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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325255/mucosal-melanoma-of-the-head-and-neck
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Paolo Antonio Ascierto, Remo Accorona, Gerardo Botti, Davide Farina, Piero Fossati, Gemma Gatta, Helen Gogas, Davide Lombardi, Roberto Maroldi, Piero Nicolai, Marco Ravanelli, Vito Vanella
Mucosal melanoma of the head and neck is a very rare and aggressive malignancy with a very poor prognosis. The nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, and oral cavity are the most common locations. One-, 3- and 5-year survival rates between 2000 and 2007 were 63%, 30% and 20%, respectively. Cigarette smoking seems to be a risk factor even though the evidence for this is very low. Clinical signs and symptoms are usually nonspecific. While surgery is considered the mainstay of treatment for most mucosal melanomas of the head and neck region, radiotherapy has a role in local control of the disease after surgery...
April 2017: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323504/pembrolizumab-use-for-the-treatment-of-advanced-melanoma
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Pol Specenier
Until recently, overall long term survival in patients with stage IV melanoma was lower than 10 %. However, the treatment of melanoma has evolved rapidly over the last few years, with the advent of inhibitors of BRAF and MEK and of immunotherapeutic agents including ipilimumab, nivolumab, and pembrolizumab. Areas covered: This is a comprehensive review of the literature on the role of pembrolizumab in melanoma. Pembrolizumab is a Programmed Death Receptor 1 (PD-1) directed monoclonal antibody which is approved by FDA and EMA for the treatment of patients with metastatic melanoma...
March 21, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321769/n-propargyl-caffeamide-paca-ameliorates-dopaminergic-neuronal-loss-and-motor-dysfunctions-in-mptp-mouse-model-of-parkinson-s-disease-and-in-mpp-induced-neurons-via-promoting-the-conversion-of-prongf-to-ngf
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Dan Luo, Jia Zhao, Yuanyuan Cheng, Simon Ming-Yuen Lee, Jianhui Rong
Insufficient production of nerve growth factor (NGF) is implicated in Parkinson's disease (PD). We recently discovered that caffeic acid derivative N-propargyl caffeamide (PACA) not only potentiated NGF-induced neurite outgrowth but also attenuated 6-hydroxydopamine neurotoxicity in neuronal culture. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether PACA could increase NGF levels against 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1, 2, 3, 6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) neurotoxicity in a mouse PD model. We induced parkinsonism in mice by intraperitoneal injection of MPTP for seven consecutive days...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293123/pembrolizumab-in-the-treatment-of-metastatic-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-patient-selection-and-perspectives
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REVIEW
Ashwin Somasundaram, Timothy F Burns
Lung cancer is the leading killer of both men and women in the US, and the 5-year survival remains poor. However, the approval of checkpoint blockade immunotherapy has shifted the treatment paradigm and provides hope for improved survival. The ability of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) to evade the host immune system can be overcome by agents such as pembrolizumab (MK-3475/lambrolizumab), which is a monoclonal antibody targeting the programmed death 1 (PD-1) receptor. In early studies, treatment with pembrolizumab led to dramatic and durable responses in select patients (PD-L1+ tumors)...
2017: Lung Cancer: Targets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275910/mechanisms-of-drug-resistance-in-melanoma
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Matthew Winder, Amaya Virós
Metastatic melanoma is associated with poor outcome and is largely refractory to the historic standard of care. In recent years, the development of targeted small-molecule inhibitors and immunotherapy has revolutionised the care and improved the overall survival of these patients. Therapies targeting BRAF and MEK to block the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway were the first to show unprecedented clinical responses. Following these encouraging results, antibodies targeting immune checkpoint inhibition molecules cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 (CTLA-4), programmed cell death (PD)-1, and PD-ligand1(PD-L1) demonstrated sustained tumour regression in a significant subset of patients by enabling an anti-tumour immunologic response...
