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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684526/targeted-gene-silencing-of-braf-to-interrupt-braf-mek-erk-pathway-synergized-photothermal-therapeutics-for-melanoma-using-a-novel-fa-gnr-sibraf-nanosystem
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Yujuan Zhang, Xuelin Zhan, Shanshan Peng, Ying Cai, Yu Shrike Zhang, Yanling Liu, Zhigang Wang, Yanrong Yu, Yifan Wang, Qiaofa Shi, Xiaoping Zeng, Keng Yuan, Nanjin Zhou, Rakesh Joshi, Meng Zhang, Zhuxu Zhang, Weiping Min
Melanoma is significantly associated with mutant BRAF gene, a suitable target for siRNA-based anti-melanoma therapy. However, a tumor-specific delivery system is a major hurdle for clinical applications. Here, we developed a novel nano-carrier, FA-GNR-siBRAF for safe topical application, which consists of folic acid (FA) as the tumor-targeting moiety, golden nanorods (GNR) providing photothermal capability to kill tumor cells under laser irradiation, and siRNA specifically silencing BRAF (siBRAF). The in vitro and in vivo results revealed that FA-GNR-siBRAF displayed high transfection rates, and subsequently induced remarkable gene knockdown of BRAF, resulting in suppression of melanoma growth due to the interruption of the MEK/ERK pathway...
April 20, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29683947/encephalocraniocutaneous-lipomatosis
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Abhishek Bavle, Rikin Shah, Naina Gross, Theresa Gavula, Alejandro Ruiz-Elizalde, Klaas Wierenga, Rene McNall-Knapp
A 5-year-old boy presented with worsening headaches for 3 months. On examination, he was found to have a hairless fatty tissue nevus of the scalp (nevus psiloliparus), subcutaneous soft tissue masses on the right side of his face, neck, mandible and right buttock and epibulbar dermoid of the right eye (choristoma) (Figs. 1A, B). Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a large suprasellar mass, which was debulked and found to be a pilocytic astrocytoma. Testing was not performed for the BRAF/KIAA1549 fusion or BRAFV600E mutation...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29683894/histiocytoid-sweet-s-syndrome-during-combined-therapy-with-braf-and-mek-inhibitors-for-metastatic-melanoma
#3
Daniel Morgado-Carrasco, Natalia Moreno-Rivera, Xavier Fustà-Novell, Adriana García-Herrera, Cristina Carrera, Susana Puig
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2018: Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29682188/imaging-markers-of-response-to-combined-braf-and-mek-inhibition-in-braf-mutated-vemurafenib-sensitive-and-resistant-melanomas
#4
Stefania Acciardo, Lionel Mignion, Nicolas Joudiou, Caroline Bouzin, Jean-François Baurain, Bernard Gallez, Bénédicte F Jordan
A majority of patients with a V600x melanoma respond quickly to BRAF/MEK inhibition (BRAFi/MEKi) and have an obvious clinical benefit. Nearly all the patients after this initial phase will develop resistance. Therefore, non-invasive early markers of response/non-response are needed in order to identify those patients who, due to intrinsic or acquired resistance, do not respond to treatment and would be eligible for alternative treatments. The aim of this study was to investigate the value of magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1 H-MRS) of choline and diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI) as early markers of response to BRAF inhibition (BRAFi) with vemurafenib alone or in combination with MEK inhibition (MEKi) with trametinib, in BRAFi-sensitive and BRAFi-resistant melanoma xenografts...
March 30, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29674508/combined-braf-and-hsp90-inhibition-in-patients-with-unresectable-braf-v600e-mutant-melanoma
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Zeynep Eroglu, Yian Ann Chen, Geoffrey T Gibney, Jeffrey S Weber, Ragini R Kudchadkar, Nikhil I Khushalani, Joseph Markowitz, Andrew S Brohl, Leticia F Tetteh, Howida Ramadan, Gina Arnone, Jiannong Li, Xiuhua Zhao, Ritin Sharma, Lancia N F Darville, Bin Fang, Inna Smalley, Jane L Messina, John M Koomen, Vernon K Sondak, Keiran S M Smalley
PURPOSE: BRAF inhibitors are clinically active in patients with advanced BRAFV600 -mutant melanoma, although acquired resistance remains common. Preclinical studies demonstrated that resistance could be overcome using concurrent treatment with the HSP90 inhibitor XL888. METHODS: Vemurafenib (960 mg PO BID) combined with escalating doses of XL888 (30, 45, 90 or 135 mg PO twice weekly) was investigated in 21 patients with advanced BRAFV600 -mutant melanoma. Primary endpoints were safety and determination of a maximum tolerated dose...
April 19, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663336/melanoma-what-do-all-the-mutations-mean
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REVIEW
Elizabeth J Davis, Douglas B Johnson, Jeffrey A Sosman, Sunandana Chandra
Melanoma is one of the most highly mutated malignancies, largely as a function of its generation through ultraviolet light and other mutational processes. The wide array of mutations in both "driver" and "passenger" genes can present a confusing array of data for practitioners, particularly within the context of the recent revolutions in targeted and immune therapy. Although mutations in BRAF V600 clearly confer sensitivity to BRAF and mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (MEK) inhibitors, the clinical implications of most other mutations are less often discussed and understood...
April 17, 2018: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29662630/type-ii-raf-inhibitor-causes-superior-erk-pathway-suppression-compared-to-type-i-raf-inhibitor-in-cells-expressing-different-braf-mutant-types-recurrently-found-in-lung-cancer
#7
Amir Noeparast, Philippe Giron, Sylvia De Brakeleer, Carolien Eggermont, Ulrike De Ridder, Erik Teugels, Jacques De Grève
A large fraction of somatic driver BRAF mutations in lung cancer are non-V600 and impaired-kinase. Non-V600 BRAF mutations predict sensitivity to combination of a type I RAF inhibitor, Dabrafenib, and a MEK inhibitor, Trametinib. Singly, Dabrafenib only weakly suppresses mutant BRAF-induced ERK signaling and can induce ERK paradoxical activation in CRAF-overexpressing cells. The present study compared the effects of Dabrafenib and a type II RAF inhibitor, AZ628, on ERK activity in HEK293T cells expressing several tumor-derived BRAF mutants, and in a non-V600 and impaired-kinase BRAF-mutant lung cancer cell line (H1666)...
March 23, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29662327/spotlight-on-dabrafenib-trametinib-in-the-treatment-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-place-in-therapy
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REVIEW
Thomas C Weart, Kenneth D Miller, Charles B Simone
Advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remains a challenging disease. The limited utility of chemotherapy indicates the need for additional therapeutic options. Targeted therapy continues to be an important tool in the treatment of NSCLC. Mutations within the RAS-RAF-MEK-MAPK pathway, specifically the BRAF V600E mutation, have become an important target for the subset of NSCLC patients with this mutation. This paper summarizes the clinical evidence that lead to the recent approval of the combination of dabrafenib and trametinib to treat patients with advanced NSCLC who harbor a BRAF V600E mutation...
2018: Cancer Management and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29650750/braf-and-mek-inhibitors-increase-pd1-positive-melanoma-cells-leading-to-a-potential-lymphocyte-independent-synergism-with-anti-pd1-antibody
#9
Martina Sanlorenzo, Igor Vujic, Arianna Floris, Mauro Novelli, Loretta Gammaitoni, Lidia Giraudo, Marco Macagno, Valeria Leuci, Ramona Rotolo, Chiara Donini, Marco Basiricò, Pietro Quaglino, Maria Teresa Fierro, Silvia Giordano, Maria Sibilia, Fabrizio Carnevale-Schianca, Massimo Aglietta, Dario Sangiolo
PURPOSE: BRAF and MEK inhibitors (BRAF/MEKi) favor melanoma-infiltrating lymphocytes, providing the rationale for current combinatorial trials with anti-PD1 antibody. A portion of melanoma cells may express PD1, and anti-PD1 antibody could have a direct anti-tumor effect. Here, we explore if BRAF/MEKi modulate rates of PD1+ melanoma cells, supporting an additional - lymphocyte-independent - basis for their therapeutic combination with anti-PD1 antibody. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: With data mining and flow cytometry, we assessed PD1, PDL1/2 expression on melanoma cell lines (CCLE, N=61; validation cell lines, N=7) and melanoma tumors (TCGA, N=214)...
