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Complete Guide to Preventing Skin Cancer. We all know enough to fear the name, just as we do the words tumor and malignant. But apart from that, most of us know very little at all about cancer, especially skin cancer in itself. If I were to ask you to tell me about skin cancer right now, what would you say? Apart from the fact that its a cancer on the skin, that is.

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How I Survived Malignant Melanom

By The Time You've Finished Reading How I Survived Melanoma Skin Cancer Seven Survivors Tell Their Stories. You'll Feel Like A New Person, with A New, More Positive Outlook! You will learn: 1. How do I know if I have melanoma? What are the signs and symptoms? I wanted to know why the doctor was so concerned when she looked at that little mole on my forearm. What was it that looked so sinister? How worried should I be? Was the doctor over-reacting? 2. What tests will the doctor carry out to see if I have melanoma? Will they be able to tell me on the spot if there is a problem? Or will I have to wait for days, fretting about whats going on? 3. How curable is melanoma? If they do tell me its melanoma, what exactly does that mean? Is it a death sentence? Will they tell me You have 12 months to live. Get your life in order and prepare for the worst.? 4. What are the stages of the disease? The reading Id done said that there were different stages of melanoma. What are the symptoms of each stage? What are the survival rates of each stage? If I had a later stage melanoma, wouldnt I know about it? Wouldnt I actually feel like I was sick? 5. How quickly does the disease progress or spread? Should I have gone to the doctor sooner? Id noticed the mole changing over about 3 months. Was this delay critical? 6. How is melanoma normally treated? Would I have to go through chemotherapy and radiation treatment? If so, for how long? What are the odds of curing the disease using these treatments? How extensive is any surgery likely to be? How big will the scars be? 7. What are the common side effects of the treatments? Would I lose my hair? Would I become sterile? What else could I expect? 8. What alternative treatments are available? Id heard of people going on special macro-biotic diets. Id seen lots of herbal remedies on the internet. Which of these are proven and documented, and which ones are snake oil? Is it possible to combine alternative treatments with surgical other western treatments? How do I find a doctor that is open to using both alternative and western treatments? 9. What are the latest treatments being developed, and who is carrying out clinical trials of these new treatments?

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Upregulation of Transcription Factors in the Pathogenesis of Melanoma

We have recently focused on the multifunctional protein apu-rinic apyrimidinic endonuclease redox effector 1 (APE Ref-1), which functions in both the third step in base excision repair and also reduces a wide range of TFs so that they can bind to DNA sites and effect their action (Yang et al. 2005). We have recently shown that the polyphenoic anti-oxidant resveratrol binds to the redox pocket of Ref-1 and slows melanoma growth. We are in the process of designing a number of inhibitors based on this lead compound and by using an iterative structure-function approach and three-dimensional software modeling.

Redox Status of Melanocytes and Melanoma Cells

We initially asked a simple question How do melanocytes respond to oxidative stress (Meyskens et al. 1997). The conclusions from our studies are summarized as follows, and illustrated in Fig. 1. Melanoma were exposed to a low dose of H2O2 generated by adding titered amounts of glucose oxidase to the medium, and with a fixed dose of glucose, a predictable amount of H2O2 was generated. (Using UVR-B as the source of ROS was too complex as it produces many cellular effects including direct DNA damage.) The intracellular oxidative response was determined by luminol-enhanced chemiluminescence, a crude signal for superoxide peroxide flux. The results were surprising, in that no fluorescence signal was apparent in several non-melanin-containing cell lines. In normal human melanocytes (NHM), a small signal was initially generated, but rapidly suppressed over a few minutes. In contrast, a large and continuous chemiluminescence response was seen in all melanoma cell lines tested. The signal was...

Urinalysis In Malignant Melanoma

The preventable risk factor common to all skin cancers is sun exposure. Recommend to your at-risk patients limiting exposure to sunlight in the middle of the day, wearing appropriate protective clothing, and using sun screen. Contrary to popular belief, the use of tanning beds is also a risk factor for skin cancer. Abbasi NR, Shaw HM. Rigel DS. el al. Early diagnosis of cutaneous melanoma revisiting ihe ABCD criteria. JAMA 2004 292 2771-2776. Goldstein BG. Goldstein AO. Diagnosis and management of malignant melanoma. Am Fam Physician 2001 63 1359-1368, 1374. Pierson JC. Pigmented skin lesions (nevi and melanoma). Best Practice of medicine. November 2001. Available at bpm_brief&artic le_id B PM01DE07. Saraiya M, Glanz.K. Briss P. et al. Preventing skin cancer findings of the task force on community preventative services on reducing exposure to ultraviolet light. MMWR _ October 17, 2003 52(RR15) 1-12_.

Influence Melanoma Tumor Progression

In addition to the effects of C-X-C chemokines on leukocyte chemotaxis, the C-X-C chemokines MGSA GRO-a and IL-8 are reported to enhance the growth of normal melanocytes, nevocytes, and melanoma cells (4,5,7,15,44a). The expression of MGSA GRO or IL-8 in immortalized melanocytes is also associated with an enhanced ability to form colonies in soft agar and tumors in nude mice (5,16,47,48). IL-8 expression has also been correlated with an enhanced metastatic capacity for melanoma tumors (52). Antibodies to MGSA GRO-a, IL-8, or CXCR2 can block this autocrine loop, slow the growth of the cells in vitro, and reduce formation of colonies in soft agar (24,37,48). Thus, the deregulation of expression of these chemokines can have important effects on melanocyte tumor progression. An essential component of the autocrine loop for C-X-C chemokines in melanoma is the expression of receptors for MGSA GRO proteins in melanocytes and malignant melanoma cells. Moser et al. (54) examined the expression...

For Melanoma Etiology and Pathogenesis

The adverse results of the -carotene and lung cancer prevention trials in which this nutrient (although at pharmacologic doses) led to more, rather than fewer, lung cancers in heavy smokers (Omenn et al. 1994) led me to reconsider the role of antioxidants in carcinogenesis, especially in melanoma genesis. One of the unique features of melanocytes is that they produce the unique differentiation product melanin whose major function has always been presumed to be protection against UVR. There are several unique features about melanin and its synthesis that merit comment For some time, it has been recognized that abnormalities of melanin synthesis lead to a range of benign pigmentary diseases. There is also available considerable descriptive data that has suggested melanosomes are abnormal in melanoma cells and became progressively deranged during the pathogenic process (Rhodes et al. 1988). However, the functional consequences of these abnormalities for transformation have been largely...

Melanoma

Scientists at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have found a new method for modifying the immune system of cancer patients to induce cancer regression. By inhibiting a molecule associated with T lymphocytes called cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 (CTLA-4), the immune system is able to attack some patients' tumors. CTLA-4 was inhibited with an antibody leading to tumor shrinkage in patients with metastatic melanoma. In addition to the tumor shrinkage, the treatment also induced evidence of autoimmunity, that is, signs that the immune system was attacking not only tumors, but normal tissue as well. However, treatment with steroids completely eliminated all symptoms of autoimmunity that occurred in the trial. The 14 patients in the study received an antibody that blocks CTLA-4 activity, plus a cancer vaccine made up of a small segment of a protein found on the surface of melanoma cells. The hope is that the vaccine will stimulate the immune system to attack cancer cells, but...

CAIs And Skin Cancer

These compounds showed tumor growth inhibitory properties. Typically, they showed GI50 values in the low micromolar range (10 to 42 nM) against a wide number of tumors and melanoma (Supuran and Scozzafava 2000b, 2000c) and are considered among the most potent tumor cell growth inhibitors belonging to the sulfonamide CAIs to date (Table 11.2). The mechanism of tumor growth inhibition with these sulfonamide CAIs is not known at present, but several hypotheses have been proposed. Thus, as suggested by Chegwidden and Spencer (1995), these compounds, similarly to the classical inhibitors acetazolamide, methazolamide or ethoxzolamide, might reduce the provision of bicarbonate for the synthesis of nucleotides (mediated by carbamoyl phosphate synthetase II) and other cell components such as membrane lipids (mediated by pyruvate carboxylase). Such a mechanism would likely involve CA II and CA V. An alternative, or additional, mechanism might involve acidification of the intracellular milieu as...

Genes In Melanoma

The expression of chemokines is normally tightly regulated and is only transiently induced in response to mediators of the inflammatory response such as IL-1, tumor necrosis factor-a (TNF-a), and a variety of other agents (3). Interestingly, during tumor progression and chronic inflammation, this tight regulation of chemokine expression is disturbed such that numerous tumor lesions and chronically inflammed tissues have been reported to express chemokines continuously (2,6,44,46,50,63,66). For example, in the absence of cytokine stimulation, the expression of MGSA GRO is very low in normal melanocytes and normal retinal pigment epithelial cells, but is quite high in malignant melanoma (7,10,47,63,64). In normal skin keratinocytes, MGSA GRO expression appears to coincide with differentiation, as noted by the presence of immu-noreactive MGSA GRO in suprabasal keratinocytes and in the hair follicles, sebaceous glands, and sweat ducts. By contrast, lesional tissue from 7 7 squamous cell...

Skin Cancer

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This is the most common type of cancer in North America, with 1 million cases being diagnosed each year. The table on page 3 shows data only for melanoma. Nearly half of the North American population will develop some form of skin cancer by age 65. Although anyone can get skin cancer, the risk is greatest for people who have fair skin that freckles easily, often those with red or blond hair and blue or light-colored eyes. The two most common kinds of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Basal cell carcinoma accounts for more than 90 percent of all skin cancers in North America. It is a slow-growing cancer that seldom spreads to other parts of the body. Squamous cell carcinoma also rarely spreads, but it does so more often than basal cell carcinoma. Another type of cancer that occurs in the skin is melanoma, which begins in the melanocytes. Melanomas are quick to metastasize and are often deadly. Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are...

The Supergene Family Of Chemotactic Cytokines

The genes encoding many of the C-X-C chemokines map to human chromosome 4(q12-q21) and their proteins possess 20-50 amino acid homology with one another (3,35). Several C-X-C chemokines have been identified, including platelet factor 4 (PF4), IL-8, growth-related oncogene-a, -p, and -y (GRO-a, -p, -y), epithelial cell-derived neutrophil-activating factor-78 (ENA-78), granulocyte chemotactic protein-2 (GCP-2), interferon-y-inducible protein-10 (IP-10), monokine induced by interferon (MIG), and the amino terminal processed forms of platelet basic protein connective tissue-activating protein III, p-thromboglobulin, and neutrophil-activating peptide-2 (NAP-2) (15,20,29,37,48,52) (Table 1). PF4 was the first member of the C-X-C chemokine family to be described and was identified as a heparin-binding protein that could block the anticoagulation property of heparin. Many of the C-X-C chemokines were originally discovered based on their biologic activity or their ability to be expressed based...

