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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Expression of HIF-2alpha/EPAS1 in hepatocellular carcinoma.

AIM: To investigate the expression of hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-2alpha/endothelial PAS domain protein1 (EPAS1) in hepatocellular carcinoma ( HCC). METHODS: Expression of HIF-2alpha/EPAS1 was investigated immunohistochemically on paraffin-embedded sections from 97 patients with HCC. To further confirm that HIF-2alpha/EPAS1 in HCC tissues also correlated with angiogenesis, a parallel immunohistchemistry study of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) was performed on these 97 cases. RESULTS: HIF-2alpha/EPAS1 could be detected in 50 of 97 cases (51.6%), including 19 weakly positive (19.8%), and 31 strongly positive (31.1%), the other 47 cases were negative (48.4%). The expression of HIF-2alpha/EPAS1was significantly correlated with tumor size, capsule infiltration, portal vein invasion, and necrosis. A parallel immunohistochemical analysis of VEGF demonstrated its positive correlation with capsule infiltration, portal vein invasion, and HIF-2alpha/EPAS1 overexpression, which supported the correlation of HIF-2alpha/EPAS1up-regulation with tumor angiogenesis. No apparent correlation was observed between HIF-2alpha/EPAS1 and capsular formation, presence of cirrhosis, and histological grade. CONCLUSION: HIF-2alpha/EPAS1 is expressed in most of HCC with capsular infiltration and portal vein invasion, which indicates a possible role of HIF-2alpha/EPAS1 in HCC metastasis.[1]


  1. Expression of HIF-2alpha/EPAS1 in hepatocellular carcinoma. Bangoura, G., Yang, L.Y., Huang, G.W., Wang, W. World J. Gastroenterol. (2004) [Pubmed]
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