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A selection of links to free papers on diagnostic melanocyte pathology

The articles listed below are selected because of their value in diagnostic pathology of melanocytic disorders, and because they can be downloaded at no cost, with the PubMed links provided. For copyright reasons, the PDFs cannot be placed here, but you should be able to access these articles in full, following the PubMed Central data. NB: This list is very incomplete; it will be structured and completed later.

1: Kuilman T, Michaloglou C, Mooi WJ, Peeper DS. The essence of senescence. Genes Dev. 2010 Nov 15;24(22):2463-79. doi: 10.1101/gad.1971610. Review. PubMed PMID: 21078816; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2975923.

2: Mooi WJ. The dysplastic naevus. J Clin Pathol. 1997 Sep;50(9):711-5. Review. PubMed PMID: 9389970; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC500166.

3: Elder DE. Precursors to melanoma and their mimics: nevi of special sites. Mod Pathol. 2006 Feb;19 Suppl 2:S4-20. PubMed PMID: 16446715.

4: Xu X, Chen L, Guerry D, Dawson PR, Hwang WT, VanBelle P, Elder DE, Zhang PJ, Ming ME, Schuchter L, Gimotty PA. Lymphatic invasion is independently prognostic of metastasis in primary cutaneous melanoma. Clin Cancer Res. 2012 Jan 1;18(1):229-37. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-11-0490. Epub 2011 Nov 17. PubMed PMID: 22096024; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3262994.

5: Broekaert SM, Roy R, Okamoto I, van den Oord J, Bauer J, Garbe C, Barnhill RL, Busam KJ, Cochran AJ, Cook MG, Elder DE, McCarthy SW, Mihm MC, Schadendorf D, Scolyer RA, Spatz A, Bastian BC. Genetic and morphologic features for melanoma classification. Pigment Cell Melanoma Res. 2010 Dec;23(6):763-70. doi:
10.1111/j.1755-148X.2010.00778.x. PubMed PMID: 20874733; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3107973.

6: Elder DE. Pathology of melanoma. Clin Cancer Res. 2006 Apr 1;12(7 Pt 2):2308s-2311s. Review. PubMed PMID: 16609050.

7: Atillasoy ES, Seykora JT, Soballe PW, Elenitsas R, Nesbit M, Elder DE, Montone KT, Sauter E, Herlyn M. UVB induces atypical melanocytic lesions and melanoma in human skin. Am J Pathol. 1998 May;152(5):1179-86. PubMed PMID: 9588887; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1858575.

8: Thompson JF, Soong SJ, Balch CM, Gershenwald JE, Ding S, Coit DG, Flaherty KT, Gimotty PA, Johnson T, Johnson MM, Leong SP, Ross MI, Byrd DR, Cascinelli N, Cochran AJ, Eggermont AM, McMasters KM, Mihm MC Jr, Morton DL, Sondak VK. Prognostic significance of mitotic rate in localized primary cutaneous melanoma: an analysis of patients in the multi-institutional American Joint Committee on Cancer melanoma staging database. J Clin Oncol. 2011 Jun 1;29(16):2199-205. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2010.31.5812. Epub 2011 Apr 25. Erratum in: J Clin Oncol. 2011 Jul 20;29(21):2949. PubMed PMID: 21519009; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3107741.

9: Balch CM, Gershenwald JE, Soong SJ, Thompson JF, Atkins MB, Byrd DR, Buzaid AC, Cochran AJ, Coit DG, Ding S, Eggermont AM, Flaherty KT, Gimotty PA, Kirkwood JM, McMasters KM, Mihm MC Jr, Morton DL, Ross MI, Sober AJ, Sondak VK. Final version of 2009 AJCC melanoma staging and classification. J Clin Oncol. 2009 Dec 20;27(36):6199-206. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2009.23.4799. Epub 2009 Nov 16. PubMed PMID: 19917835; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2793035.

10: Murali R, Cochran AJ, Cook MG, Hillman JD, Karim RZ, Moncrieff M, Starz H, Thompson JF, Scolyer RA. Interobserver reproducibility of histologic parameters of melanoma deposits in sentinel lymph nodes: implications for management of patients with melanoma. Cancer. 2009 Nov 1;115(21):5026-37. doi:
10.1002/cncr.24298. PubMed PMID: 19658180; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2767474.

11: Morton DL, Thompson JF, Cochran AJ, Mozzillo N, Elashoff R, Essner R, Nieweg OE, Roses DF, Hoekstra HJ, Karakousis CP, Reintgen DS, Coventry BJ, Glass EC, Wang HJ; MSLT Group. Sentinel-node biopsy or nodal observation in melanoma. N Engl J Med. 2006 Sep 28;355(13):1307-17. Erratum in: N Engl J Med. 2006 Nov 2;355(18):1944. PubMed PMID: 17005948.

12: King R, Hayzen BA, Page RN, Googe PB, Zeagler D, Mihm MC Jr. Recurrent nevus phenomenon: a clinicopathologic study of 357 cases and histologic comparison with melanoma with regression. Mod Pathol. 2009 May;22(5):611-7. doi: 10.1038/modpathol.2009.22. Epub 2009 Mar 6. PubMed PMID: 19270643.