Modifying Cell Adhesion

The mechanism of action of the bisphos-phonates has not been elucidated, but they have been used extensively for disorders in calcium homeostasis and recently in breast cancer and multiple myeloma patients to prevent bone metastases (114). Clodronate, a bisphosphonate, inhibited expression of MTl-MMP RNA and protein in a fibrosarcoma cell line and effectively reduced the invasion of melanoma and fibrosarcoma cell lines through artificial basement membranes (115).

Inhibition of Extracellular Matrix ECM Degradation

Cellular invasion depends on cooperation between adhesive and proteolytic mechanisms. A single cell-surface receptor may regulate both matrix degradation and motility, thereby facilitating directed cellular invasion (18,19). For example, avB3 integrin on cultured melanoma cells enable the binding of the cells to MMP-2 in a proteolytically active form, facilitating cell-mediated collagen degradation (18). These MMPs and integrins are also specifically co-localised on angiogenic blood vessels and melanoma cells in vivo. Stromal cells also contribute to the degradation of matrix by secreting stromelysins. Intervention for this cellmatrix adhesion and subsequent degradation and invasion can therefore aim at targeting adhesion and degradation.

Future Directions And Application Of Nscs In Brain Tumors

NSCs offer a way to deliver a broad range of therapeutic molecules to intracranial glioma cells in a specific fashion. Immunomodulatory factors hold promise. Ehtesham et al. have already shown the successful and efficacious delivery of IL-12 and TRAIL to implanted brain tumors (80,81). Other cytokines with demonstrated promise in the treatment of glioma could be similarly delivered by NSCs (84). For example, IL-24 or melanoma differ-entiation-associated-7 induces the expression of the proapoptotic protein BAX and suppresses the growth of glioma cells (85). Aoki et al. showed that IL-7 reduced the tumorigenicity of glioma cells in vivo via a T-cell-medi-

Antigenic Specificity of Induced Regulatory T Cells

Other evidence for the existence of adaptive regulatory T cells specific for self-antigens and their significant biological role comes from studies of tumor immunity. Initial observations suggested that the presence of CD25+ regulatory T cells can diminish anti-tumor responses, but it was not clear whether this effect was antigen-specific (Shimizu et al. 1999). Several recent studies have suggested that adaptive CD25+ T cells may suppress tumor immunity by recognizing self-antigens. For example, CD25+ T cells with suppressor ability can be elicited by gene gun immunization with autoantigens identified in the SEREX screen (Nishikawa et al. 2003). In another example, human T cell clones with a phenotype resembling regulatory T cells were isolated from tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes of melanoma patients (Wang et al. 2004). Some of these clones were identified to be reactive to the self-protein LAGE1. However, it also remains unclear in these experiments whether these cells arose from...

Classification Of Human Cancers

Although the terminology applied to neoplasms can be confusing for a number ofreasons, certain generalizations can be made. The suffix oma, applied by itself to a tissue type, usually indicates a benign tumor. Some malignant neoplasms, however, may be designated by the oma suffix alone these include lymphoma, melanoma, and thymoma. Rarely, the oma suffix is used to describe a nonneoplastic condition such as granuloma, which is often not a true tumor, but a mass of granulation tissue resulting from chronic inflammation or abscess. Malignant tumors are indicted by the terms carcinoma (epithelial in origin) or sarcoma (mesenchymal in origin) preceded by the histologic type and followed by the tissue of origin. Examples of these include adenocarcinoma of the breast, squamous cell carcinoma of the lung, basal cell carcinoma of skin, and leiomyosarcoma of the uterus. Most human malignancies arise from epithelial tissue. Those arising from stratified squamous epithelium are designated...

Biological Activity and Side Effects

Tirapazamine shows high selective toxicity (100- to 200-fold) toward hypoxic cells in culture, but its diffusion through tissue is limited by its ready metabolism to the (non-diffusible) radical species (371). Tirapazamine has an ability to kill cells over a much wider range of oxygen concentrations (as high as 2 0,) (372) than most other hypoxia-selective cyto-toxins, so that its activation is not restricted to completely anoxic tissues (373). In animal studies, tirapazamine enhanced the effect of both single-dose (374) and fractionated (375) radiation. Combinations of tirapazamine with both cisplatin (376), cyclophosphamide (377), and other cytotoxic agents, including etopo-side, bleomycin, and paclitaxel (378, 379) showed additive or greater than additive effects on both tumor cell killing and tumor growth delay. Combinations with the blood flow inhibitor 5,6-dimethyl-xanthenone-y-ace-tic acid (DMXAA) showed marked increases in activity in a variety of tumor models (380)....

Cyclic Amp In Calcium Signalling

Functionally it seems possible to differentiate between influxed calcium and Ca2+ released from intracellular stores. This is illustrated by the modulation of S100A4 expression in B16 murine melanoma cells by agents that modulate intracellular calcium levels. Melanocyte-stimulating hormone (MSH) increases calcium influx and cAMP levels. Verapamil is a calcium channel blocker that reduces cAMP levels (Atlas and Adler, 1981 Janis et al. 1987). Thapsigargin is a sesquiterpene lactone that raises intracellular calcium levels by releasing calcium from intracellular

Role Of Integrins In Apoptosis

Hamster ovary cells ligated to fibronectin via a5pi and that this was associated with upregulation of Bcl-2 expression. This response to fibronectin also was shown to be integrin specific since cells expressing an alternative fibronectin receptor, underwent apoptosis when plated on fibronectin (38). Montgomery et al reported that expression of avP3 protected melanoma cells from apoptosis when growing in collagen gels (110). These data may have been related to the observation that ligation of is Small peptides containing the RGD binding motif have been used extensively in the study of the role of integrins in tumour progression and metastasis. Co-injection of small peptides, which include the RGD motif, can significantly impair the lung colonising ability of melanoma cells (118) as well as reduce the formation of spontaneous metastases (119). The principal mechanism for these results was believed to be as a consequence of the ability of RGD peptides to disrupt integrin-ligand...

Hereditary Metabolic Diseases

Bleeding within neoplasm mimicking a stroke. A 59-year-old man, in good health, suddenly collapsed. A few hours later, he was lethargic, his left side was paralyzed, a mild right ptosis was present, and the right pupil was slightly larger than the left, indicating incipient transtentorial uncal herniation. Three days later, he died. His medical history was significant for excision of a cutaneous melanoma 9 years earlier. A noncontrast CT scan of the head shows (A) a large right frontal and (B) a small right occipital hyperdense lesion surrounded by hypodense edema with mass effect. The brain shows (C) circumscribed hemor-rhagic lesions corresponding to the large frontal and the small occipital lesions shown on the CT scan, and also a third small parietal lesion histologically, all melanomas.

Calreticulin in Cell Adhesion

Two other examples of the physiological involvement of calreticulin are in the process of cell adhesion and cell spreading and in disease states engendered by autoimmune conditions. The influence exerted by calreticulin on cell adhesion to substratum was appreciated from early experiments of White et al. (1995). They demonstrated that anticalreticulin antibodies inhibited the binding of murine B16 melanoma cells to a substratum covered with laminin. They also showed the antibodies bound to the cell surface. The interaction of cells with the substratum also appeared to involve mannoside residues. Further, cell spreading could be inhibited by adding purified calreticulin to the medium, which presumably competed with cell surface calreticulin and denied the cells interactive binding with the substratum. Incidentally, this also confirms the lectin-like properties of calreticulin.

Clinical Trials with RSR13 A total

Patient eligibility was based on histologically or cytologically confirmed breast, NSCLC, melanoma, genitourinary, or gastrointestinal primary carcinoma. Patients were stratified by recursive partitioning analysis (RPA), Class I or Class II, as previously described (529). A more recent analysis by the RTOG (Study 91-04) showed similar median survival times (MST) in each class. The analysis also indicated that no major change in the prognosis of brain metastases patients has been observed in the last 25 years, even with the advent of more aggressive multiagent CT regimens directed at both the primary tumor and extracranial metastases (530). At the time the study was closed there were 57 Class II patients enrolled.

Ultraviolet Radiation

Ultraviolet radiation-induced lesions, generated by UV-B (280-320 nm wavelength) or UV-A (320-400 nm wavelength), result from DNA damage, which is converted to mutations during cellular repair processes. UB-B and UV-A generate different types of DNA damage and DNA repair mechanisms (reviewed in Reference 113). Irradiation with UV-B produces cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers that are repaired by nucleotide excision repair. If left unrepaired, C T and CC TT base transitions occur. UV-A-induced DNA damage produces mostly oxi-dative lesions via photosensitization mechanisms and is repaired by base excision repair. UV-B and UV-A also produce different effects on the immune system and elicit different tran-scriptional and inflammatory responses. While the specific mechanisms by which UV radiation induces basal cell or squamous cell carcinomas or melanoma are not clear, a number of signal transduction pathways are affected that can either lead to apoptosis or to increased cell proliferation...

Chemokines And Nk Cell Effector Functions

Supported by the fact that NK-mediated lysis of K562 cells and degranulation in the presence of MIP-1a was enhanced in the presence of fibronectin and VCAM-1, suggesting that enhancement of cell adhesion and adhesion molecule presentation by chemokines may facilitate or potentiate NK cell cytotoxic activity (64). In addition, I have recently found, using an adherent NK-sensitive melanoma line, that C-C chemokines and IP-10 facilitate NK cell adhesion to tumor cell monolayers within 15 min, suggesting that the chemokines are promoting NK target cell conjugation (Taub, D., unpublished data). Another possible mechanism for chemokine-induced modulation of tumor cell lysis is provided by data demonstrating that chemokines induce NK cell degranulation (45,64). Granule exocytosis is an important mechanism in NK cellmediated killing (9-12). Serine esterases, granzymes, and perforins have been shown to be present in NK cell granules and to play an essential role in tumor cell killing in vitro....

