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Systems biology, post-genomic analysis and emerging technologies

This section will consider studies on all aspects of the function of biological systems at the molecular and cellular level, in particular those addressing network modeling, quantitative analyses and the integration of different levels of information. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, deep sequencing-based technologies, computational biology and machine learning in relation to cancer biology.

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  1. Content type: Debate

    Improving our understanding of cancer and other complex diseases requires integrating diverse data sets and algorithms. Intertwining in vivo and in vitro data and in silico models are paramount to overcome intrin...

    Authors: Claire Jean-Quartier, Fleur Jeanquartier, Igor Jurisica and Andreas Holzinger

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:408

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and carbohydrate antigen (CA)19–9 are used in clinical practice as tumor markers to diagnose or monitor colorectal cancer (CRC) patients, However, their specificities and sensiti...

    Authors: Eiji Shinozaki, Kazuhiro Tanabe, Takashi Akiyoshi, Tomohiro Tsuchida, Yuko Miyazaki, Nozomi Kojima, Masahiro Igarashi, Masashi Ueno, Mitsukuni Suenaga, Nobuyuki Mizunuma, Kensei Yamaguchi, Konosuke Nakayama, Sadayo Iijima and Toshiharu Yamaguchi

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:406

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Programmed Death Ligand 1 (PD-L1) is a co-stimulatory and immune checkpoint protein. PD-L1 expression in non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC) is a hallmark of adaptive resistance and its expression is often use...

    Authors: Kim A. Brogden, Deepak Parashar, Andrea R. Hallier, Terry Braun, Fang Qian, Naiyer A. Rizvi, Aaron D. Bossler, Mohammed M. Milhem, Timothy A. Chan, Taher Abbasi and Shireen Vali

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:225

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Cancer 2018 18:413

  4. Content type: Research article

    NRF2 is the key regulator of oxidative stress in normal cells and aberrant expression of the NRF2 pathway due to genetic alterations in the KEAP1 (Kelch-like ECH-associated protein 1)-NRF2 (nuclear factor eryt...

    Authors: Akhileshwar Namani, Md. Matiur Rahaman, Ming Chen and Xiuwen Tang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:46

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  5. Content type: Research article

    The clinical benefit of adjuvant chemotherapy for stage II colorectal cancer (CRC) is controversial. This study aimed to explore novel gene signature to predict outcome benefit of postoperative 5-Fu-based ther...

    Authors: Bangrong Cao, Liping Luo, Lin Feng, Shiqi Ma, Tingqing Chen, Yuan Ren, Xiao Zha, Shujun Cheng, Kaitai Zhang and Changmin Chen

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:844

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) plays a key role in lung cancer progression and drug resistance. The dynamics and stability of gene expression patterns as cancer cells transition from E to M at ...

    Authors: Daifeng Wang, John D. Haley and Patricia Thompson

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:830

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The differentiation of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) could be associated with prognosis and may influence the choices of clinical management. No applicable methods could reliably predict the tumor di...

    Authors: Shi Wen, Bohan Zhan, Jianghua Feng, Weize Hu, Xianchao Lin, Jianxi Bai and Heguang Huang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:708

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Triple-negative breast cancer (TN) is more aggressive than other subtypes of breast cancer and has a lower survival rate. Furthermore, detailed biological information about the disease is lacking. This study i...

    Authors: Yuji Yamashita, Shin Nishiumi, Seishi Kono, Shintaro Takao, Takeshi Azuma and Masaru Yoshida

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:589

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Hotspot mutations of the oncogenes BRAF and NRAS are the most common genetic alterations in cutaneous melanoma. Specific inhibitors of BRAF and MEK have shown significant survival benefits in large phase III t...

    Authors: Markus V. Heppt, Timo Siepmann, Jutta Engel, Gabriele Schubert-Fritschle, Renate Eckel, Laura Mirlach, Thomas Kirchner, Andreas Jung, Anja Gesierich, Thomas Ruzicka, Michael J. Flaig and Carola Berking

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:536

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Human cancer cell lines are used in research to study the biology of cancer and to test cancer treatments. Recently there are already some large panels of several hundred human cancer cell lines which are char...

    Authors: Lin Wang, Xiaozhong Li, Louxin Zhang and Qiang Gao

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:513

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  11. Content type: Research article

    While many factors may contribute to the higher prostate cancer incidence and mortality experienced by African-American men compared to their counterparts, the contribution of tumor biology is underexplored du...

    Authors: Jennifer S. Myers, Karin A. Vallega, Jason White, Kaixian Yu, Clayton C. Yates and Qing-Xiang Amy Sang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:480

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The study was aimed to quantitatively detect mRNA levels of the catalytic subunit of telomerase (hTERT) in both peripheral blood and circulating tumor cells (CTCs) of patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NP...

    Authors: Xinsa Fu, Congxiang Shen, Huigang Wang, Fang Chen, Guanxue Li and Zhong Wen

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:479

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  13. Content type: Research article

    miRNAs exert their effect through a negative regulatory mechanism silencing expression upon hybridizing to their target mRNA, and have a prominent position in the control of many cellular processes including c...

    Authors: Blanca Elena Castro-Magdonel, Manuela Orjuela, Javier Camacho, Adda Jeanette García-Chéquer, Lourdes Cabrera-Muñoz, Stanislaw Sadowinski-Pine, Noé Durán-Figueroa, María de Jesús Orozco-Romero, Ana Claudia Velázquez-Wong, Adriana Hernández-Ángeles, Claudia Hernández-Galván, Citlali Lara-Molina and M. Verónica Ponce-Castañeda

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:458

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  14. Content type: Research article

    During posttreatment surveillance of head and neck cancer patients, imaging is insufficiently accurate for the early detection of relapsing disease. Free circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) may serve as a novel biom...

    Authors: Joost H. van Ginkel, Manon M. H. Huibers, Robert J. J. van Es, Remco de Bree and Stefan M. Willems

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:428

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Annual low dose CT (LDCT) screening of individuals at high demographic risk reduces lung cancer mortality by more than 20%. However, subjects selected for screening based on demographic criteria typically have...

    Authors: Jiyoun Yeo, Erin L. Crawford, Xiaolu Zhang, Sadik Khuder, Tian Chen, Albert Levin, Thomas M. Blomquist and James C. Willey

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:301

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) is associated with a higher incidence of distant metastasis and decreased survival. Whether TGF-β can be used as a prognostic indicator of colorectal cancer (CRC) remain...

    Authors: Xin-lin Chen, Zhuo-qun Chen, Shui-lian Zhu, Tian-wen Liu, Yi Wen, Yi-sheng Su, Xu-jie Xi, Yue Hu, Lei Lian and Feng-bin Liu

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:240

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Ovarian cancer remains the most deadly gynecological cancer with a poor aggregate survival rate; however, the specific rates are highly dependent on the stage of the disease upon diagnosis. Current screening a...

    Authors: Karissa B. Tilbury, Kirby R. Campbell, Kevin W. Eliceiri, Sana M. Salih, Manish Patankar and Paul J. Campagnola

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:102

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