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Anne Lynn S Chang, Karl D Lewis, Sarah T Arron, Michael R Migden, James A Solomon, Simon Yoo, Bann-Mo Day, Edward F McKenna, Aleksandar Sekulic
Because many patients with unresectable basal cell carcinoma (BCC) are aged ≥65 years, this study explores the efficacy and safety of vismodegib in these patients with locally advanced (la) or metastatic (m) basal cell carcinoma (BCC) in the ERIVANCE BCC trial and the expanded access study (EAS).We compared patients aged ≥65 years to patients aged <65 years taking vismodegib 150 mg/day, using descriptive statistics for response and safety. Patients aged ≥65 years (laBCC/mBCC) were enrolled in ERIVANCE BCC (33/14) and EAS (27/26)...
October 14, 2016: Oncotarget
Shufeng Li, Anne Lynn S Chang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 1, 2016: JAMA Dermatology
Susana Puig, Francesca Sampogna, Antonio Tejera-Vaquerizo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 1, 2016: JAMA Dermatology
Petter Gjersvik
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 1, 2016: JAMA Dermatology
Antonis Dagklis, Sofie Demeyer, Jolien De Bie, Enrico Radaelli, Daphnie Pauwels, Sandrine Degryse, Olga Gielen, Carmen Vicente, Roel Vandepoel, Ellen Geerdens, Anne Uyttebroeck, Nancy Boeckx, Charles E de Bock, Jan Cools
T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) is an aggressive childhood leukemia that is caused by the accumulation of multiple genomic lesions resulting in transcriptional deregulation and increased cell proliferation and survival. Through analysis of gene expression data, we provide evidence that the hedgehog pathway is activated in 20% of T-ALL samples. Hedgehog pathway activation is associated with ectopic expression of the hedgehog ligands SHH or IHH, and with upregulation of the transcription factor GLI1...
September 30, 2016: Blood
Emil Lou, Matthew Schomaker, Jon D Wilson, Mary Ahrens, Michelle Dolan, Andrew C Nelson
Medulloblastoma is an aggressive primitive neuroectodermal tumor of the cerebellum that is rare in adults. Medulloblastomas fall into 4 prognostically significant molecular subgroups that are best defined by experimental gene expression profiles: the WNT pathway, sonic hedgehog (SHH) pathway, and subgroups 3 and 4 (non-SHH/WNT). Medulloblastoma of adults belong primarily to the SHH category. Vismodegib, an SHH-pathway inhibitor FDA-approved in 2012 for treatment of basal cell carcinoma, has been used successfully in the setting of chemorefractory medulloblastoma, but not as a first-line therapy...
August 12, 2016: Cancer Biology & Therapy
Orit Markowitz, Michelle Schwartz
Immunosuppressed transplant recipients have increased risk for the development of basal cell carcinoma skin cancers. While oral vismodegib therapy has been successful in treating locally advanced basal cell tumors, few studies document its use and efficacy in organ transplant patients. In this immunocompromised population, topical imiquimod 5% cream has been shown to be an effective and well-tolerated option for superficial and nodular basal cell carcinomas. To the authors' knowledge, no data documents the use of optical coherence tomography, a noninvasive imaging technique, to monitor progress of such combined therapies on in vivo skin...
August 2016: Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
Kate Fife, Robert Herd, Susan Lalondrelle, Ruth Plummer, Amy Strong, Sarah Jones, John T Lear
Basal cell carcinomas are the most common form of skin cancer. Some develop into advanced cases not suitable for standard therapy. Vismodegib is the first-in-class oral hedgehog pathway inhibitor (which is dysregulated in 90% of basal cell carcinomas), and has demonstrated efficacy for advanced disease in clinical trials. An UK expert panel met to discuss management strategies for adverse events associated with vismodegib (most commonly taste disturbances, muscle cramps and alopecia). Managing patient expectations and implementing treatment breaks were considered important strategies...
September 19, 2016: Future Oncology
Nicholas J Collier, Faisal R Ali, John T Lear
INTRODUCTION: Basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) are the commonest malignancy in the Western world. Locally advanced BCCs (laBCCs) represent tumours that have developed in difficult-to-treat facial sites, aggressively recurrent tumours, large neglected tumours and those in which current treatment options are excluded by clinical or patient-driven criteria. It is estimated laBCCs represent 1% of BCCs. AREAS COVERED: Sonidegib is an oral hedgehog pathway inhibitor with a novel structure...
October 2016: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
Anne Lynn S Chang, Sarah T Arron, Michael R Migden, James A Solomon, Simon Yoo, Bann-Mo Day, Edward F McKenna, Aleksandar Sekulic
BACKGROUND: Aberrant activation of the Hedgehog (Hh) pathway is a key driver in the pathogenesis of basal cell carcinomas (BCCs), including patients with BCC nevus syndrome (BCCNS). It is unclear whether BCCs arising in patients with BCCNS respond differently to vismodegib than in patients without BCCNS. We examined the best overall response rate (BORR) and adverse events (AEs) of vismodegib in patients with advanced BCC (aBCC) with and without BCCNS. METHODS: Patients were treated with vismodegib 150 mg/day in the ERIVANCE BCC trial (ClinicalTrials...
2016: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
Mary E Spilker, Xiaoying Chen, Ravi Visswanathan, Chandra Vage, Shinji Yamazaki, Gang G Li, Judy Lucas, Erica L Bradshaw-Pierce, Paolo Vicini
PURPOSE: The translation of nonclinical oncology studies is a subject of continuous debate. We propose that translational oncology studies need to optimize both pharmacokinetic (drug exposure) and pharmacodynamic (xenograft model) aspects. While improvements in pharmacodynamic translatability can be obtained by choosing cell lines or patient-derived xenograft models closer to the clinical indication, significant ambiguity and variability exists when optimizing the pharmacokinetic translation of small molecule and biotherapeutic agents...
