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1. Zielińska K, Kozłowska K, Cichorek M, Wachulska M: Fas and FasL expression on cells of two transplantable melanoma lines according to their different biological properties. Folia Histochem Cytobiol; 2008;46(3):337-43
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  • [Title] Fas and FasL expression on cells of two transplantable melanoma lines according to their different biological properties.
  • In tumours (e.g. melanoma), FasL expression possibly counteracts the Fas-positive effector T cells that infiltrate into tumours, and consequently the Fas/FasL interaction can contribute to the escape of tumour cells from the systemic immune response.
  • In this study we examined differences in Fas and FasL expression on cells from the hamster melanotic melanoma line (Ma) and a more aggressive amelanotic melanoma line (Ab).
  • We also tried to find out whether the Fas/FasL expression induces an ability to undergo spontaneous apoptosis in these two transplantable melanoma lines.
  • Isolated transplantable melanoma cells were incubated for 4 and 24 hours and after that time the expression of Fas and FasL was estimated by flow cytometry.
  • The results show that there was no Fas expression, although FasL was detected on both melanoma cell lines.
  • Therefore the data reported by other authors indicate that a lack or a low level of Fas expression and an ectopic expression of FasL on melanoma cells can be an escape mechanism of the tumour, to avoid host immune responses.
  • The content of FasL-positive melanotic melanoma cells was higher than in amelanotic melanoma cells and increased with the prolongation of the incubation time.
  • FasL expression on amelanotic melanoma cells was detected after 24 hours at a level similar to that on melanotic melanoma cells after 4 hours incubation time.
  • FasL expression on melanoma cells can induce apoptosis in cytotoxic T lymphocytes and NK cells which are responsible for tumour cells elimination.
  • The results obtained suggest that the Fas/FasL system does not play any significant role in spontaneous apoptosis of two melanoma cell lines.

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  • (PMID = 19056538.001).
  • [ISSN] 1897-5631
  • [Journal-full-title] Folia histochemica et cytobiologica
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Folia Histochem. Cytobiol.
  • [Language] ENG
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Poland
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antigens, CD95; 0 / Fas Ligand Protein
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2. Khaled A, Hammami H, Fazaa B, Kourda N, Kamoun MR, Ben Jilany S, Zoghlami A: Primary amelanotic anorectal melanoma: an uncommon neoplasia with poor prognosis. Pathologica; 2009 Jun;101(3):126-9
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  • [Title] Primary amelanotic anorectal melanoma: an uncommon neoplasia with poor prognosis.
  • BACKGROUND: Anorectal melanoma is a rare and aggressive mucosal cancer.
  • There is usually a delay in diagnosis because about 30% of these cancers are amelanotic and are often mistaken for benign conditions.
  • Herein, we report a case of amelanotic anorectal malignant melanoma with an unusual metastatic deposit in the vulva and also review the literature.
  • Clinical examination showed a pedunculated and ulcerated amelanotic tumour associated with three other nodules, 1 cm in diameter, localized in the vulval mucosa.
  • Histological examination and immunohistochemical staining of all tumours demonstrated malignant melanoma.
  • DISCUSSION: Nine cases of amelanotic malignant melanoma have been reported in the literature.
  • The age at diagnosis ranged from 45 to 77 years.
  • Anorectal melanoma is most common in the rectum, followed by the anal canal.
  • Our case is the tenth case of amelanotic anorectal melanoma and probably corresponds to multiple synchronous primary melanomas of the anorectal region and the vulva, with the possibility that one of the lesions is a primary melanoma and the others are satellite lesions.
  • [MeSH-major] Anus Neoplasms / pathology. Melanoma, Amelanotic / secondary. Rectal Neoplasms / pathology. Skin Neoplasms / pathology

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  • (PMID = 19886548.001).
  • [ISSN] 0031-2983
  • [Journal-full-title] Pathologica
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Pathologica
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Italy
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3. Dubrey S, Grocott-Mason R, Mittal T, Burke M: Massive cardiac invasion by amelanotic melanoma with obstructive clinical features. Postgrad Med J; 2008 Mar;84(989):163-6
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  • [Title] Massive cardiac invasion by amelanotic melanoma with obstructive clinical features.
  • Reports of malignant melanoma involving the heart usually describe metastatic spread of pigmented (melanotic) forms of this tumour.
  • The case is unusual in relation to the extreme size of this amelanotic melanoma at presentation and the fact that it appears to be a solitary metastasis.
  • [MeSH-major] Cardiac Tamponade / etiology. Heart Neoplasms / secondary. Melanoma, Amelanotic / secondary. Skin Neoplasms

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  • (PMID = 18372490.001).
  • [ISSN] 1469-0756
  • [Journal-full-title] Postgraduate medical journal
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Postgrad Med J
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] England
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4. Breza TS, Magro CM: CD34 expression in primary cutaneous malignant melanoma: apropos of a case and review of the aberrant melanoma phenotype. J Cutan Pathol; 2005 Nov;32(10):685-9
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  • [Title] CD34 expression in primary cutaneous malignant melanoma: apropos of a case and review of the aberrant melanoma phenotype.
  • BACKGROUND: The histological diagnosis of malignant melanoma can be challenging.
  • Immunohistochemical techniques may define a critical role in certain cases, specifically in establishing a primary diagnosis of melanoma.
  • CD34 is a hemopoietic stem cell antigen expressed in bone marrow and endothelial cells, and may also be expressed in vascular and spindle cell tumors; it is generally negative in malignant melanoma.
  • Histologic sections showed a polypoid distortion by sheets and nodules of transformed amelanotic melanocytes lying in intimate apposition to an attenuated epidermis without a concomitant radial growth phase.
  • DISCUSSIONS: We present a case of malignant melanoma of nodular subtype, which strongly expressed CD34.
  • The spectrum of abnormal phenotypes in malignant melanoma is reviewed, and a possible explanation for the presence of CD34 is discussed.
  • This case demonstrates the potential of malignant melanoma to express CD34, defining an infrequently recognized aberrant phenotype.
  • [MeSH-major] Antigens, CD34 / analysis. Biomarkers, Tumor / analysis. Melanoma / immunology. Skin Neoplasms / immunology
  • [MeSH-minor] Aged, 80 and over. Antigens, Neoplasm. Female. Humans. Immunophenotyping. MART-1 Antigen. Melanoma-Specific Antigens. Neoplasm Proteins / analysis. Neoplasm Proteins / immunology. S100 Proteins / analysis. S100 Proteins / immunology

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  • (PMID = 16293181.001).
  • [ISSN] 0303-6987
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of cutaneous pathology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Cutan. Pathol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article; Review
  • [Publication-country] Denmark
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antigens, CD34; 0 / Antigens, Neoplasm; 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor; 0 / MART-1 Antigen; 0 / MLANA protein, human; 0 / Melanoma-Specific Antigens; 0 / Neoplasm Proteins; 0 / S100 Proteins
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5. Grenader T, Isacson R, Reinus C, Rosengarten O, Barenholz O, Hyman J, Gabizon A, Beller U: Primary amelanotic melanoma of the vagina. Onkologie; 2008 Sep;31(8-9):474-6
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  • [Title] Primary amelanotic melanoma of the vagina.
  • BACKGROUND: Primary malignant melanoma of the vagina is extremely rare, accounting for 0.3-0.8% of all malignant melanomas.
  • True amelanotic vaginal melanoma showing no melanin on histological examination is exceedingly rare, accounting for only 2% of all vaginal melanomas.
  • CASE REPORT: We describe a 31-year-old female patient who presented with locally advanced amelanotic melanoma of the vagina, with no evidence of metastatic spread on the computerized tomography (CT) scan, but who was subsequently diagnosed as suffering from metastatic disease by positron emission tomography (PET)-CT performed a few weeks following posterior pelvic exenteration.
  • CONCLUSION: Specific immunohistochemical staining with melanoma markers should be performed to confirm or exclude a diagnosis of amelanotic melanoma in all patients presenting with a vaginal mass composed of undifferentiated epithelioid malignant cells.
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)-PET-CT should be performed as part of the preoperative evaluation, to identify the presence or absence of metastatic disease in all patients with vaginal melanoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Melanoma, Amelanotic / diagnosis. Melanoma, Amelanotic / surgery. Vaginal Neoplasms / diagnosis. Vaginal Neoplasms / surgery

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  • [Copyright] Copyright 2008 S. Karger AG, Basel.
  • (PMID = 18787356.001).
  • [ISSN] 1423-0240
  • [Journal-full-title] Onkologie
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Onkologie
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Switzerland
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6. Nejc D, Piekarski J, Pasz-Walczak G, Wroński K, Pluta P, Jeziorski A: The first description of sentinel node biopsy in a patient with amelanotic melanoma of the glans penis. Melanoma Res; 2005 Dec;15(6):565-9
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  • [Title] The first description of sentinel node biopsy in a patient with amelanotic melanoma of the glans penis.
  • We present the first description of sentinel node biopsy in a patient with amelanotic melanoma of the glans penis.
  • Pathologic examination of the postoperative specimen revealed the presence of a very rare malignancy--amelanotic melanoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Melanoma, Amelanotic / pathology. Penile Neoplasms / pathology

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  • (PMID = 16314746.001).
  • [ISSN] 0960-8931
  • [Journal-full-title] Melanoma research
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Melanoma Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Letter; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] England
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7. Harwood M, Telang GH, Robinson-Bostom L, Jellinek N: Melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma on different nails of the same hand. J Am Acad Dermatol; 2008 Feb;58(2):323-6
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  • [Title] Melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma on different nails of the same hand.
  • Unfamiliarity with tumors of the nail apparatus can lead to a delay in diagnosis.
  • A case is presented of a patient with two separate and concurrent malignant neoplasms of the nail unit, on different nails on the same hand, each featuring an unusual clinical presentation: amelanotic melanoma presenting as longitudinal erythronychia and squamous cell carcinoma in situ presenting as longitudinal melanonychia.
  • [MeSH-major] Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / pathology. Melanoma, Amelanotic / pathology. Nail Diseases / pathology. Neoplasms, Multiple Primary / pathology. Skin Neoplasms / pathology

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  • (PMID = 18222331.001).
  • [ISSN] 1097-6787
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Am. Acad. Dermatol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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8. Yhee JY, Hong SW, Yu CH, Doster AR, Blas-Machado U, Lyoo YS, Sur JH: Immunohistochemical application of an antibody specific for human CD1a to the diagnosis of canine mast cell tumour. J Comp Pathol; 2008 Jul;139(1):40-6
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  • [Title] Immunohistochemical application of an antibody specific for human CD1a to the diagnosis of canine mast cell tumour.
  • This antibody did not label neoplastic cells in cases of canine histiocytoma, plasmacytoma or amelanotic melanoma; therefore, the reagent may be a valuable marker for the diagnosis of canine MCTs, especially those tumours of histological grade III.
  • [MeSH-major] Antibodies, Monoclonal. Antigens, CD1 / immunology. Dog Diseases / diagnosis. Mastocytosis / veterinary. Skin Neoplasms / veterinary

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  • (PMID = 18602642.001).
  • [ISSN] 0021-9975
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of comparative pathology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Comp. Pathol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antibodies, Monoclonal; 0 / Antigens, CD1; 0 / CD1a antigen
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9. Roy S, Dhingra K, Mandal S, Khurana N: Unusual presentation of metastatic amelanotic melanoma of unknown primary origin as a solitary breast lump. Melanoma Res; 2008 Dec;18(6):447-50
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  • [Title] Unusual presentation of metastatic amelanotic melanoma of unknown primary origin as a solitary breast lump.
  • Past history was unremarkable for skin lesions, biopsy or any surgery.
  • The lump was hard and freely mobile with normal overlying skin, nipple, and areola.
  • Careful examination of the skin did not reveal any lesion.
  • Immunoreactivity for S-100 and HMB-45, confirmed the diagnosis of amelanotic melanoma.
  • It is important to be aware of this atypical presentation of amelanotic melanoma in the breast and to utilize immunohistochemistry to differentiate from other commoner high-grade malignant tumors.
  • [MeSH-major] Breast Neoplasms / secondary. Melanoma, Amelanotic / secondary. Neoplasms, Unknown Primary / pathology. Skin Neoplasms / secondary
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Antigens, Neoplasm / metabolism. Female. Humans. Melanoma-Specific Antigens. Neoplasm Proteins / metabolism. S100 Proteins / metabolism

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  • (PMID = 18971788.001).
  • [ISSN] 1473-5636
  • [Journal-full-title] Melanoma research
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Melanoma Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antigens, Neoplasm; 0 / Melanoma-Specific Antigens; 0 / Neoplasm Proteins; 0 / S100 Proteins
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10. Hashemi M, Stark A, Hugo H, Mehdorn M: Intracranial trigeminal nerve metastasis of a desmoplastic neurotropic melanoma: case report. Cent Eur Neurosurg; 2009 May;70(2):91-4
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  • [Title] Intracranial trigeminal nerve metastasis of a desmoplastic neurotropic melanoma: case report.
  • BACKGROUND: Desmoplastic neurotropic mela-noma is a rare and highly malignant variant of melanoma.
  • Solitary nervus trigeminus and Gasserian ganglion metastasis of a neurotropic melanoma has not been previously described in the literature.
  • 4 years previously he underwent tumor removal with an initial diagnosis of amelanotic malignant cutaneous melanoma; 1 year later, because of tumor recurrence, the patient underwent neck dissection, chemotherapy and radiation.
  • Histopathological studies proved the tumor to be a desmoplastic neurotropic melanoma (DNM) that was related to the previously treated malignant melanoma.
  • CONCLUSION: A metastatic tumor arising solely in a trigeminal nerve from a cutaneous malignant melanoma is quite rare; to our knowledge this may be the first report of such a case in the literature.
  • [MeSH-major] Cranial Nerve Neoplasms / secondary. Melanoma / secondary. Skin Neoplasms / pathology. Trigeminal Nerve. Trigeminal Nerve Diseases / pathology

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  • [Copyright] (c) Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart, New York.
  • (PMID = 19711263.001).
  • [ISSN] 1868-4904
  • [Journal-full-title] Central European neurosurgery
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Cent Eur Neurosurg
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Germany
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11. LeRoy BE, Knight MC, Eggleston R, Torres-Velez F, Harmon BG: Tail-base mass from a "horse of a different color". Vet Clin Pathol; 2005;34(1):69-71
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  • The cytologic and histopathologic diagnoses were amelanotic melanoma.
  • In this report, we describe the cytopathologic features of an aggressive amelanotic melanoma in a non-grey horse and emphasize the unique correlation between cytologic and histologic findings.

