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Cell Res. 2005 Apr;15(4):272-80.

The altered DNA methylation pattern and its implications in liver cancer.

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The State-key Laboratory for Oncogenes and Related Genes, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China.


DNA methylation is the most intensively studied epigenetic phenomenon, disturbances of which result in changes in gene transcription, thus exerting drastic imparts onto biological behaviors of cancer. Both the global demethylation and the local hypermethylation have been widely reported in all types of tumors, providing both challenges and opportunities for a better understanding and eventually controlling of the malignance. However, we are still in the very early stage of information accumulation concerning the tumor associated changes in DNA methylation pattern. A number of excellent recent reviews have covered this issue in depth. Therefore, this review will summarize our recent data on DNA methylation profiling in cancers. Perspectives for the future direction in this dynamic and exciting field will also be given.

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