Meenakshi Sawhney

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The two major hereditary breast/ovarian cancer predisposition tumor suppressor genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2 that perform apparently generic cellular functions nonetheless cause tissue-specific syndromes in the human population when they are altered, or mutated in the germline. However, little is known about the contribution of BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations to breast(More)
Activated leukocyte cell adhesion molecule (ALCAM) has been proposed to function as a cell surface sensor for cell density, controlling the transition between local cell proliferation and tissue invasion in cancer progression. Herein, we determined ALCAM expression in 107 oral squamous cell carcinomas (OSCCs), 78 oral lesions (58 hyperplasias and 20(More)
BACKGROUND Perturbations in cell adhesion molecules are linked to alterations in cadherin-catenin complexes and likely play major roles in invasion and metastasis; their impact on early precancerous stages remains yet unknown. We showed ALCAM overexpression in early oral lesions and its cytoplasmic accumulation in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) to be a(More)
Nuclear Factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) activation and COX-2 overexpression have been reported in head and neck cancer, but the relationship between these proteins remains to be investigated. To determine the relationship between NF-kappaB and COX-2 in Smokeless Tobacco (ST) associated oral tumorigenesis, we performed immunohistochemistry in serial sections from(More)
Alkylation of DNA at the O(6) position of guanine is a critical step in the induction of mutations by carcinogenic and chemotherapeutic alkylating agents. O(6)-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) is an enzyme that removes mutagenic adducts from the O(6) position of guanine, thereby protecting the genome against guanine to adenine transitions. We(More)
Ageing in human and animal models show changes in many aspects of protective immunity, particularly lymphopoenia and progressive decline in immune functions leading to increased frequency of infection and neoplasia. However, the exact mechanism of these defects is still unclear. In this study, elderly subjects showed a decline in CD3+ and CD4+ T-cell(More)
BACKGROUND We reported increased levels of phosphatidyl inositol synthase (PI synthase), (enzyme that catalyses phosphatidyl inositol (PI) synthesis-implicated in intracellular signaling and regulation of cell growth) in smokeless tobacco (ST) exposed oral cell cultures by differential display. This study determined the clinical significance of PI synthase(More)
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