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Recent Results Cancer Res ; 214: 169-187, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31473853

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Treatment of patients with advanced metastatic melanoma has for decades been a story of very limited success. This dramatically changed when therapy with anti-PD-1 checkpoint blocking antibodies was approved in the USA and Europe in 2014 and 2015, respectively. The therapy exploits the capacity of CD8+ T cells to specifically kill tumor cells. Within the tumor microenvironment, CD8+ T cell activity is blocked by suppressive signals received via PD-1, an inhibitory co-receptor and so-called checkpoint of T cell activation. PD-1 binds to its ligand PD-L1 on melanoma cells which dampens the T cell's activity. Antibodies blocking inhibitory PD-1/PD-L1 interaction release T cells from suppression. Treatment of late-stage disease melanoma patients with antibodies targeting the PD-1/PD-L1 axis, termed immune checkpoint blocking therapy (ICBT), yields clinical frequently long-lasting responses in 30-40% of cases. Despite this remarkable breakthrough, still the majority of patients resists ICBT or develops resistance after initial therapy response. Administration of anti-PD-1 antibodies in combination with antibodies targeting CTLA-4, another inhibitory immune checkpoint increased clinical responses rate up to 50% but at costs of higher treatment-related toxicities. Thus, strong efforts are now directed toward the understanding of therapy resistance, the identification of biomarkers predicting therapy response, and the development of alternative PD-1-based combination treatment to improve patient outcomes.


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Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/citologia , Imunoterapia , Melanoma/terapia , Receptor de Morte Celular Programada 1 , Anticorpos Monoclonais , Antígeno B7-H1 , Europa (Continente) , Humanos , Microambiente Tumoral
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Anticancer Res ; 39(10): 5403-5415, 2019 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31570435

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BACKGROUND/AIM: Tubugi-1 is a more stable and accessible synthetic counterpart of natural tubulysins. This study aimed to evaluate its cytotoxic potential against anaplastic human melanoma cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The viability of A-375 cells was determined by 3-(4,5-dimethythiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) and crystal violet assay. The type of cell death and proliferative rate were investigated using flow cytometry and fluorescent microscopy, while the molecular background was evaluated by western blot. RESULTS: Tubugi-1 reduced the viability of A-375 cells, inducing massive micronucleation, followed by augmented expression of inhibitor of nuclear factor-κB and caspase-2, typical of a mitotic catastrophe. Disturbed proliferation and G2M block with prominent caspase activity, weakened the expression of B-cell lymphoma 2 and B-cell lymphoma 2-associated X transient up-regulation, coexisted with intensive autophagy. Specific inhibition of autophagy by chloroquine resulted in conversion from mitotic catastrophe to rapid apoptosis. CONCLUSION: Multilevel anticancer action of tubugi-1 is extended by co-application of an autophagy inhibitor, giving a new dimension in further preclinical advancement of this potential agent.


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Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Autofagia/efeitos dos fármacos , Citotoxinas/farmacologia , Melanoma/tratamento farmacológico , Caspase 2/metabolismo , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Proliferação de Células/efeitos dos fármacos , Sobrevivência Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Melanoma/metabolismo , NF-kappa B/metabolismo , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-bcl-2/metabolismo , Regulação para Cima/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteína X Associada a bcl-2/metabolismo
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Adv Exp Med Biol ; 1164: 225-233, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31576552

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Immune checkpoint blockade (ICB) has proved successful in the immunotherapeutic treatment of various human cancers. Despite its success, most patients are still not cured while immunogenic cold cancers are still poorly responsive. There is a need for novel clinical interventions in immunotherapy, either alone or in conjunction with ICB. Here, we outline our recent discovery that the intracellular signaling kinase glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3) is a central regulator of PD-1 in T-cells. We demonstrate the application of small molecule inhibitor (SMI) approaches to down-regulate PD-1 in tumor immunotherapy. GSK-3 SMIs were found as effective as anti-PD-1 in the elimination of melanoma in mouse models. We propose the development of novel SMIs to target co-receptors for the future of immunotherapy.


