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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220105/acth-receptor-mc2r-specificity-what-do-we-know-about-underlying-molecular-mechanisms
#1
REVIEW
Davids Fridmanis, Ance Roga, Janis Klovins
Coincidentally, the release of this Research Topic in Frontiers in Endocrinology takes place 25 years after the discovery of the adrenocorticotropic hormone receptor (ACTHR) by Mountjoy and colleagues. In subsequent years, following the discovery of other types of mammalian melanocortin receptors (MCRs), ACTHR also became known as melanocortin type 2 receptor (MC2R). At present, five types of MCRs have been reported, all of which share significant sequence similarity at the amino acid level, and all of which specifically bind melanocortins (MCs)-a group of biologically active peptides generated by proteolysis of the proopiomelanocortin precursor...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219012/the-tyrosinase-catalyzed-oxidation-of-the-leukoderma-inducing-agent-raspberry-ketone-produces-e-4-3-oxo-1-butenyl-1-2-benzoquinone-implications-for-melanocyte-toxicity
#2
Shosuke Ito, Maki Hinoshita, Erina Suzuki, Makoto Ojika, Kazumasa Wakamatsu
The exposure of human skin to 4-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-2-butanone (raspberry ketone, RK) is known to cause chemical/occupational leukoderma. RK has a structure closely related to 4-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-2-butanol (rhododendrol), a skin whitening agent that was found to cause leukoderma in the skin of consumers in 2013. Rhododendrol is a good substrate for tyrosinase and causes a tyrosinase-dependent cytotoxicity to melanocytes, cells that are responsible for skin pigmentation. Therefore, it is expected that RK exerts its cytotoxicity to melanocytes through the tyrosinase-catalyzed oxidation to cytotoxic o-quinones...
February 20, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218741/identification-of-micrornas-associated-with-invasive-and-aggressive-phenotype-in-cutaneous-melanoma-by-next-generation-sequencing
#3
Sankhiros Babapoor, Rong Wu, James Kozubek, Donna Auidi, Jane M Grant-Kels, Soheil S Dadras
A comprehensive repertoire of human microRNAs (miRNAs) that could be involved in early melanoma invasion into the dermis remains unknown. To this end, we sequenced small RNAs (18-30 nucleotides) isolated from an annotated series of invasive melanomas (average invasive depth, 2.0 mm), common melanocytic nevi, and matched normal skin (n=28). Our previously established bioinformatics pipeline identified 765 distinct mature known miRNAs and defined a set of top 40 list that clearly segregated melanomas into thin (0...
February 20, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218344/familial-melanoma-associated-with-li-fraumeni-syndrome-and-atypical-mole-syndrome-total-body-digital-photography-dermoscopy-and-confocal-microscopy
#4
Priscila Giavedoni, Marnie Ririe, Cristina Carrera, Susana Puig, Josep Malvehy
Li-Fraumeni syndrome (LFS) is a rare autosomal dominant disorder caused by a mutation in the p53 gene. Melanoma is considered to be a rare, controversial component of LFS. The aim of this study is to describe the utility of systematic screening for melanoma in patients with LFS and atypical mole syndrome. Two 28-year-old identical twin sisters with LFS and atypical moles were monitored by physical examination, total-body digital photography and dermoscopy be-tween 2006 and 2014. A total of 117, predominantly dark-brown, reticular naevi were identified on case 1 and 105 on case 2...
February 20, 2017: Acta Dermato-venereologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217870/adult-ocular-medulloepithelioma-diagnosed-by-transscleral-fine-needle-aspiration-a-case-report
#5
Amir Mahdjoubi, Nathalie Cassoux, Christine Levy-Gabriel, Laurence Desjardins, Jan Klos, Martial Caly, Tatjana Vlajnic, Sophie Gardrat, Jerzy Klijanienko
Ocular medulloepithelioma (ME) is a rare congenital tumor which occurs usually during childhood but is also reported in adults. They have seen an intraocular tumor in an 89 years-old female with a history of small cell lung carcinoma. Transscleral fine needle aspiration was performed. Aspirates were rich and composed of two distinctive populations of cells. The first consisted of epithelioid large cohesive cells with rare rosettes. Nuclei were oval and chromatin was delicate with small nucleoli. The second population consisted of smaller and dispersed cells with regular nuclei and dusty chromatin...
