Received: 7 January 2019
Accepted: 30 August 2019
First Online: 5 September 2019
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Human liver samples from patients with HCC or an area of non-HCC were obtained from the Department of Surgery, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technical University Munich, Germany. The study on human material was approved by the institutional review board of the Medical Faculty of the Technical University Munich and designed in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki (Approval number: 5846/13). Written informed consent was obtained from patients. Animal experiments and the proposal were designed according to the European and German laws (Tierschutzgesetz) and institutionally approved by the District Government of Upper Bavaria in Germany (ref: 55.2–1-54-2532-164-2014). Concerning animal handling, we followed Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA) guidelines.
: Not Applicable
: The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.