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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923551/cardiac-melanoma-retrospective-review-of-a-rare-disease-at-the-mayo-clinic-1988-2015
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Chung Sang Tse, Nicholas Tan, Dame Idossa, Roger Click
BACKGROUND: Melanoma metastasizing to the heart (cardiac melanoma) is a rare entity that has been described only in autopsy studies or isolated pre-mortem case reports. We aim to better characterize cardiac melanoma, and describe its presenting features, imaging findings, and disease course with a case series collected over nearly 30years. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of all patients diagnosed with cardiac melanoma at the Mayo Clinic from 1988 to 2015...
September 6, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872489/a-case-of-pure-red-cell-aplasia-during-nivolumab-therapy-for-cardiac-metastatic-melanoma
#2
Akihiko Yuki, Tatsuya Takenouchi, Sumiko Takatsuka, Takuro Ishiguro
Nivolumab is an antibody against programmed cell death 1 and functions as an immune checkpoint inhibitor for various malignancies, including unresectable melanomas. Nivolumab causes several immune-related adverse events, which typically include skin rash, pneumonitis, thyroid dysfunction, hepatitis, and colitis; in rare cases, anemia may be present. There are several reports of autoimmune hemolytic anemia that has developed in response to nivolumab; however, there are few reports of pure red cell aplasia (PRCA)...
September 1, 2017: Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861837/cardiovascular-effects-of-the-mek-inhibitor-trametinib-a-case-report-literature-review-and-consideration-of-mechanism
#3
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Mary Banks, Karen Crowell, Amber Proctor, Brian C Jensen
The MEK inhibitor trametinib was approved in 2013 for the treatment of unresectable or metastatic melanoma with a BRAF V600E mutation, the most common pathogenic mutation in melanoma. Trametinib blocks activation of ERK1/2, inhibiting cell proliferation in melanoma. ERK1/2 also protects against multiple types of cardiac insult in mouse models. Trametinib improves survival in melanoma patients, but evidence of unanticipated cardiotoxicity is emerging. Here we describe the case of a patient with metastatic melanoma who developed acute systolic heart failure after trametinib treatment and present the results of the literature review prompted by this case...
August 31, 2017: Cardiovascular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28853721/the-wide-spectrum-of-pot1-gene-variants-correlates-with-multiple-cancer-types
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Oriol Calvete, Pablo Garcia-Pavia, Fernando Domínguez, Gaelle Bougeard, Kristin Kunze, Andreas Braeuninger, Alex Teule, Adriana Lasa, Teresa Ramón Y Cajal, Gemma Llort, Victoria Fernández, Conxi Lázaro, Miguel Urioste, Javier Benitez
The POT1 protein binds and protects telomeres. Germline variants in the POT1 gene have recently been shown to be associated with risk of developing tumors in different tissues such as familial chronic lymphocytic leukemia, colorectal, glioma and melanoma tumors. Recently, we uncovered a variant in the POT1 gene (p.R117C) as causative of familial cardiac angiosarcomas (CAS) in Li-Fraumeni-like (LFL) syndrome families. Our in silico studies predicted that this protein had lost the ability to interact with TPP1 and single-stranded DNA...
August 30, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28832802/occult-metastatic-melanoma-presenting-as-an-acute-coronary-syndrome
#5
Tiago R Velho, Nádia Junqueira, André Sena, Hugo Ferreira, Catarina Carvalheiro, Nuno Guerra, Javier Gallego, Ângelo Nobre
Melanoma is a tumor that virtually involves any tissue and commonly metastasizes to the heart. It is usually not diagnosed because of the absent/nonspecific cardiac signs and symptoms. Herein, we present a case of a 41-year-old man without any cardiovascular risk factor, admitted to the emergency room with chest pain, diagnosed with a myocardial infarction. Due to the presence of a mass adjacent to the mitral valve on the cardiac ultrasound examination, causing mitral regurgitation, the patient was referred to surgery...
