Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences

, Volume 73, Issue 19, pp 3711–3718 | Cite as

Liposarcoma: molecular targets and therapeutic implications

  • Kate Lynn J. Bill
  • Lucia Casadei
  • Bethany C. Prudner
  • Hans Iwenofu
  • Anne M. Strohecker
  • Raphael E. PollockEmail author


Liposarcoma (LPS) is the most common soft tissue sarcoma and accounts for approximately 20 % of all adult sarcomas. Current treatment modalities (surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy) all have limitations; therefore, molecularly driven studies are needed to improve the identification and increased understanding of genetic and epigenetic deregulations in LPS if we are to successfully target specific tumorigenic drivers. It can be anticipated that such biology-driven therapeutics will improve treatments by selectively deleting cancer cells while sparing normal tissues. This review will focus on several therapeutically actionable molecular markers identified in well-differentiated LPS and dedifferentiated LPS, highlighting their potential clinical applicability.


Dedifferentiated liposarcoma Biomarker miRNAs MDM2 Exosome 12q13–15 amplicons Molecular-cytogenetic analysis 



The authors would like to acknowledge Dr. Julie Bridge from the Department of Pathology, University of Nebraska who graciously provided the Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (FISH) image.

Compliance with ethical standards


This review was supported by the NCI U54CA168512 to REP.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kate Lynn J. Bill
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lucia Casadei
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bethany C. Prudner
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hans Iwenofu
    • 1
    • 3
  • Anne M. Strohecker
    • 1
    • 2
    • 4
  • Raphael E. Pollock
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.The James Comprehensive Cancer CenterThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Wexner Medical CenterThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  3. 3.Department of PathologyThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  4. 4.Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology, and Medical GeneticsThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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