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Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica , Quinase 3 da Glicogênio Sintase , Imunoterapia , Melanoma , Animais , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Quinase 3 da Glicogênio Sintase/antagonistas & inibidores , Humanos , Melanoma/terapia , Camundongos , Receptor de Morte Celular Programada 1/genética , Receptor de Morte Celular Programada 1/metabolismo , Linfócitos T/fisiologia
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Medicine (Baltimore) ; 98(43): e17578, 2019 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31651862

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BACKGROUND: To evaluate the methylation levels of human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) promoter three CpG island (CGIs) regions and its prognostic impact in Chinese patients with acral and mucosal melanoma. METHODS: Bioinformatics software was used to analyze hTERT gene promoter. Fresh frozen tissues were taken from 14 patients with melanoma (6 acral melanoma and 8 mucosal melanoma) and 14 pigmented nevus as control subjects (14 acral pigmented nevus). Bisulfite sequencing PCR (BSP) combined TA clone sequencing was used to assess the methylation levels of hTERT promoter CGIs regions. The relative expression level of hTERT mRNA was measured by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). RESULTS: CGIs-1 (-1392--1098 bp), CGIs-2 (-945--669 bp), and CGIs-3 (-445--48 bp) were selected for our study. Our results indicated that the methylation levels of hTERT promotor CGIs regions in melanoma were greater than pigmented nevus (CGIs-1: 69.3 ±â€Š18.7% vs 46.8 ±â€Š20.4%, t = 3.048 P = .005; CGIs-2: 73.8 ±â€Š14.7% vs 55.6 ±â€Š16.0%, t = 3.120 P = .004; CGIs-3: 5.8 ±â€Š2.2% vs 2.2 ±â€Š1.3%, t = 5.164 P < .001). The relative expression level of hTERT in melanoma was greater than in pigmented nevus (50.39 ±â€Š9.16 vs 26.10 ±â€Š7.25, t = 7.778, P < .001). Linear regression analysis showed that the methylation level of CGIs-2 in melanoma was positively correlated with the relative expression level of hTERT mRNA (R = .490, F = 13.478, P = .003). Combined with the analysis of clinicopathological features, the methylation level of CGIs-2 in melanoma with lymph node metastasis was greater than in melanoma without lymph node metastasis, and the methylation level of CGIs-2 increased with TNM staging. CONCLUSION: CGIs-2 methylation level was associated with the relative expression level of hTERT mRNA, lymph node metastasis and TNM staging, suggesting that CGIs-2 hypermethylation might be used to evaluate the prognosis in Chinese patients with acral and mucosal melanoma.


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Ilhas de CpG/genética , Metilação de DNA/genética , Melanoma/genética , Proteína 2 de Ligação a Metil-CpG/metabolismo , Telomerase/metabolismo , Idoso , Grupo com Ancestrais do Continente Asiático/genética , China , Biologia Computacional , Feminino , Humanos , Modelos Lineares , Metástase Linfática , Masculino , Melanoma/mortalidade , Melanoma/patologia , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Estadiamento de Neoplasias , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase , Prognóstico , RNA Mensageiro/metabolismo
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Am Surg ; 85(10): 1118-1124, 2019 Oct 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31657306

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Prospective randomized studies have demonstrated a survival benefit of immunotherapy in stage IV cutaneous melanoma. Some retrospective studies have hypothesized a synergistic effect of radiation and immunotherapy. Our objective was to identify whether there is a survival benefit for patients treated with radiation and immunotherapy in stage IV cutaneous melanoma of the head and neck (CMHN). The National Cancer Database was used to identify patients with stage IV CMHN between 2012 and 2014. These patients were stratified based on receipt of radiation and immunotherapy. Adjusted Cox regression was used to analyze overall survival. A total of 542 patients were identified with stage IV CMHN, of whom 153 (28%) patients received immunotherapy. Receipt of immunotherapy (hazard ratio [HR] 0.69, P = 0.02) and negative LNs (HR 0.50, P = 0.002) were independently associated with improved survival, whereas radiation conferred no survival benefit (HR 1.17, P = 0.26). Patients who received immunotherapy without radiation were associated with significantly improved survival compared with those who received immunotherapy with radiation (P < 0.0001). However, of patients who received radiation, the addition of immunotherapy did not seem to improve survival (P = 0.979). In stage IV CMHN, immunotherapy confers a 32 per cent survival benefit. The use of immunotherapy in patients who require radiation, however, is not associated with improved survival.


