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Valentina Kovaleva, Anna-Lena Geissler, Lisa Lutz, Ralph Fritsch, Frank Makowiec, Sebastian Wiesemann, Ulrich T Hopt, Bernward Passlick, Martin Werner, Silke Lassmann
BACKGROUND: Targeted next generation sequencing (tNGS) has become part of molecular pathology diagnostics for determining RAS mutation status in colorectal cancer (CRC) patients as predictive tool for decision on EGFR-targeted therapy. Here, we investigated mutation profiles of case-matched tissue specimens throughout the disease course of CRC, to further specify RAS-status dynamics and to identify de novo mutations associated with distant metastases. METHODS: Case-matched formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded (FFPE) resection specimens (n = 70; primary tumours, synchronous and/or metachronous liver and/or lung metastases) of 14 CRC cases were subjected to microdissection of normal colonic epithelial, primary and metastatic tumour cells, their DNA extraction and an adapted library protocol for limited DNA using the 48 gene TruSeq Amplicon Cancer Panel(TM), MiSeq sequencing and data analyses (Illumina)...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Cancer
Beryl Royer-Bertrand, Matteo Torsello, Donata Rimoldi, Ikram El Zaoui, Katarina Cisarova, Rosanna Pescini-Gobert, Franck Raynaud, Leonidas Zografos, Ann Schalenbourg, Daniel Speiser, Michael Nicolas, Laureen Vallat, Robert Klein, Serge Leyvraz, Giovanni Ciriello, Nicolò Riggi, Alexandre P Moulin, Carlo Rivolta
Uveal melanoma (UM) is a rare intraocular tumor that, similar to cutaneous melanoma, originates from melanocytes. To gain insights into its genetics, we performed whole-genome sequencing at very deep coverage of tumor-control pairs in 33 samples (24 primary and 9 metastases). Genome-wide, the number of coding mutations was rather low (only 17 variants per tumor on average; range 7-28), thus radically different from cutaneous melanoma, where hundreds of exonic DNA insults are usually detected. Furthermore, no UV light-induced mutational signature was identified...
October 6, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
Stephen W Bickler, Eliel Lizardo, David M Cauvi, Antonio De Maio
Urbanization in Africa is associated with an increased incidence of non-communicable diseases, yet the cause and the mechanism remain poorly understood. Here, we propose a role for G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) signaling in the biological changes that occur with urbanization and suggest a critical area of convergence in GPCR signaling might provide a molecular signature for exposure to environmental factors. As a first step in investing this hypothesis, we examined the expression of the G protein α, β and γ subunit, G protein related kinase, and β-arrestin genes in a rural and urban population living in Morocco (NCBI GSE8847)...
October 2016: Medical Hypotheses
Hildur Helgadottir, Veronica Höiom
Uveal melanoma (UM) is the most common malignant eye tumor in adults affecting ~7,000 individuals per year worldwide. UM is a rare subtype of melanoma with distinct clinical and molecular features as compared to other melanoma subtypes. UMs lack the most typical cutaneous melanoma-associated mutations (BRAF, NRAS, and NF1) and are instead characterized by a different set of genes with oncogenic or loss-of-function mutations. By next-generation sequencing efforts on UM tumors, several driver genes have been detected...
2016: Application of Clinical Genetics
Nitin Marwaha, Jacqueline R Batanian, Jeroen R Coppens, Matthew J Pierson, Jennifer Richards-Yutz, Jessica Ebrahimzadeh, Arupa Ganguly, Miguel A Guzman
Melanocytoma are the melanocytic tumors originating from leptomeningeal melanocytes. Melanocytomas are commonly seen in the central nervous system (CNS) and are often associated with neurocutaneous melanosis (NCM). However, simultaneous presentation of intra-axial and extra-cranial melanocytoma is a very rare event. Here we report a unique case of 21-year-old male with intermediate grade subcutaneous melanocytoma, mimicking lipoma, occurred synchronously with an intracranial melanocytoma, not associated with NCM...
