Rifat Hasina

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Due to the large number of putative microRNA gene targets predicted by sequence-alignment databases and the relative low accuracy of such predictions which are conducted independently of biological context by design, systematic experimental identification and validation of every functional microRNA target is currently challenging. Consequently, biological(More)
RON (MST1R) is one of two members of the MET receptor tyrosine kinase family, along with parent receptor MET. RON has a putative role in several cancers, but its expression and function is poorly characterized in gastroesophageal adenocarcinoma. A recognized functional role of MET tyrosine kinase in gastroesophageal cancer has led to early phase clinical(More)
Angiogenesis, an essential step in the development of neoplasia, is a complex process that involves the interaction of tumor cells with stromal cells. Tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) can participate in the induction of tumor angiogenesis and are thought to be of prognostic value in some neoplasms. We have investigated how macrophages contribute to(More)
Despite numerous advances, the 5-year survival rate for head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC) has remained largely unchanged. This poor outcome is due to several variables, including the development of multiple primary tumors. Therefore, it is essential to supplement early detection with preventive strategies. Using the 4-nitroquinoline 1-oxide (4-NQO)(More)
Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is an aggressive malignancy. The five-year survival rate remains largely unchanged for the past 40 years. Early diagnosis has been shown to correlate with increased survival, based on cytologic changes. In order to improve our current treatment strategies for OSCC, it is necessary to understand the genetic and molecular(More)
Cervical cancer is associated with human papilloma virus infection. However, this infection is insufficient to induce transformation and progression. Loss of heterozygosity analyses suggest the presence of a tumor suppressor gene (TSG) on chromosome 6p21.3-p25. Here we report the cloning NOL7, its mapping to chromosome band 6p23, and localization of the(More)
Invasive potentials of malignant cancer cells are regulated by cell motility factors. To examine the regulation of motility and invasiveness in oral squamous carcinoma, we investigated autocrine- and/or paracrine-acting cell motility factors, using a newly established human cell line (IF cells) from oral squamous cell carcinoma, which has highly invasive(More)
The literature contains numerous references describing heterogeneity for tumor phenotypes including cell proliferation, invasiveness, metastatic potential, and response to therapies. However, data regarding angiogenic heterogeneity are limited. In this study, we investigated the degree of intertumoral angiogenic heterogeneity present in head and neck(More)
Esophageal cancer incidence is increasing and has few treatment options. In studying receptor tyrosine kinases associated with esophageal cancers, we have identified EPHB4 to be robustly overexpressed in cell lines and primary tumor tissues. In total, 94 squamous cell carcinoma, 82 adenocarcinoma, 25 dysplasia, 13 Barrett esophagus, and 25 adjacent or(More)
Lung cancer is a heterogeneous disease encompassing a wide array of genetic abnormalities. The MET receptor tyrosine kinase is altered in many lung cancers, especially non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and clinical trials of MET inhibitors that are under way are documenting cases of acquired resistance. On the basis of the evidence that the RON tyrosine(More)