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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777046/lack-of-tumour-pigmentation-in-conjunctival-melanoma-is-associated-with-light-iris-colour-and-worse-prognosis
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Niels J Brouwer, Marina Marinkovic, Gregorius P M Luyten, Carol L Shields, Martine J Jager
AIM: To investigate whether differences in iris colour, skin colour and tumour pigmentation are related to clinical outcome in conjunctival melanoma. METHODS: Data of 70 patients with conjunctival melanoma from the Leiden University Medical Center (Leiden, The Netherlands) and 374 patients from the Wills Eye Hospital (Philadephia, USA) were reviewed. The relation between iris colour, skin colour and tumour pigmentation versus clinical parameters and outcome was investigated using univariate and multivariate regression analyses...
May 18, 2018: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776637/an-update-regarding-the-molecular-genetics-of-melanocytic-neoplasms-and-the-current-applications-of-molecular-genetic-technologies-in-their-diagnosis-and-treatment
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REVIEW
Katrin Kiavash, Martin H Bluth, Andrew David Thompson
Molecular genetic technologies are used to aid in diagnosis and treatment of borderline melanocytic tumors as an adjuvant to the gold standard histopathologic evaluation. A specific set of fluorescence in situ hybridization probes is widely used to aid in diagnosing challenging melanocytic lesions. New melanoma probe cocktails have revealed increased sensitivity and specificity in ambiguous melanocytic cases. Array comparative genomic hybridization is a more complex technology used for the work-up of diagnostically problematic Spitzoid melanocytic proliferations...
June 2018: Clinics in Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775633/braf-v600e-mutations-in-nevi-and-melanocytic-tumors-of-uncertain-malignant-potential-meltumps
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Ruth Seitz-Alghrouz, Jose Villacorta Hidalgo, Claudia Kayser, Clemens Kreutz, Kristin Technau-Hafsi, Carlos Diaz, Andreas von Deimling, Jens Timmer, Martin Werner, Miroslav Malkovsky, Paul Fisch
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 15, 2018: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774634/study-of-hyperpigmentation-in-human-skin-disorder-using-different-electron-microscopy-techniques
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Seulgi Noh, Hyosun Choi, Ji Soo Kim, Il-Hwan Kim, Ji Young Mun
There is a global trend of increase in the demand for three-dimensional electron microscopy with high resolution. The ultrastructural change and related functional studies are necessary to investigate biological phenomena. In this study, currently available 3D reconstruction techniques of electron microscopes (serial block-face scanning electron microscopy and focused ion beam-scanning electron microscopy) were used to investigate hyperpigmentary disorders in human skin. In the basal layer of the epidermis in the human skin, there are melanocytes that produce melanin and keratinocytes that act as a barrier against environmental damage...
May 18, 2018: Microscopy Research and Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774387/ultraviolet-radiation-induces-melan-a-expressing-cells-in-interfollicular-epidermis-in-wild-type-mice
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David A De Luca, Barbara Sterniczky, Susanne Kimeswenger, Dagmar Födinger, Agatha Schwarz, Thomas Schwarz, Christian Jantschitsch
Adult wild-type mice are not supposed to be proper models for ultraviolet radiation (UVR)-induced melanoma since melanocytes are confined to hair follicles and cannot be sufficiently reached by UVR. On the other hand, in mutated mouse models used for melanoma research limitations, including an altered immune system and selection of affected pathways, lead to tumors phenotypically quite different from naturally occurring melanomas. We compared the distribution of epidermal melanocytes in UVR and not-UVR-exposed wild-type C57BL/6 mice...