May 2017: Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723725/meningeal-melanomatosis-following-discontinuation-of-dabrafenib-implications-for-the-maintenance-of-long-term-complete-remission
#6
Victoria Grätz, Nadine Lüttmann, Ozan Haase, Ewan A Langan, André Kemmling, Detlef Zillikens, Patrick Terheyden
A subset of 10-20% of patients under continuous BRAF inhibitor monotherapy achieve long-term progression-free and overall survival. Definitive criteria for the safe cessation of BRAF inhibitor monotherapy in treatment-responsive melanoma patients are lacking. We report a patient who remained in complete remission (CR) for 5 years under dabrafenib. The treatment was withdrawn because of concerns about cardiac toxicity. Four months thereafter the patient developed neurological symptoms, including diplopia and bilateral visual loss...
July 18, 2017: Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668146/a-rare-case-of-cardiac-melanoma-mimicking-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#7
Imke Friedel, Wolfgang Burchert, Dieter Horstkotte, Lothar Faber
A 40-year-old female patient with a remote history of a malignant melanoma treated with curative intent presented with the diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) made at another hospital. Further diagnostic workup included positron emission tomography/computed tomography, which revealed that the HCM phenotype was produced by cardiac involvement of metastatic melanoma. For this reason, the primary diagnosis of HCM had to be retracted and melanoma-specific antineoplastic treatment was initiated.
July 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666473/imaging-characteristics-of-cardiac-metastases-in-patients-with-malignant-melanoma
#8
Tanja Zitzelsberger, Thomas K Eigentler, Patrick Krumm, Konstantin Nikolaou, Claus Garbe, Meinrad Gawaz, Bernhard Klumpp
BACKGROUND: Due to prolonged survival and technical advances in CT imaging, cardiac metastases in patients with malignant melanoma are observed more frequently nowadays. The aim of the present study was to assess the anatomic distribution as well as the morphologic and histologic appearance of cardiac metastases from malignant melanoma. METHODS: Twenty five patients with known metastasized melanoma and with incidental finding of cardiac metastases during routine staging CT were retrospectively included in this study...
July 1, 2017: Cancer Imaging: the Official Publication of the International Cancer Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642849/aim2-co-immunization-with-vp1-is-associated-with-increased-memory-cd8-t-cells-and-mounts-long-lasting-protection-against-coxsackievirus-b3-challenge
#9
Liang Yin, Dafei Chai, Yan Yue, Chunsheng Dong, Sidong Xiong
The recurrent Coxsackievirus B3 (CVB3) infection is the most important cause of intractable myocarditis which often leads to chronic myocarditis and even dilated cardiomyopathy. Therefore, enhanced DNA vaccines capable of memory CD8 T cells are essential for long-lasting immunological protection against CVB3 infection. In this study, absent in melanoma 2 (AIM2) was used as an adjuvant to enhance the induction of memory CD8 T cells elicited by VP1 (viral capsid protein 1) vaccine. Mice were intramuscularly injected with 50 μg AIM2 plasmid and equal amount of VP1 plasmid (pAIM2/pVP1) vaccine 4 times at 2 week-intervals...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624541/the-high-prevalence-and-clinical-socio-demographic-correlates-of-miscarriages-among-flight-attendants
#10
Bettina Heidecker, Rachel Maureen Spencer, Victoria Hayes, Sarah Hall, Nisha Parikh, Eveline Oestreicher Stock, Rita Redberg
BACKGROUND: There are many occupational health hazards associated with long hours of air travel including cosmic radiation exposure, circadian rhythm disruptions and secondhand smoke exposure prior, for flight attendants who flew prior to smoking bans initiated in the 90s. Previous studies in flight attendants have found increased incidence of breast cancer and melanoma. However, there is little information on the relationship of airline travel and reproductive health in flight attendants...