March 9, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224120/oncolytic-virotherapy-including-rigvir-and-standard-therapies-in-malignant-melanoma
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REVIEW
Hani M Babiker, Irbaz Bin Riaz, Muhammad Husnain, Mitesh J Borad
The treatment of metastatic melanoma has evolved from an era where interferon and chemotherapy were the mainstay of treatments to an era where immunotherapy has become the frontline. Ipilimumab (IgG1 CTLA-4 inhibitor), nivolumab (IgG4 PD-1 inhibitor), pembrolizumab (IgG4 PD-1 inhibitor) and nivolumab combined with ipilimumab have become first-line therapies in patients with metastatic melanoma. In addition, the high prevalence of BRAF mutations in melanoma has led to the discovery and approval of targeted molecules, such as vemurafenib (BRAF kinase inhibitor) and trametinib (MEK inhibitor), as they yielded improved responses and survival in malignant melanoma patients...
2017: Oncolytic Virotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181070/combining-forces-the-promise-and-peril-of-synergistic-immune-checkpoint-blockade-and-targeted-therapy-in-metastatic-melanoma
#7
David J Hermel, Patrick Ott
Both immune checkpoint inhibitors and molecularly targeted agents have dramatically improved clinical outcomes for patients with metastatic melanoma. These two therapeutic approaches harness distinct mechanistic pathways-on the one hand, monoclonal antibodies against the immune checkpoints CTLA-4 and PD-1/PD-L1 stimulate the T cell mediated host immune response, while targeted inhibitors of the proto-oncogenes BRAF and MEK disrupt constitutive kinase activity responsible for tumor growth. The prospect of combining these two treatment modalities has been proposed as a potential way to increase overall response rate, extend durability of the anti-tumor response, and circumvent the immune-mediated resistance to targeted therapy...
February 8, 2017: Cancer Metastasis Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111882/programmed-death-ligand-1-is-expressed-in-canine-b-cell-lymphoma-and-downregulated-by-mek-inhibitors
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S R Kumar, D Y Kim, C J Henry, J N Bryan, K L Robinson, A M Eaton
Programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression in antigen-presenting cells and tumors can inhibit T cell-mediated immunity. In this study, PD-L1 mRNA and protein expression was evaluated in canine B cell lymphoma (CLL17-71), large T-cell leukemia (CLGL-90), B cell leukemia (GL-1) and primitive leukocyte round cell neoplasia (CLL-1390). Variable PD-L1 mRNA and protein were observed in these cells with high endogenous expression present in CLL17-71 cells. PD-L1 protein was also observed in canine patient B cell lymphoma tissues using immunostaining...
January 22, 2017: Veterinary and Comparative Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062115/genotype-matched-treatment-for-patients-with-advanced-type-i-epithelial-ovarian-cancer-eoc
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A Spreafico, A M Oza, B A Clarke, H J Mackay, P Shaw, M Butler, N C Dhani, S Lheureux, M K Wilson, S Welch, T Zhang, C Yu, T Stockley, L L Siu, S Kamel-Reid, P L Bedard
BACKGROUND: Genomic alterations that activate the MAPK signaling pathway frequently occur in Type I Epithelial Ovarian Cancers (EOCs). We evaluated therapeutic response outcomes in patients with type I EOC treated with genotype-matched therapy on clinical trials enrolled in a prospective molecular profiling program. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Formalin fixed paraffin embedded tumor tissues were prospectively screened for genomic alterations using MALDI-ToF mass-spectrometry platform or targeted sequencing using the Illumina MiSeq TruSeq Amplicon Cancer Panel...
January 3, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057557/anesthetics-inhibit-extracellular-signal-regulated-kinase1-2-phosphorylation-via-nmda-receptor-phospholipase-c-and-protein-kinase-c-in-mouse-hippocampal-slices
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Gao Haiying, Han Mingjie, Zhang Lingyu, Wang Qingxiang, Wang Haisong, Zhang Bingxi
BACKGROUND: Extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2) has been implicated in learning and memory; however, whether intravenous anesthetics modulate ERK1/2 remains unknown. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of several intravenous anesthetics on the phosphorylation of ERK1/2 in the hippocampus of adult mice. METHODS: Western blotting was used to examine cellular levels of phosphorylated and unphosphorylated ERK1/2 in mouse hippocampus slices, which were incubated with or without anesthetics including propofol, etomidate, ketamine and midazolam, a protein kinase C (PKC) activator or inhibitor, or phospholipase C (PLC) activator or inhibitor...