February 20, 2017: Diagnostic Cytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214318/clinical-course-treatment-modalities-and-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-congenital-melanocytic-nevi-data-from-the-german-cmn-registry
#6
Maria Elisabeth Wramp, Anna Langenbruch, Matthias Augustin, Detlef Zillikens, Sven Krengel
BACKGROUND: Congenital melanocytic nevi (CMN) are associated with mental stress as well as medical risks for those affected. The German CMN registry was initiated in 2005. Herein, we present results from an interim analysis focusing on disease course, treatment modalities, and quality of life. PATIENTS AND METHODS: One hundred patients enrolled in the registry between 2005 and 2012 were included in this prospective cohort study, and asked to participate in a follow-up survey...
February 2017: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214226/cd49a-expression-defines-tissue-resident-cd8-t-cells-poised-for-cytotoxic-function-in-human-skin
#7
Stanley Cheuk, Heinrich Schlums, Irène Gallais Sérézal, Elisa Martini, Samuel C Chiang, Nicole Marquardt, Anna Gibbs, Ebba Detlofsson, Andrea Introini, Marianne Forkel, Charlotte Höög, Annelie Tjernlund, Jakob Michaëlsson, Lasse Folkersen, Jenny Mjösberg, Lennart Blomqvist, Marcus Ehrström, Mona Ståhle, Yenan T Bryceson, Liv Eidsmo
Tissue-resident memory T (Trm) cells form a heterogeneous population that provides localized protection against pathogens. Here, we identify CD49a as a marker that differentiates CD8(+) Trm cells on a compartmental and functional basis. In human skin epithelia, CD8(+)CD49a(+) Trm cells produced interferon-γ, whereas CD8(+)CD49a(-) Trm cells produced interleukin-17 (IL-17). In addition, CD8(+)CD49a(+) Trm cells from healthy skin rapidly induced the expression of the effector molecules perforin and granzyme B when stimulated with IL-15, thereby promoting a strong cytotoxic response...
February 13, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213613/an-atf4-atg5-signaling-in-hypothalamic-pomc-neurons-regulates-fat-mass-via-affecting-energy-expenditure
#8
Yuzhong Xiao, Yalan Deng, Feixiang Yuan, Tingting Xia, Hao Liu, Zhigang Li, Zhixue Liu, Hao Ying, Yi Liu, Qiwei Zhai, Shanghai Chen, Feifan Guo
Although many biological functions of activating transcription factor 4 (ATF4) have been identified, a role of hypothalamic ATF4 in the regulation of energy homeostasis is poorly understood. Here, we showed that hypothalamic pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons specific ATF4 knockout (PAKO) mice are lean and have higher energy expenditure. Furthermore, PAKO mice were resistant to high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obesity, glucose intolerance and leptin resistance. Moreover, the expression of autophagy protein 5 (ATG5) was increased or decreased by ATF4 knockdown or over-expression, respectively, and ATF4 inhibited the transcription of ATG5 by binding to the basic zipper-containing protein (bZIP) sites on its promoter...
February 17, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212812/s100b-is-a-potential-disease-activity-marker-in-non-segmental-vitiligo
#9
Reinhart Speeckaert, Sofie Voet, Esther Hoste, Nanja van Geel
Vitiligo is a chronic skin condition characterized by progressive depigmentation of the skin. S100B is a damage-associated molecular pattern (DAMP) protein expressed in melanocytes, which has been proposed as a marker of melanocyte cytotoxicity. While the use of S100B as a biomarker in melanoma is well established, its association with vitiligo activity has not yet been investigated. Here, we show that S100B serum levels were significantly increased in patients with active non-segmental vitiligo and strongly correlated with the affected body surface area...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211047/reasons-for-rarity-of-anal-melanocytic-naevi
#10
Eman Aljufairi, Fayek Alhilli
In the last 16 years only seven definite cases of anal melanocytic naevi have been reported in the literature. We describe three new cases, none of which were suspected clinically and were incidentally diagnosed on histological examination of haemorrhoidectomy specimens. The infrequency of these special site flexural melanocytic lesions may be related to changes in the involutionary mechanisms of the anal melanocyte proliferation. However, other factors related to the low detection rates by clinicians and pathologists need also to be considered...
