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Cells Tissues Organs. 2007;185(1-3):40-7.

Signal transduction pathways involved in epithelial-mesenchymal transition in oral cancer compared with other cancers.

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Department of Diagnostic Sciences, Pathology Division, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Dallas, Tex. 75246, USA.

Abstract

Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a central mechanism governing destined cell movement in embryonic development. Emerging evidence reveals that EMT characterizing the progression of many carcinomas is linked to the acquisition of an invasive and metastatic phenotype. While it is established that EMT is controlled by well-conserved mechanisms, additional research is required for various tissue- or tumor-specific transitions. We review the literature related to the major components of EMT including adhesion molecules, cytoskeleton reorganization and signaling pathways in oral cancer.

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17587806
DOI:
10.1159/000101301
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