Thesis / Dissertation

Defining functional drivers of oesophageal tumourigenesis

Jovana Gotovac, Nicholas Clemons (ed.)

Published : 2019


The incidence of oesophageal adenocarcinoma (OAC) has risen rapidly over the last four decades and has a high overall mortality rate that has shown only incremental improvements over the same duration. OAC develops from the precursor intestinal metaplasia of the oesophageal mucosa known as Barrett’s oesophagus. However, limited knowledge of the molecular mechanisms driving disease progression makes effective clinical management of OAC challenging. One of the common genetic events associated with the progression from Barrett’s oesophagus to OAC is loss of the tumour suppressor, SMAD4 (mutated in 13% or loss of function in 34% of OAC cases). Herein, this thesis firstly investigated the effect ..

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