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The roles of transforming growth factor- similar to, Wnt, Notch and hypoxia on liver progenitor cells in primary liver tumours ( Review)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology.
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2014 (English)In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 44, no 4, 1015-1022 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Primary liver tumours have a high incidence and mortality. The most important forms are hepatocellular carcinoma and intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, both can occur together in the mixed phenotype hepatocellular-cholangiocarcinoma. Liver progenitor cells (LPCs) are bipotential stem cells activated in case of severe liver damage and are capable of forming both cholangiocytes and hepatocytes. Possibly, alterations in Wnt, transforming growth factor-, Notch and hypoxia pathways in these LPCs can cause them to give rise to cancer stem cells, capable of driving tumourigenesis. In this review, we summarize and discuss current knowledge on the role of these pathways in LPC activation and differentiation during hepatocarcinogenesis.

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2014. Vol. 44, no 4, 1015-1022 p.
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hepatic cancer, liver progenitor cell, cancer stem cells, Wnt receptors, TGF-, Notch receptors, hypoxia inducible factor 1
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Cancer and Oncology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-228238DOI: 10.3892/ijo.2014.2286ISI: 000334307100002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-228238DiVA: diva2:733288
Available from: 2014-07-08 Created: 2014-07-08 Last updated: 2014-07-08Bibliographically approved

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