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  1. Content type: Research article

    Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is the sixth leading cause of cancer death in the US. The protein kinase D (PKD) family has emerged as a promising target for cancer therapy with PKD1 being most i...

    Authors: Liyong Zhang, Zhihong Li, Yehai Liu, Shuping Xu, Manuj Tandon, Brittany Appelboom, Courtney R. LaValle, Simion I. Chiosea, Lin Wang, Malabika Sen, Vivian W. Y. Lui, Jennifer R. Grandis and Q. Jane Wang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1107

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    We conducted a meta-analysis to evaluate the relationship between the glutathione S-transferase μ1 (GSTM1)– and glutathione S-transferase θ1 (GSTT1)– null genotypes and susceptibility to bladder cancer.

    Authors: Tianbiao Zhou, Hong-Yan Li, Wei-Ji Xie, Zhiqing Zhong, Hongzhen Zhong and Zhi-Jun Lin

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1088

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    Previous studies on cervical cancer reported a worse outcome for adenocarcinoma (AC) compared with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Nevertheless, standard treatment remains identical. Insight in the impact of hi...

    Authors: Karen Couvreur, Eline Naert, Emiel De Jaeghere, Philippe Tummers, Amin Makar, Pieter De Visschere, Mieke Van Bockstal, Jo Van Dorpe, Wilfried De Neve, Hannelore Denys and Katrien Vandecasteele

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1101

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Given the high cure-rate for testicular cancer (TC) and the patients’ young age, comprehensive evaluation of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is an important consideration in this patient population. The...

    Authors: Monika Sztankay, Neil K. Aaronson, Juan I. Arraras, Umberto Basso, Uros Bumbasirevic, Fabio Efficace, Johannes M. Giesinger, Colin D. Johnson, Marieke van Leeuwen, Anne S. Oberguggenberger, Roman Sosnowski, Teresa Young and Bernhard Holzner

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1104

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Atypical Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (aMPN) share characteristics of MPN and Myelodysplastic Syndromes. Although abnormalities in cytokine signaling are common in MPN, the pathophysiology of atypical MPN stil...

    Authors: Pierre-Yves Dumas, Olivier Mansier, Valerie Prouzet-Mauleon, Junji Koya, Arnaud Villacreces, Philippe Brunet de la Grange, Damien Luque Paz, Audrey Bidet, Jean-Max Pasquet, Vincent Praloran, Franck Salin, Mineo Kurokawa, François-Xavier Mahon, Bruno Cardinaud and Eric Lippert

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1098

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  6. Content type: Research article

    To investigate the influence of fibroblast activation protein alpha (FAP) derived from cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs), as well as potential mechanism of epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT), on gastri...

    Authors: Jiuyang Liu, Chaoqun Huang, Chunwei Peng, Fei Xu, Yan Li, Yonemura Yutaka, Bin Xiong and Xiaojun Yang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1099

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Development of chemo−/radioresistance is a major challenge for the current prostate cancer (CaP) therapy. We have previously demonstrated that epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) is associated with CaP g...

    Authors: Jie Ni, Paul Cozzi, Julia Beretov, Wei Duan, Joseph Bucci, Peter Graham and Yong Li

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1092

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  8. Content type: Research article

    This study aims to establish a radiomics analysis system for the diagnosis and clinical behaviour prediction of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) based on multi-parametric ultrasound imaging.

    Authors: Zhao Yao, Yi Dong, Guoqing Wu, Qi Zhang, Daohui Yang, Jin-Hua Yu and Wen-Ping Wang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1089

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the leading causes of cancer-related death worldwide with limited treatment options. Mutation of β-catenin is one of the most frequent genetic events along hepatocarcin...

    Authors: Yu Qiao, Meng Xu, Junyan Tao, Li Che, Antonio Cigliano, Satdarshan P Monga, Diego F Calvisi and Xin Chen

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1093

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The modified Glasgow Prognostic Score (mGPS) and the neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) are conventional inflammation-based scores for colorectal cancer (CRC). The systemic inflammation score (SIS) has been ...