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  • (PMID = 15732023.001).
  • [ISSN] 0275-6382
  • [Journal-full-title] Veterinary clinical pathology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Vet Clin Pathol
  • [Language] ENG
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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12. Tolleson WH, Doss JC, Latendresse J, Warbritton AR, Melchior WB Jr, Chin L, Dubielzig RR, Albert DM: Spontaneous uveal amelanotic melanoma in transgenic Tyr-RAS+ Ink4a/Arf-/- mice. Arch Ophthalmol; 2005 Aug;123(8):1088-94
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  • [Title] Spontaneous uveal amelanotic melanoma in transgenic Tyr-RAS+ Ink4a/Arf-/- mice.
  • OBJECTIVE: To characterize a murine model of spontaneous amelanotic melanoma arising in the uvea of transgenic mice bearing a targeted deletion of the Ink4a/Arf tumor suppressor locus (exons 2 and 3) and expressing human H-ras controlled by the human tyrosinase promoter.
  • CONCLUSION: Spontaneous uveal malignant melanomas occurring in male Tyr-RAS+ Ink4a/Arf-/- transgenic mice arise within the choroid or ciliary body and share histopathological features characteristic of human uveal melanoma.
  • CLINICAL RELEVANCE: Uveal melanoma research has benefited from xenograft models, but engineered mouse models of spontaneous uveal amelanotic melanoma will undoubtedly further our understanding of the genetic underpinning for this disease.
  • [MeSH-major] Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Inhibitor p16 / genetics. Gene Deletion. Genes, ras / genetics. Melanoma, Amelanotic / pathology. Monophenol Monooxygenase / genetics. Tumor Suppressor Protein p14ARF / genetics. Uveal Neoplasms / pathology

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  • (PMID = 16087843.001).
  • [ISSN] 0003-9950
  • [Journal-full-title] Archives of ophthalmology (Chicago, Ill. : 1960)
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Arch. Ophthalmol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Grant] United States / NEI NIH HHS / EY / EY 01917; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / R01 CA 93947
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor; 0 / Cdkn2a protein, mouse; 0 / Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Inhibitor p16; 0 / Tumor Suppressor Protein p14ARF; EC 1.14.18.1 / Monophenol Monooxygenase
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13. Ashidi JS, Houghton PJ, Hylands PJ, Efferth T: Ethnobotanical survey and cytotoxicity testing of plants of South-western Nigeria used to treat cancer, with isolation of cytotoxic constituents from Cajanus cajan Millsp. leaves. J Ethnopharmacol; 2010 Mar 24;128(2):501-12
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  • Three cancer cell lines (human breast adenocarcinoma cell line MCF-7, human large cell lung carcinoma cell line COR-L23 and human amelanotic melanoma C32) and one normal cell line (normal human keratinocytes SVK-14) were used for the screening of the extracts and the fractions obtained.

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  • [Copyright] Copyright (c) 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • (PMID = 20064598.001).
  • [ISSN] 1872-7573
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of ethnopharmacology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J Ethnopharmacol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Ireland
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Flavanones; 0 / Sitosterols; 0 / pinostrobin; 5LI01C78DD / gamma-sitosterol; 6SMK8R7TGJ / Oleanolic Acid; KM8353IPSO / amyrin
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14. Siddaraju N, Yaranal PJ, Mishra MM, Soundararaghavan J: Fine needle aspiration cytology in recurrent amelanotic melanoma: a case report. Acta Cytol; 2007 Sep-Oct;51(5):829-32
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  • [Title] Fine needle aspiration cytology in recurrent amelanotic melanoma: a case report.
  • BACKGROUND: Amelanotic melanoma can mimic a wide variety of epithelial and nonepithelial malignant tumors.
  • Varied cytomorphology of melanoma has been described on exfoliative and fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC).
  • We report a case of recurrent amelanotic melanoma to highlight its varied cytomorphologic features, which may cause diagnostic problems on cytologic and on histologic examinations.
  • FNAC revealed malignant cells with highly varied morphology with plasmacytoid and pleomorphic malignant cells with occasional fibrocollagenous tissue strands showing adherent neoplastic cells.
  • A cytologic diagnosis of pleomorphic malignant tumor was suggested, and the original histologic slides were reviewed; they showed a striking alveolar pattern that vaguely resembled an alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma.
  • A final diagnosis of amelanotic melanoma was made.
  • CONCLUSION: Awareness of the highly varied cytomorphology of amelanotic melanoma minimizes the diagnostic difficulty on fine needle aspiration smears.
  • [MeSH-major] Melanoma, Amelanotic / pathology. Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / pathology. Skin Neoplasms / pathology

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  • (PMID = 17910357.001).
  • [ISSN] 0001-5547
  • [Journal-full-title] Acta cytologica
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Acta Cytol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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15. Panasiti V, Devirgiliis V, Curzio M, Roberti V, Gobbi S, Masciangelo R, Mastrecchia B, Calvieri S, Bottoni U: The reticular point of view in dermatoscopy. J Am Acad Dermatol; 2009 Oct;61(4):605-10
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  • BACKGROUND: Different dermatoscopic algorithms have been developed to evaluate pigmented lesions of the skin, with pattern analysis being the most commonly used.
  • We sought to develop and evaluate a diagnostic scoring system, the reticular point of view, to distinguish common melanocytic nevus from dysplastic nevus and from melanoma.
  • Regarding the diagnosis of melanoma, only the presence of large holes, areas of abrupt cut off, and linear extensions revealed statistical significance.
  • It is not applicable in nodular, thick, and amelanotic melanomas that are usually lacking in pigment network.
  • CONCLUSION: Although pattern analysis represents the most effective analytical method in dermatoscopy, our scoring system may be useful to distinguish between benign lesions, which need only clinical follow-up, and malignant lesions, which need surgical excision.
  • [MeSH-major] Algorithms. Dermoscopy / methods. Dysplastic Nevus Syndrome / diagnosis. Melanoma / diagnosis. Nevus, Pigmented / diagnosis. Skin Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • [MeSH-minor] Diagnosis, Differential. Humans. ROC Curve. Reproducibility of Results. Sensitivity and Specificity. Severity of Illness Index. Skin Pigmentation

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  • (PMID = 19703721.001).
  • [ISSN] 1097-6787
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Am. Acad. Dermatol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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16. Braga JC, Scope A, Klaz I, Mecca P, González S, Rabinovitz H, Marghoob AA: The significance of reflectance confocal microscopy in the assessment of solitary pink skin lesions. J Am Acad Dermatol; 2009 Aug;61(2):230-41
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  • [Title] The significance of reflectance confocal microscopy in the assessment of solitary pink skin lesions.
  • The differential diagnosis for pink lesions tends, therefore, to be broad, ranging from inflammatory processes to malignancy.
  • OBJECTIVE: We sought to demonstrate the use of RCM as an adjunct to the bedside diagnosis of pink lesions.
  • METHODS: We describe a series of patients with clinically and dermatoscopically equivocal pink lesions for which RCM examination allowed for a rapid and accurate diagnosis.
  • RESULTS: Lesions included basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, amelanotic melanoma, and inflamed seborrheic keratosis.
  • In the cases presented RCM allowed for a rapid and accurate noninvasive diagnosis.
  • [MeSH-major] Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / pathology. Keratosis, Actinic / pathology. Melanoma / pathology. Microscopy, Confocal. Pigmentation Disorders / pathology. Skin Neoplasms / pathology
  • [MeSH-minor] Aged. Aged, 80 and over. Biopsy, Needle. Dermoscopy / methods. Diagnosis, Differential. Female. Humans. Immunohistochemistry. Male. Middle Aged. Sampling Studies. Sensitivity and Specificity


17. Di Domenico F, Foppoli C, Blarzino C, Perluigi M, Paolini F, Morici S, Coccia R, Cini C, De Marco F: Expression of human papilloma virus type 16 E5 protein in amelanotic melanoma cells regulates endo-cellular pH and restores tyrosinase activity. J Exp Clin Cancer Res; 2009;28:4
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  • [Title] Expression of human papilloma virus type 16 E5 protein in amelanotic melanoma cells regulates endo-cellular pH and restores tyrosinase activity.
  • In tyrosinase-positive amelanotic melanomas this rate limiting enzyme is inactive because of acidic endo-melanosomal pH.
  • METHODS: The expression of the HPV16-E5 oncoproteins was induced in two Tyrosinase-positive amelanotic melanomas (the cell lines FRM and M14) by a retroviral expression construct.
  • In amelanotic melanomas these effects can modulate the cell phenotype and can induce a higher sensitivity to tyrosine related anti-blastic drugs.
  • [MeSH-major] Melanoma, Amelanotic / metabolism. Monophenol Monooxygenase / metabolism. Oncogene Proteins, Viral / metabolism. Skin Neoplasms / metabolism

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  • (PMID = 19133143.001).
  • [ISSN] 1756-9966
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of experimental & clinical cancer research : CR
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Exp. Clin. Cancer Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Italy
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic; 0 / Melanins; 0 / Oncogene Proteins, Viral; 0 / Proton Pump Inhibitors; 0 / RNA, Messenger; 0 / oncogene protein E5, Human papillomavirus type 16; 37491-68-2 / 3,4-dihydroxybenzylamine; 5072-26-4 / Buthionine Sulfoximine; EC 1.14.18.1 / Monophenol Monooxygenase; VTD58H1Z2X / Dopamine
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ PMC2654431
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18. Camerin M, Rello S, Villanueva A, Ping X, Kenney ME, Rodgers MA, Jori G: Photothermal sensitisation as a novel therapeutic approach for tumours: studies at the cellular and animal level. Eur J Cancer; 2005 May;41(8):1203-12
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  • Irradiation of B78H1 murine amelanotic melanoma cells with 850 nm light emitted from a Ti:sapphire laser, operated in a pulsed mode at high fluence rates and in the presence of Ni(II)-octabutoxy-naphthalocyanine (NiNc), promoted a photothermally sensitised process leading to fast and irreversible cell death.
  • Very similar results were obtained upon irradiation of NiNc-loaded C32 human amelanotic melanoma cells and transformed murine HT-1080 and HaCaT fibroblasts.
  • From these results, photothermal sensitisation appears to be a general phenomenon and preliminary studies with mice bearing subcutaneously transplanted amelanotic melanomas, irradiated with 850 nm light 24 h after intravenous injection of NiNc, suggest that this approach has potential for the therapy of some types of skin tumours.
  • [MeSH-major] Melanoma, Amelanotic / drug therapy. Metalloporphyrins / therapeutic use. Photochemotherapy / methods. Photosensitizing Agents / therapeutic use

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  • (PMID = 15911245.001).
  • [ISSN] 0959-8049
  • [Journal-full-title] European journal of cancer (Oxford, England : 1990)
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Eur. J. Cancer
  • [Language] eng
  • [Grant] United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / CA 91027
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Metalloporphyrins; 0 / Photosensitizing Agents; 0 / octabutoxynaphthalocyaninenickel(II)
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19. Mercadier B, Hu W, Valentin S, Sassolas B: [Amelanotic malignant melanoma: about three cases]. Ann Chir Plast Esthet; 2007 Feb;52(1):68-70
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  • [Title] [Amelanotic malignant melanoma: about three cases].
  • [Transliterated title] Mélanome malin achromique : à propos de trois cas.
  • The amelanotic melanoma is a rare type of malignant melanoma.
  • The purpose of this report is to point out this aspect of melanoma, whose diagnostic delay is frequent.
  • We describe one localisation on the penis, rare in this kind of melanoma and two cases of the extremities, more frequent localization of the amelanotic melanoma.
  • The therapeutic issues and recommendation are similar to the classical pigmented malignant melanoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Melanoma, Amelanotic / pathology. Skin Neoplasms / pathology

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  • (PMID = 17030390.001).
  • [ISSN] 0294-1260
  • [Journal-full-title] Annales de chirurgie plastique et esthétique
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Ann Chir Plast Esthet
  • [Language] fre
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; English Abstract; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] France
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20. Avilés-Izquierdo JA, Velázquez-Tarjuelo D, Lecona-Echevarría M, Lázaro-Ochaita P: [Dermoscopic features of eccrine poroma]. Actas Dermosifiliogr; 2009 Mar;100(2):133-6
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  • Eccrine poroma is a benign adnexal neoplasm that clinically may mimic malignant skin tumors such as squamous cell carcinoma and amelanotic melanoma.
  • Dermoscopy can improve the clinical diagnosis of this benign adnexal skin tumor.
  • [MeSH-minor] Aged. Aged, 80 and over. Buttocks. Diagnosis, Differential. Female. Humans. Skin Neoplasms / diagnosis

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  • (PMID = 19445878.001).
  • [ISSN] 0001-7310
  • [Journal-full-title] Actas dermo-sifiliográficas
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Actas Dermosifiliogr
  • [Language] spa
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; English Abstract; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Spain
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21. Cichorek M, Kozłowska K, Bryl E: The activity of caspases in spontaneous and camptothecin-induced death of melanotic and amelanotic melanoma cell. Cancer Biol Ther; 2007 Mar;6(3):346-53
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  • [Title] The activity of caspases in spontaneous and camptothecin-induced death of melanotic and amelanotic melanoma cell.
  • Loss of pigment in hamster amelanotic melanoma line is accompanied by a faster growth rate, higher tumorigenicity and shorter animal survival time.
  • Thus, the malignancy of melanoma increases during the alteration of melanotic (Ma) into amelanotic (Ab) line.
  • As changes in the ability to undergo a spontaneous or induced apoptosis, and the role of caspases in this process during melanoma progression are not well defined, they were investigated in this work.
  • Cytochrome c release into cytosol, and the activation of effector caspases, estimated by PARP degradation clearly showed that during the spontaneous death in the cells from both melanoma lines intrinsic way of apoptosis was activated.
  • Confocal and cytometric flow analyses indicate that camptothecin (CPT) induced apoptosis with caspase activation by the intrinsic way only in the amelanotic melanoma cells, even though cells of the Ma line also underwent CPT-induced apoptosis (the content of TUNEL-positive cells increased).
  • Thus, our results suggest that melanoma progression, associated with a decreased ability to undergo spontaneous apoptosis but an increased susceptibility to CPT-induced apoptosis, relates to different levels of caspase activation; they also show that intrinsic way of apoptotis depends on the phenotype of melanoma cells, being more pronounced in the melanotic melanoma cells.
  • On the other hand, melanotic melanoma cells resistance to camptothecin-induced apoptosis suggests that the melanogenic apparatus or melanin itself may have the protective effect on the ability of the melanoma cells to undergo apoptosis.
  • [MeSH-major] Apoptosis. Caspases / metabolism. Melanoma, Amelanotic / enzymology. Melanoma, Experimental / enzymology. Skin Neoplasms / enzymology

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  • (PMID = 17312383.001).
  • [ISSN] 1538-4047
  • [Journal-full-title] Cancer biology & therapy
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Cancer Biol. Ther.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antineoplastic Agents; 0 / Melanins; 9007-43-6 / Cytochromes c; EC 2.4.2.30 / Poly(ADP-ribose) Polymerases; EC 3.4.22.- / Caspases; XT3Z54Z28A / Camptothecin
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22. Seya T, Tanaka N, Shinji S, Shinji E, Yokoi K, Horiba K, Kanazawa Y, Yamada T, Oaki Y, Tajiri T: Case of rectal malignant melanoma showing immunohistochemical variability in a tumor. J Nippon Med Sch; 2007 Oct;74(5):377-81
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  • [Title] Case of rectal malignant melanoma showing immunohistochemical variability in a tumor.
  • We report on a patient with rectal malignant melanoma.
  • With the diagnosis of neuroendocrine carcinoma of the rectum, abdominoperineal resection was performed.
  • However, the final pathological diagnosis of the surgically resected specimen was malignant amelanotic melanoma of the rectum.
  • As preoperative pathological diagnosis showed rare rectal tumor, we measured the chemosensitivity of the rectal tumor using the collagen gel droplet-embedded culture drug sensitivity test (CD-DST) to determine the most appropriate chemotherapy regimen for the patient.
  • However, there were no anticancer drugs tested by CD-DST for malignant melanoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Biomarkers, Tumor / analysis. Melanoma / diagnosis. Neoplasm Proteins / analysis. Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-kit / analysis. Rectal Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Antigens, Neoplasm. Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / pharmacology. Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use. Digestive System Surgical Procedures. Drug Resistance, Neoplasm. Drug Screening Assays, Antitumor / methods. Fatal Outcome. Humans. Immunohistochemistry. Interferon-beta / administration & dosage. Male. Melanoma-Specific Antigens. Neoadjuvant Therapy. Tumor Cells, Cultured

