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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613147/frequent-detection-of-merkel-cell-polyomavirus-dna-in-tissues-from-10-consecutive-autopsies
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Giuseppe Mancuso, Jlenia Antona, Camilla Sirini, Michela Salvo, Lorenzo Giacometti, Carlotta Olivero, Elena Trisolini, Rossella Indellicato, Renzo Boldorini
Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV) has been identified in samples of Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), an aggressive skin cancer. Seroepidemiologic studies indicated a high frequency of MCPyV infection in humans, suggesting respiratory and faecal-oral routes, or transmission by skin contact. Since MCC is more frequent in immunocompromised patients, a reactivation of MCPyV latently infecting target cells has been proposed. However, neither definite ways of transmission nor specific target organs have been identified with certainty...
June 14, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606924/age-and-gender-associations-of-virus-positivity-in-merkel-cell-carcinoma-characterized-using-a-novel-rna-in-situ-hybridization-assay
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Lisha Wang, Paul W Harms, Nallasivam Palanisamy, Shannon Carskadon, Xuhong Cao, Javed Siddiqui, Rajiv M Patel, Sylvia Zelenka-Wang, Alison B Durham, Douglas Randall Fullen, Kelly Harms, Fengyun Su, Sudhanshu Shukla, Rohit Mehra, Arul M Chinnaiyan
Purpose: Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a highly aggressive neuroendocrine tumor of the skin. Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV) plays an oncogenic role in the majority of MCCs. Detection of MCPyV in MCCs has diagnostic utility and prognostic potential. We investigated whether RNAscope, an RNA in situ hybridization (ISH) assay for detection of RNA transcripts in tissues, is useful for MCPyV detection. <p>Experimental Design: We applied an RNAscope probe targeting MCPyV T antigen transcripts on tissue microarrays (TMAs) and whole tissue sections encompassing 87 MCCs from 75 patients, 14 carcinomas of other types, and benign tissues...
June 12, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606732/constitutive-and-acquired-mechanisms-of-resistance-to-immune-checkpoint-blockade-in-human-cancer
#3
Matteo Bellone, Angela Rita Elia
Cancer immunotherapy with monoclonal antibodies directed against regulatory pathways in T lymphocytes has been revolutionizing medical oncology, and the clinical success of monoclonal antibodies targeting either cytotoxic T lymphocyte antigen-4 (CTLA-4) or program death-1 (PD-1) in patients affected by melanoma, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, and head and neck, bladder, renal cell or non-small cell lung cancer is way beyond the most optimistic expectation. However, immune checkpoint blockade (ICB) has failed to arrest progression in a consistent amount of patients affected by those tumors, and various histological types, including breast, colon and prostate cancer, are less sensitive to this therapeutic approach...
June 2, 2017: Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605939/real-world-treatment-outcomes-in-patients-with-metastatic-merkel-cell-carcinoma-treated-with-chemotherapy-in-the-usa
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C Lance Cowey, Lisa Mahnke, Janet Espirito, Christoph Helwig, Dina Oksen, Murtuza Bharmal
AIM: This retrospective study of patients in the USA with metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma (mMCC) aimed to assess patient responses to second-line and later (2L+) and first-line (1L) chemotherapy. PATIENTS & METHODS: Out of 686 patients with MCC identified in The US Oncology Network, 20 and 67 patients with mMCC qualified for the 2L+ and 1L study, respectively; the primary analysis population was restricted to immunocompetent patients. RESULTS: In the 2L+ primary analysis population, objective response rate (ORR) was 28...
June 13, 2017: Future Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603895/metastatic-neoplasms-to-the-pancreas-diagnosed-by-fine-needle-aspiration-biopsy-cytology-a-15-year-retrospective-analysis
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Sasha L T Raymond, Deanne Yugawa, Karen H F Chang, Brandy Ena, Pamela S Tauchi-Nishi
BACKGROUND: Metastatic tumors to the pancreas are rarely encountered and diagnostically challenging. We aspired to determine the incidence and origin of all metastases to the pancreas at our institution, and to examine their clinicopathologic and cytomorphologic features. We also sought to ascertain the effect of endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) guidance implementation. METHODS: A search of our database was undertaken to review all pancreatic FNA and/or CNB examined from January 2000 through December 2014...
June 11, 2017: Diagnostic Cytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598021/onset-of-kaposi-sarcoma-and-merkel-cell-carcinoma-during-low-dose-steroid-therapy-for-rheumatic-polymyalgia
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L Brambilla, L Esposito, G Nazzaro, A Tourlaki
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 9, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583789/prognostic-factors-in-merkel-cell-carcinoma-patients-undergoing-sentinel-node-biopsy
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I Mattavelli, R Patuzzo, V Torri, G Gallino, A Maurichi, M Lamera, B Valeri, E Bolzonaro, C Barbieri, E Tolomio, D Moglia, A M Nespoli, C Galeone, R Saw, M Santinami
INTRODUCTION: Debate remains about prognostic factors in primary Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC). We investigated clinicopathological factors as determinants of survival in patients with MCC submitted to sentinel node biopsy. METHODS: Sixty-four consecutive patients treated for a primary MCC were identified from a prospectively maintained database at Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Milan. Time to events outcome were described by product limit estimators and proportional hazards model was used to investigate the association between outcome and potential predictors...
