Basic Study
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World J Gastroenterol. Oct 7, 2017; 23(37): 6802-6816
Published online Oct 7, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i37.6802
Figure 2
Figure 2 Expression of estrogen receptor subtypes from normal and diseased subjects. A-C: Total RNA extracted from normal, HCV-related cirrhosis and HCV-related HCC livers was subjected to RT-PCR. The abundance of ESR1 (A) and ESR2 (B) transcripts was determined by real time PCR and normalized to the expression of HPRT. ESR1:ESR2 expression ratio was also plotted for the three groups (C). aP < 0.05 or bP < 0.001 was considered significant. D: Whole tissue lysates from liver tissues of normal, HCV and HCC subjects were subjected to Western blotting and probed with antibodies against ERα, ERβ and β-actin. Representative blots for each group are depicted. E-J: The bands corresponding to ERα, ERβ and β-actin were quantified by densitometric analyses using ImageJ. Expression of the ERα and ERβ was normalized to the expression of β-actin and plotted (E and F). The ERα:ERβ expression ratio was also plotted for normal, HCV and HCC group (G). Expression of ER subtypes and ERα:ERβ expression ratio in the male population of normal, HCV and HCC groups was plotted separately (H-J). aP < 0.05 was considered significant. HCV: Hepatitis C virus; HCC: Hepatocellular carcinoma; ER: Estrogen receptor.