Expression of Apoptosis- and Vitamin D Pathway-Related Genes in Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Fingas C. D. , Altinbas A., Schlattjan M., Beilfuss A., Sowa J., Sydor S., ...Daha Fazla

DIGESTION, cilt.87, sa.3, ss.176-181, 2013 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 87 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2013
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1159/000348441
  • Dergi Adı: DIGESTION
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.176-181


Background/Aims: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the sixth most common malignancy worldwide and therapeutic options are scarce. As they might represent future targets for cancer therapy, the expression of apoptosis-related genes in HCC is of particular interest. In this pilot study, we further examined apoptosis-related genes in human HCC and also focused on vitamin D signaling as this might be a regulator of HCC cell apoptosis. Methods: We employed tumor tissue and serum samples from 62 HCC patients as well as 62 healthy controls for these studies. Tissue and serum specimens were analyzed by quantitative RT-PCR, immunohistochemistry and ELISA. Results: In HCC patients the apoptosis marker M30 was found to be elevated and several pro-apoptotic (TRAIL, FasL and FasR) as well as anti-apoptotic genes (Mcl-1 and Bcl-2) were simultaneously up-regulated in tumor tissue and especially tumor-surrounding tissue as compared to healthy control livers. Moreover, vitamin D serum levels were decreased in HCC patients whereas vitamin D receptor mRNA expression was increased in tumor tissue and tumor-surrounding tissue as compared to healthy livers. Conclusions: In human HCC, M30 serum levels are elevated indicating an increased cell turnover. Modulation of the vitamin D pathway might be a supportive, pro-apoptotic HCC therapy. Copyright (C) 2013 S. Karger AG, Basel