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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544727/ultraviolet-radiation-accelerates-nras-mutant-melanomagenesis-a-cooperative-effect-blocked-by-sunscreen
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Rebecca C Hennessey, Andrea M Holderbaum, Anamaria Bonilla, Conor Delaney, James E Gillahan, Kathleen L Tober, Tatiana M Oberyszyn, Jonathan H Zippin, Christin E Burd
To mitigate melanoma risk, sunscreen use is widely advocated; yet, the ability of sunscreens to prevent melanoma remains controversial. Here, we test the tenet that sunscreens limit melanoma risk by blocking ultraviolet radiation (UV)-induced DNA damage using murine models that recapitulate the genetics and spontaneous evolution of human melanoma. We find that a single, non-erythematous dose of UV dramatically accelerates melanoma onset and increases tumor multiplicity in mice carrying an endogenous, melanocyte-specific NRas(61R) allele...
May 24, 2017: Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543695/mechanisms-and-strategies-to-overcome-resistance-to-molecularly-targeted-therapy-for-melanoma
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REVIEW
Su Yin Lim, Alexander M Menzies, Helen Rizos
The identification of driver mutations in melanoma has changed the field of cancer treatment. BRAF and NRAS mutations are predominant in melanoma and lead to overactivation of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/protein kinase B (AKT) signaling pathways. Selective inhibitors targeting key effectors of the MAPK pathway have revolutionized the treatment of patients with advanced metastatic BRAF-mutant melanoma. However, resistance to therapy is almost universal and remains a major challenge in clinical care, with the majority of patients progressing within 1 year...
June 1, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542371/whole-genome-sequencing-of-spermatocytic-tumors-provides-insights-into-the-mutational-processes-operating-in-the-male-germline
#3
Eleni Giannoulatou, Geoffrey J Maher, Zhihao Ding, Ad J M Gillis, Lambert C J Dorssers, Alexander Hoischen, Ewa Rajpert-De Meyts, Gilean McVean, Andrew O M Wilkie, Leendert H J Looijenga, Anne Goriely
Adult male germline stem cells (spermatogonia) proliferate by mitosis and, after puberty, generate spermatocytes that undertake meiosis to produce haploid spermatozoa. Germ cells are under evolutionary constraint to curtail mutations and maintain genome integrity. Despite constant turnover, spermatogonia very rarely form tumors, so-called spermatocytic tumors (SpT). In line with the previous identification of FGFR3 and HRAS selfish mutations in a subset of cases, candidate gene screening of 29 SpTs identified an oncogenic NRAS mutation in two cases...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538219/molecular-alterations-in-patients-with-pulmonary-adenocarcinoma-presenting-with-malignant-pleural-effusion-at-the-first-diagnosis
#4
Erika F Rodriguez, Maryam Shabihkhani, Jamal Carter, Zahra Maleki
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to report cytologic and molecular features of pulmonary adenocarcinoma patients presenting with a malignant pleural effusion at the first diagnosis. STUDY DESIGN: Patients who had a cytopathologic diagnosis conclusive for lung adenocarcinoma for the first time on their pleural fluid specimen, and molecular testing done, were studied. The control group consisted of patients with a malignant pleural effusion that developed during disease progression...
May 25, 2017: Acta Cytologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537899/nras-mutations-in-cutaneous-t-cell-lymphoma-ctcl-sensitize-tumors-towards-treatment-with-the-multikinase-inhibitor-sorafenib
#5
Michael K Kießling, Jan P Nicolay, Tabea Schlör, Claus-Detlev Klemke, Dorothee Süss, Peter H Krammer, Karsten Gülow
Therapy of cutaneous T cell lymphoma (CTCL) is complicated by a distinct resistance of the malignant T cells towards apoptosis that can be caused by NRAS mutations in late-stage patients. These mutations correlate with decreased overall survival, but sensitize the respective CTCL cells towards MEK-inhibition-induced apoptosis which represents a promising novel therapeutic target in CTCL. Here, we show that the multi-kinase inhibitor Sorafenib induces apoptosis in NRAS-mutated CTCL cells. CTCL cell lines and to a minor extent primary T cells from Sézary patients without NRAS mutations are also affected by Sorafenib-induced apoptosis suggesting a sensitizing role of NRAS mutations for Sorafenib-induced apoptosis...