May 25, 2017: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579722/pharmaceutical-approval-update
#8
Mary Choy
Ribociclib (Kisqali) for HR+/HER2- advanced or metastatic breast cancer in postmenopausal women; safinamide (Xadago) as adjunctive treatment for patients with Parkinson's disease; and avelumab (Bavencio) for metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma.
June 2017: P & T: a Peer-reviewed Journal for Formulary Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570390/lymph-node-metastasis-with-both-components-of-combined-cutaneous-squamous-cell-carcinoma-merkel-cell-neuroendocrine-carcinoma
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Jorge Navarrete, Natalia Gugelmeier, María Eugenia Mazzei, Sergio González, Juan J Barcia, Julio Magliano
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 22, 2017: American Journal of Dermatopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569410/pd-1-and-pd-l1-in-neoplastic-cells-and-the-tumor-microenvironment-of-merkel-cell-carcinoma
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C Mitteldorf, A Berisha, M Tronnier, M C Pfaltz, W Kempf
BACKGROUND: Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is an aggressive neoplasm, which is often associated with Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV). PD-1 and PD-L1 are key players of the tumor microenvironment (TME). METHODS: 14 paraffin-embedded tissue samples of MCC were stratified by their MCPyV detection. Apart from PD-L1 and PD-1, the TME was further characterized for the expression of CD33, FOXP3 and MxA. RESULTS: We observed PD-1 in 2/12 tumors. PD-L1 expression by tumor cells was found in 7/8 MCPyV(+) samples and was detected particularly in the periphery...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28564697/activation-of-protein-kinase-c-%C3%AE%C2%B5-in-merkel-cell-polyomavirus-induced-merkel-cell-carcinoma
#11
Adilson Costa, Jamie Mackelfresh, Linda Gilbert, Michael Y Bonner, Jack L Arbiser
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 31, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561682/advances-in-the-treatment-of-advanced-extracutaneous-melanomas-and-nonmelanoma-skin-cancers
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Kimberly M Komatsubara, Joanne Jeter, Richard D Carvajal, Kim Margolin, Dirk Schadendorf, Axel Hauschild
Cutaneous malignancies make up the greatest proportion of all human cancers and include melanomas as well as nonmelanoma skin cancers (NMSCs) such as basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC), as well as less common Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), cutaneous lymphomas, cutaneous adnexal tumors, Kaposi sarcomas, and other sarcomas. Each of these NMSCs differ significantly in biology, clinical behavior, and optimal treatment recommendations from each other and from cutaneous melanoma...
2017: American Society of Clinical Oncology Educational Book
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556451/skin-cancers-in-organ-transplant-recipients
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Amit Mittal, Oscar R Colegio
Long-term utilization of immunosuppression in organ transplant recipients (OTRs) leads to decreased immune-mediated tumor surveillance and development of malignant tumors. A delicate balance needs to be maintained in the intensity of immunosuppression to keep the risk of malignancy low without jeopardizing life-saving graft function. OTRs are prone to developing skin cancers which exhibit unique epidemiologic, pathophysiologic and prognostic characteristics. In this review, we discuss the most commonly reported skin cancers in OTRs: squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), basal cell carcinoma (BCC), Kaposi's sarcoma, Merkel cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma (MM)...
May 29, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555375/overview-of-the-8th-edition-tnm-classification-for-head-and-neck-cancer
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REVIEW
Shao Hui Huang, Brian O'Sullivan
The main purpose of the TNM system is to provide an anatomic-based classification to adequately depict cancer prognosis. Accurate cancer staging is important for treatment selection and outcome prediction, research design, and cancer control activities. To maintain clinical relevance, periodical updates to TNM are necessary. The recently published 8th edition TNM classification institutes the following changes to the staging of head and neck (excluding thyroid cancer): new stage classifications [HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer (HPV+ OPC) and soft tissue sarcoma of the head and neck (HN-STS)] and modification of T and N categories [T and N categories for nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC), T categories for oral cavity squamous cell carcinomas (OSCC), N categories for non-viral related head and neck cancer and unknown primary (CUP), and T categories for head and neck cutaneous carcinoma]...
