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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634423/tumor-ras-gene-expression-levels-are-influenced-by-the-mutational-status-of-ras-genes-and-both-upstream-and-downstream-ras-pathway-genes
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Robert M Stephens, Ming Yi, Bailey Kessing, Dwight V Nissley, Frank McCormick
The 3 human RAS genes play pivotal roles regulating proliferation, differentiation, and survival in normal cells and become mutated in 15% to 20% of all human tumors and amplified in many others. In this report, we examined data from The Cancer Genome Atlas to investigate the relationship between RAS gene mutational status and messenger RNA expression. We show that all 3 RAS genes exhibit increased expression when they are mutated in a context-dependent manner. In the case of KRAS, this increase is manifested by a larger proportional increase in KRAS4A than KRAS4B, although both increase significantly...
2017: Cancer Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634282/genomic-alterations-in-fatal-forms-of-non-anaplastic-thyroid-cancer-identification-of-med12-and-rbm10-as-novel-thyroid-cancer-genes-associated-with-tumor-virulence
#2
Tihana Ibrahimpasic, Bin Xu, Iñigo Landa, Snjezana Dogan, Sumit Middha, Venkatraman Seshan, Shyamprasad Deraje Vasudeva, Diane Carlson, Jocelyn Migliacci, Jeffrey A Knauf, Brian R Untch, Michael F Berger, Luc Gt Morris, R Michael Tuttle, Timothy A Chan, James A Fagin, Ronald Ghossein, Ian Ganly
Purpose. Patients with anaplastic thyroid cancer have a very high death rate. In contrast, deaths from non-anaplastic thyroid cancer are much less common. The genetic alterations in fatal non-anaplastic thyroid cancers have not been reported. <p>Experimental Design. We performed next-generation sequencing of 410 cancer genes from 57 fatal non-anaplastic thyroid primary cancers. Results were compared to The Cancer Genome Atlas study (TCGA study) of papillary thyroid cancers (PTC) and to the genomic changes reported in anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC)...
June 20, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634084/drug-delivery-to-melanoma-brain-metastases-can-current-challenges-lead-to-new-opportunities
#3
Gautham Gampa, Shruthi Vaidhyanathan, Jann N Sarkaria, William F Elmquist
Melanoma has a high propensity to metastasize to the brain, and patients with melanoma brain metastases (MBM) have an extremely poor prognosis. The recent approval of several molecularly-targeted agents (e.g., BRAF, MEK inhibitors) and biologics (anti-CTLA-4, anti-PD-1 and anti-PD-L1 antibodies) has brought new hope to patients suffering from this formerly untreatable and lethal disease. Importantly, there have been recent reports of success in some clinical studies examining the efficacy of both targeted agents and immunotherapies that show similar response rates in both brain metastases and extracranial disease...
June 17, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632725/the-role-of-primary-tumour-sidedness-egfr-gene-copy-number-and-egfr-promoter-methylation-in-ras-braf-wild-type-colorectal-cancer-patients-receiving-irinotecan-cetuximab
#4
Laura Demurtas, Marco Puzzoni, Riccardo Giampieri, Pina Ziranu, Valeria Pusceddu, Alessandra Mandolesi, Chiara Cremolini, Gianluca Masi, Fabio Gelsomino, Carlotta Antoniotti, Cristian Loretelli, Fausto Meriggi, Alberto Zaniboni, Alfredo Falcone, Stefano Cascinu, Mario Scartozzi
BACKGROUND: The data from randomised trials suggested that primary tumour sidedness could represent a prognostic and predictive factor in colorectal cancer (CRC) patients, particularly during treatment with anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) therapy. However, an in-deep molecular selection might overcome the predictive role of primary tumour location in this setting. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis in which tumour samples from RAS/BRAF wild-type (WT) metastatic CRC patients treated with second-third-line irinotecan/cetuximab were analysed for EGFR gene copy number (GCN) and promoter methylation...
June 20, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631713/-braf-positive-paucicellular-variant-of-anaplastic-carcinoma-in-the-presence-of-tall-cell-variant-papillary-thyroid-cancer
#5
O V Dolzhansky, E M Paltseva, D N Khmelkova, F A Konovalov, I V Kanivets, A V Lavrov, D V Pyankov, S A Korostelev, O A Levendyuk, V M Pominalnaya, D N Fedorov
To paper describes a case of paucicellular anaplastic cancer in the presence of tall cell variant papillary thyroid carcinoma. Microscopic examination showed that the differentiated component of the tumor was composed of papillary structures with tall cells, the height of which exceeded 3-4 times the width. Its anaplastic component consisted of fibrous tissue with occasional spindle-shaped cells and focal lymphocytic infiltration to the extent of 70%. The spindle-shaped cells expressed cytokeratins, β-catenin, p53, and vimentin...
