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Melanoma genetics

Blanca De Unamuno, Zaida García-Casado, José Bañuls, Celia Requena, José Antonio Lopez-Guerrero, Eduardo Nagore
CDKN2A germline mutations increase the risk of melanoma development and are present in 20 and 10% of familial and multiple melanoma cases, respectively. Pancreatic cancer has been associated with CDKN2A in some populations and, accordingly, its presence in first-degree or second-degree relatives of a melanoma patient is considered as a criterion for genetic testing. In this study, we show that in an area with low melanoma incidence, CDKN2A germline mutations in patients with melanoma and personal or family history of pancreatic cancer are mainly present in the setting of familial or multiple melanoma cases...
March 14, 2018: Melanoma Research
Carol Cremin, Sarah Howard, Lyly Le, Aly Karsan, David F Schaeffer, Daniel Renouf, Kasmintan A Schrader
Background: Approximately 5% to 10% of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) has a hereditary basis. In most of these defined hereditary cancer syndromes, PDAC is not the predominant cancer type. Traditional criteria for publicly funded genetic testing typically require the presence of a set combination of the predominant syndrome-associated cancer types in the family history.We report the identification of a CDKN2A pathogenic variant in a PDAC-prone family without the cutaneous features of multiple moles or melanoma that are characteristic of the Familial Atypical Multiple Mole Melanoma (FAMMM) Syndrome identified in a universal testing algorithm for inherited mutations in pancreatic cancer patients...
2018: Hereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice
Christian S Hinrichs
As oncogenes drive carcinogenesis and promote cancer cell survival, they are highly attractive therapeutic targets, and oncogene-targeting small molecules have achieved some clinical success. While many oncogenes are presently considered to be "druggable," tumors often acquire treatment resistance, and patients are rarely cured in response to oncogene-specific treatment. In this issue of the JCI, Veatch and colleagues describe a patient with metastatic acral melanoma who experienced a complete tumor response following infusion of tumor-infiltrating T cells that targeted multiple tumor antigens, including a BRAFV600E driver mutation...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Christoph Müller, Milica Krunic, Judith Wendt, Arndt von Haeseler, Ichiro Okamoto
Risk of melanoma is in part determined by genetic factors. Currently the only established high penetrance familial melanoma genes are CDKN2A and CDK4. Recent studies reported germline variants in POT1 in melanoma families. In the present study, we sequenced the entire POT1 gene in 694 patients from the M3-study. Patients with multiple primary melanomas (n=163) or with a positive family history (n=133) were classified as high-risk melanoma patients. Additionally, 200 single primary melanoma patients and 198 non-melanoma controls were sequenced...
March 9, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Mykyta Artomov, Alexander J Stratigos, Ivana Kim, Raj Kumar, Martin Lauss, Bobby Y Reddy, Benchun Miao, Carla Daniela Robles-Espinoza, Aravind Sankar, Ching-Ni Njauw, Kristen Shannon, Evangelos S Gragoudas, Anne Marie Lane, Vivek Iyer, Julia A Newton-Bishop, D Timothy Bishop, Elizabeth A Holland, Graham J Mann, Tarjinder Singh, Mark J Daly, Hensin Tsao
Background: Extraordinary progress has been made in our understanding of common variants in many diseases, including melanoma. Because the contribution of rare coding variants is not as well characterized, we performed an exome-wide, gene-based association study of familial cutaneous melanoma (CM) and ocular melanoma (OM). Methods: Using 11 990 jointly processed individual DNA samples, whole-exome sequencing was performed, followed by large-scale joint variant calling using GATK (Genome Analysis ToolKit)...
December 1, 2017: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Ke Li, Ting-Ting Zhang, Feng Wang, Bing Cui, Chen-Xi Zhao, Jiao-Jiao Yu, Xiao-Xi Lv, Xiao-Wei Zhang, Zhao-Na Yang, Bo Huang, Xia Li, Fang Hua, Zhuo-Wei Hu
Metformin has beneficial effects of preventing and treating cancers on type 2 diabetic patients. However, the role of metformin in non-diabetic cancer patients and the precise molecular mechanisms against cancer have not yet been sufficiently elucidated. We recently reported that the pseudokinase protein TRIB3 acts as a stress sensor linking metabolic stressors to cancer promotion by inhibiting autophagy and ubiquitin-proteasomal degradation systems; genetically abrogating of TRIB3 expression reduces tumourigenesis and cancer progression...