    Authors: Fang Wang, Wenzhuo He, Chang Jiang, Guifang Guo, Bin Ke, Qiangsheng Dai, Jianting Long and Liangping Xia

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1102

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Survival rates of lung cancer remains poor and the impact of comorbidities on the prognosis is discussed. The objective of this study was to assess if the Charlson Comorbidity Index (CCI) was associated with 8...

    Authors: A. Seigneurin, P. Delafosse, B. Trétarre, A. S. Woronoff, M. Velten, P. Grosclaude, A. V. Guizard, B. Lapôtre-Ledoux, S. Bara, F. Molinié and M. Colonna

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1091

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Inter-patient heterogeneity in radiation-induced DNA damage responses is proposed to reflect intrinsic variations in tumour and normal tissue radiation sensitivity, but the prediction of phenotype by a molecul...

    Authors: Kevin Lee Min Chua, Eugenia Li Ling Yeo, Waseem Ahamed Shihabudeen, Sze Huey Tan, Than Than Shwe, Enya Hui Wen Ong, Paula Yeng Po Lam, Khee Chee Soo, Yoke Lim Soong, Kam Weng Fong, Terence Wee Kiat Tan, Joseph Tien Seng Wee and Melvin Lee Kiang Chua

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1095

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the most common type of gastrointestinal cancer. CRC gene therapy mediated by adenovirus holds great promise for the treatment of malignancies. However, intravenous delivery of adeno...

    Authors: Fang-Rui Liu, Shuang Bai, Qiang Feng, Xin-Yan Pan, Shu-Ling Song, Hong Fang, Jing Cui and Ju-Lun Yang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1087

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  14. Content type: Case report

    Cholangiocarcinoma, or bile duct cancer, is a gastrointestinal cancer with limited therapeutic options and a poor outcome. Studies have revealed that some major driver genes are associated with cholangiocarcin...

    Authors: Haibo Mou, Lanfang Yu, Qin Liao, Xuehua Hou, Yinfang Wu, Qiang Cui, Na Yan, Ruobing Ma, Lingjian Wang, Ming Yao and Kai Wang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1105

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  15. Content type: Research article

    In acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the presence of minimal residual disease (MRD) after induction/consolidation chemotherapy is a strong prognostic factor for subsequent relapse and mortality. Accordingly,...

    Authors: Arnaud Pigneux, Pau Montesinos, Ze Cong, Xinke Zhang, Anja K. Pownell, Heather Wieffer, Jan McKendrick and Monika Brüggemann

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1100

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Experimental models of prostate cancer have demonstrated increased levels of protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) in the blood and faeces of mice. Hence, the quantification of these autofluorescent molecules could be hypo...

    Authors: Daniel Riani Gotardelo, Lilia Coronato Courrol, Maria Helena Bellini, Flávia Rodrigues de Oliveira Silva and Carlos Roberto Jorge Soares

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1090

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  17. Content type: Research article

    RBM3 expression has been suggested as prognostic marker in several cancer types. The purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence and clinical significance of altered RBM3 expression in esophageal cancer.

    Authors: Katharina Grupp, Bianca Hofmann, Asad Kutup, Kai Bachmann, Dean Bogoevski, Nathaniel Melling, Faik Guntac Uzunoglu, Alexander Tarek El Gammal, Christina Koop, Ronald Simon, Stefan Steurer, Till Krech, Susanne Burdak-Rothkamm, Frank Jacobsen, Guido Sauter, Jakob Izbicki…

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1106

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  18. Content type: Case report

    Chronic myeloid leukemia can be effectively treated with BCR-ABL1 tyrosine kinase inhibitors. However, BCR-ABL1 mutations can develop and cause secondary resistance to these inhibitors. For each of the availab...

    Authors: Radowan Elnair and Ahmed Galal

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1097

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  19. Content type: Review

    Recent breakthroughs in targeted therapy and immunotherapy have revolutionized the treatment of lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and worldwide. Here we provide an ov...

    Authors: Xingxiang Pu, Lin Wu, Dan Su, Weimin Mao and Bingliang Fang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1082

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  20. Content type: Research article

    An increasing number of studies have identified spatial differences in colorectal cancer survival. However, little is known about the spatially varying effects of predictors in survival prediction modeling stu...

