Masayuki Taki

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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
The process of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) involves the acquisition of high-invasiveness by tumor. Snail represses target genes and induces EMT. In this study, we defined the signatures of gene expressions by cDNA microarray analyses in both human squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) cell lines with spontaneous EMT and with Snail-induced EMT, which(More)