Maiko Takeshima

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BACKGROUND Oral squamous cell carcinoma and the most common oral pre-malignancies appear to be related to the habit of betel-quid chewing in Sri Lanka. Although hypermethylation of the tumour suppressor genes in oral cancer have been well documented, little information has been available concerning hypermethylation in oral pre-cancerous lesions. In the(More)
BACKGROUND Although the usefulness of the antimicrobial peptides known as defensins has been suggested against oral and skin infections, possible adverse effects of the defensins on the host should be understood before clinical applications can be contemplated. OBJECTIVE In the present study, we investigated how alpha-defensin (HNP-1) and beta-defensins(More)
Ameloblastic carcinoma is described in the updated World Health Organization (WHO) classification as a rare malignant lesion. Ameloblastic carcinoma meeting the WHO criteria may arise either as a result of malignant change in a pre-existing benign ameloblastoma (carcinoma ex ameloblastoma) or as a primary malignant ameloblastoma not preceded by an ordinary(More)
β-Defensins (BD) are small cationic antimicrobial peptides that produced principally in the epithelial cells of a number of organs. The present study analyzed the expression patterns of BD-1, -2, and -3 during the development of sialoadenitis in MRL/lpr mice. Submandibular glands were dissected from MRL/lpr mice at 4, 8, 10, 12, 14, and 16 weeks of age. The(More)
Betel-quid chewing, which is closely related to the high incidence of oral cancer, is prevalent in Sri Lanka. p63 has a remarkable structural similarity to p53, suggesting an aberrant expression in oral cancer. Using anti-p63 antibody and immunohistochemistry, the present study investigated the expression pattern of p63 in oral epithelial lesions, including(More)
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