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Melanoma treatment

Jia Yang, Peng Xiao, Jiaming Sun, Liang Guo
PURPOSE: Melanoma is an aggressive form of human cancer with limited treatment options currently available. The present study was aimed to evaluate the anticancer activity of kaempferol (KAM) against the human malignant melanoma A375 cell line along with evaluation of its effects on apoptosis, cell cycle, cell migration and m-TOR/PI3K/AKT pathway. METHODS: Effects on cell viability were assessed by MTT assay while clonogenic assay measured the effects of KAM on colony formation...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Yasuhiro Fujisawa, Koji Yoshino, Taku Fujimura, Yoshiyuki Nakamura, Naoko Okiyama, Yosuke Ishitsuka, Rei Watanabe, Manabu Fujimoto
The most widely accepted treatment for cutaneous angiosarcoma (CAS) is wide local excision and postoperative radiation to decrease the risk of recurrence. Positive surgical margins and large tumors (T2, >5 cm) are known to be associated with poor prognosis. Moreover, T2 tumors are known to be associated with positive surgical margins. According to previous reports, the majority of CAS patients in Japan had T2 tumors, whereas less than half of the patients in the studies from western countries did so. Consequently, the reported 5-year overall survival of Japanese CAS patients without distant metastasis was only 9%, lower than that for stage-IV melanoma...
2018: Frontiers in Oncology
Takako Miyamae, Takuma Hara, Aki Hanaya, Yumi Tani, Takayuki Kishi, Hisashi Yamanaka
A 10-year-old girl manifested persistent fever, skin rash, leg pain, fatigue, and joint pain. Based on muscle weakness, elevated muscle-derived enzymes, magnetic resonance imaging, and skin biopsy results, the diagnosis was juvenile idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (JIIM). Chest CT was normal; the anti-melanoma differentiation-associated protein-5 (anti-MDA5) autoantibody was positive. Initial manifestations subsided after prednisolone (PSL) and methotrexate treatment. After the PSL dosage was decreased, the patient presented with metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint pain and swelling in both index fingers, synovial fluid, and signals on power Doppler ultrasound...
2018: Case Reports in Rheumatology
Riccardo Marconcini, Francesco Spagnolo, Luigia Stefania Stucci, Simone Ribero, Elena Marra, Francesco De Rosa, Virginia Picasso, Lorenza Di Guardo, Carolina Cimminiello, Stefano Cavalieri, Laura Orgiano, Enrica Tanda, Laura Spano, Alfredo Falcone, Paola Queirolo
Metastatic melanoma was the first malignancy in which immune checkpoint inhibitors demonstrated their successful efficacy. Currently, the knowledge on the interaction between the immune system and malignant disease is steadily increasing and new drugs and therapeutic strategies are overlooking in the clinical scenario. To provide a comprehensive overview of immune modulating drugs currently available in the treatment of melanoma as well as to discuss of possible future strategies in the metastatic melanoma setting, the present review aims at analyzing controversial aspects about the optimal immunomodulating treatment sequences, the search for biomarkers of efficacy of immunocheckpoint inhibitors, and innovative combinations of drugs currently under investigation...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Paola Queirolo, Francesco Spagnolo, Virginia Picasso, Laura Spano, Enrica Tanda, Valeria Fontana, Laura Giorello, Domenico Franco Merlo, Ester Simeone, Antonio Maria Grimaldi, Marcello Curvietto, Michele Del Vecchio, Paolo Bruzzi, Paolo Antonio Ascierto
Background: BRAF inhibitor vemurafenib achieves high response rate and an improvement in survival in patients with BRAF-mutated metastatic melanoma. However, median progression-free survival is only 6.9 months in the phase 3 study. Retrospective analyses suggest that treatment with BRAF inhibitors beyond initial progression might be associated with improved overall survival. We aimed to prospectively investigate the activity of prolonged treatment with vemurafenib and the addition of fotemustine in patients with systemic progression on prior single-agent BRAF inhibitor...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Xuan Wang, Xiangli Yao, Shiming Fan, Chenshuang Xiang, Runjiao Liu, Juan Feng, Jing Huang, Shouxin Liu
Melanoma is highly resistant to most traditional treatments; therefore, its incidence and mortality rates are rapidly increasing. The effect of a novel sansalvamide A analogue named LY-15 on the growth and induction of apoptosis in B16 cancer cells was investigated in vitro . The inhibitory effects of LY-15 on B16 cells occurred in a concentration- and time-dependent manner. The B16 cells were cultured in various concentrations of LY-15 (5, 15 and 25 µM), and the ameliorating effect of LY-15 was evaluated using apoptotic protein markers B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2), Bcl-2-associated X protein (Bax), caspase-3 and caspase-9...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Guo Liu, Haihan Chu