June 14, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620382/phase-ii-study-of-adjuvant-immunotherapy-with-the-csf-470-vaccine-plus-bacillus-calmette-guerin-plus-recombinant-human-granulocyte-macrophage-colony-stimulating-factor-vs-medium-dose-interferon-alpha-2b-in-stages-iib-iic-and-iii-cutaneous-melanoma-patients
#11
José Mordoh, María Betina Pampena, Mariana Aris, Paula Alejandra Blanco, Mónica Lombardo, Erika María von Euw, Soledad Mac Keon, Michelle Yépez Crow, Alicia Inés Bravo, Juan Manuel O'Connor, Ana Gabriela Orlando, Franco Ramello, Estrella Mariel Levy, María Marcela Barrio
The irradiated, allogeneic, cellular CSF-470 vaccine plus Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) and recombinant human granulocyte macrophage-colony stimulating factor (rhGM-CSF) is being tested against medium-dose IFN-α2b in stages IIB-III cutaneous melanoma (CM) patients (pts) after surgery in an open, randomized, Phase II/III study. We present the results of the Phase II part of the ongoing CASVAC-0401 study (ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT01729663). Thirty-one pts were randomized to the CSF-470 vaccine (n = 20) or to the IFN-α2b arm (n = 11)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618843/risk-of-cardiac-death-among-cancer-survivors-in-the-united-states-a-seer-database-analysis
#12
Omar Abdel-Rahman
BACKGROUND: Population-based data on the risk of cardiac death among cancer survivors are needed. This scenario was evaluated in cancer survivors (>5 years) registered within the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) database. METHODS: The SEER database was queried using SEER*Stat to determine the frequency of cardiac death compared to other causes of death; and to determine heart disease-specific and cancer-specific survival rates in survivors of each of the 10 most common cancers in men and women in the SEER database...
September 2017: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545570/the-feasibility-of-contrast-enhanced-ultrasonography-ceus-in-the-diagnosis-of-non-cardiac-thoracic-disorders-of-dogs-and-cats
#13
N Linta, M Baron Toaldo, G Bettini, A Cordella, M Quinci, P Pey, V Galli, M Cipone, A Diana
BACKGROUND: This study describes the feasibility of Contrast Enhanced Ultrasonography (CEUS) in the diagnostic work-up of non-cardiac thoracic disorders of small animals. The second aim is to assess the usefulness of CEUS as a direct guide for sample procedures. RESULTS: Forty animals, 28 dogs and 12 cats, were included in the study. Thoracic disorders included 23 pulmonary lesions [primary carcinoma (14), lymphoma (1), sarcoma (1), histiocytic sarcoma (1), abscess (1) and pneumonia (5)] and 17 mediastinal lesions [lymphoma (8), thymoma (3), mesothelioma (1), melanoma (1), carcinomatous lymphadenopathy (1), mixsosarcoma (1), lipoma (1), and abscess (1)]...
May 25, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515362/insulin-supplementation-attenuates-cancer-induced-cardiomyopathy-and-slows-tumor-disease-progression
#14
James T Thackeray, Stefan Pietzsch, Britta Stapel, Melanie Ricke-Hoch, Chun-Wei Lee, Jens P Bankstahl, Michaela Scherr, Jörg Heineke, Gesine Scharf, Arash Haghikia, Frank M Bengel, Denise Hilfiker-Kleiner
Advanced cancer induces fundamental changes in metabolism and promotes cardiac atrophy and heart failure. We discovered systemic insulin deficiency in cachectic cancer patients. Similarly, mice with advanced B16F10 melanoma (B16F10-TM) or colon 26 carcinoma (C26-TM) displayed decreased systemic insulin associated with marked cardiac atrophy, metabolic impairment, and function. B16F10 and C26 tumors decrease systemic insulin via high glucose consumption, lowering pancreatic insulin production and producing insulin-degrading enzyme...
May 18, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475458/mda5-associated-neuroinflammation-and-the-singleton-merten-syndrome-two-faces-of-the-same-type-i-interferonopathy-spectrum
#15
Insa Buers, Gillian I Rice, Yanick J Crow, Frank Rutsch
In 1973, Singleton and Merten described a new syndrome in 2 female probands with aortic and cardiac valve calcifications, early loss of secondary dentition, and widened medullary cavities of the phalanges. In 1984, Aicardi and Goutières defined a phenotype resembling congenital viral infection with basal ganglia calcification and increased protein content in the cerebrospinal fluid. Between 2006 and 2012, mutations in 6 different genes were described to be associated with Aicardi-Goutières syndrome, specifically-TREX1, RNASEH2A, RNASEH2B, RNASEH2C, ADAR, and SAMHD1...
