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Cell and molecular biology

This section covers all aspects of tumor biology from a molecular and cellular point of view. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, animal models, hypoxia, angiogenesis, metastasis, cellular signaling, cancer stem cells, DNA damage and repair, cell cycle and apoptosis.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Cancer remains one of the leading causes of death around the world, where incidence and mortality rates are at a constant increase. Tumourigenic cells are characteristically seen to over-express the 37 kDa/67 ...

    Authors: Leila Vania, Thalia M. Rebelo, Eloise Ferreira and Stefan F. T. Weiss

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:602

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    Metastatic breast cancer carries a poor prognosis despite the success of newly targeted therapies. Treatment options remain especially limited for the subtype of triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). Several s...

    Authors: Carrie D. House, Valentina Grajales, Michelle Ozaki, Elizabeth Jordan, Helmae Wubneh, Danielle C. Kimble, Jana M. James, Marianne K. Kim and Christina M. Annunziata

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:595

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    Knowledge about the expression and thus a role of enzymes that produce endogenous H2S - cystathionine-β-synthase, cystathionine γ-lyase and mercaptopyruvate sulfurtransferase - in renal tumors is still controvers...

    Authors: Jan Breza Jr, Andrea Soltysova, Sona Hudecova, Adela Penesova, Ivan Szadvari, Petr Babula, Barbora Chovancova, Lubomira Lencesova, Ondrej Pos, Jan Breza, Karol Ondrias and Olga Krizanova

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:591

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    The anti-tumor properties of cannabinoids have been investigated in many in vitro and in vivo studies. Many of these anti-tumor effects are mediated via cannabinoid receptor types 1 and 2 (CB1 and CB2), comprisin...

    Authors: Mohammed I. Khan, Anna A. Sobocińska, Klaudia K. Brodaczewska, Katarzyna Zielniok, Malgorzata Gajewska, Claudine Kieda, Anna M. Czarnecka and Cezary Szczylik

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:583

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    Carbonic anhydrase related proteins (CARPs) VIII, X and XI functionally differ from the other carbonic anhydrase (CA) enzymes. Structurally, they lack the zinc binding residues, which are important for enzyme ...

    Authors: Sini L. Karjalainen, Hannu K. Haapasalo, Ashok Aspatwar, Harlan Barker, Seppo Parkkila and Joonas A. Haapasalo

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:584

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    Tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) play a critical role in modulating the tumor microenvironment and promote tumor metastases. Our studies have demonstrated that ginsenoside Rh2 (G-Rh2), a monomeric compound ...

    Authors: Honglin Li, Nan Huang, Weikang Zhu, Jianchun Wu, Xiaohui Yang, Wenjing Teng, Jianhui Tian, Zhihong Fang, Yingbin Luo, Min Chen and Yan Li

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:579

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    Lung cancer remains the top contributor to cancer-related mortality worldwide. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been reported to participate in normal development and tumorigenesis. LncRNA nuclear enriched ...

    Authors: Wu Zhou, Xing Chen, Qinghua Hu, Xuliang Chen, Yingji Chen and Lingjin Huang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:580

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    A-disintegrin and metalloproteinases (ADAMs) are members of a family of multidomain transmembrane and secreted proteins. Specific ADAMs are upregulated in human cancers and correlated with tumor progression an...

    Authors: Xiaodong Jiao, Wenlong Yu, Jianxin Qian, Ying Chen, Peilian Wei, Wenzheng Fang and Guanzhen Yu

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:570

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    Glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase 1 (GOT1) regulates cellular metabolism through coordinating the utilization of carbohydrates and amino acids to meet nutrient requirements. KRAS mutated cancer cells were re...

    Authors: Xiaoshan Zhou, Sophie Curbo, Fuqiang Li, Shuba Krishnan and Anna Karlsson

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:559

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    Osteosarcoma is the most common primary bone cancer in children and young adults. It is highly aggressive and patients that present with metastasis have a poor prognosis. Angiopoietin-like 4 (ANGPTL4) drives t...