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Antineoplásicos Imunológicos/uso terapêutico , Neoplasias de Cabeça e Pescoço/terapia , Imunoterapia/mortalidade , Ipilimumab/uso terapêutico , Melanoma/terapia , Neoplasias Cutâneas/terapia , Adulto , Idoso , Análise de Variância , Feminino , Neoplasias de Cabeça e Pescoço/mortalidade , Neoplasias de Cabeça e Pescoço/patologia , Neoplasias de Cabeça e Pescoço/radioterapia , Humanos , Imunoterapia/métodos , Linfonodos/patologia , Masculino , Melanoma/mortalidade , Melanoma/patologia , Melanoma/radioterapia , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Modelos de Riscos Proporcionais , Radioimunoterapia/métodos , Radioimunoterapia/mortalidade , Radioterapia/mortalidade , Estudos Retrospectivos , Neoplasias Cutâneas/mortalidade , Neoplasias Cutâneas/patologia , Neoplasias Cutâneas/radioterapia , Análise de Sobrevida , Fatores de Tempo
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Medicine (Baltimore) ; 98(41): e17348, 2019 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31593084

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Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) like cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (anti-CTLA4) and programmed death cell protein 1 (anti-PD1) have revolutionized cancer treatment. As ICI use becomes widespread, more immune-related adverse events (irAE's) are being reported. Our aim was to investigate the frequency and nature of new irAE's as well as report the frequency of flare-ups of pre-existing autoimmune conditions occurring after ICI therapy.We performed a retrospective chart review of all patients treated for cancer with anti-PD1 or anti-CTLA4 or combination therapy at our tertiary care center from January 2014 to April 2016. Demographic data, cancer type and stage, irAE's (new immune disorders and disease flares of pre-existing autoimmune disorders on ICI therapy), and drug treatment information were extracted.We identified 220 patients treated with ICI therapy during the study period out of which 27% (60/220) developed irAE's. 11% in anti-CTLA4 group and 16% among anti-PD1 treated patients developed irAE's. IrAE's resulted in discontinuation of cancer therapy in 28% of those who developed irAE's. 21.4% had a flare of their autoimmune disease but only 1 required discontinuation of immunotherapy.IrAE's are an important emerging clinical disease entity for specialists to be aware of. Our study shows that ICI's can be safely used in patients with pre-existing autoimmune conditions with close monitoring. However, there is still a large unmet need to have a better understanding of how to systematically evaluate and manage patients with irAE's as well as for identifying the predictors of irAE's.


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Antineoplásicos Imunológicos/efeitos adversos , Doenças do Sistema Imunitário/induzido quimicamente , Imunoterapia/efeitos adversos , Melanoma/tratamento farmacológico , Neoplasias/tratamento farmacológico , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Doenças Autoimunes/induzido quimicamente , Doenças Autoimunes/imunologia , Antígeno CTLA-4/antagonistas & inibidores , Feminino , Humanos , Doenças do Sistema Imunitário/imunologia , Masculino , Melanoma/imunologia , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Neoplasias/imunologia , Receptor de Morte Celular Programada 1/antagonistas & inibidores , Estudos Retrospectivos
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Rinsho Ketsueki ; 60(9): 1341-1350, 2019.
Artigo em Japonês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31597862

