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Daniela Cecconi, Luca Dalle Carbonare, Antonio Mori, Samuele Cheri, Michela Deiana, Jessica Brandi, Vincenzo Degaetano, Valentina Masiero, Giulio Innamorati, Monica Mottes, Giovanni Malerba, Maria Teresa Valenti
Melanoma is an aggressive skin cancer; an early detection of the primary tumor may improve its prognosis. Despite many genes have been shown to be involved in melanoma, the full framework of melanoma transformation has not been completely explored. The characterization of pathways involved in tumor restraint in in vitro models may help to identify oncotarget genes. We therefore aimed to probe novel oncotargets through an integrated approach involving proteomic, gene expression and bioinformatic analysis We investigated molecular modulations in melanoma cells treated with ascorbic acid, which is known to inhibit cancer growth at high concentrations...
February 20, 2018: Oncotarget
Zsofia Miskolczi, Michael P Smith, Emily J Rowling, Jennifer Ferguson, Jorge Barriuso, Claudia Wellbrock
Despite the general focus on an invasive and de-differentiated phenotype as main driver of cancer metastasis, in melanoma patients many metastatic lesions display a high degree of pigmentation, indicative for a differentiated phenotype. Indeed, studies in mice and fish show that melanoma cells switch to a differentiated phenotype at secondary sites, possibly because in melanoma differentiation is closely linked to proliferation through the lineage-specific transcriptional master regulator MITF. Importantly, while a lot of effort has gone into identifying factors that induce the de-differentiated/invasive phenotype, it is not well understood how the switch to the differentiated/proliferative phenotype is controlled...
March 16, 2018: Oncogene
Giulia C Leonardi, Luca Falzone, Rossella Salemi, Antonino Zanghì, Demetrios A Spandidos, James A Mccubrey, Saverio Candido, Massimo Libra
In less than 10 years, melanoma treatment has been revolutionized with the approval of tyrosine kinase inhibitors and immune checkpoint inhibitors, which have been shown to have a significant impact on the prognosis of patients with melanoma. The early steps of this transformation have taken place in research laboratories. The mitogen‑activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway, phosphoinositol‑3‑kinase (PI3K) pathway promote the development of melanoma through numerous genomic alterations on different components of these pathways...
April 2018: International Journal of Oncology
Georgi Tchernev, Torello Lotti, Uwe Wollina
Primary melanoma of the oral cavity is extremely uncommon tumour consisting approximately 0.2 - 8.0% of all melanoma cases and 0.5% of all oral malignancies. It has an aggressive behaviour and poor prognosis, with 5 - year - survival rate between 5 - 20%. The initial symptoms are often unnoticed, which lead to late diagnosis and worsening of the prognosis. Because of its infrequent occurrence, there is no well - defined classification and therapeutic protocol, in contrast to melanomas of another side. Early diagnosis and treatment are essentially linked to survival rate...
February 15, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Ben J Glasgow, Tara A McCannel
PURPOSE: Prior studies have shown nuclear reactivity for BAP1 yields prognostic information for paraffin embedded uveal melanomas. Lacking are immunocytochemical studies of BAP1 on fine needle aspiration biopsies of uveal melanoma that correlate with prognosis or other markers of prognosis. Our purpose was to fill this gap. DESIGN: Experimental laboratory study METHODS: Fine needle aspiration biopsies were performed prospectively on 113 patients with uveal melanomas garnering limited subsets of cases for comparison...
March 9, 2018: American Journal of Ophthalmology
Mian Ma, Zhi-Liang Ding, Zhi-Qi Cheng, Gang Wu, Xiao-Yu Tang, Peng Deng, Jian-Dong Wu
OBJECTIVE: To explore the clinical characteristics of neurocutaneous melanosis (NCM) in adult patients in order to help improve diagnosis and treatment of this disease. METHODS: We present a rare case of an adult patient suffering from neurocutaneous melanosis with malignant melanoma as well as a review Chinese and English literature, and analyze their clinical features. RESULTS: There were thirty adult NCM patients, aged 19 to 65 years old, average 27...
March 9, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Siyi Xu, Jing Sui, Sheng Yang, Yufeng Liu, Yan Wang, Geyu Liang
Cutaneous melanoma (CM) is the most malignant tumor of skin cancers because of its rapid development and high mortality rate. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs), which play essential roles in the tumorigenesis and metastasis of CM and interplay with microRNAs (miRNAs) and mRNAs, are hopefully considered to be efficient biomarkers to detect deterioration during the progression of CM to improve the prognosis. Bioinformatics analysis was fully applied to predict the vital lncRNAs and the associated miRNAs and mRNAs, which eventually constructed the competing endogenous RNA (ceRNA) network to explain the RNA expression patterns in the progression of CM...
