Is Notch Signaling a Specific Target in Hepatocellular Carcinoma?
David H. Coy.
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most malignant cancers, with the second highest cancer
death rate world-wide, next to lung cancer. The signaling mechanisms in HCC are currently not clear. Notch
signaling, which is highly conserved and plays a critical role in many cancers, was found to be aberrantly upregulated
in HCC tissues compared to normal liver tissues. Accumulating evidence supports that Notch signaling
plays a significantly important role in HCC carcinogenesis. This review discusses the functions of Notch signaling
in HCC and its potential therapeutic applications against this cancer.
Keywords: Hepatocellular carcinoma, Notch signaling, oncogene, therapeutics, tumor suppressor.
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