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  • (PMID = 17965534.001).
  • [ISSN] 1345-4676
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of Nippon Medical School = Nippon Ika Daigaku zasshi
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J Nippon Med Sch
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Japan
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antigens, Neoplasm; 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor; 0 / Melanoma-Specific Antigens; 0 / Neoplasm Proteins; 77238-31-4 / Interferon-beta; EC 2.7.10.1 / Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-kit
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23. Camerin M, Rodgers MA, Kenney ME, Jori G: Photothermal sensitisation: evidence for the lack of oxygen effect on the photosensitising activity. Photochem Photobiol Sci; 2005 Mar;4(3):251-3
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  • Irradiation of amelanotic melanoma B78H1 cells in the presence of liposome-delivered Ni(II)-octabutoxy-naphthalocyanine with a Q-switched Ti:sapphire laser operated in a pulsed mode (850 nm, 30 ns pulses, 10 Hz, 120 mJ pulse -1) promotes a photothermal sensitization process leading to extensive cell inactivation.
  • [MeSH-minor] Air. Animals. Cell Line, Tumor. Lasers. Melanoma, Experimental / drug therapy. Metalloporphyrins / therapeutic use. Mice. Nitrogen. Time Factors

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  • (PMID = 15738991.001).
  • [ISSN] 1474-905X
  • [Journal-full-title] Photochemical & photobiological sciences : Official journal of the European Photochemistry Association and the European Society for Photobiology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Photochem. Photobiol. Sci.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Metalloporphyrins; 0 / octabutoxynaphthalocyaninenickel(II); N762921K75 / Nitrogen
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24. Kurotaki T, Tomonari Y, Kanno T, Wako Y, Tsuchitani M: Malignant amelanotic melanoma behind the left eye in a female Crj:CD(SD)IGS rat: a case report. Vet Pathol; 2008 Sep;45(5):681-4
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  • [Title] Malignant amelanotic melanoma behind the left eye in a female Crj:CD(SD)IGS rat: a case report.
  • It consisted of various tumor cells; namely, spindle-shaped, epithelioid, anaplastic melanoma cells, and had prominent eosinophilic cytoplasm and nuclei with a greater variation in size.
  • This is the first report describing an amelanotic melanoma in the head of an albino rat.
  • [MeSH-major] Bone Neoplasms / veterinary. Eye Neoplasms / veterinary. Melanoma, Amelanotic / veterinary. Rodent Diseases / pathology

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  • (PMID = 18725473.001).
  • [ISSN] 0300-9858
  • [Journal-full-title] Veterinary pathology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Vet. Pathol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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25. Rizvi SA, Amitava AK, Mehdi G, Sharma R, Alam MS: Orbital amelanotic melanoma in xeroderma pigmentosum: a rare association. Indian J Ophthalmol; 2008 Sep-Oct;56(5):421-3
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  • [Title] Orbital amelanotic melanoma in xeroderma pigmentosum: a rare association.
  • Xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder of DNA repair in which the body's normal ability to repair damage caused by ultraviolet light is deficient.
  • Ocular neoplasms occurring in XP in order of frequency are squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma and melanoma.
  • Malignant melanomas occur at an early age in patients with XP.
  • We report a case of XP with massive orbital melanoma in an eight-year-old boy which is unique due to its amelanotic presentation confirmed histopathologically.
  • [MeSH-major] Melanoma, Amelanotic / complications. Orbit. Skin Neoplasms / complications. Xeroderma Pigmentosum / complications
  • [MeSH-minor] Child. Diagnosis, Differential. Humans. Male. Ophthalmologic Surgical Procedures / methods

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  • [Journal-full-title] Indian journal of ophthalmology
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  • [Title] Desmoplastic amelanotic melanoma in an irradiated burn scar.
  • [MeSH-major] Burns / complications. Cicatrix / complications. Cicatrix / radiotherapy. Melanoma, Amelanotic / etiology. Skin Neoplasms / etiology

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  • [ISSN] 1076-0512
  • [Journal-full-title] Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Dermatol Surg
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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27. Jeong TJ, Lee EJ, Haw S, Shin MK, Haw CR: Coexistence of amelanotic melanoma and liposarcoma. Ann Dermatol; 2009 Nov;21(4):409-12
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  • [Title] Coexistence of amelanotic melanoma and liposarcoma.
  • An amelanotic malignant melanoma is characterized by little or no pigment.
  • We encountered a case of amelanotic melanoma with a concurrent liposarcoma.
  • These findings were consistent with amelanotic melanoma.
  • However, an association between melanoma and liposarcoma is rare.

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  • (PMID = 20523835.001).
  • [ISSN] 2005-3894
  • [Journal-full-title] Annals of dermatology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Ann Dermatol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Korea (South)
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ PMC2861252
  • [Keywords] NOTNLM ; Amelanotic melanoma / Liposarcoma
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28. Wu CY, Gao HW, Chiang CP: Malignant amelanotic melanoma developing from an intradermal naevus in a patient with oculocutaneous albinism. Clin Exp Dermatol; 2009 Dec;34(8):e590-3
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  • [Title] Malignant amelanotic melanoma developing from an intradermal naevus in a patient with oculocutaneous albinism.
  • Histopathologically, the tumour revealed benign naevus cells in the upper dermis and atypical malignant tumour cells in the deeper dermis.
  • Amelanotic malignant melanoma (MM) originating from a pre-existing intradermal naevus was diagnosed.
  • [MeSH-major] Albinism, Oculocutaneous / pathology. Melanoma / pathology. Nevus, Intradermal / pathology. Skin Neoplasms / pathology


29. Stasek M, Spicka P, Zapletal P, Stefanicka D, Sisma P: [Non-pigmented subungual malignancies--crux chirurgiae minoris]. Rozhl Chir; 2009 Mar;88(3):147-50
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  • BACKGROUND: Incidence of amelanotic subungual malignancies is small, but they are not extremely rare and are often omitted in the diagnostic algorithm of subungual lesions.
  • METHODS: Retrospective analysis of four amelanotic subungual tumours--2 subungual melanomas and 2 spinocellular carcinomas.
  • Diagnosis was made by surgeon and pathologist.
  • Early diagnosis enables the reduction of amputation rate.
  • There is fatal risk of delayed diagnosis especially in subungual melanoma cases, and mostly mutilation risk in spinocellular carcinoma cases.
  • [MeSH-major] Nail Diseases. Skin Neoplasms
  • [MeSH-minor] Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / diagnosis. Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / surgery. Humans. Melanoma / diagnosis. Melanoma / surgery

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  • (PMID = 19526948.001).
  • [ISSN] 0035-9351
  • [Journal-full-title] Rozhledy v chirurgii : měsíčník Československé chirurgické společnosti
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Rozhl Chir
  • [Language] cze
  • [Publication-type] English Abstract; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Czech Republic
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30. An J, Li B, Wu L, Lu H, Li N: Primary malignant amelanotic melanoma of the female genital tract: report of two cases and review of literature. Melanoma Res; 2009 Aug;19(4):267-70
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  • [Title] Primary malignant amelanotic melanoma of the female genital tract: report of two cases and review of literature.
  • Primary amelanotic melanoma of the female genital tract usually has a poor outcome as a consequence of delayed diagnosis and lack of standardized treatment.
  • Compared with amelanotic melanoma of the female genital tract of the vulva, disease of the cervix is more likely to be misdiagnosed, identified at a later stage, and have a poorer outcome.
  • [MeSH-major] Melanoma, Amelanotic. Uterine Cervical Neoplasms. Vulvar Neoplasms


31. Altamura D, Piccolo D, Lozzi GP, Peris K: Eccrine poroma in an unusual site: a clinical and dermoscopic simulator of amelanotic melanoma. J Am Acad Dermatol; 2005 Sep;53(3):539-41
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  • [Title] Eccrine poroma in an unusual site: a clinical and dermoscopic simulator of amelanotic melanoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Acrospiroma / diagnosis. Dermoscopy. Melanoma, Amelanotic / diagnosis. Skin Neoplasms / diagnosis. Sweat Gland Neoplasms / diagnosis

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  • (PMID = 16112378.001).
  • [ISSN] 1097-6787
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Am. Acad. Dermatol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Letter
  • [Publication-country] United States
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32. Tundis R, Loizzo MR, Bonesi M, Menichini F, Dodaro D, Passalacqua NG, Statti G, Menichini F: In vitro cytotoxic effects of Senecio stabianus Lacaita (Asteraceae) on human cancer cell lines. Nat Prod Res; 2009;23(18):1707-18
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  • This study is aimed to evaluate the in vitro cytotoxicity of Senecio stabianus Lacaita (Asteraceae) against renal adenocarcinoma ACHN, hormone-dependent prostate carcinoma LNCaP, amelanotic melanoma C32 and human breast adenocarcinoma MCF-7 cell lines.

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  • (PMID = 19921589.001).
  • [ISSN] 1478-6427
  • [Journal-full-title] Natural product research
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Nat. Prod. Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Hexanes; 0 / Monoterpenes; 0 / Plant Extracts; 0 / Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids; 0 / Sesquiterpenes; 2DDG612ED8 / n-hexane; 54W56MD2WD / humulene; BHW853AU9H / caryophyllene; D81QY6I88E / linalool
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33. Camerin M, Rello-Varona S, Villanueva A, Rodgers MA, Jori G: Metallo-naphthalocyanines as photothermal sensitisers for experimental tumours: in vitro and in vivo studies. Lasers Surg Med; 2009 Nov;41(9):665-73
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  • STUDY DESIGN/MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two octabutoxy-naphthalocyanines centrally coordinated with Pd(II) or Pt(II) ions were prepared by chemical synthesis and tested for their affinity and photothermal sensitisation activity toward a selected tumour cell line, namely B78H1 amelanotic melanoma.
  • The results thus obtained provided a basis for subsequent in vivo studies, aimed at defining the phototherapeutic efficiency of the two metallo-naphthalocyanines: the photosensitisers were i.v. injected into C57BL/6 mice bearing a subcutaneously transplanted amelanotic melanoma and at 24 hours post-injection the tumour area was irradiated by the Ti:sapphire laser using the same protocol as above detailed.
  • RESULTS: Both naphthalocyanines exhibited a high affinity for the amelanotic melanoma cells.
  • Lastly, both metallo-naphthalocyanines, and in particular the Pd(II) derivative, promoted an important response by the amelanotic melanoma, when the neoplastic tissue was irradiated by the pulsed Ti:sapphire laser.
  • [MeSH-major] Laser Therapy. Melanoma, Amelanotic / radiotherapy. Metalloporphyrins / therapeutic use. Organometallic Compounds / therapeutic use. Photochemotherapy / methods. Skin Neoplasms / radiotherapy

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  • (PMID = 19790243.001).
  • [ISSN] 1096-9101
  • [Journal-full-title] Lasers in surgery and medicine
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Lasers Surg Med
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Metalloporphyrins; 0 / Organometallic Compounds; 0 / palladium 5,9,14,18,23,27,32,36-octabutoxynaphthalocyanine; 49DFR088MY / Platinum; 5TWQ1V240M / Palladium
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34. Kranzfelder M, Seidl S, Dobritz M, Brücher BL: Amelanotic esophageal malignant melanoma: case report and short review of the literature. Case Rep Gastroenterol; 2008;2(2):224-31
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  • [Title] Amelanotic esophageal malignant melanoma: case report and short review of the literature.
  • Malignant melanoma in the esophagus is a rare condition which has been described only occasionally in case reports or in larger series of patients with esophageal disease.
  • We describe here the very rare case of a patient who presented initially with a 2-month history of dysphagia and weight loss which led to the endoscopic diagnosis of an unclear lesion in the distal esophagus.
  • As there were no signs of skin melanoma and there was an absence of pigmentation, a diagnosis of primary amelanotic malignant melanoma was made.
  • At the end of May 2007, 4 months after the primary diagnosis, the patient died due to acute renal failure.

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35. Klopper JP, Sharma V, Bissonnette R, Haugen BR: Combination PPARgamma and RXR Agonist Treatment in Melanoma Cells: Functional Importance of S100A2. PPAR Res; 2010;2010:729876
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  • [Title] Combination PPARgamma and RXR Agonist Treatment in Melanoma Cells: Functional Importance of S100A2.
  • Nuclear hormone receptors, including RXR and PPARgamma, represent novel therapeutic targets in melanoma.
  • We have previously shown that the DRO subline of the amelanotic melanoma A375 responds to rexinoid and thiazolidinedione (TZD) treatment in vitro and in vivo.
  • In summary, we have identified potential downstream mediators of rexinoid and TZD treatment in a poorly differentiated melanoma and found that alterations in S100A2 expression affect RXR and PPARgamma signaling in A375(DRO) cells.

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  • (PMID = 19859558.001).
  • [ISSN] 1687-4765
  • [Journal-full-title] PPAR research
  • [ISO-abbreviation] PPAR Res
  • [Language] ENG
  • [Grant] United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / R01 CA100560
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ PMC2763133
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36. Lorentzen HF, Weismann K, Rossen K, Klem Thomsen H: Poppyfield bleeding: a new dermatoscopic sign and its histopathological background. Acta Derm Venereol; 2007;87(2):149-51
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  • Dermatoscopy increases the accuracy of diagnosis of melanoma.
  • An atypical vascular pattern may be an indicator of cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM).
  • Age of the patients and Breslow thickness of the cutaneous malignant melanoma were similar in the two groups.
  • It may be a dermatoscopic reflection of increased vascular density described in primary CMMs compared with adjacent skin and may also reflect the presence of primitive vessels in CMMs displaying increased fragility.
  • [MeSH-major] Dermoscopy / methods. Melanoma / pathology. Skin Neoplasms / pathology
  • [MeSH-minor] Aged. Aged, 80 and over. Humans. Melanoma, Amelanotic / blood supply. Melanoma, Amelanotic / diagnosis. Melanoma, Amelanotic / pathology

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  • (PMID = 17340022.001).
  • [ISSN] 0001-5555
  • [Journal-full-title] Acta dermato-venereologica
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Acta Derm. Venereol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Norway
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37. Wang S, Thamboo TP, Nga ME, Zin T, Cheng A, Tan KB: C-kit positive amelanotic melanoma of the oesophagus: a potential diagnostic pitfall. Pathology; 2008 Aug;40(5):527-30
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  • [Title] C-kit positive amelanotic melanoma of the oesophagus: a potential diagnostic pitfall.
  • [MeSH-major] Esophageal Neoplasms / metabolism. Esophageal Neoplasms / pathology. Melanoma, Amelanotic / metabolism. Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-kit / biosynthesis
  • [MeSH-minor] Aged, 80 and over. Diabetes Mellitus / pathology. Diagnosis, Differential. Female. Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors / pathology. Humans. Hypertension / complications. Immunohistochemistry

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  • (PMID = 18604743.001).
  • [ISSN] 0031-3025
  • [Journal-full-title] Pathology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Pathology
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Letter
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] EC 2.7.10.1 / Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-kit
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38. Kusick S, Bertram H, Oberleithner H, Ludwig T: Nanoscale imaging and quantification of local proteolytic activity. J Cell Physiol; 2005 Sep;204(3):767-74
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  • Malignant cells secrete most proteases as inactive proenzymes that undergo proteolytic cleavage for activation, and proteolytic activity is elevated in close proximity to these cells.
  • Amelanotic melanoma cells (A7-clone) were seeded on fluorescent gelatin or collagen-IV coatings.

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  • (PMID = 15744770.001).
  • [ISSN] 0021-9541
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of cellular physiology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Cell. Physiol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Proteins; EC 3.4.- / Peptide Hydrolases
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39. Jain V, Dabir S, Shome D, Dadu T, Natarajan S: Aspergillus iris granuloma: a case report with review of literature. Surv Ophthalmol; 2009 Mar-Apr;54(2):286-91
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  • Differential diagnoses of a fungal granuloma, a medulloepithelioma, and an amelanotic melanoma were considered.
  • Definitive differentiation of this rare entity from a foreign body, amelanotic melanoma, and other inflammatory conditions such as sarcoidosis and tuberculosis, may be possible only on microbiological and histo-pathological evaluation.

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  • (PMID = 19298905.001).
  • [ISSN] 0039-6257
  • [Journal-full-title] Survey of ophthalmology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Surv Ophthalmol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article; Review
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antifungal Agents; 0 / Aza Compounds; 0 / DNA, Fungal; 0 / Fluoroquinolones; 0 / Quinolines; 7C0697DR9I / Atropine; 8O0C852CPO / Natamycin; U188XYD42P / moxifloxacin
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40. Ishii H, Joshita T, Matsuyama N, Uchida T, Ishikawa A, Ebihara Y: Immunohistochemical and ultrastructural investigation on cutaneous neuroendocrine carcinoma: report of a case and review of the literature. Med Mol Morphol; 2006 Sep;39(3):164-8
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  • We report a tumor in an 80-year-old man that was difficult to distinguish from other tumors, i.e., small cell carcinoma of the lung, PNET/Ewing tumor, malignant lymphoma, or malignant melanoma (amelanotic), and which was finally identified as cutaneous neuroendocrine carcinoma using immunohistochemical and ultrastructural methods.
  • Immunohistochemistry tests gave negative results for LCA, UCHL-1, CD3, and CD20, thereby excluding malignant lymphoma, and the negative results for S-100 protein and HMB-45 ruled out malignant melanoma.
  • We therefore diagnosed the primary carcinoma of the skin as cutaneous neuroendocrine carcinoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Carcinoma, Neuroendocrine / ultrastructure. Skin Neoplasms / ultrastructure
  • [MeSH-minor] Aged, 80 and over. Diagnosis, Differential. Fatal Outcome. Humans. Immunohistochemistry. Male

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  • [ISSN] 1860-1480
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41. Conforti F, Ioele G, Statti GA, Marrelli M, Ragno G, Menichini F: Antiproliferative activity against human tumor cell lines and toxicity test on Mediterranean dietary plants. Food Chem Toxicol; 2008 Oct;46(10):3325-32
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  • Sixteen edible plants from Southern Italy were evaluated for their in vitro antiproliferative properties, using the sulforodamine B (SRB) assay, on four human cancer cell lines: breast cancer MCF-7, prostate cancer LNCaP, amelanotic melanoma C32 and renal adenocarcinoma ACHN.
  • Mentha aquatica showed a selective antiproliferative activity on breast cancer while significant activity was exerted by Cichorium intybus on melanoma.

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  • (PMID = 18768152.001).
  • [ISSN] 0278-6915
  • [Journal-full-title] Food and chemical toxicology : an international journal published for the British Industrial Biological Research Association
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Food Chem. Toxicol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] England
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42. Ghariani N, Boussofara L, Kenani N, Ghannouchi N, Mebazaa A, Denguezli M, Belajouza C, Nouira R: Post traumatic amelanotic subungual melanoma. Dermatol Online J; 2008;14(1):13
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  • [Title] Post traumatic amelanotic subungual melanoma.
  • Subungual melanomas are rare; a delay in the diagnosis is common and is associated with advanced stage.
  • Trauma may play a role in the pathogenesis or just draw attention to a skin tumor that may be more susceptible to injury.
  • We report a case of subungual melanoma that was observed in an 86 year old man.
  • The preceding trauma history and misleading clinical appearance delayed the diagnosis slightly.
  • A direct role of the trauma in the pathogenesis of melanoma remains unclear.
  • [MeSH-major] Melanoma / pathology. Nail Diseases / pathology. Nails / injuries. Skin Neoplasms / pathology

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  • (PMID = 18319030.001).
  • [ISSN] 1087-2108
  • [Journal-full-title] Dermatology online journal
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Dermatol. Online J.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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43. Guitera P, Pellacani G, Crotty KA, Scolyer RA, Li LX, Bassoli S, Vinceti M, Rabinovitz H, Longo C, Menzies SW: The impact of in vivo reflectance confocal microscopy on the diagnostic accuracy of lentigo maligna and equivocal pigmented and nonpigmented macules of the face. J Invest Dermatol; 2010 Aug;130(8):2080-91
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  • A total of 64 RCM features were scored retrospectively and blinded to diagnosis in a consecutive series of RCM sampled, clinically equivocal, macules of the face (n=81 LM, n=203 benign macules (BMs)).
  • A LM score of > or = 2 resulted in a sensitivity of 85% and specificity of 76% for the diagnosis of LM (odds ratio (OR) for LM 18.6; 95% confidence interval: 9.3-37.1).
  • The algorithm was equally effective in the diagnosis of amelanotic lesions and showed good interobserver reproducibility (87%).
  • [MeSH-major] Algorithms. Hutchinson's Melanotic Freckle / pathology. Microscopy, Confocal / methods. Microscopy, Confocal / standards. Skin Neoplasms / pathology
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Aged. Biological Specimen Banks. Dermis / pathology. Diagnosis, Differential. Epidermis / pathology. Female. Humans. Keratosis, Actinic / pathology. Keratosis, Seborrheic / pathology. Male. Middle Aged. Observer Variation. Reproducibility of Results. Sensitivity and Specificity. Skin Pigmentation

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  • (PMID = 20393481.001).
  • [ISSN] 1523-1747
  • [Journal-full-title] The Journal of investigative dermatology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Invest. Dermatol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Validation Studies
  • [Publication-country] United States
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44. Rütten A: [Malignant melanoma in children and adolescents]. Pathologe; 2007 Nov;28(6):437-44
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  • [Title] [Malignant melanoma in children and adolescents].
  • According to data from the literature and to new data from the German central registry for malignant melanomas from the German Society of Dermatology, a summary is given about the occurrence of malignant melanoma in children and adolescents up to 18 years of age.
  • During the first 10 years of life the occurrence of a melanoma is extremely rare, but slowly increases after the first decade.
  • Several studies have shown that young people often have amelanotic tumors resembling pyogenic granuloma.
  • A reason might be a delay in the clinical diagnosis of malignant melanoma in children and young adults.
  • Clinical and histopathological examples of melanoma in young people are demonstrated.
  • Pitfalls in differential diagnosis and simulators of malignant melanoma are described and illustrated by examples of a medium sized congenital nevus with extensive intraepithelial spread of single melanocytes resembling a superficial spreading melanoma and by a compound nevus in association with a lichen sclerosus et atrophicus.
  • [MeSH-major] Melanoma / pathology. Skin Neoplasms / pathology
  • [MeSH-minor] Adolescent. Child. Diagnosis, Differential. Foot Diseases / pathology. Germany / epidemiology. Humans. Incidence. Nevus, Pigmented / pathology. Registries

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  • (PMID = 17874108.001).
  • [ISSN] 0172-8113
  • [Journal-full-title] Der Pathologe
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Pathologe
  • [Language] ger
  • [Publication-type] English Abstract; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Germany
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45. Ladoyanni E, Abdullah A, Sterne GD, Zaki I: Amelanotic melanoma--"to be or not to be". Acta Derm Venereol; 2006;86(2):189-90
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  • [Title] Amelanotic melanoma--"to be or not to be".
  • [MeSH-major] Melanoma, Amelanotic / diagnosis. Skin Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • [MeSH-minor] Aged. Diagnosis, Differential. Female. Humans. Male. Middle Aged

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  • (PMID = 16648938.001).
  • [ISSN] 0001-5555
  • [Journal-full-title] Acta dermato-venereologica
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Acta Derm. Venereol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Letter
  • [Publication-country] Norway
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46. Dickinson RM, Young KM: Cutaneous mass aspirate from a Golden Retriever: "glandular guile". Vet Clin Pathol; 2005 Dec;34(4):421-4
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  • On cytologic evaluation of a fine-needle aspirate of the mass, the interpretation was a malignant tumor with predominantly mesenchymal features.
  • Differentials included liposarcoma, atypical amelanotic melanoma, anaplastic sarcoma, and anaplastic carcinoma.
  • Following complete excision of the mass, a diagnosis of sebaceous adenocarcinoma was made based on histologic features, positive immunostaining for pancytokeratin, and negative staining for vimentin, Melan-A, and S-100.

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  • (PMID = 16270273.001).
  • [ISSN] 0275-6382
  • [Journal-full-title] Veterinary clinical pathology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Vet Clin Pathol
  • [Language] ENG
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 68238-35-7 / Keratins
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47. Lee SH, Hong JS, Choi JH, Chung WS: Choroidal schwannoma. Acta Ophthalmol Scand; 2005 Dec;83(6):754-6
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  • CONCLUSIONS: We enucleated the eyeball with a clinical diagnosis of choroidal amelanotic melanoma, but the tumor was finally diagnosed as schwannoma.
  • [MeSH-minor] Aged. Diagnosis, Differential. Eye Enucleation. Female. Humans. Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Visual Acuity

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  • (PMID = 16396657.001).
  • [ISSN] 1395-3907
  • [Journal-full-title] Acta ophthalmologica Scandinavica
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Acta Ophthalmol Scand
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Denmark
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48. Conforti F, Menichini F, Rigano D, Senatore F: Antiproliferative activity on human cancer cell lines after treatment with polyphenolic compounds isolated from Iris pseudopumila flowers and rhizomes. Z Naturforsch C; 2009 Jul-Aug;64(7-8):490-4
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  • The in vitro cytotoxic activity assay against two human cancer cell lines, large lung carcinoma (CORL-23) and amelanotic melanoma (C32), showed that the most antiproliferative extract was the MeOH extract from flowers with a percentage of inhibition of 50.9 at 100 microg/ml against amelanotic melanoma cells.
  • The most antiproliferative compounds against amelanotic melanoma cells were kaempferol-3-O-beta-D-glucopyranoside and irisolidone with a percentage of inhibition of 100 and 96.6, respectively, and against large lung carcinoma cells with a percentage of inhibition of 82.1 and 84.6, respectively.
  • Significant activity on the amelanotic melanoma cell line was also showed by irigenin-7-O-beta-D-glucopyranoside, with a percentage of inhibition of 89.3.
  • The compounds isovitexin and isoorientin-6-O''-beta-D-glucopyranoside showed a selective activity against amelanotic melanoma cells with a percentage of inhibition of 83.2 and 79.8, respectively.
  • [MeSH-minor] Carcinoma, Large Cell / pathology. Cell Line, Tumor. Humans. Lung Neoplasms / pathology. Melanoma, Amelanotic / pathology. Plant Extracts / chemistry. Polyphenols

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  • (PMID = 19791498.001).
  • [ISSN] 0939-5075
  • [Journal-full-title] Zeitschrift für Naturforschung. C, Journal of biosciences
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Z. Naturforsch., C, J. Biosci.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Germany
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Flavonoids; 0 / Phenols; 0 / Plant Extracts; 0 / Polyphenols
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49. Latendresse JR, Muskhelishvili L, Warbritton A, Tolleson WH: Two cases of uveal amelanotic melanoma in transgenic Tyr-HRAS+ Ink4a/Arf heterozygous mice. Toxicol Pathol; 2007 Oct;35(6):827-32
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  • [Title] Two cases of uveal amelanotic melanoma in transgenic Tyr-HRAS+ Ink4a/Arf heterozygous mice.
  • Uveal melanoma (UM) is uncommon among wild type mice.
  • Reported here are two early stage intraocular amelanotic melanomas discovered in 2 Tyr-HRAS+ Ink4a/Arf heterozygous (1 normal CKDN2A allele) transgenic FVB/n mice.
  • [MeSH-major] Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Inhibitor p16 / genetics. Disease Models, Animal. Genes, ras. Melanoma, Amelanotic / pathology. Monophenol Monooxygenase / genetics. Uveal Neoplasms / pathology

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  • (PMID = 17987514.001).
  • [ISSN] 0192-6233
  • [Journal-full-title] Toxicologic pathology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Toxicol Pathol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Cdkn2a protein, mouse; 0 / Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Inhibitor p16; EC 1.14.18.1 / Monophenol Monooxygenase
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50. Donaldson MJ, Lim L, Harper CA, Mackenzie J, G Campbell W: Primary treatment of choroidal amelanotic melanoma with photodynamic therapy. Clin Exp Ophthalmol; 2005 Oct;33(5):548-9
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  • [Title] Primary treatment of choroidal amelanotic melanoma with photodynamic therapy.
  • The management of choroidal melanoma involves a delicate balance between preserving vision and preventing metastasis.
  • Transpupillary thermotherapy avoids these side-effects; however, it can also result in visual loss and its effectiveness is limited in amelanotic lesions.
  • Photodynamic therapy with verteporfin has shown promise in animal studies of choroidal melanoma, and has recently been used in the management of lesions that have failed to respond to conventional therapy.
  • The authors report a case of primary treatment of a small choroidal amelanotic melanoma with photodynamic therapy using verteporfin.
  • [MeSH-major] Choroid Neoplasms / drug therapy. Melanoma, Amelanotic / drug therapy. Photochemotherapy. Photosensitizing Agents / therapeutic use. Porphyrins / therapeutic use

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  • [CommentIn] Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2006 Sep-Oct;34(7):721; author reply 721-2 [16970777.001]
  • (PMID = 16181294.001).
  • [ISSN] 1442-6404
  • [Journal-full-title] Clinical & experimental ophthalmology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Clin. Experiment. Ophthalmol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Australia
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Photosensitizing Agents; 0 / Porphyrins; 129497-78-5 / verteporfin
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51. De Simone P, Gelin M, El Nakadi I: Amelanotic malignant melanoma of the esophagus. Report of a case. Minerva Chir; 2006 Feb;61(1):45-9
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  • [Title] Amelanotic malignant melanoma of the esophagus. Report of a case.
  • Primary malignant melanomas of the esophagus are rare neoplasms with aggressive behavior and tendency to lymphatic and hematogenous spread.
  • We report on a patient affected with a primary amelanotic melanoma of the esophagus synchronous to a squamous cell carcinoma of the epiglottis and treated by subtotal esophagectomy.
  • Review of patient's medical history and exploration of skin and mucous membranes failed to reveal malignant lesions and definitive diagnosis was primary amelanotic malignant melanoma of the esophagus.
  • In conclusion the present case confirms that primary malignant melanomas of the esophagus have a dismal outcome even in cases of early-stage lesions amenable to surgical resection.
  • [MeSH-major] Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / pathology. Epiglottis. Esophageal Neoplasms / pathology. Laryngeal Neoplasms / pathology. Melanoma / pathology. Neoplasms, Multiple Primary / pathology

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  • (PMID = 16568022.001).
  • [ISSN] 0026-4733
  • [Journal-full-title] Minerva chirurgica
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Minerva Chir
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Italy
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52. Ren G, Miao Z, Liu H, Jiang L, Limpa-Amara N, Mahmood A, Gambhir SS, Cheng Z: Melanin-targeted preclinical PET imaging of melanoma metastasis. J Nucl Med; 2009 Oct;50(10):1692-9
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  • [Title] Melanin-targeted preclinical PET imaging of melanoma metastasis.
  • Dialkylamino-alkyl-benzamides possess an affinity for melanin, suggesting that labeling of such benzamides with (18)F could potentially produce melanin-targeted PET probes able to identify melanotic melanoma metastases in vivo with high sensitivity and specificity.
  • In vivo distribution and small-animal PET studies were conducted on mice bearing B16F10 melanoma, A375M amelanotic melanoma, and U87MG tumors, and comparative studies were performed with (18)F-FDG PET in the melanoma models.
  • In vivo, (18)F-FBZA displayed significant tumor uptake; at 2 h, 5.94 +/- 1.83 percentage injected dose (%ID) per gram was observed in B16F10 tumors and only 0.75 +/- 0.09 %ID/g and 0.56 +/- 0.13 %ID/g was observed in amelanotic A375M and U87MG tumors, respectively.
  • CONCLUSION: (18)F-FBZA specifically targets primary and metastatic melanotic melanoma lesions with high tumor uptake and may have translational potential.

