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OBJECTIVE This study was to explore the expression and clinicopathologic features of Tyrosine kinase receptors B (TrkB) and its ligand brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). METHOD Immunohistochemistry was adopted to detect the expression level of TrkB and BDNF in NPC patients. RESULT Both TrkB and BDNF were(More)
RASSF2 can bind directly to K-Ras and function as a negative effector of Ras protein. RASSF2A is the only isoform of RASSF2 that contains CpG islands in its promoter and it has been reported to be inactivated by its promoter methylation in several human cancers. In the present study, we investigated the correlation of RASSF2A expression with its promoter(More)
Radiation-induced sarcoma in the head and neck (RISHN) is a rare condition whose clinical presentation and management remain difficult because of its low incidence. In this retrospective study, we analyzed the symptoms, diagnosis, and the treatment of 16,634 patients with head and neck disease, who received radiotherapy between 1960 and 2010 at the(More)
Cytochrome b5 reductase 2 (CYB5R2), a member of the flavoprotein pyridine nucleotide cytochrome reductase family, is associated with a number of physiological reactions. However, its role in cancer, especially nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), has not been addressed. Here, we investigate the transcript levels and promoter methylation status of CYB5R2 in NPC(More)
We investigated the transcription levels, promoter methylation status and role as a tumor suppressor gene (TSG) of the cadherin CDH4 in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). The expression of CDH4 was decreased in NPC cell lines, xenografts and primary tumor biopsies. Promoter hypermethylation of CDH4 was detected in all five NPC cell lines, both NPC xenograft(More)
CDH13 encodes a cell adhesion molecule, H-cadherin. In this study, we examined CDH13 methylation in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). Methylation specific PCR results showed that CDH13 was methylated in 20% (1/5) NPC cell lines, 100% (2/2) NPC xenografts and 89.7% (52/58) of the NPC primary tumors, while only methylated in 10% (1/10) normal nasopharyngeal(More)
Epigenetic silencing of tumor suppressor genes play important roles in NPC tumorgenesis. Tissue factor pathway inhibitor-2 (TFPI-2), is a protease inhibitor. Recently, TFPI-2 was suggested to be a tumor suppressor gene involved in tumorigenesis and metastasis in some cancers. In this study, we investigated whether TFPI-2 was inactivated epigenetically in(More)
Serological detection of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) antibodies is frequently used in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) mass screening. However, the large number of seropositive subjects who require close follow-up is still a big burden. The present study aimed to detect the nasopharyngeal EBV load in a high-risk population seropositive for antibodies against(More)
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is endemic in southern China. In a genome-wide screen for genes inactivated by promoter hypermethylation, we identified Ras-related associated with diabetes (RRAD). Expression of RRAD was down-regulated in 83.3% (30/36) of the biopsies from NPC patients. RRAD was aberrantly methylated in 74.3% (26/35) of primary tumors, but(More)
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is a highly invasive and metastatic head and neck cancer. However, mechanistic study of the invasion and metastasis of NPC has been hampered by the lack of proper in vivo models. We established an in vivo chick embryo chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) model to study NPC tumor biology. We found 100% micro-tumor formation 3 days(More)