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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717398/preclinical-evaluation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-triggered-dendritic-cells-expressing-the-viral-oncogenic-driver-of-merkel-cell-carcinoma-for-therapeutic-vaccination
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Kerstin F Gerer, Michael Erdmann, Sine R Hadrup, Rikke Lyngaa, Lena-Marie Martin, Reinhard E Voll, Beatrice Schuler-Thurner, Gerold Schuler, Niels Schaft, Stefanie Hoyer, Jan Dörrie
BACKGROUND: Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare but very aggressive skin tumor that develops after integration of a truncated form of the large T-antigen (truncLT) of the Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCV) into the host's genome. Therapeutic vaccination with dendritic cells (DCs) loaded with tumor antigens is an active form of immunotherapy, which intends to direct the immune system towards tumors which express the respective vaccination antigens. METHODS: Cytokine-matured monocyte-derived DCs of healthy donors and MCC patients were electroporated with mRNA encoding the truncLT...
July 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712323/management-of-cutaneous-merkel-cell-carcinoma
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William M Mendenhall, Christopher G Morris, Jessica M Kirwan, Robert J Amdur, Christiana Shaw, Peter T Dziegielewski
PURPOSE: To report the outcomes of patients with previously untreated cutaneous Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) managed with curative intent. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Between December 1984 and August 2015, 59 patients with previously untreated cutaneous MCC were managed with curative intent with surgery and adjuvant radiotherapy (54 patients) or radiotherapy alone (5 patients) at the University of Florida. Primary sites included head and neck (45 patients), extremities (11 patients) and trunk (3 patients)...
July 15, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699934/in-brief-avelumab-bavencio-for-metastatic-merkel-cell-carcinoma
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No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 17, 2017: Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693804/reviewing-the-current-evidence-supporting-early-b-cells-as-the-cellular-origin-of-merkel-cell-carcinoma
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REVIEW
C M Sauer, A M Haugg, E Chteinberg, D Rennspiess, V Winnepenninckx, E-J Speel, J C Becker, A K Kurz, A Zur Hausen
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a highly malignant skin cancer characterized by early metastases and poor survival. Although MCC is a rare malignancy, its incidence is rapidly increasing in the U.S. and Europe. The discovery of the Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV) has enormously impacted our understanding of its etiopathogenesis and biology. MCCs are characterized by trilinear differentiation, comprising the expression of neuroendocrine, epithelial and B-lymphoid lineage markers. To date, it is generally accepted that the initial assumption of MCC originating from Merkel cells (MCs) is unlikely...
August 2017: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685876/eus-fna-of-the-merkel-cell-carcinoma-metastasis-to-the-pancreas-cytomorphology-and-immunocytochemistry-on-direct-cytological-smears
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T Stoos-Veic, M Tadic, G Aralica, V Milicic, C Tomasovic-Loncaric
OBJECTIVE: To report two cases of Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) metastatic to the pancreas diagnosed with endoscopic ultrasound-guided-fine needle aspiration (EUS-FNA) and to add the case of concomitant chronic lymphocytic leukaemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL) and MCC to the literature. The aim is to alert the cytopathologists once more to the problems of differential diagnosis of pancreatic metastasis of MCC and to describe the possibilities of ancillary methods performed on direct cytological smears...
July 6, 2017: Cytopathology: Official Journal of the British Society for Clinical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682014/laparoscopic-dissection-of-merkel-cell-carcinoma-recurrence-at-the-pelvic-lymph-node
#6
Genki Watanabe, Yosuke Fukunaga, Toshiya Nagasaki, Takashi Akiyoshi, Tsuyoshi Konishi, Yoshiya Fujimoto, Satoshi Nagayama, Masashi Ueno
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare neuroendocrine carcinoma of the skin. It has a high propensity for recurrence and metastasis, and there is no clearly defined treatment. MCC recurrence at the pelvic lymph node has rarely been reported. Herein, we report a patient with pelvic lymph node recurrence of MCC that was dissected laparoscopically. Nine years before presenting to us, a 76-year-old male patient had been diagnosed with MCC, and since then, he had had two recurrences. The most recent recurrence-the third recurrence-involved a tumor that had been detected at the right pelvic lymph node, and MCC recurrence was suspected after several imaging studies...