2017: Arkhiv Patologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631135/long-term-clinical-benefit-from-salvage-egfr-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitors-in-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-patients-with-egfr-wild-type-tumors
#6
F Koinis, A Voutsina, A Kalikaki, A Koutsopoulos, E Lagoudaki, E Tsakalaki, E K Dermitzaki, E Kontopodis, A G Pallis, V Georgoulias, A Kotsakis
BACKGROUND: Erlotinib has been approved for the management of NSCLC patients after failure of the first or subsequent line of chemotherapy. Although the efficacy of erlotinib is clearly associated with the presence of EGFR mutations, there is a subset of patients with EGFR wild-type (EGFRwt) tumors who impressively respond. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with EGFRwt NSCLC who received salvage (≥2nd line) treatment with erlotinib for a prolonged period (>6 months), were sought from the database of the Hellenic Oncology Research Group...
June 19, 2017: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630054/slc45a2-a-melanoma-antigen-with-high-tumor-selectivity-and-reduced-potential-for-autoimmune-toxicity
#7
Jungsun Park, Amjad H Talukder, Seonah Lim, Kwanghee Kim, Ke Pan, Brenda Melendez, Sherille D Bradley, Kyle Jackson, Jahan S Khalili, Junmei Wang, Caitlin Creasy, Bih-Fang Pan, Scott E Woodman, Chantale Bernatchez, David Hawke, Patrick Hwu, Kyung-Mi Lee, Jason Roszik, Gregory Lizee, Cassian Yee
Cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL)-based immunotherapies have had remarkable success at generating objective clinical responses in patients with advanced metastatic melanoma.  Although the melanocyte differentiation antigens (MDAs) MART-1, PMEL, and tyrosinase were among the first melanoma tumor-associated antigens identified and targeted with immunotherapy, expression within normal melanocytes of the eye and inner ear can elicit serious autoimmune side effects, thus limiting their clinical potential as CTL targets...
June 19, 2017: Cancer Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628691/eruptive-melanocytic-acral-nevi-in-the-setting-of-6-mercaptopurine-therapy
#8
Arpan V Prabhu, Kristin Bibee, Joseph C English
<p>Eruptive melanocytic nevi (EMN) are a rare clinical finding characterized by sudden-onset nevi that often present in a grouped distribution. They have been associated with chemotherapy, immunosuppression, bullous diseases, and medications including multikinase and BRAF inhibitors. It is important for dermatologists to be able to identify patients with sudden development of new melanocytic nevi secondary to particular medications. Herein, we describe a case of eruptive melanocytic acral nevi secondary to 6-mercaptopurine therapy...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628690/case-report-of-multiple-keratoacanthomas-and-squamous-cell-carcinomas-in-a-patient-receiving-pembrolizumab
#9
Soham Chaudhari, Argentina Leon, Ethan Levin, Isaac Neuhaus, Wilson Liao
<p>PD-1 is expressed on antigen-stimulated T cells and induces a downstream signaling pathway that works by negative feedback to inhibit T cell proliferation, cytokine release, and cytotoxicity. PD-1 antibodies increase tumor cell killing peripherally and have a role in advanced melanoma treatment. We describe a case of an 84 year old female with stage 4 metastatic melanoma in a trial of the PD-1 inhibitor pembrolizumab who developed multiple keratoacanthomas after several months of treatment. While keratoacanthomas have been reported in patients taking BRAF inhibitors, no such reports exist for those on pembrolizumab, making this the first case report to point out this association for further investigative studies...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627943/the-efficacy-and-safety-of-adjuvant-interferon-alfa-therapy-in-the-evolving-treatment-landscape-for-resected-high-risk-melanoma
#10
Van Anh Trinh, Chrystia Zobniw, Wen-Jen Hwu
Patients with resected stage II or III melanoma are at high risk of recurrence, with 5-year mortality rate of 40-60%. Adjuvant interferon-alfa has demonstrated a small RFS and OS benefit versus observation in this patient population. However, the adjuvant treatment landscape is evolving rapidly. Areas covered: This review aims to summarize the safety and efficacy profiles of adjuvant IFNα/PEG-IFNα, revisit the controversy surrounding its application, and reappraise its position in the rapidly changing treatment landscape of resected melanoma...
