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Diseases 2015, 3(4), 306-324;

Clinical Development of c-MET Inhibition in Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Division of Medical Oncology, National Cancer Centre Singapore, 11 Hospital Drive, Singapore 169610, Singapore
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Stephen L. Chan
Received: 28 August 2015 / Revised: 4 October 2015 / Accepted: 21 October 2015 / Published: 28 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Targeted Therapy of Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Present and Future)
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Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the leading causes of cancer death. In patients with advanced or unresectable HCC, there are few treatment options. Conventional chemotherapy has limited benefits. Sorafenib, a multi-kinase inhibitor, improves survival, but options for patients intolerant of or progressing on sorafenib are limited. There has been much interest in recent years in molecular therapeutic targets and drug development for HCC. One of the more promising molecular targets in HCC is the cellular-mesenchymal-epithelial transition (c-MET) factor receptor. Encouraging phase II data on two c-MET inhibitors, tivantinib and cabozantinib, has led to phase III trials. This review describes the c-MET/hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) signalling pathway and its relevance to HCC, and discusses the preclinical and clinical trial data for inhibitors of this pathway in HCC. View Full-Text
Keywords: hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC); c-MET; hepatocyte growth factor (HGF); c-MET inhibitor; tivantinib; cabozantinib hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC); c-MET; hepatocyte growth factor (HGF); c-MET inhibitor; tivantinib; cabozantinib

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Lee, J.J.X.; Chan, J.J.; Choo, S.P. Clinical Development of c-MET Inhibition in Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Diseases 2015, 3, 306-324.

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