Cell Assays on RGD Peptide Amphiphiles

Rgd Peptide

We demonstrated that the supported monolayers of looped RGD support adhesion and spreading of M14 5 human melanoma cells and RHE-1A rat heart endothelial cells in a dose-dependent and specific manner (48). An equimolar mixture of looped RGD and looped RGE yielded the highest degree of cell spreading (Fig. 9a). Control surfaces of 100 looped RGE surfaces resulted in minimal cell adhesion and spreading (Fig. 9b). Inhibition assays using integrin-blocking antibodies identified a3b as the primary receptor-mediating melanoma cell adhesion to the looped RGD construct. Cells did not spread on monolayers containing the amino-coupled RGD amphiphiles, whereas cells spread in a nonspecific manner on monolayers of the carboxy-coupled RGD amphiphiles. In both linear Figure 9a Spreading of M14 5 human melanoma cells (spreading increases as the shape factor gets smaller) on mixtures of looped RGD and RGE peptide amphiphiles. Figure 9a Spreading of M14 5 human melanoma cells (spreading increases as...

Nk Cell Trafficking And Cancer Any Relevance

Since the early 1980s, the adoptive transfer of LAK cells or tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) has been performed in a series of cancer patients, resulting in a low but significant proportion of clinical responses, especially in those with renal cell carcinoma and melanoma (35). Critical to the activity of these systemically transferred effector cells is their localization to tumor sites. However, for the most part, the proportion of LAK and TIL cells capable of penetrating tumor tissues is quite small, consistent with several early lymphocyte trafficking studies demonstrating that highly activated T- and mononuclear cells migrate poorly into peripheral tissues and tend to localize in various organs and lymphatic tissues (35).

Historical Perspectives

Image Stop Smoking

Later in the eighteenth century, the first direct observation associating chemicals was made by John Hill, who in 1761 noted that nasal cancer occurred in people who used snuff excessively. In 1775, Percival Pott reported a high incidence of scrotal skin cancer among men who had spent their childhood as chimney sweeps. One hundred years later, von Volkman, in Germany, and Bell, in Scotland, observed skin cancer in workers whose skin was in continuous contact with tar and paraffin oils, which we now know contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. In 1895, Rehn

Lmmunotherapy Using Dendritic Cells

Antigenic peptides are presented to T-cells by APC in the context of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) molecules. Numerous peptide epitopes have been identified and studiedI for both CD8+ and CD4+ tumor-specific T-cells (reviewedin ref. 80). Table 6.3 provides examples of HLA class I-binding peptide epitopes recognized by CD8+ CTL. Many tumor-associated antigens have been identified and inay serve as targets for immunotherapy. Melanoma-specific cells can be propagated in vitro, therefore facilitating the identification of im-munogenic melanoma antigens. However, there has been less success in the identification of tumor-associated antigens derived from other cancers because of the difficulty in generating tumor-specific CTL lines foi in uitro studies. The use of peptides in immunotherapy is an attractive approach becsuse Immunodominant peptides derived from tumor-associated antigens such as gplOO (melanoma) ,Her-2 neu (overexpressed on adenocarcinomas such as breast cancer), MAGE A...

Proteinases Involved in Ectodomain Shedding

Shedding ofthea2Pi integrin is also observed in migrating melanoma cells (235). Galectin-3 is a substrate for MMP2 and MMP9 (236). Murine recombinant FGFR1 and FGFR2 is cleaved by MMP2 and not by MMP9, releasing the ectodomain (184). MDC9, belonging to the ADAM family of metalloproteinases and MMP3 are involved in ectodomain cleavage of proHB-EGF (237, 238). AD AMI 7, also called TACE ( converting enzyme), and ADAM 10 cleave TNFa(164, 165). L1, NgCAM and NrCAM, brain cell adhesion molecules, have a serine proteinase recognition sequence which is cleaved by tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) (239). Indeed, the addition of tPA to brain membranes increases the amount of soluble CAM molecules. Chymase, a chymotrypsin-like protease expressed by human mast cells, cleaves c-kit ligand yielding a soluble, bioactive form (240).

Infiltrates And Their Function

Infiltrates varied with tumor type and were most common in renal cell carcinoma, melanoma, and colorectal carcinomas, although CD167CD11c+ cells of similar appearance were also very common in breast and lung carcinomas. Expression of CD16 may be related to the activation or maturation status of the monocytes and may explain why other investigators see lower proportions of CD16+ cells in tumor infiltrates (although technical differences may also account for the discrepancy) (17). This suggests that some straightforward immunohistochemical analyses may also underestimate the true proportion of macrophages in tumors. These contradictory results could be a reflection of the dual role played by infiltrating cells, in particular macrophages. On the one hand, their cytocidal capacity immediately suggests a mechanism for direct antitumor activity, and a variety of experimental models have generated evidence consistent with this idea. For example, Fidler (26)...

The Immunoglobulin Superfamily

The immunoglobulin superfamily receptors of most interest in tumour cell metastasis are those that are likely to be involved in tumour cell-endothelial cell interactions such as the ICAMs and VCAM-1. ICAM-1 is expressed at a low level on most tumour cells and it is interesting to note that melanoma tumour progression and an increased risk of metastasis has been correlated with ICAM-1 expression (69). It should be noted, however, that a definitive link between such factors is not clear as other studies have shown that ICAM-1 expression does not significantly contribute to tumour progression (70). VCAM-1 may also be involved in tumour spread. Tumour cells bind endothelial VCAM-1 via a4Pi integrins and thus increased expression of VCAM-1 on endothelial cells may promote tumour cell binding (71, 72). Neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM) expression modulates the adhesive phenotype of glioma cells. Cells lacking NCAM expression display marked invasive capabilities in vivo, migrating along...

Hyaluronan Oligosaccharides A Examples of Biological Activity

These studies on angiogenesis continued and soon it was shown that fragments of 3-10 disaccharides of HA (approximately 1.2-4 kDa) stimulated endothelial cell proliferation (47) and that this occurred by induction of protein tyrosine kinase activity (48). The same size fragments (1.2-3.6 kDa) activate messenger RNAs for collagen synthesis in an X-irradiation model of lung fibrosis (20). Fragments of tetra- and hexasaccharide size (approximately 0.8-1.2 kDa), but not intermediate size nor high molecular weight HA, induced immuno-phenotypic maturation of human monocyte-derived dendritic cells (49). HA oligomers consisting mainly of 5-6 disaccharide units, around 2 kDa, inhibited B16F10 melanoma growth (50). HA fragments less than 500 kDa stimulated inflammatory genes which direct the production of cytokines (51-53) whereas polymers of 3 X 103 - 6 X 103 kDa did not. Fragments of HA are produced by the action of hyaluronidases and by free radical reactions and these...

Aging and Carcinogenesis

Tumor growth may be altered by two nonmutually exclusive mechanisms. Thinking of cancer as a tree, the growth of the tree may be influenced by the nature of the seed, or the tumor cell, and of the soil, or the tumor host. In rodents, the influence of the tumor host has been clearly established when the same tumor load of B16 melanoma and LLC was injected in older and younger animals, the younger animals died earlier and with increased number of lung metastases (21).

Autoantibodies To

Cancer testis antigens (CTA) are expressed in a variable proportion of a wide range of human tumors, but are silent in most normal tissues except the testis. Seven CTAs or CTA families have been described up to now (Table 5). They were initially identified as targets for cytotoxic T cells (MAGE, GAGE, BAGE) and, later on, uncovered by SEREX analysis (reviewed in 11,12 ). CTAs identified by SEREX elicited an AAb response in tumor patients. Therefore, this methodology leads not only to the detection of new tumor antigens but also to the identification of specific humoral responses which may be used for diagnostic purposes. Stockert et al. were the first who tested a great number of tumor sera for humoral immune response to SEREX-identified tumor antigens, including several CTAs, by ELISA with recombinant proteins 60 , They showed that 9.4 of melanoma patients, 12.5 of ovarian cancer patients, 4.2 of patients with lung cancer and 7.7 of patients with breast cancer have AAb against...

Dissociation of cellcell adhesion

Enhancement of cell motility by HGF. Left Scattering of human carcinoma cells induced by HGF. A431, epidermoid carcinoma A549, non-small cell lung carcinoma, HuCC-Tl, cholangiocellular carcinoma SBC-3, small cell lung carcinoma. . Right Enhancement of human tumour cell migration by HGF. Tumour cells were cultured on Transwell membrane and appearances of cells migrated through the membrane were shown. SAS, human tongue squamous cell carcinoma T98G, human glioblastoma Bows, human melanoma. Figure 2. Enhancement of cell motility by HGF. Left Scattering of human carcinoma cells induced by HGF. A431, epidermoid carcinoma A549, non-small cell lung carcinoma, HuCC-Tl, cholangiocellular carcinoma SBC-3, small cell lung carcinoma. . Right Enhancement of human tumour cell migration by HGF. Tumour cells were cultured on Transwell membrane and appearances of cells migrated through the membrane were shown. SAS, human tongue squamous cell carcinoma T98G, human glioblastoma Bows, human...

Regulation of p53 Stability by ARF and MDM2

Functions, because it associates with many of the same proteins to which cyclin G1 binds, including p53, PP2A, MDM2, and ARF (137). This p53-stabilizing effect of PP2A cyclin G complexes may also influence the malignancy of cancer cells, considering that enhanced expression of a truncated form of PP2A was observed in highly metastatic melanoma cells (140). Cells overexpressed with this truncated form of PP2A show irradiation-induced checkpoint defects and appear to elevate genetic instability, which may promote tumor progression (141). These data suggest that cyclin G1 is a positive feedback regulator of p53, since it downregulates the activity of MDM2, which would otherwise restrain the accumulation of p53 (142).

Manipulation of Hyaluronan Function as Potential Therapeutic Strategies

Even though HA oligos have demonstrated angiogenic effects in tumours, paradoxically, Zeng et al. (109) have shown that HA oligo administration in vivo, inhibited melanoma tumour growth and these observations are now being extended to ovarian cancer. The tumour inhibitory effects of HA oligos in this instance are thought to arise from competition for endogenous polymeric HA and replacing high affinity multivalent interactions with weaker low affinity low valency interactions (110). The growth inhibitory effects of HA oligos was further supported by Ghatak et al. (111). In this study HA oligos were shown to inhibit anchorage independent growth in TA3 St murine mammary carcinoma and HCT116 colon adenocarcinoma models. Furthermore, this inhibition was shown to correlate with inhibition of PI3-kinase and phosphorylation of Akt, both of which exert strong anti-apoptotic signals. In addition, HA oligos also stimulated expression of PTEN, which caused downstream decrease in phosphorylation...

