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HCC signaling pathway

Chen-Xu Ni, Yang Qi, Jin Zhang, Ying Liu, Wei-Heng Xu, Jing Xu, Hong-Gang Hu, Qiu-Ye Wu, Yan Wang, Jun-Ping Zhang
The eradication of cancer stem cells (CSCs) is significant for cancer therapy and prevention. In this study, we evaluated WM130, a novel derivative of matrine, for its effect on CSCs using human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cell lines, their sphere cells, and sorted EpCAM+ cells. We revealed that WM130 could not only inhibit proliferation and colony formation of HCC cells, but also suppress the expression of some stemness-related genes and up-regulate some mature hepatocyte marker genes, indicating a promotion of differentiation from CSCs to hepatocytes...
October 22, 2016: Oncotarget
Daniel Wai-Hung Ho, Regina Cheuk-Lam Lo, Lo-Kong Chan, Irene Oi-Lin Ng
The pathogenesis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a multistep process involving the progressive accumulation of molecular alterations pinpointing different molecular and cellular events. The next-generation sequencing technology is facilitating the global and systematic evaluation of molecular landscapes in HCC. There is emerging evidence supporting the importance of cancer metabolism and tumor microenvironment in providing a favorable and supportive niche to expedite HCC development. Moreover, recent studies have identified distinct surface markers of cancer stem cell (CSC) in HCC, and they also put forward the profound involvement of altered signaling pathways and epigenetic modifications in CSCs, in addition to the concomitant drug resistance and metastasis...
October 2016: Liver Cancer
Ling Gong, Chunhong Di, Xiaofang Xia, Jie Wang, Gongying Chen, Junping Shi, Pengshuai Chen, Hui Xu, Weibing Zhang
Chinese medicines are emerging as an attractive new generation of anticancer drugs. Here, we explored the impact of salvianolic acid B (Sal B), the major water-soluble compounds of Danshen, on apoptosis and autophagy of human hepatocellular carcinoma cells (HCC). We also investigated the related molecular mechanisms. We found that Sal B exhibits potent ability to inhibit HCC cells viability in a concentration-dependent manner, and to induce apoptosis via the mitochondrial apoptosis pathway. Additionally, Sal B could also induce autophagy...
October 24, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Ying Liu, Yang Qi, Zhi-Hui Bai, Chen-Xu Ni, Qi-Hui Ren, Wei-Heng Xu, Jing Xu, Hong-Gang Hu, Lei Qiu, Jian-Zhong Li, Zhi-Gao He, Jun-Ping Zhang
AIM: Matrine is an alkaloid extracted from a Chinese herb Sophora flavescens Ait, which has shown chemopreventive potential against various cancers. In this study, we evaluated the anticancer efficacy of a novel derivative of matrine, (6aS, 10S, 11aR, 11bR, 11cS)-10- methylamino-dodecahydro- 3a,7a-diaza-benzo (de) (MASM), against human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells and their corresponding sphere cells in vitro and in vivo. METHODS: Human HCC cell lines (Hep3B and Huh7) were treated with MASM...
October 24, 2016: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
Yun Bai, Jia Wang, Jing Han, Xiao-Li Xie, Cheng-Guang Ji, Jie Yin, Lei Chen, Cun-Kai Wang, Xiao-Yu Jiang, Wei Qi, Hui-Qing Jiang
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: BCL2L10 is an apoptosis-related member of the BCL-2 protein family. The role of BCL2L10 in the pathogenesis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is poorly understood. This study was aimed to investigate the function and underlying mechanisms of BCL2L10 in HCC. METHODS: BCL2L10 expression in human HCC and corresponding adjacent normal tissues was investigated by quantitative real-time PCR and western blot. The biological functions of BCL2L10 in HCC cell lines were determined by cell viability, colony formation, cell apoptosis, cell cycle and cell metastasis assays, and in vivo by tumorigenicity and lung metastasis assays in nude mice...