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  • (PMID = 19759116.001).
  • [ISSN] 1535-5667
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of nuclear medicine : official publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Nucl. Med.
  • [Language] ENG
  • [Grant] United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / P50 CA114747; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / R24 CA93862
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Benzamides; 0 / Fluorine Radioisotopes; 0 / Melanins; 0 / Receptors, sigma
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ NIHMS636087; NLM/ PMC4215196
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53. Godbole D, Mojamdar M, Pal JK: Increased level of p27 subunit of proteasomes and its co-localization with tyrosinase in amelanotic melanoma cells indicate its direct role in the regulation of melanin biosynthesis. Cell Biol Int; 2006 Nov;30(11):895-902
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  • [Title] Increased level of p27 subunit of proteasomes and its co-localization with tyrosinase in amelanotic melanoma cells indicate its direct role in the regulation of melanin biosynthesis.
  • Proteasomes have been shown to be involved in the regulation of melanin biosynthesis in melanoma cells.
  • Here we report on the correlation between proteasome subunits and Tyrosinase (Tyr) activity in different cell phenotypes, and thereby regulation of melanin biosynthesis in B16F10 mouse melanoma cells.
  • Our results indicated that the quantity of proteasome subunit p27 is higher and that of the enzyme Tyr and its activity are lower in amelanotic melanoma cells, while the reverse is true in melanotic melanoma cells.
  • Proteasome subunit p27, compared to another subunit p31, shows increased co-localization with Tyr and Tyrosinase related protein 1 (Trp1) in amelanotic cells to a greater extent than that in melanotic cells.
  • On exposure to cycloheximide, increased Tyr degradation was seen in amelanotic cells, as indicated by increased co-localization of p27 and Tyr.
  • Further, exposure of amelanotic melanoma cells with proteasome-specific inhibitor MG132 resulted in an increased Tyr activity, increased levels of Tyr and Trp1, leading to increased melanin synthesis.
  • These results therefore suggest that proteasomes, particularly p27 subunit, are directly involved in the regulation of melanin biosynthesis in mouse melanoma cells.
  • [MeSH-major] Melanins / biosynthesis. Melanoma, Amelanotic / enzymology. Melanoma, Amelanotic / pathology. Monophenol Monooxygenase / metabolism. Proteasome Endopeptidase Complex / metabolism. Protein Subunits / metabolism

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  • (PMID = 16879986.001).
  • [ISSN] 1065-6995
  • [Journal-full-title] Cell biology international
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Cell Biol. Int.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Leupeptins; 0 / Melanins; 0 / Proteasome Inhibitors; 0 / Protein Subunits; 133407-82-6 / benzyloxycarbonylleucyl-leucyl-leucine aldehyde; 98600C0908 / Cycloheximide; EC 1.- / Oxidoreductases; EC 1.14.18.- / tyrosinase-related protein-1; EC 1.14.18.1 / Monophenol Monooxygenase; EC 3.4.25.1 / Proteasome Endopeptidase Complex
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54. Valdes A, Kulekowskis AM, Curtis L: Case report: amelanotic melanoma located on the lower extremity. Am Fam Physician; 2007 Dec 1;76(11):1614, 1618
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  • [Title] Case report: amelanotic melanoma located on the lower extremity.
  • [MeSH-major] Foot. Melanoma, Amelanotic. Skin Neoplasms

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  • [CommentOn] Am Fam Physician. 2005 Jul 15;72(2):269-76 [16050450.001]
  • (PMID = 18092703.001).
  • [ISSN] 0002-838X
  • [Journal-full-title] American family physician
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Am Fam Physician
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Comment; Letter
  • [Publication-country] United States
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55. McGregor DH, Cherian R, Romanas MM, Ulusarac O, Mathur SC, Feldman MM: Amelanotic malignant melanoma: two collision tumors presenting as basal cell carcinoma and atypical fibroxanthoma. Ann Clin Lab Sci; 2008;38(2):157-62
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  • [Title] Amelanotic malignant melanoma: two collision tumors presenting as basal cell carcinoma and atypical fibroxanthoma.
  • Collision (contiguous) tumors of the skin can result in misleading clinicopathological presentations, and the choice of appropriate diagnostic techniques may prevent incomplete diagnosis and management.
  • We report 2 cases of collision tumors involving amelanotic malignant melanoma of the back.
  • Subsequent excision showed that the lesion was largely composed of amelanotic melanoma underlying a relatively small and thin basal cell carcinoma, and this probably would have been demonstrated in a punch (rather than shave) biopsy.
  • The other patient is a 71-yr-old male with a 1 cm exophytic lesion on the back, which was determined microscopically to be melanoma, and a 0.6 cm papule on the back.
  • This lesion was composed of 2 distinct contiguous neoplastic infiltrates, the predominant component being an atypical fibroxanthoma and the smaller component an amelanotic melanoma (primary vs metastatic), with diagnostic confirmation requiring multiple immunohistochemical stains.
  • [MeSH-major] Carcinoma, Basal Cell / diagnosis. Histiocytoma, Benign Fibrous / diagnosis. Melanoma, Amelanotic / diagnosis. Neoplasms, Multiple Primary / diagnosis. Skin Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • [MeSH-minor] Aged. Antigens, Neoplasm / metabolism. Biomarkers, Tumor / metabolism. Diagnosis, Differential. Humans. Immunohistochemistry. Male

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  • (PMID = 18469362.001).
  • [ISSN] 1550-8080
  • [Journal-full-title] Annals of clinical and laboratory science
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Ann. Clin. Lab. Sci.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antigens, Neoplasm; 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor
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56. Traynor NJ, McKenzie RC, Beckett GJ, Gibbs NK: Selenomethionine inhibits ultraviolet radiation-induced p53 transactivation. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed; 2006 Dec;22(6):297-303
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  • BACKGROUND: Ultraviolet (UV) radiation damages the cellular DNA of skin cells.
  • METHODS: We examined whether selenomethionine could protect human skin cells from UV radiation-induced p53 transactivation, using a pRGCDeltafos-lacZ p53-dependent reporter construct stably transfected in an amelanotic melanoma cell line (Arn-8) which expresses wild-type p53.
  • [MeSH-major] Radiation-Protective Agents / pharmacology. Selenomethionine / pharmacology. Skin / drug effects. Skin / radiation effects. Ultraviolet Rays

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  • (PMID = 17100737.001).
  • [ISSN] 0905-4383
  • [Journal-full-title] Photodermatology, photoimmunology & photomedicine
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Denmark
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Radiation-Protective Agents; 0 / Tumor Suppressor Protein p53; 964MRK2PEL / Selenomethionine
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57. Wachulska M, Kozłowska K, Cichorek M: The DNA ploidy and proliferative activity of transplantable melanoma cells in regard to their secretory function. Neoplasma; 2005;52(4):280-6
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  • [Title] The DNA ploidy and proliferative activity of transplantable melanoma cells in regard to their secretory function.
  • The study concerns DNA ploidy and proliferative activity of the cells of two hamster transplantable melanoma lines - differing in many biological features - in the light of possible changes in their secretory activity.
  • Our results indicate that melanotic melanoma cells (Ma) have a near-tetraploid DNAcontent and about 18% of proliferating cells, while amelanotic melanoma cells (Ab) - have a near-triploid DNA content and almost twice as many proliferating cells.
  • The Ab cells, in comparison with Ma cells, secreted in vitro less total protein and most of the cytokines examined except OSM, but a spontaneous alteration of transplantable melanoma was accompanied by an increase of the quantity and dynamics of NO secretion.
  • So, the cells of two melanoma lines have their own characteristic pattern of secretory function.
  • But, the aneuploidy which accompanied the changes in cell differentiation of the studied melanoma lines, although seemed to reflect their changes in the proliferative activity, nevertheless did not reflect, in a direct way, differences in the secretion of the substances studied.
  • [MeSH-major] DNA, Neoplasm / analysis. Melanoma / pathology. Melanoma / secretion. Ploidies. Skin Neoplasms / pathology. Skin Neoplasms / secretion


58. Camerin M, Magaraggia M, Soncin M, Jori G, Moreno M, Chambrier I, Cook MJ, Russell DA: The in vivo efficacy of phthalocyanine-nanoparticle conjugates for the photodynamic therapy of amelanotic melanoma. Eur J Cancer; 2010 Jul;46(10):1910-8
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  • [Title] The in vivo efficacy of phthalocyanine-nanoparticle conjugates for the photodynamic therapy of amelanotic melanoma.
  • The efficiency of a Zn(II)-phthalocyanine disulphide (C11Pc), a compound with both phthalocyanine units bearing seven hexyl chains and a sulphur terminated C11 chain, as a photodynamic therapy (PDT) agent was investigated in C57 mice bearing a sub-cutaneously transplanted amelanotic melanoma.
  • Biodistribution studies at selected post-injection times showed that the nanoparticle-associated C11Pc was recovered in significantly larger amounts from all the examined tissues and the serum and yielded a greater selectivity of tumour targeting: thus, the ratio between the amount of phthalocyanine recovered from the amelanotic melanoma and the skin (peritumoural tissue) increased from 2.3 to 5.5 from the free to the gold nanoparticle-bound C11Pc at 24 h after injection.
  • PDT studies with the C11Pc-loaded amelanotic melanoma showed a markedly more significant response of the tumour in the mice that had received the nanoparticle-bound photosensitiser; the PDT effect was especially extensive if the irradiation was performed at 3h after C11Pc injection when large phthalocyanine amounts were still present in the serum.
  • [MeSH-major] Indoles / therapeutic use. Melanoma, Amelanotic / drug therapy. Metal Nanoparticles / therapeutic use. Organometallic Compounds / therapeutic use. Photochemotherapy / methods. Photosensitizing Agents / therapeutic use. Skin Neoplasms / drug therapy

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  • [Copyright] Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • (PMID = 20356732.001).
  • [ISSN] 1879-0852
  • [Journal-full-title] European journal of cancer (Oxford, England : 1990)
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Eur. J. Cancer
  • [Language] eng
  • [Grant] United Kingdom / Cancer Research UK / / C22031/A7097
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Indoles; 0 / Organometallic Compounds; 0 / Photosensitizing Agents; 14320-04-8 / Zn(II)-phthalocyanine
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59. Said A, Tundis R, Hawas UW, El-Kousy SM, Rashed K, Menichini F, Bonesi M, Huefner A, Loizzo MR, Menichinib F: In vitro antioxidant and antiproliferative activities of flavonoids from Ailanthus excelsa (Roxb.) (Simaroubaceae) leaves. Z Naturforsch C; 2010 Mar-Apr;65(3-4):180-6
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  • Compounds 1 and 3 inhibited cell growth in both amelanotic melanoma and malignant melanoma cells.
  • [MeSH-minor] Biphenyl Compounds / chemistry. Cell Division / drug effects. Cell Line, Tumor / drug effects. Cell Line, Tumor / pathology. Egypt. Fibroblasts / cytology. Fibroblasts / drug effects. Fibroblasts / physiology. Free Radical Scavengers / isolation & purification. Free Radical Scavengers / pharmacology. Humans. Oxidation-Reduction. Picrates / chemistry. Skin

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  • (PMID = 20469635.001).
  • [ISSN] 0939-5075
  • [Journal-full-title] Zeitschrift für Naturforschung. C, Journal of biosciences
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Z. Naturforsch., C, J. Biosci.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Germany
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antioxidants; 0 / Biphenyl Compounds; 0 / Flavonoids; 0 / Free Radical Scavengers; 0 / Picrates; 1898-66-4 / 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl
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60. Elizalde J, Ubia S, Barraquer RI: Adenoma of the nonpigmented ciliary epithelium. Eur J Ophthalmol; 2006 Jul-Aug;16(4):630-3
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  • Adenoma of the non pigmented ciliary epithelium may mimic an amelanotic melanoma.
  • Partial lamellar sclerouvectomy is an effective method to manage this condition and to confirm the diagnosis.

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  • (PMID = 16952109.001).
  • [ISSN] 1120-6721
  • [Journal-full-title] European journal of ophthalmology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Eur J Ophthalmol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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61. Patel GA, Ragi G, Krysicki J, Schwartz RA: Subungual melanoma: a deceptive disorder. Acta Dermatovenerol Croat; 2008;16(4):236-42
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  • [Title] Subungual melanoma: a deceptive disorder.
  • Subungual melanoma is an uncommon form of acral melanoma that arises within the nail bed.
  • Up to 33% of subungual melanomas are amelanotic.
  • Non-specific features and symptoms along with a high incidence of amelanosis often lead to delayed diagnosis, disease progression, and a poor prognosis with challenging treatment options.
  • [MeSH-major] Melanoma / diagnosis. Nail Diseases / diagnosis. Skin Neoplasms / diagnosis

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  • (PMID = 19111151.001).
  • [ISSN] 1330-027X
  • [Journal-full-title] Acta dermatovenerologica Croatica : ADC
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Acta Dermatovenerol Croat
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Review
  • [Publication-country] Croatia
  • [Number-of-references] 40
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62. Busam KJ, Zhao H, Coit DG, Kucukgol D, Jungbluth AA, Nobrega J, Viale A: Distinction of desmoplastic melanoma from non-desmoplastic melanoma by gene expression profiling. J Invest Dermatol; 2005 Feb;124(2):412-8
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  • [Title] Distinction of desmoplastic melanoma from non-desmoplastic melanoma by gene expression profiling.
  • Desmoplastic melanoma (DM) is a variant of melanoma characterized by the presence of amelanotic fusiform melanocytes dispersed in a prominent collagenous stroma.
  • DM behaves differently from conventional non-desmoplastic melanoma (NDM).
  • They also provide the opportunity to learn more about the biology of DM which had previously not yet been associated with this variant of melanoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Gene Expression Profiling. Melanoma / genetics. Melanoma / pathology. Skin Neoplasms / genetics. Skin Neoplasms / pathology
  • [MeSH-minor] Biomarkers, Tumor / genetics. Biomarkers, Tumor / metabolism. Clusterin. Diagnosis, Differential. Glycoproteins / genetics. Glycoproteins / metabolism. Humans. Immunohistochemistry. Molecular Chaperones / genetics. Molecular Chaperones / metabolism. Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis / standards. Reproducibility of Results

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  • (PMID = 15675962.001).
  • [ISSN] 0022-202X
  • [Journal-full-title] The Journal of investigative dermatology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Invest. Dermatol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor; 0 / CLU protein, human; 0 / Clusterin; 0 / Glycoproteins; 0 / Molecular Chaperones
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63. Guarneri C, Valenti G: Question: can you identify this condition? Can Fam Physician; 2008 Dec;54(12):1697, 1698
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  • [MeSH-major] Melanoma, Amelanotic / diagnosis. Skin Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • [MeSH-minor] Aged. Diagnosis, Differential. Fingers. Humans. Male

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  • (PMID = 19074710.001).
  • [ISSN] 1715-5258
  • [Journal-full-title] Canadian family physician Médecin de famille canadien
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Can Fam Physician
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Canada
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ PMC2602653
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64. Gualandri L, Betti R, Crosti C: Clinical features of 36 cases of amelanotic melanomas and considerations about the relationship between histologic subtypes and diagnostic delay. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol; 2009 Mar;23(3):283-7
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  • [Title] Clinical features of 36 cases of amelanotic melanomas and considerations about the relationship between histologic subtypes and diagnostic delay.
  • BACKGROUND: Amelanotic melanomas (AM) are a difficult diagnostic challenge for clinicians.
  • Sex, age, the clinical features, the site of presentation, the suspected diagnosis, the clinical course, the histological type, the Clark level and the Breslow thickness were recorded.
  • AM were divided in three main clinical types: an erythematous macule or patch on sun-exposed skin, a dermal plaque or nodule without a particular epidermal change, an exophytic nodule.
  • Histological subtypes considered were superficial spreading melanoma, nodular melanoma, and lentigo maligna melanoma.
  • Diagnostic delay considered from when the patients first noticed the lesion on the site where the melanoma was diagnosed and when the physician or the patient first proposed the removal was recorded.
  • The diagnostic delay did not differ between amelanotic and pigmented melanomas, nor between nodular AM and nodular pigmented melanomas.
  • [MeSH-major] Melanoma, Amelanotic / diagnosis. Melanoma, Amelanotic / pathology

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  • (PMID = 19207640.001).
  • [ISSN] 1468-3083
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology : JEADV
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Netherlands
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65. Jeremić K, Berisavac M, Argirović R, Gojnić M, Bosković V, Milenković V, Mostić T: Solitary ovarian metastasis from cutaneous melanoma--case report. Eur J Gynaecol Oncol; 2006;27(4):443-4
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  • [Title] Solitary ovarian metastasis from cutaneous melanoma--case report.
  • A 47-year-old patient with two previous deliveries and three deliberate abortions was admitted to the Institute of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Clinical Center of Serbia with the diagnosis of a uterine myoma and left adnexal mass.
  • Five years previously, she had undergone excision of a malignant melanoma from her left leg.
  • The final histopathological diagnosis was metastatic amelanotic malignant melanoma of the left ovary and uterine myomas.
  • [MeSH-major] Melanoma / secondary. Ovarian Neoplasms / secondary. Skin Neoplasms / pathology

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  • (PMID = 17009650.001).
  • [ISSN] 0392-2936
  • [Journal-full-title] European journal of gynaecological oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Eur. J. Gynaecol. Oncol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Italy
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / CA-125 Antigen
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66. Das P, Kumar N, Ahuja A, Jain A, Ray R, Sarkar C, Gupta SD: Primary malignant melanoma at unusual sites: an institutional experience with review of literature. Melanoma Res; 2010 Jun;20(3):233-9
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  • [Title] Primary malignant melanoma at unusual sites: an institutional experience with review of literature.
  • Apart from the skin and choroid plexus, primary malignant melanoma is rare at the other sites and lacks organized documentation.
  • Here, we have tried to enumerate the primary malignant melanomas at various atypical sites, supported by literature review.
  • Although many were amelanotic, no specific histology was noted.
  • In conclusion, malignant melanomas can arise in unconventional areas.
  • [MeSH-major] Melanoma / diagnosis. Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • [MeSH-minor] Adolescent. Adult. Aged. Female. Genital Neoplasms, Female / diagnosis. Genital Neoplasms, Female / pathology. Humans. Immunohistochemistry / methods. Male. Medical Oncology / methods. Middle Aged. Neoplasm Metastasis. Treatment Outcome

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  • (PMID = 20386135.001).
  • [ISSN] 1473-5636
  • [Journal-full-title] Melanoma research
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Melanoma Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Review
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Number-of-references] 44
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67. Duong HV, McLean IW, Beahm DE: Bilateral diffuse melanocytic proliferation associated with ovarian carcinoma and metastatic malignant amelanotic melanoma. Am J Ophthalmol; 2006 Oct;142(4):693-5
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  • [Title] Bilateral diffuse melanocytic proliferation associated with ovarian carcinoma and metastatic malignant amelanotic melanoma.
  • PURPOSE: To report a case of metastatic malignant amelanotic melanoma to the skin from a patient diagnosed with bilateral diffuse uveal melanocytic proliferation (BDUMP).
  • RESULTS: The hematoxylin and eosin, S-100, and HMB-45 stains were consistent with metastatic malignant amelanotic melanoma to the skin.
  • [MeSH-major] Melanocytes / pathology. Melanoma, Amelanotic / secondary. Ovarian Neoplasms / pathology. Paraneoplastic Syndromes / pathology. Skin Neoplasms / secondary. Uveal Diseases / diagnosis
  • [MeSH-minor] Aged. Antigens, Neoplasm / analysis. Cell Proliferation. Eye Enucleation. Female. Humans. Immunohistochemistry. Melanoma-Specific Antigens. Neoplasm Proteins / analysis. Retrospective Studies. S100 Proteins / analysis

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  • (PMID = 17011873.001).
  • [ISSN] 0002-9394
  • [Journal-full-title] American journal of ophthalmology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Am. J. Ophthalmol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antigens, Neoplasm; 0 / Melanoma-Specific Antigens; 0 / Neoplasm Proteins; 0 / S100 Proteins
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68. Howell SM, Bray DW: Amelanotic melanoma in a patient with Rothmund-Thomson syndrome. Arch Dermatol; 2008 Mar;144(3):416-7
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  • [Title] Amelanotic melanoma in a patient with Rothmund-Thomson syndrome.
  • [MeSH-major] Melanoma, Amelanotic / diagnosis. Rothmund-Thomson Syndrome. Skin Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Diagnosis, Differential. Female. Humans. Lip / pathology

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  • (PMID = 18347307.001).
  • [ISSN] 1538-3652
  • [Journal-full-title] Archives of dermatology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Arch Dermatol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Letter
  • [Publication-country] United States
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69. Ayadi L, Chaari C, Masmoudi A, Khabir A, Masmoudi A, Ellouze Z, Turki H, Keskes H, Frikha M, Makni S, Sellami Boudawara T: [Amelanotic spitzoid melanoma of the digit: case report]. Tunis Med; 2009 Mar;87(3):210-2
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  • [Title] [Amelanotic spitzoid melanoma of the digit: case report].
  • AIM: Our purpose is to discuss the clinicopathological characteristics and the difficulties encountred in establishing diagnosis of this rare tumor.
  • The nodule was biopsied and histopathologic exam concluded to spitzoid melanoma.
  • CONCLUSION: In our report, clinical presentation was misleading causing a diagnosis and therapeutic delay.
  • Pathologically, all the histological types of melanoma were described in the digit except spitzoid melanoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Fingers / pathology. Melanoma, Amelanotic / pathology. Skin Neoplasms / pathology

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  • (PMID = 19537017.001).
  • [ISSN] 0041-4131
  • [Journal-full-title] La Tunisie médicale
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Tunis Med
  • [Language] fre
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; English Abstract; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Tunisia
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70. Lillis JV, North J, Vetto JT, Corless CL, White KP, Lee KK: Primary scrotal melanoma presenting as a large, amelanotic, exophytic mass. Arch Dermatol; 2009 Sep;145(9):1071-2
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  • [Title] Primary scrotal melanoma presenting as a large, amelanotic, exophytic mass.
  • [MeSH-major] Melanoma, Amelanotic / diagnosis. Scrotum. Skin Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • [MeSH-minor] Diagnosis, Differential. Fatal Outcome. Humans. Male. Middle Aged

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  • (PMID = 19770463.001).
  • [ISSN] 1538-3652
  • [Journal-full-title] Archives of dermatology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Arch Dermatol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Letter
  • [Publication-country] United States
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71. de Almeida LS, Requena L, Rütten A, Kutzner H, Garbe C, Pestana D, Gomes MM: Desmoplastic malignant melanoma: a clinicopathologic analysis of 113 cases. Am J Dermatopathol; 2008 Jun;30(3):207-15
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  • [Title] Desmoplastic malignant melanoma: a clinicopathologic analysis of 113 cases.
  • Desmoplastic melanoma (DM) is a rare variant of spindle cell melanoma, which usually develops in sun-damaged skin of elderly patients.
  • Often the lesion is nonpigmented and frequently mistaken for a nonmelanocytic proliferation, which delays diagnosis and treatment and therefore worsens the prognosis.
  • Malignant melanoma was the initial clinical diagnosis in only 27% of the cases.
  • Fifty-one cases (45%) were classified as "pure DM" when the lesion was entirely desmoplastic, and 62 cases (55%) were considered as "combined DM" when a recognizable desmoplastic component was seen in an otherwise conventional malignant melanoma.
  • In 81% of the cases, an atypical intraepidermal melanocytic component (in situ malignant melanoma) was identified, whereas in the remaining 19% of the cases the intraepidermal component was lacking.
  • Seventy-one percent of the cases were histologically amelanotic, 23% showed a small amount of pigment, and only 6% were heavily pigmented.
  • Although a better prognosis has been postulated for DM when compared with conventional cutaneous malignant melanomas of the same thickness, in most cases, a DM is diagnosed only in established long-standing and thick melanomas.
  • Therefore, dermatologists and dermatopathologists should be more aware of this clinicopathologic variant of cutaneous malignant melanoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Melanoma / secondary. Skin Neoplasms / pathology

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  • (PMID = 18496419.001).
  • [ISSN] 1533-0311
  • [Journal-full-title] The American Journal of dermatopathology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Am J Dermatopathol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor; 0 / S100 Proteins; 0 / Vimentin
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72. Zalaudek I, Kreusch J, Giacomel J, Ferrara G, Catricalà C, Argenziano G: How to diagnose nonpigmented skin tumors: a review of vascular structures seen with dermoscopy: part II. Nonmelanocytic skin tumors. J Am Acad Dermatol; 2010 Sep;63(3):377-86; quiz 387-8
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  • [Title] How to diagnose nonpigmented skin tumors: a review of vascular structures seen with dermoscopy: part II. Nonmelanocytic skin tumors.
  • Nonmelanoma skin cancer refers to a broad class of tumors, including actinic keratosis, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma, and as a group these are the most frequent cancers occurring in light skinned humans.
  • In contrast to the rarity of amelanotic melanoma, nonmelanoma skin cancer commonly lacks pigmentation.
  • Dermoscopy improves the clinical diagnosis of nonpigmented skin tumors by allowing the visualization of specific vascular structures that are usually not visible to the naked eye.
  • Dermoscopic vascular patterns of several nonmelanocytic nonpigmented skin tumors, such as sebaceous hyperplasia, seborrheic keratosis, clear cell acanthoma, Bowen disease, or nodular cystic basal cell carcinoma are highly specific, allowing a ready diagnosis in most cases.
  • In the second part of this review of dermoscopic vascular structures of nonpigmented skin tumors, the dermoscopic patterns associated with benign and malignant nonmelanocytic skin tumors and recommendations for the management of these tumors will be discussed.
  • [MeSH-major] Dermoscopy / methods. Skin / blood supply. Skin Neoplasms / blood supply. Skin Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • [MeSH-minor] Blood Vessels / pathology. Bowen's Disease / blood supply. Bowen's Disease / diagnosis. Bowen's Disease / pathology. Carcinoma, Basal Cell / blood supply. Carcinoma, Basal Cell / diagnosis. Carcinoma, Basal Cell / pathology. Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / blood supply. Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / diagnosis. Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / pathology. Diagnosis, Differential. Education, Medical, Continuing. Female. Humans. Keratosis, Seborrheic / diagnosis. Keratosis, Seborrheic / pathology. Male. Melanoma, Amelanotic / blood supply. Melanoma, Amelanotic / diagnosis. Melanoma, Amelanotic / pathology


73. Mensing C, Livingstone E, Schwarz T, Hauschild A: Eczematous malignant melanoma: a wolf in sheep's clothing. Onkologie; 2009 Apr;32(4):206-8
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  • [Title] Eczematous malignant melanoma: a wolf in sheep's clothing.
  • BACKGROUND: The clinical diagnosis of amelanotic melanoma is still a challenge.
  • CASE REPORT: A 72-year-old patient was first referred to us for the excision of a melanoma of the chin.
  • In the first examination, we discovered another melanoma of the trunk.
  • Both malignancies were excised and histopathology confirmed the clinical diagnosis of melanomas with Clark level II and III, respectively.
  • Surprisingly, the pathology report showed typical features of a malignant melanoma.
  • The diagnosis was confirmed by 3 further punch biopsies (Clark level III, Breslow 0.6 mm).
  • CONCLUSIONS: Amelanotic melanoma may appear as an erythematous macula or plaque; clinical symptoms are erythema, edema, pruritus or a slow increase in size and hypopigmentation or discoloration.
  • [MeSH-major] Eczema / diagnosis. Eczema / etiology. Melanoma / complications. Melanoma / diagnosis. Skin Neoplasms / complications. Skin Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • [MeSH-minor] Aged. Diagnosis, Differential. Humans. Male

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  • [Copyright] Copyright 2009 S. Karger AG, Basel.
  • (PMID = 19372718.001).
  • [ISSN] 1423-0240
  • [Journal-full-title] Onkologie
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Onkologie
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Switzerland
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74. Gosselink CP, Sindone JL, Meadows BJ, Mohammadi A, Rosa M: Amelanotic subungual melanoma: a case report. J Foot Ankle Surg; 2009 Mar-Apr;48(2):220-4
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  • [Title] Amelanotic subungual melanoma: a case report.
  • Subungual melanoma is a disorder that accounts for 2% to 3% of all melanoma cases.
  • We report the case of a 31-year-old male patient presenting with a rapidly growing mass localized to the hallux, which eventually resulted in the diagnosis of an ulcerated amelanotic subungual melanoma.
  • Because of their lack of pigmentation, amelanotic melanoma is frequently misdiagnosed for other more common forms of cutaneous compromise, and a delay in proper treatment because of failure to make the diagnosis can greatly decrease the likelihood of a favorable outcome.
  • [MeSH-major] Hallux. Melanoma, Amelanotic / pathology. Nail Diseases / pathology. Skin Neoplasms / pathology

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  • (PMID = 19232976.001).
  • [ISSN] 1542-2224
  • [Journal-full-title] The Journal of foot and ankle surgery : official publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J Foot Ankle Surg
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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75. Stringa O, Valdez R, Beguerie JR, Abbruzzese M, Lioni M, Nadales A, Iudica F, Venditti J, San Roman A: Primary amelanotic melanoma of the esophagus. Int J Dermatol; 2006 Oct;45(10):1207-10
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  • [Title] Primary amelanotic melanoma of the esophagus.
  • Primary melanoma of the esophagus (PME) is an uncommon malignancy with less than 250 cases reported in the literature.
  • Amelanotic PME is exceedingly rare and accounts for 10-25% of melanomas of the esophagus.
  • No skin or eye melanoma lesions were found.
  • Peritumoral lymph nodes revealed malignant invasion.
  • A diagnosis of primary amelanotic melanoma of the esophagus was made.
  • Fourteen months after diagnosis the patient developed disseminated PME.
  • [MeSH-major] Esophageal Neoplasms / pathology. Melanoma, Amelanotic / pathology


76. Morita N, Hiratsuka J, Kondoh H, Uno M, Asano T, Niki Y, Sakurai Y, Ono K, Harada T, Imajo Y: Improvement of the tumor-suppressive effect of boron neutron capture therapy for amelanotic melanoma by intratumoral injection of the tyrosinase gene. Cancer Res; 2006 Apr 1;66(7):3747-53
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  • [Title] Improvement of the tumor-suppressive effect of boron neutron capture therapy for amelanotic melanoma by intratumoral injection of the tyrosinase gene.
  • In melanoma, (10)B-para-boronophenylalanine (BPA) accumulation is proportional to melanin-producing activity.
  • This study was done to confirm enhancement of the tumor-suppressive effect of BNCT on amelanotic melanoma by intratumoral injection of the tyrosinase gene.
  • D178 or FF amelanotic melanomas were implanted s.c. in Syrian hamsters.
  • In vivo transfection with the tyrosinase gene increased BPA accumulation in the tumors, the BNCT tumor-suppressive effect on amelanotic melanoma being significantly enhanced.
  • These findings suggest a potential new clinical strategy for the treatment of amelanotic melanoma with BNCT.
  • [MeSH-major] Boron Neutron Capture Therapy / methods. Genetic Therapy / methods. Melanoma, Amelanotic / enzymology. Melanoma, Amelanotic / radiotherapy. Monophenol Monooxygenase / genetics. Skin Neoplasms / enzymology. Skin Neoplasms / radiotherapy

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  • (PMID = 16585201.001).
  • [ISSN] 0008-5472
  • [Journal-full-title] Cancer research
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Cancer Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Boron Compounds; 0 / Radiation-Sensitizing Agents; 47E5O17Y3R / Phenylalanine; EC 1.14.18.1 / Monophenol Monooxygenase; UID84303EL / 4-boronophenylalanine
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77. Trichopoulos N, Augsburger JJ: Neuroendocrine tumours metastatic to the uvea: diagnosis by fine needle aspiration biopsy. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol; 2006 Apr;244(4):524-8
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  • [Title] Neuroendocrine tumours metastatic to the uvea: diagnosis by fine needle aspiration biopsy.
  • Two patients had a history of malignant, non-ocular, neuroendocrine neoplasms (Merkel cell carcinoma and lung carcinoid in one patient each).
  • RESULTS: Ophthalmic examination revealed an amelanotic ciliochoroidal mass in 2 cases and a lightly melanotic and a pale orange choroidal mass in 1 case each.
  • Our differential diagnosis in all cases was metastatic carcinoma versus primary uveal melanoma.
  • FNAB of the intraocular mass was performed in all patients to establish a pathologic diagnosis and guide subsequent management.
  • Our final diagnosis was metastatic lung carcinoid in 2 patients and metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma and small cell lung carcinoma in 1 patient each.
  • CONCLUSIONS: Neuroendocrine tumours are a heterogeneous group of neoplasms whose diagnosis ultimately depends on the identification of specific cell markers (e.g., neuron-specific enolase, chromogranin, synaptophysin), hormones and neurotransmitters (e.g., gastrin, serotonin, adrenocorticotrophic hormone [ACTH]).
  • FNAB with immunohistochemical stains for neuroendocrine markers can establish a pathologic diagnosis in cases of uveal metastasis from a neuroendocrine tumour.
  • [MeSH-major] Carcinoid Tumor / secondary. Carcinoma, Merkel Cell / secondary. Lung Neoplasms / pathology. Mediastinal Neoplasms / pathology. Skin Neoplasms / pathology. Uveal Neoplasms / secondary

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  • (PMID = 16170536.001).
  • [ISSN] 0721-832X
  • [Journal-full-title] Graefe's archive for clinical and experimental ophthalmology = Albrecht von Graefes Archiv fur klinische und experimentelle Ophthalmologie
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Graefes Arch. Clin. Exp. Ophthalmol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Germany
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor
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78. Sbano P, Nami N, Grimaldi L, Rubegni P: True amelanotic melanoma: the great masquerader. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg; 2010 Mar;63(3):e307-8
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  • [Title] True amelanotic melanoma: the great masquerader.
  • [MeSH-major] Dermoscopy. Melanoma / diagnosis. Skin Neoplasms / diagnosis

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  • (PMID = 19713163.001).
  • [ISSN] 1878-0539
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of plastic, reconstructive & aesthetic surgery : JPRAS
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Letter
  • [Publication-country] Netherlands
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79. Jacob S, Pye E, Hbahbih M, Messios N, Rajabally YA: Rapidly progressive bilateral ophthalmoplegia and enlarging sellar mass caused by amelanotic melanoma. J Neuroophthalmol; 2006 Mar;26(1):49-50
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  • [Title] Rapidly progressive bilateral ophthalmoplegia and enlarging sellar mass caused by amelanotic melanoma.
  • Hypophysectomy disclosed an amelanotic melanoma.
  • Despite local radiation treatment, the tumor continued to grow and the patient became blind and died within several months of diagnosis.
  • There are seven reported cases of melanoma arising primarily in the sella turcica.
  • Two cases of metastatic melanoma to the cavernous sinuses have been reported.
  • Amelanotic melanoma has not been reported as a cause of cavernous sinus syndrome.
  • [MeSH-major] Melanoma, Amelanotic / complications. Ophthalmoplegia / etiology. Pituitary Neoplasms / complications. Sella Turcica / pathology
  • [MeSH-minor] Diagnosis, Differential. Disease Progression. Female. Follow-Up Studies. Humans. Hypophysectomy. Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Middle Aged

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  • (PMID = 16518168.001).
  • [ISSN] 1070-8022
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of neuro-ophthalmology : the official journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J Neuroophthalmol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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80. Collins JD: A man with pain and a large nevus on his thigh. J Natl Med Assoc; 2010 Jul;102(7):647-9
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  • [MeSH-major] Melanoma, Amelanotic / diagnosis. Skin Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • [MeSH-minor] Adolescent. Bone Neoplasms / diagnosis. Bone Neoplasms / drug therapy. Bone Neoplasms / secondary. Diagnosis, Differential. Fever / etiology. Humans. Male. Pain / etiology. Weight Loss

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  • (PMID = 20690329.001).
  • [ISSN] 1943-4693
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of the National Medical Association
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J Natl Med Assoc
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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81. Arican O, Sasmaz S, Coban YK, Ciralik H: Subungual amelanotic malignant melanoma. Saudi Med J; 2006 Feb;27(2):247-9
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  • [Title] Subungual amelanotic malignant melanoma.
  • Histopathological examination of toenail specimen revealed the presence of nests of atypical tumor cells that led to the diagnosis of amelanotic malignant melanoma.
  • We presented a case of subungual amelanotic melanoma, as it is rare disease, early and correct diagnosis is very important.
  • [MeSH-major] Melanoma, Amelanotic / pathology. Skin Neoplasms / pathology

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  • (PMID = 16501687.001).
  • [ISSN] 0379-5284
  • [Journal-full-title] Saudi medical journal
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Saudi Med J
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Saudi Arabia
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82. Castillo O, Frisancho O, Palomino A: [Cecal amelanotic melanoma]. Rev Gastroenterol Peru; 2010 Oct-Dec;30(4):368-71
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  • [Title] [Cecal amelanotic melanoma].
  • [Transliterated title] Melanoma amelanótico en ciego.
  • Subsequently, we confirmed the presence of red blood in stools, like enterorrhagia and underwent a colonoscopy, in which two elevated lesions were found in the cecum: a pedunculated (with active bleeding, oozing) and other sessile; both were removed. the pathology showed that corresponded to amelanotic melanoma in cecal region.
  • Physical examination revealed no malignant skin lesions.
  • We report this case, because gastrointestinal bleeding is an unusual clinical presentation of malignant melanoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Cecal Neoplasms / pathology. Melanoma / pathology

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  • (PMID = 21263766.001).
  • [ISSN] 1022-5129
  • [Journal-full-title] Revista de gastroenterología del Perú : órgano oficial de la Sociedad de Gastroenterología del Perú
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Rev Gastroenterol Peru
  • [Language] spa
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; English Abstract; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Peru
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83. Kurotaki T, Tomonari Y, Kanno T, Wako Y, Tsuchitani M: A novel immunohistochemical marker of normal and neoplastic melanocytes in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissues of albino rats. Vet Pathol; 2008 May;45(3):383-7
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  • In albino rats, spontaneous occurrence of melanocytic tumors is rare, with diagnosis difficult.
  • The samples consisted of 11 (1.57%) amelanotic melanomas in 700 rats (2 studies), 23 non-melanocytic tumors, and a wide variety of normal tissues.
  • In amelanotic melanoma, the tumor cells consisted of spindle cells with eosinophilic cytoplasm without melanin granules.
  • PNL2 consistently stained cytoplasm in all amelanotic melanoma cells.
  • [MeSH-major] Melanocytes / cytology. Melanocytes / pathology. Melanoma / pathology

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  • (PMID = 18487499.001).
  • [ISSN] 0300-9858
  • [Journal-full-title] Veterinary pathology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Vet. Pathol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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84. Stroh C, Manger T: [Primary amelanotic anorectal melanoma--a case report]. Zentralbl Chir; 2007 Dec;132(6):560-3
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  • [Title] [Primary amelanotic anorectal melanoma--a case report].
  • [Transliterated title] Das primäre amelanotische Melanom des Rektums - Ein Fallbericht.
  • BACKGROUND: The amelanotic melanoma of the rectal mucosa is very rare with an unfavourable prognosis.
  • Therefore transrectal ultrasound is of major importance in the preoperative staging and postoperative follow-up especially in diagnosis of local recurrence by using the ultrasound-guided, transrectal aspiration.
  • METHODS: In literature 5 cases of amelanotic malignant melanoma were reported.
  • The overall survival time is 10 months after diagnosis.
  • RESULTS: We report about a 55-year-old female patient with an amelanotic melanoma of rectal mucosa.
  • The patient died 36 months after diagnosis.
  • CONCLUSION: The prognosis of primary malignant anorectal melanoma is poor, irrespective of surgical treatment.
  • Wide local resection is the first choice for primary anorectal melanoma.
  • Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunotherapy should be considered in the treatment of anorectal melanoma to influence the overall survival.
  • [MeSH-major] Melanoma, Amelanotic / surgery. Rectal Neoplasms / surgery

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  • (PMID = 18098086.001).
  • [ISSN] 0044-409X
  • [Journal-full-title] Zentralblatt für Chirurgie
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Zentralbl Chir
  • [Language] ger
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; English Abstract; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Germany
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85. Sayk F, Mahnken A, Stellmacher F, Dalhoff K, Merz H: [Cancer-to-cancer metastasis: amelanotic melanoma into renal cell carcinoma]. Dtsch Med Wochenschr; 2010 Mar;135(11):507-10
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  • [Title] [Cancer-to-cancer metastasis: amelanotic melanoma into renal cell carcinoma].
  • DIAGNOSIS: The autopsy revealed that he was affected by two malignant neoplasms simultaneously: an amelanotic malignant melanoma metastasizing into a localized renal cell carcinoma.
  • This is the third reported case of a malignant melanoma as donor tumor spreading into a renal cell carcinoma.
  • The amelanotic character of the melanoma exerted a special diagnostic challenge.
  • Clinical and autopsy findings as well as the immunophenotypical features of the metastatic amelanotic melanoma (HMB-45, Melan-A/MART-1, S100) and the renal cell carcinoma are described with a review of the relevant literature.
  • [MeSH-major] Carcinoma, Renal Cell / pathology. Kidney Neoplasms / pathology. Melanoma, Amelanotic / pathology

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  • [Copyright] Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart, New York.
  • (PMID = 20221965.001).
  • [ISSN] 1439-4413
  • [Journal-full-title] Deutsche medizinische Wochenschrift (1946)
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Dtsch. Med. Wochenschr.
  • [Language] ger
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; English Abstract; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Germany
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86. Harasymowycz P, Boucher MC, Corriveau C, Gauthier D, Allaire G: Choroidal amelanotic melanoma in a patient with oculocutaneous albinism. Can J Ophthalmol; 2005 Dec;40(6):754-8
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  • [Title] Choroidal amelanotic melanoma in a patient with oculocutaneous albinism.
  • CASE REPORT: We describe the clinical presentation of a choroidal amelanotic melanoma in a 46-year-old woman with oculocutaneous albinism.
  • Microscopic findings and histopathological features, demonstrating a spindle B-cell melanoma of the choroid, are also reviewed.
  • COMMENTS: Magnetic resonance imaging may be helpful in diagnosing amelanotic melanoma in patients with oculocutaneous albinism.

