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(Skin metastasis) melanoma

James W Behan, Adam Sutton, Ashley Wysong
Skin cancer is the most common of human cancers and outnumbers all other types of cancer combined in the USA by over threefold. The majority of non-melanoma skin cancers are easily treated with surgery or locally destructive techniques performed under local anesthesia in the cost-effective outpatient setting. However, there is a subset of "high-risk" cases that prove challenging in terms of morbidity, mortality, adjuvant treatment required, as well as overall cost to the health care system. In our opinion, the term "high risk" when applied to skin cancer can mean one of three things: a high-risk tumor with aggressive histologic and/or clinical features with an elevated risk for local recurrence or regional/distant metastasis, a high-risk patient with the ongoing development of multiple skin cancers, and a high-risk patient based on immunosuppression...
December 2016: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
Jack R Staunton, Wilfred Vieira, King Leung Fung, Ross Lake, Alexus Devine, Kandice Tanner
One of the hallmarks of the malignant transformation of epithelial tissue is the modulation of stromal components of the microenvironment. In particular, aberrant extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling and stiffening enhances tumor growth and survival and promotes metastasis. Type I collagen is one of the major ECM components. It serves as a scaffold protein in the stroma contributing to the tissue's mechanical properties, imparting tensile strength and rigidity to tissues such as those of the skin, tendons, and lungs...
September 2016: Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering
F Vand-Rajabpour, N Sadeghipour, S Saee-Rad, H Fathi, P Noormohammadpour, M Yaseri, K K Hesari, Z Bagherpour, M Tabrizi
PURPOSE: Melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and basal cell carcinoma (BCC) can be used as a unique model to identify molecular mechanisms to distinguish rarely metastatic (BCC), often metastatic (SCC) and most metastatic (melanoma) cancer. It is known that epithelial-mesenchymal transition and stemness transcription factors (TWIST1, SNAI2/SLUG, and BMI1) play an important role in metastasis and their dysregulation has been demonstrated in metastatic cancers. We hypothesized that this spectrum of cutaneous cancers (BCC, SCC, and melanoma) would be a unique cancer model system to elucidate steps toward cancer invasion and metastasis...
October 7, 2016: Clinical & Translational Oncology
L Hua, W Y Zheng, H Xia, P Zhou
Comprehensive multi-omics data analyses have become an important means for understanding cancer incidence and progression largely driven by the availability of high-throughput sequencing technologies for genomes, proteomes, and transcriptomes. However, how tumor cells from the site of origin of the cancer begin to grow in other sites of the body is very poorly understood. In order to examine potential connections between different cancers and to gain an insight into the metastatic process, we conducted a multi-omics data analysis using data deposited in The Cancer Genome Atlas database...
August 19, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Charis G Durham, James A Hall, Erica J Fidone, Ryan Mack, Austin L Metting
Malignant melanoma is the third most common skin cancer yet has the highest mortality rate due to its predilection for metastasis. While the diagnosis of antemortem melanoma with cardiac metastasis is relatively uncommon, diagnosing malignant melanoma itself by first identifying a cardiac metastasis is even more rare. This vignette describes an antemortem diagnosis of melanoma in a 50-year-old woman through identification of metastasis to multiple sites, including the tricuspid valve.
October 2016: Proceedings of the Baylor University Medical Center
A V Rusin, O V Petrosov, A I Chumak, V M Kushnir
This case report describes a rare clinical condition: metastasis of synchronous multiple primary tumors - skin melanoma and breast cancer in one axillary lymph node, confirmed with the results of clinical, morphological and immunohistochemical study of surgical material from 40 year-old woman.
September 2016: Experimental Oncology
Jun Chen, Yang Liu, Qilin Sun, Beiqing Wang, Ningli Li, Xiangdong Chen
Cysteine-rich protein 61 (CCN1/CYR61) is an important marker of proliferation and metastasis in malignant melanoma, making it a potential target for melanoma treatment. In this study, we compared the expression of CRY61 in Chinese patients with malignant melanoma with its expression in patients with other skin tumors or with no skin pathological conditions. We examined the effects of anti-human CYR61 monoclonal antibody on proliferation and evaluated the changes in CYR61 expression and cell proliferation in response to treatment with either epirubicin or interferon (IFN)-α...