October 22, 2016: Molecular Carcinogenesis
Juri Bergmann, Miryam Müller, Niklas Baumann, Manuel Reichert, Carola Heneweer, Julia Bolik, Karsten Lücke, Sabine Gruber, Antonella Carambia, Susanne Boretius, Ivo Leuschner, Thomas Becker, Björn Rabe, Johannes Herkel, F Thomas Wunderlich, Hans-Willi Mitrücker, Stefan Rose-John, Dirk Schmidt-Arras
: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most frequent tumors worldwide with rising incidence. The inflammatory cytokine interleukin 6 (IL-6) is a critical mediator of HCC development. It can signal through two distinct pathways, the IL-6 classic and the IL-6 trans-signaling pathway. While IL-6 classic signaling is important for innate and acquired immunity, IL-6 trans-signaling has been linked to accelerated liver regeneration and several chronic inflammatory pathologies. However, its implication in liver tumorigenesis has not been addressed yet...
October 22, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Hisateru Komatsu, Tomohiro Iguchi, Takaaki Masuda, Hidenari Hirata, Masami Ueda, Shinya Kidogami, Yushi Ogawa, Kuniaki Sato, Qingjiang Hu, Sho Nambara, Tomoko Saito, Shotaro Sakimura, Ryutaro Uchi, Shuhei Ito, Hidetoshi Eguchi, Keishi Sugimachi, Hidetoshi Eguchi, Yuichiro Doki, Masaki Mori, Koshi Mimori
BACKGROUND: The RND1 gene encodes a protein that belongs to the Rho GTPase family, which regulates various cellular functions. Depletion of RND1 expression activates the oncogenic Ras signaling pathway. In this study, we aimed to clarify the clinical significance of RND1 expression in predicting prognosis and to investigate its biological role in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: The association between RND1 expression and clinical outcomes in patients with HCC was analyzed in three independent cohorts: 120 cases resected in our hospital; 370 cases in The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA); and 242 cases in GSE14520...
October 21, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Kangkana Kataki, Parikhit Borthakur, Namrata Kumari, Manab Deka, Amal Ch Kataki, Subhash Medhi
BACKGROUND: During Hepatitis B virus infection, the pathogen sensors Toll-like receptors (TLRs) play a role in innate immunity system. AIM: The study aimed to investigate mRNA expression levels of TLR2 and TLR3 in Hepatitis B virus (HBV) mediated chronic hepatitis B (CHB), cirrhosis (CIRR) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and to correlate viral load with severity of these diseases and expression of TLRs. METHOD: A total of 180 HBV DNA positive samples were selected for the study...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Medical Virology
Yuxin Shu, Yan Lu, Xiaojuan Pang, Wei Zheng, Yahong Huang, Jiahong Li, Jianguo Ji, Can Zhang, Pingping Shen
Peroxisome proliferator-activating receptor γ (PPARγ), a transcription factor, is involved in many important biological processes, including cell terminal differentiation, survival and apoptosis. However, the role of PPARγ, which regulates tumour promoter and oncogene expression, is not well understood in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In the present study, based on evidence from clinical samples that phosphorylation of PPARγ at Ser84 is up-regulated in human liver tumours, we confirmed that phosphorylation of PPARγ was also significantly increased in an HCC mouse model and was increased by Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MEK)/ Extracellular-signal-regulated kinases (ERK) kinase...
October 19, 2016: Oncotarget
Jianjun Niu, Yong Lin, Pingguo Liu, Yiwen Yu, Chenghao Su, Xiaomin Wang
Long non-coding RNAs are involved with development and progression of cancer, and the advance of microarray technology allows the researchers to investigate the complete expression profile of lncRNA in various kinds of sample. We enrolled 5 male primary HCC cases with chronic HBV infection and the HCC and normal tissues have been obtained during the resection surgery. After total RNA extraction, the lncRNA microarray analysis was conducted to determine the lncRNA and mRNA expression signals. 612 lncRNAs and 1,064 mRNAs were significantly up-regulated in HCC tissue while 656 lncRNAs and 1,532 mRNAs were down-regulated in HCC tissues...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
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
Yuanyuan Ji, Zhidong Wang, Zongfang Li, Na Huang, Haiyan Chen, Baohua Li, Bo Hui
Emerging evidence confirms that insulin-like growth factor -II (IGF-II), oncogenes C-myc and N-ras are an essential regulator for development and growth in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Although our previous study also indicated that IGF-II might upregulate levels of oncogenes C-myc and N-ras in hepatoma carcinoma cells, the molecular mechanism had not been fully elucidated. Herein, we successfully silenced IGF-II expression in SMCC-7721 cells by small RNA interference. Functional analysis showed that knockdown of IGF-II significantly suppressed growth and proliferation of SMMC-7721 cells and decreased C-myc and N-ras mRNA and protein levels...
