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Current Cancer Drug Targets


ISSN (Print): 1568-0096
ISSN (Online): 1873-5576

Review Article

Role of Oxidative Stress in Hepatitis C Virus Induced Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Author(s): Na Fu, Hui Yao, Yuemin Nan* and Liang Qiao*

Volume 17, Issue 6, 2017

Page: [498 - 504] Pages: 7

DOI: 10.2174/1568009616666160926124043

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Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is the predominant cause of chronic liver diseases and HCC, particularly in Western countries. Multiple molecular mechanisms are involved in the development and progression of HCV-related HCC, of which oxidative stress plays a pivotal role. HCV infection induces overproduction of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and impairs the function of endogenous antioxidants. Excessive amount of ROS directly damages DNA, lipids and proteins. Meanwhile, ROS indirectly activates a series of signaling cascades, and modulates the activity of many transcription factors, resulting in altered expression of genes that control cell survival, proliferation, angiogenesis, invasion and metastasis. In this review, we aim to summarize the possible molecular mechanisms underlying the link between the oxidative stress and hepatocarcinogenesis in HCV-infected individuals, in order to facilitate discovery of possible approaches or interventional targets for HCV-related HCC.

Keywords: Hepatitis C virus, oxidative stress, reactive oxygen species, hepatocellular carcinoma, chronic liver diseases.

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