Satoru Shintani

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PURPOSE As an approach to evaluate the expression pattern and status of activation of signaling pathways in clinical specimens from head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) patients, we established the Head and Neck Cancer Tissue Array Initiative, an international consortium aimed at developing a high-density HNSCC tissue microarray, with a high(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) A is known to play an important role in tumor angiogenesis. The additional members of the VEGF family, VEGF B, C and D have been discovered. VEGF C and D show some selectivity toward lymphatic endothelial cells. However, whether VEGF family members play a role in tumor angiogenesis and lymph node metastasis is(More)
The p14(ARF), p15(INK4B) and p16(INK4A) genes were localized to 9p21, where genetic alterations have been reported frequently in various human tumors. We performed a molecular analysis of the mechanism of inactivation in cell lines and 32 oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC), using deletion screening, PCR-SSCP, methylation-specific-PCR and cycle sequencing.(More)
The support mechanisms that are involved in lymph-node metastasis of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) remain largely unknown. Recent studies have demonstrated that tumor cells express chemokine receptors and use chemokines to metastasize to the target organ in many malignancies in humans. In this study, we examined the expression and function of(More)
CCN1, a member of the CCN family of proteins, plays important physiological or pathological roles in a variety of tissues. In the present study, we initially found a highly guanine-cytosine (GC)-rich region of approximately 200 bp near the 5'-end of the open reading frame, which was always truncated by amplification of the corresponding cDNA region through(More)
CCN2/connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) can be induced by hypoxia and promotes tumor angiogenesis. Our previous studies revealed that hypoxia-induced gene expression of human ccn2 mRNA is regulated post-transcriptionally in human chondrosarcoma-derived cell line, HCS-2/8, in which a minimal cis-element, entitled CAESAR, in the 3'-untranslated region(More)
In this study, we have attempted to elucidate the expression and function of CD151 in human salivary gland cancer cells. CD151 expression was detected in Acc2 and AccM cells, but not in normal tissues and primary cultured epithelial cells derived from human salivary gland. CD151 has been found to function as a molecular linker in the formation of complexes(More)
Hypoxia increases the invasive and metastatic potential of tumor cells. Increased expression of c-Met/hepatocyte growth factor (HGF)-receptor protein in response to hypoxia in thyroid papillary carcinomas is hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) dependent. Both HGF and c-Met are expressed in human salivary gland cancers. In the current study, we tested whether(More)
We examined correlations between TGF-beta1, TbetaR-I and TbetaR-II, p12(CDK2-AP1), p21(WAF1), p27(KIP1), Smad2, and p-Smad2 in 125 cases of human oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) to test the hypothesis that resistance to TGF-beta1-induced growth suppression is due to the disruption of its signaling pathway as a consequence of reduced or lost(More)
Molecular blockade of EGFR with either an EGFR MAb or an EGFR TKI enhances the radiosensitivity of human SCCs. In the present study, we investigated whether treatment with the EGFR TKI gefitinib (Iressa, ZD1839) improves the response to radiotherapy in the OSCC cell lines HSC2 and HSC3. We examined potential mechanisms that may contribute to the enhanced(More)