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Cheong-Yong Yun, Seon Mi Ko, Yong Pyo Choi, Beom Joon Kim, Jungno Lee, Jae Mun Kim, Ju Yeon Kim, Jin Yong Song, Song-Hee Kim, Bang Yeon Hwang, Jin Tae Hong, Sang-Bae Han, Youngsoo Kim
Rationale: cAMP up-regulates microphthalmia-associated transcription factor subtype M (MITF-M) and tyrosinase (Tyro) in the generation of heavily pigmented melanosomes. Here, we communicate a therapeutic mechanism of hyperpigmented disorder by α-viniferin, an active constituent of Caragana sinica . Methods: We used cAMP-elevated melanocyte cultures or facial hyperpigmented patches for pigmentation assays, and applied immunoprecipitation, immunobloting, RT-PCR or reporter gene for elucidation of the antimelanogenic mechanism...
2018: Theranostics
Piya Ghose, Alina Rashid, Peter Insley, Meera Trivedi, Pavak Shah, Anupriya Singhal, Yun Lu, Zhirong Bao, Shai Shaham
Phagocytosis of dying cells is critical in development and immunity1-3 . Although proteins for recognition and engulfment of cellular debris following cell death are known4,5 , proteins that directly mediate phagosome sealing are uncharacterized. Furthermore, whether all phagocytic targets are cleared using the same machinery is unclear. Degeneration of morphologically complex cells, such as neurons, glia and melanocytes, produces phagocytic targets of various shapes and sizes located in different microenvironments6,7 ...
March 19, 2018: Nature Cell Biology
Ibrahim Sayed-Ahmed, Juan Carlos Murillo, Pedro Monsalve, Jan Paul Ulloa, Maria P Fernandez, James Wong, George Elgart, Anat Galor, Sander R Dubovy, Carol L Karp
PURPOSE: Blue nevus is a melanocytic tumor that is commonly found in the skin. Extracutaneous presentations, including the ocular surface, are rare. As such, the purpose of this study was to characterize the clinical features and clinical course of congenital melanocytic tumor (blue nevus) of the conjunctiva. DESIGN: Retrospective, noncomparative case series. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-one patients with 23 blue nevi of the ocular surface that were excised surgically between 2000 and 2016...
March 15, 2018: Ophthalmology
Luyan Tang, Wenyu Wu, Wenwen Fu, Yao Hu
Phototherapy is widely used in the treatment of vitiligo. Previous studies have focused on the effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation on melanocytes; however, the biological effects of phototherapy and melanocytes on keratinocytes remain to be elucidated. To investigate and assess the effects of clinically doses of broad band (BB)-UVA, narrow band (NB)-UVB and melanocytes on human keratinocytes in vitro , clinical doses of BB-UVA or NB-UVB radiation and human melanoma cell A375 co-culture were performed as stress divisors to HaCaT cells...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Jianwen Long, Qiqige Menggen, Qimige Wuren, Quan Shi, Xianming Pi
BACKGROUND Malignant melanoma is a class of malignant tumors derived from melanocytes. lncRNAs have been considered as pro-/anti-tumor factors in progression of cancers. The function of lncRNA TUG1 on growth of melanoma was investigated in this study. MATERIAL AND METHODS The TUG1 and miR-129-5p expression were examined via qRT-PCR. The protein expression was investigated by Western blotting assay. Luciferase reporter assay was used to assess if lncRNA TUG1 can bind to miR-129-5p and if miR-129-5p can target AEG1 mRNA...
March 15, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Kamal U Zaidi, Sharique A Ali, Ayesha S Ali
Background: Human skin exists in a wide range of different colors and gradations, ranging from white to brown to black. This is due to the presence of a chemically inert and stable pigment known as melanin, which is produced deep inside the skin but is displayed as a mosaic at the surface of the body. Methods & Materials: In mammalian melanocytes, melanosome is a highly specialized organelle where melanin is synthesized. Melanin synthesis is controlled by tyrosinase, the vital enzyme in melanogenic pathway...
2018: Open Medicinal Chemistry Journal
Katharina Wiedemeyer, Antonio Guadagno, Jonathan Davey, Thomas Brenn
Spitz nevi on acral sites are rare and poorly documented. The combination of Spitzoid cytomorphology and atypical architectural features of the junctional component may lead to an erroneous diagnosis of melanoma. To study the clinicopthologic and immunohistochemical features, 50 Spitz nevi localized on the distal extremities were retrieved from departmental files. Clinical data and follow-up were obtained and the histologic features were analyzed. P16 and P21 immunohistochemical staining of the dermal component was compared with that of 10 acral lentiginous melanomas and 10 acral nevi...
