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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221211/a-rare-case-of-ck20-ck7-double-negative-merkel-cell-carcinoma
#1
Mary D Le, Luke H OʼSteen, David S Cassarino
The authors present a case of Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) with unique immunohistochemical staining characteristics. A 57-year-old woman presented with a firm 0.3 cm tan papule on her left nasal-labial fold that was reportedly increasing in size and bleeding. She had a history of multiple head and neck actinic keratoses, papillary thyroid carcinoma, and a family history of an uncle with melanoma. The clinical differential diagnosis was "non-melanoma skin cancer." Histological examination showed a markedly atypical-appearing basaloid neoplasm, present mostly in the dermis, with focal pagetoid spread into the epidermis...
March 2017: American Journal of Dermatopathology
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
#2
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/28198461/risk-of-other-cancers-in-families-with-melanoma-novel-familial-links
#3
Christoph Frank, Jan Sundquist, Akseli Hemminki, Kari Hemminki
A family history of cutaneous melanoma ('melanoma') is a well-established risk factor for melanoma. However, less is known about the possible familial associations of melanoma with other discordant cancers. A risk for discordant cancer may provide useful information about shared genetic and environmental risk factors and it may be relevant background data in clinical genetic counseling. Using the Swedish Family-Cancer Database, we assessed the relative risk (RR) for any cancer in families with increasing numbers of first-degree relatives diagnosed with melanoma, including multiple melanoma, and in reverse order RR for melanoma in families of multiple discordant cancers...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191008/the-nlrp3-and-pyrin-inflammasomes-implications-in-the-pathophysiology-of-autoinflammatory-diseases
#4
REVIEW
Carlos de Torre-Minguela, Pablo Mesa Del Castillo, Pablo Pelegrín
Inflammasomes are multiprotein complexes that critically control different aspects of innate and adaptive immunity. Among them we could highlight the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines that induce and maintain the inflammatory response. Usually, inflammasomes result from oligomerization of a nucleotide-binding domain-like receptor (NLR) after sensing different pathogenic or endogenous sterile dangerous signals; however, other proteins such as absent in melanoma 2, retinoic acid-inducible gene I, or pyrin could also form inflammasome platforms...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189086/pterocarpan-scaffold-a-natural-lead-molecule-with-diverse-pharmacological-properties
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REVIEW
Chelliah Selvam, Brian C Jordan, Sandhya Prakash, Daniel Mutisya, Ramasamy Thilagavathi
Phytoalexins are substances produced by plants that act as potent inhibitors of pathogens. Pterocarpans are biologically active isoflavonoids most commonly found in the family Fabaceae that have the ability to act as phytoalexins. It is made up of a tetracyclic ring system possessing benzofuran-benzopyran. A very great number of pterocarpans have been isolated from natural sources and they are proved to have significant biological activities such as anti-microbial, anti-cancerous, anti-inflammatory and anti-malarial activities...
January 17, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182330/heat-shock-protein-27-hsp27-hspb1-is-synthetic-lethal-to-cells-with-oncogenic-activation-of-met-egfr-and-braf
#6
John David Konda, Martina Olivero, Daniele Musiani, Simona Lamba, Maria Flavia Di Renzo
The small Heat Shock Protein of 27 KDa (HSP27) is highly expressed in many cancers and is associated with aggressive tumor behaviour, metastasis, poor prognosis and resistance to chemotherapy. We aimed at assessing the role of HSP27 in modulating responses to target therapies. We selected several oncogene-addicted cancer cell lines, which undergo either cell cycle blockade or cell death in response to agents that target the specific oncogene. Surprisingly, HSP27 suppression alone resulted in the apoptotic death of MET-addicted EBC-1 lung cancer cells, EGFR-addicted colorectal carcinoma DiFi cells and BRAF-addicted colorectal carcinoma COLO205 and OXCO-1 and melanoma COLO741 cells, all of which also undergo death when treated with the specific targeted agent...
