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HIPK2 is a serine/threonine kinase participating in transcriptional regulation, growth control, and apoptosis. The kinase contributes to the regulation of remarkably diverse pathways such as p53 activation or Wnt signaling. There is very low levels of HIPK2 protein expression in several thyroid tumors and the combination of HIPK2 and Gal-3,would be helpful in ameliorating the preoperative recognition of thyroid cancer. HIPK2 may represent a new tumour suppressor gene for these types of cancers and may constitute a new potential promising diagnostic marker and therapeutic target.(PMID:21698151).