetoprotein (AFP) and poor differentiation of HCC. The promoter region of AKR7A3 was detected to be hypermethylated. Loss of heterozygosity (LOH) was also detected in AKR7A3. Functional assays on both AKR7A3 overexpressed and knockdown cells, including foci formation, colony formation in soft agar, migration, invasion and tumor formation in nude mice, demonstrated the strong tumor suppressive functions of AKR7A3...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
Lívia C Lionço, Angelo A de Mattos, Alex F Horbe, Ane M Costabeber, Ângelo Z de Mattos, Dorvaldo P Tarasconi
OBJECTIVE: The main aim of this study was to evaluate the real-life survival rates of patients with intermediate-stage hepatocellular carcinoma treated with transarterial chemoembolization. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study involving 95 patients was conducted and the studied variables were analysed according to survival. Treatment response was determined using the Modified Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors assessment. The Kaplan-Meier method and Cox regression were used to analyse survival...
October 18, 2016: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Jae-Woo Jang, Yeonhwa Song, Kang Mo Kim, Jin-Sun Kim, Eun Kyung Choi, Joon Kim, Haengran Seo
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most common malignant cancers worldwide and is associated with substantial mortality. Because HCCs have strong resistance to conventional chemotherapeutic agents, novel therapeutic strategies are needed to improve survival in HCC patients. METHODS: Here, we developed a fluorescence image-based phenotypic screening system in vitro to identify HCC-specific drugs in co-cultures of HCC cells with hepatocytes. To this end, we identified two distinctive markers of HCC, CHALV1 and AFP, which are highly expressed in HCC cell lines and liver cancer patient-derived materials...
October 18, 2016: BMC Cancer
Shuxin Shang, Lu Sun, Wei Li, Xue Qin, Shu Zhang, Yinkun Liu
Fucosylated glycans play a critical role in cell biology processes during the occurrence and development of tumor, such as cell signal transduction, cellular differentiation, ligand-receptor interactions, and metastasis formation. Fucosylated haptoglobin (Hp) was reported to be increased in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In this study, we aimed to develop a convenient and sensitive AAL@Magbeads-based Hp ELISA assay to rapidly detect fucosylated Hp in 270 serum samples from HCC patients and normal controls...
September 2016: Discovery Medicine
Matthew J Murray, Robert A Huddart, Nicholas Coleman
Testicular germ cell tumours (GCTs) are the most common malignancy occurring in young adult men and the incidence of these tumours is increasing. Current research priorities in this field include improving overall survival for patients classified as being 'poor-risk' and reducing late effects of treatment for patients classified as 'good-risk'. Testicular GCTs are broadly classified into seminomas and nonseminomatous GCTs (NSGCTs). The conventional serum protein tumour markers α-fetoprotein (AFP), human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) show some utility in the management of testicular malignant GCT...
October 18, 2016: Nature Reviews. Urology
Hitoshi Tajiri, Tomoko Takano, Hideo Tanaka, Kosuke Ushijima, Ayano Inui, Yoko Miyoshi, Keiichi Ozono, Daiki Abukawa, Takeshi Endo, Stephen Brooks, Yasuhito Tanaka
The aims of the study were to elucidate the clinical characteristics of patients who developed hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) related to persistent HBV infection since childhood and to investigate usefulness of assessing alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) in this population. A nationwide multicenter survey of children with chronic HBV infection was performed. Among 548 patients, 15 patients developed HCC at the median age of 15 years (range 9-36), including 13 males and 2 females. A case-control comparison showed that HBeAg seroconversion and liver cirrhosis were associated with the occurrence of HCC...
October 17, 2016: Cancer Medicine
Hitomi Takada, Kaoru Tsuchiya, Yutaka Yasui, Natsuko Nakakuki, Nobuharu Tamaki, Shoko Suzuki, Hiroyuki Nakanishi, Jun Itakura, Yuka Takahashi, Masayuki Kurosaki, Yasuhiro Asahina, Nobuyuki Enomoto, Namiki Izumi
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is considered the most effective treatment for early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients unsuitable for resection. However, poor outcome after RFA has occasionally been reported worldwide. To predict such an outcome, we investigated imaging findings using contrast-enhanced ultrasonography (CEUS) with Sonazoid and serum tumor markers before RFA. This study included 176 early-stage HCC patients who had initially achieved successful RFA. Patients were examined using CEUS; their levels of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), Lens culinaris agglutinin-reactive fraction of AFP (AFP-L3), and des-gamma-carboxy prothrombin before RFA were measured...
