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Topic: Update on the Molecular and Genomic Classification of HCC

A special issue of Hepatoma Research

ISSN 2454-2520 (Online), ISSN 2394-5079 (Print)

Submission deadline: 31 Oct 2020

Guest Editor(s)

  • Devanand Sarkar, PhD
    Institute of Molecular Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA.

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Special Issue Introduction

The incidence of Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) is increasing alarmingly, and it is the third most important cause of cancer-related deaths globally. HCC, diagnosed at early stages, is amenable to treatments and five-year survival rates of ~60 to 70% can be achieved in well-selected patients. However, most HCC cases are diagnosed at advanced stages with a dismal prognosis owing to underlying liver disease and inherent resistance of HCC to conventional chemo- and radiotherapy. This bleak scenario calls for better insights into the molecular and genomic classification of HCC which will guide the development and evaluation of novel, targeted therapeutic strategies. During the hepatocarcinogenesis process, a variety of genetic and epigenetic alterations accumulate. Several recent comprehensive studies have unraveled molecular diversity in human HCC patients facilitating molecular classifications based on transcriptomic, genetic, epigenetic and miRNA profiling. The purpose of the special issue is to create a comprehensive collection of the garnered knowledge under a single platform facilitating the in-depth understanding of the molecular pathogenesis of HCC. This endeavor will perk cross-thematic interest among researchers leading to the development of new modalities of combinatorial therapeutics. With this end in view, we invite authors to submit papers on the following potential topics:
1.Alteration of oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes in HCC
2.Classification of HCC based on transcriptome profile
3.Epigenetic changes in HCC: results from genome-wide methylation profiling
4.miRNAs regulating HCC
5.Long non-coding RNAs regulating HCC
6.Signaling pathways altered in HCC
7.Immunological characterization of HCC
8.Classification of HCC based on their metabolic profiles
9.Therapies based on molecular and genomic classification of HCC


1. Lun-Xiu Qin  Department of General Surgery, Huashan Hospital and Cancer Metastasis Institute, and Institutes of Biomedical Sciences, Fudan University, Shanghai, China.
2. Francesco Feo  Department of Medical, Surgical and Experimental Sciences, Università degli Studi di Sassari, Sassari, Italy.
3. Wei Qiu  Department of Surgery & Department of Cancer Biology, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, USA.
4. Michele Ghidini  Medical Oncology Unit, Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milano, Italy.
5. Dong Chen  Department of Pathology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, USA.
6. Seung Duk Lee  Department of Surgery,Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA.
7. Prasanna Kumar S.  Department of Biochemistry, JSS Medical College, JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, Karnataka, India.
The list is arranged in no particular order and being updated.

Submission Deadline

31 Oct 2020

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