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p63 is a member of the p53 family and regulates crucial events in the formation of epithelial structures, but the role of p63 in tumor is unclear. We found that Snail-induced epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is accompanied by down-regulation of p63 in human squamous cell carcinomas (SCC). DeltaNp63alpha is the predominantly expressed p63 isoform(More)
We have previously established immortalized cells (HCF) from cementifying fibroma of the jaw bone. Here, we found that the receptor for hyaluronan (HA)-mediated motility (RHAMM) and epiregulin, a ligand for the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), were highly expressed in HCF cells in comparison with osteoblasts by conducting a microarray analysis. The(More)
Stromal cell-derived factor 1alpha (SDF-1alpha) and its receptor CXCR4 have been implicated in the tumorigenesis, proliferation, and lymph node metastasis of cancer. Here, we report that highly invasive squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) cells with a spindle cell morphology show a strong expression of both SDF-1alpha and CXCR4. CXCR4 expression and cell(More)
Human Chk1 and Chk2 are DNA damage-activated protein kinases that function as downstream mediators of ataxia-telangiectasia mutated (ATM), which is involved in G(2)/M cell cycle arrest. To clarify the relation between the expression of Chk1/Chk2 and p53 gene status in human gastric carcinomas, we examined expression of Chk1, Chk2 and p53 proteins in 87(More)
Bub1 plays an important role at the spindle assembly checkpoint to prevent cell cycle progression following spindle damage. We examined the expression of human Bub1 mRNA in 20 gastric carcinoma tissues and corresponding nonneoplastic mucosas by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction and analyzed the relation with proliferative activity monitored by(More)
Resonance frequency analysis (RFA) was introduced as a method for measuring implant stability more than a decade ago. Implant stability quotient (ISQ) values obtained using a recently introduced wireless RFA device have made it possible to evaluate stability in a non-invasive technique; however, there are few studies of the factors that affect ISQ values(More)
The receptor for hyaluronan (HA)-mediated motility (RHAMM) is a HA-binding protein located in the cytoskeleton and centrosome. RHAMM has multiple functions that manifest with different cellular localizations, for example, modulation of growth factor receptor, regulation of cell signaling pathways, and mitotic spindle assembly. In addition, its increased(More)
The receptor for advanced glycation end-products (RAGE) is a newly recognized factor regulating cancer cell invasion and metastasis. This study investigated the expression of RAGE in gastric carcinomas and its association with invasion and metastasis. Of eight gastric cancer cell lines examined, seven constitutively expressed RAGE messenger ribonucleic acid(More)
Aberrant methylation of CpG islands within promoter regions is associated with transcriptional inactivation of various tumor suppressor genes in neoplasms. Recently, O(6)-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase, MGMT, was shown to be hypermethylated in certain carcinomas, resulting in loss of MGMT protein. We studied DNA methylation of CpG islands of the MGMT(More)
We examined the expression of Centromere protein H (CENP-H) mRNA in 38 oral squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs), 2 epithelial dysplasias and 5 normal gingivae using the real-time quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). The mean expression level of CENP-H mRNA was higher in oral SCCs (0.11+/-0.08) than epithelial dysplasias(More)