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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811958/soluble-nkg2d-ligands-are-biomarkers-associated-with-the-clinical-outcome-to-immune-checkpoint-blockade-therapy-of-metastatic-melanoma-patients
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Cristina Maccalli, Diana Giannarelli, Carla Chiarucci, Ornella Cutaia, Gianluca Giacobini, Wouter Hendrickx, Giovanni Amato, Diego Annesi, Davide Bedognetti, Maresa Altomonte, Riccardo Danielli, Luana Calabrò, Anna Maria Di Giacomo, Francesco M Marincola, Giorgio Parmiani, Michele Maio
The introduction of immune checkpoint blockade into the clinical practice resulted in improvement of survival of a significant portion of melanoma patients. Consequently, predictive biomarkers of response are needed to optimize patient's stratification and the development of combination therapies. The aim of this study was to determine whether levels of soluble NKG2D ligands (MICA, MICB, ULBP1, 2 and 3; sNKG2DLs) in the serum of melanoma patients can serve as useful predictors of response to the treatment with immune checkpoint blockade...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811946/are-all-mutations-the-same-a-rare-case-report-of-coexisting-mutually-exclusive-kras-and-braf-mutations-in-a-patient-with-metastatic-colon-adenocarcinoma
#2
Anusha Vittal, Akshay Middinti, Anup Kasi Loknath Kumar
29-year-old Hispanic woman presented to the clinic with complaints of abdominal pain, nausea, fatigue, and constipation. Laboratory tests indicated the presence of iron deficiency anemia and transaminitis. Imaging evaluation revealed marked hepatomegaly with multiple hepatic metastases and pelvic lymphadenopathy. Biopsy of the hepatic lesions showed adenocarcinoma positive for pan-cytokeratin, CMA5.2, villin, and CDX2. She was positive for tumor markers CA 19-9, CA-125, and CEA. Upon further evaluation, she was found to have colorectal cancer positive for KRAS and BRAF mutations...
2017: Case Reports in Oncological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811486/detecting-human-melanoma-cell-re-differentiation-following-braf-or-heat-shock-protein-90-inhibition-using-photoacoustic-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Anant Shah, Teresa Delgado-Goni, Teresa Casals Galobart, Slawomir Wantuch, Yann Jamin, Martin O Leach, Simon P Robinson, Jeffrey Bamber, Mounia Beloueche-Babari
Targeted therapies specific to the BRAF-MEK-ERK signaling pathway have shown great promise in the treatment of malignant melanoma in the last few years, with these drugs now commonly used in clinic. Melanoma cells treated using these agents are known to exhibit increased levels of melanin pigment and tyrosinase activity. In this study we assessed the potential of non-invasive imaging approaches (photoacoustic imaging (PAI) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)) to detect melanin induction in SKMEL28 human melanoma cells, following inhibition of Hsp90 and BRAF signaling using 17-AAG and vemurafenib, respectively...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811082/correlation-between-molecular-analysis-diagnosis-according-to-the-2015-who-classification-of-unresected-lung-tumours-and-ttf1-expression-in-small-biopsies-and-cytology-specimens-from-344-non-small-cell-lung-carcinoma-patients
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Prudence A Russell, Toni-Maree Rogers, Benjamin Solomon, Naveed Alam, Stephen A Barnett, Vivek Rathi, Richard A Williams, Gavin M Wright, Matthew Conron
We investigated correlations between diagnosis according to the 2015 World Health Organization (WHO) classification of unresected lung tumours, molecular analysis and TTF1 expression in small biopsy and cytology specimens from 344 non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) patients. One case failed testing for EGFR, KRAS and ALK abnormalities and six had insufficient tumour for ALK testing. Overall mutation rate in 343 cases was 48% for the genes tested, with 19% EGFR, 33% KRAS and 4% BRAF mutations, and 5% ALK rearrangements detected...
August 12, 2017: Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810295/-utility-and-evaluation-of-immunohistochemical-detection-of-braf-v600e-mutation-in-melanoma
#5
J J Lyu, Y Y Kong, X Cai, X X Shen, Y W Lu, M Ren
Objective: To evaluate the sensitivity, specificity and clinical value of anti-BRAF V600E antibody (clone VE1) in detection of the BRAF V600E mutant in formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded (FFPE) melanoma specimens by immunohistochemical (IHC) methods. Methods: A total of 50 melanoma samples collected between 2008 and 2016 from 40 patients were analyzed for BRAF mutation (exon 15) by DNA sequencing using FFPE. These tissues were immunostained with VE1 antibody, and the results were analyzed and compared with those by DNA sequencing...
