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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403573/desmoplastic-melanoma-may-mimic-a-cutaneous-peripheral-nerve-sheath-tumor-report-of-three-challenging-cases
#1
Isidro Machado, Beatriz Llombart, Julia Cruz, Víctor Traves, Celia Requena, Eduardo Nagore, Antonina Parafioriti, Carlos Monteagudo, Antonio Llombart-Bosch
Desmoplastic melanoma (DM) and cutaneous malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNST) reveal histological and immunohistochemical similarities, including S100 positivity and negative staining for conventional melanocytic markers. We present three cases of cutaneous S100-positive spindle cell tumors in elderly patients, in which first findings led to initial misdiagnoses as cutaneous MPNST and benign peripheral sheath nerve tumor (neurofibroma). The identification of adjacent atypical melanocytic hyperplasia in the overlying skin along with tumor cell proliferation, also in the superficial dermis, the neurotropic component and the absence of any relationship between the tumor and a major nerve, pre-existing neural benign tumor or the existence of stigmata suggestive of neurofibromatosis raised consideration of a desmoplastic melanoma...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346486/grem1-is-expressed-in-the-cancer-associated-myofibroblasts-of-basal-cell-carcinomas
#2
Hye Sung Kim, Myung Soo Shin, Min Seok Cheon, Jae Wang Kim, Cheol Lee, Woo Ho Kim, Young Sill Kim, Bo Gun Jang
Cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) play important roles in cancer progression through their complex interactions with cancer cells. The secreted bone morphogenetic protein antagonist, gremlin1 (GREM1) is expressed by the CAFs of basal cell carcinomas (BCCs), and promotes the growth of cancer cells. In this study, we investigated the expression of GREM1 mRNAs in various benign and malignant skin tumors, including various BCC subtypes. Analysis by RNA in situ hybridization (ISH) revealed that fibroblasts in the scar tissue expressed GREM1 and α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), whereas resident fibroblasts in the dermis of the normal skin did not express GREM1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329663/prognostic-modeling-in-desmoplastic-melanoma-using-different-cutpoints-for-the-proportion-of-desmoplasia
#3
Michael E Ming, Adaobi I Nwaneshiudu, Xiao-Wei Xu, Giorgos C Karakousis, David E Elder, Rosalie Elenitsas
Currently, desmoplastic melanomas are commonly divided into "pure" desmoplastic melanoma (at least 90% desmoplasia histologically) and "mixed" (<90%), with pure having a better prognosis, but our understanding of the relationship between percent desmoplasia and prognosis is incomplete. We sought to determine whether a more refined grading system that examined extent of desmoplasia by percent in 10% increments would be a better prognostic model. We also sought to determine the optimal cutpoint for percent desmoplasia if a single cutpoint were used...
September 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282922/the-development-of-a-novel-therapeutic-strategy-to-target-hyaluronan-in-the-extracellular-matrix-of-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
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REVIEW
Daisuke Kudo, Akiko Suto, Kenichi Hakamada
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is one of the most lethal diseases to affect humans, regardless of whether patients receive multimodal therapy (including surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy). This resistance to intervention is currently considered to be caused by the desmoplastic change of the extracellular matrix (ECM) in PDAC tissues, which is characterized by the accumulation of cancer-associated fibroblasts, collagen, proteoglycan, and hyaluronan. Among these ECM components, hyaluronan has attracted interest because various studies have indicated that hyaluronan-rich PDAC is correlated with the progressive properties of cancer cells, both in experimental and clinical settings...
March 9, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215306/neurotrophin-receptors-and-perineural-invasion-analyses-in-select-lineage-unrelated-cutaneous-malignancies-with-a-propensity-for-perineural-invasion
#5
N F Frydenlund, M Mahalingam
In this chapter, we parse the literature on neurotrophins that have been implicated in the pathogenesis of perineural invasion (PNI) in select lineage-unrelated malignancies. We also detail evidence linking neurotrophins and their receptors (TrkA, RET, p75NGFR, and NCAM) to the pathogenesis of PNI in desmoplastic melanoma and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma-both malignancies with an established propensity for PNI. Lastly, the clinical potential of neurotrophins as receptors for targeted therapies is explored...
2017: Vitamins and Hormones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067895/the-nf1-gene-in-tumor-syndromes-and-melanoma
#6
Maija Kiuru, Klaus J Busam
Activation of the RAS/MAPK pathway is critical in melanoma. Melanoma can be grouped into four molecular subtypes based on their main genetic driver: BRAF-mutant, NRAS-mutant, NF1-mutant, and triple wild-type tumors. The NF1 protein, neurofibromin 1, negatively regulates RAS proteins through GTPase activity. Germline mutations in NF1 cause neurofibromatosis type I, a common genetic tumor syndrome caused by dysregulation of the RAS/MAPK pathway, ie, RASopathy. Melanomas with NF1 mutations typically occur on chronically sun-exposed skin or in older individuals, show a high mutation burden, and are wild-type for BRAF and NRAS...
