From UVs to Metastases: Modeling Melanoma Initiation and Progression in the Mouse

Zaidi, M Raza; Day, Chi-Ping; Merlino, Glenn
October 2008
Journal of Investigative Dermatology;Oct2008, Vol. 128 Issue 10, p2381
Academic Journal
Cutaneous malignant melanoma is highly invasive and capable of metastasizing to distant sites where it is typically resistant to available therapy. While striving to prevent or eradicate melanoma, researchers have two significant advantages not shared by those working on many other cancers. The main environmental etiological agent, UV radiation, is known and melanocytic lesions are excisable for molecular analysis from most stages. Yet knowledge about how UV initiates melanoma has been insufficient to achieve prevention, and the understanding of metastatic mechanisms has been inadequate to reduce mortality. Here, we review the value of melanoma mouse models, focusing on these critical early and late stages.Journal of Investigative Dermatology (2008) 128, 2381–2391; doi:10.1038/jid.2008.177


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