February 17, 2017: Australasian Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210395/influence-of-pregnancy-on-vitiligo-activity
#11
Kirsten C Webb, Sarah Lyon, Beatrice Nardone, Dennis P West, Roopal V Kundu
Background: Vitiligo vulgaris, an acquired disease related to autoimmune activity directed against melanocytes, is a common disorder of pigmentation affecting up to one percent of the population. Several autoimmune disorders are reported to improve during pregnancy-a state of relative immunosuppression. Objectives: To assess self-reported changes in vitiligo disease activity that occurred during pregnancy. Methods: A survey of 24 subjects with vitiligo was conducted by telephone using questions that pertained to vitiligo history, pregnancy history, and vitiligo disease activity prior to, during, and after pregnancy...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208984/aquaporin-3-and-e-cadherin-expression-in-perilesional-vitiligo-skin
#12
Ola Ahmed Bakry, Magda Mostafa Hagag, Mona Abd El Halim Kandil, Wafaa Ahmed Shehata
INTRODUCTION: Vitiligo is a common dermatologic disorder with debated aetiology. Most studies focused on role of melanocytes and few investigated the role of keratinocytes in pathogenesis of the disease. AIM: To investigate the keratinocyte adhesion in perilesional vitiligo skin through the immunolocalization of Aquaporin-3 (AQP3) and E-cadherin. SETTING AND DESIGN: Sixty five subjects were selected. These included 40 cases with vitiligo and 25 age and gender-matched healthy subjects as a control group...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208226/a-rare-case-of-tfe-related-pigmented-renal-tumor-with-overlapping-features-between-melanotic-xp11-translocation-renal-cancer-and-xp11-renal-cell-carcinoma-with-melanotic-features
#13
Leonardo Cardili, Gregório Wrublevsky Pereira, Cristiano Ribeiro Viana
In recent years, an increasing number of TFE3 rearrangement-associated tumors with melanotic features have been reported as primary neoplasm in different anatomical sites, including the kidney. Melanotic Xp11 translocation renal cancer (MXTRC) and Xp11 renal cell carcinoma with melanotic features (XRCCM) have been proposed to be main categories for pigmented lesions in the microophthalmia-associated transcription factor (MiTF/TFE3) family of renal tumors that may show variable degrees of melanocytic differentiation...
February 16, 2017: Pathology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203671/heat-shock-antagonizes-uva-induced-responses-in-murine-melanocytes-and-melanoma-cells-an-unexpected-interaction
#14
Leonardo Vinícius Monteiro de Assis, Maria Nathália Moraes, Ana Maria de Lauro Castrucci
The skin is under the influence of oscillatory factors such as light and temperature. This organ possesses a local system that controls several aspects in a time-dependent manner; moreover, the skin has a well-known set of opsins whose function is still unknown. We demonstrate that heat shock reduces Opn2 expression in normal Melan-a melanocytes, while the opposite effect is found in malignant B16-F10 cells. In both cell lines, UVA radiation increases the expression of Opn4 and melanin content. Clock genes and Xpa, a DNA repair gene, of malignant melanocytes are more responsive to UVA radiation when compared to normal cells...
