Johan Harmse

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Lipomatosis has not previously been reported in minor salivary glands. Its occurrence in the parotid gland is well recognized. We present the first reported case of lipomatosis of the minor salivary glands in the nasal cavity. We also review the tumours of the minor salivary glands, lipomas and lipomatosis of the parotid, and the few reported cases of(More)
Integrative and conjugative elements (ICEs) are self-mobile genetic elements found in the genomes of some bacteria. These elements may confer a fitness advantage upon their host bacteria through the cargo genes that they carry. Salmonella pathogenicity island 7 (SPI-7), found within some pathogenic strains of Salmonella enterica, possesses features(More)
Merkel cells (MCs) are well recognized in the basal layers of the skin and oral mucosa, but this paper describes for the first time the presence of MCs in the human oesophagus. These cells are not identified in neonatal oesophagus, but are seen singly and in clusters in adult specimens. Application of stereological techniques shows that MCs are more(More)
Malignant mesothelioma (malignant adenomatoid tumour) of the tunica vaginalis testis is a very rare neoplasm with highly aggressive biological behaviour. Treatment is difficult, and widespread local invasion and/or metastatic disease at presentation are associated with a poor prognosis. In this case report we describe for the first time a patient who,(More)
RNA silencing has been exploited to produce transgenic plants with resistance to viral pathogens via posttranscriptional gene silencing (PTGS). In some cases, this technology is difficult to apply due to the instability of inverted repeat (IR) constructs during cloning and plant transformation. Although such constructs have been shown to be stabilized with(More)
Inverted repeat (IR) RNA silencing vectors containing homologous fragments of target endogenous plant genes, or pathogen genes, are the most widely used vectors to either study the function of genes involved in biotic stress or silence pathogens to induce plant resistance, respectively. RNA silencing has been exploited to produce transgenic plants with(More)
Canalicular adenoma is a recently classified uncommon salivary gland neoplasm. This biologically benign growth tends to be multifocal and occurs most often in the upper lips of elderly people. Histologically and clinically it differs from the basal cell adenoma, for which it may be mistaken, in a number of ways. Its clinical importance lies in the fact that(More)
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