    Authors: Yu Tian, Jun Li, Tianshu Zhou, Danyang Tong, Shengqiang Chi, Xiangxing Kong, Kefeng Ding and Jingsong Li

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1084

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  21. Content type: Case report

    The incidence of AIDS-defining cancers (ADCs) has decreased markedly in the era of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). The occurrence of two ADCs is rare in people living with HIV or AIDS (PWHA) who ...

    Authors: Seong Eun Kim, Younggon Jung, Tae Hoon Oh, Uh Jin Kim, Seung-Ji Kang, Hee-Chang Jang, Kyung-Hwa Park, Kyung-Hwa Lee and Sook In Jung

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1080

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Utility weight, a measure of health-related quality of life, is used in disease burden measurements and economic evaluations. In this study, we used the visual analogue scale (VAS) and standard gamble (SG) met...

    Authors: Eun-Jung Kim, Minsu Ock, Kyu-pyo Kim, Nuri Hyun Jung, Hyeon-Jeong Lee, Seon-Ha Kim and Min-Woo Jo

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1081

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Invasive micropapillary carcinoma (IMPC) is an unusual and distinct subtype of invasive breast tumor with high propensity for regional lymph node metastases. This study was to identify risk factors accounting ...

    Authors: Fu-Gui Ye, Chen Xia, Ding Ma, Pei-Yang Lin, Xin Hu and Zhi-Ming Shao

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1085

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  24. Content type: Study protocol

    Health service change is difficult to achieve. One strategy to facilitate such change is the clinical pathway, a guide for clinicians containing a defined set of evidence-based interventions for a specific con...

    Authors: Phyllis Butow, Joanne Shaw, Heather L. Shepherd, Melanie Price, Lindy Masya, Brian Kelly, Nicole M. Rankin, Afaf Girgis, Thomas F. Hack, Philip Beale, Rosalie Viney, Haryana M. Dhillon, Joseph Coll, Patrick Kelly, Melanie Lovell, Peter Grimison…

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1077

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Extramammary Paget’s disease (EMPD), a rare skin malignancy with non-specific manifestations, is often misdiagnosed as eczema of scrotum or tinea cruris. Although the diagnosis of EMPD could be confirmed by bi...

    Authors: Hao Guo, Rui-Qun Qi, Jie Sheng, Chang Liu, Hang Ma, He-Xiao Wang, Jiu-Hong Li, Xing-Hua Gao, Yin-Sheng Wan and Hong-Duo Chen

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1078

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Breast and cervical cancers represent a significant cause of morbidity and mortality among women. The purpose of this study was to analyse the survival and time trends in two of the most common female cancers ...

    Authors: Allini Mafra da Costa, Dana Hashim, José Humberto Tavares Guerreiro Fregnani and Elisabete Weiderpass

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1079

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  27. Content type: Research article

    The role of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) change patterns in tumor response and long-term outcome is unclear. This study aimed to investigate the correlation between changes in CEA levels and tumor response a...

    Authors: Ping Yu, Mingyi Zhou, Jinglei Qu, Lingyu Fu, Xuedan Li, Ruimei Cai, Bo Jin, Yuee Teng, Jing Liu, Jing Shi and Jingdong Zhang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1076

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Chronic myeloid leukemia is associated with a BCR/ABL oncoprotein inhibited by imatinib mesylate, the first tyrosine kinase inhibitor. Although experimental studies have clearly demonstrated the efficacy of im...

    Authors: Enza Di Felice, Francesca Roncaglia, Francesco Venturelli, Lucia Mangone, Stefano Luminari, Claudia Cirilli, Giuliano Carrozzi and Paolo Giorgi Rossi

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1069

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  29. Content type: Research article

    The contribution of genetic polymorphisms to the large inter-individual variation in mammographic density (MD) changes following starting and stopping use of estrogen and progestin combined therapy (EPT) has n...

    Authors: Eunjung Lee, Jianning Luo, Fredrick R. Schumacher, David Van Den Berg, Anna H. Wu, Daniel O. Stram, Leslie Bernstein and Giske Ursin

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1072

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  30. Content type: Study protocol

    Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) comprises a heterogeneous group of diseases which are generally associated with poor prognosis. Up to now, no targeted treatment beyond anti-VEGF therapy has been approved ...