October 17, 2016: Cancer Medicine
Mohamed I F Shariff, Jin U Kim, Nimzing G Ladep, Mary M E Crossey, Larry K Koomson, Abigail Zabron, Helen Reeves, Matthew Cramp, Stephen Ryder, Shaun Greer, I Jane Cox, Roger Williams, Elaine Holmes, Kathryn Nash, Simon D Taylor-Robinson
BACKGROUND: Discriminatory metabolic profiles have been described in urinary (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy studies of African patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). This study aimed to assess similarities in a UK cohort, where there is a greater etiological diversity. METHODS: Urine from cirrhosis and HCC patients was analyzed using a 600 MHz (1)H NMR system. Multivariate analysis and median group MR spectra comparison identified metabolite alterations between groups...
September 2016: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology
Hanaa H Ahmed, Wafaa Gh Shousha, Hatem A El-Mezayen, Sayed A El-Toumy, Alaa H Sayed, Aesha R Ramadan
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the deadliest primary cancers, with a 5-year survival rate of 10% or less. This study was undertaken to elucidate the underlying biochemical and molecular mechanisms in favor of N-nitrosodiethylamine-induced hepatocellular carcinoma. Furthermore, the aim of this work was extended to explore the efficacy of Ginkgo biloba leaves extract in deterioration of HCC in rats. In the current study, HCC group experienced significant downregulation of ING-3 gene expression and upregulation of Foxp-1 gene expression in liver...
October 14, 2016: Acta Biochimica Polonica
Wencong Ma, Ping Zhang, Jun Qi, Litong Gu, Mingcui Zang, Haochen Yao, Xiaoju Shi, Chunli Wang, Ying Jiang
This study was designed to evaluate the prognostic value of platelet to lymphocyte ratio (PLR) in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). A comprehensive literature search for relevant studies was performed in Web of science, Embase and Pubmed. A total of nine studies with 2017 patients were included in this meta-analysis, and combined hazard ratio (HR) or odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (95%CIs) were served as effect measures. Pooled results showed that elevated PLR was associated with poor overall survival (OS) (HR = 1...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Hao Xing, Cunling Yan, Liming Cheng, Nianyue Wang, Shuyang Dai, Jianyong Yuan, Wenfeng Lu, Zhouchong Wang, Jun Han, Yijie Zheng, Tian Yang
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the third leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. Early diagnosis improves the prognosis. Protein induced by vitamin K antagonist-II (PIVKA-II) is an effective serum biomarker for HCC diagnosis and prognosis. Combined with another serum biomarker α-fetoprotein (AFP), the sensitivity and specificity of HCC diagnosis can be improved to a maximum of 94 and 98.5 %, respectively. PIVKA-II alone or in combination with AFP and/or AFP-L3 was effective in predicting the treatment response and clinical outcome of curative hepatic resection, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, radiotherapy, and liver transplantation...
October 13, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Amr Shaaban Hanafy
BACKGROUND: There is no global consensus for the optimal management of HCC. Most of patients at the time of diagnosis are not candidate for potentially curative therapy. The study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of low dose capecitabine combined with sorafenib in subset of Egyptian HCV patients presented with advanced HCC unfit for surgical or locoregional therapies. METHODS: 15 patients with advanced HCC, unfit for surgical or locoregional intervention, with PS <2 recieved Capecitabine 500 mg/day with sorafeneb 200 mg twice daily till normalization of AFP then the treatment was modified to capecitabine 250 mg every other day and sorafenib 400 mg once daily...