February 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27991907/immunomodulating-property-of-mapk-inhibitors-from-translational-knowledge-to-clinical-implementation
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Mario Mandalà, Francesco De Logu, Barbara Merelli, Romina Nassini, Daniela Massi
Treatment of metastatic melanoma was radically changed by the introduction of inhibitors of BRAF, an oncogene mutated in 40-50% of patients. Another area of advancement was the use of immunotherapy, and specifically, immune checkpoint inhibitors. There is compelling evidence that oncogenic BRAF, in addition to driving melanoma proliferation, differentiation and survival, induces T-cell suppression directly through the secretion of inhibitory cytokines or through membrane expression of co-inhibitory molecules such as the PD-1 ligands PD-L1 or PD-L2...
December 19, 2016: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988307/interleukin-6-and-neuregulin-1-as-regulators-of-utrophin-expression-via-the-activation-of-nrg-1-erbb-signaling-pathway-in-mdx-cells
#12
Nevenka Juretić, Josefina Díaz, Felipe Romero, Gustavo González, Enrique Jaimovich, Nora Riveros
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a neuromuscular disease originated by mutations in the dystrophin gene. A promising therapeutic approach deals with functional substitution of dystrophin by utrophin, a structural homolog that might be able to compensate dystrophin absence in DMD muscle fibers. It has been described that both interleukin-6 (IL-6) and neuregulin-1 (NRG-1; Heregulin-HRG) induce utrophin expression in skeletal muscle. We investigated a possible functional link among IL-6, NRG-1 and utrophin, in normal (C57) and dystrophic (mdx) skeletal muscle cells...
December 15, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867002/trametinib-plus-4-methylumbelliferone-exhibits-antitumor-effects-by-erk-blockade-and-cd44-downregulation-and-affects-pd-1-and-pd-l1-in-malignant-pleural-mesothelioma
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Hiroyuki Cho, Seiji Matsumoto, Yoshiko Fujita, Ayumi Kuroda, Toshi Menju, Makoto Sonobe, Nobuyuki Kondo, Ikuko Torii, Takashi Nakano, Primo N Lara, David R Gandara, Hiroshi Date, Seiki Hasegawa
INTRODUCTION: Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a highly aggressive malignancy in which the mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway plays a critical role in the regulation of tumorigenesis. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a major component of the extracellular matrix, and elevated HA levels with a concurrent increase in malignant properties are associated with MPM. METHODS: We evaluated the effects of trametinib, a mitogen-activated protein kinase (MEK) inhibitor, and 4-methylumbelliferone (4-MU), an HA synthesis inhibitor, alone and in combination on MPM cells in vitro and in vivo...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846317/ras-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-signal-is-required-for-enhanced-pd-l1-expression-in-human-lung-cancers
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Hidetoshi Sumimoto, Atsushi Takano, Koji Teramoto, Yataro Daigo
Ectopic programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression in non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLCs) is related to immune evasion by cancer, and it is a molecular target of immune checkpoint therapies. Although some altered signals in NSCLCs are responsible for ectopic PD-L1 expression, the precise mechanisms remain obscure. Because we found a higher frequency of EGFR/KRAS mutations in NSCLC cell lines with high PD-L1 expression (p < 0.001), we evaluated the relationships between downstream signals and PD-L1 expression, particularly in three KRAS-mutant adenocarcinoma cell lines...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846054/sequencing-treatment-in-brafv600-mutant-melanoma-anti-pd-1-before-and-after-braf-inhibition
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Douglas B Johnson, Eirini Pectasides, Emily Feld, Fei Ye, Shilin Zhao, Romany Johnpulle, Ryan Merritt, David F McDermott, Igor Puzanov, Donald Lawrence, Jeffrey A Sosman, Elizabeth Buchbinder, Ryan J Sullivan
Novel agents targeting immune checkpoint molecules or mutated BRAF are active therapeutic options for patients with BRAF-mutant melanoma. However, the most effective first-line treatment and the optimal sequencing of these agents have not been well characterized. To explore this, we retrospectively assessed 114 patients from 4 centers with advanced, BRAF-mutant melanoma who received anti-programmed cell death-1 (PD-1)/PD-L1 antibodies. We evaluated clinical outcomes, including objective response rate (ORR), overall survival (OS), and progression-free survival (PFS) to initial and subsequent therapies in patients that received anti-PD-1 first (n=56) versus those that received BRAF±MEK inhibitors (BRAFi) first (n=58)...