March 9, 2018: Oncogene
Matthew L Neal, Alexa M Boyle, Kevin M Budge, Fayez F Safadi, Jason R Richardson
BACKGROUND: Neuroinflammation is one of the hallmarks of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's disease (PD). Activation of glial cells, including microglia and astrocytes, is a characteristic of the inflammatory response. Glycoprotein non-metastatic melanoma protein B (GPNMB) is a transmembrane glycoprotein that releases a soluble signaling peptide when cleaved by ADAM10 or other extracellular proteases. GPNMB has demonstrated a neuroprotective role in animal models of ALS and ischemia...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
P E Mandelare, D A Adpressa, E N Kaweesa, L N Zakharov, S Loesgen
The genetically encoded, small-molecule chemical diversity of filamentous fungi is still largely unexplored and represents an attractive source for the discovery of new compounds. Here we report the production of new chlorinated bianthrones from coculture of two different developmental stages, or morphs, of a marine alga-derived Aspergillus alliaceus (teleomorph: Petromyces alliaceus) strain. The vegetative stage (asexual morph) can be separated from the morph that switched to sexual development (sclerotial morph); both produce distinct secondary metabolite patterns...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Natural Products
Pushpendra Pratap, Syed Tasleem Raza, Shania Abbas, Farzana Mahdi
Lung carcinoma is the leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide; it has been regarded as the origin of death by melanoma universally. Frequently, lung carcinomas identified in progressive phase and have lowermost roots of existence in any category of the cancer. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small having 18-25 nucleotides extended noncoding RNAs regulating gene expression and elaborate in a wide assortment of cellular progressions also. Cumulative indications propose that, miRNA plays imperative and multifarious roles in cases of human lung cancer genetics...
January 2018: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
Hisashi Yano, Shin Kaneko
Adoptive cell therapy using tumor-infiltrating T cells has shown durable responses in patients with melanoma, and immunotherapy using genetically engineered T cells (TCR-T or CAR-T) is rapidly emerging as a promising treatment, especially for hematological malignancies. However, the progress is limited because of the lack of readily available good-quality human T cells. Although the efficacy of adoptive cell therapy correlates with the quality of infusing T cells, most antigen-specific T cells in patients with cancer have been exhausted...
2018: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
Norbert Bornfeld, Eva Biewald, Sebastian Bauer, Petra Temming, Dietmar Lohmann, Michael Zeschnigk
BACKGROUND: Recent years have seen major changes in the diagnosis and treatment of solid intraocular tumors, mainly owing to an improved molecular biological understanding of their pathogenesis, new therapeutic approaches for the local treatment of tumors in children, and long-term follow-up observations in clinical trials. METHODS: This review is based on pertinent publications retrieved by a selective search in PubMed. RESULTS: Retinoblastoma is the most common type of primary intraocular tumor, with approximately 8000 new cases per year around the world, while malignant melanoma of the uvea is the most common primary intraocular tumor in adults, with approximately 7000 new cases per year around the world...
February 16, 2018: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
Ombretta Melaiu, Federica Gemignani, Stefano Landi
Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a cancer of the pleural cavity whose main risk factor is exposure to asbestos. However, it has been shown that only a minority of exposed people develops MPM. In fact, the incidence among professionally exposed workers was shown to vary between 0.5% and 18.0%. Various hints suggested that other important cofactors could play a role, in particular the genetic susceptibility. Impressive is the case of Cappadocians families exposed to erionite and affected by an "epidemic" of MPM with about half of the inhabitants dying for the disease...
January 2018: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Praveen K Bommareddy, Howard L Kaufman
Oncolytic viruses (OVs) are a versatile new class of therapeutic agents based on native or genetically modified viruses that selectively replicate in tumor cells and can express therapeutic transgenes designed to target cells within the tumor microenvironment and/or host immunity. To date, however, confirmation of the underlying mechanism of action and an understanding of innate and acquired drug resistance for most OVs have been limited. In this issue of the JCI, Zamarin et al. report a comprehensive analysis of an oncolytic Newcastle disease virus (NDV) using both murine melanoma tumor models and human tumor explants to explore how the virus promotes tumor eradication and details of the mechanisms involved...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Mamunur Rashid, Jorma Heikkonen, Arun D Singh, Tero T Kivelä
PURPOSE: To build multivariate models to assess correctly and efficiently the contribution of tumor characteristics on the rate of regression of choroidal melanomas after brachytherapy in a way that adjusts for confounding and takes into account variation in tumor regression patterns. DESIGN: Modeling of longitudinal observational data. PARTICIPANTS: Ultrasound images from 330 of 388 consecutive choroidal melanomas (87%) irradiated from 2000 through 2008 at the Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland, a national referral center...