October 18, 2016: Cytokine
Junyong Zhang, Zuojin Liu, Zhengrong Lian, Rui Liao, Yi Chen, Yi Qin, Jinlong Wang, Qing Jiang, Xiaobo Wang, Jianping Gong
Monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL) is a key enzyme in lipid metabolism that is demonstrated to be involved in tumor progression through both energy supply of fatty acid (FA) oxidation and enhancing cancer cell malignance. The aim of this study was to investigate whether MAGL could be a potential therapeutic target and prognostic indicator for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). To evaluate the relationship between MAGL levels and clinical characteristics, a tissue microarray (TMA) of 353 human HCC samples was performed...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Kwong-Fai Wong, Angela M Liu, Wanjin Hong, Zhi Xu, John M Luk
The Hippo pathway regulates the down-stream target Yes-associated protein (YAP) to maintain organ homeostasis, which is commonly inactivated in many types of cancers. However, how cell adhesion dysregulates the Hippo pathway activating YAP oncogene in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains unclear. Our findings demonstrate that α2β1 integrin (but not other β1 integrins) expressed in HCC cells, after binding to collagen extracellular matrix, could inhibit MST1 kinase phosphorylation and activate YAP pro-oncogenic activities...
October 19, 2016: Oncotarget
Yunzhen Gao, Gaoxiong Wang, Cuilin Zhang, Minjie Lin, Xiaolong Liu, Yongyi Zeng, Jingfeng Liu
Long non-coding RNAs (LncRNAs) have played very important roles in the malignancy behaviors of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Linc-cdh4-2 (TCONS_00027978) is a novel LncRNA that has been identified in HCC tissues from our previous study. Overexpression of linc-cdh4-2 in HCC cell lines (SK-Hep-1 and Huh7) significantly decreases the migration and invasion abilities of these cells, while knockdown the expression of linc-cdh4-2 significantly increases the migration and invasion abilities. Interestingly, neither the over expression nor the knock down of linc-cdh4-2 could affect the viability and proliferation of HCC cells...
October 17, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Zhen Cai, Chunge Wang, Peiwen Liu, Peng Shen, Yingying Han, Nawen Liu
BACKGROUND: Sorafenib is the only therapy shown to improve overall survival in advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, the clinical efficacy of sorafenib is limited. Combination therapy targeting multiple signaling pathways may improve outcomes. Ginkgo biloba extract (GBE) has exhibited antitumor activity in multiple human cancers. HYPOTHESIS/PURPOSE: This study was designed to evaluate the tolerability and effectiveness of GBE combined with sorafenib in patients with advanced HCC...
November 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
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
Heng Cai, Hongxing Li, Jingmin Li, Xiaoyan Li, Yana Li, Yan Shi, Dong Wang
Although abnormal activation of the sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling pathway has been demonstrated in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients and in most HCC cell lines, the mechanism by which the Shh pathway promotes the development of HCC remains uncertain. Using a liver cancer model induced by diethylnitrosamine (DEN) which mimics the process from liver injury, abnormal hepatocyte proliferation, and hepatocirrhosis to hepatocyte canceration, we investigated the abnormal activation of the Shh pathway by examining the expression of Shh, patched-1 (Ptch), smoothened (SMO), and glioma-associated oncogene-1 (Gli1) genes...
October 15, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
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
Fan Yang, Junting Gong, Guangyun Wang, Peng Chen, Li Yang, Zhengtao Wang
Waltonitone (WA), an ursane-type pentacyclic triterpene extracted from Gentiana waltonii Burkill, was recently appeared to exert anti-tumor effect. However, the biological underpinnings underlying the role of WA in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells have not been completely elucidated. Our previous report indicated that the FXR-regulated miR-22-CCNA2 pathway contributed to the progression and development of HCC. Besides, a wide spectrum of microRNAs (miRNAs) could be up- or down-regulated upon WA treatment, including miR-22...
October 12, 2016: Oncotarget
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