13: Magro CM, Crowson AN, Mihm MC. Unusual variants of malignant melanoma. Mod Pathol. 2006 Feb;19 Suppl 2:S41-70. Review. PubMed PMID: 16446716.

14: King R, Page RN, Googe PB, Mihm MC Jr. Lentiginous melanoma: a histologic pattern of melanoma to be distinguished from lentiginous nevus. Mod Pathol. 2005 Oct;18(10):1397-401. PubMed PMID: 15976811.

15: Maldonado JL, Fridlyand J, Patel H, Jain AN, Busam K, Kageshita T, Ono T, Albertson DG, Pinkel D, Bastian BC. Determinants of BRAF mutations in primary melanomas. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2003 Dec 17;95(24):1878-90. PubMed PMID: 14679157. 16: Lee DA, Cohen JA, Twaddell WS, Palacios G, Gill M, Levit E, Halperin AJ,

Mones J, Busam KJ, Silvers DN, Celebi JT. Are all melanomas the same? Spitzoid melanoma is a distinct subtype of melanoma. Cancer. 2006 Feb 15;106(4):907-13. PubMed PMID: 16421887.

17: Curtin JA, Fridlyand J, Kageshita T, Patel HN, Busam KJ, Kutzner H, Cho KH, Aiba S, Bröcker EB, LeBoit PE, Pinkel D, Bastian BC. Distinct sets of genetic alterations in melanoma. N Engl J Med. 2005 Nov 17;353(20):2135-47. PubMed PMID: 16291983.

18: Martin RC, Murali R, Scolyer RA, Fitzgerald P, Colman MH, Thompson JF. So-called "malignant blue nevus": a clinicopathologic study of 23 patients. Cancer. 2009 Jul 1;115(13):2949-55. doi: 10.1002/cncr.24319. PubMed PMID: 19472395.

19: McCarthy SW, Scolyer RA. Melanocytic lesions of the face: diagnostic pitfalls. Ann Acad Med Singapore. 2004 Jul;33(4 Suppl):3-14. Review. PubMed PMID: 15389301.

20: Thompson JF, Scolyer RA, Kefford RF. Melanoma - a management guide for GPs. Aust Fam Physician. 2012 Jul;41(7):470-3. PubMed PMID: 22762064.

21: Murali R, Loughman NT, McKenzie PR, Watson GF, Thompson JF, Scolyer RA. Cytologic features of metastatic and recurrent melanoma in patients with primary cutaneous desmoplastic melanoma. Am J Clin Pathol. 2008 Nov;130(5):715-23. doi: 10.1309/AJCPG4QZHLWFXMFJ. PubMed PMID: 18854263.

22: Chen JY, Hruby G, Scolyer RA, Murali R, Hong A, Fitzgerald P, Pham TT, Quinn MJ, Thompson JF. Desmoplastic neurotropic melanoma: a clinicopathologic analysis of 128 cases. Cancer. 2008 Nov 15;113(10):2770-8. doi: 10.1002/cncr.23895. PubMed PMID: 18823042.

23: Murali R, Doubrovsky A, Watson GF, McKenzie PR, Lee CS, McLeod DJ, Uren RF, Stretch JR, Saw RP, Thompson JF, Scolyer RA. Diagnosis of metastatic melanoma by fine-needle biopsy: analysis of 2,204 cases. Am J Clin Pathol. 2007 Mar;127(3):385-97. PubMed PMID: 17276948.

24: Shaw HM, McCarthy WH, Scolyer RA. Clinical and histologic features of level 2 cutaneous malignant melanoma associated with metastasis. Cancer. 2002 Aug 1;95(3):671-2; author reply 672-3. PubMed PMID: 12209764.

25: Murali R, Shaw HM, Lai K, McCarthy SW, Quinn MJ, Stretch JR, Thompson JF, Scolyer RA. Prognostic factors in cutaneous desmoplastic melanoma: a study of 252 patients. Cancer. 2010 Sep 1;116(17):4130-8. doi: 10.1002/cncr.25148. PubMed PMID: 20564101.

26: Doubrovsky A, Scolyer RA, Murali R, McKenzie PR, Watson GF, Lee CS, McLeod DJ, McCarthy WH, Uren RF, Stretch JR, Saw RP, Thompson JF. Diagnostic accuracy of fine needle biopsy for metastatic melanoma and its implications for patient management. Ann Surg Oncol. 2008 Jan;15(1):323-32. Epub 2007 Nov 8. PubMed PMID: 17990041; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2190340.

27: Michaloglou C, Vredeveld LC, Soengas MS, Denoyelle C, Kuilman T, van der Horst CM, Majoor DM, Shay JW, Mooi WJ, Peeper DS. BRAFE600-associated senescence-like cell cycle arrest of human naevi. Nature. 2005 Aug 4;436(7051):720-4. PubMed PMID: 16079850.