GSK-3B Phosphorylation and alteration of B-Catenin in Hepatocellular Carcinoma

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Ban, Ke Chen, Harjit, S, Krishnan, R and Seow, Heng Fong (2003) GSK-3B Phosphorylation and alteration of B-Catenin in Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Cancer Letters, 199 (2). pp. 201-208. ISSN 0304-3835


The aim of this study is to investigate the potential correlation between the expression of phosphorylated glycogen synthase kinase-3b (phospho-GSK-3b) and b-catenin, and the mutations of b-catenin gene at the consensus GSK-3b phosphorylation site. The reason for this approach is to gain a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms of hepatocarcinogenesis in Malaysia. The expression of phospho-GSK-3b and b-catenin by immunohistochemistry and the mutations of b-catenin were studied in 23 hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and surrounding tissues. Overexpression of phospho-GSK-3b and b-catenin was found in 12/23 (52.2%) and 13/23 (56.5%) in HCC tissues, 6/23 (26.1%) and 9/23 (39.1%) in surrounding tissues, respectively. Overexpression of b-catenin in HCC tissues compared to the surrounding liver tissue was found to be higher in HCC tissues (p = 0.015). In addition, we found that the expression of phospho-GSK-3b was related with the accumulation of b-catenin in surrounding tissues (p < 0.05). The expression of phospho-GSK-3b and its association with the development of HCC is reported for the first time. In addition, this is the first report from Malaysia which shows that there are no mutations at the GSK-3b consensus phosphorylation sites on b-catenin gene in all 23 paired HCC and surrounding tissues. This result differed from HCC in geographical areas with high aflatoxin exposure.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1016/S0304-3835(03)00421-X
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0903 Biomedical Engineering
Historical > FOR Classification > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Biomedical and Health Sciences
Keywords ResPubID19034, Hepatocellular carcinoma, Phosphorylated glycogen synthase kinase-3, b-Catenin
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