Muy-Teck Teh

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Forkhead box (FOX) proteins have been shown to play important roles in regulating the expression of genes involved in cell growth, proliferation, differentiation, longevity, and transformation. The functional importance of this gene family in normal human skin physiology and disease processes is not well understood. Activation of Sonic Hedgehog (Shh)(More)
Harlequin ichthyosis (HI) is the most severe and frequently lethal form of recessive congenital ichthyosis. Although defects in lipid transport, protein phosphatase activity, and differentiation have been described, the genetic basis underlying the clinical and cellular phenotypes of HI has yet to be determined. By use of single-nucleotide-polymorphism chip(More)
Previous studies from our laboratory have indicated that overexpression of the epidermal growth factor receptor pathway substrate 8 (EPS8) enhances cell proliferation, migration and tumorigenicity in vivo, although the mechanisms involved remain unexplored. A microarray screen to search for potential mediators of EPS8 identified upregulation of multiple(More)
BACKGROUND Cancer associated with smoking and drinking remains a serious health problem worldwide. The survival of patients is very poor due to the lack of effective early biomarkers. FOXM1 overexpression is linked to the majority of human cancers but its mechanism remains unclear in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL(More)
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common human cancer with increasing incidence reported worldwide. Despite the aberrant signaling role of the Hedgehog pathway, little is known about the genetic mechanisms underlying basal cell carcinomas. Towards a better understanding of global genetic events, we have employed the Affymetrix Mapping 10K single nucleotide(More)
6H-Isoindolo[2,1-a]indoles (5, 7, 10, 13), 5,6-dihydroindolo[2, 1-a]isoquinolines (20, 21), and 6,7-dihydro-5H-benzo[c]azepino[2, 1-a]indoles (23, 25, 27, 30) have been prepared as melatonin analogues to investigate the nature of the binding site of the melatonin receptor. The affinity of analogues was determined in a radioligand binding assay using cloned(More)
Anonychia and hyponychia congenita (OMIM 206800) are rare autosomal recessive conditions in which the only presenting phenotype is the absence or severe hypoplasia of all fingernails and toenails. After determining linkage to chromosome 20p13, we identified homozygous or compound heterozygous mutations in the gene encoding R-spondin 4 (RSPO4), a secreted(More)
The recent cloning of three distinct melatonin receptor subtypes (Mel1a, Mel1b and Mel1c) which are part of a new family of G-protein coupled receptors, and probably mediate the physiological actions of the hormone, has spurred interest in the design of analogues with subtype selectivity. The 5-methoxyl and N-acetyl groups of melatonin are important for(More)
BACKGROUND Desmoglein 3 (Dsg3), a desmosomal adhesion protein, is expressed in basal and immediate suprabasal layers of skin and across the entire stratified squamous epithelium of oral mucosa. However, increasing evidence suggests that the role of Dsg3 may involve more than just cell-cell adhesion. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS To determine possible(More)
Cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) are the second most commonly diagnosed cancers in fair-skinned people; yet the genetic mechanisms involved in SCC tumorigenesis remain poorly understood. We have used single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) microarray analysis to examine genome-wide allelic imbalance in 16 primary and 2 lymph node metastatic SCC using(More)