Marine Invertebrates of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands

The most interesting compounds of Tunicates are the cyclic oligopeptides. Lissoclinum patella has furnished several cyclic peptides.232 233 Of these ulicyclamide, ulithiacyclamide, and patellamide A, B, and C exhibit antitumor activity against L1210 murine leukemia culture in vitro. A new class of depsipeptides, some of them exhibited high order of antiviral (against RNA and DNA viruses) and antitumor (against L1210 P388 leukemia and B16 melanoma) activities, are obtained from Trididemnum species of the family Didemnidae.234,235 The compounds designated as eudistomins contain substituted condensed oxathiazepine ring system. These compounds show high order of antiviral activity against Herpes simplex virus type (HSV-1) and have been isolated from the colonial caribbean tunicate Eudistoma olivaceum.236 Other eudistomins having substituted P-carboline system and displaying modest activity against HSV-1 and Bacillus subtilis have been isolated from the same species.237 Dolastatin 10, a...

Ribozyme Applications in Cell Culture

Pleiotrophin is a polypeptide growth factor which contributes to the development and maintenance of normal tissue. It is essential as an autocrine factor for tumour growth and metastasis since it supports angiogenesis in expanding tumours. In two studies, Czubayko and coworkers inhibited pleiotrophin expression using a hammerhead ribozyme (Czubayko et al., 1994 Czubayko et al., 1996). Ribozyme expression was driven by the CMV promoter. Stable transfection of two melanoma cell lines yielded clones with strongly reduced pleiotrophin mRNA and protein levels. In addition, one melanoma line showed in reduced soft agar colony formation (Czubayko et al., 1994). Ex vivo colony formation of the second line was not affected indicating that this line is not dependent on pleiotrophin as a growth factor (Czubayko et al., 1996). However, when ribozyme-expressing clones of the second line were injected into nude mice, tumour growth and angiogenesis were decreased and apoptosis was increased....

Leukaemia Inhibitory Factor

A role was suggested for LIF in the development of cancer cachexia, due to its ability to decrease lipoprotein lipase activity. LIF mRNA was shown to be present in two types of melanoma xenografts that induced weight loss in transplanted animals, whereas none was detected in non-cachexia-inducing xenografts 5, 67 . It seems unlikely that inhibition of lipoprotein lipase alone

Tumor Aggressiveness In The Aging Host

It is probable that certain factors that influence tumor growth change with age. With this in mind, various endocrine, nutritional, wound healing, and angiogenesis factors have been explored. For some tumors, age-associated changes in these factors have been correlated with reduced tumor growth 76-80. However, several early observations led to the seemingly paradoxical conclusion that immune senescence accounted for a large component of the observed reduced tumor growth with age. For example, B16 melanoma grows less well in congenitally immune deficient mice 81 and in young mice rendered T-cell deficient 119. Furthermore, when young, thymectomized, lethally irradiated mice received bone marrow or splenocytes from old donor mice, tumor growth was less than when the spleen or bone marrow was from young donor mice73,74.

Neoplastic Enlargement Gingival Tumors

Periodontal Disease Radiograph

Neoplasms account lor a comparatively small proportion of gingival enlargements and make up a small percentage ol the total number of oral neoplasms. In a survey of 2.S7 oral tumors,81 approximately 8 occurred on the gingiva. In another study1, of 868 growths of the gingiva and palate, ol which 57 were neoplastic and the remainder inflammatory, the following incidence of tumors was noted carcinoma, 11.0 fibroma, 9 * giant cell tumor. 8.4 papilloma. 7.3 leukoplakia, 4.9 mixed tumor (salivary gland type), 2.5 angioma, 1.5 osteofibroma. 1.3 sarcoma, 0.5 melanoma, 0.5 myxoma, 0.45 fibropapilloma, 0.4 adenoma, 0.4 and lipoma, 0.3 . Malignant Melanoma. Malignant melanoma is a rare oral tumor that lends to occur in the hard palate and maxillary gingiva of older persons.87 It is usually darkly pigmented and is often preceded by the occurrence of localized pigmentation.1 Il may be llat or nodular and is characterized by rapid growth and early metastasis. It arises from melanoblasts in the...

Defects in G1S Checkpoint and Cancer

Mutations in the p53 gene are responsible for the large majority of sporadic human cancers, and thus p53 is a key target for cancer therapy (67,108,110,135). p53 gene mutations can also be inherited in a subset of families with the Li-Fraumeni syndrome (LFS), which is characterized by a predisposition to sarcomas, brain and breast tumors, and childhood adrenocortical carcinoma (258). The inactivation of the INK4a ARF (or CDKN2a) locus, which engages the pRB and p53 tumor suppressor pathways through its capacity to encode the two distinct gene products p16INK4a and p14ARF, is also a common genetic event in the development of human melanoma (259). Human cells harboring pRB and p53 mutations also cause telomere dysfunction that results in the chromosomal end-end joining and fusion-bridge-breakage cycles that trigger the aneuploidy observed in most cancer cells (67). Both p53- and ARF-deficient mice spontaneously develop tumors and die of cancers early in life, and the primary MEFs...

Tight Junction Its Possible Role In Cancer Invasion And Metastasis

While the function of endothelial and mesothelial cell tight junctions may be enhanced by therapeutic agents, cancer cells may release factor(s) that assist their transmigration in the endothelium. Conditioned medium from a highly invasive metastatic melanoma cell (B16) is able to damage the function of tight junctions (increase transendothelial resistance). This destruction is irreversible, i.e. can not be rescued by normal medium (50). The penetration of the endothelial cells by tumour cells may be coincided with the destruction of adherens junction (65), such as the alteration of phosphorylation and loss of VE-cadherin and catenins in endothelial cells.

Chemokine Expression In Ovarian Cancer 41 Introduction

Other tumor cells derived from a melanoma, osteosarcoma, glioblastoma, fibrosarcoma, and rhabdomyosarcoma were also able to produce monocyte chemotactic activity (47). In 1989, MCP-1 was purified from the glioma cell line U-105MG (48), which constitutively expresses high levels, and cloned from both this cell line (49) and stimulated myelomonocytic cell lines (50). Shortly afterward, TDCF derived from experimental sarcomas was found to be the same as MCP-1 (51). One cytokine that appears to stimulate consistently MCP-1 production and that is present in ovarian cancers is TNF-a. mRNA and protein have both been detected in human ovarian tumors, and the amount of TNF-a produced correlated with tumor grade (40). TNF-a expression has been found in other tumors, such as malignant melanoma (53), some brain tumors (54), and carcinoma of the breast (55). In contrast to the

The Role Of Thymosin Family Actinbinding Proteins In Actin Dynamics

Suggesting that the high levels of Tp4 expression might be associated with high invasive ability. Contrary to this, transfection of adenovirus E1A and E1B genes has been carried out in a highly metastatic human melanoma cell line by Van Groningen et al. (1996) who reported that a number of markers for tumour progression were down-regulated as a consequence. Among them was Tp10. Admittedly, E1A gene products can inhibit oncogene-mediated cell transformation as well as invasion and metastasis in certain animal models. E1A protein is known to be able to induce and stabilise p53 phosphoprotein, which controls the GrS checkpoint transition of cells, and this is accompanied by apoptic loss of cells. On the other hand, E1B protein can bring p53 levels to normality (Sherbet and Lakshmi, 1997b). However, the raft of changes produced by the transfection of the adenovirus genes makes it a rather inappropriate model for the study of tumour progression. Although the transfected cells may have...

Antitumor Sulfonamides

The development of CAIs possessing potent tumor cell growth inhibitory properties was reported by this group (Supuran and Scozzafava 2000b, 2000c Scozzafava and Supuran 2000a Supuran et al. 2001). Such compounds were discovered in a large screening program in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of sulfonamide CAIs. Several hundred aromatic heterocyclic sulfonamides were assessed in vitro as potential inhibitors of growth of a multitude of tumor cell lines, such as leukemia, nonsmall cell lung cancer, ovarian, melanoma, colon, CNS, renal, prostate and breast cancers. The active compounds (most of them nanomolar inhibitors of CA II and CA IV), of types 4.212 to 4.223, belong to both the aromatic and the heterocyclic sulfonamide classes and showed GI50 values (molarity of inhibitor producing a 50 inhibition of tumor cell growth after a 48-h exposure to the drug) in the micromolar range (Supuran and Scozzafava 2000b, 2000c). Better antitumor compounds were then...

Dendritic Cell lmmunotherapy Approaches for Undefined Tumor Antigens

Phase I clinical trial was composed of a mixture of lysate-pulsed DC and DC pulsed with KLH. No severe toxicity was reported in 14 patients that received three DC vaccinations. CD4+ and CD8+ T-cells were detected at the vaccination sites. Two patients with melanoma experienced a partial and a minor response, respectively. In other tumor types, phase I trials of patients with advanced gynecological malignancies and a malignant endocrine carcinoma demonstrated that vaccination with DC-autologous tumor lysates was safe, well-tolerated, and immunologically active with no significant adverse effects (109, 110). Tumor lysates were also derived from ovarian cancer cells and used to evaluate the potential of lysate-pulsed DC to induce tumor-specific T-cell responses against autologous tumors (111). DC-lysate stimulated proliferation of autologous T-cells and CTL-mediated lysis of autologous tumor cells. These effects were abrogated using anti-MHC class I and anti-CD8 antibodies. Furthermore,...

Epidemiologic Evidence for Metal Involvement in Melanin Etiology and Pathogenesis

There is a considerable amount of occupational epidemiology that suggests that high exposure to metals or polyphenol chlorinated biphenyls (PCPs) is a risk factor for melanoma (Austin and Reynolds 1986 Loomis et al. 1997). Relative risks for printers, lithographers, electrical utility, and semiconductor workers are consistently elevated (1.5-4.0), and in many studies a dose and time exposure effect are evident (i.e., Loomis et al. 1997). Dietary studies also implicate excessive alcohol ingestion as a risk factor (RR above 2.0) (Millen et al. 2204), probably working through its metabolite acetaldehyde, which results in increased ROS. In contrast, broad dietary studies suggest that dietary antioxidants are protective against melanoma development (RR 0.7). No genetic studies of metallothioneins that regulate metal uptake or their polymorphisms and melanoma risk have yet been reported. However, one large study of this enzyme has shown that MT expression is an unfavorable prognostic sign...

