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Correlation between type II nitric oxide synthase and p53 expression in oral squamous cell carcinoma

Authors
Journal
British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
0266-4356
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
38
Issue
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1054/bjom.2000.0540
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract Prolonged nitric oxide (NO) production by the enzyme type II nitric oxide synthase (NOS2) has been implicated in angiogenesis and metastasis of human cancers. In animal models, wild-type p53 (but not mutant) protein results in down-regulation of NOS2 ex pression, which reduces both tumour growth and dissemination. In the current study, we aimed to find out whether a correlation was present in oral squamous cell carcinoma. Fifty-six cases of squamous cell carcinoma were assessed immunohistochemically usi ng antibodies to NOS2 and p53 (clone DO-7). We also confirmed NOS2 protein expression in selected cases using immunoblotting. The results were correlated with clinicopathological findings. Statistical analysis showed a significant relationship between p5 3 and NOS2 expression ( P= 0.001). No relationship was found between size of tumour or histological degree of differentiation, and NOS2 expression in the primary tumour.

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