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It has been eight years since the first immune checkpoint-blocking antibody, ipilimumab, was approved for metastatic malignant melanoma treatment by FDA in 2011. During this period, several other immune checkpoint blockers have been newly developed and approved for certain cancers, including malignant melanoma. However, there have been several concerns with some of these. The overall response rate did not exceed 30% in many cancers; although combination therapy with ipilimumab and nivolumab increased efficacy, immune-related adverse events also increased. This observation facilitated the reverse translational research (rTR) approach, using clinical specimens from treated patients to gradually elucidate the mechanism of resistance and biomarkers to select patients who can potentially benefit from immunotherapy. This has also promoted the development of novel combination therapies. In this review, immunological findings that highlight the resistance mechanisms of cancers against immune checkpoint blockers and the novel attempts to achieve a break-through will be discussed.


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Imunoterapia , Ipilimumab/uso terapêutico , Melanoma/terapia , Nivolumabe/uso terapêutico , Neoplasias Cutâneas/terapia , Resistencia a Medicamentos Antineoplásicos , Humanos , Pesquisa Médica Translacional
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Am Surg ; 85(9): 1056-1060, 2019 Sep 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31638524

RESUMO

Skin substitutes have shown success in complex wound reconstruction. We evaluate the use of a human acellular dermal matrix (ADM) as a viable alternative to autologous skin grafting for defects secondary to skin cancer excision. An institutional review board-approved, retrospective review of ADM-reconstructed defects secondary to skin cancer excision between 2012 and 2018 was conducted. ADM was indicated in patients with preclusive factors for general anesthesia, protracted procedure time, reluctance for additional donor site wound, and personal choice. We reviewed defect characteristics, healing time, postoperative outcomes, and patient demographics. The 228 participants (151 males, 77 females) had a median age of 72 years (range, 29-95 years), with melanoma diagnosed in 113 (49.6%), squamous cell carcinoma in 61 (26.8%), and basal cell carcinoma in 28 (12.2%) patients. The median interval to complete epidermal coverage was 42 days, with graft failure evident in six patients (2.6%). ADM is a viable, low-morbid alternative for reconstruction of defects secondary to skin cancer excision, with no donor site morbidity. With exception to complete healing time, outcomes are similar to those of autologous grafting.


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Derme Acelular , Neoplasias Cutâneas/cirurgia , Transplante de Pele , Adulto , Fatores Etários , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Carcinoma Basocelular/cirurgia , Carcinoma de Células Escamosas/cirurgia , Feminino , Sobrevivência de Enxerto , Custos de Cuidados de Saúde , Humanos , Masculino , Melanoma/cirurgia , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Estudos Retrospectivos , Fatores de Tempo , Transplante Autólogo , Cicatrização
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Braz J Med Biol Res ; 52(10): e8385, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31618367

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Malignant melanoma (MM) is one of the malignant tumors with highly metastatic and aggressive biological actions. Schizandrin A (SchA) is a bioactive lignin compound with strong anti-oxidant and anti-aging properties, which is stable at room temperature and is often stored in a cool dry place. Hence, we investigated the effects of SchA on MM cell line A375 and its underlying mechanism. A375 cells were used to construct an in vitro MM cell model. Cell viability, proliferation, apoptosis, and migration were detected by Cell Counting Kit-8, BrdU assay, flow cytometry, and transwell two-chamber assay, respectively. The cell cycle-related protein cyclin D1 and cell apoptotic proteins (Bcl-2, Bax, cleaved-caspase-3, and cleaved-caspase-9) were analyzed by western blot. Alteration of H19 expression was achieved by transfecting with pEX-H19. PI3K/AKT pathway was measured by detecting phosphorylation of PI3K and AKT. SchA significantly decreased cell viability in a dose-dependent manner. Furthermore, SchA inhibited cell proliferation and cyclin D1 expression. SchA increased cell apoptosis along with the up-regulation of pro-apoptotic proteins (cleaved-caspase-3, cleaved-caspase-9, and Bax) and the down-regulation of anti-apoptotic protein (Bcl-2). Besides, SchA decreased migration and down-regulated matrix metalloproteinases (MMP)-2 and MMP-9. SchA down-regulated lncRNA H19. Overexpression of H19 blockaded the inhibitory effects of SchA on A375 cells. SchA decreased the phosphorylation of PI3K and AKT while H19 overexpression promoted the phosphorylation of PI3K and AKT. SchA inhibited A375 cell growth, migration, and the PI3K/AKT pathway through down-regulating H19.