Osteonectin In The Remodelling Of The Extracellular Matrix

A remodelling of the ECM partly mediated by MMPs and their inhibitor TIMPs has recently been shown to be related to the expression of S100A4 in B16 murine melanoma and human astrocytoma-derived cell lines. The enhancement of invasive behaviour and metastatic spread, which occurs upon up-regulation of S100A4 expression, has been putatively linked with these events associated with the ECM (Merzak et al. 1994b Lakshmi et al. 1997). It is not surprising therefore that, in light of the ECM changes produced by osteonectin, its role in embryonic development and differentiation, and other cell membrane-associated phenomena, such as cell adhesion, modulation of cellular morphology, cell proliferation, and wound healing, should have been investigated. It is also not surprising that such studies should be extended to neoplastic development, invasion, and dissemination.

Proteoglycans and Mucins

(3) epitopes expressed only on glycoproteins. To the first group belongs the lacto-series structure that is found in the most common human cancers, such as lung, breast, colorectal, liver, and pancreatic cancers. The common backbone structure for these epitopes is Ga1p1 3G1cNAcp1 3Ga1 (type 1 blood group) or Ga1p1 4 GlcNac p1 3 Gal (type 2 blood group). The second group of epitopes, expressed exclusively on gly-colipids, is mostly on the ganglio- or globo-series structures. This series of epitopes is expressed abundantly only on certain types of human cancers, such as melanoma, neuroblastoma, small cell lung carcinoma, and Burkitt's lymphoma. The third group of epitopes, seen only on glycoproteins, consists of the multiantennary branches of N-linked carbohydrates and the alterations of O-linked carbohydrate chains seen in some mucins. Tumor-associated carbohydrate antigens can also be classified by the cell types expressing them, as those (1) expressed on only certain types of normal...

Chromatin Structure and DNA Methylation

Ined by the use of methylation-sensitive and -resistant restriction endonucleases, such as Mspl that recognizes the sequence 5'-CCGG-3' and 5'-CmCGG-3', and Hpall that recognizes the sequence 5'-CCGG-3' but not 5'-CmCGG-3'. Methylated DNA is condensed and inhibits gene expression, while it hypomethylated DNA is usually correlated with open chromatin structure and gene expression. Supporting this paradigm are evidences which find in normal tissue cells that the HLA-DRa gene is hypermethylated, and the only unmethylated region is located in the 5' portion of the gene, next to the promoter. In carcinomas and metastatic lymph nodes, which express HLA-DRa, the gene was found hypomethylated 100 . In a B lymphoblastoid cell line, which expressed HLA-DRa, the gene was hypomethylated compared to the gene in a T lymphoblastoid cell line that did not express it. Moreover, in a hybrid cell line, which expressed the HLA-DRa copy obtained solely from the parental T lymphoblastoid cell line, the...

Relationship Of Molecular And Cellular Defects To Clinical Features

The work described above has shown that all patients with XP have defects either in NER or in TLS. Although only a few mutagenesis studies have been carried out, all XP cells examined are hypermutable by UV light. In NER-defective XPs, mutation spectra studies have shown that the majority of the mutations are C to T transitions and occur at the sites of dipyrimidines. A particular signature of UV-induced mutations is the occurrence of CC to TT tandem mutations. A series of papers by Sarasin and coworkers has shown a high level of mutations in the p53 gene in all types of tumors excised from patients with XP (133,134). Tandem CC to TT transitions have been found in many of the mutated p53 genes, indicating that they arise as a direct consequence of sunlight-induced photoprod-ucts. Likewise, similar mutations in the tumor suppressor gene patched have been found in basal cell carcinomas from patients with XP (135). There is therefore overwhelming evidence that the defect in NER or TLS...

Key Outcomes from a Joint Position Statement

The position statement resulted in a number of key outcomes directly related to skin cancer control. Essentially it was agreed that A balance is required between avoiding increases in skin cancer and maintaining adequate vitamin D levels. Skin cancer campaigns need to note that there are benefits and harms associated with sun exposure and that a balance between the two needs to be achieved. This had not been a general perspective of skin cancer prevention messages to date.

How Much Sun Exposure Is Enough

The most difficult factor in coming to an agreed position statement has been to determine what would be a reasonable level of sun exposure necessary for healthy bone growth and development that will not add to a substantial risk of skin cancer. It was clear amongst OA, ANZBMS and the ACOD that we are still a long way from having sufficient evidence to suggest where this point should be exactly. This difficultly stems almost entirely from the limitation and paucity of existing research. This issue is also compounded because skin type, age and culturally related clothing practices vary the ability to absorb vitamin D through UV exposure. Recognising the limitations of existing evidence, a very pragmatic approach was adopted in Australia. Based on evidence relating to bone gracture and vitamin D, it was agreed that one-third of a minimal erythemal dose (MED) to 15 of the body, (e.g. the face, arms and hands) on most days of the week would be sufficient to maintain adequate vitamin D...

Oligosaccharide Processing Enzymes

Additional evidence for the importance of glycosylation patterns of cell surface glycopro-teins and glycolipids in the malignant phenotype comes from the use of glycosylation inhibitors and oligosaccharide-processing inhibitors. For example, tunicamycin, an inhibitor of addition of N-linked glycans to nascent polypeptide chains, castanospermine, an inhibitor of glucosidase, and KI-8110, an inhibitor of sialyltransferase activity, all reduce the number of lung metastases in murine experimental tumor models.49-51 In addition, swainsonine, an inhibitor of mannosi-dase II, was shown to reduce the rate ofgrowth of human melanoma xenografts in athymic nude

The Fimbrin Family Of Actinbinding Proteins

The involvement of fimbrin in podosomes is compatible with the association of fimbrin with the adhesive organelles called fimbriae that have been described in bacteria. Fimbriae are fibre-like structures that mediate the attachment of bacteria to host cells. These are assembled from fimbrin subunits (Smyth et al. 1996). Frederick et al. (1996) investigated the adhesive interactions between lymphokine-activated killer (LAK) cells and came to the conclusion that fimbrin might be an important factor in intercellular adhesive contacts. They also showed that contact between LAK cells and target tumour cells, namely SK-Mel-1 human melanoma cells and Raji lymphoma cells, leads to the phosphorylation of L-fimbrin of the LAK cells. S.L. Jones et al. (1998) have also suggested that induction of fimbrin phos-phorylation is an important step in fimbrin function. However, as discussed below, the question of whether phosphorylation leads to fimbrin activation must be regarded as sub judice at...

Artificial Tanning Sunbeds and Vitamin D

The size of the artificial tanning sunbed industry and the number of people who use them represent a significant challenge to those working in skin cancer control. The sunbed industry is based on the glorification of a tan, the antithesis of the objectives of those working in skin cancer prevention. In the United States, the sunbed industry continues to grow with a 1 billion a year turnover and 30 million patrons visiting sunbeds annually (Spencer and Amonette 1995 Levine et al. 2005). This growth in patronage has also been seen in Europe where it has gone from less than 5 of the adult population in Belgium, France and Germany in 1980 to 33 by 1995 (Autier et al. 1994). This is a concern because sunbeds emit high levels of a known carcinogen that makes regular sun-bed use a risk factor for skin cancer (Gallagher et al. 2005 Young 2004). Despite any possible benefit that UVB-emitting sunbeds might have in terms of increasing vitamin D levels, there use must continue to be discouraged...

D CD44Hyaluronan Interactions in Tumor Invasion and Metastasis

There is long standing evidence that many solid tumors are enriched in hyaluronan (163). As far back as the beginning of the 20th century there was the description of a 'mucinous substance' associated with malignant breast carcinoma, analogous in nature to that found in umbilical cord (164). Higher levels of hyaluronan are associated with poor prognoses in many cancers including human ovarian, breast and prostate carcinomas (165-168). Coincident with this is the finding that CD44 is often upregulated in several of the same tumor tissues (36,169,170). Given the close association of extracellular matrix receptors participating in adhesion and migration, a predicted facilitatory role for CD44 during invasion and metastasis is well warranted. A necessary question is whether binding to hyaluronan is a necessary component of CD44's positive function in invasion and or metastasis. Bartolazzi et al. (171) demonstrated that stable transfectants of CD44H in human melanoma cell line MC acquired...

Expression of Hyaluronan and Hyaluronidase in Cancer Cells of Epithelial Origin

Recent experimental research has brought extensive evidence supporting the idea that 'Has' expression and hyaluronan synthesis in tumor cells promote malignant growth (61). Transfected Has3 gene enhances the malignancy of prostate cancer cells (64). Overrepresentation of the chromosomal region 8q23-24 is common in prostate cancer and forms an unfavorable prognostic factor. This region contains Has2, which is overexpressed in an aggressive prostate cancer cell line (65). Accordingly, prostate cancer cells with high Has2 expression have a higher affinity to bone endothelial cells, and form more metastases (66), while antisense inhibition of Has2 or Has3 reduces metastasis and subcutaneous growth of implanted prostate cancer cells (67). Mouse mammary carcinoma cells with a transfected overexpressed Hasl gene showed higher metastatic activity than their parental cells, while an inactivating mutation in HAS1 reduces metastasis (68). Metastasis is also increased by cell surface hyaluronan...

Cell Adhesion and Invasive Potential of Cancer Cells

Many components of the ECM are associated with and known to participate actively in cell motility and cancer invasion (see Sherbet and Lakshmi, 1997b). More pertinent to the topic under discussion here is the observation by Savarese et al. (1992) that type IV collagen, which stimulates motile behaviour in melanoma cells, also increases intracellular calcium levels. The effect seems to be mediated by the release of Ca2+ from intracellular stores rather than by an influx of extracellular calcium. Another ECM component, the transmembrane glycoprotein CD44, has been the subject of much debate with regard to its putative role in cancer invasion and metastasis (see Sherbet and Lakshmi, 1997b). CD44 is a membrane-associated adhesive glycoprotein that mediates intercellular adhesion by virtue of its function as a hyaluronate receptor. It has been attributed with enhancing the invasive ability of cells (Radotra et al. 1994 Merzak et al. 1994a). In this context may be cited recent studies of...

