Dietary copper: a novel predisposing factor for oral submucous fibrosis?
SourceMedical Hypotheses, 80, 3, (2013), pp. 241-243
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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
SubjectONCOL 3: Translational research
Oral submucous fibrosis (OSMF) is known devastating disorder commonly seen in South Asian developing countries. It is directly linked to areca nut chewing and the contents of areca are subjected to multitude of investigations. Among all the contents of areca nut, the copper element has been extensively studied. Most of the published studies have validated its association with OSMF because of its local action. In this paper we postulate a novel biological pathway through which copper is thought to predispose oral mucosa to OSMF. The hypothesis is instructive in explaining various unexplored aspects of the disease.
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