Special Issue "Liver Cancer and Potential Therapeutic Targets"

A special issue of Cancers (ISSN 2072-6694).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Hiroyuki Tsuchiya

Division of Molecular and Genetic Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, Tottori University, Nishi-cho 86, Yonago, Tottori 683-8503, Japan
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Interests: fatty liver, hepatitis, hepatocellular carcinoma

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Primary liver cancer, mainly consisting of hepatocellular carcinoma and intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, is a leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Recent advances in the development of multikinase inhibitors for the treatment of liver cancer brought us closer than ever to enabling the control or even cure of liver cancer with systemic therapy. However, therapeutic options and efficacy have not sufficiently met clinical demands yet. Furthermore, although prevalent mutations and affected pathways in the course of liver cancer development and progression have been identified, these have not led to therapeutic innovation. Therefore, in order to develop more efficient drugs or to improve current therapies, it is necessary to deepen our understanding of molecular mechanisms underlying liver cancer, and to identify previously unrecognized potential therapeutic targets.

This special issue covers research on molecular mechanisms underlying the development and progression of liver cancer from the viewpoints of diagnosis, prevention and/or therapy. Studies examining the therapeutic efficacy of molecular-targeted drugs or novel therapeutic approaches are also welcomed.

Dr. Hiroyuki Tsuchiya
Guest Editor

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Open AccessArticle Perilipin 5 and Lipocalin 2 Expression in Hepatocellular Carcinoma
Cancers 2019, 11(3), 385; https://doi.org/10.3390/cancers11030385
Received: 19 January 2019 / Revised: 13 March 2019 / Accepted: 15 March 2019 / Published: 19 March 2019
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Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most prevalent and deadly cancers worldwide. Therefore, current global research focuses on molecular tools for early diagnosis of HCC, which can lead to effective treatment at an early stage. Perilipin 5 (PLIN5) has been studied as [...] Read more.
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most prevalent and deadly cancers worldwide. Therefore, current global research focuses on molecular tools for early diagnosis of HCC, which can lead to effective treatment at an early stage. Perilipin 5 (PLIN5) has been studied as one of the main proteins of the perilipin family, whose role is to maintain lipid homeostasis by inhibiting lipolysis. In this study, we show for the first time that PLIN5 is strongly expressed in tumors of human patients with HCC as well as in mouse livers, in which HCC was genetically or experimentally induced by treatment with the genotoxic agent diethylnitrosamine. Moreover, the secreted acute phase glycoprotein Lipocalin 2 (LCN2) established as a biomarker of acute kidney injury, is also proven to indicate liver injury with upregulated expression in numerous cases of hepatic damage, including steatohepatitis. LCN2 has been studied in various cancers, and it has been assigned roles in multiple cellular processes such as the suppression of the invasion of HCC cells and their metastatic abilities. The presence of this protein in blood and urine, in combination with the presence of α -Fetoprotein (AFP), is hypothesized to serve as a biomarker of early stages of HCC. In the current study, we show in humans and mice that LCN2 is secreted into the serum from liver cancer tissue. We also show that AFP-positive hepatocytes represent the main source for the massive expression of LCN2 in tumoral tissue. Thus, the strong presence of PLIN5 and LCN2 in HCC and understanding their roles could establish them as markers for diagnosis or as treatment targets against HCC. Full article
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