Andrographolide (Andro), a natural compound isolated from Andrographis paniculata , has been demonstrated to have anticancer efficacy in several types of tumors. In the present study, the anticancer effects and mechanism of Andro in human malignant melanoma were investigated. Cell viability analysis was performed using an MTT assay and the effect of Andro on the cell cycle and apoptosis of human malignant melanoma cells was determined by flow cytometry. Western blot analysis was performed to evaluate the protein expression levels of human malignant melanoma cells following treatment with Andro...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Jikui Xiong, Yan Wang, Yanli Gu, Yadong Xue, Lin Dang, Yuzhen Li
Malignant melanoma is characterized by rapid deterioration, early metastasis and high mortality. Cdk5 regulatory subunit-associated protein 1 (CDK5RAP1), which catalyzes 2-methylthio (ms2 ) modification of mitochondrial transfer RNAs, has been reported to induce cancer cell apoptosis, by a phospho-c-Jun N-terminal kinase (p-JNK) signaling pathway. The present study was the first to report on the association between CDK5RAP1 deficiency and nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) signaling pathway during the apoptosis process in human malignant melanoma (A375) cells...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Jessica Da Gama Duarte, Sagun Parakh, Miles C Andrews, Katherine Woods, Anupama Pasam, Candani Tutuka, Simone Ostrouska, Jonathan M Blackburn, Andreas Behren, Jonathan Cebon
Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) have revolutionized the treatment of advanced melanoma. The first ICI to demonstrate clinical benefit, ipilimumab, targets cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated antigen-4 (CTLA-4); however, the long-term overall survival is just 22%. More than 40 years ago intralesional (IL) bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), a living attenuated strain of Mycobacterium bovis , was found to induce tumor regression by stimulating cell-mediated immunity following a localized and self-limiting infection...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Qiang Zuo, Jing Liu, Liping Huang, Yifei Qin, Teresa Hawley, Claire Seo, Glenn Merlino, Yanlin Yu
Multiple genetic mutations within melanoma not only cause lesion-specific responses to targeted therapy but also alter the molecular route of resistance to that therapy. Inactivation of PTEN occurs in up to 30% of melanomas, frequently with a concurrent activating BRAF mutation. PTEN loss regulates both acquired and intrinsic drug resistance. Here we show that AXL/AKT axis mediated-resistance to BRAF inhibitor (BRAFi) depends upon PTEN status in melanoma. Hyperactivation of both ERK and AKT pathways was associated with BRAFi resistance in melanoma with wildtype PTEN...
March 19, 2018: Oncogene
Mitchell E Menezes, Sarmistha Talukdar, Stephen L Wechman, Swadesh K Das, Luni Emdad, Devanand Sarkar, Paul B Fisher
The incidence of melanoma has continued to increase over the past 30 years. Hence, developing effective therapies to treat both primary and metastatic melanoma are essential. While advances in targeted therapy and immunotherapy have provided novel therapeutic options to treat melanoma, gene therapy may provide additional strategies for the treatment of metastatic melanoma clinically. This review focuses upon the challenges and opportunities that gene therapy provides for targeting melanoma. We begin with a discussion of the various gene therapy targets which are relevant to melanoma...
2018: Advances in Cancer Research
Mitchell E Menezes, Praveen Bhoopathi, Anjan K Pradhan, Luni Emdad, Swadesh K Das, Chunqing Guo, Xiang-Yang Wang, Devanand Sarkar, Paul B Fisher
Subtraction hybridization identified genes displaying differential expression as metastatic human melanoma cells terminally differentiated and lost tumorigenic properties by treatment with recombinant fibroblast interferon and mezerein. This approach permitted cloning of multiple genes displaying enhanced expression when melanoma cells terminally differentiated, called melanoma differentiation associated (mda) genes. One mda gene, mda-7, has risen to the top of the list based on its relevance to cancer and now inflammation and other pathological states, which based on presence of a secretory sequence, chromosomal location, and an IL-10 signature motif has been named interleukin-24 (MDA-7/IL-24)...
2018: Advances in Cancer Research
Graham Pawelec
Since the first immunomodulatory antibody was licensed by the FDA in 2011 for treating melanoma it has remained the case that only a certain proportion of cancer patients respond favourably to a particular therapy. Recent results from combining two or more different antibodies each targeting a different immune checkpoint indicate that the proportion of responding patients can be increased, but thus far there are no such therapies routinely yielding clinical benefit in 100% of patients in any cancer type. Therefore, predicting which patients will respond to a particular therapy remains of the utmost importance in order to maximise treatment efficacy and minimise side-effects and costs...
