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In our routine review of Oral Submucous Fibrosis (OSMF) biopsies, we observed decreased adipose tissue even though most are from buccal mucosa. Pathogenesis of OSMF has demonstrated the role of Transforming Growth Factor β (TGF β), in causing fibrosis. This study aims to correlate the role of TGF β with loss of adipose tissue in OSMF. From our archives, 84 OSMF cases (24 early and 60 advanced OSMF) were screened for adipose tissue. Immunoexpression of TGF β in these cases were investigated. Adipose tissue was seen in 67% of early OSMF and in 13% of advanced cases. Early cases showed more intense TGF β staining of epithelium, fibroblast, macrophages and inflammatory cells than the advanced cases. These findings suggest that TGF β plays a key role in causing lipodystrophy in OSMF and is secreted more during early course of the disease than in advanced stage.


Alka D Kale, Deepa R Mane, Deepika Shukla. Expression of transforming growth factor β and its correlation with lipodystrophy in oral submucous fibrosis: an immunohistochemical study. Medicina oral, patología oral y cirugía bucal. 2013 Jan;18(1):e12-8

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