Hepatobiliary Cancers: Translational Advances and Molecular Medicine

Hepatobiliary Cancers: Translational Advances and Molecular Medicine

1st Edition - August 1, 2022

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  • Editors: Alphonse Sirica, Paul Fisher
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323983921

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Description

Hepatobiliary cancer refers to primary malignant tumors originating in cells of the liver, bile ducts, and gallbladder. Globally, primary liver cancer, which includes hepatocellular carcinoma (~75 % of all cases) and intrahepatic biliary cancer or cholangiocarcinoma (~10-15 % 0f all cases) is the 6th most commonly diagnosed cancer and 3rd leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. The vast majority of these highly malignant cancers are diagnosed at an advanced stage where  treatment options are limited and patient survival outcomes are poor. The biological and therapeutic challenges posed by hepatobililiary cancers such as hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)  and cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) are daunting, emphasizing a critical need to review and assess current and evolving basic, translational, and clinical research focused on addressing the critical obstacles that continue to limit progress towards achieving significant improvements in HCC and CCA clinical management and patient survival outcomes. Towards this goal, this special edition of Advances in Cancer Research is focused on providing  a comprehensive, timely and authoritative reviews covering such topics of significant scientific and clinical relevance, including hepatobiliary cancer risk mechanisms and risk-predictive molecular biomarkers; causes and functional intricacies of inter- and intratumor heterogeneity; novel insights into the role of tumor microenvironment and key signaling pathways in  promoting hepatobiliary cancer progression, therapeutic resistance and immunosuppression; emerging biomarkers of HCC and CCA prognosis;  advances in molecular genomics for personalizing tumor classification and targeted therapies;  innovative preclinical cell culture modeling for hepatobiliary cancer drug discovery; and current and emerging trends in hepatobiliary cancer molecular therapeutic targeting and immunotherapies.

Key Features

  • Up-to date review of hepatobiliary cancers molecular genetics, novel predictive molecular biomarkers, and distinct mechanisms of inter-and intratumor heterogeneity
  • Novel insights into the role of tumor microenvironment as a promoter of hepatobiliary cancer progression and therapeutic resistance, as well as an emerging therapeutic target
  • Current and emerging approaches and strategies for advancing personalized molecular therapeutic targeting and immunotherapy of hepatobiliary cancers

Readership

Basic, translational, and clinical liver cancer researchers, hepatic cancer oncologists,  pathologists, molecular biologists, and immunologists, postdoctoral fellows, residents and fellows , and Ph.D. and MD/Ph.D graduate students pursuing basic and translational hepatobiliary cancer research

Table of Contents

  • 1. Liver Cancer Risk-Predictive Molecular Biomarkers Specific to Clinico-epidemiological Contexts
    Yujin Hoshida, Naoto Kubota, Naoto Fujiwara
    2. Inflammatory Pathways and Hepatobiliary Cancer Risk Mechanisms and Prevention
    Mario Strazzabosco and Massimiliamo Cadamuro
    3. Causes and Functional Intricacies of Inter- and Intratumor Heterogeneity in Primary Liver Cancers
    Xin Wei Wang and Subreen Khatib
    4. Implication of Genetic Heterogeneity in Hepatocellular Cancer
    Renumathy Dhanasekaran
    5. Understanding the Genetic Basis for Cholangiocarcinoma
    Lewis R. Roberts and Mikayla A. Schmidt
    6. Novel Insights into Molecular and Immune Subtypes of Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma
    Daniela Sia and Emily Bramel
    7. Cancer-Associated Fibroblasts in Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma Progression and Therapeutic Resistance
    Silvia Affo, Aashreya Ravichandra, Sonakshi Bhattacharjee
    8. Mechanisms and Clinical Significance of TGF-β in Hepatobiliary Cancer Progression
    Lopa Mishra and Zobia Zaidi
    9. Matricellular proteins in intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma
    Alphonse Eugene Sirica
    10. Yap Activation and Hippo Pathway Signaling in the Pathogenesis and Prognosis of Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma
    Satdarshan (Paul) Singh Monga, Sungjin Ko, Yuhua Xue, George K. Michalopoulos,
    11. Patient-derived Functional Organoids as a Personalized Approach for Drug Screening Against Hepatobiliary Cancers
    Florin M. Selaru and Ling Li
    12. Molecular Therapeutic Targets for Cholangiocarcinoma: Present Challenges and Future Possibilities
    Jesper B. Andersen, Colm J. O’Rourke, Dan Høgdall
    13. Immunotherapies for Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma: Current and Developing Strategies
    Bruno Sangro and Josepmaria Argemi
    14. Immunotherapy for Hepatobiliary Cancers: Emerging Targets and Translational Advances
    Mitchell Ho, Dan Li, Shaoli Lin, Jessica Hong

Product details

  • No. of pages: 312
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: August 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323983921