April 12, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29650281/recent-developments-and-obstacles-in-the-treatment-of-melanoma-with-braf-and-mek-inhibitors
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REVIEW
Mohd Wahid, Arshad Jawed, Raju K Mandal, Sajad A Dar, Naseem Akhter, Pallavi Somvanshi, Farah Khan, Mohtashim Lohani, Mohammed Y Areeshi, Shafiul Haque
Metastatic melanoma is a least common form of cancer as it accounts only for 1% of all cancer cases. But, it is most deadly in nature and is haunting mankind for long emotionally as well as economically. The sites for the onset of the disease are pigment-producing cells of the skin, mucosa, eye etc. It has the potential to spread other sites like subcutaneous tissue, lymph nodes, lungs, liver, bone and brain. The United States Food & Drug Administration has approved various drug molecules from time to time...
May 2018: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29628797/braf-and-mek-inhibitors-in-the-era-of-immunotherapy-in-melanoma-patients
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REVIEW
Jacek Mackiewicz, Andrzej Mackiewicz
The treatment landscape in advanced melanoma is changing dramatically with the approval of new drugs. Vemurafenib was the first approved targeted agent for the treatment of BRAF -mutant advanced melanoma. However, treatment with a BRAF inhibitor is linked with acquired resistance occurring in half of the patients after approximately six months. Combination of MEK and BRAF inhibitor therapy results in extension of the time to resistance, translating into longer overall survival of treated patients. Similar clinical benefits are observed with therapy using antibodies against immune-checkpoint inhibitors in the same patient population...
March 2018: Contemporary Oncology Współczesna Onkologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29628780/emerging-treatment-options-for-braf-mutant-colorectal-cancer
#12
Carling Ursem, Chloe E Atreya, Katherine Van Loon
The personalization of cancer care is rooted in the premise that there are subsets of patients with tumors harboring clinically relevant targets for patient-specific treatments. Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a disease that has historically been notable for its dearth of biomarkers that are predictive of response to targeted therapies. In recent years, BRAF V600E -mutated CRC has emerged as a distinct biologic entity, typically refractory to standard chemotherapy regimens approved for the treatment of metastatic CRC and associated with a dismal prognosis...
2018: Gastrointestinal Cancer: Targets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29624862/the-oxidoreductase-p66shc-acts-as-tumor-suppressor-in-brafv600e-transformed-cells
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Tobias Furlan, Sana Khalid, Anh-Vu Nguyen, Julia Günther, Jakob Troppmair
Metabolic reprogramming, as exemplified by the shift from oxidative phosphorylation to glycolysis, is a common feature of transformed cells. In many tumors, altered metabolism is also reflected in increased ROS levels, which contribute to proliferation and survival signaling. However, despite high ROS levels, cancer cells can be efficiently killed by further increasing ROS production. We have shown previously that both wild type (wt) and oncogenic C- and BRAF prevent excessive mitochondrial ROS production. Subsequently, it has been demonstrated that raising ROS levels in BRAFV600E-transformed melanoma cells by inhibiting BRAF or MEK rendered them susceptible to cell death induction...
April 6, 2018: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29610287/advances-on-the-braf-front-in-colorectal-cancer
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Filip Janku
<b/> Colorectal cancer with BRAF V600E mutation can be effectively treated with combination approaches involving inhibition of BRAF, MEK, and EGFR proteins. However, activation of the MAPK pathway, often due to emergence of previously undetected molecular alterations, ultimately leads to adaptive therapeutic resistance. Novel combination strategies combining inhibition of BRAF, ERK, and EGFR can be used to prevent MAPK pathway-driven resistance and warrant further investigation. Cancer Discov; 8(4); 389-91...
April 2018: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29595366/dabrafenib-in-combination-with-trametinib-in-the-treatment-of-patients-with-braf-v600-positive-advanced-or-metastatic-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-clinical-evidence-and-experience
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Arjun Khunger, Monica Khunger, Vamsidhar Velcheti
Mutations in the BRAF oncogene are found in 2-4% of all non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. The most common activating mutation present within the BRAF oncogene is associated with valine substitution for glutamate at position 600 (V600E) within the BRAF kinase. BRAF-targeted therapies are effective in patients with melanoma and NSCLC harboring BRAF V600E mutation. In both melanoma and NSCLC, dual inhibition of both BRAF and the downstream mitogen-activated protein kinase (MEK) improves response rates compared with BRAF inhibition alone...