February 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017261/is-sentinel-lymph-node-biopsy-warranted-for-desmoplastic-melanoma-a-systematic-review
#7
REVIEW
Jonathan A Dunne, Justin C R Wormald, Jessica Steele, Elizabeth Woods, Joy Odili, Barry W E M Powell
BACKGROUND: Desmoplastic melanoma (DM) is an uncommon malignancy associated with a high local recurrence rate. The aim of this systematic review was to determine the positivity rate of sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) in patients with DM. The secondary outcome was to establish if SLNB is warranted for both pure DM (PDM) and mixed DM (MDM). METHODS: A full systematic literature review of SLNB in DM was performed by two authors in January 2016. Ovid MEDLINE, Ovid EMBASE and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials were searched...
February 2017: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941538/nf1-and-neurofibromin-emerging-players-in-the-genetic-landscape-of-desmoplastic-melanoma
#8
REVIEW
Meera Mahalingam
Neurofibromatosis type I (NF1), a monogenic disorder with an autosomal dominant mode of inheritance, is caused by alterations in the NF1 gene which codes for the protein neurofibromin. Functionally, NF1 is a tumor suppressor as it is GTPase-activating protein that negatively regulates the MAPK pathway. More recently, much attention has focused on the role of NF1 and neurofibromin in melanoma as mutations in NF1 have been found to constitute 1 of the 4 distinct genomic categories of melanoma, with the other 3 comprising BRAF, NRAS, and "triple-wild-type" subtypes...
January 2017: Advances in Anatomic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899693/performance-testing-of-rreb1-myb-and-ccnd1-fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-in-spindle-cell-and-desmoplastic-melanoma-argues-for-a-two-step-test-algorithm
#9
Stephanie E Weissinger, Manfred Frick, Peter Möller, Basil A Horst, Jochen K Lennerz
BACKGROUND: Diagnostic confirmation of spindle-cell melanoma (SM) or desmoplastic melanoma (DM) as a melanoma can be challenging. In conventional melanoma (CM), a recently established fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) assay for RREB1, MYB, CCND1 can be helpful. Here, we determined the presence of RREB1, MYB, and CCND1 abnormalities in an SM/DM/mixed cohort. METHODS: We assembled 49 cases and performed 3 separate hybridizations for RREB1/MYB/CCND1. We assessed clinical utility in diagnostically challenging cases and performed a cost and turnaround time analysis...
November 1, 2016: International Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873341/immunostain-use-in-the-diagnosis-of-melanomas-referred-to-a-tertiary-medical-center-a-15-year-retrospective-review-2001-2015
#10
Randie H Kim, Shane A Meehan
BACKGROUND: Little is known regarding the clinical practice of immunohistochemistry in the diagnosis of melanoma. We aimed to assess the incidence of immunostain usage by referring pathologists and dermatopathologists in melanoma cases sent for consultative review. As a secondary objective, associations between immunostain use and specific melanoma characteristics were also evaluated. METHODS: This is a retrospective review of consultation reports of referred melanomas at a tertiary academic center in New York, NY from 2001 to 2015...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843671/erratum-to-primary-desmoplastic-melanoma-of-the-penis
#11
Julia T Chu, Michael A Liss, William W Wu, Atreya Dash, Di Lu
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1155/2015/706572.].
2016: Case Reports in Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27728982/desmoplastic-melanoma-a-challenge-for-the-oncologist
#12
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...
February 2017: Future Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27687011/superficial-malignant-peripheral-nerve-sheath-tumor-with-overlying-intradermal-melanocytic-nevus-mimicking-spindle-cell-melanoma
#13
Christopher R Jackson, Eugen C Minca, Jyoti P Kapil, Steven Christopher Smith, Steven D Billings
Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors are rare soft tissue sarcomas with histological and immunohistochemical similarities to spindle cell melanoma. Although spindle cell melanoma is significantly more common, both tumors may express S100 and lack staining for HMB-45, Melan-A or MITF. Here we present a case of superficial malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor with diffuse S100 positivity arising in a subtle neurofibroma in close proximity to an intradermal melanocytic nevus. This configuration had led to prior misdiagnosis as a desmoplastic melanoma arising in the nevus and to sentinel lymph node biopsy...
December 2016: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27631871/rare-association-of-cystic-squamous-cell-carcinoma-and-small-lymphocytic-b%C3%A2-cell-lymphoma-successful-surgical-approach
#14
Uwe Wollina, Jacqueline Schönlebe, Birgit Heinig, Andreas Nowak, Anastasiya Atanasova Chokoeva, Georgi Tchernev
Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most common type of cutaneous neoplasm worldwide. While basal cell carcinoma is the most common tumor, squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) causes higher morbidity and has a risk of metastatic spread, depending on immune status, tumor size, and desmoplastic growth. We reported the case of a 77 year old male patient with retroauricular tumor, which started growing 3 years ago and was excised, buth relapsed three times. The initial diagnosis was infundibular cyst. Delayed Mohs surgery was performed, as was an additional open lymph node biopsy of the patient's right groin, on the occasion of an indolent swelling of the same which developed within 3 months...
