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Merkel cell carcinoma: Is this a true carcinoma?
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PMID:  25040178     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Recent years have brought an enhanced understanding of Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) biology, especially with regards to the Merkel cell polyoma virus as a causative agent. Differences between Merkel cell polyomavirus-positive and -negative MCC in morphology,, gene expression, miRNA profiles and prognosis have been reported. Origin of MCC is controversial. Presence of neurosecretory granules has suggested that these carcinomas originate from one of the neurocrest derivatives, most probably Merkel cells; the name Merkel cell carcinoma is now widely accepted. Expression of PGP 9.5, chromogranin A and several neuropeptides, initially regarded as specific markers for neural and neuroendocrine cells, has recently been shown in a subset of lymphomas. MCC commonly express terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase and PAX5. Their co-expression under physiologic circumstances is restricted to pro/pre-B cells and pre-B cells. These findings lead to the hypothesis by zur Hausen et al. that MCC originates from early B-cells. This review was intended to critically appraise zur Hausen's hypothesis and discuss the possibility that MCC is a heterogenous entity with distinct subtypes. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Marek Jankowski; Piotr Kopinski; Robert Schwartz; Rafal Czajkowski
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-7-9
Journal Detail:
Title:  Experimental dermatology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1600-0625     ISO Abbreviation:  Exp. Dermatol.     Publication Date:  2014 Jul 
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Created Date:  2014-7-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9301549     Medline TA:  Exp Dermatol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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