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Melanoma pathology

Loren E Clarke, Darl D Flake, Klaus Busam, Clay Cockerell, Klaus Helm, Jennifer McNiff, Jon Reed, Jaime Tschen, Jinah Kim, Raymond Barnhill, Rosalie Elenitsas, Victor G Prieto, Jonathan Nelson, Hillary Kimbrell, Kathryn A Kolquist, Krystal L Brown, M Bryan Warf, Benjamin B Roa, Richard J Wenstrup
BACKGROUND: Recently, a 23-gene signature was developed to produce a melanoma diagnostic score capable of differentiating malignant and benign melanocytic lesions. The primary objective of this study was to independently assess the ability of the gene signature to differentiate melanoma from benign nevi in clinically relevant lesions. METHODS: A set of 1400 melanocytic lesions was selected from samples prospectively submitted for gene expression testing at a clinical laboratory...
October 21, 2016: Cancer
Rivka Inzelberg, Shira Flash, Eitan Friedman, Esther Azizi
The mechanisms underlying the high prevalence of cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM) in Parkinson's disease (PD) are unclear, but plausibly involve common pathways. 129Ser-phosphorylated-α-synuclein, a pathological PD hallmark, is abundantly expressed in CMM, but not in normal skin. In inherited PD, PARK genes harbor germline mutations; the same genes are somatically mutated in CMM, or their encoded proteins involved in melanomagenesis. Conversely, genes associated with CMM, affect PD risk. PD/CMM targeted cells share the neural crest origin and melanogenesis capability...
October 19, 2016: Annals of Neurology
J Zhang, X L Xu, B Li, W B Wei
Objective: To analyze features of retinal and scleral infiltration of uveal melanoma. Methods: It was a retrospective case series study. The pathological and clinical data of 102 cases of uveal melanoma were analyzed retrospectively, which were collected between Jun. 2001 and Apr. 2013 in Beijing Tongren Hospital, Capital Medical University. The tumor shape, size, cell types, retinal and scleral invasion were recorded and analyzed. The relationship between retinal invasion and scleral invasion was analyzed by trend Chi-square test...
October 11, 2016: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
J J Huang, B Li, Q F Liang, X L Xu, F Gao, Z B Zhang
Objective: We aimed to identify and describe the clinical and histopathologic characteristics of conjunctival neoplasms. Methods: Retrospective case series study. We collected and analyzed the clinical and histopathologic data of the conjunctival neoplastic specimens including the age, gender, and histopathologic diagnosis of all patients obtained from Beijing Tongren Eye Center between October 2003 and October 2015. All the pathology diagnosis results were divided into two categories which were benign and malignant tumors, according to Shields histopathological classification methods and the pathology diagnosis results in our department...
October 11, 2016: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
Mona Taleb, Lydia Choi, Steve Kim
BACKGROUND: After wide local excision of cutaneous melanoma, large defects not amenable to simple primary closure are often covered with skin grafts. We report our experience using the rhomboid and keystone flaps to immediately close large axial and extremity wounds after potentially curative surgery for non-head and neck melanomas. METHODS: Between January 2011 and September 2016, demographic, operative, pathologic, and outcome data were prospectively collected on 60 patients who underwent wide local excision of melanoma followed by immediate flap reconstruction...
October 19, 2016: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
Marcus Unterrainer, Norbert Galldiks, Bogdana Suchorska, Lara-Caroline Kowalew, Vera Wenter, Christine Schmid-Tannwald, Maximilian Niyazi, Peter Bartenstein, Karl-Josef Langen, Nathalie L Albert
PURPOSE: In patients with brain metastasis, PET using labeled amino acids has gained clinical importance, mainly regarding the differentiation of viable tumor tissue from treatment-related effects. However, there is still limited knowledge concerning the uptake characteristics in patients with newly diagnosed and untreated brain metastases. Hence, we evaluated the uptake characteristics in these patients using dynamic O-(2-(18)F-fluoroethyl)-L-tyrosine ((18)F-FET) positron-emission-tomography (PET)...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Jing-Yi Li, Li-Li Zheng, Ting-Ting Wang, Min Hu
BACKGROUND: Melanoma is a type of cancer that develops from the pigment-containing cells. Until now, its pathological mechanisms remain largely unknown. The aim of this study was to identify metastasis-related microRNA (miRNAs) and gain an understanding of the biological functions in the metastasis of melanoma. METHODS: We searched the PubMed and Gene Expression Omnibus database to collect miRNA expression profiling datasets about melanoma, with key words of "melanoma", "miRNA", "microarray", and "gene expression profiling"...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Hui Min Yang, Susan J Hsiao, David F Schaeffer, Chi Lai, Helen E Remotti, David Horst, Mahesh M Mansukhani, Basil A Horst
Anorectal melanoma is a rare disease that carries a poor prognosis. To date, limited genetic analyses confirmed KIT mutations as a recurrent genetic event similar to other mucosal melanomas, occurring in up to 30% of anorectal melanomas. Importantly, a subset of tumors harboring activating KIT mutations have been found to respond to c-Kit inhibitor-based therapy, with improved patient survival at advanced tumor stages. We performed comprehensive targeted exon sequencing analysis of 467 cancer-related genes in a larger series of 15 anorectal melanomas, focusing on potentially actionable variants based on gain- and loss-of-function mutations...