September 8, 2016: Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27543214/ki-67-p53-and-p16-expression-and-g691s-ret-polymorphism-in-desmoplastic-melanoma-dm-a-clinicopathologic-analysis-of-predictors-of-outcome
#15
Nicholas F Lawrence, Marc R Hammond, Dennie T Frederick, Yuhua Su, Dora Dias-Santagata, April Deng, M Angelica Selim, Meera Mahalingam, Keith T Flaherty, Mai P Hoang
BACKGROUND: The prognostic role Ki-67, p53, and p16 immunostains and RET (rearranged during transfection) polymorphism in desmoplastic melanoma has not been evaluated. OBJECTIVE: We sought to identify potential prognostic markers. METHODS: We performed Ki-67, p53, and p16 immunostains on 66 desmoplastic melanomas, and sequenced RET G691 polymorphism and recurrent mutations of 17 cancer genes in 55 and 20 cases, respectively. RESULTS: Recurrence and metastasis were documented in 11 of 66 (17%) and 26 of 66 (39%) patients, respectively...
September 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27522189/-radiotherapy-of-skin-cancers
#16
C Hennequin, E Rio, M-A Mahé
The indications of radiotherapy for skin cancers are not clearly defined because of the lack of randomised trials or prospective studies. For basal cell carcinomas, radiotherapy frequently offers a good local control, but a randomized trial showed that surgery is more efficient and less toxic. Indications of radiotherapy are contra-indications of surgery for patients older than 60, non-sclerodermiform histology and occurring in non-sensitive areas. Adjuvant radiotherapy could be proposed to squamous cell carcinomas, in case of poor prognostic factors...
September 2016: Cancer Radiothérapie: Journal de la Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27465194/malignant-melanoma-beyond-the-basics
#17
Sabrina N Pavri, James Clune, Stephan Ariyan, Deepak Narayan
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After reading this article, the participant should be able to: 1. Discuss the initial management of cutaneous malignant melanoma with regard to diagnostic biopsy and currently accepted resection margins. 2. Be familiar with the management options for melanoma in specific situations such as subungual melanoma, auricular melanoma, and melanoma in the pregnant patient. 3. Discuss the differentiating characteristics of desmoplastic melanoma and its treatment options. 4...
August 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27443513/evaluation-of-etv4-and-wt1-expression-in-cic-rearranged-sarcomas-and-histologic-mimics
#18
Yin P Hung, Christopher Dm Fletcher, Jason L Hornick
A distinct subset of round cell sarcomas harbors capicua transcriptional repressor (CIC) rearrangement. Diagnosing these sarcomas can be difficult owing to their resemblance to Ewing sarcoma and other 'small round blue cell tumors'; molecular techniques are generally required. Recent gene expression studies of CIC-rearranged sarcomas identified the upregulation of ETV4. We assessed the sensitivity and specificity of ETV4 and WT1 immunohistochemistry for CIC-rearranged sarcoma. We evaluated whole-tissue sections from 40 CIC-rearranged sarcomas, 40 Ewing sarcomas, 4 BCOR-CCNB3 sarcomas, 6 unclassified round cell sarcomas, and 150 histologic mimics...
November 2016: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27368067/results-of-ncctg-n0275-alliance-a-phase-ii-trial-evaluating-resection-followed-by-adjuvant-radiation-therapy-for-patients-with-desmoplastic-melanoma
#19
William G Rule, Jacob B Allred, Barbara A Pockaj, Svetomir N Markovic, David J DiCaudo, Lori A Erickson, Richard L Deming, Steven E Schild
To examine, in a prospective fashion, the utilization and efficacy of adjuvant radiation therapy (RT) in patients with resected desmoplastic melanoma (DM). Adult patients with resected, margin-negative, and nonmetastatic DM were eligible for this single-arm prospective phase II study. Patients were to receive postoperative RT, 30 Gy in five fractions, to the operative bed with 2- to 3-cm margins (depending on the tumor location). Nodal basin RT was not allowed. The primary study endpoint was the 2-year local recurrence rate (LRR)...
August 2016: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27351470/melanoma-extirpation-with-immediate-reconstruction-the-oncologic-safety-and-cost-savings-of-single-stage-treatment
#20
Irena Karanetz, Sharon Stanley, Denis Knobel, Benjamin D Smith, Nicholas Bastidas, Mansoor Beg, Armen K Kasabian, Neil Tanna
BACKGROUND: The timing of reconstruction following melanoma extirpation remains controversial, with some advocating definitive reconstruction only when the results of permanent pathologic evaluation are available. The authors evaluated oncologic safety and cost benefit of single-stage neoplasm extirpation with immediate reconstruction. METHODS: The authors reviewed all patients treated with biopsy-proven melanoma followed by immediate reconstruction during a 3-year period (January of 2011 to December of 2013)...
July 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
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