May 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537807/next-generation-sequencing-identifies-gene-mutations-that-are-predictive-of-malignancy-in-residual-needle-rinses-collected-from-fine-needle-aspirations-of-thyroid-nodules
#6
Maren Y Fuller, Dina Mody, April Hull, Kristi Pepper, Heather Hendrickson, Randall Olsen
CONTEXT: - Thyroid nodules have a prevalence of approximately 70% in adults. Fine-needle aspiration (FNA) is a minimally invasive, cost-effective, standard method to collect tissue from thyroid nodules for cytologic examination. However, approximately 15% of thyroid FNA specimens cannot be unambiguously diagnosed as benign or malignant. OBJECTIVE: - To investigate whether clinically actionable data can be obtained using next-generation sequencing of residual needle rinse material...
May 24, 2017: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537004/mek-inhibitors-in-the-treatment-of-metastatic-melanoma-and-solid-tumors
#7
REVIEW
Antonio M Grimaldi, Ester Simeone, Lucia Festino, Vito Vanella, Martina Strudel, Paolo A Ascierto
The mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascade is an intracellular signaling pathway involved in the regulation of cellular proliferation and the survival of tumor cells. Several different mutations, involving BRAF or NRAS, exert an oncogenic effect by activating the MAPK pathway, resulting in an increase in cellular proliferation. These mutations have become targets for new therapeutic strategies in melanoma and other cancers. Selective MEK inhibitors have the ability to inhibit growth and induce cell death in BRAF- and NRAS-mutant melanoma cell lines...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536037/identification-of-molecular-targets-in-vulvar-cancers
#8
Marguerite L Palisoul, Mary M Mullen, Rebecca Feldman, Premal H Thaker
OBJECTIVES: To identify molecular alterations that contribute to vulvar cancer pathogenesis with the intent of identifying molecular targets for treatment. METHODS: After retrospective analysis of a database of molecularly-profiled gynecologic cancer patients, 149 vulvar cancer patients were included and tested centrally at a CLIA laboratory (Caris Life Sciences, Phoenix, AZ). Tests included one or more of the following: gene sequencing (Sanger or next generation sequencing [NGS]), protein expression (immunohistochemistry [IHC]), and gene amplification (C/FISH)...
May 20, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533663/low-grade-slightly-elevated-and-polypoid-colorectal-adenomas-display-differential-%C3%AE-catenin-tcf-lef-activity-c-myc-and-cyclin-d1-expression
#9
Tian-Wen Yang, Yun-Han Gao, Sha-Ying Ma, Qiang Wu, Zhong-Fu Li
AIM: To comparatively investigate the cellular and molecular characteristics of low-grade slightly elevated adenomas and polypoid adenomas. METHODS: Colorectal tumors were collected from 24 patients with slightly elevated adenomas and 23 patients with polypoid adenomas. Five commonly mutated genes (APC, BRAF, KRAS, NRAS, and PIK3CA) were selected for mutational analysis. Paraffin-embedded tumor sections were used to calculate the apoptotic index (AI) and Ki-67 labeling index (KLI)...
May 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522871/mug-mel2-a-novel-highly-pigmented-and-well-characterized-nras-mutated-human-melanoma-cell-line
#10
Beate Rinner, Greta Gandolfi, Katharina Meditz, Marie-Therese Frisch, Karin Wagner, Alessia Ciarrocchi, Federica Torricelli, Raili Koivuniemi, Johanna Niklander, Bernadette Liegl-Atzwanger, Birgit Lohberger, Ellen Heitzer, Nassim Ghaffari-Tabrizi-Wizsy, Dagmar Zweytick, Iris Zalaudek
NRAS mutation in melanoma has been associated with aggressive tumor biology and poor prognosis. Although targeted therapy has been tested for NRAS mutated melanoma, response rates still appear much weaker, than in BRAF mutated melanoma. While plenty of cell lines exist, however, only few melanogenic cell lines retain their in vivo characteristics. In this work we present an intensively pigmented and well-characterized cell line derived from a highly aggressive NRAS mutated cutaneous melanoma, named MUG-Mel2...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521628/cd36-positive-b-lymphoblasts-predict-poor-outcome-in-children-with-b-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#11
Joanna G Newton, John T Horan, Scott Newman, Michael R Rossi, Rhett P Ketterling, Sunita I Park
Objective We observed that pediatric patients with B lymphoblastic leukemia which expressed CD36 at diagnosis seemed to have worse outcome than patients whose blasts did not. Here, we describe the patient, disease characteristics, pathological, molecular, and genetic features and outcomes of patients with CD36+ B-LL compared to patients with CD36- B-LL. Methods We retrospectively reviewed all flow cytometry reports from September 2008 to December 2015 to identify patients diagnosed at our institution with CD36 expression on B lymphoblasts...