October 14, 2016: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
Olga Vornicova, Ilanit Boyango, Sari Feld, Inna Naroditsky, Olga Kazarin, Yaniv Zohar, Yariv Tiram, Neta Ilan, Ofer Ben-Izhak, Israel Vlodavsky, Gil Bar-Sela
BACKGROUND: Heparanase expression is induced in many types of cancers, including melanoma, and promotes tumor growth, angiogenesis and metastasis. However, there is insufficient data regarding heparanase expression in the metastatic lesions that are the prime target for anti-cancer therapeutics. To that end, we examined heparanase expression in metastatic melanoma and its correlation with clinical parameters. RESULTS: Heparanase staining was detected in 88% of the samples, and was strong in 46%...
October 6, 2016: Oncotarget
Anna Biernacka, Konstantinos D Linos, Peter A DeLong, Arief A Suriawinata, Vijayalakshmi Padmanabhan, Xiaoying Liu
When confronted with a metastatic poorly differentiated tumor of unknown origin, the initial workup includes the standard panel of immunostains to rule out carcinoma, sarcoma, lymphoma, and the greatest mimicker in pathology - malignant melanoma. Although not specific, the S-100 protein is expressed in over 95% of malignant melanomas. Herein, we present a case of multiorgan metastatic malignancy with a dominant hilar and mediastinal mass in a current smoker; clinically, highly suggestive of widespread primary lung cancer...
2016: CytoJournal
Marco Manfredini, Giovanni Pellacani, Lorena Losi, Monia Maccaferri, Aldo Tomasi, Giovanni Ponti
AIM: To evaluate clinical, pathologic and genetic features of desmoplastic melanoma (DM). MATERIALS & METHODS: Analysis of all DM records from 1991 to 2015. RESULTS: The most common location of DMs was the head and neck (69%); median age and follow-up were 60.5 and 7.3 years, respectively. A familial predisposition for DMs and others malignancies was analyzed. Thin Breslow thickness (<4.5 mm) was associated with an intraepidermal component or a previous lentigo maligna, whereas high Breslow thickness (>4...
October 12, 2016: Future Oncology
Jonah D Klein, Michael E Kupferman
BACKGROUND: Li-Fraumeni syndrome (LFS) is a familial cancer predisposition associated with a germline mutation in TP53. Patients with LFS are at risk of developing malignancies and require comprehensive screening. We describe an index case of LFS presenting with mucosal melanoma. METHODS: A 21-year-old woman presented with a left maxillary mucosal lesion and a left neck mass. Biopsies revealed metastatic mucosal melanoma, which is a pathology previously unreported in LFS families...
October 11, 2016: Head & Neck
Mohamed Réda El Ochi, Mohammed Massine El Hammoumi, Abdelhamid Biyi, Mohamed Allaoui, El Hassane Kabiri, Abderrahman Albouzidi, Mohamed Oukabli
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary sarcomas are uncommon accounting for 0.5 % of all primary lung cancers. Undifferentiated sarcomas account for up to 20 % of soft tissue sarcomas. A lung tumor revealed to be an undifferentiated sarcoma with epithelioid features has never been reported in the literature. CASE PRESENTATION: A 61-year-old white Moroccan man presented with 2 months' history of hemoptysis and dyspnea. Chest computed tomography showed a cystic mass involving the lower field of his right lung evoking first a hydatid cyst...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
J R Marsden, R Fox, N M Boota, M Cook, K Wheatley, L Billingham, N Steven
BACKGROUND: Topical imiquimod is sometimes used for lentigo maligna (LM) in-situ melanoma instead of surgery, but frequency of cure is uncertain. Pathological complete regression (pCR) is a logical surrogate marker for cure after imiquimod, although residual LM and atypical melanocytic hyperplasia may not be reliably distinguished. A trial comparing imiquimod versus surgery might be justified by a high imiquimod pCR rate. OBJECTIVES: Primary: to estimate pCR rate for LM following imiquimod...