May 17, 2018: Archives of Dermatological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774360/histologic-mimics-of-malignant-melanoma
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Caroline Bsirini, Bruce R Smoller
Although spongiotic (eczematous), psoriatic and cutaneous skin infections are among the most common dermatology consultations, melanocytic lesions - including the different types of nevi and melanomas - are among those that cause a great deal of concern and stress to patients and their clinicians. A diagnosis of benign melanocytic nevus carries a very good prognosis. However, a diagnosis of melanoma might imply more aggressive treatment, lifelong surveillance and a worse prognosis. Differentiating between these conditions is not always a straightforward process for clinicians and pathologists...
May 18, 2018: Singapore Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773427/microphthalmia-associated-transcription-factor-mitf-promiscuous-staining-patterns-in-fibrohistiocytic-lesions-is-a-potential-pitfall
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Sambit K Mohanty, Shivani Sharma, Dinesh Pradhan, Shivani R Kandukuri, Navid Farahani, Catherine Barry, Julie M Wu, David Frishberg, Bonnie Balzer
Microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MiTF) is used as a marker of melanocytic differentiation. However, MiTF immunoexpression has also been observed in histiocytes, macrophages, smooth muscle cells and fibroblasts, which raise the concern of fibrohistiocytic (FH) lesions being misdiagnosed as melanoma based on MiTF immunoreactivity. MiTF has been known to be positive in FH tumors, but this is the first study evaluating ninety-three fibrohistiocytic neoplasms to understand and delineate the staining pattern of MiTF in these tumors...
May 11, 2018: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772675/silencing-stem-cell-factor-gene-in-fibroblasts-to-regulate-paracrine-factor-productions-and-enhance-c-kit-expression-in-melanocytes-on-melanogenesis
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Pin-Hui Li, Li-Heng Liu, Cheng-Chung Chang, Rong Gao, Chung-Hang Leung, Dik-Lung Ma, Hui-Min David Wang
Melanogenesis is a complex physiological mechanism involving various paracrine factors. Skin cells such as keratinocytes, fibroblasts, and melanocytes communicate with one another through secreted regulators, thereby regulating the melanocytes' bio-functions. The stem cell factor (SCF) is a paracrine factor produced by fibroblasts, and its receptor, c-kit, is expressed on melanocytes. Binding of SCF to c-kit activates autophosphorylation and tyrosine kinase to switch on its signal transmission. SCF inhibition does not suppress fibroblast proliferation in MTT assay, and SCF silencing induced mRNA expressions of paracrine factor genes, HGF , NRG-1 , and CRH in qPCR results...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772029/prolyl-carboxypeptidase-activity-in-the-circulation-and-its-correlation-with-body-weight-and-adipose-tissue-in-lean-and-obese-subjects
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Kaat Kehoe, Heidi Noels, Wendy Theelen, Emilie De Hert, Shenguan Xu, An Verrijken, Thierry Arnould, Erik Fransen, Nina Hermans, Anne-Marie Lambeir, Per Venge, Luc Van Gaal, Ingrid De Meester
BACKGROUND: Prolyl carboxypeptidase (PRCP) is involved in the regulation of body weight, likely by hydrolysing alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone and apelin in the hypothalamus and in the periphery. A link between PRCP protein concentrations in plasma and metabolic disorders has been reported. In this study, we investigated the distribution of circulating PRCP activity and assessed its relation with body weight and adipose tissue in obese patients and patients who significantly lost weight...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771690/heavily-pigmented-epithelioid-melanoma-with-loss-of-protein-kinase-a-regulatory-subunit-%C3%AE-expression
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Jarish N Cohen, Jessica A Spies, Fawn Ross, Angela Bohlke, Timothy H McCalmont
Heavily pigmented melanocytic neoplasms are genotypically and phenotypically diverse. Recently, a subset of this histopathologic spectrum was shown to harbor recurrent genetic alterations in the gene-encoding protein kinase A regulatory subunit-α (PRKAR1A). To date, no histopathologic descriptions of melanomas arising from this pathway have been described. We present a case of a darkly pigmented papule arising on the posterior neck of a 28-year-old man. Microscopically, the heavily pigmented compound melanocytic proliferation was centered in the dermis with permeation into the superficial subcutis...
