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Sheng Wu Yi Xue Gong Cheng Xue Za Zhi. 2003 Jun;20(2):249-50, 254.

Expression of vascular endothelial growth factor and matrix metalloproteinase-2 correlates with the invasion and metastasis of hepatocellular carcinoma.

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Laboratory of Surgical Department, West China Hospital of Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041.

Abstract

To investigate the relationship of the expression of vascular endothelial factor (VEGF) and matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) with the recurrence and metastasis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the expression of VEGF and MMP-2 in HCC tissue(n = 50) and in normal liver tissue(n = 30) were examined by immunochemistry. The results showed that the positive rates of VEGF and MMP-2 in HCC tissue were 86% and 60% respectively, and in normal liver tissue were 53.3% and 30% respectively. The positive rates of VEGF and MMP-2 in HCC were significantly higher than those in normal liver tissue. The positive rates of VEGF and MMP-2 in HCC with intra- or extra-hepatic metastasis were higher than those of HCC without metastasis. VEGF and MMP-2 play important roles in the invasion and metastasis of HCC.

PMID:
12856590
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