Pathogenesis of cholangiocarcinoma: From genetics to signalling pathways.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) is a malignant tumour of bile duct epithelial cells with dismal prognosis and rising incidence. Chronic inflammation resulting from liver fluke infection, hepatitis and other inflammatory bowel diseases is a major contributing factor to cholangiocarcinogenesis, likely through accumulation of serial genetic and epigenetic alterations resulting in aberration of oncogenes and tumour suppressors. Recent studies making use of advances in high-throughput genomics have revealed the genetic landscape of CCA, greatly increasing our understanding of its underlying biology. A series of highly recurrent mutations in genes such as TP53, KRAS, SMAD4, BRAF, MLL3, ARID1A, PBRM1 and BAP1, which are known to be involved in cell cycle control, cell signalling pathways and chromatin dynamics, have led to investigations of their roles, through molecular to mouse modelling studies, in cholangiocarcinogenesis. This review focuses on the landscape genetic alterations in CCA and its functional relevance to the formation and progression of CCA.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kongpetch, S; Jusakul, A; Ong, CK; Lim, WK; Rozen, SG; Tan, P; Teh, BT

Published Date

  • April 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 233 - 244

PubMed ID

  • 25966424

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-1916

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.bpg.2015.02.002


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands