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Role of SLURP-1 in Melanoma and Melanoma Stem Cells

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01281722
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified January 2011 by National Taiwan University Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : January 24, 2011
Last Update Posted : January 24, 2011
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National Taiwan University Hospital

Brief Summary:

Melanoma is the most aggressive skin cancer, with a propensity to metastasize, and is resistant to most of the current therapeutic regimens. Incidence rate of melanoma in patients with MDM (Mal De Maleda, with SLURP-1 mutation) is much higher than normal counterpart. SLURP-1 (lymphocyte antigen 6/urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor related protein-1) is an allosteric agonist to the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAchR) and it regulates epidermal homeostasis and T-cell function. The preliminary results of comparing human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from 4 affected and 15 unaffected members from the family with MDM revealed that T-cell activation was impaired in PBMCs with the heterozygous and homozygous SLURP-1 G86R mutation. (2 of affected members developed melanoma.) Since there is currently no effective treatment for metastatic melanoma, identifying novel molecular mechanisms may lead to development of new treatments for metastatic melanomas.

Previous study showed that melanoma stem cells (MSCs) are crucial in melanoma pathogenesis: 1.Melanoma contains ABCB5, CD133 and ABCG2 positive cells had enhanced tumorigenic potential. 2.Higher frequencies of cells capable of initiating melanoma xenografts when using IL2Rγ-/- NOD SCID mice. These data confirmed the interaction between T cells and MSCs.

In this project, we will investigate the roles of SLURP-1 in melanoma and MSCs. Investigating and verifying the interaction between T-cells from patients with MDM and melanoma cells to confirm the SLURP-1 function of tumorigenesis in xenotransplant mice (IL2Rγ-/- NOD SCID) model. To reveal the role of SLURP-1 silencing in melanoma cell lines by using not only A2058 , A375 and MeWo mwlanima cell lines but also ABCB5+ melanoma cells and ABCB5- melanoma cells through the tumorigenesis, apoptosis,angiogenesis, proliferation, melanosphere formation assays.

The aim of this project is to investigate the roles and molecular mechanisms of SLURP-1 in melanoma carcinogenesis, which may improve the development of novel treatments for melanoma.

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Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 150 participants
Observational Model: Case-Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Study Start Date : January 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date : July 2014
Estimated Study Completion Date : July 2019

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MedlinePlus Genetics related topics: Melanoma
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healthy adults
healthy adults with the age among 20 to 95 years old
melanoma cases
the people who are diagnosed melanoma in NTU hospital

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
serum, DNA, tissue

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Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 95 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
case and control study of melanoma disease

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Clinical diagnosis of melanoma Disease by NTU hospital(group of cases)
  • healthy adults(groups of control)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • two groups whose age are younger than 20 or older tha 95 years old
  • Clinical diagnosis of non-melanoma Disease by NTU hospital(group of cases)

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01281722

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Contact: Shiou-Hwa Jee, M.D., Ph.D. 886-9-72651116;

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Department of Dermatology, National Taiwan University Hospital. Recruiting
Taipei, Taiwan, 100
Contact: Shiou-Hwa Jee, M.D., Ph.D.    886-9-72651116;   
Sub-Investigator: Jung-Ting Kao, M.D.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Taiwan University Hospital
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Study Chair: Shiou-Hwa Jee, M.D., Ph.D. Department of Dermatology, National Taiwan University Hospital.
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Responsible Party: Shiou-Hwa Jee, M.D., Ph.D., Professor,Department of Dermatology,National Taiwan University Hospital Identifier: NCT01281722    
Other Study ID Numbers: 201012044RB
First Posted: January 24, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 24, 2011
Last Verified: January 2011
Keywords provided by National Taiwan University Hospital:
healthy adults
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Neuroendocrine Tumors
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Nevi and Melanomas