To detect the expression of RhoC protein in human primary hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and pericancerous liver (PCL) tissues and its relation to HCC prognosis.
Immunohistochemical method was used to detect the expression of RhoC protein in HCC, PCL of 43 patients. Thirty-six patients were followed up after they received radical resection.
The expression of RhoC protein in HCC was significantly higher than that in PCL. Rhoc expression was increased in cases with poor differentiation, portal vascular invasion, unintact envelope and multiple masses. The survival analysis showed that HCC with lower RhoC protein expression had better clinical outcomes.
RhoC protein expression is correlated with infiltration and metastasis in HCC. RhoC protein can be used as a prognostic indicator for HCC.
Zhejiang da xue xue bao. Yi xue ban = Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical sciences 08/2006; 35(4):394-6.