May 2017: Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403786/immune-checkpoint-inhibitors-and-cardiac-toxicity-an-emerging-issue
#16
Gilda Varricchi, Giancarlo Marone, Valentina Mercurio, Maria Rosaria Galdiero, Domenico Bonaduce, Carlo G Tocchetti
Although survival of patients with different types of cancer has improved, cardiotoxicity induced by anti-neoplastic drugs remains a critical issue. Cardiac dysfunction after treatment with anthracyclines has historically been a major problem. However, also targeted therapies and biological molecules can induce reversible and irreversible cardiac dysfunction. Cancer immunotherapies over the last years have revolutionized the clinical management of a wide spectrum of solid and hematopoietic malignancies previously endowed with poor prognosis...
April 7, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399409/direct-pharmacological-targeting-of-a-mitochondrial-ion-channel-selectively-kills-tumor-cells-in%C3%A2-vivo
#17
Luigi Leanza, Matteo Romio, Katrin Anne Becker, Michele Azzolini, Livio Trentin, Antonella Managò, Elisa Venturini, Angela Zaccagnino, Andrea Mattarei, Luca Carraretto, Andrea Urbani, Stephanie Kadow, Lucia Biasutto, Veronica Martini, Filippo Severin, Roberta Peruzzo, Valentina Trimarco, Jan-Hendrik Egberts, Charlotte Hauser, Andrea Visentin, Gianpietro Semenzato, Holger Kalthoff, Mario Zoratti, Erich Gulbins, Cristina Paradisi, Ildiko Szabo
The potassium channel Kv1.3 is highly expressed in the mitochondria of various cancerous cells. Here we show that direct inhibition of Kv1.3 using two mitochondria-targeted inhibitors alters mitochondrial function and leads to reactive oxygen species (ROS)-mediated death of even chemoresistant cells independently of p53 status. These inhibitors killed 98% of ex vivo primary chronic B-lymphocytic leukemia tumor cells while sparing healthy B cells. In orthotopic mouse models of melanoma and pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, the compounds reduced tumor size by more than 90% and 60%, respectively, while sparing immune and cardiac functions...
April 10, 2017: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373787/multimodality-imaging-evaluation-of-a-primary-cardiac-lymphoma
#18
Paolo Ciancarella, Armando Fusco, Daniele Citraro, Massimiliano Sperandio, Roberto Floris
Primary cardiac lymphoma is a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that involves the heart with extension to pericardium and great vessels. Prognosis is poor in the absence of a prompt diagnosis and adequate therapy. Differential diagnosis includes malignant neoplasms such as angiosarcoma or metastatic carcinoma and melanoma. Clinical manifestations may be heterogeneous. Multimodality imaging work-up represents the best method for tumor detection and evaluation of its size and extension: echocardiography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and nuclear imaging are the best imaging tools...
April 2017: Journal of the Saudi Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368280/x-ray-crystal-structure-of-human-calcium-bound-s100a1
#19
Zephan Melville, Ehson Aligholizadeh, Laura E McKnight, Dylan J Weber, Edwin Pozharski, David J Weber
S100A1 is a member of the S100 family of Ca(2+)-binding proteins and regulates several cellular processes, including those involved in Ca(2+) signaling and cardiac and skeletal muscle function. In Alzheimer's disease, brain S100A1 is overexpressed and gives rise to disease pathologies, making it a potential therapeutic target. The 2.25 Å resolution crystal structure of Ca(2+)-S100A1 is solved here and is compared with the structures of other S100 proteins, most notably S100B, which is a highly homologous S100-family member that is implicated in the progression of malignant melanoma...
April 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section F, Structural Biology Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323733/linear-endobronchial-ultrasound-guided-insertion-of-a-fiducial-marker-a-new-tool-for-tracking-central-lesions
#20
Alessio Casutt, Angela Koutsokera, Nicolas Peguret, Alban Lovis
Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) is an effective method for the treatment of localized primary lung tumors. Cyberknife, a highly accurate SBRT technique, follows the target during respiratory cycles using a metallic fiducial marker (FM) previously inserted into the lesion. Various methods have been described for the placement of an FM in peripheral pulmonary lesions; however, none of these is appropriate for mediastinal or hilar tumors. The placement of FMs in central lesions to achieve accurate SBRT is particularly relevant due to their higher mobility during respiratory and cardiac cycles...
April 2017: Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology
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