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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163360/vitiligo-and-autoimmune-thyroid-disorders
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Enke Baldini, Teresa Odorisio, Salvatore Sorrenti, Antonio Catania, Francesco Tartaglia, Giovanni Carbotta, Daniele Pironi, Roberta Rendina, Eleonora D'Armiento, Severino Persechino, Salvatore Ulisse
Vitiligo represents the most common cause of acquired skin, hair, and oral depigmentation, affecting 0.5-1% of the population worldwide. It is clinically characterized by the appearance of disfiguring circumscribed skin macules following melanocyte destruction by autoreactive cytotoxic T lymphocytes. Patients affected by vitiligo usually show a poorer quality of life and are more likely to suffer from depressive symptoms, particularly evident in dark-skinned individuals. Although vitiligo is a non-fatal disease, exposure of affected skin to UV light increases the chance of skin irritation and predisposes to skin cancer...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162497/expression-signatures-of-early-stage-and-advanced-medaka-melanomas
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Barbara Klotz, Susanne Kneitz, Martina Regensburger, Lena Hahn, Michael Dannemann, Janet Kelso, Birgit Nickel, Yuan Lu, William Boswell, John Postlethwait, Wesley Warren, Manfred Kunz, Ronald B Walter, Manfred Schartl
Melanoma is one of the most aggressive tumors with a very low survival rate once metastasized. The incidence of newly detected cases increases every year suggesting the necessity of development and application of innovative treatment strategies. Human melanoma develops from melanocytes localized in the epidermis of the skin to malignant tumors because of deregulated effectors influencing several molecular pathways. Despite many advances in describing the molecular changes accompanying melanoma formation, many critical and clinically relevant molecular features of the transformed pigment cells and the underlying mechanisms are largely unknown...
November 18, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161639/specification-plasticity-and-evolutionary-origin-of-peripheral-glial-cells
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Maria Eleni Kastriti, Igor Adameyko
Peripheral glia includes predominantly myelinating and non-myelinating Schwann cells in addition to satellite, terminal and enteric glia as well as other unresolved subtypes with localized functions. Of these subtypes, all of them originate from neural crest-derived embryonic Schwann cell precursors (SCPs). Specific gene regulatory networks control neural crest specification and downstream events, including SCP differentiation and myelination. Embryonic SCPs are multipotent and generate neuroendocrine cells, parasympathetic and enteric neurons, melanocytes and other cell types...
November 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158443/fox-and-ets-family-transcription-factors-regulate-the-pigment-cell-lineage-in-planarians
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Xinwen He, Nicole Lindsay-Mosher, Yan Li, Alyssa M Molinaro, Jason Pellettieri, Bret J Pearson
Many pigment cells acquire unique structural properties and gene expression profiles during animal development. The underlying differentiation pathways have been well characterized in cells formed during embryogenesis, such as the neural crest-derived melanocyte. However, much less is known about the developmental origins of pigment cells produced in adult organisms during tissue homeostasis and repair. Here we report a lineage analysis of ommochrome- and porphyrin-producing cells in the brown, freshwater planarian Schmidtea mediterranea Using an RNA-sequencing approach, we identified two classes of markers expressed in sequential fashion when new pigment cells are generated during regeneration or in response to pigment cell ablation...
November 20, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156643/melanoma-genetic-abnormalities-tumor-progression-clonal-evolution-and-tumor-initiating-cells
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REVIEW
Ugo Testa, Germana Castelli, Elvira Pelosi
Melanoma is an aggressive neoplasia issued from the malignant transformation of melanocytes, the pigment-generating cells of the skin. It is responsible for about 75% of deaths due to skin cancers. Melanoma is a phenotypically and molecularly heterogeneous disease: cutaneous, uveal, acral, and mucosal melanomas have different clinical courses, are associated with different mutational profiles, and possess distinct risk factors. The discovery of the molecular abnormalities underlying melanomas has led to the promising improvement of therapy, and further progress is expected in the near future...
November 20, 2017: Medical Sciences: Open Access Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156467/-diagnosis-and-therapy-of-iris-lesions
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Joel M Mor, Konrad R Koch, Ludwig M Heindl
The most common iris lesions are iris nevi, iris melanomas and iris pigment epithelium cysts. However, there is an abundance of rare differential diagnoses that have to be considered, including other melanocytic and non-melanocytic lesions. Diagnostic tools include the slit lamp examination, gonioscopy, tonometry, transillumination, ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM), optical coherence tomography, fluorescein angiography and standardized photography-assisted documentation. The timely identification of malignant lesions (i...