January 2017: Journal of Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833160/photothermal-therapy-improves-the-efficacy-of-a-mek-inhibitor-in-neurofibromatosis-type-1-associated-malignant-peripheral-nerve-sheath-tumors
#16
Elizabeth E Sweeney, Rachel A Burga, Chaoyang Li, Yuan Zhu, Rohan Fernandes
Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs) are aggressive tumors with low survival rates and the leading cause of death in neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) patients under 40 years old. Surgical resection is the standard of care for MPNSTs, but is often incomplete and can generate loss of function, necessitating the development of novel treatment methods for this patient population. Here, we describe a novel combination therapy comprising MEK inhibition and nanoparticle-based photothermal therapy (PTT) for MPNSTs...
November 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27787543/systemic-therapy-for-previously-untreated-advanced-braf-mutated-melanoma-a-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis-of-randomized-clinical-trials
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REVIEW
Tahira Devji, Oren Levine, Binod Neupane, Joseph Beyene, Feng Xie
Importance: Multiple effective first-line systemic treatment options are available for patients with advanced BRAF-mutated melanoma. A lack of head-to-head randomized clinical trials (RCTs) comparing targeted and immunotherapies leaves uncertainty regarding optimal first-line treatment. Objective: To estimate the relative efficacy and safety of systemic therapies for advanced, treatment-naive, BRAF-mutated melanoma. Data Sources: We searched MEDLINE, Embase, and the Cochrane Central Registry of Controlled Trials for phase 2 or 3 RCTs published up until April 29, 2016...
March 1, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27710977/the-systemic-management-of-advanced-melanoma-in-2016
#18
REVIEW
Markus V Heppt, Cecilia Dietrich, Saskia A Graf, Thomas Ruzicka, Julia K Tietze, Carola Berking
Melanoma is a common type of skin cancer with a high propensity to metastasize. Tyrosine kinase inhibitors targeting the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway and immune checkpoint blockade have recently revolutionized the management of unresectable and metastatic disease. However, acquired resistance and primary non-response to therapy require novel treatment strategies and combinations. The purpose of this review is to provide a brief and up-to-date overview on the clinical management and current trial landscape in melanoma...
2016: Oncology Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27693888/a-phase-i-pharmacokinetic-and-pharmacodynamic-study-of-the-oral-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-kinase-mek-inhibitor-wx-554-in-patients-with-advanced-solid-tumours
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David Jamieson, Melanie J Griffin, Julieann Sludden, Yvette Drew, Nicola Cresti, Karen Swales, Mark Merriman, Rodger Allen, Paul Bevan, Markus Buerkle, Carola Mala, Vicky Coyle, Lisa Rodgers, Emma Dean, Alastair Greystoke, Udai Banerji, Richard H Wilson, T R Jeffery Evans, Alan Anthoney, Malcolm Ranson, Alan V Boddy, Ruth Plummer
PURPOSE: We performed a multi-centre phase I study to assess the safety, pharmacokinetics (PK) and pharmacodynamics (PD) of the orally available small molecule mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (MEK) 1/2 inhibitor, WX-554, and to determine the optimal biological dose for subsequent trials. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Patients with treatment-refractory, advanced solid tumours, with adequate performance status and organ function were recruited to a dose-escalation study in a standard 3 + 3 design...
September 28, 2016: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27637745/clinical-outcomes-of-melanoma-brain-metastases-treated-with-stereotactic-radiosurgery-and-anti-pd-1-therapy-anti-ctla-4-therapy-braf-mek-inhibitors-braf-inhibitor-or-conventional-chemotherapy
#20
K A Ahmed, Y A Abuodeh, M I Echevarria, J A Arrington, D G Stallworth, C Hogue, A O Naghavi, S Kim, Y Kim, B G Patel, S Sarangkasiri, P A S Johnstone, S Sahebjam, N I Khushalani, P A Forsyth, L B Harrison, M Yu, A B Etame, J J Caudell
BACKGROUND: The effect of immunologic and targeted agents on intracranial response rates in patients with melanoma brain metastases (MBMs) is not yet clearly understood. This report analyzes outcomes of intact MBMs treated with single-session stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and anti-PD-1 therapy, anti-CTLA-4 therapy, BRAF/MEK inhibitors(i), BRAFi, or conventional chemotherapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients were included if MBMs were treated with single-session SRS within 3 months of receiving systemic therapy...
December 2016: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
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