October 6, 2016: British Journal of Dermatology
Gerald Saldanha, Kushal Joshi, Kathryn Lawes, Mark Bamford, Farhaan Moosa, Kah Wee Teo, J Howard Pringle
Outcomes for melanoma patients vary within cancer stage. Prognostic biomarkers are potential adjuncts to provide more precise prognostic information. Simple, low-cost biomarker assays, such as those based on immunohistochemistry, have strong translational potential. 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5 hmC) shows prognostic potential in melanoma but prior studies were small. We, therefore, analysed 5 hmC in a retrospective cohort to provide external validation of its prognostic value. Two hundred primary melanomas were evaluated for 5 hmC expression using immunohistochemistry...
October 7, 2016: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
Hidekazu Itamura, Takero Shindo, Isao Tawara, Yasushi Kubota, Ryusho Kariya, Seiji Okada, Krishna V Komanduri, Shinya Kimura
The efficacy of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for hematologic malignancies is limited by the difficulty in suppressing graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) without compromising graft-versus-tumor (GVT) effects. We previously showed that RAS/MEK/ERK signaling depends on memory differentiation in human T cells, which confers susceptibility to selective inhibition of naive T cells. Actually, antineoplastic MEK inhibitors selectively suppress alloreactive T cells, sparing virus-specific T cells in vitro...
July 7, 2016: JCI Insight
Amra Nadarevic Vodencarevic, Vahid Jusufovic, Svjetlana Terzic, Musfaha Burgic, Meliha Halibasic, Mersiha Sinanovic
AIM: Melanoma represents a malignant tumour arising from melanocytes. Uveal melanoma is the most common primary ocular malignancy among the adult population. The aim of the study was to examine epidemiological characteristics of ocular melanoma in University Clinic Centre in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina from January 2001 till November 2015. METHODS AND MATERIALS: In this retrospective study we used all available medical documentation to investigate the clinical findings which included age, gender, tumour size, histopathological features and the precise anatomic origin of the ocular melanoma...
July 24, 2016: Materia Socio-medica
Lina Garcia, Luis Tresierra, Marjorie Garcerant, Hipolito Duran, Benedetto Ielpo, Eduardo Diaz, Isabel Fabra, Riccardo Caruso, Luis Malavé, Susana Prados, Susana Tabernero, Yolanda Quijano, Emilio Vicente
The radio guided occult lesion localization (ROLL) technique has been in use since the mid-90's, mainly in breast surgery. It is nowadays used for many oncological pathologies such as parathyroid lesions, melanoma, and colorectal tumors. We present the case of a patient with an 11 mm left meso rectal solitary recurrence of a primary ovarian cancer in whom the ROLL technique was used to identify the implant. The radio isotope was introduced with a 22g needle with Endoscopic ultrasound technique using an Echo lineal endoscope...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Gian Piero Guerrini, Felice Lo Faso, Alessio Vagliasindi, Rosalba Lembo, Luciano Solaini, Paolo Soliani, Mario Taviani, Calogero Porrello
INTRODUCTION: The ideal surgical approach for pulmonary metastasectomy remains controversial. Thoracoscopic surgery may offer advantages in quality of life outcomes, with equivalent oncologic long-term results. This study aimed to demonstrate the validity of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) in the treatment of lung metastases. METHODS: In all 224 patients who underwent 300 VATS metastasectomies from January 2000 to December 2013 were retrospectively reviewed...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
Dipankar Das, Panna Deka, Geeta Verma, Ganesh Chandra Kuri, Harsha Bhattacharjee, Gayatri Bharali, Divya Pandey, Akanksha Koul, Bidisha Das, Apurba Deka
Immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4-related diseases) affects various tissues and organs of the human body. Orbital, adnexal, and scleral inflammations were already reported in the medical literature. To the best of our knowledge, we report the first case of intraocular IgG4-associated inflammatory mass in the ciliary body mimicking as a melanoma in a 23-year-old female from Northeast India. Characteristic histopathology, immunohistochemistry in the tissue, protein chemistry, and raised serum IgG4 were supportive for the diagnosis...
August 2016: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
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