August 8, 2017: Zhonghua Bing Li Xue za Zhi Chinese Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810144/integrated-genomic-characterization-of-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
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(no author information available yet)
We performed integrated genomic, transcriptomic, and proteomic profiling of 150 pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) specimens, including samples with characteristic low neoplastic cellularity. Deep whole-exome sequencing revealed recurrent somatic mutations in KRAS, TP53, CDKN2A, SMAD4, RNF43, ARID1A, TGFβR2, GNAS, RREB1, and PBRM1. KRAS wild-type tumors harbored alterations in other oncogenic drivers, including GNAS, BRAF, CTNNB1, and additional RAS pathway genes. A subset of tumors harbored multiple KRAS mutations, with some showing evidence of biallelic mutations...
August 14, 2017: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809097/piconewton-scale-analysis-of-ras-braf-signal-transduction-with-single-molecule-force-spectroscopy
#7
Chae-Seok Lim, Cheng Wen, Yanghui Sheng, Guangfu Wang, Zhuan Zhou, Shiqiang Wang, Huaye Zhang, Anpei Ye, J Julius Zhu
Intermolecular interactions dominate the behavior of signal transduction in various physiological and pathological cell processes, yet assessing these interactions remains a challenging task. Here, this study reports a single-molecule force spectroscopic method that enables functional delineation of two interaction sites (≈35 pN and ≈90 pN) between signaling effectors Ras and BRaf in the canonical mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway. This analysis reveals mutations on BRaf at Q257 and A246, two sites frequently linked to cardio-faciocutaneous syndrome, result in ≈10-30 pN alterations in RasBRaf intermolecular binding force...
August 15, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808787/malignant-transformation-of-a-conservatively-managed-incidental-childhood-cerebral-mass-lesion-controversy-regarding-management-paradigm
#8
Jehuda Soleman, Jonathan Roth, Zvi Ram, Michal Yalon, Shlomi Constantini
BACKGROUND: Incidental findings on neuroimaging in the pediatric population are an emerging treatment challenge. Treatment options for these incidental childhood brain mass lesions, which radiologically may be assumed to be low-grade gliomas (LGG), vary, ranging from careful conservative "wait and scan" treatment to surgical biopsy, gross total resection, and upfront radiation and/or chemotherapy. As malignant transformation of LGG in children is extremely rare, some series advocate careful conservative management of these lesions; however, universal treatment protocols are not totally agreed upon...
August 14, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808756/relationship-between-18-f-fluorodeoxyglucose-accumulation-and-the-braf-v600e-mutation-in-papillary-thyroid-cancer
#9
Jae Won Chang, Ki Wan Park, Jae Hyung Heo, Seung-Nam Jung, Lihua Liu, Sung Min Kim, In Sun Kwon, Bon Seok Koo
BACKGROUND: To determine whether (18)F-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG)-PET/CT is useful for predicting the BRAF (V600E) mutation status of a primary papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed in 108 patients who underwent (18)F-FDG positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET/CT) for staging before thyroidectomy and BRAF analysis in biopsy-confirmed PTC. The maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) of the primary tumor was calculated according to FDG accumulation...
August 14, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808050/inactivating-braf-mutations-modulate-ras-mapk-signaling
#10
(no author information available yet)
Hypoactive BRAF mutants bind more tightly to active RAS and amplify ERK signaling.
August 14, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806732/loss-of-the-chromatin-modifier-kdm2aa-causes-brafv600e-independent-spontaneous-melanoma-in-zebrafish
#11
Catherine M Scahill, Zsofia Digby, Ian M Sealy, Sonia Wojciechowska, Richard J White, John E Collins, Derek L Stemple, Till Bartke, Marie E Mathers, E Elizabeth Patton, Elisabeth M Busch-Nentwich
KDM2A is a histone demethylase associated with transcriptional silencing, however very little is known about its in vivo role in development and disease. Here we demonstrate that loss of the orthologue kdm2aa in zebrafish causes widespread transcriptional disruption and leads to spontaneous melanomas at a high frequency. Fish homozygous for two independent premature stop codon alleles show reduced growth and survival, a strong male sex bias, and homozygous females exhibit a progressive oogenesis defect. kdm2aa mutant fish also develop melanomas from early adulthood onwards which are independent from mutations in braf and other common oncogenes and tumour suppressors as revealed by deep whole exome sequencing...