June 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521413/chromosome-t-7-11-p15-p15-translocation-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia-coexisting-with-multilineage-dyspoiesis-and-mutations-in-nras-and-wt1-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#12
Jingke Yang, Xiaodong Lyu, Xinghu Zhu, Xiangguang Meng, Wenli Zuo, Hao Ai, Mei Deng
The chromosomal translocation t(7;11)(p15;p15) and the resulting nucleoporin 98-homeobox A9 (NUP98-HOXA9) gene fusion is rare but recurrent genetic abnormity in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The present study describes a case of AML plus maturation (-M2) with multilineage dyspoiesis in a 30-year-old male in whom a 46,XY,t(7;11)(p15;p15) karyotype was detected through chromosome analysis. Subsequent molecular and sequencing analysis demonstrated a NUP98-HOXA9 fusion gene with a type I fusion between NUP98 exon 12 and HOXA9 exon 1b, and mutations in neuroblastoma V-Ras oncogene homolog and Wilms tumor 1...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521409/evaluation-of-a-novel-approach-to-circulating-tumor-cell-isolation-for-cancer-gene-panel-analysis-in-patients-with-breast-cancer
#13
Soo Jeong Lee, Cham Han Lee, Sung Ho Choi, Sei Hyun Ahn, Byung Ho Son, Jong Won Lee, Jong Han Yu, Nak-Jung Kwon, Woo Chung Lee, Kap-Seok Yang, Dong Hyoung Lee, Du Yeol Han, Mi So Choi, Pyeong-Soo Park, Hyun Kyung Lee, Myoung Shin Kim, Jinseon Lee, Byung Hee Jeon
Liquid biopsy isolation of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) allows the genomic analysis of CTCs, which is useful in the determination of personalized cancer therapy. In the present study, CTCs from patients with breast cancer were enriched and successfully analyzed using cancer gene panel analysis. Blood samples from 11 patients with breast cancer were collected and CTCs enriched for using size-based filtration. The enriched CTCs were analyzed using immunofluorescence staining with antibodies directed against epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) and cluster of differentiation 45...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513830/association-between-mutations-of-critical-pathway-genes-and-survival-outcomes-according-to-the-tumor-location-in-colorectal-cancer
#14
Dae-Won Lee, Sae-Won Han, Yongjun Cha, Jeong Mo Bae, Hwang-Phill Kim, Jaemyun Lyu, Hyojun Han, Hyoki Kim, Hoon Jang, Duhee Bang, Iksoo Huh, Taesung Park, Jae-Kyung Won, Seung-Yong Jeong, Kyu Joo Park, Gyeong Hoon Kang, Tae-You Kim
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) develops through the alteration of several critical pathways. This study was aimed at evaluating the influence of critical pathways on survival outcomes for patients with CRC. METHODS: Targeted next-generation sequencing of 40 genes included in the 5 critical pathways of CRC (WNT, P53, RTK-RAS, phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate 3-kinase [PI3K], and transforming growth factor β [TGF-β]) was performed for 516 patients with stage III or high-risk stage II CRC treated with surgery followed by adjuvant fluoropyrimidine and oxaliplatin chemotherapy...
May 17, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513320/crispr-cas9-based-pten-knock-out-and-sleeping-beauty-transposon-mediated-nras-knock-in-induces-hepatocellular-carcinoma-and-hepatic-lipid-accumulation-in-mice
#15
Mingming Gao, Dexi Liu
Both Pten and Nras are downstream mediators of receptor tyrosine kinase activation that plays important roles in controlling cell survival and proliferation. Here, we investigated whether and how Pten loss cross-talks with Nras activation in driving liver cancer development in mice. Somatic disruption of hepatic Pten and overexpression of Nras were achieved in out-bred immunocompetent CD-1 mice through a hydrodynamic delivery of plasmids carrying Sleeping Beauty transposon-based integration of Nras and the CRISPR/Cas9-mediated Pten knock-out system...