    Authors: T. Zhang, A. Kastrenopoulou, Q. Larrouture, N. A. Athanasou and H. J. Knowles

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:536

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    SETDB1 is a histone H3K9 methyltransferase, which plays a significant role in the occurrence and progression of tumors. Previous studies have confirmed that T-lymphom invasion and metastasis gene (Tiam1) is a ...

    Authors: Yuqin Zhang, Jing Huang, Qisheng Li, Keli Chen, Yonghao Liang, Zetao Zhan, Feng Ye, Wen Ni, Longhua Chen and Yi Ding

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:539

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    Neuropilin-1 (NRP-1), a non-tyrosine kinase glycoprotein receptor, is associated with poor prognosis breast cancer, however transcriptomic changes triggered by NRP-1 overexpression and its association with che...

    Authors: Adviti Naik, Aida Al-Yahyaee, Nada Abdullah, Juda-El Sam, Noura Al-Zeheimi, Mahmoud W. Yaish and Sirin A. Adham

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:533

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    PEST-containing nuclear protein (PCNP), a novel nuclear protein, is involved in cell proliferation and tumorigenesis. However, the precise mechanism of action of PCNP in the process of tumor growth has not yet...

    Authors: Dong-Dong Wu, Ying-Ran Gao, Tao Li, Da-Yong Wang, Dan Lu, Shi-Yu Liu, Ya Hong, Hui-Bin Ning, Jun-Ping Liu, Jia Shang, Jun-Feng Shi, Jian-She Wei and Xin-Ying Ji

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:499

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    Gastric cancer is the eighth most common cancer in Taiwan, with a 40% 5-year survival rate. Approximately 40% of patients are refractory to chemotherapy. Currently, the anti-HER2 therapy is the only clinically...

    Authors: Yung-Yu Hsieh, Shui-Yi Tung, Hung-Yu Pan, Chih-Wei Yen, Huang-Wei Xu, Yi-Fang Deng, Ying-Jhen Lin, Wan-Ting Hsu, Cheng-Shyong Wu and Chin Li

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:508

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    The transcription factor PAX6 is expressed in various cancers. In anaplastic astrocytic glioma, PAX6 expression is inversely related to tumor grade, resulting in low PAX6 expression in Glioblastoma, the highes...

    Authors: Beate Hegge, Eva Sjøttem and Ingvild Mikkola

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:496

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Tamoxifen is a frontline therapy for estrogen receptor (ER)-positive breast cancer in premenopausal women. However, many patients develop resistance to tamoxifen, and the mechanism underlying tamoxifen resista...

    Authors: Wei Li, Ling Xu, Xiaofang Che, Haizhou Li, Ye Zhang, Na Song, Ti Wen, Kezuo Hou, Yi Yang, Lu Zhou, Xing Xin, Lu Xu, Xue Zeng, Sha Shi, Yunpeng Liu, Xiujuan Qu…

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:507

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  17. Content type: Technical advance

    The E-selectin ligands expressed by cancer cells mediate adhesion of circulating cancer cells to endothelial cells, as well as within tissue microenvironments important for tumor progression and metastasis. Th...

    Authors: Mylène A. Carrascal, Catarina Talina, Paula Borralho, A. Gonçalo Mineiro, Ana Raquel Henriques, Cláudia Pen, Manuela Martins, Sofia Braga, Robert Sackstein and Paula A. Videira

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:495

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    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) often arises in the setting of chronic inflammation with multiple inhibitory immune signals. V-domain Ig suppressor of T cell activation (VISTA) is identified as a novel negative...

    Authors: Ming Zhang, Hua-Jin Pang, Wei Zhao, Yu-Fa Li, Li-Xu Yan, Zhong-Yi Dong and Xiao-Feng He

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:511

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