[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the 5th common malignancy worldwide, but established markers fail to detect up to one third of HCC. We have recently identified Neighbor of Punc E11 (Nope) as a surface marker for murine fetal liver stem cells. Similar to commonly used HCC markers such as α-Fetoprotein (Afp) and Glypican-3 (Gpc-3), we here establish Nope as an oncofetal marker of murine and human HCC and investigate its specific expression in hepatoma cell lines and primary HCC. Murine and human hepatoma cell lines and Cre-inducible SV40 T-antigen transgenic mice (Alb-SV40TAg(ind) ) were analyzed for Nope expression in comparison to common HCC markers by quantitative RT-PCR, Western blot analyses and immunohistochemistry. Nope expression in primary human HCC was investigated using Oncomine Microarray database. Nope expression was elevated in 8 of 10 investigated murine and human hepatoma cell lines and in all tumors of our oncogenic mouse model but remained undetectable in normal liver and at preneoplastic stages of murine hepatocarcinogenesis. Furthermore, a significant induction of Nope was detected in primary human cancers compared to corresponding normal or cirrhotic tissue. Nope expression in tumor specimens and murine cell lines correlated closely with expression levels of Gpc-3, whereas expression levels of Afp showed high variations. In conclusion, we identified Nope as a novel oncofetal surface marker for murine and human HCC. Nope is specifically expressed by epithelial tumor cells but not in preneoplastic stages and is a promising marker for clinical application because of its high detection rate in Afp-positive and Afp-negative tumors.
International Journal of Cancer 05/2011; 128(10):2353-63. DOI:10.1002/ijc.25567 · 5.09 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) is a cholestatic liver disease with high propensity to develop into cholangiocarcinoma. The hepatobiliary disorder of PSC is due to progressive fibrosis surrounding the intra- and extrahepatic bile ducts. Until now, no effective medical therapy exists. To study the progression of sclerosing cholangitis after inhibition of the sympathetic nervous system by blockade of the β-adrenoceptors, we used the Mdr2(-/-) mouse model, which develops periportal fibrosis similar to human PSC. Liver tissues of Mdr2(-/-) mice untreated or treated with the β-adrenoceptor antagonist propranolol were analyzed for inflammation and fibrosis progression at different time points by histological scoring and immunostaining for α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), CD45 and S100A4. Transaminases and hydroxyproline contents were determined. Expression of angiotensinogen, endothelin-1, TGF-β, TNF-α, CTGF and procollagen 1A1 was studied by real-time PCR on laser-microdissected areas of acinar zones I and II-III. After 3 months, periportal fibrosis had developed in Mdr2(-/-) mice, but immunostaining revealed no sinusoidal and only minor periportal contribution of myofibroblasts with prominent fibroblasts. Propranolol treatment of Mdr2(-/-) mice improved liver architecture. Additionally, inflammation and fibrosis were significantly reduced. After 3 months of treatment, the antifibrotic effect of the β-blockade was most obvious. The transcript levels of procollagen 1A1, TNF-α, TGF-β, CTGF and endothelin-1 were markedly repressed in the portal areas of treated mice. Taken together, these data show that propranolol efficiently delays progression of sclerosing cholangitis. Therefore, the blockade of β-adrenoceptors is a promising option to support future therapeutic strategies in the treatment of human PSC.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: MicroRNAs have recently taken centre stage as short non-coding RNAs that regulate mRNA expression.
To assess the feasibility of using microRNA techniques on routinely processed tissues, the accessibility of two representative microRNAs was examined by real-time quantitative PCR in 86 human formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) samples from liver, breast, bone marrow, lymphatic tissues and colon. Murine liver was used to analyse the influence of fixation time and different fixatives.
High-quality microRNA was successfully extracted from routinely processed formalin-fixed tissues, resembling PCR amplification results from snap-frozen material analysed in parallel. While fixation time did not affect microRNA accessibility, non-buffered formalin or fixative supplements such as glutaraldehyde influenced PCR results. Storage of human tissues for up to 7 years did not cause a significant deterioration of microRNA. However, microRNA quality in human archival material following routine processing 10-20 years ago was decreased. Oxidation by ambient air during storage and fixation in non-buffered formalin is a possible reason for loss of microRNA quality.
The assessment of microRNAs in readily obtained formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded samples is a highly promising tool in molecular pathology when similarly treated samples are analysed. Therefore, microRNA analyses will gain wider acceptance as an adjunct to morphological tissue assessment in routine pathology and retrospective studies.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Small RNA molecules such as microRNAs, for many years considered to be superfluous genomic material, are now known to play important regulatory roles in apoptosis, cell proliferation and differentiation, angiogenesis and thus in carcinogenesis. Primary liver carcinomas such as hepatocellular carcinomas, cholangiocarcinomas and mixed variants show a rising incidence with high mortality among affected patients but lack effective targeted therapies except the new multiple kinase inhibitor Sorafenib. This review elucidates the recent contributions of miRNA gene expression analyses to a better understanding of the complex molecular interactions in liver carcinogenesis and highlights their future promise to provide novel tools for improved diagnostics, more accurate prognostic assessment and tailored molecular therapies in liver cancer.
Annals of hepatology: official journal of the Mexican Association of Hepatology 04/2008; 7(2):104-13. · 2.07 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We report the case of a 17-year-old female with symptoms of intermittent small bowel obstruction. Computed tomography scan of the abdomen revealed an intussusception. The patient underwent a laparoscopic-assisted resection of the mass, which proved to be gastric heterotopia of the jejunum. We report on the case, discuss the surgical approach, and review the pertinent literature.