March 9, 2018: Cancer Medicine
Katjana S Schwab, Glenn Kristiansen, Hans H Schild, Stefanie E A Held, Annkristin Heine, Peter Brossart
Treatment options for patients with platinum-refractory, recurrent, metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) are limited, and prognosis is poor. Nivolumab (Opdivo) has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of patients with recurrent or metastatic HNSCC who have disease progression on or after platinum-based therapy. Recently, in patients with metastatic malignant melanoma a significant improvement of outcome and response was achieved with the combination of ipilimumab (CTLA4 antibody) and the programmed death (PD)-1 inhibitor nivolumab compared with monotherapy...
January 2018: Case Reports in Oncology
Chanki Yu, Sejung Yang, Wonoh Kim, Jinwoong Jung, Kee-Yang Chung, Sang Wook Lee, Byungho Oh
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Acral melanoma is the most common type of melanoma in Asians, and usually results in a poor prognosis due to late diagnosis. We applied a convolutional neural network to dermoscopy images of acral melanoma and benign nevi on the hands and feet and evaluated its usefulness for the early diagnosis of these conditions. METHODS: A total of 724 dermoscopy images comprising acral melanoma (350 images from 81 patients) and benign nevi (374 images from 194 patients), and confirmed by histopathological examination, were analyzed in this study...
2018: PloS One
Uwe Wollina, Piotr Brzezinski
Cutaneous melanoma is an aggressive neoplasia of melanocytes. Prognosis is dependent on tumor stage. Stage IV melanoma is characterized by the occurrence of distant metastases. Response of metastases to classical chemotherapy is limited and toxicity of treatment is high. In recent years, new developments in immunotherapy and targeted therapies improved prognosis of stage IV melanoma patients with better tolerability of treatment. There is no dispute about surgical treatment of primary melanoma. But what is the value of metastasectomy in the era of new systemic treatments? This review aims to discuss available data for surgical removal of distant metastases for several organs and tissues...
March 6, 2018: Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift
Junjie Ma, James Kuzman, Abhijit Ray, Benjamin O Lawson, Brian Khong, Si Xuan, Andrew W Hahn, Hung T Khong
Neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio is a strong predictor for overall survival and disease free survival in many cancers. Our study is the first investigation aiming to determine the predictive value of neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio on prognosis of patients with stage III melanoma. This retrospective study utilized a cohort of 107 patients with stage III melanoma treated at Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah, from May 2002 to March 2016. The optimal cutoff of neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio was determined by the significance of log-rank tests...
March 6, 2018: Scientific Reports
Mustafa Aziz Hatiboglu, Abdurrahim Kocyigit, Eray Metin Guler, Kerime Akdur, Arife Nalli, Ersin Karatas, Saffet Tuzgen
BACKGROUND: Prognosis of patients with melanoma brain metastasis is poor despite various chemotherapeutic agents. Researchers focus on finding effective treatment with low risk of toxicity. Thymoquinone (TQ) has been found to be effective on different types of cancer. However, no data exists on the effect of TQ in intracerebral melanoma. The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of TQ in B16-F10 melanoma cell in vitro and intracerebral melanoma in vivo. METHODS: The mechanisms of efficacy were investigated by ATP assay for cytotoxicity, flow cytometry and Acridine-orange staining for apoptosis, Comet assay for genotoxicity, CM-H2 DCF-DA (2,7-dichlorodihydrofluorescein) for intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and ELISA methods for inflammatory cytokines...
March 3, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Alina Florentina Letca, Loredana Ungureanu, Simona Corina Şenilă, Lavinia Elena Grigore, Ştefan Pop, Oana Fechete, Ştefan Cristian Vesa, Rodica Cosgarea
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to assess the role of regression and other clinical and histological features for the prognosis and the progression of cutaneous melanoma. MATERIAL AND METHODS Between 2005 and 2016, 403 patients with melanoma were treated and followed at our Department of Dermatology. Of the 403 patients, 173 patients had cutaneous melanoma and underwent sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy and thus were included in this study. RESULTS Histological regression was found in 37 cases of melanoma (21...
March 6, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Danielle Benedict Sacdalan, Josephine Anne Lucero, Dennis Lee Sacdalan
Introduction: Systemic inflammation is associated with prognosis in solid tumors. The neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) is a marker for the general immune response to various stress stimuli. Studies have shown correlation of NLR to outcomes in immune checkpoint blockade, peripheral neutrophil count to intratumor neutrophil population, and NLR to intratumoral levels of myeloid-derived suppressor cells. Studies have shown elevated peripheral blood regulator T cells accompanied by elevated NLR are associated with poor outcomes further highlighting the importance of inflammation in the prognosis of cancer patients...
