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Jose Luis Ramírez-Bellver, Joaquín López, Elena Macías, Victoria Alegría, Ignacio Gimeno, Alejandra Pérez-Plaza, Heinz Kutzner, Luis Requena
Liposarcoma usually arises in deep soft tissues and pleomorphic liposarcoma is the rarest histopathologic variant. However, 15 cases of entirely dermal pleomorphic liposarcoma have been reported. We describe a case of a 79 year-old male who developed a rapidly growing nodule on his thorax. Excisional biopsy was performed and immunohistochemical studies were carried. The lesion was a well-circumscribed dermal nodule composed of multivacuolated pleomorphic lipoblasts and atypical mitotic figures. Neoplastic cells expressed CD10 and resulted negative S100 protein, Melan A, MITF-1, AE1/AE3, CD4, CD68 (PGM1), Retinoblastoma gene family protein, pericentrine and lysozyme...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
Simona De Summa, Michele Guida, Stefania Tommasi, Sabino Strippoli, Cristina Pellegrini, Maria Concetta Fargnoli, Brunella Pilato, Iole Natalicchio, Gabriella Guida, Rosamaria Pinto
Multiple primary melanoma (MPM) is a rare condition, whose genetic basis has not yet been clarified. Only 8-12% of MPM are due to germline mutations of CDKN2A. However, other genes (POT1, BRCA1/2, MC1R, MGMT) have been demonstrated to be involved in predisposition to this pathology.To our knowledge, this is the first family study based on two siblings with the rare coexistence of MPM and oculocutaneous albinism (OCA), an autosomal recessive disease characterized by the absence or decrease in pigmentation in the skin, hair, and eyes...
October 20, 2016: Oncotarget
Lijun Sun, Jingying Sun, Xueping Huo, Yaping Li, Yuan Li, Xin Xie, Jun Hu
Objective To explore the effect of Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) activation on melanogenesis in melanocytes. Methods The primary melanocytes were isolated, cultured and then stimulated by TLR4 agonist lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Firstly, the melanin content changes were detected in melanocytes, and then quantitative real-time PCR and Western blotting were employed to determine the expression levels of pre-melanosomal protein (Pmel17), tyrosinase (TYR) and microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF). Finally, the melanosomes were observed by electron microscopy...
November 2016: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
Ji-Youn Park, Ji-Hye Park, Sang Jin Kim, Ji Eun Kwon, Hee Young Kang, Eun-So Lee, You Chan Kim
BACKGROUND: Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) commonly occurs, but the histopathological features are not well characterized. METHODS: Twenty-one PIH patients' medical charts were reviewed. Punch biopsies from lesional and perilesional normal skin were performed. Sections were stained with hematoxylin-eosin, Fontana-Masson, NKI/beteb, microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF), CD68, c-kit, factor XIIIa, MMP-2, and MMP-9. RESULTS: Fontana-Masson stained sections suggested two obvious PIH groups: epidermal (13 cases) and dermal (8 cases) pigmentation...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
Vincent Le Coz, Chaobin Zhu, Aurore Devocelle, Aimé Vazquez, Claude Boucheix, Sandy Azzi, Cindy Gallerne, Pierre Eid, Séverine Lecourt, Julien Giron-Michel
Melanoma is a particularly virulent human cancer, due to its resistance to conventional treatments and high frequency of metastasis. Melanomas contain a fraction of cells, the melanoma-initiating cells (MICs), responsible for tumor propagation and relapse. Identification of the molecular pathways supporting MICs is, therefore, vital for the development of targeted treatments. One factor produced by melanoma cells and their microenvironment, insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF- 1), is linked to epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and stemness features in several cancers...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
Lianhua Sun, Xiaohua Li, Jun Shi, Xiuhong Pang, Yechen Hu, Xiaowen Wang, Hao Wu, Tao Yang
Waardenburg syndrome (WS) characterized by sensorineural hearing loss and pigmentary abnormalities is genetically heterogeneous and phenotypically variable. This study investigated the molecular etiology and genotype-phenotype correlation of WS in 36 Chinese Han deaf probands and 16 additional family members that were clinically diagnosed with WS type I (WS1, n = 8) and type II (WS2, n = 42). Mutation screening of six WS-associated genes detected PAX3 mutations in 6 (86%) of the 7 WS1 probands. Among the 29 WS2 probands, 13 (45%) and 10 (34%) were identified with SOX10 and MITF mutations, respectively...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
P Urban, M Rabajdová, B Veliká, I Špaková, B Bolerázska, M Mareková
BACKGROUND: Malignant melanoma is one of the most aggressive types of cancers. Melanoma is derived from pigment-producing cells, melanocytes, which are characterized by a specific survival mechanism. Microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF-M) plays a role in the metabolism of melanoma and is involved in the regulation of the expression of multiple genes mediating processes such as melanogenesis, proliferation, differentiation, and melanocyte survival. The expression of this transcription factor in melanocytes is activated by several signaling pathways, and reduced expression or function of MITF-M can cause the dysregulation of anti-apoptotic mechanisms...