S100 Proteins in Cell Proliferation

Two questions can be posed in order to elucidate the relationship between growth regulation and the expression of S100 proteins. One question is whether the presence of S100 proteins correlates with the growth fraction and proliferative behaviour of tumours, or with tumour cells or normal cells in culture. Recently, S100B has been attributed with a role in the regulation of the cell cycle. The evidence takes the form of the demonstration of the ability of S100B to bind to and activate in vitro the nuclear serine threonine protein kinase called Ndr, in response to changes in the intracellular calcium levels. An N-terminal regulatory region of Ndr seems to be involved in the Ca2+-dependent binding of S100B, and this region contains sequences that are characteristic of CaM S100 binding (Millward et al. 1998). S100B also seems to be able to regulate the intracellular activity of Ndr. Millward et al. (1998) have proposed a biological role for this interaction between S100B and Ndr and the...

Ivig In Cancer Treatment

Autoimmunity and malignancy co-exist frequently, and share etiological and pathological mechanisms. Since the two diseases are similarly treated, we studied the efficacy of i.v. with melanoma or sarcoma cells induced a statistically significant inhibition or metastatic lung foci and prolongation of survival time. Similar results were seen with SCID mice inoculated with SK-28 human melanoma cells. In a different model, melanoma was induced in the foot pad, followed by leg amputation, after the development of the tumor lesion. A lower number of melanoma recurrences and prolongation of survival time were demonstrated in the i.v.Ig-treated groups. In vitro studies revealed that i.v.Ig was found to stimulate the production or IL-12, an anti-tumor and anti-angiogenic cytokine. Moreover, it enhanced NK cell activity, thus explaining its beneficial effect in SCID mice (which lack B and T but possess NK cells). The results indicate that i.v.Ig acts as an anti-tumor agent. Since it has only...

Postulated Mechanism of Cell Cycle Control by S100A4

The mechanisms by which S100A4 exerts control over the progression of the cell cycle are yet unclear. However, much circumstantial evidence has been adduced to support the concept that this protein might form complexes with certain cellular target proteins, such as the suppressor p53 phosphoprotein that has been regarded as the guardian of the genome. When cellular DNA is damaged p53 protein is expressed, and this appears to block the transition of the damaged cells from G1 into the S phase, until DNA repair takes place. In B16 melanoma cells, up-regulation of S100A4 (18A2 mts1) expression is associated with an enhanced level of p53, as detected by immunohistochemical methods. This has been attributed to the formation

Section 4 Significance Of Mirna Cgh Assay

If the location of miRNAs is relevant to tumorigenesis, then structural or functional alterations of miRNAs should be identified in various types of cancers. A growing number of reports are providing such evidence and suggest that abnormal expression of miRNAs is central to cancer pathogeny. The majority of miRNAs causally linked to human tumorigenesis are located in genomic regions altered in cancer, and the genomic abnormality is concordant with expression deregulation (genomic deletion for downregulation and amplification for upregulation, respectively). The combination of nonrandom chromosomal abnormalities and other types of genetic or epigenetic events could contribute to downregulation or overexpression of miRNAs. An extensive study of high-resolution array-based comparative genomic hybridization by Zhang et al. (2006) on 227 human ovarian cancer, breast cancer, and melanoma specimens clearly proved that regions hosting miRNAs exhibit high-frequency genomic alterations in human...

Association With Cell Cycle

Mutation of p16 has been reported in several malignancies. Alteration in the p16 gene and its mutant protein have been found in several tumor cell lines and tumors, which include squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck, esophageal squamous cell carcinoma, NSCLC, familial melanoma kindreds, primary bladder carcinoma, acute adult T-cell leukemia, T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (70). Other cyclin dependent kinase inhibitors involving in malignancies include p21 in NSCLC and pancreatic adenocarcinoma, and p15 in leukemia, melanoma and metastatic lung cancer, and p57 in sarcomas and Wilms' tumors. Additional studies are needed in the future will verify their clinical utilities as tumor markers.

Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation For Solid Tumors

May be inferred from early reports of a few cases that used allogeneic, fully ablative transplantation. A graft-versus-malignancy effect was first described after allo-grafting for breast cancer.92 Subsequently, Ueno et al.93 reported a small series of breast cancer patients treated with a high-dose alkylating agent regimen. In two of these cases, a disease response occurred during acute graft-versus-host disease (GvHD). More recently, Bay et al.94 described responses attributable to a graft-versus-malignancy effect in four patients with refractory ovarian cancer. An anecdotal report identified a complete response in a patient with non-SCLC who had acute GvHD following a myeloablative allogeneic transplant for acute leukemia.95 Thus, several tumors have been demonstrated to be susceptible to an immune-mediated graft-versus-malignancy effect after allogeneic SCT. The toxicities of fully ablative conditioning, however, precluded clinical trials to explore this more fully. The improved...

CD25CD4 Tr Cells and Tumor Immunity in Humans

T cells reactive with normal self-constituents or tumor-associated antigens are present in the peripheral blood of normal individuals. For example, peripheral blood CD4+ T cells show in vitro proliferative responses to self-antigens such as human heat shock protein-60 (hHSP60) and myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) when CD25+CD4+ TR cells are removed before culture (Taams et al. 2002 Wing et al. 2003). Direct visualization of self-reactive T cells in healthy individuals was achieved by using class II tetramers loaded with the diabetes-associated antigen glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) 65, the vitiligo and melanoma-associated antigen tyrosinase, or the cancer testis antigen NY-ESO-1 (Danke et al. 2004). Following removal of CD25+CD4+ TR cells and stimulation with antigens, tetramer positive T cells became easily detected in vitro. T cells specific for tumor-associated antigens, most of which are normal self-constituents, can also be detected in the peripheral blood, within...

S100a2 As A Putative Tumour Suppressor

The suppressor function of S100A2, however, is not so clear-cut either in normal melanocytes or in melanomas. Thus, in normal melanocytes S100A2 is expressed at very low levels or is virtually undetectable. Neither is its expression up-regulated in malignant melanoma (L.B. Andersen et al. 1996). S100A2 staining has been reported in the basal layer of the epidermis and in hair follicles, but none has been found in naevi. Also, only a small proportion (4 39) of primary cutaneous melanomas and none of 14 metastatic lesions stained for S100A2 (Boni et al. 1997). A further report has appeared on S100A2 expression in epidermal cell types and epithelial tumours of the skin. Again the basal cells, epithelial cells of the sebaceous glands, and epithelial cells of hair follicles stained positive for S100A2. Also immunoreac-tive were basal cell as well as squamous cell carcinomas (Shrestha et al. 1998). Overall, the evidence available to date does not lend itself to a firm interpretation that...

Antigenspecific Cancer Vaccination Strategies

At present, the most widely employed, and the first to be clinically tested, strategy is peptide vaccination. peptide vaccination depends on the loading of empty common HLA alleles on antigen-presenting cells in vivo 79-82 . In poorly-immunogenic murine tumor models, peptides derived from tumor-associated rejection 'self' antigens were shown to induce rejection of B16 melanomas 83 . Whereas vaccination with mutated peptide derived from the mouse gap junction protein connexin 37 led to regression of established lung metastasis of Lewis lung carcinoma 80 . Peptide vaccines for a number of cancers are being tested clinically. A phase-I trial using an HLA-A2-restricted MAGE-3 peptide reported promising preliminary results in patients with advanced melanoma 84 , with some patients undergoing complete remission. A more extensive peptide vaccine trial carried out in melanoma patients evaluated a modified gplOO peptide which exhibited higher binding affinity to HLA-A2 molecules than its...

Association With Angiogenesis 101 Angiogenic Factor

Elevated VEGF can be detected in various cancers including colon (84-88). VEGF can be measured to determine the risk of cancer development, screen for early tumor detection, distinguish benign from malignant disease, and distinguish between different types of malignancies. In patients with established malignancies VEGF can be used to determine prognosis, predict the response to therapy, and monitor the clinical course (89). The study of multiple angiogenic factors in melanoma cell lines demonstrated the importance of measuring VEGF, bFGF, IL-8, and platelet-derived endothelial cell growth factor simultaneously. Apparently, a unique expression pattern associated with each cell line and multiple angiogenic factors are involved in the promotion of angiogenesis in the most angiogenic melanoma lines, whereas angiogenesis in the least angiogenic melanoma lines was possibly promoted solely by VEGF. It is important to note that inhibiting a single angiogenic factor may not be effective in the...

S100A4 in Other Forms of Human Cancer

Among other forms of human cancer that have been studied for S100A4 expression is human melanoma. Maelandsmo et al. (1997) detected high S100A4 levels only in approximately 50 of melanomas, but benign nevi also showed roughly similar levels of S100A4. Quite obviously, S100A4 bears no relationship to the clinical state of disease in this case. A criticism that can be made of this study is the method of assessment of gene expression as undetectable, low, moderate, and high. It would have been helpful if the authors had given the actual values of signal densities and provided the range of values of each group. The findings of Shrestha et al. (1998) generally support those of Maelandsmo et al. (1997). Shrestha et al. (1998) found little or no S100A4 in several cell types derived from normal skin. Furthermore, neither did basal cell carcinomas or squamous cell carcinomas show any S100A4 immunoreactivity. The apparent lack of correlation of S100A4 with melanoma progression is in sharp...

Differentially Expressed Proteins in Drugresistant Cancer Cells

We show that a comparatively small number of proteins were found to be differentially expressed in gastric and pancreatic cancer cells as well as in melanoma cells and their chemoresistant variants in the investigated pH range 4-8. This may be due to the fact that the resulting 2-D pattern mainly consists of high-abundance proteins and we did not apply subcellular fractionation (e.g. membrane fractionation) in this study. In melanoma cells, we also used very acidic and basic pH ranges with immobilized pH gradients to analyze the differential protein expression over an expanded range 12, 13 .

Group of Molecular Chaperones

One of the major protein groups found to be overexpressed in certain chemoresis-tant gastric and pancreatic cancer as well as melanoma cells is the group of chaperones, including heat shock proteins (HSPs). Each member of the HSP super-family appears to have a distinct set of functions within the cell. Some of these functions are well documented, such as the modulatory effects of HSPs on apop-tosis, others need further elucidation, for example the role of special HSPs in thermo-tolerance. Our results obtained from the chemoresistant cancer cell lines exhibit differential expression of several major HSPs. In the case of melanoma, in nearly every chemoresistant variant there was an increased expression of the small stress protein HSP27, and most cell lines showed up-regulation of either HSX70 variant, a HSP70 family member, or a HSP60 isoform. Furthermore, pro-teome analysis revealed down-regulation of HSP90 in cisplatin- and fotemustine-resistant cells. In chemoresistant gastric cancer...