June 19, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626406/late-onset-inflammatory-bowel-disease-like-syndrome-after-ipilimumab-therapy-a-case-report
#11
Reem Akel, Bilal Anouti, Arafat Tfayli
BACKGROUND: Antitumor immunotherapy has become a major player in cancer therapy. Ipilimumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody against the cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 (CTLA-4), an important downregulator of T-cell activation. Ipilimumab has demonstrated tumor regression and improvement in overall survival in patients with metastatic melanoma. Unfortunately, immune activation induced by this drug has been associated with several immune-mediated adverse effects, namely diarrhea and colitis...
May 2017: Case Reports in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626084/optimization-of-ras-braf-mutational-analysis-confirms-improvement-in-patient-selection-for-clinical-benefit-to-anti-egfr-treatment-in-metastatic-colorectal-cancer
#12
Cristina Santos, Daniel Azuara, Rocio Garcia-Carbonero, Pilar García Alfonso, Alfredo Carrato, Elena Elez, Auxiliadora Gómez, Ferran Losa, Clara Montagut, Bartomeu Massuti, Valenti Navarro, Mar Varela, Adriana López-Doriga, Victor Moreno, Manuel Valladares, Jose Luis Manzano, José Maria Viéitez, Enrique Aranda, Xavier Sanjuan, Josep Tabernero, Gabriel Capella, Ramon Salazar
In metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) recent studies have shown the importance to accurately quantify low-abundance mutations of RAS pathway because anti-EGFR therapy may depend on certain mutation thresholds. We aimed to evaluate the added predictive value of extended RAS panel testing using two commercial assays and a highly sensitive and quantitative digital PCR (dPCR). Tumor samples from 583 mCRC patients treated with anti-EGFR (n=255) or bevacizumab (n=328) based therapies from several clinical trials and retrospective series from the TTD/RTICC Spanish network were analyzed by cobas®, therascreen® and dPCR...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626033/dabrafenib-plus-trametinib-achieves-overall-and-intracranial-responses
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Dabrafenib plus trametinib achieves intracranial responses in BRAF-mutant melanoma brain metastases.
June 16, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625649/investigation-of-patterns-of-nodal-metastases-in-braf-mutant-lung-cancer
#14
S H McEvoy, D F Halpenny, A Viteri-Jusué, S A Hayes, A J Plodkowski, G J Riely, M S Ginsberg
Axillary lymph nodes (axLN) are a rare site of nodal metastases in patients with lung cancer. BRAF mutated lung cancer is a genetically distinct subtype that occurs in 2-5% of non-small cell lung carcinomas (NSCLC). A recent study identified a highly unusual pattern of metastatic spread to axLN in patients with BRAF mutated colorectal cancer (CRC). The purpose of the study is to assess the incidence of axLN metastases in BRAF mutated NSCLC. Baseline computed tomography (CT) imaging at diagnosis and all follow up CTs of patients with BRAF mutated NSCLC treated at our institution were retrospectively reviewed by two radiologists for evidence of axLN metastases...
June 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625643/sequential-liquid-biopsies-reveal-dynamic-alterations-of-egfr-driver-mutations-and-indicate-egfr-amplification-as-a-new-mechanism-of-resistance-to-osimertinib-in-nsclc
#15
Franciele H Knebel, Fabiana Bettoni, Andrea K Shimada, Manoel Cruz, João Victor Alessi, Marcelo V Negrão, Luiz Fernando L Reis, Artur Katz, Anamaria A Camargo
Osimertinib is an EGFR-T790M-specific TKI, which has demonstrated impressive response rates in NSCLC, after failure to first-line anti-EGFR TKIs. However, acquired resistance to osimertinib is also observed and the molecular mechanisms of resistance are not yet fully understood. Monitoring and managing NSCLC patients who progressed on osimertinib is, therefore, emerging as an important clinical challenge. Sequential liquid biopsies were used to monitor a patient with EGFR-exon19del positive NSCLC, who received erlotinib and progressed through the acquisition of the EGFR-T790M mutation...
