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Thursday July 03rd, 2014

A mutation in progenitor cells identified as origin and therapeutic target for cholangiocarcinoma

In recent years, cancer research has been focused on the identification of mutations in genes involved in tumor development. Nevertheless, the molecular pathways that contribute to the progression of the disease remain quite unknown. The journal Nature publishes a paper in which an international team of scientists, led by Nabeel Bardesy, PhD, from the Harvard Medical School, suggests that a mutation in the IDH enzyme (isocitrate dehydrogenase), that occurs in liver progenitor cells, promotes the progression of cholangiocarcinoma, a type of liver cancer. Josep M. Llovet, MD, PhD, ICREA Research Professor at the HCC Translational Research Lab of the Liver Unit at IDIBAPS and Director of Mount Sinai Liver Cancer Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York) has collaborated in the study together with Daniela Sia, PhD, and Helena Cornellà, members of the same research group.

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Thursday January 31st, 2013

A research funded by the AECC identifies two molecular types of cholangiocarcinoma, the most aggressive liver cancer

A research, funded with 1.2 million euros by the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) Barcelona – Scientific Foundation, has established the molecular classification (genetic mechanism) of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC). This means an important advance in the search for an effective drug treatment. Today the only available treatment is surgery, and it is applicable only in the early stages of this disease. This cancer is resistant to any therapy and the second most frequent liver tumor. The investigation is led by Dr. Josep María Llovet, President of the International Liver Cancer Association (ILCA) and ICREA research professor at IDIBAPS, where he develops and coordinates most of the study, which has the support of two major international centers for treating liver cancer: Mount Sinai in New York and the National Cancer Institute in Milan.

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