August 22, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Egle Ramelyte, Valerie C Amann, Reinhard Dummer
INTRODUCTION: Advanced and metastatic basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) are rare but still present a severe medical problem. These tumors are often disfiguring and impact the quality of life by pain or bleeding. Based on discovery of the hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway and its role in the pathogenesis of BCCs, smoothened (SMO) inhibitors have been developed with Sonidegib being the 2nd in class. It is the only Hh pathway inhibitor investigated in a randomized trial accompanied by pharmacodynamic investigations...
October 2016: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
Erika Bisgaard, Michael Tarakji, Frank Lau, Adam Riker
Skin cancer remains the most common cancer worldwide, and basal cell carcinoma represents the largest portion of non-melanomatous skin cancers with over 3 million cases diagnosed annually. Locally advanced disease is frequently seen in the elderly posing clinical challenges regarding proper treatment.We report on an 86-year-old female presenting with fatigue, anemia and a large ulcerated skin lesion along the right upper back. A biopsy of the lesion revealed a basosquamous cell carcinoma. She underwent a wide local excision with complex wound reconstruction...
2016: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
Marco Stieger, Robert E Hunger
BACKGROUND: Gorlin syndrome, also known as the basal cell nevus syndrome (OMIM #109400), is a rare autosomal-dominant genetic disease. The disease, which shows mutation of the patched receptor gene (PTCH1) of the sonic hedgehog pathway, is characterized by developing multiple basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) in adolescent patients. Other clinical features include mandibular keratocysts, palmar and plantar pits, skeletal abnormalities and malformations central nervous system and genital tract...
2016: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
Mario E Lacouture, Brigitte Dréno, Paolo Antonio Ascierto, Reinhard Dummer, Nicole Basset-Seguin, Kate Fife, Scott Ernst, Lisa Licitra, Rogerio I Neves, Ketty Peris, Susana Puig, Jonas Sokolof, Aleksandar Sekulic, Axel Hauschild, Rainer Kunstfeld
: : Abnormal activation of hedgehog pathway signaling is a key driver in the pathogenesis of basal cell carcinoma (BCC). Vismodegib, a first-in-class small-molecule inhibitor of hedgehog pathway signaling, is approved by regulatory authorities for the treatment of adults who have metastatic BCC or locally advanced BCC that has recurred after surgery, or who are not candidates for surgery and who are not candidates for radiation. A second inhibitor, sonidegib, was also recently approved for the same patient group with locally advanced BCC...
October 2016: Oncologist
Celine Lacroix, Inbar Fish, Hayarpi Torosyan, Pranavan Parathaman, John J Irwin, Brian K Shoichet, Stephane Angers
The seven transmembrane protein Smoothened is required for Hedgehog signaling during embryonic development and adult tissue homeostasis. Inappropriate activation of the Hedgehog signalling pathway leads to cancers such as basal cell carcinoma and medulloblastoma, and Smoothened inhibitors are now available clinically to treat these diseases. However, resistance to these inhibitors rapidly develops thereby limiting their efficacy. The determination of Smoothened crystal structures enables structure-based discovery of new ligands with new chemotypes that will be critical to combat resistance...
2016: PloS One
E Soura, M Plaka, C Dessinioti, K Syrigos, A J Stratigos
INTRODUCTION: Basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) are the most common skin cancers in the Caucasian population. BCCs are in the majority of cases adequately managed with surgical excision, however a small subset of these tumours exhibit resistance to conventional therapies and progress to become locally advanced or even metastatic. Although Hedgehog inhibitors have been successfully used during the last few years in the treatment of locally advanced or metastatic BCCs, resistance to treatment remains an issue...
July 27, 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Jakob Felbo Paulsen, Jógvan S Øregaard, Anni Linnet Nielsen, Julie Gehl, Alessandro Venzo
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July 22, 2016: Acta Oncologica
Eamon F X Byrne, Ria Sircar, Paul S Miller, George Hedger, Giovanni Luchetti, Sigrid Nachtergaele, Mark D Tully, Laurel Mydock-McGrane, Douglas F Covey, Robert P Rambo, Mark S P Sansom, Simon Newstead, Rajat Rohatgi, Christian Siebold
Developmental signals of the Hedgehog (Hh) and Wnt families are transduced across the membrane by Frizzledclass G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) composed of both a heptahelical transmembrane domain (TMD) and an extracellular cysteine-rich domain (CRD). How the large extracellular domains of GPCRs regulate signalling by the TMD is unknown. We present crystal structures of the Hh signal transducer and oncoprotein Smoothened, a GPCR that contains two distinct ligand-binding sites: one in its TMD and one in the CRD...
July 28, 2016: Nature
T Gracia-Cazaña, N Salazar, A Zamarrón, M Mascaraque, S R Lucena, Á Juarranz
A wide range of treatments is now available for nonmelanoma skin cancer, including 5-fluorouracil, ingenol mebutate, imiquimod, diclofenac, photodynamic therapy, methotrexate, cetuximab, vismodegib, and radiotherapy. All are associated with high clinical and histologic response rates. However, some tumors do not respond due to resistance, which may be primary or acquired. Study of the resistance processes is a broad area of research that aims to increase our understanding of the nature of each tumor and the biologic features that make it resistant, as well as to facilitate the design of new therapies directed against these tumors...
July 16, 2016: Actas Dermo-sifiliográficas
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