Molecular Alterations During Development of Esophageal Adenocarcinoma

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The incidence of esophageal adenocarcinoma has risen significantly over the last decades. During esophageal carcinogenesis many molecular alterations occur that disrupt essentialcellularprocesses,directing the cell to a rapidly proliferating, immortal state.The chronic inflammation that is present in Barrett's esophagus creates an environment in which such molecular alterations are both induced and tolerated. Here, the novel insights in the molecular mechanisms that underlie the development of esophageal adenocarcinoma arereviewed, focusing on the roleof in flammation, angiogenesis, apoptosis inhibition, loss of cell cycle control, and loss of cell-cell adhesion. These novel developments will open new perspectives for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of esophageal adenocarcinoma.

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