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    Keywords: EXPRESSION ; tumor ; carcinoma ; CELL ; Germany ; human ; INFORMATION ; HEPATOCELLULAR-CARCINOMA ; HISTORY ; GENE ; GENES ; HYBRIDIZATION ; DIFFERENTIATION ; TUMORS ; RESOLUTION ; DNA ; MECHANISM ; mechanisms ; ADENOMAS ; hepatocellular carcinoma ; PROGRESSION ; COMPARATIVE GENOMIC HYBRIDIZATION ; COPY NUMBER ; NUMBER ; CHROMOSOMAL-ABERRATIONS ; ABERRATIONS ; IN-SITU HYBRIDIZATION ; TUMOR-SUPPRESSOR GENE ; REGION ; INSTABILITY ; REGIONS ; ONCOGENE ; TRANSFORMATION ; ORAL-CONTRACEPTIVES ; CARCINOMAS ; IMBALANCES ; CLUSTER ; MOLECULAR-MECHANISM ; TUMOR-SUPPRESSOR ; INCREASE ; CLUSTER-ANALYSIS ; CHROMOSOMAL INSTABILITY ; CHIP ; tumor suppressor gene ; cluster analysis ; LOSSES ; GLYCOGEN-STORAGE-DISEASE ; genomic ; HUMAN HEPATOCELLULAR-CARCINOMA ; ARRAY CGH ; CHROMOSOMAL-ABNORMALITIES ; TUMOR-SUPPRESSOR GENES ; ARRAY-CGH ; LIVER-CELL ADENOMAS
    Abstract: Background & Alms: To gain more information about the molecular mechanisms leading to dedifferentiation of hepatocellular adenoma (HCA) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), high-resolution array-based comparative genomic hybridization (array-CGH) was performed on 24 cases of HCC and 10 cases of HCA. Methods: DNA chips containing 6251 individual bacterial artificial chromosome/plasmid artificial chromosome clones were used. They allowed for a genome-wide resolution of 1 Mb and an even higher resolution of up to 100 kb for chromosome regions recurrently involved in human tumors and for regions containing known tumor-suppressor genes and oncogenes. Results: Copy number changes on the genomic scale were found by array-based comparative genomic hybridization in all cases. In HCC, gains of chromosomal regions 1q (91.6%), and 8q (58.3%), and losses of 8p (54%) were found most frequently. Hierarchic cluster analysis branched all HCA from HCC. However, in 2 adenomas with a known history of glycogenosis type I and adenomatosis hepatis gains of 1q were found, too. The critically gained region was narrowed down to bands 1q22-23. Although no significant differences in the mean number of chromosomal aberrations were seen between adenomas and well-differentiated carcinomas (2.7 vs 4.6), a significant increase accompanied the dedifferentiation of HCC (14.1 in HCC-G2 and 16.3 in HCC-G2/3; P 〈 .02). Dedifferentiation of HCC also was correlated closely to losses of 4q and 13q (P 〈 .001 and 〈 .005, respectively). Conclusions: The increased chromosomal instability during dedifferentiation of HCC leads to an accumulation of structural chromosomal aberrations and losses and gains of defined chromosome regions
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16979954
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    Keywords: IN-VITRO ; LUNG-CANCER ; GENES ; GENOME ; PROGRESSION ; C-MYC ; POOR-PROGNOSIS ; INCREASED EXPRESSION ; CRD-BP ; LIVER-CANCER CELLS
    Abstract: Hepatocarcinogenesis is a stepwise process. It involves several genetic and epigenetic alterations, e.g., loss of tumor suppressor gene expression (TP53, PTEN, RB) as well as activation of oncogenes (c-MYC, MET, BRAF, RAS). However, the role of RNA-binding proteins (RBPs), which regulate tumor suppressor and oncogene expression at the posttranscriptional level, are not well understood in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Here we analyzed RBPs induced in human liver cancer, revealing 116 RBPs with a significant and more than 2-fold higher expression in HCC compared to normal liver tissue. We focused our subsequent analyses on the Insulin-like growth factor 2 messenger RNA (mRNA)-binding protein 1 (IGF2BP1) representing the most strongly up-regulated RBP in HCC in our cohort. Depletion of IGF2BP1 from multiple liver cancer cell lines inhibits proliferation and induces apoptosis in vitro. Accordingly, murine xenograft assays after stable depletion of IGF2BP1 reveal that tumor growth, but not tumor initiation, strongly depends on IGF2BP1 in vivo. At the molecular level, IGF2BP1 binds to and stabilizes the c-MYC and MKI67 mRNAs and increases c-Myc and Ki-67 protein expression, two potent regulators of cell proliferation and apoptosis. These substrates likely mediate the impact of IGF2BP1 in human liver cancer, but certainly additional target genes contribute to its function. Conclusion: The RNA-binding protein IGF2BP1 is an important protumorigenic factor in liver carcinogenesis. Hence, therapeutic targeting of IGF2BP1 may offer options for intervention in human HCC.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 24395596
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