February 9, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158294/deep-proteome-mapping-of-wm-266-4-human-metastatic-melanoma-cells-from-oncogenic-addiction-to-druggable-targets
#7
Eumorphia G Konstantakou, Athanassios D Velentzas, Athanasios K Anagnostopoulos, Zoi I Litou, Ourania A Konstandi, Aikaterini F Giannopoulou, Ema Anastasiadou, Gerassimos E Voutsinas, George Th Tsangaris, Dimitrios J Stravopodis
Cutaneous melanoma is a malignant tumor of skin melanocytes that are pigment-producing cells located in the basal layer (stratum basale) of epidermis. Accumulation of genetic mutations within their oncogenes or tumor-suppressor genes compels melanocytes to aberrant proliferation and spread to distant organs of the body, thereby resulting in severe and/or lethal malignancy. Metastatic melanoma's heavy mutational load, molecular heterogeneity and resistance to therapy necessitate the development of novel biomarkers and drug-based protocols that target key proteins involved in perpetuation of the disease...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146422/mage-expression-in-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-primary-tumors-lymph-node-metastases-and-respective-recurrencesimplications-for-immunotherapy
#8
Simon Laban, Gregor Giebel, Niklas Klümper, Andreas Schröck, Johannes Doescher, Giulio Spagnoli, Julia Thierauf, Marie-Nicole Theodoraki, Romain Remark, Sacha Gnjatic, Rosemarie Krupar, Andrew G Sikora, Geert Litjens, Niels Grabe, Glen Kristiansen, Friedrich Bootz, Patrick J Schuler, Cornelia Brunner, Johannes Brägelmann, Thomas K Hoffmann, Sven Perner
Melanoma associated antigens (MAGE) are potential targets for immunotherapy and have been associated with poor overall survival (OS) in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). However, little is known about MAGE in lymph node metastases (LNM) and recurrent disease (RD) of HNSCC.To assess whether MAGE expression increases with metastasis or recurrence, a tissue microarray (TMA) of 552 primary tumors (PT), 219 LNM and 75 RD was evaluated by immunohistochemistry for MAGE antigens using three monoclonal antibodies to multiple MAGE family members...
January 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146043/characterization-of-melanoma-susceptibility-genes-in-high-risk-patients-from-central-italy
#9
Cristina Pellegrini, Maria Giovanna Maturo, Claudia Martorelli, Mariano Suppa, Ambra Antonini, Dimitra Kostaki, Lucilla Verna, Maria Teresa Landi, Ketty Peris, Maria Concetta Fargnoli
Genetic susceptibility to cutaneous melanoma has been investigated in Italian high-risk melanoma patients from different geographical regions. CDKN2A, CDK4, and MC1R genes have been screened in most studies, MITF and POT1 were screened in only one study, and none analyzed the TERT promoter. We carried out a mutational analysis of CDKN2A, CDK4 exon 2, POT1 p.S270N, MITF exon 10, MC1R, and the TERT promoter in 106 high-risk patients with familial melanoma (FM) and sporadic multiple primary melanoma (spMPM) from Central Italy and evaluated mutations according to the clinicopathological characteristics of patients and lesions...
January 31, 2017: Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138035/co-targeting-hgf-cmet-signaling-with-mek-inhibitors-in-metastatic-uveal-melanoma
#10
Hanyin Cheng, Vivian Chua, Connie Liao, Timothy J Purwin, Mizue Terai, Ken Kageyama, Michael A Davies, Takami Sato, Andrew E Aplin
Metastatic uveal melanoma (UM) patients usually die within one year of diagnosis, emphasizing an urgent need to develop new treatment strategies. The liver is the most common site of metastasis. Mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (MEK) inhibitors improve survival in V600 BRAF-mutated cutaneous melanoma patients but have limited efficacy in UM patients. Our previous work showed that HGF signaling elicits resistance to MEK inhibitors in metastatic UM. In this study, we demonstrate that expression of two BH3-only family proteins, Bim-EL and BMF, contributes to HGF-mediated resistance to MEK inhibitors...