May 16, 2018: American Journal of Dermatopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771688/plexiform-atypical-spitz-tumor-with-rosette-like-giant-cells-a-histologic-and-immunohistochemical-study-on-a-case-suggesting-ganglioneuroblastic-differentiation-review-of-the-literature-and-considerations-on-histogenesis
#11
Elena Castelli, Elisabetta Orlando, Giuseppe Pistone, Maria R Bongiorno
Spitz nevi, atypical Spitz tumors and Spitzoid melanoma, the three clinicopathologic forms that constitute the spectrum of the Spitz-type melanocytic lesions, share a histologic picture characterized by large spindle and/or epithelioid ganglion-like cells, with various admixtures of multinucleate bizarre cells. This remarkable cytology has always been interpreted as an unusual, as well as unexplained form of atypia. We report a case of atypical Spitz tumor with Homer Wright-like rosettes, a feature characteristic of ganglioneuroblastic proliferation...
May 16, 2018: American Journal of Dermatopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769218/simulation-of-melanoblast-displacements-reveals-new-features-of-developmental-migration
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Pascal Laurent, Valérie Petit, Zackie Aktary, Stuart Gallagher, Luke Tweedy, Laura Machesky, Lionel Larue
To distribute and establish the melanocyte lineage throughout the skin and other developing organs, melanoblasts undergo several rounds of proliferation, accompanied by migration through complex environments and differentiation. Melanoblast migration requires interaction with extracellular matrix of the epidermal basement membrane and with surrounding keratinocytes in the developing skin. Migration has been characterized by measuring speed, trajectory and directionality of movement, but there are many unanswered questions about what motivates and defines melanoblast migration...
May 16, 2018: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768520/clinical-and-immunohistochemical-study-of-melanotic-neuroectodermal-tumor-of-infancy-in-the-maxilla
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Hellen Bandeira de Pontes Santos, Aníbal Henrique Barbosa de Luna, Pedro Everton Marques Goes, Alexander Tadeu Sverzut, Cassiano Francisco Weege Nonaka, Pollianna Muniz Alves
Melanotic neuroectodermal tumor of infancy is a rare and fast-growing neoplasm. In this study, we describe the case of a 6-month-old female patient, who presented swelling in the anterior maxilla. Tomographic reconstruction showed an unilocular hypodense and expansive area associated with the upper right central primary incisor. The presumptive diagnoses were dentigerous cyst, adenomatoid odontogenic tumor, melanotic neuroectodermal tumor of infancy and rhabdomyosarcoma, and an incisional biopsy was performed...
May 14, 2018: Einstein
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763564/inhibitors-of-melanogenesis-an-updated-review
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Thanigaimalai Pillaiyar, Vigneshwaran Namasivayam, Manoj Manickam, Sang Hun Jung
Melanins are pigment molecules that determine the skin, eye, and hair color of the human subject to its amount, quality and distribution. Melanocytes synthesize melanin and provide epidermal protection from various stimuli, such as harmful ultraviolet radiation, through the complex process called melanogenesis. However, a serious dermatological problems occur when the excessive production of melanin in different parts of the human body. These include freckles, melasma, senile lentigo, pigmented acne scars and cancer...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762513/spatiotemporal-labeling-of-melanocytes-in-mice
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REVIEW
Sarah Preston, Shweta Aras, M Raza Zaidi
Melanocytes are pigment producing cells in the skin that give rise to cutaneous malignant melanoma, which is a highly aggressive and the deadliest form of skin cancer. Studying melanocytes in vivo is often difficult due to their small proportion in the skin and the lack of specific cell surface markers. Several genetically-engineered mouse models (GEMMs) have been created to specifically label the melanocyte compartment. These models give both spatial and temporal control over the expression of a cellular 'beacon' that has an added benefit of inducible expression that can be activated on demand...