Group of Proteins Involved in Drug Detoxification

The glutathione-related detoxification pathway is commonly discussed as one of the major mechanisms of MDR. GSH and the associated enzymes glutathione S-transferases, peroxidases, and reductase, have frequently been implicated in chemoresistance 54-56 . Glutathione reductase was differentially overexpressed in several chemoresistant variants of the human melanoma cell line MeWo. This enzyme maintains high levels of reduced GSH in the cytosol and may therefore act as an indirect marker for GSH concentration. Apart from that, members of the thioredoxin system, peroxiredoxin 1 and peroxi-redoxin 3 (comigration with proteasome subunit beta type 3 in melanoma cells), were shown to be overexpressed in chemoresistant cells of all three types of cancer.

Strategies Employed for the Detection of Occult Metastases

Although many other tumor types have subsequently been studied including colon (16-19), prostate (20-23), lung (24-32), esophagus (33-37), and melanoma (38-40). IHC methods are based on the ability of monoclonal antibodies to distinguish between cells of different histogenesis (i.e., epithelial cancer cells vs the hematopoietic cells of the peripheral blood, bone marrow, and lymph nodes). The results indicate that it is possible to identify occult metastatic cancer cells in these compartments prior to their detection by routine histologic analyses, and that the presence of these cells may be an important risk factor for disease recurrence. Metastatic melanoma has been successfully detected by RT-PCR using mRNA markers for tyrosinase, p 97 and MelanA MART1. In summary, the drawbacks of molecular methods include the chance of low level of epithelial gene expression from lymphoid cells that could result in high background, as well as the inability to employ morphologic criteria to...

Polyhemoglobintyrosinase

Melanoma now represents the fifth most common cancer in North America, and its incidence has increased dramatically in the past decade. Surgical incision is effective in early, localized lesions. However, once it spreads there is little that can be done despite different treatment regimes. Tumors are well vascularized but have abnormal microcirculations, resulting in underperfusion by red blood cells and therefore lower tissue oxygen tension. As polyhemoglobin is in solution, it can perfuse the abnormal microcirculation of tumors more effectively than red blood cells to supply more oxygen, at least in theory. Thus polyhemoglobin has been used as an adjunct to increase the efficiency of chemotherapy therapy (Pearce and Gawryl, 1998), and conjugated hemoglobin has been used to increase the efficiency of radiation therapy (Shorr et al., 1996). Meadow's group (Uhlenkott et al., 1996) has shown that lowering of the tyrosine level can inhibit the growth of melanoma in cell culture and in...

Antigen Presentation and Dendritic Cells

There is mounting evidence that dendritic cells have abnormal function in cancer patients (Fig. 2) (50). Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) is involved in tryptophan catabolism and is thought to play a role in placental-based maternal immune tolerance. Accumulation of IDO in dendritic cells correlates with impairment of T-cell function in vitro and has been observed in lymph nodes of patients with melanoma and breast cancer, and other tumors (51,52). IDO accumulation in dendritic cells can predate the development of overt lymph-node metastases. Inhibitors of IDO are now being developed as potential immune adjuvants.

Autoimmunity To Cenpf In Cancer

It should be emphasized that although the majority of patients producing autoantibodies to CENP-F have cancer, the frequency of these autoantibodies in un-selected cancer populations is rare when detected by IIF. For instance, a survey of 10 patients with small-cell lung carcinoma, 50 patients with breast cancer, and 50 patients with malignant melanoma by IF in HEp-2 cells did not reveal antibodies to CENP-F 21 , More extensive surveys involving 204 patients with hepatocellular carcinoma and 1,365 patients with various solid tumors yielded a frequency of anti-CENP-F autoantibodies of less than 1 9, 10 . This low frequency of anti-CENP-F antibodies in unselected cancer patients, which should be confirmed by other detection methods, raises questions concerning the association of these autoantibodies with malignancy. Although the presence of these autoantibodies might be

Animal Studies On Pufas And Cancer Metastasis

In an animal model of the benz-a-pyrene (BP)-induced skin papilloma, it has been shown that mice fed on 10 corn oil had the longest latency period and among the lowest incidence of skin papillomas when compared to those receiving a lower percentages of this dietary oil (105,106). The study suggests that tumour promoting activity of dietary linoleic acid may have target tissue specificity . However, the animal studies are made complicated by the fact that in EFA deficient animals, there were less lung colonisation from melanoma than normal controls (107) acid (CLA) (112). CLA has been demonstrated to inhibit proliferation of a number of human malignant tumour cells including melanoma, colorectal, breast and lung cancer cell lines. In animals, CLA reduced the incidence of epidermal tumours and forestomach neoplasia in mouse, aberrant crypt foci in rats colon and also mammary tumorigenesis. Further study has demonstrated an effect of CLA on prostate tumour (113). SCID mice were fed with...

Biology Of Tumor Metastasis

Positive Thinking

The latter are provided primarily by diffusion, and this limitation results in slow growth of the tumor. As a result, these lesions may remain dormant for several years. The critical events that trigger the conversion of a dormant tumor into a more rapidly growing invasive neoplasm are not well understood, but this conversion is associated with the vascularization of tumors, stimulated by tumor angiogenesis factors (see Angiogenesis, above). The vascularized tumor begins to grow more rapidly. It compresses surrounding tissue, invades through basement membranes, and metastasizes. Metastasis occurs early for some tumors (e.g., melanoma, small cell carcinoma of the lung) and late for others (e.g., some thyroid carcinomas). Metastatic potential is related to the invasiveness of a subpopulation of cells in a given tumor however, the establishment of a metastatic tumor site requires the expression of additional genes. Historically, it had been thought that metastasis reflects...

S100A4 Expression and Metastatic Potential of Cancers

In addition to the empirical correlation, substantial experimental work in recent years has allowed a strong link to be established between the levels of S100A4 expression and metastatic potential. In the B16 murine melanoma, modulation of its expression levels alters metastatic behaviour (Parker et al. 1991). Upon transfec-tion with the S100A4 gene, benign rat mammary epithelial cells have been found to become more tumorigenic and acquire a higher potential for metastasis (B.R. Davies et al. 1993). Although these results were unambiguous, the process of transfection of exogenous genes has been subjected often to the criticism that it could lead to genomic perturbation as a consequence of a stable integration of an exogenous gene. Kerbel et al. (1987) noted that calcium phosphate-mediated DNA transfer also changed cellular behaviour. They reported that when CBA J mouse adenocarcinomas were transfected with a vector carrying only a marker gene but not transforming genes, 17 of...

Ca Inhibition As An Approach To Anticancer Therapy

Supuran and collaborators, motivated by the emerging role of CAs in cancer and by the possibility of using them as therapeutic targets, synthesized and tested several hundreds of potent sulfonamide CAIs containing the aromatic or heterocyclic moiety, or both (Supuran and Scozzafava 2000a, 2000b, 2000c Scozzafava and Supuran 2000 Supuran et al. 2001). These compounds were subjected to screening for their ability to inhibit the growth of tumor cells in vitro by using a panel of 60 cancer cells lines. The screening performed at the National Cancer Institute in the U.S. led to the identification of lead compounds that exhibited considerably higher inhibitory properties (in the low micromolar range) than did classical sulfonamides (Supuran and Scozzafava 2000a, 2000b, 2000c). These leads were used to design novel classes of derivatives with enhanced antitumor activities by using the tail approach, in which new tails were attached to precursor sulfonamides (Supuran and Scozzafava 2000c,...

Dendritic Cells Transduced with Viral Vectors

In a pre-clinical study, replication-deficient recombinant adenoviruses encoding human gplOO or MART-1 melanoma antigens were used to transduce human DC. The study demonstrated that human monocyte-derived DC could be infected at an MOI between 100 and 500 independent of the CAR. DC transduced with this replication-deficient adenovirus also elicited tumor-specific CTL in vitro from patients with gpl00+ metastatic melanoma (129). These findings led to a clinical trial evaluating the safety, dose-limiting toxicity, and maximum tolerated dose of autologous DC transduced with adenoviruses encoding the MART-1 and gplOO melanoma antigens with or without interleukin-2 therapy in patients with stage III or IV melanoma. Although the preclinical results are encouraging, no results have been published from this trial as of this writing. Other pre-clinical work demonstrated that human DC can be transduced with W A expressing tyrosinase (melanoma-associatedan-tigen). These transduced DC stimulated...

Marbps And Disease Manifestation

Diet Cure Lipomas

SMAR1 is shown to exist in two isoforms, the shorter form having a deletion of 117 bp at the N terminus (Chattopadhyay et al., 2000). The 39 aa deleted shorter form has been shown to be more effective in regressing B16F-10 induced melanoma (Kaul et al., 2003). SMAR1 transgenic mice showed abnormal V(D)J recombination and organomegaly of lymphoid organs with cellular infiltrations, suggesting a necessity for fine tuning of protein expression to continue cellular process (Kaul-Ghanekar et al., 2005) (Fig. 4). This reveals that various isoforms of MARBPs may have different roles in the context of cellular functions.

Imbalance Between Stimulatory And Inhibitory B7 Family Molecules

2003 Strome et al., 2003) and reduces the growth of a transplanted human ovarian carcinoma in non-obese diabetic severe immune deficient (NOD SCID) mice with adoptively transferred autologous human TAA-specific T cells (Curiel et al, 2003). Induction of B7-H1 on myeloid DCs by tumor microenvironmental factors is a novel mechanism for tumor immune evasion (Curiel et al., 2003). On the other hand, expression of B7-H1 on human tumors, such as in ovarian cancer, lung cancer, melanoma, glioblastoma, and squamous cell carcinoma (Dong et al., 2002), also contributes to immune evasion by inducing effector T cell apoptosis (Dong et al., 2002), thus facilitating tumor growth (Strome et al., 2003). PD-1 is one of the ligands for B7-H1. PD-1 blockade by genetic manipulation (PD-1- -) or antibody treatment efficiently inhibits mouse B16 melanoma and CT26 colon cancer dissemination and metastasis accompanied with enhanced effector T cell number and function (Iwai et al, 2002, 2005).

