Novel systemic therapy against malignant pleural mesothelioma

Translational Lung Cancer Research 2017 June [Link] Mancuso MR, Neal JW Abstract Malignant pleural mesothelioma is an aggressive tumor of the pleura with an overall poor prognosis. Even with surgical resection, for which only a subset of patients are eligible, long term disease free survival is rare. Standard first-line systemic treatment consists of a platinum…

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The inhibition of FGF receptor 1 activity mediates sorafenib antiproliferative effects in human malignant pleural mesothelioma tumor-initiating cells

Stem cell research & therapy 2017 May 25 [Link] Pattarozzi A, Carra E, Favoni RE, W├╝rth R, Marubbi D, Filiberti RA, Mutti L, Florio T, Barbieri F, Daga A Abstract BACKGROUND: Malignant pleural mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer, characterized by rapid progression and high mortality. Persistence of tumor-initiating cells (TICs, or cancer stem cells) after…

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A novel BRCA1-associated protein-1 isoform affects response of mesothelioma cells to drugs impairing BRCA1-mediated DNA repair.

Journal of Thoracic Oncology 2017 April [Epub ahead of print] [Link] Parrotta R, Okonska A, Ronner M, Weder W, Stahel R, Penengo L, Felley-Bosco E Abstract INTRODUCTION: BRCA1-associated protein-1, BAP1, is a tumor suppressor involved in multiple cellular processes such as transcriptional regulation, chromatin modification by deubiquitinating histone 2A and DNA repair. BAP1 mutations are…

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Mesothelin promotes epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition and tumorigenicity of human lung cancer and mesothelioma cells

Molecular Cancer 2017 March [a href=”https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28288645″>Link] He X, Wang L, Riedel H, Wang K, Yang Y, Dinu CZ, Rojanasakul Y Abstract BACKGROUND: Lung cancer and pleural mesothelioma are two of the most deadly forms of cancer. The prognosis of lung cancer and mesothelioma is extremely poor due to limited treatment modalities and lack of understanding…

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Real-time light dosimetry for intra-cavity photodynamic therapy: Application for pleural mesothelioma treatment

Photodiagnosis and photodynamic therapy 2017 February 22 [Epub ahead of print] [Link] Betrouni N, Munck C, Bensoltana W, Baert G, Dewalle-Vignion AS, Scherpereel A, Mordon S Abstract Complete and homogeneous illumination of the target is necessary for the success of a photodynamic therapy (PDT) procedure. In most applications, light dosimetry is done using detectors placed…

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Anti-CTLA-4 therapy for malignant mesothelioma

Immunotherapy 2017 March [a href=”https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28231719″>Link] Guazzelli A, Bakker E, Krstic-Demonacos M, Lisanti MP, Sotgia F, Mutti L Abstract Immunotherapy is an emerging therapeutic strategy with a promising clinical outcome in some solid tumors, particularly metastatic melanoma. One approach to immunotherapy is immune checkpoint inhibitors, such as blockage of CTLA-4 and PD-1/PD-L1. This special report aims…

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A phase II trial of dovitinib in previously-treated advanced pleural mesothelioma: The Ontario Clinical Oncology Group

Lung Cancer (Netherlands) 2017 February [Epub 2016 December 15] [Link] Laurie SA, Hao D, Leighl NB, Goffin J, Khomani A, Gupta A, Addison CL, Bane A, Seely J, Filion ML, Pond GR, Levine MN Abstract OBJECTIVES: Following failure of a platinum-antifolate combination regimen, there is no standard therapy for advanced malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). The…

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Kdm6a and Kdm6b: Altered expression in malignant pleural mesothelioma

International Journal of Oncology 2017 February 9 [Epub ahead of print] [Link] Cregan S, Breslin M, Roche G, Wennstedt S, MacDonagh L, Albadri C, Gao Y, O’Byrne KJ, Cuffe S, Finn SP, Gray SG Abstract Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare aggressive cancer of the pleura primarily associated with prior exposure to asbestos. The…

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