May 15, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761315/hair-detection-and-lesion-segmentation-in-dermoscopic-images-using-domain-knowledge
#16
Sameena Pathan, K Gopalakrishna Prabhu, P C Siddalingaswamy
Automated segmentation and dermoscopic hair detection are one of the significant challenges in computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) of melanocytic lesions. Additionally, due to the presence of artifacts and variation in skin texture and smooth lesion boundaries, the accuracy of such methods gets hampered. The objective of this research is to develop an automated hair detection and lesion segmentation algorithm using lesion-specific properties to improve the accuracy. The aforementioned objective is achieved in two ways...
May 15, 2018: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760713/human-leukocyte-antigen-class-i-alleles-and-the-autoreactive-t-cell-response-in-psoriasis-pathogenesis
#17
REVIEW
Jörg Christoph Prinz
Psoriasis is a complex immune-mediated inflammatory skin disease characterized by T-cell-driven epidermal hyperplasia. It occurs on a strong genetic predisposition. The human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-class I allele HLA-C*06:02 on psoriasis susceptibility locus 1 (PSORS1 on 6p21.3) is the main psoriasis risk gene. Other HLA-class I alleles encoding HLA molecules presenting overlapping peptide repertoires show associations with psoriasis as well. Outside the major histocompatibility complex region, genome-wide association studies identified more than 60 psoriasis-associated common gene variants exerting only modest individual effects...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29759015/morphologic-and-immunohistochemical-characteristics-of-anorectal-melanoma
#18
Ahmad Charifa, Xuchen Zhang
Anorectal melanoma is a rare aggressive disease. Due to its rarity and considerable histologic and immunohistochemical variabilities, misdiagnosis as lymphoma, carcinoma, sarcoma, and/or gastrointestinal stromal tumor is not uncommon, particularly in amelanotic cases. We reviewed histologic features and immunohistochemical stains of 19 anorectal melanoma cases. Histopathologic features were evaluated including junctional activity, melanin pigment, and morphologic features. Immunohistochemical stains were performed using Sox10, S100 protein, HMB-45, melan-A, CD56, and cytokeratins...
May 1, 2018: International Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755903/subungual-amelanotic-melanoma-masquerading-as-onychomycosis
#19
Ryan R Riahi, Philip R Cohen, Leonard H Goldberg
Subungual amelanotic melanoma is rare. In addition, amelanotic melanoma can mimic non-melanocytic tumors. A 67-year-old woman had a four-year history of dystrophy of the left fourth fingernail. Periodic acid-Schiff staining of the nail plate demonstrated fungal hyphae, establishing a diagnosis of tinea unguium. The nail plate subsequently detached and the underlying nail bed showed a red, friable mass that was biopsied and confirmed a diagnosis of melanoma. In conclusion, additional morphologic change of a persistent nail dystrophy-even with a biopsy-confirmed diagnosis of onychomycosis-may require consideration for repeat evaluation, including a biopsy, to exclude the possibility of a subungual malignant tumor...
March 11, 2018: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753057/histomorphologic-spectrum-of-germline-related-and-sporadic-bap-1-inactivated-melanocytic-tumors
#20
Erin M Garfield, Kara E Walton, Victor L Quan, Timothy VandenBoom, Bin Zhang, Betty Y Kong, Maria Cristina Isales, Elnaz Panah, Gene Kim, Pedram Gerami
BACKGROUND: BAP-1 inactivated melanocytic tumors (BIMTs) are often the earliest sign of the BAP-1 tumor predisposition syndrome. Identification of BIMTs and selection of patients for germline testing impacts the lives of patients with germline BAP-1 mutations. OBJECTIVE: We describe the spectrum of histomorphologic findings in BAP-1 inactivated melanocytic lesions to improve their recognition. We determined the frequency of sporadic versus germline cases in our cohort, assessing whether any features were statistically linked to germline status...
May 9, 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
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