Interplay of genetic and epigenetic alterations in hepatocellular carcinoma

Sun Min Lee, Jeongsil Kim-Ha, Won Young Choi, Jungwoo Lee, Dawon Kim, Jinyoung Lee, Eunji Choi, Young Joon Kim

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Genetic and epigenetic alterations play prominent roles in hepatocarcinogenesis and their appearance varies depending on etiological factors, race and tumor progression. Intriguingly, distinct patterns of these genetic and epigenetic mutations are coupled not only to affect each other, but to trigger different types of tumorigenesis. The patterns and frequencies of somatic variations vary depending on the nature of the surrounding chromatin. On the other hand, epigenetic alterations often induce genomic instability prone to mutation. Therefore, genetic mutations and epigenetic alterations in hepatocellular carcinoma appear to be inseparable factors that accelerate tumorigenesis synergistically. We have summarized recent findings on genetic and epigenetic modifications, their influences on each other's alterations and putative roles in liver tumorigenesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)993-1005
Number of pages13
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jul

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© 2016 Young-Joon Kim.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Genetics
  • Cancer Research


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