January 30, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123722/systematic-analysis-of-the-achaete-scute-complex-like-gene-signature-in-clinical-cancer-patients
#11
Chih-Yang Wang, Payam Shahi, John Ting Wei Huang, Nam Nhut Phan, Zhengda Sun, Yen-Chang Lin, Ming-Derg Lai, Zena Werb
The achaete-scute complex-like (ASCL) family, also referred to as 'achaete-scute complex homolog' or 'achaete-scute family basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor', is critical for proper development of the nervous system and deregulation of ASCL plays a key role in psychiatric and neurological disorders. The ASCL family consists of five members, namely ASCL1, ASCL2, ASCL3, ASCL4 and ASCL5. The ASCL1 gene serves as a potential oncogene during lung cancer development. There is a correlation between increased ASCL2 expression and colon cancer development...
January 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121081/familial-melanoma-and-multiple-primary-melanoma
#12
Paola DE Simone, Michele Valiante, Vitaliano Silipo
Cutaneous Melanoma (CM) is the most deadly of the common skin cancers and its incidence is rising worldwide contributing to significant health care burden (2). CM is considered the most lethal skin cancer if it is not detected and treated during its early stages (2). Susceptibility to CM is also associated with an increased presence of atypical nevi and the occurrence of multiple primary melanoma. Personal history of CM increases 5-8% the risk of developing a second melanoma. Finally, family history of melanoma has been widely associated with an increased melanoma risk (1)...
January 24, 2017: Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia: Organo Ufficiale, Società Italiana di Dermatologia e Sifilografia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105694/lack-of-xage-1b-and-ny-eso-1-in-metastatic-lymph-nodes-may-predict-the-potential-survival-of-stage-iii-melanoma-patients
#13
Mariko Mori, Takeru Funakoshi, Kaori Kameyama, Yutaka Kawakami, Eiichi Sato, Eiichi Nakayama, Masayuki Amagai, Keiji Tanese
The cancer-testis antigens (CTA) are a large family of tumor-associated antigens expressed by a variety of cancer cells and primitive germ cells of the adult testis and placenta. These tumor-restricted expressing patterns suggest that CTA would be ideal targets for tumor-specific immunotherapy. XAGE-1 is a CTA that was originally identified by computer-based screening, and four transcription variants, XAGE-1a, -1b, -1c and -1d, have been characterized to date. Although the presence of XAGE-1 transcripts has been reported in various cancers, the expression of XAGE-1b in melanoma has not been fully characterized...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102121/inflammasomes-in-myeloid-cells-warriors-within
#14
Sushmita Jha, W June Brickey, Jenny Pan-Yun Ting
The inflammasome is a large multimeric protein complex comprising an effector protein that demonstrates specificity for a variety of activators or ligands; an adaptor molecule; and procaspase-1, which is converted to caspase-1 upon inflammasome activation. Inflammasomes are expressed primarily by myeloid cells and are located within the cell. The macromolecular inflammasome structure can be visualized by cryo-electron microscopy. This complex has been found to play a role in a variety of disease models in mice, and several have been genetically linked to human diseases...
January 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088105/tectona-grandis-leaf-extract-free-and-associated-with-nanoemulsions-as-a-possible-photosensitizer-of-mouse-melanoma-b16-cell
#15
Cydia de Menezes Furtado, Fernando Sergio Escocio Drumond Viana de Faria, Ricardo Bentes Azevedo, Karen Py-Daniel, Ana Lygia Dos Santos Camara, Jaqueline Rodriguez da Silva, Everton de Holanda Oliveira, Anselmo Fortunato Ruiz Rodriguez, Igor Anatolievich Degterev
Over the past six years we have been studying extracts from tropical, specially Amazon, plants, to search for new sensitizers for photodynamic therapy of cancer and infectious diseases. Tectona grandis is a genus of tropical hardwood trees in the mint family, Lamiaceae. That is native to south and southeast Asia, but since the end of the 20th century is also gaining ground in the Amazon. The present work aims to evaluate the photodynamic potential of hydro-alcoholic extract from Tectona grandis LF leaves (TGE) and the same extract prepared as the oil-water nanoemulsion (TGE-NE) against melanoma B16 F10 cells...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062663/a-population-based-analysis-of-germline-bap1-mutations-in-melanoma
#16
Sally J O'Shea, Carla Daniela Robles-Espinoza, Lauren McLellan, Jeanine Harrigan, Xavier Jacq, James Hewinson, Vivek Iyer, Will Merchant, Faye Elliott, Mark Harland, D Timothy Bishop, Julia Newton-Bishop, David J Adams
Germline mutation of the BRCA1 associated protein-1 (BAP1) gene has been linked to uveal melanoma, mesothelioma, meningioma, renal cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. Germline variants have also been found in familial cutaneous melanoma pedigrees, but their contribution to sporadic melanoma has not been fully assessed. We sequenced BAP1 in 1,977 melanoma cases and 754 controls and used deubiquitinase assays, a pedigree analysis, and a histopathological review to assess the consequences of the mutations found...
