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Cancers 2015, 7(3), 1436-1446;

Role of the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor in Colon Neoplasia

Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Veterans Administration Maryland Health Care System, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
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Academic Editor: Hiromi I. Wettersten
Received: 8 June 2015 / Revised: 27 July 2015 / Accepted: 29 July 2015 / Published: 31 July 2015
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For both men and women, colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, primarily as a consequence of limited therapies for metastatic disease. The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) is a ligand-dependent transcription factor with diverse functions in detoxification of xenobiotics, inflammatory responses, and tissue homeostasis. Emerging evidence indicates that AhR also plays an important role in regulating intestinal cell proliferation and tumorigenesis. Here, we review both the pro- and anti-carcinogenic properties of AhR signaling and its potential role as a therapeutic target in CRC. View Full-Text
Keywords: colorectal cancer; TCDD; aryl hydrocarbon receptor; xenobiotics colorectal cancer; TCDD; aryl hydrocarbon receptor; xenobiotics

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Xie, G.; Raufman, J.-P. Role of the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor in Colon Neoplasia. Cancers 2015, 7, 1436-1446.

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