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  • (PMID = 16391642.001).
  • [ISSN] 0008-4182
  • [Journal-full-title] Canadian journal of ophthalmology. Journal canadien d'ophtalmologie
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Can. J. Ophthalmol.
  • [Language] ENG
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] England
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87. Harrison TM, Dominguez P, Hanzlik K, Sikarskie JG, Agnew D, Bergin I, Fitzgerald SD, Kitchell BE, McNiel E: Treatment of an amelanotic melanoma using radiation therapy in a lesser Madagascar hedgehog tenrec (Echinops telfairi). J Zoo Wildl Med; 2010 Mar;41(1):152-7
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  • [Title] Treatment of an amelanotic melanoma using radiation therapy in a lesser Madagascar hedgehog tenrec (Echinops telfairi).
  • Immunohistochemically, the original, recurrent, and metastatic populations were strongly positive for HMB 45 and weakly positive for S-100, and the final diagnosis was metastatic amelanotic melanoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Insectivora. Melanoma, Amelanotic / veterinary

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  • (PMID = 20722271.001).
  • [ISSN] 1042-7260
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Zoo Wildl. Med.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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88. von Felbert V, Abuzahra F: [Two rarely seen manifestations of malignant melanoma]. Hautarzt; 2007 May;58(5):390-2
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  • [Title] [Two rarely seen manifestations of malignant melanoma].
  • [MeSH-major] Melanoma, Amelanotic / pathology. Nail Diseases / pathology. Skin Neoplasms / pathology
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Biopsy. Carcinoma, Papillary / pathology. Diagnosis, Differential. Female. Humans. Male. Middle Aged. Neoplasms, Multiple Primary / pathology. Skin / pathology. Thyroid Neoplasms / pathology

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  • (PMID = 17447038.001).
  • [ISSN] 0017-8470
  • [Journal-full-title] Der Hautarzt; Zeitschrift fur Dermatologie, Venerologie, und verwandte Gebiete
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Hautarzt
  • [Language] ger
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89. Cavicchini S, Tourlaki A, Bottini S: Dermoscopic vascular patterns in nodular "pure" amelanotic melanoma. Arch Dermatol; 2007 Apr;143(4):556
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  • [Title] Dermoscopic vascular patterns in nodular "pure" amelanotic melanoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Dermoscopy. Melanoma, Amelanotic / blood supply. Skin Neoplasms / blood supply

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  • (PMID = 17438200.001).
  • [ISSN] 0003-987X
  • [Journal-full-title] Archives of dermatology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Arch Dermatol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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90. André J, Moulonguet I, Goettmann-Bonvallot S: In situ amelanotic melanoma of the nail unit mimicking lichen planus: report of 3 cases. Arch Dermatol; 2010 Apr;146(4):418-21
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  • [Title] In situ amelanotic melanoma of the nail unit mimicking lichen planus: report of 3 cases.
  • BACKGROUND: Nail apparatus melanoma is known to be associated with a poor prognosis, mainly because of a delay in diagnosis that is made at an invasive stage.
  • This delay is particularly true in cases involving amelanotic melanoma.
  • To our knowledge, only 1 case of in situ amelanotic melanoma of the nail unit has previously been described.
  • We report 3 cases of in situ amelanotic melanoma with clinical lichenoid features.
  • OBSERVATIONS: We describe 3 cases of in situ amelanotic melanoma of the nail unit.
  • Histologic examination revealed in situ amelanotic melanoma extending from the proximal matrix up to the distal part of the nail bed.
  • CONCLUSIONS: Monodactylic lichenoid nail changes should be added to the more conventional signs of incipient nail melanoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Lichen Planus / diagnosis. Melanoma, Amelanotic / diagnosis. Nail Diseases / diagnosis. Skin Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Diagnosis, Differential. Female. Humans. Male. Middle Aged

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  • (PMID = 20404232.001).
  • [ISSN] 1538-3652
  • [Journal-full-title] Archives of dermatology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Arch Dermatol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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91. Zamberk-Majlis P, Velázquez-Tarjuelo D, Avilés-Izquierdo JA, Lázaro-Ochaita P: [Dermoscopic characterization of 3 cases of fibroepithelioma of Pinkus]. Actas Dermosifiliogr; 2009 Dec;100(10):899-902
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  • [Transliterated title] Fibroepitelioma de Pinkus. Descripción dermatoscópica de 3 casos.
  • Clinical diagnosis often requires differentiation from benign lesions such as acrochordon, intradermal melanocytic nevus, neurofibroma, seborrheic keratosis, and even malignant lesions such as amelanotic melanoma.
  • Dermoscopy of this type of lesion is not extensively described in the literature, though it usually presents certain specific characteristics that suggest the diagnosis and, therefore, an appropriate therapeutic approach.
  • [MeSH-major] Carcinoma, Basal Cell / pathology. Dermoscopy. Skin Neoplasms / pathology

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  • (PMID = 20038369.001).
  • [ISSN] 0001-7310
  • [Journal-full-title] Actas dermo-sifiliográficas
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Actas Dermosifiliogr
  • [Language] spa
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; English Abstract; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Spain
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92. Pouckova P, Skvor J, Gotte G, Vottariello F, Slavik JT, Matousek J, Laurents DV, Libonati M, Soucek J: Some biological actions of PEG-conjugated RNase A oligomers. Neoplasma; 2006;53(1):79-85
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  • In this work we show that the chemical conjugation of PEG to the RNase A C-dimer, and to the two RNase A trimers (NC-trimer and C- trimer) decreases the aspermatogenic activity of the oligomers while increasing their inhibitory activity on the growth of the human UB900518 amelanotic melanoma transplanted in athymic nude mice.
  • [MeSH-minor] Animals. Antispermatogenic Agents / pharmacology. Cell Line, Tumor. Dimerization. Embryo, Mammalian / drug effects. Humans. Male. Melanoma, Experimental / drug therapy. Mice. Neoplasm Transplantation. Spermatogenesis / drug effects

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  • (PMID = 16416018.001).
  • [ISSN] 0028-2685
  • [Journal-full-title] Neoplasma
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Neoplasma
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Slovakia
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antineoplastic Agents; 0 / Antispermatogenic Agents; 0 / Peptide Fragments; 30IQX730WE / Polyethylene Glycols; EC 3.1.27.5 / Ribonuclease, Pancreatic
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93. Koszałka P, Szmit E, Myśliwski A, Bigda J: Anti-tumor action of tumor necrosis factor against Bomirski Ab melanoma in hamsters. Arch Immunol Ther Exp (Warsz); 2007 Jul-Aug;55(4):267-79
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  • [Title] Anti-tumor action of tumor necrosis factor against Bomirski Ab melanoma in hamsters.
  • MATERIALS AND METHODS: The effects of intratumoral injection of rat TNF into hamsters bearing Bomirski Ab amelanotic melanoma, a fast growing tumor of high metastatic potential, were tested.
  • In vitro assays indicated a direct cytotoxic effect of TNF against Ab melanoma cells, most probably as an outcome of apoptosis.
  • Intratumoral application of TNF also caused some modulation of cytokine response in melanoma-bearing hamsters as evidenced by increased levels of IL-6 in blood serum.
  • CONCLUSIONS: This study established Bomirski Ab melanoma as a useful model for complex analysis of the anti-tumor activity of TNF.
  • [MeSH-major] Angiogenesis Inhibitors / metabolism. Melanoma, Experimental / metabolism. Neovascularization, Pathologic / metabolism. Recombinant Proteins / metabolism. Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha / metabolism

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  • (PMID = 17659374.001).
  • [ISSN] 0004-069X
  • [Journal-full-title] Archivum immunologiae et therapiae experimentalis
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Arch. Immunol. Ther. Exp. (Warsz.)
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Switzerland
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Angiogenesis Inhibitors; 0 / Cyclohexanes; 0 / Interleukin-6; 0 / Recombinant Proteins; 0 / Sesquiterpenes; 0 / Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha; 129298-91-5 / O-(chloroacetylcarbamoyl)fumagillol
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ PMC2766459
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94. Hillenbrand A, Barth TF, Henne-Bruns D, Formentini A: Anorectal amelanotic melanoma. Colorectal Dis; 2008 Jul;10(6):612-5
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  • [Title] Anorectal amelanotic melanoma.
  • OBJECTIVE: Anorectal melanoma is a rare, highly malignant tumour with a poor 5 year survival of 10%.
  • Most anorectal melanomas have gross and/or histologic pigmentation, however about 30% of anorectal melanomas are amelanotic.
  • METHOD: We report three cases of amelanotic anorectal melanomas and integrate our data with six case reports of amelanotic malignant melanoma from the literature.
  • Further we compare clinicopathological data and clinical outcome with large series of anorectal melanomas (both, amelanotic and pigmentated).
  • Rectal bleeding was the leading symptom in all cases with a mean duration of 4 months before diagnosis.
  • CONCLUSION: Early diagnosis is key for efficient treatment and improved survival rate for patients with this unusual variant of melanoma.
  • There is no difference in terms of age, time of diagnosis, stage and survival between pigmented and amelanotic anorectal melanoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Anus Neoplasms. Melanoma, Amelanotic. Rectal Neoplasms

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  • (PMID = 17944970.001).
  • [ISSN] 1463-1318
  • [Journal-full-title] Colorectal disease : the official journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Colorectal Dis
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Comparative Study; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] England
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95. Samaila MO, Mbibu HN, Oluwole OP: Human mycetoma. Surg Infect (Larchmt); 2007 Oct;8(5):519-22
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  • However, the disease may present without these characteristic features, thus causing diagnostic difficulty with other chronic granulomatous infections such as tuberculosis or benign skin lesions.
  • The range of clinical misdiagnoses included skin tuberculosis, fibroma, amelanotic melanoma, basal-cell carcinoma, and brain tumor.
  • The presentation and clinical course may be confused with those of many skin diseases.
  • Knowledge of mycetoma pathology is important for prompt diagnosis and treatment of this indolent clinical entity.
  • [MeSH-major] Mycetoma / diagnosis
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Aged. Diagnosis, Differential. Female. Humans. Male. Middle Aged

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  • (PMID = 17999585.001).
  • [ISSN] 1096-2964
  • [Journal-full-title] Surgical infections
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Surg Infect (Larchmt)
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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96. Pietzner K, Noske A, Cho CH, Kiecker F, Sehouli J: Amelanotic metastasis of melanoma mimicking ovarian cancer: a case report and review of the literature. Anticancer Res; 2008 Jan-Feb;28(1B):563-6
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  • [Title] Amelanotic metastasis of melanoma mimicking ovarian cancer: a case report and review of the literature.
  • Ovarian manifestation of metastatic amelanotic melanoma is exceptionally rare and can lead to the clinical and even histological misdiagnosis of ovarian cancer.
  • She was histologically diagnosed with malignant ovarian tumour and was referred for radical surgery.
  • Postoperative final histological examination and immunohistochemical staining of the tumour revealed an amelanotic epithelioid melanoma.
  • Despite the variety of this case, clinicians should be aware of this differential diagnosis when treating ovarian cancer.
  • This report discusses the differential diagnosis and clinical management of both metastatic amelanotic malignant melanoma of the ovary and epithelial ovarian cancer.
  • [MeSH-major] Melanoma, Amelanotic / secondary. Ovarian Neoplasms / diagnosis. Skin Neoplasms / secondary
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Diagnosis, Differential. Female. Humans

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  • (PMID = 18383903.001).
  • [ISSN] 0250-7005
  • [Journal-full-title] Anticancer research
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Anticancer Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Greece
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97. Auer-Grumbach M: Hereditary sensory neuropathy type I. Orphanet J Rare Dis; 2008;3:7
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  • Hereditary sensory neuropathy type I (HSN I) is a slowly progressive neurological disorder characterised by prominent predominantly distal sensory loss, autonomic disturbances, autosomal dominant inheritance, and juvenile or adulthood disease onset.
  • Variable distal muscle weakness and wasting, and chronic skin ulcers are characteristic.
  • Diagnosis is based on the clinical observation and is supported by a family history.
  • Definitive diagnosis is based on the detection of mutations by direct sequencing of the SPTLC1 and RAB7 genes.
  • Correct clinical assessment and genetic confirmation of the diagnosis are important for appropriate genetic counselling and prognosis.
  • Differential diagnosis includes the other hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathies (HSAN), especially HSAN II, as well as diabetic foot syndrome, alcoholic neuropathy, neuropathies caused by other neurotoxins/drugs, immune mediated neuropathy, amyloidosis, spinal cord diseases, tabes dorsalis, lepra neuropathy, or decaying skin tumours like amelanotic melanoma.
  • The disorder is slowly progressive and does not influence life expectancy but is often severely disabling after a long duration of the disease.

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  • (PMID = 18348718.001).
  • [ISSN] 1750-1172
  • [Journal-full-title] Orphanet journal of rare diseases
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Orphanet J Rare Dis
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Number-of-references] 35
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ PMC2311280
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98. Mesa M, Quesada JL, Piñas J: Metastasis of amelanotic melanoma of unknown origin in the parotid gland. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg; 2009 Oct;47(7):569-71
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  • [Title] Metastasis of amelanotic melanoma of unknown origin in the parotid gland.
  • We report a rare case of metastasis of an amelanotic melanoma of the parotid gland.
  • To our knowledge this is the first report of a metastasis of an amelanotic melanoma in a parotid lymph node.
  • [MeSH-major] Melanoma, Amelanotic / secondary. Neoplasms, Unknown Primary / pathology. Parotid Neoplasms / secondary
  • [MeSH-minor] Aged. Antigens, Neoplasm / analysis. Biopsy, Fine-Needle. Female. Humans. Lymphatic Metastasis / pathology. Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Melanoma-Specific Antigens. Neoplasm Proteins / analysis. S100 Proteins / analysis. Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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  • (PMID = 19167137.001).
  • [ISSN] 1532-1940
  • [Journal-full-title] The British journal of oral & maxillofacial surgery
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Scotland
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antigens, Neoplasm; 0 / Melanoma-Specific Antigens; 0 / Neoplasm Proteins; 0 / S100 Proteins
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99. Gelpi E, Popovic M, Preusser M, Budka H, Hainfellner J: Pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma with anaplastic features presenting without GFAP immunoreactivity: implications for differential diagnosis. Neuropathology; 2005 Sep;25(3):241-6
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  • [Title] Pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma with anaplastic features presenting without GFAP immunoreactivity: implications for differential diagnosis.
  • In these cases, the differential diagnosis needs to exclude other malignancies, for example, glioblastoma or malignant fibrous histiocytoma.
  • These features led to the tentative diagnosis of amelanotic melanoma, and the patient was irradiated.
  • We conclude that non-standard GFAP staining protocols may enhance sensitivity and thus lead to detection of a low level of GFAP expression in tumor specimens, in which PXA is considered in the differential diagnosis.
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Diagnosis, Differential. Female. Humans. Immunohistochemistry / methods. Melanoma / pathology. Microscopy, Confocal. Microscopy, Electron, Transmission. Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / metabolism. Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / pathology

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  • (PMID = 16193842.001).
  • [ISSN] 0919-6544
  • [Journal-full-title] Neuropathology : official journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Neuropathology
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Australia
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor; 0 / Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein
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100. Cichorek M, Kozłowska K, Wachulska M, Zielińska K: Spontaneous apoptosis of melanotic and amelanotic melanoma cells in different phases of cell cycle: relation to tumor growth. Folia Histochem Cytobiol; 2006;44(1):31-6
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  • [Title] Spontaneous apoptosis of melanotic and amelanotic melanoma cells in different phases of cell cycle: relation to tumor growth.
  • Since the spontaneous alteration of native melanotic (Ma) into amelanotic (Ab) transplantable melanoma line it has been observed that this alteration is accompanied by the acceleration of growth of Ab line.
  • Apoptosis estimated by the TUNEL method, alterations in the plasma membrane structure (annexin V staining), changes in the mitochondrial transmembrane potential--delta psi m (JC-1 staining) showed that amelanotic melanoma cells have decreased ability to undergo spontaneous apoptosis.
  • The obtained results showing that in the native melanotic line about 30% of cells are in S+G2/M phases and that 33% of these cells undergo apoptosis could lead to the conclusion that the slower growth of this melanoma line is the result of lower proliferation activity and higher rate of apoptosis of these tumor cells.
  • The number of cells in S+G2/M phases in amelanotic melanoma line increases up to 40% and only 7% of them undergo apoptosis.
  • This observation seems to suggest that the expansive growth of this melanoma line depends mainly on the decreased ability to undergo spontaneous apoptosis, especially in case of cells from S+G2/M phases.
  • Moreover, the obtained results indicate that alteration of melanotic line into amelanotic one, accompanied by differences in many biological features also concerns basic cell processes such as cell cycle and cell death.

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  • (PMID = 16584089.001).
  • [ISSN] 0239-8508
  • [Journal-full-title] Folia histochemica et cytobiologica
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Folia Histochem. Cytobiol.
  • [Language] ENG
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Poland
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Annexin A5; 0 / Phosphatidylserines
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