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PURPOSE p16 is an important inhibitor of cell cycle progression; absence of p16 can thus result in increased cellular proliferation. In nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), absence of p16 has been reported in association with presence of the EBV and pRb. We therefore examined p16, pRb, and EBV-encoded RNA (EBER) expression in biopsy specimens from 84 patients(More)
Thyroid cancer is among the fastest growing malignancies; almost fifty-percent of these rapidly increasing incidence tumors are less than or equal to 1cm in size, termed papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (PTMC). The management of PTMC remains a controversy due to differing natural history of these patients. Epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) is(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the relationship between intratumoral lymphatic vessel density and clinical and pathological variables in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. DESIGN Archived paraffin-embedded biopsy specimens were sectioned and stained with hematoxylin-eosin and anti-LYVE-1 antibody, a highly specific marker for lymphatic(More)
Eight cases of lymphoepithelial carcinoma (LEC) of the larynx and hypopharynx were evaluated for clinicopathologic features, and the presence of the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and p53 alterations. The seven men and one woman, all of non-Asian descent, averaged 64 years of age. Eighty-eight percent had histologically confirmed cervical lymph node metastasis at(More)
OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS The immortalizing enzyme telomerase has been linked to carcinogenesis and is being targeted as a novel molecular marker. This study investigated telomerase expression in patients with laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma and correlated telomerase activity with conventional prognostic parameters. STUDY DESIGN A consecutive series of(More)
BACKGROUND The authors have previously shown that overexpression of claudin 1 (CLDN1) is associated with advanced disease stage in oral squamous cell carcinomas (OSCCs). Their goal was to examine CLDN1 expression in a large series of primary OSCCs and to further investigate whether CLDN1 overexpression plays a role in invasion in OSCC. METHODS CLDN1 gene(More)
Our purpose was to classify OSCCs based on their gene expression profiles, to identify differentially expressed genes in these cancers and to correlate genetic deregulation with clinical and histopathologic data and patient outcome. After conducting proof-of-principle experiments utilizing 6 HNSCC cell lines, the gene expression profiles of 20 OSCCs were(More)
Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is associated with heavy smoking and drinking, but the molecular pathway of tumorigenesis is not understood. Inactivation of the p53 tumor suppressor gene is likely to play an important role since p53 mutation is frequently found. The p14ARF tumor suppressor gene is functionally linked to p53, because it is activated by(More)
Hyalinizing trabecular tumors of the thyroid are interesting but uncommon neoplasms. They have been classified as benign hyalinizing trabecular adenomas or malignant hyalinizing trabecular carcinomas. They share both epidemiologic and morphologic features with papillary carcinoma, and there has been much speculation about the relationship between these two(More)
BACKGROUND Proteolytic cleavage of the extracellular domain (EpEx) of Epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) and nuclear signaling by its intracellular oncogenic domain Ep-ICD has recently been implicated in increased proliferation of cancer cells. The clinical significance of Ep-ICD in human tumors remains an enigma. METHODS EpEx, Ep-ICD and(More)