2016: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
R Krishnan Kutty, William Samuel, Kaifa Boyce, Aswini Cherukuri, Todd Duncan, Cynthia Jaworski, Chandrasekharam N Nagineni, T Michael Redmond
PURPOSE: Proinflammatory cytokines interferon gamma (IFN-γ), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), and interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β) secreted by infiltrating lymphocytes or macrophages may play a role in triggering RPE dysfunction associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Binding of these proinflammatory cytokines to their specific receptors residing on the RPE cell surface can activate signaling pathways that, in turn, may dysregulate cellular gene expression. The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether IFN-γ, TNF-α, and IL-1β have an adverse effect on the expression of genes essential for RPE function, employing the RPE cell line ARPE-19 as a model system...
2016: Molecular Vision
Chen Tianzhi, Zhao Bingling, Liu Yu, Zhao Yuanyuan, Wang Haidong, Fan Ruiwen, Wang Pengchao, Dong Changsheng
G-protein coupled receptor143 (GPR143) plays an important role in melanogenesis. In this study, we investigated the expression pattern and localization of GPR143 in skin of sheep with different coat colors and explored the correlation between GPR143 gene and coat color. The mRNA level and protein level of GPR143 in skin of sheep with different coat colors were detected by qRT-PCR and immunoblotting separately while the localization of GPR143 in sheep skin was detected by immunofluorescence assay following optical density analysis...
July 20, 2016: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
Chenyao Wang, Lu Zhao, Qian Su, Xiaoyu Fan, Ying Wang, Shunqiang Gao, Huafei Wang, Huaiyong Chen, Chi Bun Chan, Zhixue Liu
Microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF) plays a crucial role in the melanogenesis and proliferation of melanocytes that is dependent on its abundance and modification. Here, we report that epidermal growth factor (EGF) induces senescence and cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor 1A (CDKN1A) expression that is related to MITF. We found that MITF could bind TP53 to regulate CDKN1A. Furthermore, the interaction between MITF and TP53 is dependent on AKT activity. We found that AKT phosphorylates MITF at S510...
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Kristopher J L Irizarry, Randall L Bryden
Color variation provides the opportunity to investigate the genetic basis of evolution and selection. Reptiles are less studied than mammals. Comparative genomics approaches allow for knowledge gained in one species to be leveraged for use in another species. We describe a comparative vertebrate analysis of conserved regulatory modules in pythons aimed at assessing bioinformatics evidence that transcription factors important in mammalian pigmentation phenotypes may also be important in python pigmentation phenotypes...
2016: Advances in Bioinformatics
Chang Taek Oh, Tae-Rin Kwon, Eun Ja Choi, Soon Re Kim, Joon Seok, Seog Kyun Mun, Kwang Ho Yoo, Yeon Shik Choi, Sun Young Choi, Beom Joon Kim
BACKGROUND: Skin hyperpigmentary disorders including postinflammatory hyperpigmentation, melasma, solar lentigines, and conditions like freckles are common. The light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are the latest category of nonthermal and noninvasive phototherapy to be considered in skin pigmentation disorder treatment. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of 660-nm LED on inhibition of melanogenesis. We investigated whether a 660-nm LED affected melanin synthesis in in vitro and in vivo models, and we explored the mechanisms involved...
October 1, 2016: Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine
Tianzhi Chen, Haidong Wang, Yu Liu, Bingling Zhao, Yuanyuan Zhao, Ruiwen Fan, Pengchao Wang, Changsheng Dong
To investigate whether ocular albinism type 1 (OA1) is differentially expressed in the skin of mice with different coat colors and to determine its correlation with coat color establishment in mouse, the expression patterns and tissue distribution characterization of OA1 in the skin of mice with different coat colors were qualitatively and quantitatively analyzed by real-time quantitative PCR (qRT-PCR), immunofluorescence staining and Western blot. The qRT-PCR analysis revealed that OA1 mRNA was expressed in all mice skin samples tested, with the highest expression level in brown skin, a moderate expression level in black skin and the lowest expression level in gray skin...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Zuh-Kyung Seong, Sung-Yoon Lee, Amrit Poudel, Sei-Ryang Oh, Hyeong-Kyu Lee
Melanin plays an important role in protecting the skin against ultraviolet light and is responsible for skin color. However, overproduction of melanin is related to several skin disorders, such as age spots, freckles, café au lait spots, Becker's nevus and other hyperpigmentation syndromes. The aim of this study was to identify the effects of kaempferol-7-O-β-d-glucuronide (K7G) and tilianin, isolated from Cryptotaenia japonica, on melanogenesis and their mechanisms of action in murine B16 melanoma cells...
