Obstacles and Opportunities in the Prevention and Treatment of HBV-related Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Publication date: Available online 10 January 2020Source: Genes &DiseasesAuthor(s): Yong LiaoAbstractDespite the tremendous progresses toward our understanding of the mechanisms of how liver cancer was developed, the therapeutic outcomes of liver cancer in the clinic have very limited improvement within the past three decades or so. In addition, both the incidence and mortality of liver cancer worldwide are not dropping, but increasing steadily, in the last decade. Thus, it is time for us to rethink what has been wrong and how could we do better in the upcoming years, in order to achieve our goal of improving the therapeutic outcomes of patients with liver cancer in the clinic, and at the meantime, effectively reducing the incidence of liver cancer by blocking malignant transformation of hepatocytes from chronic viral infection. This is also one of the main reasons why we try to organize this special issue on primary liver cancer in the journal of Genes &Diseases. In this perspective, I will summarize the major obstacles confronted with in the prevention and management of patients with chronic hepatitis B infection and subsequent development of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. Next, I will delineate the pitfalls and underlying mechanisms of why the current anti-viral strategies and therapeutic agents are not as effective as one expected in terms of successful reduction or prevention chronic hepatitis B infection associated liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. I will the...
Source: Genes and Diseases - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Source Type: research

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n Lee Chen Tyan Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is among the ten most commonly diagnosed cancers and the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death. Patients with hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection are prone to developing chronic liver diseases (i.e., fibrosis and cirrhosis), and the HBV X antigen plays an important role in the development of HCC. The difficulty in detecting HCC at the early stages is one of the main reasons that the death rate approximates the incidence rate. The regulators controlling the downstream liver protein expression from HBV infection are unclear. Mass spectrometric techniques and cu...
Source: Cancers - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
ConclusionA substantial further reduction in cases of HCC requires a wider application of universal HBV vaccination and effective treatment of HBV- and HCV-related chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis, more effective campaigns to favor correct dietary habits and reduce alcohol consumption and the intensification of studies on HCC pathogenesis for future optimized prevention strategies.
Source: Infection - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
      ·Application is being reviewed under FDA ’s Real-Time Oncology Review pilot programmeBasel, 27 January 2020 – Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today announced the completion of a supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) submission to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Tecentriq® (atezolizumab) in combination with Avastin® (bevacizumab), for the treatment of people with unresectab le hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) who have not received prior systemic therapy. The FDA is reviewing the application under the Real-Time Oncology Review pilot programme, wh...
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Abstract Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) accounts for about 80-90% of all liver cancers and is found to be the third most common cause of cancer mortality in the Asia-Pacific region. Risk factors include hepatitis B and C virus, cirrhosis, aflatoxin-contaminated food, alcohol, and diabetes. Surgically removing the tumor tissue seems effective but a high chance of recurrence has led to an urgent need to develop novel molecules for the treatment of HCC. Clinical management with sorafenib is found to be effective but it is only able to prolong survival for a few months. Various side effects like gastrointestinal and a...
Source: Current Pharmaceutical Design - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Tags: Curr Pharm Des Source Type: research
Oxidative stress is closely related to the occurrence and development of various diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular and infectious diseases. We identified six critical genetic variants related to oxidative stress, and evaluated their main effects and their interaction effects on hepatitis B virus (HBV)-induced liver diseases. We enrolled 3,128 Han Chinese subjects into five groups: healthy controls, chronic hepatitis B (CHB), liver cirrhosis (LC), hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and natural clearance. We then determined the genotypes in each group for CYBA-rs4673, NCF4-rs1883112, NOX4-rs1836882, rs301788...
Source: Frontiers in Genetics - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Source Type: research
k A Abstract BACKGROUND: There is ongoing search for new noninvasive biomarkers to improve management of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Studies, mostly from the Asian-Pacific region, demonstrated differential expression of liver-specific microRNA-122 (miR-122) in tissue as well as in sera of patients with hepatitis B virus- and hepatitis C virus-induced HCC. AIM: To evaluate prognostic value of miR-122 in patients with HCC in a European population and determine potential factors related to alteration of miR-122 in sera. METHODS: Patients with confirmed HCC (n = 91) were included in the stu...
Source: World Journal of Gastroenterology : WJG - Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Tags: World J Gastroenterol Source Type: research
In conclusion, circulating microRNAs, particularly the miR-125b, may serve as promising biomarkers for the early diagnosis of HBV-related HCC. However, larger and more rigorous studies are needed to confirm our conclusions.
Source: Journal of Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Research Paper Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Our results demonstrated that a web-based calculator including age, sex, AFP, and PIVKA-II accurately predicted the presence of HCC in patients with CHB. ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03047603
Source: Clinical Chemistry - Category: Chemistry Authors: Tags: Cancer Diagnostics (since 2002) Source Type: research
This study aimed to investigate the levels of growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF15), a stress-induced factor, and sex hormones in male patients with HBV-related hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and the association between the two. In this study, we recruited 298 male participants including 83 healthy individuals as controls, 67 patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB), 56 patients with HBV-related liver cirrhosis (HBV-related LC), and 92 patients with HBV-related HCC. Serum levels of GDF15, total testosterone (TT), estradiol (E2), free testosterone (FT) and other biochemical variables were measured. Serum GDF15 levels were...
Source: Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
ConclusionsThe additive risk of T2DM for HCC development was highest in patients with NASH. HCC risk may vary depending on the underlying etiology.
Source: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology - Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: research
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