August 14, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806393/craf-gene-fusions-in-pediatric-low-grade-gliomas-define-a-distinct-drug-response-based-on-dimerization-profiles
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P Jain, T M Fierst, H J Han, T E Smith, A Vakil, P J Storm, A C Resnick, A J Waanders
Pediatric low-grade gliomas (PLGGs) are commonly associated with BRAF gene fusions that aberrantly activate the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathway. This has led to PLGG clinical trials utilizing RAF- and MAPK pathway-targeted therapeutics. Whole-genome profiling of PLGGs has also identified rare gene fusions involving another RAF isoform, CRAF/RAF1, in PLGGs and cancers occuring in adults. Whereas BRAF fusions primarily dysregulate MAPK signaling, the CRAF fusions QKI-RAF1 and SRGAP3-RAF1 aberrantly activate both the MAPK and phosphoinositide-3 kinase/mammalian target of rapamycin (PI3K/mTOR) signaling pathways...
August 14, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805135/intermittent-dosing-of-dabrafenib-and-trametinib-in-metastatic-brafv600e-mutated-papillary-thyroid-cancer-two-case-reports
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Paul S White, Anita Pudusseri, Stephanie L Lee, Omar Eton
BACKGROUND: A multi-institutional randomized Phase II trial of continuous dosing of dabrafenib with or without trametinib is ongoing in metastatic thyroid cancer. Preclinical evidence and emerging clinical experience in other cancers support evaluating intermittent dosing of these two agents to achieve more durable response, while being better tolerated and more cost effective. PATIENTS: Two consecutive patients with symptomatic, metastatic radioactive iodine (RAI) resistant BRAF V600E mutated papillary thyroid cancer and poor performance status were treated initially with dabrafenib 150mg twice daily plus trametinib 2mg once daily, first in continuous daily dosing, then in a five-week-on and three-week-off schedule...
August 12, 2017: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802494/toward-a-molecular-genetic-classification-of-spitzoid-neoplasms
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Michael T Tetzlaff, Alexandre Reuben, Steven D Billings, Victor G Prieto, Jonathan L Curry
The histopathologic spectrum of Spitzoid neoplasms includes Spitz nevi, atypical Spitz tumors, and Spitzoid melanomas. Advances in molecular genetics have evolved to the point that Spitzoid lesions can now be reasonably classified according to their distinctive molecular-genetic alterations: Spitzoid lesions with (1) 11p amplification and/or HRAS mutations; (2) isolated loss of 6q23 by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH); (3) homozygous deletion of 9p21 by FISH; (4) BAP1 loss and BRAFV600 E mutation; (5) translocations involving any of a number of different oncogenic kinase drivers, including ROS1, ALK, NTRK1, NTRK3, MET, BRAF, and RET; and (6) TERT promoter mutations...
September 2017: Clinics in Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801584/differences-of-protein-expression-profiles-kras-and-braf-mutation-and-prognosis-in-right-sided-colon-left-sided-colon-and-rectal-cancer
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Xian Hua Gao, Guan Yu Yu, Hai Feng Gong, Lian Jie Liu, Yi Xu, Li Qiang Hao, Peng Liu, Zhi Hong Liu, Chen Guang Bai, Wei Zhang
To compare protein expression levels, gene mutation and survival among Right-Sided Colon Cancer (RSCC), Left-Sided Colon Cancer (LSCC) and rectal cancer patients, 57 cases of RSCC, 87 LSCC and 145 rectal cancer patients were included retrospectively. Our results demonstrated significant differences existed among RSCC, LSCC and rectal cancer regarding tumor diameter, differentiation, invasion depth and TNM stage. No significant difference was identified in expression levels of MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, PMS2, β-Tubulin III, P53, Ki67 and TOPIIα, and gene mutation of KRAS and BRAF among three groups...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801450/genomic-analysis-of-hairy-cell-leukemia-identifies-novel-recurrent-genetic-alterations
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Benjamin H Durham, Bartlomiej Getta, Sascha Dietrich, Justin Taylor, Helen Won, James M Bogenberger, Sasinya Scott, Eunhee Kim, Young Rock Chung, Stephen S Chung, Jennifer Hüllein, Tatjana Walther, Lu Wang, Sydney X Lu, Christopher C Oakes, Raoul Tibes, Torsten Haferlach, Barry S Taylor, Martin S Tallman, Michael F Berger, Jae H Park, Thorsten Zenz, Omar Abdel-Wahab
Classical hairy cell leukemia (cHCL) is characterized by a near 100% frequency of the BRAFV600E mutation while ~30% of variant HCL (vHCL) have MAP2K1 mutations. However, recurrent genetic alterations cooperating with BRAFV600E or MAP2K1 mutations in HCL, as well as those in MAP2K1- wildtype vHCL, are not well defined. We therefore performed deep targeted mutational and copy number analysis of cHCL (n=53) and vHCL (n=8). The most common genetic alteration in cHCL outside of BRAFV600E was heterozygous loss of chromosome 7q, the minimally deleted region of which targeted wildtype BRAF, subdividing cHCL into those hemizygous versus heterozygous for the BRAFV600E mutation...