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Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Movimento Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Proliferação de Células/efeitos dos fármacos , Ciclo-Octanos/farmacologia , Regulação para Baixo/efeitos dos fármacos , Lignanas/farmacologia , Melanoma/patologia , Compostos Policíclicos/farmacologia , Western Blotting , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , MicroRNAs/metabolismo , RNA Longo não Codificante , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase em Tempo Real , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos
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An Bras Dermatol ; 94(4): 458-460, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31644622

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Melanoma is widely known as the most lethal skin cancer. Specific tumor-related mortality can be significantly reduced if diagnosis and treatment are properly performed during initial phases of the disease. The current search for biomarkers in early-stage melanomas is a high-priority challenge for physicians and researchers. We aimed to assess the immunoexpression of BRAFV600E and KIT in a case series consisting of 44 early-stage melanomas. Formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded samples were systematically evaluated using a semi-quantitative method based on scores of percentage and intensity for immunostained tumor cells. We observed significant concordance between BRAFV600E and KIT immunoexpression in thin invasive melanomas. Our findings corroborate previous evidence showing abnormal expression of proteins associated with MAPK intracellular signaling pathway in early-stage melanomas.


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Melanoma/patologia , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas B-raf/análise , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-kit/análise , Neoplasias Cutâneas/patologia , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Progressão da Doença , Feminino , Humanos , Imuno-Histoquímica , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Proteínas Quinases Ativadas por Mitógeno/análise , Mutação , Estadiamento de Neoplasias , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas B-raf/genética , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-kit/genética , Estudos Retrospectivos , Adulto Jovem
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F1000Res ; 82019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31602297

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Innovations in ophthalmic imaging have made a profound impact on the diagnosis and treatment of ophthalmic disease. In ocular oncology, the development of optical coherence tomography with enhanced depth imaging and swept source technologies has made it possible to visualize the anatomical characteristics of retinoblastoma and uveal melanoma with a level of detail previously unobtainable on clinical exam alone. As a result, our understanding of the pathophysiology of vision loss in choroidal melanoma in particular has improved. These modalities have also helped identify fundoscopically "invisible" tumors and risk stratify pre-malignant choroidal lesions, making a strong case for their inclusion in all screening evaluations. Optical coherence tomography angiography, on the other hand, has allowed non-invasive imaging of the retinal and uveal vasculatures, providing insight into vascular changes associated with malignant transformation and vision loss following exposure to radiation. While the impact of new imaging technologies on clinical outcomes and overall survival in ocular oncology has yet to be determined, several reports cited herein offer promising results.


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Neoplasias da Coroide/diagnóstico , Melanoma/diagnóstico por imagem , Neoplasias Uveais/diagnóstico por imagem , Corioide/diagnóstico por imagem , Corioide/patologia , Humanos , Tomografia de Coerência Óptica
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Medicina (B Aires) ; 79(4): 265-270, 2019.
Artigo em Espanhol | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31487245