November 20, 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153887/-gallbladder-metastasis-of-melanoma-immunohistochemical-and-molecular-data-of-a-case-and-review-of-the-literature
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Arnault Tauziède-Espariat, Johnny Raffoul, Shan-Rong Sun, Christine Monnin, Arnaud de la Fouchardière, Catherine Lassabe
We report the case of a 57-year-old man, who is hospitalized for the surgery of a gallbladder mass associated by an increase in fluorodeoxyglucose-activity on positron emission tomography/computed tomography scan. This is an incidental finding occurring during monitoring of a skin melanoma. A cholecystectomy is performed. Microscopic examination identified an infiltration of the gallbladder wall by a proliferation of atypical pigmented spindled melanocytes with numerous mitoses. The immunohistochemical analysis confirmed the melanocytic nature of this proliferation with the staining of HMB-45, S100 protein and Melan-A...
November 16, 2017: Annales de Pathologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153255/-management-of-hypopigmented-scars-following-burn-injuries
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M Schmidt, K Serror, M Chaouat, M Mimoun, D Boccara
OBJECTIVE: Permanent hypopigmentation of burn scars is a common consequence after partial and full thickness burns that heal by secondary intent, and they can cause severe aesthetic issues. The surgical goals for effective treatment of postburn hypopigmentation are to remove scar tissues, and to produce healthy melanocytes, with minimal donor site morbidity. This article reviews the current literature about the different ways to treat hypopigmentation following burn injuries and discusses the indications...
November 15, 2017: Annales de Chirurgie Plastique et Esthétique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152725/regressed-melanocytic-nevi-secondary-to-pembrolizumab-therapy-an-emerging-melanocytic-dermatologic-effect-from-immune-checkpoint-antibody-blockade
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Shakuntala H Mauzo, Michael T Tetzlaff, Kelly Nelson, Rodabe Amaria, Sapna Patel, Phyu P Aung, Priyadharsini Nagarajan, Carlos A Torres-Cabala, Adi Diab, Victor G Prieto, Jonathan L Curry
BACKGROUND: Immune checkpoint antibody blockade is an emerging therapeutic option for treating certain cancers including melanoma. This therapy is associated with dermatologic and systemic toxicities, some of which are more severe than others and may require withholding therapy. CASE REPORTS: We report two patients with melanocytic nevi that regressed with pembrolizumab therapy. The first patient had stage IV BRAF K601E/L584F mutant melanoma that developed a regressed melanocytic nevus while being treated with pembrolizumab...
November 20, 2017: International Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152323/new-melanocortin-like-peptide-of-e-coli-can-suppress-inflammation-via-the-mammalian-melanocortin-1-receptor-mc1r-possible-endocrine-like-function-for-microbes-of-the-gut
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Xiaoling Qiang, Anthony S Liotta, Joseph Shiloach, J C Gutierrez, Haichao Wang, Mahendar Ochani, Kanta Ochani, Huan Yang, Aviva Rabin, Derek LeRoith, Maxine A Lesniak, Markus Böhm, Christian Maaser, Klaus Kannengiesser, Mark Donowitz, Shervin Rabizadeh, Christopher J Czura, Kevin J Tracey, Mark Westlake, Aida Zarfeshani, Syed F Mehdi, Ann Danoff, Xueliang Ge, Suparna Sanyal, Gary J Schwartz, Jesse Roth
E. coli releases a 33 amino acid peptide melanocortin-like peptide of E. coli (MECO-1) that is identical to the C-terminus of the E. coli elongation factor-G (EF-G) and has interesting similarities to two prominent mammalian melanocortin hormones, alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (alpha-MSH) and adrenocorticotropin (ACTH). Note that MECO-1 lacks HFRW, the common pharmacophore of the known mammalian melanocortin peptides. MECO-1 and the two hormones were equally effective in severely blunting release of cytokines (HMGB1 and TNF) from macrophage-like cells in response to (i) endotoxin (lipopolysaccharide) or (ii) pro-inflammatory cytokine HMGB-1...