2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
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...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
Luis Jaime Castro-Vega, Soto Romuald Kiando, Nelly Burnichon, Alexandre Buffet, Laurence Amar, Christophe Simian, Amandine Berdelou, Pilar Galan, Martin Schlumberger, Nabila Bouatia-Naji, Judith Favier, Brigitte Bressac-de Paillerets, Anne-Paule Gimenez-Roqueplo
CONTEXT: The microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF) regulates the survival, proliferation and differentiation of neural crest-derived lineages. Recent studies reported an increased risk of melanoma in individuals carrying the rare variant MITF, p.E318K (rs149617956). Whether this variant plays a role in other neural-crest derived tumors is unknown. OBJECTIVE: In the present study, we aimed at determining the prevalence of the MITF, p.E318K variant in a well characterized French cohort of pheochromocytomas/paragangliomas (PCC/PGL)...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Taek Hwan Lee, SeonJu Park, Guijae Yoo, Cheongyun Jang, Mi-Hyun Kim, Seung Hyun Kim, Sun Yeou Kim
Agastache rugosa (Fisch. & C. A. Mey.) Kuntze has been well-known for its antioxidative properties. This study investigated the anti-melanogenesis effect of demethyleugenol β-d-glucopyranoside (1) from A. rugosa by studying molecular regulation of melanogenesis in melan-a mouse melanocytes and normal human epidermal melanocytes (NHEMs) and in in vivo models. The SRY (sex-determining region on the Y chromosome)-related high-mobility group (HMG) box 9 (SOX9), one of the critical factors that affect skin pigmentation, is up-regulated...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
S J Lubbe, V Escott-Price, A Brice, T Gasser, A M Pittman, J Bras, J Hardy, P Heutink, N M Wood, A B Singleton, D G Grosset, C B Carroll, M H Law, F Demenais, M M Iles, D T Bishop, J Newton-Bishop, N M Williams, H R Morris
A shared genetic susceptibility between cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM) and Parkinson's disease (PD) has been suggested. We investigated this by assessing the contribution of rare variants in genes involved in CMM to PD risk. We studied rare variation across 29 CMM risk genes using high-quality genotype data in 6875 PD cases and 6065 controls and sought to replicate findings using whole-exome sequencing data from a second independent cohort totaling 1255 PD cases and 473 controls. No statistically significant enrichment of rare variants across all genes, per gene, or for any individual variant was detected in either cohort...
July 28, 2016: Neurobiology of Aging
Vianney Cortés-González, Juan Carlos Zenteno, Martín Guzmán-Sánchez, Verónica Giordano-Herrera, Dalia Guadarrama-Vallejo, Narlly Ruíz-Quintero, Cristina Villanueva-Mendoza
Tietz syndrome and Waardenburg syndrome type 2A are allelic conditions caused by MITF mutations. Tietz syndrome is inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern and is characterized by congenital deafness and generalized skin, hair, and eye hypopigmentation, while Waardenburg syndrome type 2A typically includes variable degrees of sensorineural hearing loss and patches of de-pigmented skin, hair, and irides. In this paper, we report two unrelated families with MITF mutations. The first family showed an autosomal dominant pattern and variable expressivity...
September 8, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Jianxin Xia, Yanlong Wang, Fuqiu Li, Jinfeng Wang, Yan Mu, Xianglin Mei, Xue Li, Wenjing Zhu, Xianhua Jin, Kai Yu
Malignant melanoma (MM) is a type of malignant tumor, which originates from neural crest melanocytes. MM progresses rapidly and results in a high mortality rate. The present study aims to investigate the expression of microphthalmia transcription factor (MITF), the S100 protein, and HMB-45 in MM and pigmented nevi. A total of 32 MM samples (including three skin metastasis, three lymph node metastasis and two spindle cell MM samples), two Spitz nevus samples, four pigmented nevus samples and two blue nevus samples were collected...
September 2016: Biomedical Reports
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