Epidemiology, biology and therapy of Merkel cell carcinoma: conclusions from the EU project IMMOMEC

AbstractMerkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a highly aggressive, often lethal neuroendocrine cancer. Its carcinogenesis may be either caused by the clonal integration of the Merkel cell polyomavirus into the host genome or by UV-induced mutations. Notably, virally-encoded oncoproteins and UV-induced mutations affect comparable signaling pathways such as RB restriction of cell cycle progression or p53 inactivation. Despite its low incidence, MCC recently received much attention based on its exquisite immunogenicity and the resulting major success of immune modulating therapies. Here, we summarize current knowledge on epidemiology, biology and therapy of MCC as conclusion of the project ‘Immune Modulating strategies for treatment of Merkel Cell Carcinoma’, which was funded over a 5-year period by the European Commission to investigate innovative immunotherapies for MCC.
Source: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

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CONCLUSION: irPR features are consistent across tumor types and treatment settings. Standardized, pan-tumor immune-mediated pathologic response criteria (irPRC) are defined and associated specimen-handling considerations are described. Future, prospective studies are merited to validate irPRC in larger datasets and to associate pathologic features with long-term patient outcomes. PMID: 31672770 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Clinical Cancer Research - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Clin Cancer Res Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 28 October 2019Source: Journal of Geriatric OncologyAuthor(s): Andrea Sbrana, Rachele Antognoli, Giuseppe Pasqualetti, Giuseppe Linsalata, Chukwma Okoye, Valeria Calsolaro, Federico Paolieri, Francesco Bloise, Sergio Ricci, Andrea Antonuzzo, Fabio MonzaniAbstractBackgroundOlder adults with cancer are less likely to be offered treatment for cost-benefit concern. The Multi-Prognostic Index (MPI) has been validated in various clinical settings for survival estimation. We aimed to evaluate MPI as a screening tool for older adults with cancer eligible to receive immunotherapy.Patients and Meth...
Source: Journal of Geriatric Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Authors: KamiƄska-Winciorek G, Cybulska-Stopa B, Lugowska I, Ziobro M, Rutkowski P Abstract The introduction of immunotherapy into the treatment of cancer patients has revolutionised the oncological approach and significantly improved patient survival. The key drugs are immune checkpoint inhibitors (CPIs), whose mechanism of action is to elicit immune response against cancer cell antigens. Three types of CPIs are currently used and approved: an anti-CTLA-4 antibody, ipilimumab; anti-PD-1 antibodies, nivolumab and pembrolizumab; and anti-PD-L1 antibodies: atezolizumab, avelumab and durvalumab. CPIs have been widely...
Source: Advances in Dermatology and Allergology - Category: Dermatology Tags: Postepy Dermatol Alergol Source Type: research
This article reviews current evidence and recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of MCC and discusses recent therapeutic advances and their implications for care in patients with advanced disease. This consensus statement is the result of a collaboration between the Spanish Cooperative Group for Neuroendocrine Tumors, the Spanish Group of Treatment on Head and Neck Tumors, and the Spanish Melanoma Group.Implications for Practice.Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is an uncommon aggressive skin cancer associated with advanced age, UV light exposure, and immunosuppression. Up to 80% are associated with Merkel cell polyomav...
Source: The Oncologist - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Melanoma and Cutaneous Malignancies Source Type: research
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Source: Clinical Cancer Research - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Clin Cancer Res Source Type: research
Abstract Skin cancers represent the most common type of malignancy. The incidence rate of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer depicts a continuous rise worldwide, which is attributed mainly (but not exclusively) to the growing incidence of non-melanoma skin cancer in the elderly population. Most skin cancer types are sensitive to immunotherapy. Melanoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma showed response rates of at least 40% for PD-1 inhibitor therapy as reported in recent articles. In this article we review the current and future immunotherapy agents and procedures for skin cancers. ...
Source: Magyar Onkologia - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Magy Onkol Source Type: research
Merkel Cell Carcinoma (MCC) is an aggressive neuroendocrine skin cancer that is highly immunogenic. Approximately 80% of MCC tumors are virus positive (VP-MCC) and express Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV) T antigens that drive oncogenesis. As VP-MCC have a low mutation burden with few predicted neoantigens, viral oncogenes are thought to be the primary target for anti-cancer immunity. Immune checkpoint inhibitors improve MCC survival, yet
Source: Journal of Investigative Dermatology - Category: Dermatology Authors: Tags: Melanoma and Other Skin Cancers Source Type: research
Snoeck Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is an aggressive type of skin cancer whose main causative agent is Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV). MCPyV is integrated into the genome of the tumor cells in most MCCs. Virus-positive tumor cells constitutively express two viral oncoproteins that promote cell growth: the small (sT) and the large (LT) tumor antigens (TAs). Despite the success of immunotherapies in patients with MCC, not all individuals respond to these treatments. Therefore, new therapeutic options continue to be investigated. Herein, we used CRISPR/Cas9 to target the viral oncogenes in two virus-positive MCC cell li...
Source: Cancers - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare but aggressive skin cancer associated with the Merkel cell Polyomavirus. Its incidence and mortality are increasing. There have been many advances in the last several decades in the etiology, detection, and management of MCC, but much about its natural history and most effective treatment remains unknown. Surgical excision with margins of 1 to 2 cm remains first-line therapy for early-stage MCC, but robust evidence supporting immunotherapy for patients with advanced disease has led to recent approval of immune checkpoint inhibitors in the treatment of advanced MCC.
Source: Dermatologic Clinics - Category: Dermatology Authors: Source Type: research
Abstract PURPOSE: Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare, aggressive cutaneous malignancy which has demonstrated sensitivity to immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy. Here, we perform the largest genomics study in MCC to date to characterize the molecular landscape and evaluate for clinical and molecular correlates to immune checkpoint inhibitor response. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Comprehensive molecular profiling was performed on 317 tumors from patients with MCC including the evaluation of oncogenic mutations, tumor mutational burden (TMB), mutational signatures, and the Merkel Cell Polyomavirus (MCPyV). For a subs...
Source: Clinical Cancer Research - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Clin Cancer Res Source Type: research
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