The bcl-2 gene is known through its product, bcl-2 protein, which prevents apoptosis, and also by its expression in development, especially in sites characterized by epithelial-mesenchymal interactions. In the developing tooth germ, bcl-2-protein is expressed in the epithelial component. In this study, we examined the expression of bcl-2 protein immunohistochemically in 25 ameloblastomas using a monoclonal antibody against anti-human bcl-2 oncoprotein. In all 25 cases, bcl-2 protein was found mainly in the outer layer of tumor cells, whereas the inner cells (stellate reticulum-like cells and squamoid cells) were negative. The bcl-2 protein is therefore thought to play a role in maintaining the stem-cell population in the peripheral layers of the tumor nests from which proliferating cells can be recruited.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Oral Pathology and Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 1997|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Oral Surgery
- Cancer Research