June 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623901/biomarker-correlation-network-in-colorectal-carcinoma-by-tumor-anatomic-location
#16
Reiko Nishihara, Kimberly Glass, Kosuke Mima, Tsuyoshi Hamada, Jonathan A Nowak, Zhi Rong Qian, Peter Kraft, Edward L Giovannucci, Charles S Fuchs, Andrew T Chan, John Quackenbush, Shuji Ogino, Jukka-Pekka Onnela
BACKGROUND: Colorectal carcinoma evolves through a multitude of molecular events including somatic mutations, epigenetic alterations, and aberrant protein expression, influenced by host immune reactions. One way to interrogate the complex carcinogenic process and interactions between aberrant events is to model a biomarker correlation network. Such a network analysis integrates multidimensional tumor biomarker data to identify key molecular events and pathways that are central to an underlying biological process...
June 17, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623774/discrepancy-in-braf-status-among-patients-with-metastatic-malignant-melanoma-a-meta-analysis
#17
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Antonis Valachis, Gustav J Ullenhag
The incidence of malignant melanoma is growing rapidly. Approximately half of the cases are BRAF mutated, making treatment with kinase inhibitors a (MEK and BRAF inhibitors) preferred choice in the advanced setting. The vast majority of these patients will benefit from the treatment. It is therefore of vital importance that the BRAF analysis is reliable and reflects the true nature of the tumour. Intraindividual tumour BRAF heterogeneity may exist, and changes of BRAF status over time might occur. We reviewed the literature by searching the PubMed database and 630 potentially relevant studies were identified...
June 14, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623072/commentary-on-integrative-clinical-genomics-of-advanced-prostate-cancer-robinson-d-van-allen-em-wu-ym-schultz-n-lonigro-rj-mosquera-jm-montgomery-b-taplin-me-pritchard-cc-attard-g-beltran-h-abida-w-bradley-rk-vinson-j-cao-x-vats-p-kunju-lp-hussain-m-feng-fy
#18
Stephen J Freedland, William J Aronson
Toward development of a precision medicine framework for metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), we established a multi-institutional clinical sequencing infrastructure to conduct prospective whole-exome and transcriptome sequencing of bone or soft tissue tumor biopsies from a cohort of 150 mCRPC affected individuals. Aberrations of AR, ETS genes, TP53, and PTEN were frequent (40%-60% of cases), with TP53 and AR alterations enriched in mCRPC compared to primary prostate cancer. We identified new genomic alterations in PIK3CA/B, R-spondin, BRAF/RAF1, APC, β-catenin, and ZBTB16/PLZF...
June 13, 2017: Urologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622068/salmonella-typhimurium-a1-r-targeting-of-a-chemotherapy-resistant-braf-v600e-melanoma-in-a-patient-derived-orthotopic-xenograft-pdox-model-is-enhanced-in-combination-with-either-vemurafenib-temozlomide
#19
Kei Kawaguchi, Kentaro Igarashi, Bartosz Chmielowski, Takashi Murakami, Tasuku Kiyuna, Ming Zhao, Yong Zhang, Scott D Nelson, Tara A Russell, Sarah M Dry, Arun S Singh, Yunfeng Li, Michiaki Unno, Fritz C Eilber, Robert M Hoffman
A metastatic melanoma obtained from the right chest wall of a patient was previously established orthotopically in the right chest wall of nude mice as a patient-derived orthotopic xenograft (PDOX) model. We previously showed that the combination of tumor targeting Salmonella typhimurium A1-R (S. typhimurium A1-R) and chemotherapy was highly effective against the melanoma PDOX. In the present study, we investigated the mechanism of the high efficacy of this combination. Two weeks after implantation, 40 PDOX mouse models were randomized into four groups of 10 mice each: untreated control (n = 10); treated with S...
June 16, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620782/role-of-key-genetic-mutations-on-increasing-migration-of-brain-cancer-cells-through-confinement
#20
Loan Bui, Sayem H Bhuiyan, Alissa Hendrick, Cheng-Jen Chuong, Young-Tae Kim
Uncontrolled invasive cancer cell migration is among the major challenges for the treatment and management of brain cancer. Although the genetic profiles of brain cancer cells have been well characterized, the relationship between the genetic mutations and the cells' mobility has not been clearly understood. In this study, using microfluidic devices that provide a wide range of physical confinements from 20 × 5 μm(2) to 3 × 5 μm(2) in cross sections, we studied the effect of physical confinement on the migratory capacity of cell lines with different types of mutations...
September 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
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