2018: OncoTargets and Therapy
Eva Sipos, Nikoletta Dobos, David Rozsa, Klara Fodor, Gabor Olah, Zsuzsanna Szabo, Lorant Szekvolgyi, Andrew V Schally, Gabor Halmos
Introduction: Uveal melanoma (UM) is the most common primary intraocular malignancy with very poor prognosis. Conventional chemotherapy only rarely prolongs the survival, therefore patients require novel treatment modalities. The discovery of specific receptors for hypothalamic hormones on cancer cells has led to the development of radiolabeled and cytotoxic hormone analogs. Materials and methods: In the present study, our aim was to investigate the expression of mRNA for receptors of luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone type I (LH-RH-I) and LH-RH ligand in OCM-1 and OCM-3 human uveal melanoma cell lines...
2018: OncoTargets and Therapy
Qinghui Wang, Kinsie E Arnst, Yi Xue, Zi-Ning Lei, Dejian Ma, Zhe-Sheng Chen, Duane D Miller, Wei Li
The anti-apoptotic protein survivin is highly expressed in cancer cells but has a very low expression in fully differentiated adult cells. Overexpression of survivin is positively correlated with cancer cell resistance to chemotherapy and radiotherapy, cancer cell metastasis, and poor patient prognosis. Therefore, selective targeting survivin represents an attractive strategy for the development of anticancer therapeutics. Herein, we reported the extensive structural modification of our recently discovered selective survivin inhibitor UC-112 and the synthesis of thirty-three new analogs...
February 19, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Giulia Malaguarnera, Roberto Madeddu, Vito Emanuele Catania, Gaetano Bertino, Luca Morelli, Rosario Emanuele Perrotta, Filippo Drago, Michele Malaguarnera, Saverio Latteri
Anorectal melanoma is an uncommon and aggressive mucosal melanocytic malignancy. Due to its rarity, the pre-operative diagnosis remains difficult. The first symptoms are non-specific such as anal bleeding, anal mass or pain. Although anorectal melanoma carries a poor prognosis; optimal therapeutics strategies are unclear. Surgical resection remains the mainstay of treatment. The optimal surgical procedure for primary tumours is controversial and can vary from wide local excision or endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) to an abdomino-perineal resection...
February 2, 2018: Oncotarget
P S Zeiner, J Zinke, D J Kowalewski, S Bernatz, J Tichy, M W Ronellenfitsch, F Thorsen, A Berger, M T Forster, A Muller, J P Steinbach, R Beschorner, J Wischhusen, H M Kvasnicka, K H Plate, S Stefanović, B Weide, M Mittelbronn, P N Harter
Despite multidisciplinary local and systemic therapeutic approaches, the prognosis for most patients with brain metastases is still dismal. The role of adaptive and innate anti-tumor response including the Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) machinery of antigen presentation is still unclear. We present data on the HLA class II-chaperone molecule CD74 in brain metastases and its impact on the HLA peptidome complexity.We analyzed CD74 and HLA class II expression on tumor cells in a subset of 236 human brain metastases, primary tumors and peripheral metastases of different entities in association with clinical data including overall survival...
March 1, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Qiong Wu, Shihao Xiang, Jiali Ma, Pingping Hui, Ting Wang, Wenying Meng, Min Shi, Yugang Wang
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are responsible for a diverse range of cellular functions, such as transcriptional and translational regulation and variance in gene expression. LncRNA CASC15 (cancer susceptibility candidate 15) is a lincRNA locus in chromosome 6p22.3. Previous researches show that lncRNA CASC15 is implicated in the biological behaviors of several cancers such as neuroblastoma and melanoma. Here, we aimed to explore in detail how CASC15 contributed to the growth of gastric cancer. As predicted, the expression of CASC15 was enriched in gastric cancer tissues and cell lines when compared to healthy tissues and cells using qRT-PCR...
February 28, 2018: Molecular Oncology
Carolyn J Kushner, Wei-Ting Hwang, Shiyu Wang, Lawrence J Solin, Neha Vapiwala
PURPOSE: Women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) or early-stage breast cancer have an excellent prognosis, but their risk of developing second malignant neoplasms (SMNs) is not well established. We analyzed SMNs in a large cohort with long follow-up after breast conservation therapy. METHODS: The study population comprised 755 women with DCIS (n = 135) or stage I-II breast carcinoma (n = 620). Subjects were aged 25-89 (median 55) years when they underwent breast-conserving surgery followed by radiotherapy to the entire breast (60-68Gray) between 1992 and 2001...
February 27, 2018: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
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