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Malignant melanoma (MM) is the more aggressive form of skin cancer with a mortality rate in Argentina 1997-2001 = 1.1/100 000 in men and 0.6 in women. BRAF proto-oncogene is focus of intense research; its mutation is one of the main tumor promoters and occurs in approximately 50% of MM. Several drugs with clinical activity on BRAF mutations have been approved. The aim of the study is to evaluate the mutational status of BRAF (exon 15) in cutaneous MM biopsies and its relationship with histopathological characteristics. We carried out an observational, retrospective study of samples fixed in formaldehyde and paraffin embedded; reviewing age, sex, diagnosis, histopathological data, tumor size and percentage, viability for molecular analysis and melanin presence. We evaluated BRAF mutations with PCR/Sanger sequencing. For statistics we used Student's t test, Chi square, Wilcoxon and Fisher's exact test. We were able to purify and sequence 76% (38/49) samples, 13/38 (34%) from women and 25/38 (66%) from men, the median age being 70 years. Most frequent location: thorax 14/35 (40%). Histological type: Superficial spreading 18/38 (47%). Clark's levels, 11/38 (29%): I-II and 27/38 (71%): III, IV and V. Breslow's median: 1.6 mm. Radial growth phase 11/38 (29%) and 27/38 (71%) vertical. Presented mutations 16/38 (42%). As reported by other authors, no association was found between the mutational state of exon 15 and clinical or histopathological parameters.


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Melanoma/genética , Mutação/genética , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas B-raf/genética , Neoplasias Cutâneas/genética , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Análise Mutacional de DNA , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Melanoma/patologia , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase em Tempo Real , Estudos Retrospectivos , Neoplasias Cutâneas/patologia
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Magy Onkol ; 63(3): 239-245, 2019 09 18.
Artigo em Húngaro | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31538441

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Skin cancers represent the most common type of malignancy. The incidence rate of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer depicts a continuous rise worldwide, which is attributed mainly (but not exclusively) to the growing incidence of non-melanoma skin cancer in the elderly population. Most skin cancer types are sensitive to immunotherapy. Melanoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma showed response rates of at least 40% for PD-1 inhibitor therapy as reported in recent articles. In this article we review the current and future immunotherapy agents and procedures for skin cancers.


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Imunoterapia/mortalidade , Imunoterapia/métodos , Receptor de Morte Celular Programada 1/genética , Neoplasias Cutâneas/patologia , Neoplasias Cutâneas/terapia , Carcinoma de Célula de Merkel/imunologia , Carcinoma de Célula de Merkel/patologia , Carcinoma de Célula de Merkel/terapia , Carcinoma de Células Escamosas/imunologia , Carcinoma de Células Escamosas/patologia , Carcinoma de Células Escamosas/terapia , Intervalo Livre de Doença , Feminino , Humanos , Hungria , Masculino , Melanoma/imunologia , Melanoma/patologia , Melanoma/terapia , Terapia de Alvo Molecular/métodos , Prognóstico , Medição de Risco , Neoplasias Cutâneas/imunologia , Neoplasias Cutâneas/mortalidade , Análise de Sobrevida , Resultado do Tratamento
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Pol J Pathol ; 70(1): 26-32, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31556548

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The distinction between atypical Spitz lesions, conventional melanocytic nevi including Spitz nevi, and malignant melanomas may be difficult in some cases or may even be impossible. The histological assessment of these lesions is necessary to ensure correct diagnosis and treatment. Nevertheless, pathologists may be subject to suboptimal concordance in the diagnosis of some atypical lesions. In literature, certain atypical lesions have been defined differently: the terms atypical and metastasising Spitz tumour, malignant Spitz nevus, borderline and intermediate melanocytic tumour, melanocytic tumour of uncertain malignant potential MELTUMP, and low-grade malignant melanoma have been introduced to designate this heterogeneous group of pathological entities and variants. This review focuses on some issues concerning the historical background, diagnostic state-of-the-art, evolution, and classification of these complicated lesions.


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Melanoma/diagnóstico , Nevo de Células Epitelioides e Fusiformes/diagnóstico , Neoplasias Cutâneas/diagnóstico , Diagnóstico Diferencial , Humanos , Melanoma/patologia , Nevo de Células Epitelioides e Fusiformes/patologia , Neoplasias Cutâneas/patologia
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Cancer Immunol Immunother ; 68(9): 1547-1559, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31482307