February 27, 2018: Ophthalmology
Hyunje G Cho, Katherine J Ransohoff, Lingyao Yang, Haley Hedlin, Themistocles Assimes, Jiali Han, Marcia Stefanick, Jean Y Tang, Kavita Y Sarin
BACKGROUND: Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with melanoma have been identified though genome-wide association studies (GWASs). However, the combined impact of these SNPs on melanoma development remains unclear, particularly in post-menopausal women who carry lower melanoma risk. OBJECTIVE: To examine the contribution of a combined polygenic risk score on melanoma development in post-menopausal women. METHODS: Genetic risk scores (GRS) were calculated using 21 GWAS-significant SNPs...
February 27, 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Michael E Egger, Deyi Xiao, Hongying Hao, Charles W Kimbrough, Jianmin Pan, Shesh N Rai, Alexander C Cambon, Sabine J Waigel, Wolfgang Zacharias, Kelly M McMasters
BACKGROUND: Current risk assessment tools to estimate the risk of nonsentinel lymph node metastases after completion lymphadenectomy for a positive sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy in cutaneous melanoma are based on clinical and pathologic factors. We identified a novel genetic signature that can predict non-SLN metastases in patients with cutaneous melanoma staged with a SLN biopsy. METHODS: RNA was collected for tumor-positive SLNs in patients staged by SLN biopsy for cutaneous melanoma...
March 1, 2018: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Moran Amit, Shorook Na'ara, Ehab Y Hanna
Sinonasal mucosal melanoma (SNMM) is a rare oncological entity that comprises most head and neck mucosal melanomas. SNMM has distinctive genetic background, different from cutaneous melanoma. Survival outcomes among SNMM patients are poor; while there is no clear consensus on the optimal management of SNMM, the primary treatment modality is generally considered to be wide surgical excision, and radiation therapy (RT) is often used in the postoperative adjuvant setting to improve locoregional control. Systemic therapies have demonstrated little or no survival benefit, and most SNMM patients die of distant metastatic disease...
February 28, 2018: Current Oncology Reports
Maria Cristina Sini, Valentina Doneddu, Panagiotis Paliogiannis, Milena Casula, Maria Colombino, Antonella Manca, Gerardo Botti, Paolo A Ascierto, Amelia Lissia, Antonio Cossu, Giuseppe Palmieri
Cutaneous melanoma is a common and aggressive human skin cancers. Much is actually known about the molecular mechanisms underlying melanoma pathogenesis. The aim of the study was to evaluate any possible correlation between mutations in main growth-controlling genes ( BRAF, NRAS, CDKN2A ) and copy number variations in frequently amplified candidate genes ( MITF, EGFR, CCND1, cMET, and cKIT ) during melanoma initiation and progression. A large series of primary and secondary melanoma tissue samples ( N = 274) from 232 consecutively-collected patients of Italian origin as well as 32 tumor cell lines derived from primary and metastatic melanomas underwent mutation screening and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) analysis...
February 2, 2018: Oncotarget
Carolina Martinez Ciarpaglini, Jose Gonzalez, Beatriz Sanchez, Jaime Agusti, Lara Navarro, Gema Nieto, Carlos Monteagudo
AIMS: The risk assessment of spitzoid lesions is one of the most difficult challenges in dermatopathology practice. In this regard, the loss of p16 expression and the homozygous deletion of CDKN2A, have been pointed in the literature as reliable indicators of high risk. However, these findings are poorly reproducible, and the molecular bases underlying the loss of p16 expression remain unclear. We aimed to identify the underlying events causing loss of CDKN2A/p16 in spitzoid tumors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We evaluated the immunohistochemical expression of p16, and the presence of CDKN2A genetic alterations detected through fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA), in a series of 130 Spitz nevi, 20 atypical spitzoid tumors, and 11 spitzoid melanoma...
February 27, 2018: Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology: AIMM
Carolyn J Kushner, Wei-Ting Hwang, Shiyu Wang, Lawrence J Solin, Neha Vapiwala
PURPOSE: Women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) or early-stage breast cancer have an excellent prognosis, but their risk of developing second malignant neoplasms (SMNs) is not well established. We analyzed SMNs in a large cohort with long follow-up after breast conservation therapy. METHODS: The study population comprised 755 women with DCIS (n = 135) or stage I-II breast carcinoma (n = 620). Subjects were aged 25-89 (median 55) years when they underwent breast-conserving surgery followed by radiotherapy to the entire breast (60-68Gray) between 1992 and 2001...
February 27, 2018: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
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