About the Serial Volume Editors

Alphonse Sirica

Alphonse Sirica
Alphonse E. Sirica, PhD, MS received his PhD degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Connecticut and his MS degree in Biology from Fordham University. After completing his Postdoctoral training in experimental oncology (liver carcinogenesis) with Dr. Henry C. Pitot at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he remained as faculty at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine from 1979 to 1984. In June 1984, he joined the VCU Department of Pathology faculty to develop a program in Experimental Pathology and in 1990 was promoted to the rank of full professor with tenure. From 1993 to 1999, he served as Chair of the Division of Experimental Pathology in the Department of Pathology. In 1999, he founded the Department's Division of Cellular and Molecular Pathogenesis and continued to serve as Division Chair for another 15 years, stepping down from this position in July 2014 to devote full time to his NIH funded research program. In 2019, he was appointed to a Distinguished Career Professorship at Virginia Commonwealth University and in 2020 appointed Professor Emeritus of Pathology at VCU. Dr. Sirica is an internationally recognized biomedical researcher and scholar in the areas of liver carcinogenesis, cholangiocyte biology and pathobiology, and cholangiocarcinoma, with extensive experience and expertise in cell and molecular cholangiocarcinogenesis and preclinical experimental therapeutics of cholangiocarcinoma. As principal investigator, Dr. Sirica had been funded by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health for 37 years. In June 2019, he was recognized by Expertscape as an Expertscape World Expert in Cholangiocarcinoma. He has previously edited four books on topics including the pathobiology of neoplasia, cellular and molecular pathogenesis, hepatocarcinogenesis, and bile duct pathobiology and pathophysiology, and has published in journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA, Cancer Research, Hepatology, Gastroenterology, Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Hepatology Research, Nature Reviews Disease Primers, Hepatology Communications, and the American Journal of Pathology. He has organized several national conferences on hepatobiliary cancers, most recently a Keystone Symposium titled “Hepatobiliary Cancers: Pathobiology and Translational Advances”, which was held as a Keystone e-symposium in March 22-24, 2021, as well as a FASEB Catalyst Conference titled “Cholangiocarcinoma: Molecular Drivers, Microenvironment, and Precision Medicine” held as a virtual event on April 7, 2021. Currently, he is serving as primary organizer of an approved 2023 FASEB Science Research Conference, “The Cholangiocarcinoma Conference: Molecular Drivers, Microenvironment, and Precision Medicine”.

Affiliations and Expertise

Cellular & Molecular Pathogenesis Professor Emeritus of Pathology and Distinguished Career Professor Department: Pathology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Paul Fisher

Paul Fisher
Paul B. Fisher, MPh, PhD, FNAI, Professor and Chairman, Department of Human and Molecular Genetics, Director, VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine Thelma Newmeyer Corman Chair in Cancer Research in the VCU Massey Cancer Center, VCU, School of Medicine, Richmond, VA, and Emeritus Professor, Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, NY. Dr. Fisher is among the top 10% of NIH funded investigators over the past 35-years, published approximately 625 papers and reviews, and has 55 issued patents. He pioneered novel gene/discovery approaches (subtraction hybridization), developed innovative therapeutic approaches (Cancer Terminator Viruses), presented numerous named and distinguished lectures, founded several start-up companies, was Virginia Outstanding Scientist of 2014 and elected to the National Academy of Inventors in 2018. Dr. Fisher is a prominent nationally and internationally recognized cancer research scientist focusing on understanding the molecular and biochemical basis of cancer development and progression to metastasis and using this garnered information to develop innovative approaches for diagnosing and treating cancer. He discovered and patented novel genes and gene promoters relevant to cancer growth control, differentiation and apoptosis. His discoveries include the first cloning of p21 (CDK inhibitor), human polynucleotide phosphorylase, mda-9/syntenin (a pro-metastatic gene), mda-5 and mda-7/IL-24, which has shown promising clinical activity in Phase I/II clinical trials in patients with advanced cancers. Dr. Fisher alsohas a documented track record as a successful seasoned entrepreneur. He was Founder and Director of GenQuest Incorporated, a functional genomics company, which merged with Corixa Corporation in 1998, traded on NASDAQ and was acquired by GlaxoSmithKline in 2006. He discovered the cancer-specific PEG-Prom, which is the core technology of Cancer Targeting Systems (CTS, Inc.), a Virginia/Maryland-based company (at Johns Hopkins Medical Center) focusing on imaging and therapy (“theranostics”) of metastatic cancer (2014) by Drs. Fisher and Martin G. Pomper. He co-founded InVaMet Therapeutics (IVMT) and InterLeukin Combinatorial Therapies (ILCT) with Dr. Webster K. Cavenee (UCSD) (2017/2018).

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Chairman, Department of Human and Molecular Genetics, Institute of Molecular Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, VA, USA

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