August 30, 2016: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
Mayank Jauhri, Akanksha Bhatnagar, Satish Gupta, Yogender Shokeen, Sachin Minhas, Shyam Aggarwal
Mutation frequencies of common genetic alterations in colorectal cancer have been in the spotlight for many years. This study highlights few rare somatic mutations, which possess the attributes of a potential CRC biomarker yet are often neglected. Next-generation sequencing was performed over 112 tumor samples to detect genetic alterations in 31 rare genes in colorectal cancer. Mutations were detected in 26/31 (83.9 %) uncommon genes, which together contributed toward 149 gene mutations in 67/112 (59.8 %) colorectal cancer patients...
October 2016: Medical Oncology
Guillaume Carita, Estelle Frisch-Dit-Leitz, Ahmed Dahmani, Chloé Raymondie, Nathalie Cassoux, Sophie Piperno-Neumann, Fariba Némati, Cécile Laurent, Leanne De Koning, Ensar Halilovic, Sebastien Jeay, Andrew Wylie, Caroline Emery, Sergio Roman-Roman, Marie Schoumacher, Didier Decaudin
Uveal melanoma (UM) is the most common cancer of the eye in adults. Many UM patients develop metastases for which no curative treatment has been identified. Novel therapeutic approaches are therefore urgently needed. UM is characterized by mutations in the genes GNAQ and GNA11 which activate the PKC pathway, leading to the use of PKC inhibitors as a rational strategy to treat UM tumors. Encouraging clinical activity has been noted in UM patients treated with PKC inhibitors. However, it is likely that curative treatment regimens will require a combination of targeted therapeutic agents...
June 7, 2016: Oncotarget
Andrea Palicelli, Maria Giulia Disanto, Gabriele Panzarasa, Claudia Veggiani, Gabriella Galizia, Stefano Dal Cin, Elisa Gruppioni, Renzo Boldorini
AIMS: We provide morphological, immunohistochemical and molecular characterization of the 3rd "intermediate-grade" orbital meningeal melanocytoma, testing for the first time Vysis Melanoma FISH Probe Kit. We reviewed the literature in order to discuss the main differential diagnoses and to provide a better molecular description of these unusual tumors of difficult diagnosis and controversial management. METHODS: Histochemical stains (Haematoxylin and Eosin, Perls, reticulin), immunohistochemistry (HMB45, p16, Melan-A, S100, EMA, Ki67, CD68), polymerase chain reaction amplification and sequence analysis (BRAF, exon 15; NRAS exons 2 and 3; c-KIT, exons 11, 13, 17, 18; GNAQ, exons 4 and 5; GNA11, exons 4 and 5) and fluorescent in situ hybridization (RREB1, 6p25; MYB, 6q23; CCND1, 11q13; CEP 6, 6p11...
July 25, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
Xinan Sheng, Yan Kong, Yiqian Li, Qiannan Zhang, Lu Si, Chuanliang Cui, Zhihong Chi, Bixia Tang, Lili Mao, Bin Lian, Xuan Wang, Xieqiao Yan, Siming Li, Jie Dai, Jun Guo
BACKGROUND: Mucosal melanoma (MM) is a rare subtype of melanoma in Caucasians with extremely poor prognosis, and therapy strategy has not been clearly established for MM. We aimed to investigate the genetic aberrations possibly applicable in targeted therapy of MM. We examined the somatic mutations of GNAQ and GNA11 (GNAQ/11, encoding the guanine nucleotide-binding alpha subunits) in MM and evaluated their correlation to clinicopathologic features of MM. METHODS: This study collected samples from primary lesions of 284 MM patients...