September 23, 2016: Oncology Reports
Uwe Wollina, Jacqueline Schönlebe, Birgit Heinig, Andreas Nowak, Anastasiya Atanasova Chokoeva, Georgi Tchernev
Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most common type of cutaneous neoplasm worldwide. While basal cell carcinoma is the most common tumor, squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) causes higher morbidity and has a risk of metastatic spread, depending on immune status, tumor size, and desmoplastic growth. We reported the case of a 77 year old male patient with retroauricular tumor, which started growing 3 years ago and was excised, buth relapsed three times. The initial diagnosis was infundibular cyst. Delayed Mohs surgery was performed, as was an additional open lymph node biopsy of the patient's right groin, on the occasion of an indolent swelling of the same which developed within 3 months...
September 8, 2016: Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift
Steve Boudewijns, Kalijn F Bol, Gerty Schreibelt, Harm Westdorp, Johannes C Textor, Michelle M van Rossum, Nicole M Scharenborg, Annemiek J de Boer, Mandy W M M van de Rakt, Jeanne M Pots, Tom G M van Oorschot, Tjitske Duiveman-de Boer, Michel A Olde Nordkamp, Wilmy S E C van Meeteren, Winette T A van der Graaf, Johannes J Bonenkamp, Johannes H W de Wilt, Erik H J G Aarntzen, Cornelis J A Punt, Winald R Gerritsen, Carl G Figdor, I Jolanda M de Vries
PURPOSE: To determine the effectiveness of adjuvant dendritic cell (DC) vaccination to induce tumor-specific immunological responses in stage III melanoma patients. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of stage III melanoma patients, vaccinated with autologous monocyte-derived DC loaded with tumor-associated antigens (TAA) gp100 and tyrosinase after radical lymph node dissection. Skin-test infiltrating lymphocytes (SKILs) obtained from delayed-type hypersensitivity skin-test biopsies were analyzed for the presence of TAA-specific CD8(+) T cells by tetrameric MHC-peptide complexes and by functional TAA-specific T cell assays, defined by peptide-recognition (T2 cells) and/or tumor-recognition (BLM and/or MEL624) with specific production of Th1 cytokines and no Th2 cytokines...
July 2016: Oncoimmunology
Jianxin Xia, Yanlong Wang, Fuqiu Li, Jinfeng Wang, Yan Mu, Xianglin Mei, Xue Li, Wenjing Zhu, Xianhua Jin, Kai Yu
Malignant melanoma (MM) is a type of malignant tumor, which originates from neural crest melanocytes. MM progresses rapidly and results in a high mortality rate. The present study aims to investigate the expression of microphthalmia transcription factor (MITF), the S100 protein, and HMB-45 in MM and pigmented nevi. A total of 32 MM samples (including three skin metastasis, three lymph node metastasis and two spindle cell MM samples), two Spitz nevus samples, four pigmented nevus samples and two blue nevus samples were collected...
September 2016: Biomedical Reports
Anna Sobiepanek, Małgorzata Milner-Krawczyk, Małgorzata Lekka, Tomasz Kobiela
Malignant melanoma is one of the most dangerous skin cancer originating from melanocytes. Thus, an early and proper melanoma diagnosis influences significantly the therapy efficiency. The melanoma recognition is still difficult, and generally, relies on subjective assessments. In particular, there is a lack of quantitative methods used in melanoma diagnosis and in the monitoring of tumour progression. One such method can be the atomic force microscopy (AFM) working in the force spectroscopy mode combined with quartz crystal microbalance (QCM), both applied to quantify the molecular interactions...
August 27, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Marta Troya-Castilla, Santiago Rocha-Romero, Yamin Chocrón-González, Francisco Javier Márquez-Rivas
BACKGROUND: Primary brain melanomas are very infrequent and metastasis outside central nervous system very uncommon. There are some cases in the literature about primary melanoma in the temporal lobe; nevertheless, the insular location has never been described. CASE PRESENTATION: The patient presented as left insular intraparenchymal hematoma with multiple bleedings. Complementary tests did not show any tumoral nor vascular pattern in relation with these bleedings...
2016: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
Jessica R Hoag, Upendra Hegde, Rebecca Zweifler, Marianne Berwick, Helen Swede
Mortality from metastatic cutaneous melanoma is substantially heterogeneous as reflected in three distant metastatic (M1) subtypes with metastasis to skin, subcutaneous tissue, or distant lymph nodes (M1a), conferring nearly half the risk of death compared with distant visceral metastasis (M1c). It remains unknown whether older patients experience the survival benefit from the M1a subtype given a higher overall mortality risk. Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Result data were retrieved from 1878 metastatic melanoma patients, from 2005 to 2009, with follow-up through 2011...