July 6, 2017: Asian Journal of Endoscopic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681977/detection-and-quantification-of-merkel-cell-polyomavirus-analysis-of-merkel-cell-carcinoma-cases-from-1977-to-2015
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Marta E Álvarez-Argüelles, Santiago Melón, Susana Rojo, Ana Fernandez-Blázquez, Jose Antonio Boga, Ana Palacio, Blanca Vivanco, María de Oña
BACKGROUND: This study investigates the presence of Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV) in skin lesions of patients with Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC). METHODS: MCPyV was quantified using quantitative Real-Time-PCR (qRT-PCR) in 34 paraffinized MCC samples (resected/biopsied) originally taken between 1977 and 2015, and 6 non-MCC samples. RESULTS: In 31 (91.2%) MCC-individuals, MCPyV was detected. No virus was observed in any non-MCC tumour. Average age at diagnosis was 78...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680746/novel-immune-checkpoint-blocker-to-treat-merkel-cell-carcinoma
#8
Lorenzo Galluzzi, Guido Kroemer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677299/tdt-expression-in-normal-and-neoplastic-sebaceous-cells
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Sofia-Eleni Tzorakoleftheraki, Alexandros Iliadis, Ioannis Kostopoulos, Triantafyllia Koletsa
AIMS: Terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase (TdT) is a DNA polymerase expressed in immature, normal and neoplastic, lymphoid or hematopoietic cells and in neuroendocrine carcinomas, like Merkel cell carcinoma and small cell carcinoma. It has not yet been described in cells of epithelial origin. After observing TdT immunoreactivity in normal sebaceous glands we analyzed its spectrum of expression in cases of sebaceous cell hyperplasia and sebaceous cell neoplasms. METHODS & RESULTS: Twelve cases of sebaceous gland hyperplasia (SGH), and three cases of other benign lesions, namely, sebaceoma, sebaceous adenoma and sebaceous nevus, along with four archived cases of sebaceous cell carcinomas (SC) were collected and stained with TdT antibody...
July 5, 2017: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645508/merkel-cell-carcinoma-melanoma-metastatic-mimics-of-breast-cancer
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REVIEW
Megan L Troxell
Merkel cell carcinoma and melanoma can each occur primarily in breast skin, or metastasize to the breast. The breast is a rare site of metastasis of essentially any and every type of tumor, including carcinomas, sarcomas, and hematolymphoid neoplasms, and 10-30% of breast metastases may represent the initial presentation of disease. Although metastases generally recapitulate histologic features of the primary tumor, they are diagnostically challenging given their rarity and morphologic overlap with breast carcinoma, including special types of breast cancer...
May 31, 2017: Seminars in Diagnostic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640941/phox2b-reliably-distinguishes-neuroblastoma-among-small-round-blue-cell-tumors
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Yin P Hung, John P Lee, Andrew M Bellizzi, Jason L Hornick
AIMS: Neuroblastoma shows considerable histologic overlap with other small round blue cell tumors. PHOX2B, a transcription factor essential for autonomic nervous system development, has been reported as an immunohistochemical marker for neuroblastoma. The purpose of this study was to validate the specificity and diagnostic utility of PHOX2B for peripheral neuroblastic tumors. METHODS AND RESULTS: We evaluated 240 cases (133 in whole-tissue sections; 107 in tissue microarrays), including 76 peripheral neuroblastic tumors [median age 2 years; including 4 adults] and 164 other tumors: 44 Wilms tumors; 20 Ewing sarcomas; 10 each CIC-rearranged round cell sarcomas, poorly differentiated synovial sarcomas, lymphoblastic lymphomas, alveolar rhabdomyosarcomas, embryonal rhabdomyosarcomas, mesenchymal chondrosarcomas, Merkel cell carcinomas, olfactory neuroblastomas, and melanomas; 5 each NUT midline carcinomas and desmoplastic small round cell tumors...
June 22, 2017: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639083/tumor-vascularization-and-clinicopathologic-parameters-as-prognostic-factors-in-merkel-cell-carcinoma
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A Bob, F Nielen, J Krediet, J Schmitter, D Freundt, D Terhorst, J Röwert-Huber, J Kanitakis, E Stockfleth, Ch Ulrich, M Weichenthal, F Egberts, B Lange-Asschenfeldt
PURPOSE: Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare but aggressive neuroendocrine tumor of the skin with an increasing incidence. The clinical course is variable and reliable prognostic factors are scarce. Tumor angiogenesis has been shown to have prognostic impact in different types of cancer. The aim of our study was to determine potential prognostic factors, including tumor vascularization, for clinical outcome of MCC. METHODS: The medical records of 46 patients with MCC diagnosed between 1997 and 2010 were analyzed retrospectively...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
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 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
#15
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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