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Engineered cytokine products represent promising agents for the treatment of immunogenic tumors, such as malignant melanoma, in addition to immune checkpoint inhibitors. Here we describe the results of a controlled, randomized phase II clinical trial, aimed at assessing the therapeutic potential of L19IL2, a fully human fusion protein consisting of the L19 antibody specific to the alternatively spliced extra-domain B of fibronectin, fused to human interleukin-2 in advanced metastatic melanoma. In one arm, patients received dacarbazine (DTIC; 1000 mg/m2 of body surface on day 1 of 21-day cycles) as single agent, while in two other arms L19IL2 (22.5 million international units of IL2 equivalents) was added, based on two different schedules of administration. In total, 69 patients with stage IV melanoma were enrolled (24 in the dacarbazine arm, 23 and 22 in the other combination arms, respectively) and 67 received treatment. Analyses of efficacy results show a statistically significant benefit in terms of overall response rate and median progression-free survival for patients receiving L19IL2 in combination with DTIC, compared to DTIC as single agent. In light of these results, further clinical investigations with L19IL2 (alone or in combination with other agents) are warranted.


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Protocolos de Quimioterapia Combinada Antineoplásica/uso terapêutico , Dacarbazina/uso terapêutico , Melanoma/terapia , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/uso terapêutico , Neoplasias Cutâneas/terapia , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Melanoma/mortalidade , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Estadiamento de Neoplasias , Neoplasias Cutâneas/mortalidade , Análise de Sobrevida , Adulto Jovem
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Cancer Immunol Immunother ; 68(9): 1493-1500, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31501955

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Immunotherapy with checkpoint inhibitors revolutionized melanoma treatment in both the adjuvant and metastatic setting, yet not all metastatic patients respond, and metastatic disease still often recurs among immunotherapy-treated patients with locally advanced disease. TNFSF4 is a co-stimulatory checkpoint protein expressed by several types of immune and non-immune cells, and was shown in the past to enhance the anti-neoplastic activity of T cells. Here, we assessed its expression in melanoma and its association with outcome in locally advanced and metastatic disease. We used publicly available data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) and the Cancer Cell Line Encyclopedia (CCLE), and RNA sequencing data from anti-PD1-treated patients at Sheba medical center. TNFSF4 mRNA is expressed in melanoma cell lines and melanoma samples, including those with low lymphocytic infiltrates, and is not associated with the ulceration status of the primary tumor. Low expression of TNFSF4 mRNA is associated with worse prognosis in all melanoma patients and in the cohorts of stage III and stage IIIc-IV patients. Low expression of TNFSF4 mRNAs is also associated with worse prognosis in the subgroup of patients with low lymphocytic infiltrates, suggesting that tumoral TNFSF4 is associated with outcome. TNFSF4 expression was not correlated with the expression of other known checkpoint mRNAs. Last, metastatic patients with TNFSF4 mRNA expression within the lowest quartile have significantly worse outcome on anti-PD1 treatment, and a significantly lower response rate to these agents. Our current work points to TNFSF4 expression in melanoma as a potential determinant of prognosis, and warrants further translational and clinical research.


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Imunoterapia/métodos , Melanoma/metabolismo , Ligante OX40/metabolismo , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Anticorpos Monoclonais Humanizados/farmacologia , Anticorpos Monoclonais Humanizados/uso terapêutico , Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Antineoplásicos/uso terapêutico , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Estudos de Coortes , Feminino , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica , Humanos , Masculino , Melanoma/tratamento farmacológico , Melanoma/mortalidade , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Metástase Neoplásica , Estadiamento de Neoplasias , Nivolumabe/farmacologia , Nivolumabe/uso terapêutico , Ligante OX40/genética , Prognóstico , Receptor de Morte Celular Programada 1/antagonistas & inibidores , Análise de Sobrevida , Resultado do Tratamento
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Anticancer Res ; 39(9): 4995-5001, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31519606