July 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551328/association-of-expression-of-the-hedgehog-signal-with-merkel-cell-polyomavirus-infection-and-prognosis-of-merkel-cell-carcinoma
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Teruyuki Kuromi, Michiko Matsushita, Takeshi Iwasaki, Daisuke Nonaka, Satoshi Kuwamoto, Keiko Nagata, Masako Kato, Gen Akizuki, Yukisato Kitamura, Kazuhiko Hayashi
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is an aggressive neuroendocrine skin cancer that mostly occurs in the elderly. Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV) is detected in approximately 80% of MCCs and is associated with carcinogenesis. Hedgehog signaling pathway plays a role in human embryogenesis and organogenesis. In addition, reactivation of this pathway later in life can cause tumors. 29 MCPyV-positive and 21 MCPyV-negative MCCs were immunohistochemically stained with primary antibodies for hedgehog signaling (SHH, IHH, PTCH1, SMO, GLI1, GLI2, and GLI3) and evaluated using H-score...
May 24, 2017: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543532/intraepidermal-merkel-cell-carcinoma-a-case-series-of-a-rare-entity-with-clinical-follow-up
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George Jour, Phyu P Aung, Eduardo Rozas-Muñoz, Johnathan L Curry, Victor Prieto, Doina Ivan
BACKGROUND: Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare but aggressive cutaneous carcinoma. MCC involves typically dermis and although epidermotropism has been reported, MCC strictly intraepidermal or in situ (MCCIS) is exceedingly rare. Most of the cases of MCCIS described so far have associated other lesions, such as squamous or basal cell carcinoma, actinic keratosis, etc. Herein, we describe three patients with MCC strictly in situ, without a dermal component. METHODS: Our patients were elderly, two of the lesions involved the head and neck area and one was on a finger...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540062/frequency-and-locations-of-systemic-metastases-in-merkel-cell-carcinoma-by-imaging
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Maria Kouzmina, Virve Koljonen, Junnu Leikola, Tom Böhling, Eila Lantto
BACKGROUND: The primary neuroendocrine skin cancer, Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), has a well-known predilection to metastasize systemically. However, the experience of systemic metastases in MCC is mainly disseminated through case reports due to the rarity of MCC. PURPOSE: To elucidate the frequency and locations of systemic metastasis in MCC by reviewing the imaging of patients with metastatic MCC in a national cohort. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Patients with diagnosed metastatic MCC by imaging studies in Finland during 1999-2012 were included in this study...
March 2017: Acta Radiologica Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536458/epigenetic-priming-restores-the-hla-class-i-antigen-processing-machinery-expression-in-merkel-cell-carcinoma
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Cathrin Ritter, Kaiji Fan, Annette Paschen, Sine Reker Hardrup, Soldano Ferrone, Paul Nghiem, Selma Ugurel, David Schrama, Jürgen C Becker
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare and aggressive, yet highly immunogenic skin cancer. The latter is due to its viral or UV-associated carcinogenesis. For tumor progression MCC has to escape the host's immuno-surveillance, e.g. by loss of HLA class-I expression. Indeed, a reduced HLA class-I expression was observed in MCC tumor tissues and MCC cell lines. This reduced HLA class-I surface expression is caused by an impaired expression of key components of the antigen processing machinery (APM), including LMP2 and LMP7 as well as TAP1 and TAP2...
May 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512245/merkel-cell-polyomavirus-small-t-antigen-initiates-merkel-cell-carcinoma-like-tumor-development-in-mice
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Monique E Verhaegen, Doris Mangelberger, Paul W Harms, Markus Eberl, Dawn M Wilbert, Julia Meireles, Christopher K Bichakjian, Thomas L Saunders, Sunny Y Wong, Andrzej A Dlugosz
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) tumor cells express several markers detected in normal Merkel cells, a nonproliferative population of neuroendocrine cells that arise from epidermis. MCCs frequently contain Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV) DNA and express viral transforming antigens, sT and tLT, but the role of these putative oncogenes in MCC development, and this tumor's cell of origin, are unknown. Using a panel of preterm transgenic mice, we show that epidermis-targeted coexpression of sT and the cell fate-determinant atonal bHLH transcription factor 1 (ATOH1) leads to development of widespread cellular aggregates, with histology and marker expression mimicking that of human intraepidermal MCC...
May 16, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507493/comparison-of-the-incidence-of-skin-cancers-in-patients-on-dialysis-and-after-kidney-transplantation
#20
Joanna Sułowicz, Anna Wojas-Pelc, Ewa Ignacak, Katarzyna Krzanowska, Marek Kuźniewski, Władysław Sułowicz
INTRODUCTION: Kidney transplant (KTx) patients on immunosuppressive therapy are predisposed to the development of infections and cancers. AIM: To compare the incidence and type of malignant skin lesions in kidney transplant patients and the dialyzed population based on the initiated dermatologic screening. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 598 patients: 486 kidney transplant recipients and 112 patients on maintenance dialysis. All the patients underwent dermatological examination...
April 2017: Postȩpy Dermatologii i Alergologii
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