September 2016: European Journal of Cancer
Matthew G Field, Michael A Durante, Christina L Decatur, Bercin Tarlan, Kristen M Oelschlager, John F Stone, Jeffim Kuznetsov, Anne M Bowcock, Stefan Kurtenbach, J William Harbour
BACKGROUND: We previously identified PRAME as a biomarker for metastatic risk in Class 1 uveal melanomas. In this study, we sought to define a threshold value for positive PRAME expression (PRAME+) in a large dataset, identify factors associated with PRAME expression, evaluate the prognostic value of PRAME in Class 2 uveal melanomas, and determine whether PRAME expression is associated with aberrant hypomethylation of the PRAME promoter. RESULTS: Among 678 samples analyzed by qPCR, 498 (73...
July 30, 2016: Oncotarget
Young H Lim, Antonella Bacchiocchi, Jingyao Qiu, Robert Straub, Anna Bruckner, Lionel Bercovitch, Deepak Narayan, Jennifer McNiff, Christine Ko, Leslie Robinson-Bostom, Richard Antaya, Ruth Halaban, Keith A Choate
Vascular tumors are among the most common neoplasms in infants and children; 5%-10% of newborns present with or develop lesions within the first 3 months of life. Most are benign infantile hemangiomas that typically regress by 5 years of age; other vascular tumors include congenital tufted angiomas (TAs), kaposiform hemangioendotheliomas (KHEs), and childhood lobular capillary hemangiomas (LCHs). Some of these lesions can become locally invasive and unresponsive to pharmacologic intervention, leading to significant complications...
August 4, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
Chang Hun Lee, Hong En Wang, Seung Young Seo, Seong Hun Kim, In Hee Kim, Sang Wook Kim, Soo Teik Lee, Dae Ghon Kim, Myung Kwan Han, Seung Ok Lee
Genome-wide association study in diffusely infiltrating type cholangiocarcinoma (CC) can be limited due to the difficulty of obtaining tumor tissue. We aimed to evaluate the genomic alterations of diffusely infiltrating type CC using next-generation sequencing (NGS) of bile and to compare the variations with those of mass-forming type CC. A total of 24 bile samples obtained during endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and 17 surgically obtained tumor tissue samples were evaluated. Buffy coat and normal tissue samples were used as controls for a somatic mutation analysis...
August 2016: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
Irena Marjanovic, Jelena Kostic, Bojana Stanic, Nadja Pejanovic, Bojana Lucic, Teodora Karan-Djurasevic, Dragana Janic, Lidija Dokmanovic, Srdja Jankovic, Nada Suvajdzic Vukovic, Dragica Tomin, Ognjen Perisic, Goran Rakocevic, Milos Popovic, Sonja Pavlovic, Natasa Tosic
The age-specific differences in the genetic mechanisms of myeloid leukemogenesis have been observed and studied previously. However, NGS technology has provided a possibility to obtain a large amount of mutation data. We analyzed DNA samples from 20 childhood (cAML) and 20 adult AML (aAML) patients, using NGS targeted sequencing. The average coverage of high-quality sequences was 2981 × per amplicon. A total of 412 (207 cAML, 205 aAML) variants in the coding regions were detected; out of which, only 122 (62 cAML and 60 aAML) were potentially protein-changing...
July 27, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Giulia Angelino, Maria Debora De Pasquale, Luigi De Sio, Annalisa Serra, Luca Massimi, Rita De Vito, Antonio Marrazzo, Laura Lancella, Andrea Carai, Manila Antonelli, Felice Giangaspero, Marco Gessi, Laura Menchini, Laura Scarciolla, Daniela Longo, Angela Mastronuzzi
BACKGROUND: Primary melanocytic neoplasms are rare in the pediatric age. Among them, the pattern of neoplastic meningitis represents a peculiar diagnostic challenge since neuroradiological features may be subtle and cerebrospinal fluid analysis may not be informative. Clinical misdiagnosis of neoplastic meningitis with tuberculous meningitis has been described in few pediatric cases, leading to a significant delay in appropriate management of patients. We describe the case of a child with primary leptomeningeal melanoma (LMM) that was initially misdiagnosed with tuberculous meningitis...