2016: SpringerPlus
Alvin Ho-Kwan Cheung, Colin Siu-Chi Lam, Henry Shiu-Cheung Tam, Tan-To Cheung, Roberta Pang, Ronnie Tung-Ping Poon
BACKGROUND: Chemoembolization with doxorubucin-eluting beads (DEB) has been used to treat hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) since 2007. This study compared the efficacy and survival between transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) with DEB and conventional approach (cTACE) in HCC treatment. METHODS: This retrospective case-control study compared the overall survival and tumor response of HCC patients to cTACE (n=190) and DEB (n=143) by the reassessment of computed tomography and serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP)...
October 2016: Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Diseases International: HBPD INT
Chloé Sauzay, Alexandra Petit, Anne-Marie Bourgeois, Jean-Claude Barbare, Bruno Chauffert, Antoine Galmiche, Aline Houessinon
Alpha-foetoprotein (AFP), one of the first protein tumour markers discovered, is widely used today in clinical practice. Its application for the screening and diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most frequent form of primary liver tumour, is a matter of extensive debate. In addition to the studies focused on the role of the AFP in the diagnosis of HCC, in recent years AFP has been used to guide the therapeutic choice in HCC and monitor the treatment. Here, we summarize the latest studies that show the interest of AFP quantification in determining the suitability of liver transplantation or to follow-up on patients receiving the targeted treatment sorafenib...
October 11, 2016: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
Rentao Yu, Xiaomei Xiang, Zhaoxia Tan, Yi Zhou, Haoliang Wang, Guohong Deng
Prognosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains unsatisfying due to a lack of early detecting methods. Protein Induced by Vitamin K Absence or Antagonist-II (PIVKA-II) has been proved to be an efficient biomarker for HCC. However, the predicting efficacy of PIVKA-II has barely been reported. In the Hepatitis Biobank of Southwest Hospital (HBS) cohort at Southwest Hospital, we did a two-stage nested case-control study. Totally, 45 HCC cases versus 138 matched controls were enrolled to compare levels of α-fetoprotein (AFP) and PIVKA-II in sequential sera at -12, -9, -6, -3 and 0 months before imaging diagnosis...
October 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yejoo Jeon, Eun Sun Jang, Yun Suk Choi, Jin-Wook Kim, Sook-Hyang Jeong
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Glypican-3 (GPC3) protein is highly expressed in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) tissue. It has been suggested as a diagnostic biomarker, but its inconsistent performance means that it requires further assessment. We therefore investigated the diagnostic value of the plasma GPC3 level compared to the alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) level as a diagnostic biomarker of HCC. METHODS: We enrolled 157 consecutive patients with newly diagnosed HCC and 156 patients with liver cirrhosis (LC) as the control group...
September 2016: Clinical and Molecular Hepatology
Dowglish F Chaves, Iana S Campelo, Mirelly M A S Silva, Maajid H Bhat, Darcio I A Teixeira, Luciana M Melo, Joanna M G Souza-Fabjan, Pascal Mermillod, Vicente J F Freitas
The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of antifreeze protein type III (AFP III) into vitrification medium on meiotic spindle morphology of in vitro matured bovine oocytes as well as the fertilization and blastocyst rates. Mature cumulus-oocyte complexes (COC) were distributed in four groups: control (untreated), vitrified without supplementation (AFP0) or supplemented with 500 (AFP500) or 1000 ng/mL (AFP1000) into vitrification solutions. Samples from each group were used to analyze the organization of meiotic spindle by confocal microscopy and the remaining COC were submitted to in vitro fertilization and culture for eight days...
October 8, 2016: Cryobiology
Yan Yang, Aiping Ju, Xiaofen Xu, Xinyu Cao, Ying Tao
Human cosavirus (HCoSV) is a genus recently identified in the family Picornaviridae, which contains important pathogens to human health. Here, a novel type of HCoSV strain, cosavirus-zj-1 (GenBank no. KX545380), was identified in the fecal sample of a child with nonpolio acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) in China. Phylogenetic and sequence analyses suggested that this virus strain belonged to a new genotype in HCoSV B species. Our data show that surveillance of HCoSV is necessary for detecting viral agents in children with AFP, despite being the low detection rate...
October 12, 2016: Virology Journal
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