January 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Respiratory Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29589315/molecular-testing-for-the-treatment-of-advanced-colorectal-cancer-an-overview
#16
Patrick S Lin, Thomas J Semrad
Concurrent with an expansion in the number of agents available for the treatment of advanced CRC, there has been an increase in our understanding of selection biomarkers to optimize the management of patients with this disease. For CRC patients being considered for anti-EGFR therapy, expanded RAS testing is the standard of care to determine the subset of patients who can benefit from cetuximab or panitumumab in conjunction with chemotherapy. A small fraction of patients have HER2 amplification where emerging data suggest treatment with drugs targeting this alteration...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29573941/encorafenib-plus-binimetinib-versus-vemurafenib-or-encorafenib-in-patients-with-braf-mutant-melanoma-columbus-a-multicentre-open-label-randomised-phase-3-trial
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Reinhard Dummer, Paolo A Ascierto, Helen J Gogas, Ana Arance, Mario Mandala, Gabriella Liszkay, Claus Garbe, Dirk Schadendorf, Ivana Krajsova, Ralf Gutzmer, Vanna Chiarion-Sileni, Caroline Dutriaux, Jan Willem B de Groot, Naoya Yamazaki, Carmen Loquai, Laure A Moutouh-de Parseval, Michael D Pickard, Victor Sandor, Caroline Robert, Keith T Flaherty
BACKGROUND: Combined BRAF-MEK inhibitor therapy is the standard of care for BRAFV600 -mutant advanced melanoma. We investigated encorafenib, a BRAF inhibitor with unique target-binding properties, alone or in combination with the MEK inhibitor binimetinib, versus vemurafenib in patients with advanced BRAFV600 -mutant melanoma. METHODS: COLUMBUS was conducted as a two-part, randomised, open-label phase 3 study at 162 hospitals in 28 countries. Eligible patients were aged 18 years or older and had histologically confirmed locally advanced (American Joint Committee on Cancer [AJCC] stage IIIB, IIIC, or IV), unresectable or metastatic cutaneous melanoma, or unknown primary melanoma; a BRAFV600E or BRAFV600K mutation; an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0 or 1; and were treatment naive or had progressed on or after previous first-line immunotherapy...
March 21, 2018: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29558679/regulation-of-ceacam1-protein-expression-by-the-transcription-factor-ets-1-in-braf-mutant-human-metastatic-melanoma-cells
#18
Karin Kfir-Elirachman, Rona Ortenberg, Bella Vizel, Michal J Besser, Iris Barshack, Jacob Schachter, Yael Nemlich, Gal Markel
BRAF becomes constitutively activated in 50% to 70% of melanoma cases. CEACAM1 has a dual role in melanoma, including facilitation of cell proliferation and suppression of infiltrating lymphocytes, which are consistent with its value as a marker for poor prognosis in melanoma patients. Here we show that BRAFV600E melanoma cells treated with BRAF and MEK inhibitors (MAPKi) downregulate CEACAM1 mRNA and protein expression in a dose- and exposure time-dependent manners. Indeed, there is a significant correlation between the presence of BRAFV600E and CEACAM1 expression in melanoma specimens obtained from 45 patients...
March 17, 2018: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29552216/lncrna-bancr-promotes-emt-in-ptc-via-the-raf-mek-erk-signaling-pathway
#19
Yuanyuan Wang, Jiaojiao Gu, Xiangde Lin, Wei Yan, Wenchao Yang, Guoyang Wu
Thyroid cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the endocrine system. Among all types of thyroid cancer, papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is the most common type of thyroid cancer. Long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) BRAF-activated non-protein-coding RNA (BANCR) is a 688-bp-long nucleotide transcript, which was first identified in melanoma. The function of BANCR in thyroid cancer remains unclear. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether BANCR is involved in the development of thyroid cancer...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29541385/targeting-the-cyclin-dependent-kinase-and-retinoblastoma-axis-overcomes-standard-of-care-resistance-in-braf-v600e-mutant-melanoma
#20
Antoneicka L Harris, Samantha E Lee, Louis K Dawson, Laura A Marlow, Brandy H Edenfield, William F Durham, Thomas J Flotte, Michael Thompson, Daniel L Small, Aidan J Synnott, Svetomir N Markovic, John A Copland
Patient-derived tumor xenograft (PDTX) mouse models were used to discover new therapies for naïve and drug resistant BRAF V600E -mutant melanoma. Tumor histology, oncogenic protein expression, and antitumor activity were comparable between patient and PDTX-matched models thereby validating PDTXs as predictive preclinical models of therapeutic response in patients. PDTX models responsive and non-responsive to BRAF/MEK standard of care (SOC) therapy were used to identify efficacious combination therapies. One such combination includes a CDK4/6 inhibitor that blocks cell cycle progression...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
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