March 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Immunology
Emily Capone, Alessia Lamolinara, Daniela D'Agostino, Cosmo Rossi, Vincenzo De Laurenzi, Manuela Iezzi, Stefano Iacobelli, Gianluca Sala
Cutaneous melanoma is one of the cancers with the fastest rising incidence and in its advanced metastatic form is a highly lethal disease. Despite the recent approval of several new drugs, the 5-year overall survival rate for advanced cutaneous melanoma is still below 20% and therefore, the development of novel treatments remains a primary need. Antibody-Drug Conjugates are an emerging novel class of anticancer agents, whose preclinical and clinical development has recently seen a remarkable increase in different tumors, including melanoma...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Matthew J Bott, Jonathan Cools-Lartigue, Kay See Tan, Joseph Dycoco, Manjit S Bains, Robert J Downey, James Huang, James M Isbell, Daniela Molena, Bernard J Park, Valerie W Rusch, Smita Sihag, David R Jones, Prasad S Adusumilli
BACKGROUND: Surgeons are increasingly asked to operate on patients with residual disease after immunotherapy. The safety and utility of lung resection in this setting are unknown. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of patients who underwent lung resection within 6 months of treatment with checkpoint blockade agents for metastatic or unresectable cancer. Survival was estimated from first resection using the Kaplan-Meier approach. RESULTS: Database query identified 19 patients who underwent 22 resections for suspected residual disease with therapeutic intent following immunotherapy between 2012 and 2016...
March 14, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Sara Valpione, Matteo S Carlino, Johanna Mangana, Meghan J Mooradian, Grant McArthur, Dirk Schadendorf, Axel Hauschild, Alexander M Menzies, Ana Arance, Paolo A Ascierto, AnnaMaria Di Giacomo, Francesco de Rosa, James Larkin, John J Park, Simone M Goldinger, Ryan J Sullivan, Wen Xu, Elisabeth Livingstone, Michael Weichenthal, Rajat Rai, Lydia Gaba, Georgina V Long, Paul Lorigan
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March 13, 2018: European Journal of Cancer
Pauline Funchain, Ahmad A Tarhini
Rapidly advancing genomic sequencing technologies are changing all areas of cancer, from diagnosis to surveillance, and prognostication to treatment. The role of genomic testing in melanoma is expanding, and multiple genomically based tests are available, including somatic tumor sequencing for actionable genetic alterations and tumor mutational burden, prognostic gene expression profiling from tumor tissue, and germline genetic testing from blood. The available testing options have varying levels of supporting data, from robust to preliminary...
March 15, 2018: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
Matthew A Psioda, Joseph G Ibrahim
We consider the problem of Bayesian sample size determination for a clinical trial in the presence of historical data that inform the treatment effect. Our broadly applicable, simulation-based methodology provides a framework for calibrating the informativeness of a prior while simultaneously identifying the minimum sample size required for a new trial such that the overall design has appropriate power to detect a non-null treatment effect and reasonable type I error control. We develop a comprehensive strategy for eliciting null and alternative sampling prior distributions which are used to define Bayesian generalizations of the traditional notions of type I error control and power...
March 14, 2018: Biostatistics
Muhammad Khairi Ahmad, Nur Ainina Abdollah, Nurul Husna Shafie, Narazah Mohd Yusof, Siti Razila Abdul Razak
Mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) are the main regulators of cellular proliferation, growth, and survival in physiological or pathological conditions. Aberrant MAPK signaling plays a pivotal role in carcinogenesis, which leads to development and progression of human cancer. Dual-specificity phosphatase 6 (DUSP6), a member of the MAPK phosphatase family, interacts with specifically targeted extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 via negative feedback regulation in the MAPK pathway of mammalian cells...
February 2018: Cancer Biology & Medicine
Tina Streitparth, Denis Schumacher, Robert Damm, Bjoern Friebe, Konrad Mohnike, Ortrud Kosiek, Maciej Pech, Jens Ricke, Florian Streitparth
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy, safety and predictive factors of RFA of primary and secondary lung malignancies. Patients and Methods: 79 patients with 129 primary and secondary lung malignancies were enrolled in a retrospective study. We treated 74 pulmonary metastases of colorectal cancer, 13 malignant melanoma lesions, 13 renal cancer metastases, 5 primary lung malignancies and 24 tumors of other different entities. All patients were considered to be unsuitable candidates for surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy...
February 20, 2018: Oncotarget
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