Oncotarget is an influential multidisciplinary, open source, peer-reviewed medical journal that is made available online every week. It focuses on innovative research on various topics related to cancer, aging, lymphocytes, neurodegeneration, atherosclerosis, and microbes among others. Oncotarget was launched in 2010 and has only grown from strength to strength since then.
Oncotarget is edited by renowned scientists Mikhail Blagosklonny and Andrei Gudkov. Blagosklonny is a scientist and researcher renowned all over the world for his work on cancer and the underlying mechanisms of aging. He is particularly qualified for this work, holding a MD in Internal Medicine and a Ph.D. in Cardiology and Experimental Medicine from the First Pavlov State Medical University. Oncotarget is published by Impact Journals
Apart from acting as Oncotarget’s Editor-in-Chief, Blagosklonny is the Professor of Oncology at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. His insights into research on cancer and longevity were particularly poignant because of his breakthroughs in this field, and the acclaim his own work has garnered. This innovative thinking was highlighted in a recent piece by URMC Rochester on the effect of e-cigarettes on gum tissue.
In a study bankrolled by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the University Of Rochester Medical Center investigated the impact of electronic cigarettes on human health. The results, which were published in Oncotarget, show that there was evidence to suggest that gums and teeth were as vulnerable to damage from electronic cigarettes as they were too regular cigarettes.
Irfan Rahman, Ph.D., spearheaded this groundbreaking research. He is the Professor of Environmental Medicine at University of Rochester’s School of Medicine and Dentistry. The results of this research are particularly interesting because scientists previously believe that certain chemicals in cigarette smoke were the cause of their adverse impacts on human health.
However, this study was the first to prove otherwise. Researchers demonstrated that burning an e-cigarette stimulated the release of inflammatory proteins within oral cells. This cellular aggravation, in turn, led to diseases of the gums and oral cavity. Furthermore, the flavoring used in these electronic cigarettes makes this damage even worse. Oncotarget is also available on Dove Press.
This cutting edge study was the first of its kind to address the detrimental effect e-cigarettes have on dental health. Oncotarget was also the first to publish its results, in accordance with its mission to make the results of scientific research more accessible.