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Deciphering mechanisms of brain metastasis in melanoma - the gist of the matter

Overview of attention for article published in Molecular Cancer, July 2018
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Deciphering mechanisms of brain metastasis in melanoma - the gist of the matter
Published in
Molecular Cancer, July 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12943-018-0854-5
Pubmed ID

Torben Redmer


Metastasis to distant organs and particularly the brain still represents the most serious obstacle in melanoma therapies. Melanoma cells acquire a phenotype to metastasize to the brain and successfully grow there through complex mechanisms determined by microenvironmental than rather genetic cues. There do appear to be some prerequisites, including the presence of oncogenic BRAF or NRAS mutations and a loss of PTEN. Further mediators of the brain metastatic phenotype appear to be the high activation of the PI3K/AKT or STAT3 pathway or high levels of PLEKHA5 and MMP2 in metastatic cells. A yet undefined subset of brain metastases exhibit a high level of expression of CD271 that is associated with stemness, migration and survival. Hence, CD271 expression may determine specific properties of brain metastatic melanoma cells. Environmental cues - in particular those provided by brain parenchymal cells such as astrocytes - seem to help specifically guide melanoma cells that express CCR4 or CD271, potential "homing receptors". Upon entering the brain, these cells interact with brain parenchyma cells and are thereby reprogrammed to adopt a neurological phenotype. Several lines of evidence suggest that current therapies may have a negative effect by activating a program that drives tumor cells toward stemness and metastasis. Yet significant improvements have expanded the therapeutic options for treating brain metastases from melanoma, by combining potent BRAF inhibitors such as dabrafenib with checkpoint inhibitors or stereotactic surgery. Further progress toward developing new therapeutic strategies will require a more profound understanding of the mechanisms that underlie brain metastasis in melanoma.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 57 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 14 25%
Student > Bachelor 7 12%
Student > Master 6 11%
Researcher 6 11%
Other 5 9%
Other 11 19%
Unknown 8 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 15 26%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 15 26%
Immunology and Microbiology 5 9%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 3 5%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 2 4%
Other 6 11%
Unknown 11 19%

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