Masayuki Taki

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Receptor for hyaluronan-mediated motility (RHAMM) has previously been characterized as a cell surface receptor for hyaluronan and a microtubule-associated intracellular hyaluronan binding protein. We examined the expression of RHAMM mRNA in 43 oral squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) and 7 normal gingivae by real-time RT-PCR. The expression level of RHAMM mRNA(More)
Gene expression of Wnt-1, 2, 3, 4, 5a, 6 and 7a was analyzed by RT-PCR in eleven squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) cell lines and compared with that in two normal oral keratinocyte strains. There appeared to be an inverse relationship between Wnt-4 and Wnt-5a expressions, i.e., Wnt-4 was not expressed in HOC719-NE, HOC313 or TSU cells, while Wnt-5a was strongly(More)
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a crucial event in cancer progression. We previously reported that EMT up-regulates matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) expression in squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) cells. In this study, we showed that Tet Off-induced expression of Snail or SIP1, and treatment with TGF-beta1 induced EMT in terms of down-regulation of(More)
Loss of E-cadherin expression is a major characteristic of highly invasive and metastatic cancers. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) has been advocated to be a causative mechanism for the suppression of E-cadherin and tumor progression. Snail is a zinc finger transcription factor that triggers the EMT and is one of the recently identified E-cadherin(More)
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)
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)
BACKGROUND Human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) is catalytic subunit of human telomerase. METHODS We studied the immortalization of a series of human dental and periodontal cells by ectopic expression of hTERT and co-expression of hTERT with human papilloma virus 16 (HPV16) or simian virus 40 (SV40). Differentiation abilities of the established(More)
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). #Np63A is the predominantly expressed p63 isoform in SCC(More)
p63 is a member of the p53 family and DeltaNp63alpha is the dominant-expressing isoform of p63 in basal layer of normal stratified epithelium and human squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) cells. We have previously reported that down-regulation of p63 was accompanied with epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) by Snail-expressing SCC cells, in which(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)