August 11, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800030/response-to-targeted-therapy-in-two-patients-with-metastatic-melanoma-carrying-rare-braf-exon-15-mutations-a598_t599insv-and-v600_k601delinse
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Aljosja Rogiers, Sara Vander Borght, Krizia Tuand, Pascal Wolter, Marguerite Stas, Veerle Boecxstaens, Marjan Garmyn, Joost J van den Oord, Peter Vandenberghe, Oliver Bechter
Concurrent BRAF-MEK inhibition improves clinical outcomes in patients with advanced BRAF V600E/K-mutant melanoma. There is currently less evidence for the efficacy of this treatment in patients with rare BRAF non-V600E/K genotypes. We report on two patients with rare BRAF exon 15 mutations - BRAF A598_T599insV and V600_K601delinsE - obtaining clinical benefit and a radiological response to inhibitors directed against the mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway. This highlights the importance of using tests that detect both V600E/K and non-V600E/K BRAF mutations to keep open the possibility of treatment with targeted therapy in patients with uncommon, yet potentially actionable, BRAF exon 15 mutations...
August 10, 2017: Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799876/melanoma-brain-metastasis-the-impact-of-stereotactic-radiosurgery-braf-mutational-status-and-targeted-and-or-immune-based-therapies-on-treatment-outcome
#18
Rupesh Kotecha, Jacob A Miller, Vyshak A Venur, Alireza M Mohammadi, Samuel T Chao, John H Suh, Gene H Barnett, Erin S Murphy, Pauline Funchain, Jennifer S Yu, Michael A Vogelbaum, Lilyana Angelov, Manmeet S Ahluwalia
OBJECTIVE The goal of this study was to investigate the impact of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), BRAF status, and targeted and immune-based therapies on the recurrence patterns and factors associated with overall survival (OS) among patients with melanoma brain metastasis (MBM). METHODS A total of 366 patients were treated for 1336 MBMs; a lesion-based analysis was performed on 793 SRS lesions. The BRAF status was available for 78 patients: 35 had BRAF (mut) and 43 had BRAF wild-type ( BRAF-WT) lesions. The Kaplan-Meier method evaluated unadjusted OS; cumulative incidence analysis determined the incidences of local failure (LF), distant failure, and radiation necrosis (RN), with death as a competing risk...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797453/oncogenic-signalling-pathways-in-benign-odontogenic-cysts-and-tumours
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REVIEW
Marina Gonçalves Diniz, Carolina Cavalieri Gomes, Sílvia Ferreira de Sousa, Guilherme Machado Xavier, Ricardo Santiago Gomez
The first step towards the prevention of cancer is to develop an in-depth understanding of tumourigenesis and the molecular basis of malignant transformation. What drives tumour initiation? Why do most benign tumours fail to metastasize? Oncogenic mutations, previously considered to be the hallmark drivers of cancers, are reported in benign cysts and tumours, including those that have an odontogenic origin. Despite the presence of such alterations, the vast majority of odontogenic lesions are benign and never progress to the stage of malignant transformation...
September 2017: Oral Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797232/prognostic-significance-of-braf-and-nras-mutations-in-melanoma-a-german-study-from-routine-care
#20
Markus V Heppt, Timo Siepmann, Jutta Engel, Gabriele Schubert-Fritschle, Renate Eckel, Laura Mirlach, Thomas Kirchner, Andreas Jung, Anja Gesierich, Thomas Ruzicka, Michael J Flaig, Carola Berking
BACKGROUND: Hotspot mutations of the oncogenes BRAF and NRAS are the most common genetic alterations in cutaneous melanoma. Specific inhibitors of BRAF and MEK have shown significant survival benefits in large phase III trials. However, the prognostic significance of BRAF and NRAS mutations outside of clinical trials remains unclear. METHODS: The mutational status of BRAF (exon 15) and NRAS (exon 2 and 3) was determined in melanoma samples of 217 patients with pyrosequencing and Sanger sequencing...
August 10, 2017: BMC Cancer
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