February 16, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203054/uveal-melanoma-epidemiology-etiology-and-treatment-of-primary-disease
#15
REVIEW
Benjamin A Krantz, Nikita Dave, Kimberly M Komatsubara, Brian P Marr, Richard D Carvajal
Uveal melanoma (UM) is the most common intraocular malignancy and arises from melanocytes in the iris, ciliary body, or choroid. Early diagnosis and local treatment is crucial, as survival correlates with primary tumor size. However, approximately 50% of patients will develop metastatic disease with 6-12 months' survival from metastatic diagnosis. Genomic analyses have led to the development of gene-expression profiles that effectively predict metastatic progression; unfortunately, no adjuvant therapy has been shown to prolong survival to date...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198377/nmr-metabolic-fingerprints-of-murine-melanocyte-and-melanoma-cell-lines-application-to-biomarker-discovery
#16
Arquimedes Paixão de Santana-Filho, Thiago Jacomasso, Daniel Suss Riter, Andersson Barison, Marcello Iacomini, Sheila Maria Brochado Winnischofer, Guilherme Lanzi Sassaki
Melanoma is the most aggressive type of skin cancer and efforts to improve the diagnosis of this neoplasia are largely based on the use of cell lines. Metabolomics is currently undergoing great advancements towards its use to screening for disease biomarkers. Although NMR metabolomics includes both 1D and 2D methodologies, there is a lack of data in the literature regarding heteronuclear 2D NMR assignments of the metabolome from eukaryotic cell lines. The present study applied NMR-based metabolomics strategies to characterize aqueous and lipid extracts from murine melanocytes and melanoma cell lines with distinct tumorigenic potential, successfully obtaining fingerprints of the metabolites from the extracts of the cell lines by means of 2D NMR HSQC correlation maps...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197776/effects-of-melanocortin-4-receptor-agonists-and-antagonists-on-expression-of-genes-related-to-reproduction-in-spotted-scat-scatophagus-argus
#17
Dong-Neng Jiang, Jian-Tao Li, Ya-Xiong Tao, Hua-Pu Chen, Si-Ping Deng, Chun-Hua Zhu, Guang-Li Li
Melanocortin-4 receptor (Mc4r) function related to reproduction in fish has not been extensively investigated. Here, we report on gene expression changes by real-time PCR following treatment with Mc4r agonists and antagonists in the spotted scat (Scatophagus argus). Using in vitro incubated hypothalamus, the Mc4r nonselective agonist NDP-MSH ([Nle(4), D-Phe(7)]-α-melanocyte stimulating hormone; 10(-6) M) and selective agonist THIQ (N-[(3R)-1, 2, 3, 4-Tetrahydroisoquinolinium-3-ylcarbonyl]- (1R)-1-(4-chlorobenzyl)-2-[4-cyclohexyl-4-(1H-1,2,4-triazol-1-ylmethyl) piperidin-1-yl]-2-oxoethylamine; 10(-7) M) significantly increased the expression of gnrh (Gonadotropin releasing hormone), while the Mc4r nonselective antagonist SHU9119 (Ac-Nle-[Asp-His-DPhe/DNal(2')-Arg-Trp-Lys]-NH2; 10(-6) M) and selective antagonist Ipsen 5i (compound 5i synthesized in Ipsen Research Laboratories; 10(-6) M) significantly inhibited gnrh expression after 3 h of incubation...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197707/hearing-loss-in-vitiligo-current-concepts-and-review
#18
REVIEW
Marrigje Aagje de Jong, Cahtia Adelman, Menachem Gross
The objective of this study was to describe the occurrence, clinical manifestations, audiometric findings, pathogenesis and approach to sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) among patients diagnosed with vitiligo with a review of the literature. We present a systematic review of the literature on cases of SNHL in patients diagnosed with vitiligo and studies conducted to investigate audiometric changes in such patients. Data on presentation, diagnosis and medical approach were reviewed. A total of 21 studies and case reports revealed at least 102 cases of SNHL in patients diagnosed with vitiligo...
February 14, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196319/common-skin-conditions-in-children-congenital-melanocytic-nevi-and-infantile-hemangiomas
#19
Brian Z Rayala, Dean S Morrell
Congenital melanocytic nevi (CMN) are hamartomas present at birth that are composed of nevomelanocytes and thought to originate from faulty migration of precursor melanocytes in the neural crest. Classification is based on projected adult size of the lesion. CMN size correlates positively with risk of melanoma and neurocutaneous melanocytosis. Management requires a patient-centered approach that weighs the risks and benefits of and alternatives to complete removal. All children with large and giant CMN, regardless of surgical status, should be monitored closely and undergo periodic skin examination...
February 2017: FP Essentials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196297/targeting-invasive-properties-of-melanoma-cells
#20
REVIEW
Imanol Arozarena, Claudia Wellbrock
Melanoma is a skin cancer notorious for its metastatic potential. As an initial step of the metastatic cascade melanoma cells part from the primary tumour and invade the surrounding tissue, which is crucial for their dissemination and the formation of distant secondary tumours. Over the last two decades our understanding of both, general and melanoma specific mechanisms of invasion has significantly improved, but to date no efficient therapeutic strategy tackling the invasive properties of melanoma cells has reached the clinic...
February 14, 2017: FEBS Journal
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