2016: BMC Cancer
Tianyi Tang, Robert Eldabaje, Lixi Yang
Compared to early-stage melanoma when surgical excision is possible, metastatic disease continues to offer a much grimmer prognosis as traditional chemotherapy treatment regimens offer relatively little survival benefit. This has led to changes in treatment approaches over the preceding two decades as contemporary methods for the treatment of advanced or metastatic melanoma now involve a number of biological modalities, which include immunotherapeutic approaches, targeted therapies and epigenetic modification therapies...
July 2016: Anticancer Research
B R Patel, G G Tall
The heterotrimeric G protein α subunit oncogenes GNAQ or GNA11 carry Q209X or R183X activating mutations and are present with ~90% frequency in human uveal melanomas. Forced expression of GNAQ/11(Q209L) in melanocytes is sufficient to drive metastatic melanoma in immune-compromised mice. No known drugs directly target these oncogenic G proteins. Ric-8A is the molecular chaperone that selectively folds Gαq/i/13 subunits. Targeting Ric-8A serves as a rational, yet unexplored approach to reduce the functional abundance of oncogenic Gαq/11 in order to blunt cancer signaling...
2016: Oncogenesis
Mohammad Atefi, Bjoern Titz, Jennifer Tsoi, Earl Avramis, Allison Le, Charles Ng, Anastasia Lomova, Amanda Lassen, Michael Friedman, Bartosz Chmielowski, Antoni Ribas, Thomas G Graeber
Approximately 75% of melanomas have known driver oncogenic mutations in BRAF, NRAS, GNA11 or GNAQ, while the mutations providing constitutive oncogenic signaling in the remaining melanomas are not known. We established a melanoma cell line from a tumor with none of the common driver mutations. This cell line demonstrated a signaling profile similar to BRAF-mutants, but lacked sensitivity to the BRAF inhibitor vemurafenib. RNA-seq mutation data implicated CRAF R391W as the alternative driver mutation of this melanoma...
2016: Scientific Reports
Anne M Comi, Mustafa Sahin, Adrienne Hammill, Emma H Kaplan, Csaba Juhász, Paula North, Karen L Ball, Alex V Levin, Bernard Cohen, Jill Morris, Warren Lo, E Steve Roach
Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS) is a vascular neurocutaneous disorder that results from a somatic mosaic mutation in GNAQ, which is also responsible for isolated port-wine birthmarks. Infants with SWS are born with a cutaneous capillary malformation (port-wine birthmark) of the forehead or upper eyelid which can signal an increased risk of brain and/or eye involvement prior to the onset of specific symptoms. This symptom-free interval represents a time when a targeted intervention could help to minimize the neurological and ophthalmologic manifestations of the disorder...
May 2016: Pediatric Neurology
Jae Hyuk Yoo, Dallas S Shi, Allie H Grossmann, Lise K Sorensen, ZongZhong Tong, Tara M Mleynek, Aaron Rogers, Weiquan Zhu, Jackson R Richards, Jacob M Winter, Jie Zhu, Christine Dunn, Ashok Bajji, Mark Shenderovich, Alan L Mueller, Scott E Woodman, J William Harbour, Kirk R Thomas, Shannon J Odelberg, Kirill Ostanin, Dean Y Li
Activating mutations in Gαq proteins, which form the α subunit of certain heterotrimeric G proteins, drive uveal melanoma oncogenesis by triggering multiple downstream signaling pathways, including PLC/PKC, Rho/Rac, and YAP. Here we show that the small GTPase ARF6 acts as a proximal node of oncogenic Gαq signaling to induce all of these downstream pathways as well as β-catenin signaling. ARF6 activates these diverse pathways through a common mechanism: the trafficking of GNAQ and β-catenin from the plasma membrane to cytoplasmic vesicles and the nucleus, respectively...
June 13, 2016: Cancer Cell
Ugur M Ayturk, Javier A Couto, Steven Hann, John B Mulliken, Kaitlin L Williams, August Yue Huang, Steven J Fishman, Theonia K Boyd, Harry P W Kozakewich, Joyce Bischoff, Arin K Greene, Matthew L Warman
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June 2, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
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