    Authors: Gabriel Rinnerthaler, Simon Peter Gampenrieder, Andreas Petzer, Sonja Burgstaller, David Fuchs, Dieter Rossmann, Marija Balic, Daniel Egle, Holger Rumpold, Christian F. Singer, Rupert Bartsch, Edgar Petru, Thomas Melchardt, Hanno Ulmer, Brigitte Mlineritsch and Richard Greil

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1074

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  31. Content type: Study protocol

    Up to 80% of breast cancer patients suffer from Cancer Related Cognitive Impairments (CRCI). Exercise is suggested as a potential supportive care option to reduce cognitive decline in cancer patients. This stu...

    Authors: Max Oberste, Nils Schaffrath, Katharina Schmidt, Wilhelm Bloch, Elke Jäger, Karen Steindorf, Philipp Hartig, Niklas Joisten and Philipp Zimmer

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1071

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  32. Content type: Study protocol

    Higher levels of physical activity (PA) after treatment are associated with beneficial effects on physical and psychosocial functioning of cancer survivors. However, survivors often do not meet the recommended...

    Authors: H. J. van de Wiel, M. M. Stuiver, A. M. May, S. van Grinsven, N. K. Aaronson, V. P. Retèl, H. S. A. Oldenburg, H. G. van der Poel, S. Horenblas, W. H. van Harten and W. G. Groen

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1073

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Epigenetic plays an important role in colorectal neoplasia process. There is a need to determine sound biomarkers of colorectal cancer (CRC) progression with clinical and therapeutic implications. Therefore, w...

    Authors: Hassan Ashktorab, Hamed Rahi, Mehdi Nouraie, Babak Shokrani, Edward Lee, Tahmineh Haydari, Adeyinka O. Laiyemo, Peter Siegel and Hassan Brim

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1068

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Data on the long-term risks of non-AIDS defining cancers (NADCs) are limited, especially in Asians. The incidence of NADCs may correlate with the epidemiological trend of cancers or oncogenic infection in each...

    Authors: Naoyoshi Nagata, Takeshi Nishijima, Ryota Niikura, Tetsuji Yokoyama, Yumi Matsushita, Koji Watanabe, Katsuji Teruya, Yoshimi Kikuchi, Junichi Akiyama, Mikio Yanase, Naomi Uemura, Shinichi Oka and Hiroyuki Gatanaga

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1066

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  35. Content type: Research article

    The optimal timing of radiotherapy (RT) with respect to surgery remains controversial for locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (LA NSCLC) undergoing surgery and the long-term effect of neoadjuvant RT, a...

    Authors: Xinyu Wang, Chang Yin, Shaofei Su, Xi Li, Chao Wang, Chaoli Zhang and Meina Liu

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1067

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  36. Content type: Case report

    Among non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with acquired T790 M mutation resistance to first-generation epidermal growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitor (EGFR-TKI), 71% are likely to benefit f...

    Authors: Lin-Peng Zheng, Li-Ying Chen, Xing-Yun Liao, Zi-Han Xu, Zheng-Tang Chen and Jian-Guo Sun

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1070

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  37. Content type: Research article

    microRNAs (miRNAs) stably exist in circulating blood and are encapsulated in extracellular vesicles such as exosomes. The aims of this study were to identify which exosomal miRNAs are highly produced from epit...

    Authors: Akihiko Yoshimura, Kenjiro Sawada, Koji Nakamura, Yasuto Kinose, Erika Nakatsuka, Masaki Kobayashi, Mayuko Miyamoto, Kyoso Ishida, Yuri Matsumoto, Michiko Kodama, Kae Hashimoto, Seiji Mabuchi and Tadashi Kimura

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1065

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Physical activity reduces the risk of colorectal cancer (CRC), but the relevant evidence derives primarily from self-reported recreational and occupational activity. Less is known about the contribution of oth...

    Authors: Shahid Mahmood, Dallas R. English, Robert J. MacInnis, Amalia Karahalios, Neville Owen, Roger L. Milne, Graham G. Giles and Brigid M. Lynch

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1063

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  39. Content type: Research article

    WNT/βcatenin (WNTβ) pathway is activated in early stages of embryonic development. We aimed to evaluate the significance of βcatenin in germ cell tumors (GCTs) and explore associations with the inflamed enviro...