March 13, 2018: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
Hitomi Aoki
Rest is a regulator of neuronal development and has been suggested to function in maintaining the pluripotent state of embryonic stem cells (ESCs); however, this remains controversial. Since Rest null mice show embryonic lethality, we herein generated conditional Rest knockout (CKO) models to investigate Rest functions in more detail. Our results revealed that Rest was not necessary for maintaining the pluripotency of ESCs and instead promoted primitive endoderm differentiation. In contrast to the repressive role of Rest in vitro, including ESCs, neural stem cells, and fibroblasts, on the expression of target neural genes, Rest CKO did not affect the in vivo development of brain tissue...
March 13, 2018: Medical Molecular Morphology
Mandy Schott, Miriam M de Jel, Julia C Engelmann, Philipp Renner, Edward K Geissler, Anja K Bosserhoff, Silke Kuphal
Selenium-binding protein 1 (SELENBP1) expression is reduced in various epithelial cancer entities compared to corresponding normal tissue and has already been described as a tumor suppressor involved in the regulation of cell proliferation, senescence, migration and apoptosis. We identified SELENBP1 to be down-regulated in cutaneous melanoma, a malignant cancer of pigment-producing melanocytes in the skin, which leads to the assumption that SELENBP1 also functions as tumor suppressor in the skin, as shown by others e...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Oscar W Nevares-Pomales, Osward Y Carrasquillo, Marely Santiago-Vazquez, Francisco Colon-Fontanez
Spitz nevus is a type of melanocytic nevus that can arise as a solitary lesion or as multiple lesions either disseminated or agminated (grouped) in different skin backgrounds (eg, grossly normal, hyperpigmented, or hypopigmented). Agminated Spitz nevi have been rarely reported and are even rarer in a background of hypopigmented skin. We present the case of a 2-month-old girl with multiple, grouped, dome-shaped, red papules arising on a hypopigmented patch with a segmental distribution. Biopsy of 2 lesions showed findings characteristic of Spitz nevus, confirming the diagnosis...
February 27, 2018: American Journal of Dermatopathology
Isidro Machado, Carlos Santonja, Victoria Huerta, Julia Cruz, Celia Requena, Luis Requena, Antonio Llombart-Bosch
Neuroendocrine differentiation or aberrant expression of neuroendocrine markers is very uncommon in angiosarcomas (AS) and creates a challenging differential diagnosis with other superficial or soft tissue tumors. Herein, we report a new case of superficial AS presenting as a tumor lesion on the little finger of the right hand of a 52-year-old man. The tumor displayed CD56, chromogranin-A, and synaptophysin immunoreactivity. Tumor cells were positive for vascular markers (CD31, FLI1, ERG, D2-40, VE-cadherin, VEGR1,2, and 3), CD99, and EMA, but were negative for S100, CK (AE1/AE3), CK20, polyomavirus, and myogenic (desmin and myogenin) and melanocyte markers (melan-A and HMB45)...
February 27, 2018: American Journal of Dermatopathology
Georgi Tchernev
BACKGROUND: We present to the attention of the medical, dermatological and oncosurgical community data that serves to indicate the indispensability of optimisation of the algorithm and recommendations for diagnosis and surgical treatment of cutaneous melanoma. These recommendations could be referred to different subgroups of patients in different clinical stages as well as to patients with different initial characterisation (histological morphology) of the primary tumours. One step surgery is not a myth, even more, it could prove to be one of the best solutions for some patient collectives with advanced stages of melanoma...
February 15, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Xiu Fen Chen, Joe Yeong, Kenneth Tou En Chang, Alvin Soon Tiong Lim, Chik Hong Kuick, Tse Hui Lim, Jain Sudhanshi, Sathiyamoorthy Selvarajan, Valerie Huei Li Gan, Li Yan Khor
Perivascular epithelioid cell tumor (PEComa) is an uncommon tumor which presents with epithelioid and spindled cell morphology and is immunoreactive for myogenic and melanocytic markers. Recently, a subset of PEComas has been reported to harbor TFE3 gene rearrangement.In this case report, we describe a TFE3 -expressing primary bladder PEComa in a 27-year-old male patient with acute myeloid leukaemia in remission. The tumor displayed epithelioid morphology with surrounding delicate blood vessels and was devoid of a prominent spindle cell component...
