Funding for this research was provided by:
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (TA 111/16-1)
Received: 30 September 2020
Revised: 23 February 2021
Accepted: 26 February 2021
First Online: 17 March 2021
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Research involving human subjects in this study was conducted in compliance with the Helsinki Declaration and all patients provided informed consent. The use of human tissue was approved and was performed in compliance with data protection regulations regarding the anonymization of the samples. All our studies are approved by the local ethics committee Ärztekammer Hamburg and Hannover medical school ethics committee (Nr. 8153_130-K2018). Tumor samples of HCC patients and control liver specimens from patients treated at the University Medical Center Hamburg Eppendorf, Department of Hepatobiliary and Transplant Surgery were stored at Indivumed (Hamburg, Germany) following the Indivumed Standard of Biobanking (ExternalRef removed).
: The authors declare no competing interests.