Novel Alterations of Morphology and Genome of Mitochondria of Cholangiocellular Carcinoma

  • Author / Creator
    Bahitham, Wesam Ahmad
  • Cholangiocellular carcinoma (CCA) is the second most common hepatic malignancy, but its carcinogenesis is poorly understood. Somatic mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations have been demonstrated in a variety of human cancers. However, no study has previously investigated mitochondria and their genome alterations in CCA. Our findings suggest that mtDNA alterations are an important event during the carcinogenesis of CCA. In comparison with normal cell lines and other liver malignancies, both morphologic and functional changes of mitochondria and mitochondrial genome point to a striking result that may play a major role in the aggressiveness of CCA.

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  • Graduation date
    Spring 2013
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    Master of Science
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