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Author(s): Nuno P. Santos
Paula A. Oliveira
Regina Arantes Rodrigues
Ana I. Faustino Rocha
Aura Colaço
Carlos Lopes
Rui M. Gil da Costa
Title: Cytokeratin 7/19 expression inN-diethylnitrosamine-induced mouse hepatocellular lesions: implications for histogenesis International
Issue Date: 2014
Abstract: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a common malignancy with poor clinical outcome, whose histogenesis is the subject of intense debate. Specifically, expression ofcytokeratins (CKs) 7 and 19, associated with aggressive biological behaviour, is proposed to reflect a possible progenitor cell origin or tumour dedifferentiation towardsa primitive phenotype. This work addresses that problem by studying CKs 7 and 19expression in N-diethylnitrosamine (DEN)-induced mouse HCCs. ICR mice weredivided into six DEN-exposed and six matched control groups. Samples were takenfrom each group at consecutive time points. Hyperplastic foci (13 lesions) occurredat 29-40 weeks (groups 8, 10 and 12) with diffuse dysplastic areas (19 lesions) andwith one hepatocellular adenoma (HCA) (at 29 weeks). HCCs (4 lesions) wereobserved 40 weeks after the first DEN administration (group 12). CKs 7 and 19showed identical expression patterns and located to large, mature hepatocytes, isolated or in small clusters. Hyperplastic foci and the single HCA were consistentlynegative for both markers, while dysplastic areas and HCCs were positive. Theseresults support the hypothesis that CKs 7 and 19 expression in hepatocellular malignancies results from a dedifferentiation process rather than from a possible progenitor cell origin.
Related Information: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia/Projetos Estratégicos/PEst-C/EQB/UI0511/2013/PROJECTO ESTRATÉGICO - UI 511 - 2013-2014/UI0511
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
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