    Authors: Michal Chovanec, Zuzana Cierna, Viera Miskovska, Katarina Machalekova, Katarina Kalavska, Katarina Rejlekova, Daniela Svetlovska, Dusan Macak, Stanislav Spanik, Karol Kajo, Pavel Babal, Michal Mego and Jozef Mardiak

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1062

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Obesity has been associated with aggressive prostate cancer and poor outcomes. It is important to understand how prognostic tools for that guide prostate cancer treatment may be impacted by obesity. The goal o...

    Authors: Charnita Zeigler-Johnson, Aaron Hudson, Karen Glanz, Elaine Spangler and Knashawn H. Morales

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1061

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  41. Content type: Research article

    The types of patients with gastric adenocarcinoma (GA) for whom postoperative radiotherapy can improve the disease-specific survival rate (DSS) remain controversial. This study aims to explore the ideal indica...

    Authors: Ze-Ning Huang, Qi-Yue Chen, Chao-Hui Zheng, Ping Li, Jian-Wei Xie, Jia-Bin Wang, Jian-Xian Lin, Jun Lu, Long-Long Cao, Mi Lin, Ru-Hong Tu, Ju-Li Lin, Hua-long Zheng and Chang-Ming Huang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1064

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Small extracellular vesicles (small-EVs) are membranous vesicles that contain unique information regarding the condition of cells and contribute to the recruitment and reprogramming of components associated wi...

    Authors: Chan-Hyeong Lee, Eun-Ju Im, Pyong-Gon Moon and Moon-Chang Baek

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1058

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  43. Content type: Review

    For decades, retinoids and their synthetic derivatives have been well established anticancer treatments due to their ability to regulate cell growth and induce cell differentiation and apoptosis. Many studies ...

    Authors: Viera Dobrotkova, Petr Chlapek, Pavel Mazanek, Jaroslav Sterba and Renata Veselska

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1059

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM) gene plays a key role in response to DNA lesions and is related to the invasion and metastasis of malignancy. Epidemiological studies have indicated associations between ATM rs...

    Authors: Yulu Gu, Jikang Shi, Shuang Qiu, Yichun Qiao, Xin Zhang, Yi Cheng and Yawen Liu

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1060

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide; and in 40% of all cases, KRAS4b-activating mutations occur. KRAS4b is transported by phosphodiesterase-6δ (PDEδ) to the plasma membrane, where it ge...

    Authors: Pedro Cruz-Nova, Michael Schnoor, José Correa-Basurto, Martiniano Bello, Paola Briseño-Diaz, Arturo Rojo-Domínguez, Carlos M. Ortiz-Mendoza, Jorge Guerrero-Aguirre, Francisco J. García-Vázquez, Rosaura Hernández-Rivas, María del Rocío Thompson-Bonilla and Miguel Vargas

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1056

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  46. Content type: Research article

    The objective of our study was to evaluate the clinical significance of invisible prostate cancer (iPCa) on multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI) by analyzing clinical parameters and oncologic out...

    Authors: Doo Yong Chung, Dong Hoon Koh, Hyeok Jun Goh, Min Seok Kim, Jong Soo Lee, Won Sik Jang and Young Deuk Choi

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1057

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Primary mucosal melanoma (MM) is a rare subtype of melanoma that arises from melanocytes in the mucosa. MM has not been well profiled for mutations and its etiology is not well understood, rendering current tr...

    Authors: Yuuki Iida, Matthew P. Salomon, Keisuke Hata, Kevin Tran, Shuichi Ohe, Chester F. Griffiths, Sandy C. Hsu, Nellie Nelson and Dave S. B. Hoon

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1054

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Several genetic and epigenetic alterations are related to the development and progression of Gastric Cancer (GC), one of those being the deregulated microRNA (miRNA) expression profile. miRNAs are small noncod...

    Authors: Leandro Magalhães, Luciana Gonçalves Quintana, Dielly Catrina Favacho Lopes, Amanda Ferreira Vidal, Adenilson Leão Pereira, Lara Carolina D’Araujo Pinto, João de Jesus Viana Pinheiro, André Salim Khayat, Luiz Ricardo Goulart, Rommel Burbano, Paulo Pimentel de Assumpção and Ândrea Ribeiro-dos-Santos

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1055

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