Paul M Speight

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Historically, the screening of patients for signs of oral cancer and precancerous lesions has relied upon the conventional oral examination. A variety of commercial diagnostic aids and adjunctive techniques are available to potentially assist in the screening of healthy patients for evidence of otherwise occult cancerous change or to assess the biologic(More)
At a workshop coordinated by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Oral Cancer and Pre-cancer in the UK issues related to potentially malignant disorders of the oral cavity were discussed by an expert group. The consensus views of the Working Group are presented in a series of papers. In this report we review the literature on the epidemiology and natural(More)
The diagnosis of oral epithelial dysplasia has traditionally been based upon histopathological evaluation of a full thickness biopsy specimen from lesional tissue. It has recently been proposed that cytological examination of "brush biopsy" samples is a non-invasive method of determining the presence of cellular atypia, and hence the likelihood of oral(More)
Salivary gland tumours are a relatively rare and morphologically diverse group of lesions. Although most clinicians and pathologists will have encountered the more common benign neoplasms, few have experience of the full range of salivary cancers, which are best managed in specialist centres. This review considers some current areas of difficulty and(More)
Integrins are cell surface adhesion molecules that regulate normal cellular interactions; aberrant integrin expression is believed to play a role in tumour invasion and metastasis. The alpha v subunit is capable of forming heterodimers with several beta subunits but not all the heterodimers expressed in oral epithelium have been investigated. We have(More)
Specimens from four regions of oral mucosa (palate, buccal mucosa, lateral border of the tongue, and the floor of the mouth) and of abdominal skin were taken from 58 individuals at autopsy, for determination of permeability constants (Kp) to tritium-labeled water. Comparisons between fresh specimens and those stored at -80 degrees C revealed no significant(More)
For tumours to invade and metastasise, neoplastic cells must be capable of degrading the extracellular matrix (ECM), and accessing blood vessels and lymphatics. This process is mediated in the pericellular environment and is a highly controlled cascade of events utilising the same mechanisms that normal cells use for migrating through tissue barriers, for(More)
t(11;18)(q21;q21) is a specific chromosomal translocation associated with mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma. It fuses the amino terminal of the API2 gene to the carboxyl terminal of the MALT1 gene and generates a chimeric fusion product. Although the translocation is frequently detected in gastric and pulmonary MALT lymphoma, its incidence(More)
Porphyromonas gingivalis is one of the major causative organisms of periodontitis and has been shown to be susceptible to toluidine blue-mediated photosensitization in vitro. The aims of the present study were to determine whether this technique could be used to kill the organism in the oral cavities of rats and whether this would result in a reduction in(More)