2017: NPJ Biofilms and Microbiomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152117/fgf5-is-expressed-in-melanoma-and-enhances-malignancy-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Sara Ghassemi, Katharina Vejdovszky, Emine Sahin, Lukas Ratzinger, Karin Schelch, Thomas Mohr, Barbara Peter-Vörösmarty, Jelena Brankovic, Andreas Lackner, Alexandra Leopoldi, Diana Meindl, Christine Pirker, Balazs Hegedus, Brigitte Marian, Klaus Holzmann, Bettina Grasl-Kraupp, Petra Heffeter, Walter Berger, Michael Grusch
Although FGF5 mRNA was previously found expressed in some melanoma cell lines in contrast to normal human melanocytes, neither its contribution to melanoma growth nor its expression in melanoma tissue has been investigated. Here we demonstrate that ectopic overexpression of FGF5 in human melanoma cells with low endogenous FGF5 expression increased clonogenicity and invasion but not short-term growth in vitro. Silencing of FGF5 in melanoma cells with high endogenous FGF5 expression had the opposite effect on clonogenicity...
October 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150864/seeing-is-believing-a-review-of-apheresis-therapy-in-the-treatment-of-ophthalmologic-disease
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Brendan C Graham, Jose S Pulido, Jeffrey L Winters
Apheresis procedures have a role in treatment of disparate diseases involving many different organ systems. Often the disease processes where apheresis plays a role in treatment are considered "orphan diseases"-relatively rare disease processes that lack specific pharmaceutical agents or established treatment protocols. Many of these disease processes can affect the eye with devastating results for the eyesight of these patients. The unique ability of apheresis to affect disease by modifying blood plasma and modulating disease-causing agents therein renders apheresis procedures valuable tools in the treatment of certain ophthalmologic diseases...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Apheresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150430/interferon-%C3%A1%C2%B5-2-signaling-in-melanocytes-and-melanoma-cells-regulates-expression-of-ctla-4
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Xuan Mo, Hanghang Zhang, Sarah Preston, Kayla Martin, Bo Zhou, Nish Vadalia, Ana M Gamero, Jonathan Soboloff, Italo Tempera, M Raza Zaidi
CTLA-4 is a cell surface receptor on T cells that functions as an immune checkpoint molecule to enforce tolerance to cognate antigens. Anti-CTLA-4 immunotherapy is highly effective at reactivating T cell responses against melanoma, which is postulated to be due to targeting CTLA-4 on T cells. Here we report that CTLA-4 is also highly expressed by most human melanoma cell lines, as well as in normal human melanocytes. Interferon-gamma (IFNG) signaling activated the expression of the human CTLA-4 gene in a melanocyte and melanoma cell-specific manner...
November 17, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150333/design-synthesis-and-evaluation-of-novel-dihydrostilbene-derivatives-as-potential-anti-melanogenic-skin-protecting-agents
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Yu Zhu, Wen-Hui Pan, Chuen Fai Ku, Hong-Jie Zhang, Siu Wai Tsang
The stems of Dendrobium orchids (Orchidaceae), also known as Shi Hu, have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries in oriental countries. In fact, the health benefits of Shi Hu have been evidenced by its modern pharmacological actions on conquering oxidative stress in pathological conditions. From the extracts of two commonly used Dendrobium species, we obtained discernible amounts of stilbenoids, explicitly trans-resveratrol (1) and dihydro-resveratrol (2), which are prototypical antioxidants. When applied to cultured melanocytes, these stilbenoids, dihydro-resveratrol (2) in particular, significantly reduced melanin formation via inhibiting tyrosinase activity and expression of tyrosinase-related proteins...
October 10, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149598/harnessing-bet-inhibitor-sensitivity-reveals-amigo2-as-a-melanoma-survival-gene
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Barbara Fontanals-Cirera, Dan Hasson, Chiara Vardabasso, Raffaella Di Micco, Praveen Agrawal, Asif Chowdhury, Madeleine Gantz, Ana de Pablos-Aragoneses, Ari Morgenstern, Pamela Wu, Dan Filipescu, David Valle-Garcia, Farbod Darvishian, Jae-Seok Roe, Michael A Davies, Christopher R Vakoc, Eva Hernando, Emily Bernstein
Bromodomain and extraterminal domain inhibitors (BETi) represent promising therapeutic agents for metastatic melanoma, yet their mechanism of action remains unclear. Here we interrogated the transcriptional effects of BETi and identified AMIGO2, a transmembrane molecule, as a BET target gene essential for melanoma cell survival. AMIGO2 is upregulated in melanoma cells and tissues compared to human melanocytes and nevi, and AMIGO2 silencing in melanoma cells induces G1/S arrest followed by apoptosis. We identified the pseudokinase PTK7 as an AMIGO2 interactor whose function is regulated by AMIGO2...
