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Testing for BRAF fusions in patients with advanced BRAF/NRAS/KIT wild-type melanomas permits to identify patients who could benefit of anti-MEK targeted therapy.


  • 影响因子:2.10
  • DOI:10.1136/jclinpath-2019-206026
  • 作者列表:"Le Flahec G","Briolais M","Guibourg B","Lemasson G","Grippari JL","Ledé F","Marcorelles P","Uguen A
  • 发表时间:2020-02-01

:Beyond targeted therapy for patients with BRAF-mutated melanomas and immunotherapy in patients lacking BRAF mutations, anti-MEK therapy has been proposed in patients with advanced melanomas harbouring BRAF fusions. BRAF fusions diagnosis in patients with advanced melanomas is the subject of the present study. Using BRAF fluorescent in situ hybridisation (FISH), we searched for BRAF fusions in 74 samples of 66 patients with advanced BRAF/NRAS/KIT wild-type melanomas. We identified 2/66 (3%) patients with BRAF fusions in a brain metastasis of one patient and in a lymph node metastasis and in a cutaneous metastasis for the second patient with 90%-95% of tumour nuclei containing isolated 3'-BRAF FISH signals. As a result, we conclude that BRAF FISH in patients with advanced BRAF/NRAS/KIT wild-type melanomas is a valuable and easy-to-perform test to diagnose BRAF fusions and to identify patients who could benefit of anti-MEK targeted therapy.


: 除了对BRAF突变的黑色素瘤患者进行靶向治疗和对缺乏BRAF突变的患者进行免疫治疗之外,抗MEK治疗已被提出用于患有BRAF融合的晚期黑色素瘤患者。BRAF融合诊断晚期黑色素瘤患者是本研究的主题。使用BRAF荧光原位杂交 (FISH),我们在 66 例晚期BRAF/NRAS/KIT野生型黑色素瘤患者的 74 份样本中搜索了BRAF融合。我们确定了 2/66 (3%) BRAF融合患者在 1 例患者的脑转移和淋巴结转移中,在第二例患者的皮肤转移中,90%-95% 的肿瘤细胞核含有孤立的 3 '-BRAF FISH信号。结果,我们的结论是,BRAF FISH在晚期BRAF/NRAS/KIT野生型黑色素瘤患者中是一种有价值且易于执行的测试,用于诊断BRAF融合并确定可获益的患者。抗MEK靶向治疗。



作者列表:["Zhang B","Li L","Zhang N","Zhao M","Liu Y","Wei L","Ma L","Xu Z"]

METHODS::Blue rubber bleb naevus syndrome (BRBNS) is an extremely rare venous malformation that often manifests as multiple haemangioma-like lesions in the skin and gastrointestinal tract. The drug sirolimus plays a key role in the signalling pathway of angiogenesis and subsequent development of BRBNS and its use has been described in several case reports. We present a case series of four patients with BRBNS who exhibited good treatment response to sirolimus. All four patients were administered oral sirolimus at doses of 1.0-1.5 mg/m2 /day with a target drug level of 5-10 ng/mL and median treatment duration of 20 months. All patients had a reduction in the size of the lesions and a normalization of coagulopathy with tolerable drug adverse reactions at follow-up. Sirolimus may be effective and safe in paediatric patients with BRBNS. Further prospective studies are suggested to evaluate the long-term effectiveness of this drug.

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作者列表:["Pham CT","Juhasz M","Sung CT","Mesinkovska NA"]

METHODS:BACKGROUND:Human papillomavirus (HPV) infections are associated with common dermatologic and nondermatologic diseases. Although HPV vaccines are well established as preventive measures for genital warts and cervical neoplasia, their use as therapeutic agents deserves greater attention. OBJECTIVE:To evaluate the use of HPV vaccine(s) as a treatment modality for cutaneous and/or mucosal disease. METHODS:A primary literature search using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines was conducted in January 2019 by using the PubMed and Cochrane databases. RESULTS:A total of 63 articles with 4439 patients were included. The majority of patients with cutaneous warts, recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, and squamous and basal cell carcinomas were successfully treated with HPV vaccination. Preliminary data on patients with pre-existing anogenital warts, cervical intraepithelial neoplasia, anal intraepithelial neoplasia, and vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia is promising. LIMITATIONS:This review was limited by the lack of controls, patients' previous HPV vaccination status, and publication bias. CONCLUSION:The commercially available three-dose, quadrivalent HPV vaccine is a potential therapeutic option for the treatment of cutaneous warts, recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, and squamous and basal cell carcinomas. Noncommercially available HPV vaccines demonstrate therapeutic response for treating anogenital warts, cervical intraepithelial neoplasia, anal intraepithelial neoplasia, and vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia. The vaccine's efficacy as an adjunct therapy for HPV-associated cutaneous and/or mucosal disease warrants further exploration.

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作者列表:["Lang UE","Love NR","Cheung C","McCalmont TH","Kim J"]

METHODS::Our understanding of melanoma precursors and progression to melanoma has developed as a result of advances in the field of molecular diagnostics. We now better understand the potential for genetic heterogeneity within a single lesion. Combined tumors can pose a diagnostic challenge when deciding the line between benign and malignant, which in turn has direct implications for patient management. Primary cilia (PC) are ubiquitous sensory organelles that have essential functions in cellular proliferation, differentiation, and development. The ciliation index (percentage of ciliated melanocytes) has been shown to reliably differentiate melanoma, which fail to ciliate, from melanocytic nevi, which retain PC. We therefore analyzed the potential for using the ciliation index to differentiate benign and malignant components in combined melanocytic lesions. We collected patient samples (n = 10) of unequivocal combined lesions with both melanoma and associated nevus components. Melanocytes were highlighted with SOX10 and costained with gamma-Tubulin and acetylated alpha-Tubulin to highlight the basal body and cilium, respectively. The number of melanocytes retaining cilia under high-power microscopy was examined. The melanoma component had average of 4% ciliation (SD: 7%), whereas the associated nevus component was significantly higher with 59% ciliation (SD: 17%). These data show that PC may be a reliable means of distinguishing benign from malignant components within a single tumor. The ciliation index may be a helpful tool in distinguishing challenging cases of combined lesions of melanoma in situ with a dermal nevus component from invasive melanoma, thus promoting improved staging and clinical management.

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