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We present a retrospective study of 82 patients with intraoral minor salivary gland tumors which were diagnosed from 1979 to 2003 in Gifu University Hospital. The histological diagnoses were reevaluated according to the 1991 WHO classification. A total of 82 tumors, consisting of 55 benign and 27 malignant tumors, were found in 28 male and 54 female(More)
BACKGROUND Metastasis to regional lymph nodes via lymphatic vessels plays a key role in cancer progression. Tumor lymphangiogenesis is known to promote lymphatic metastasis, and vascular endothelial growth factor C (VEGF-C) is a critical activator of tumor lymphangiogenesis during the process of metastasis. We previously identified periostin as an invasion-(More)
Human dental pulp cells (hDPCs) are a promising resource for regenerative medicine and tissue engineering and can be used for derivation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). However, current protocols use reagents of animal origin (mainly fetal bovine serum, FBS) that carry the potential risk of infectious diseases and unwanted immunogenicity. Here,(More)
We previously showed that a dissociated form of a low-molecular-weight heat shock-related protein 20 (HSP20) but not an aggregated form of HSP20 suppresses platelet aggregation. In the present study, we investigated the behavior of HSP20 in response to endothelial injury and the possible mechanism of HSP20 in platelet functions. The levels of HSP20 in(More)
We previously reported that endothelin-1 (ET-1) stimulates p44/p42 mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase and p38 MAP kinase in osteoblast-like MC3T3-E1 cells. In the present study, we investigated the effect of ET-1 on the synthesis of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in these cells. ET-1 significantly stimulated VEGF secretion time-dependently 18(More)
It has recently been reported that 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase inhibitors (statins) stimulate bone formation. However, the mechanism of stimulation of bone metabolism by statins is not precisely clarified. In this study, we investigated whether simvastatin induces heat shock protein (HSP) 27, HSP70, and HSP90 in osteoblast-like MC3T3-E1(More)
RECK is a novel tumour suppressor gene that negatively regulates matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and inhibits tumour invasion, angiogenesis and metastasis. In the present study, we investigated the effects of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a major polyphenol in green tea, on the methylation status of the RECK gene and cancer invasion in oral squamous(More)
It is well known that thyroid hormone modulates osteoblast cell function. We have previously shown that triiodothyronine (T(3)) activates p44/p42 mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase, which limits T(3)-induced alkaline phosphatase activity in osteoblast-like MC3T3-E1 cells. In the present study, we investigated whether p44/p42 MAP kinase or p38 MAP kinase(More)
The objective of this study was to elucidate the role of the nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) pathway in tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha)-induced neutrophil apoptosis. A single treatment with TNF-alpha produced significant caspase-3 activation in a time- and concentration-dependent manner, while no significant morphological change in neutrophils was(More)
Palatal tumors commonly arise from the minor salivary glands, and benign tumors account for approximately half of all minor salivary gland tumors. Minor salivary gland tumors have an affinity for the posterior hard palate and soft palate and virtually never arise in the midline, probably because of the distribution of palatal salivary glands. The majority(More)