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BACKGROUND/AIM: Adoptive transfer of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) combined with non-myeloablative chemotherapy (NMA) has been shown to prolong survival in patients with metastatic disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Tissue harvesting was performed form a variety of sites. TILs were isolated, expanded and infused with bolus high-dose IL-2. RESULTS: Between 2008 and 2018, 242 lesions were resected for TILs harvesting from a range of sites form 196 patients without mortality and with minimal morbidity. Of those harvested, 75 were unable to complete therapy because of clinical deterioration during the wait period. Of 121 evaluable treated patients, there was no effect of metastatic site biopsied on the mean fold TIL expansion. Those receiving prior ipilimumab had a higher TIL fold expansion but a lower TIL fold expansion than those exposed to anti-PD1 therapy. CONCLUSION: Harvesting may be safely performed with successful TIL expansion from most sites. Prior check point inhibitory immunotherapy may potentially influence TIL fold expansion.


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Imunoterapia Adotiva , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/imunologia , Melanoma/imunologia , Melanoma/terapia , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Antineoplásicos Imunológicos/farmacologia , Antineoplásicos Imunológicos/uso terapêutico , Biomarcadores Tumorais , Feminino , Humanos , Imunoterapia Adotiva/métodos , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/metabolismo , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/patologia , Masculino , Melanoma/metabolismo , Melanoma/patologia , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Metástase Neoplásica , Estadiamento de Neoplasias , Receptor de Morte Celular Programada 1/antagonistas & inibidores , Adulto Jovem
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N Engl J Med ; 381(16): 1535-1546, 2019 10 17.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31562797

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BACKGROUND: Nivolumab plus ipilimumab or nivolumab alone resulted in longer progression-free and overall survival than ipilimumab alone in a trial involving patients with advanced melanoma. We now report 5-year outcomes in the trial. METHODS: We randomly assigned patients with previously untreated advanced melanoma to receive one of the following regimens: nivolumab (at a dose of 1 mg per kilogram of body weight) plus ipilimumab (3 mg per kilogram) every 3 weeks for four doses, followed by nivolumab (3 mg per kilogram every 2 weeks); nivolumab (3 mg per kilogram every 2 weeks) plus ipilimumab-matched placebo; or ipilimumab (3 mg per kilogram every 3 weeks for four doses) plus nivolumab-matched placebo. The two primary end points were progression-free survival and overall survival in the nivolumab-plus-ipilimumab group and in the nivolumab group, as compared with the ipilimumab group. RESULTS: At a minimum follow-up of 60 months, the median overall survival was more than 60.0 months (median not reached) in the nivolumab-plus-ipilimumab group and 36.9 months in the nivolumab group, as compared with 19.9 months in the ipilimumab group (hazard ratio for death with nivolumab plus ipilimumab vs. ipilimumab, 0.52; hazard ratio for death with nivolumab vs. ipilimumab, 0.63). Overall survival at 5 years was 52% in the nivolumab-plus-ipilimumab group and 44% in the nivolumab group, as compared with 26% in the ipilimumab group. No sustained deterioration of health-related quality of life was observed during or after treatment with nivolumab plus ipilimumab or with nivolumab alone. No new late toxic effects were noted. CONCLUSIONS: Among patients with advanced melanoma, sustained long-term overall survival at 5 years was observed in a greater percentage of patients who received nivolumab plus ipilimumab or nivolumab alone than in those who received ipilimumab alone, with no apparent loss of quality of life in the patients who received regimens containing nivolumab. (Funded by Bristol-Myers Squibb and others; CheckMate 067 ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT01844505.).


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Protocolos de Quimioterapia Combinada Antineoplásica/uso terapêutico , Ipilimumab/administração & dosagem , Melanoma/tratamento farmacológico , Nivolumabe/administração & dosagem , Neoplasias Cutâneas/tratamento farmacológico , Adulto , Idoso , Protocolos de Quimioterapia Combinada Antineoplásica/efeitos adversos , Seguimentos , Humanos , Ipilimumab/efeitos adversos , Melanoma/genética , Melanoma/mortalidade , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Mutação , Nivolumabe/efeitos adversos , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas B-raf/genética , Neoplasias Cutâneas/genética , Neoplasias Cutâneas/mortalidade , Análise de Sobrevida
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