October 2016: Melanoma Research
Chi Luo, Ji-Hong Lim, Yoonjin Lee, Scott R Granter, Ajith Thomas, Francisca Vazquez, Hans R Widlund, Pere Puigserver
Melanoma is the deadliest form of commonly encountered skin cancer because of its rapid progression towards metastasis. Although metabolic reprogramming is tightly associated with tumour progression, the effect of metabolic regulatory circuits on metastatic processes is poorly understood. PGC1α is a transcriptional coactivator that promotes mitochondrial biogenesis, protects against oxidative stress and reprograms melanoma metabolism to influence drug sensitivity and survival. Here, we provide data indicating that PGC1α suppresses melanoma metastasis, acting through a pathway distinct from that of its bioenergetic functions...
August 31, 2016: Nature
J Bobrowska, J Pabijan, J Wiltowska-Zuber, B R Jany, F Krok, K Awsiuk, J Rysz, A Budkowski, M Lekka
Data included in this article are associated with the research article entitled 'Protocol of single cells preparation for time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry' (Bobrowska et al., 2016 in press) [1]. This data file contains topography images of single melanoma cells recorded using atomic force microscopy (AFM). Single cells cultured on glass surface were subjected to the proposed sample preparation protocol applied to prepare biological samples for time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF SIMS) measurements...
September 2016: Data in Brief
Hamideh Kadeh, Shirin Saravani, Fatemeh Heydari, Saeed Shahraki
Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) are two common skin malignancies with different potentials for invasion and metastasis. The mechanism responsible for various growth patterns observed in SCC and BCC is still not fully understood. The aim of this study was to investigate the expression of matrix metalloproteinase-10 in non-melanoma skin cancers, including BCC and SCC of the head and neck. The study group consisted of 60 specimens, including 30 BCC and 30 cutaneous SCC of the head and neck...
July 1, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
Liang Feng, Dian-Jun Qi, Qing-Fu Zhang
Melanoma develops from melanocytes and typically occurs on the skin and mucosa with a high degree of malignancy. Intensive local invasion and distant metastasis of melanoma result in poor patient prognosis, owing to frequent metastases to the lungs, bones, brains, and other parts of the body. In the present study, we report a case of anorectal melanoma in a 56-year-old woman who was admitted to our hospital because of local recurrence 9 months after local resection. She subsequently underwent radical surgery...
2016: OncoTargets and Therapy
Chiara Varamo, Marcella Occelli, Daniela Vivenza, Marco Merlano, Cristiana Lo Nigro
Malignant melanoma (MM) is a highly aggressive skin cancer with high incidence worldwide. It originates from melanocytes and is characterized by invasion, early metastasis and despite the use of new drugs it is still characterized by high mortality. Since an early diagnosis determines a better prognosis, it is important to explore novel prognostic markers in the management of patients with MM. microRNAs (miRNAs) are small (∼22 nucleotides) single-stranded non-coding RNAs that negatively regulate the expression of more than 60% of human genes...
August 25, 2016: Genes, Chromosomes & Cancer
Wangxiong Hu, Xiaofen Li, Tingzhang Wang, Shu Zheng
Many studies have demonstrated that some genes (e.g. APC, BRAF, KRAS, PTEN, TP53) are frequently mutated in cancer, however, underlying mechanism that contributes to their high mutation frequency remains unclear. Here we used Apriori algorithm to find the frequent mutational gene sets (FMGSs) from 4,904 tumors across 11 cancer types as part of the TCGA Pan-Cancer effort and then mined the hidden association rules (ARs) within these FMGSs. Intriguingly, we found that well-known cancer driver genes such as BRAF, KRAS, PTEN, and TP53 were often co-occurred with other driver genes and FMGSs size peaked at an itemset size of 3~4 genes...
August 19, 2016: Oncotarget
Wangxiong Hu, Xiaofen Li, Tingzhang Wang, Shu Zheng
Many studies have demonstrated that some genes (e.g. APC, BRAF, KRAS, PTEN, TP53) are frequently mutated in cancer, however, underlying mechanism that contributes to their high mutation frequency remains unclear. Here we used Apriori algorithm to find the frequent mutational gene sets (FMGSs) from 4,904 tumors across 11 cancer types as part of the TCGA Pan-Cancer effort and then mined the hidden association rules (ARs) within these FMGSs. Intriguingly, we found that well-known cancer driver genes such as BRAF, KRAS, PTEN, and TP53 were often co-occurred with other driver genes and FMGSs size peaked at an itemset size of 3~4 genes...
August 19, 2016: Oncotarget
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