Antonio Mazzocca is a Faculty Member in the Interdisciplinary Department of Medicine at University of Bari School of Medicine, and Researcher of the Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory in the I.R.C.C.S. “S. de Bellis” Gastroenterology Center, Castellana Grotte. Our research focuses on the pathogenic mechanisms of cancer with particular focus on liver cancer. We are investigating the mechanisms underlying processes that sustain tumor progression such as tumor-stromal interactions, tumor infiltration and metastatic dissemination. The goal is to elucidate mechanisms driving cancer progression, with the ultimate goal of identifying targets for developing drugs that interfere with the evolution of the malignant process.
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A systemic evolutionary approach to cancer: Hepatocarcinogenesis as a paradigm
The systemic evolutionary theory of cancer pathogenesis posits that cancer is generated by the de-emergence of the eukaryotic cell system and by the re-emergence of its archaea (genetic material and cytoplasm) and prokaryotic (mitochondria) subsystems with an uncoordinated behavior.
Circulating Levels of PAI-1 Are Predictive of Poor Prognosis in HCC Patients Harboring SERPINE1 4G/4G Polymorphism Undergoing TACE
Although several molecular markers have been proposed as prognostic of disease progression in Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), predictive markers of response to treatment are still unsatisfactory. Here, we propose a genetic polymorphism as a potential predictive factor of poor prognosis in HCC patients treated with transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE).
Lysophosphatidic Acid Receptor LPAR6 Supports the Tumorigenicity of Hepatocellular Carcinoma
The aberrant processes driving hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are not fully understood. Lysophosphatidic acid receptors (LPAR) are commonly overexpressed in HCC, but their contributions to malignant development are not well established. In this report, we show that aberrant expression of LPAR6 sustains tumorigenesis and growth of HCC.