Aps Associated With Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy using interleukin-2 (IL-2), ainterferon or both, for patients with melanoma may induce increased levels of antithyroid microsomal and antithyroglobulin antibodies which may persist for months 104-106 as well as the induction of other autoantibodies 107 , Becker et al. 108 reported that immunotherapy in patients with cancer may be associated with the induction of aPL. Thirty melanoma patients were studied and 2 out of 4 treated with -interferon alone (50 ) and 3 out of 8 (37.5 ) treated with IL-2 and interferon (37.5 ) developed aPL. In this group, aPL elevations were detected on -interferon alone. Naldi et al. 109 then reviewed 97 consecutive cases of melanoma and found one with increased aPL and also documented another with a superficial melanoma who had a history of recurrent spontaneous abortions and cerebrovascular accident.

The Immune System and Cancer Prevention

By boosting the immune system, it has been claimed that fructooligosaccharide supplements reduce the risk of colorectal cancer developing (Kowhi et al., 1978, 1982 Pool-Zobel et al., 2002). In mice and rats, for example, fructooligosaccharides reduced colon carcinogens and the occurrence of colon tumors (Pierre et al., 1997), while dietary inulin and fructooligosaccharides suppressed chemically induced tumors (Taper and Roberfroid, 2002) and reduced genotoxic damage to the colonic epithelium in rats (Rowland, 1998). The release of the short-chain fatty acid butyrate, from fermenting inulin and fructooligosaccharides, may play a role in suppressing colon cancer. Butyrate has been shown to have a direct antiproliferation effect on tumor cells in vitro (Kruh, 1982), while the release of butyrate has been correlated with a protective effect against colon cancer in experimental studies with rats (Bornet, 2001 McIntyre et al., 1993). Moreover, inulin injections can prolong the survival of...

Hyaluronan in Adhesion Migration and Invasion of Cancer

Cancer metastasis requires genetic and cellular changes to the tumour cells which facilitate their invasion into surrounding tissues, entry into the lymphatic system and or bloodstream followed by establishment and colonisation of the tumour at the secondary site. Several studies have correlated HA on the surface of tumour cells with metastatic behaviour of cells and have shown that this is dependent on CD44-HA interaction. However, there are many mechanisms for cells to acquire invasive and metastatic properties and generation of this cell behaviour may be cell type and cell environment specific highlighting an underlying complex process. For example, other studies have also demonstrated that CD44 variant isoforms confer a metastatic phenotype in pancreatic carcinoma which is independent of HA binding (60). In melanoma, HA and HA recognition have been closely studied and data have shown positive association of HA-CD44 mediation of melanoma cell line migration and invasion (61,62)....

Epigenetic Basis Of Disease

There is a school of thought, which believes that HMTases are tumor suppressors especially the lysine methyltransferases because of the loss of SET domain proteins in tumor conditions, exceptions do exist like Ezh2. The well-known example of the above is RIZ1, which interacts with Rb protein (again the same tumor suppressor). RIZ-1 is in chromosome 1p36 region, which is commonly deleted, in more than a dozen different types of human cancers. Riz-1 expression is commonly silenced in many tumors including breast cancer, liver cancer, colon cancer, neuroblastoma, melanoma, lung cancer and osteosarcoma (Kim et al., 2003). A growing number of diseases caused by the disturbance of DNA methylation patterns underscore the importance of it as a pharmacological target. DNA methy-lation has long been known to be associated with cancer, wherein the cancer cell genome was shown to be hypomethylated in comparison to its normal counterparts. More recently it has been demonstrated that while global...

Nuclear Antigens As Candidates For Oncogenic Proteins

This is supported by reports of antigens recognized by cytotoxic T lymphocytes that are important regulatory molecules with potential roles in oncogenesis. In one case, a mutated version of the cell-cycle regulator CDK4 was identified as an autoantigen in a patient with melanoma 34 , The particular mutant abolishes the interaction with the negative regulator pi6, and thus clearly has potential to play a causative role in cancer. A mutated form of -catenin, an extracellular matrix protein that participates in cell adhesion and growth, has also been identified as a T-cell autoantigen in association with melanoma 35 . Finally, an antigenic mutation in caspase-8, which may have a role in mediating apoptosis, has also been reported 36 .

Basic Facts About Cancer

Cancer is a leading cause of death in the Western world. In the United States and a number of European countries, cancer is the second-leading killer after cardiovascular disease, although in the United States since 1999 cancer has surpassed heart disease as the number one cause of death in people younger than 85.1 Over 1.3 million new cases of cancer occur in the United States each year, not including basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers, which add another 1 million cases annually. These skin cancers are seldom fatal, do not usually metastasize, and are curable with appropriate treatment, so they are usually considered separately. Melanoma, by contrast, is a type of skin cancer that is more dangerous and can be fatal, so it is considered Melanoma of the Skin 33,580 5 Melanoma of the Skin

Antitumor Immunity And Autoimmune Disease

Further evidence to the coexistence of antitumor immunity and autoreactivity was brought about through observations by Rosenberg and coworkers that in patients with metastatic melanoma who were treated with high-dose interleukin-(IL)-2 immunotherapy, vitiligo, which is a manifestation of normal melanocyte destruction, developed in 15 of those patients who showed significant tumor regression, whereas none of the patients who did not receive the treatment developed vitiligo 103 . Furthermore, autoimmune-related thyroiditis was also observed to associate with an antitumor response in melanoma patients given IL-2, with the incidence of hypothyroidism positively correlating with a favorable antitumor response. 104 , Studies aiming at defining the molecular targets of antimelanoma cytotoxic T lymphocytes showed that those CTLs recognized a series of HLA class-I-restricted antigenic peptides having self-sequences 105 . These findings suggested the existence of a mechanism, shared by...

The instability of containment contingent knowledge and technology

What their lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is if they have inherited their father's mutated copy of the gene. She also talks about what their risks of other cancers could be if they have inherited the same mutation. This includes the risk of ovarian, melanoma and pancreatic cancers. She begins to suggest that they should be entered on screening programmes for these cancers when they reach an appropriate age.

Irradiation Carcinogenesis

Heavy exposure to sunlight induces similar changes in human skin, and the degree of exposure to sunlight is closely related to the incidence of skin cancer (see Chapter 3). Whether continuing exposure to UV rays in sunlight is the promoting agent in skin cancer or additional promoting events are required is not clear, but it seems that UV irradiation is a complete carcinogen, just as some chemicals are that is, it has both initiating and promoting activities. Patients who cannot efficiently repair UV-induced damage, such as those with xeroderma pigmento-sum, have a much higher risk of developing malignant skin tumors.

History Of Mononuclear Cell Infiltration In Cancer

Mononuclear cell infiltration is a common feature of many types of human cancers. In fact, its occurrence is considered so unremarkable that there are no systematic studies describing the prevalence or intensity of infiltrates by tumor type or stage. Instead, it is generally asserted that intense infiltrates are associated with certain tumor types, such as medullary carcinoma of the breast and malignant melanoma (1,2), and that most other cancers are also infiltrated to differing extents. Even without an epidemiology of tumor-related inflammatory infiltrates, tumor biologists have extensively focused on this phenomenon for more than 100 yr.

Bacterial And Virus Infection

It has been reported that hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), a major type of primary liver cancer, is etiologically linked to viral factors such as chronic infections with the hepatitis B virus (HBV). In addition, about 5 of HCC patients have the hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection (15). Recently, associations between infection with HPV-16 and 18, anal and perianal skin cancer (16), as well as between EBV and oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) have been reported (17).

Other Tissue Autoantibodies

Several workers reported increased incidence of smooth muscle antibodies of the IgG or IgM type in malignancies 32, 34, 37 . These autoantibodies were described in several malignant tumors including melanoma 52 , carcinoma of the lung 32 , breast 37 , ovary, lung 34 and cervix 32 , In one study 37 the presence of antismooth muscle antibodies was correlated with poor prognosis in patients with breast cancer. Since antismooth muscle antibodies typically are raised in chronic active hepatitis it was suggested that their presence in malignancies may be associated with liver metastases. However, anti-smooth muscle antibodies were found in patients with localized malignancies 52 and this hypothesis seems unlikely. Other autoantibodies that were found to be increase in malignancies include antiparietal cell antibodies 40 , thyroid autoantibodies, anticytoplasmic antibodies 40 and antiperinuclear antibodies. tion between neoplasia and autoimmunity results from increased incidence of both...

Radiosensitization by Alteration of Energy Absorption

Photofrin Absorption

Ment of melanoma (360). 157Gd has been proposed as another isotope that could be useful in neutron-capture therapy (361). Although BNCT is a promising idea, the selective delivery of atoms of high neutron cross section (such as boron) to the target cells is still a limiting factor.

C Rhamm and Tumor Progression

Tumor Spheroid Hyaluronic Acid

Serological identification of antigens by recombinant expression cloning, SEREX, identified antibodies against RHAMM in acute myeloid leukemia (42 ), chronic myeloid leukemia (31 ), melanoma (83 ), renal cell carcinoma (40 ), breast cancer (67 ) as well as ovarian carcinoma (50 ) (132), and realtime PCR revealed a 1-13.6 fold increase of RHAMM expression in 97 of colon cancer (133). Furthermore, because of the presence of mononucleotide repeat sequences in the coding region, RHAMM is frequently mutated in subsets of colorectal cancers with defects in mismatch repair genes, suggesting a selective pressure for the accumulation of RHAMM mutations (134). Intrigu-ingly, several reports suggest that small tumor subsets are responsible for hyperexpression of both CD44 and RHAMM in breast cancers (90,135). Further, subsets of tumor cells from breast primary tumors that hyper-express CD44 also express stem progenitor markers and are several hundred times more tumorigenic upon transplantation...

Transforming Growth Factor3

There are several known inheritable DNA repair-deficiency diseases. Four of these are autosomal recessive diseases and include Xeroderma pigmentosum (XP), ataxia telangiectasia (AT), Fanconi's anemia (FA), and Bloom's syndrome (BS). XP patients are very sensitive to light and have increased predisposition to skin cancer (approximately 1000-fold) (96). AT patients exhibit a high incidence of lymphomas, and the incidence of lymphoma development is also increased for both FA and BS patients.