November 16, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147946/a-case-report-of-the-first-application-of-culture-epithelial-autograft-jace-%C3%A2-for-giant-congenital-melanocytic-nevus-after-its-approval-in-japan
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Naoki Morimoto, Natsuko Kakudo, Ayako Kako, Keiko Nishimura, Toshihito Mitsui, Ryohei Miyake, Atsuyuki Kuro, Masakatsu Hihara, Kenji Kusumoto
In Japan, the JACE(®) cultured epidermal autograft (CEA) was approved and covered by public healthcare insurance for use in the treatment of giant congenital melanocytic nevus (GCMN) in 2016. We herein report the results of the application of JACE(®) after curettage and Q-switched ruby laser therapy. The current patient was the first patient with GCMN to be treated with JACE(®) since its approval. A 3-month-old girl had a hairy GCMN of 9.5 cm in diameter from her cheek to her temple on the left side of her face...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146972/specific-targeting-of-melanotic-cells-with-peptide-ligated-photosensitizers-for-photodynamic-therapy
#17
Paul Lorenz Bigliardi, Bhimsen Rout, Aakanksha Pant, Viknish Krishnan-Kutty, Alex N Eberle, Ramasamy Srinivas, Brendan Adrian Burkett, Mei Bigliardi-Qi
A strategy combining covalent conjugation of photosensitizers to a peptide ligand directed to the melanocortin 1 (MC1) receptor with the application of sequential LED light dosage at near-IR wavelengths was developed to achieve specific cytotoxicity to melanocytes and melanoma (MEL) with minimal collateral damage to surrounding cells such as keratinocytes (KER). The specific killing of melanotic cells by targeted photodynamic therapy (PDT) described in this study holds promise as a potentially effective adjuvant therapeutic method to control benign skin hyperpigmentation or superficial melanotic malignancy such as Lentigo Maligna Melanoma (LMM)...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146131/dysregulation-of-autophagy-in-melanocytes-contributes-to-hypopigmented-macules-in-tuberous-sclerosis-complex
#18
Fei Yang, Lingli Yang, Mari Wataya-Kaneda, Junya Hasegawa, Tamotsu Yoshimori, Atsushi Tanemura, Daisuke Tsuruta, Ichiro Katayama
BACKGROUND: Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) gene mutations lead to constitutive activation of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway, resulting in a broad range of symptoms. Hypopigmented macules are the earliest sign. Although we have already confirmed that topical rapamycin treatment (an mTOR inhibitor) protects patients with TSC against macular hypopigmentation, the pathogenesis of such lesions remains poorly understood. OBJECTIVE: Recently emerging evidence supports a role for autophagy in skin pigmentation...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139361/angiokeratoma-of-the-glans-penis
#19
Bryce D Beutler, Philip R Cohen
Angiokeratomas are benign vascular lesions characterized by ectatic blood vessels in the papillary dermis with overlying acanthosis and hyperkeratosis, often occurring as idiopathic scrotal tumor and rarely as penile lesions. Twelve men, including our case of a 58-year-old white man, have been reported with angiokeratomas of the glans penis. The lesions typically present as asymptomatic dome-shaped papules ranging in size from 0.5 to 5 mm and present as red, purple, blue, or black lesions along the penile coronal rim...
2017: Skinmed
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138058/the-diagnostic-value-and-histologic-correlate-of-distinct-patterns-of-shiny-white-streaks-for-the-diagnosis-of-melanoma-a-retrospective-case-control-study
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Anna Eliza Verzi, Victor L Quan, Kara Walton, Mary C Martini, Ashfaq A Marghoob, Erin M Garfield, Betty Kong, Maria Cristina Isales, Timothy VandenBoom, Bin Zhang, Dennis West, Pedram Gerami
BACKGROUND: Shiny white streaks (SWS) are best visualized with polarized dermoscopy, and correlate with dermal fibroplasia histopathologically. SWS have been described at higher frequencies in melanomas than benign nevi. OBJECTIVE: We assessed the diagnostic value of different patterns of SWS and their histologic correlate in melanocytic lesions. METHODS: Polarized dermoscopic images of 1507 histopathologically diagnosed melanocytic neoplasms were analyzed for presence and pattern of SWS...
November 11, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
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