January 5, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062222/absent-in-melanoma-2-proteins-in-sle
#17
REVIEW
Divaker Choubey, Ravichandran Panchanathan
Type I interferons (IFN-α/β)-inducible PYRIN and HIN domain-containing protein family includes Absent in Melanoma 2 (murine Aim2 and human AIM2), murine p202, and human PYRIN-only protein 3 (POP3). The generation of Aim2-deficient mice indicated that the Aim2 protein is essential for inflammasome activation, resulting in the secretion of interleukin-1β (IL-1β) and IL-18 and cell death by pyroptosis. Further, Aim2-deficiency also increased constitutive expression of the IFN-β and expression of the p202 protein...
January 3, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060055/genetic-counselling-and-high-penetrance-susceptibility-gene-analysis-reveal-the-novel-cdkn2a-p-d84v-c-251a-t-mutation-in-melanoma-prone-families-from-italy
#18
Riccardo G Borroni, Ausilia M Manganoni, Sara Grassi, Maurizia Grasso, Marta Diegoli, Carmela Giorgianni, Valentina Favalli, Laura Pavoni, Maddalena Cespa, Eloisa Arbustini
Genetic susceptibility to primary cutaneous melanoma (PCM) may account for up to 12% of PCMs, presenting as the familial atypical mole/multiple melanoma syndrome (FAMMM), an autosomal dominant condition with incomplete penetrance and variable expressivity, characterized by PCM in at least two relatives and/or more than one PCMs in the same patient. To identify individuals at high genetic risk of PCM, from 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2015, we offered genetic counselling and molecular analysis of the two high-penetrance FAMMM susceptibility genes, cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor 2A (CDKN2A) and cyclin-dependent kinase 4 (CDK4), to 92 consecutive, unrelated patients with FAMMM...
January 4, 2017: Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056869/protein-kinase-c-inhibitor-g%C3%A3-6976-but-not-g%C3%A3-6983-induces-the-reversion-of-e-to-n-cadherin-switch-and-metastatic-phenotype-in-melanoma-identification-of-the-role-of-protein-kinase-d1
#19
Messaouda Merzoug-Larabi, Caroline Spasojevic, Marianne Eymard, Caroline Hugonin, Christian Auclair, Manale Karam
BACKGROUND: Melanoma is a highly metastatic type of cancer that is resistant to all standard anticancer therapies and thus has a poor prognosis. Therefore, metastatic melanoma represents a significant clinical problem and requires novel and effective targeted therapies. The protein kinase C (PKC) family comprises multiple isoforms of serine/threonine kinases that possess distinct roles in cancer development and progression. In this study, we determined whether inhibition of PKC could revert a major process required for melanoma progression and metastasis; i...
January 5, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043151/identification-of-magea12-as-a-prognostic-outlier-gene-in-gastric-cancers
#20
J Wu, J Wang, W Shen
Melanoma antigen (MAGE) family genes are frequently over-expressed in a subset population of multiple cancers, and serve as idea therapeutic targets; however, their distribution pattern in gastric cancers has not yet been evaluated. In this study, we first performed a cancer outlier profile analysis (COPA) on a series of public gene expression datasets of gastric cancer, and identified MAGEA12 showing a significant outlier expression model reproducibly. We further in silico validated that MAGEA12 outlier over-expression were associated with poor clinical outcome using six microarray datasets from GEO database...
January 3, 2017: Neoplasma
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