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Prognostic factors in malignant melanoma are currently based on clinical data and morphologic examination. Other prognostic features, however, which are not yet used in daily practice, might add important information and thus improve prognosis, treatment, and survival. Therefore a search for new markers is desirable. Previous studies have demonstrated that(More)
BACKGROUND Alpha-v-beta3 integrin (alphavbeta3) is a vitronectin ligand and plays an important role in melanoma progression. OBJECTIVES The purpose of the study was to evaluate the expression of alphavbeta3 in superficial spreading cutaneous melanoma, in both conventional and tissue microarray (TMA) paraffin-embedded-tissue specimens, and correlate with(More)
Cutaneous melanoma is one of the leading causes of cancer-related death. Malignant transformation of epidermal melanocytes is a multifactorial process involving cell cycle and death control pathways. The purpose of this study was to analyze the immunohistochemical expression of cell-cycle-related and apoptosis-related proteins in cutaneous superficial(More)
This study was performed to analyse the behaviour, risk factors, prognosis and evolution of cutaneous melanoma in childhood and adolescence treated in a single institution. A retrospective study was performed between 1980 and 2000 of patients aged 18 years or younger followed at the Hospital do Cancer de Sao Paulo, Brazil. Data included demographic status,(More)
Melanoma is a highly aggressive cancer, accounting for up to 75% of skin cancer deaths. A small proportion of melanoma cases can be ascribed to the presence of highly penetrant germline mutations, and approximately 40% of hereditary melanoma cases are caused by CDKN2A mutations. The current study sought to investigate whether the presence of germline CDKN2A(More)
Atypical Mole Syndrome is the most important phenotypic risk factor for developing cutaneous melanoma, a malignancy that accounts for about 80% of deaths from skin cancer. Because the diagnosis of melanoma at an early stage is of great prognostic relevance, the identification of Atypical Mole Syndrome carriers is essential, as well as the creation of(More)
Melanoma and pancreatic cancer are two low frequency types of cancer. In this study, three patients who developed both melanoma and intraepithelial neoplasia of the pancreas were tested for CDKN2A mutations and deletions, and investigated for rare germline copy number variations (CNVs). The three patients were negative for CDKN2A point mutations and(More)
AIM This work evaluates a possible causative role for germline copy number variants (CNVs) in melanoma predisposition. PATIENTS & METHODS A total of 41 melanoma-prone Brazilian patients were investigated for CNVs using 850K single nucleotide polymorphism arrays. RESULTS Ten rare CNVs were identified in nine patients, comprising 54 known genes, mostly(More)
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