January 2018: Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science
Deren Özcan, Deniz Seçkin, Mehmet Haberal
OBJECTIVES: The incidence and mortality of melanoma are increased in organ transplant recipients. Multiple acquired common and dysplastic nevi are risk factors for melanoma. A new or changing nevus may suggest melanoma. Strategies used by transplant dermatologists to monitor nevi are unknown. Herein, we aimed to assess the methods used by transplant dermatologists for monitoring multiple acquired common nevi, dysplastic nevi, and new or changing nevi. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A questionnaire was e-mailed to 63 members of the Skin Care in Organ Transplant Patients, Europe...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Abbas Albayati, Burak Ozkan, Atilla Adnan Eyuboglu, Ahmet Cagri Uysal, Nilgun Markal Ertas, Mehmet Haberal
OBJECTIVES: Skin cancers are one of the most common malignancies in solid-organ transplant recipients. Increased age and immunosuppressive drug use are risk factors for posttransplant skin malignancies. We evaluated nonmelanocytic skin cancer incidence and development time in transplant patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We reviewed 1833 patients who received kidney, liver, and heart grafts between 1996 and 2016 at Baskent University. We excluded melanocytic skin cancers, premalignant lesions, and benign skin tumors...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Qinghao Jin, Xiang Hua Han, Cheong-Yong Yun, Chul Lee, Jin Woo Lee, Dongho Lee, Mi Kyeong Lee, Sang-Hun Jung, Jin Tae Hong, Youngsoo Kim, Bang Yeon Hwang
Bioassay-guided fractionation of the methanolic extract from the roots of Cynanchum atratum has resulted in the isolation of three new pregnane glycosides (1-3) along with four known compounds (4-7). Their structures were identified by analysis of the spectroscopic data including extensive 2D NMR. All of the isolates were evaluated for their potential to inhibit the melanin production in α-melanocyte stimulating hormone (α-MSH)-activated B16 melanoma cells. Of these, compounds 4-7 dose-dependently inhibited the melanin production with the IC50 values ranging from 4 μM to 33 μM...
January 4, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Xinying Cong, Jin Zhang, Xiaojuan Xu, Miaomiao Zhang, Yan Chen
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to analyze MR imaging features of renal epithelioid angiomyolipoma (EAML). METHODS: This study included 17 patients with histopathologically confirmed renal EAML who underwent renal MRI scanning before radical or partial nephrectomy. MR images were retrospectively reviewed and correlated with pathological findings. RESULT: Fifteen lesions (88.2%) appeared as round or oval. The tumor-kidney interface was round in 14 lesions (82...
March 10, 2018: Abdominal Radiology
Suh-Yeon Choi, Bum-Ho Bin, Wanil Kim, Eunkyung Lee, Tae Ryong Lee, Eun-Gyung Cho
BACKGROUND: Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is a well-known factor in skin aging and pigmentation, and daily exposure to subcytotoxic doses of UVR might accelerate senescence and senescence-associated phenomena in human melanocytes. OBJECTIVE: To establish an in vitro melanocyte model to mimic the conditions of repeated exposure to subcytotoxic doses of UVB irradiation and to investigate key factor(s) for melanocyte senescence and senescence-associated phenomena. METHODS: Human epidermal melanocytes were exposed twice with 20 mJ/cm2 UVB over a 24-h interval and subsequently cultivated for 2 weeks...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Dermatological Science
David E Elder, Mike Piepkorn, Raymond L Barnhill, Gary M Longton, Heidi D Nelson, Stevan R Knezevich, Margaret S Pepe, Patricia A Carney, Linda J Titus, Tracy Onega, Anna N A Tosteson, Martin A Weinstock, Joann G Elmore
BACKGROUND: Diagnostic interpretations of melanocytic skin lesions vary widely among pathologists, yet the underlying reasons remain unclear. OBJECTIVE: Identify pathologist characteristics associated with rates of accuracy and reproducibility. METHODS: Pathologists independently interpreted the same set of biopsies of melanocytic lesions on two occasions. Diagnoses were categorized into one of five classes according to the MPATH-Dx© system...
March 7, 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Gerzaín Rodríguez, Elga Johanna Vargas, María Claudia Abaúnza, Diana Marcela Díaz Quijano, Mario Melo-Uribe
BACKGROUND: No previous studies have been conducted to determine the normal number of nail matrix melanocytes in Latin American individuals. The objective of this work was to determine the number of melanocytes per linear millimeter present in the nail matrix and the nail bed in samples obtained from Colombian individuals. METHODS: Twenty-six unilateral biopsies were taken from 19 cadavers subjected to clinical and medico-legal autopsies. These biopsy samples were processed with conventional histotechnology and immunohistochemistry (IHC) with anti-HMB-45 and anti-MiTF...
March 10, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
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