May 17, 2017: Cancer Biology & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507204/detection-of-an-alk-fusion-in-colorectal-carcinoma-by-hybrid-capture-based-assay-of-circulating-tumor-dna
#16
Andrea Z Lai, Alexa B Schrock, Rachel L Erlich, Jeffrey S Ross, Vincent A Miller, Evgeny Yakirevich, Siraj M Ali, Fadi Braiteh
ALK rearrangements have been observed in 0.05%-2.5% of patients with colorectal cancers (CRCs) and are predicted to be oncogenic drivers largely mutually exclusive of KRAS, NRAS, or BRAF alterations. Here we present the case of a patient with metastatic CRC who was treatment naïve at the time of molecular testing. Initial ALK immunohistochemistry (IHC) staining was negative, but parallel genomic profiling of both circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) and tissue using similar hybrid capture-based assays each identified an identical STRN-ALK fusion...
May 15, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504689/molecular-signaling-in-multiple-myeloma-association-of-ras-raf-mutations-and-mek-erk-pathway-activation
#17
J Xu, N Pfarr, V Endris, E K Mai, N H Md Hanafiah, N Lehners, R Penzel, W Weichert, A D Ho, P Schirmacher, H Goldschmidt, M Andrulis, M S Raab
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a plasma cell malignancy that is still considered to be incurable in most cases. A dominant mutation cluster has been identified in RAS/RAF genes, emphasizing the potential significance of RAS/RAF/MEK/ERK signaling as a therapeutic target. As yet, however, the clinical relevance of this finding is unclear as clinical responses to MEK inhibition in RAS-mutant MM have been mixed. We therefore assessed RAS/RAF mutation status and MEK/ERK pathway activation by both targeted sequencing and phospho-ERK immunohistochemistry in 180 tissue biopsies from 103 patients with newly diagnosed MM (NDMM) and 77 patients with relapsed/refractory MM (rrMM)...
May 15, 2017: Oncogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500641/t-and-b-cell-clonal-expansion-in-ras-associated-lymphoproliferative-disease-rald-as-revealed-by-next-generation-sequencing
#18
Sarina Levy-Mendelovich, Atar Lev, Erez Rechavi, Ortal Barel, Hana Golan, Bela Bielorai, Yoram Neumann, Amos J Simon, Raz Somech
Ras associated lymphoproliferative disease (RALD) is an autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome (ALPS)-like disease caused by mutations in KRAS or NRAS. The immunological phenotype and pathogenesis of RALD have yet to be extensively studied. Here we report a thorough immunological investigation of a RALD patient with a somatic KRAS mutation. Patient lymphocytes were analyzed for phenotype, immunoglobulin levels and T cell proliferation capacity. T and B cell receptor excision circles (TREC and KREC, respectively), markers of naïve T and B cell production, were serially measured over three years...
May 12, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500237/resistance-to-ret-inhibition-in-ret-rearranged-nsclc-is-mediated-by-reactivation-of-ras-mapk-signaling
#19
Sarah K Nelson-Taylor, Anh T Le, Minjae Yoo, Laura Schubert, Katie M Mishall, Andrea Doak, Marileila Varella-Garcia, Aik-Choon Tan, Robert C Doebele
Oncogenic rearrangements in RET are present in 1-2% of lung adenocarcinoma (LAD) patients. Ponatinib is a multi-kinase inhibitor with low-nanomolar potency against the RET kinase domain. Here, we demonstrate that ponatinib exhibits potent anti-proliferative activity in RET fusion positive LC-2/ad LAD cells and inhibits phosphorylation of the RET fusion protein and signaling through ERK1/2 and AKT. Using distinct dose-escalation strategies, two ponatinib-resistant LC-2/ad cell lines, PR1 and PR2, were derived...
May 12, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497782/raf-proteins-exert-both-specific-and-compensatory-functions-during-tumour-progression-of-nras-driven-melanoma
#20
Coralie Dorard, Charlène Estrada, Céline Barbotin, Magalie Larcher, Alexandra Garancher, Jessy Leloup, Friedrich Beermann, Manuela Baccarini, Celio Pouponnot, Lionel Larue, Alain Eychène, Sabine Druillennec
NRAS and its effector BRAF are frequently mutated in melanoma. Paradoxically, CRAF but not BRAF was shown to be critical for various RAS-driven cancers, raising the question of the role of RAF proteins in NRAS-induced melanoma. Here, using conditional ablation of Raf genes in NRAS-induced mouse melanoma models, we investigate their contribution in tumour progression, from the onset of benign tumours to malignant tumour maintenance. We show that BRAF expression is required for ERK activation and nevi development, demonstrating a critical role in the early stages of NRAS-driven melanoma...
May 12, 2017: Nature Communications
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