The dual role of HMGB1 in pancreatic cancer

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Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is the most common type of exocrine pancreatic cancer with a 9% 5-year survival rate. High mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) is a nuclear protein that can act as a DNA chaperone in the sustainment of chromosome structure and function. When released into the extracellular space, HMGB1 becomes the most well characterized damage-associated molecular pattern (DAMP) to trigger immune responses. Recent evidence indicates that intracellular HMGB1 is a novel tumor suppressor in PDAC, which is connected to its role in the prevention of oxidative stress, genomic instability, and histone release. However, since extracellular HMGB1 is a DAMP and proinflammatory cytokine, cancer cells can also exploit it to survive through the receptor for advanced glycation endproducts (RAGE) in the pancreatic tumor microenvironment. Interestingly, targeting the HMGB1-RAGE pathway has become a new anti-cancer therapy strategy for PDAC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-24
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pancreatology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 3 2018


  • Death
  • HMGB1
  • Inflammation
  • Pancreatic cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Hepatology
  • Endocrinology


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