Targets and Biomarkers in Cutaneous Lymphoma

A special issue of Cancers (ISSN 2072-6694). This special issue belongs to the section "Cancer Biomarkers".

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1. Department of Dermatology and Venerolgy, Helios Klinikum Krefeld, Krefeld, Germany
2. Institute of Molecular Medicine, Medical School Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Interests: dermato-oncology; cutaneous lymphoma; malignant melanoma; dermatopathology; clinical trials; targeted therapies; autoimmune diseases
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Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Interests: cutaneous lymphoma; dermato-oncology

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Dear Colleagues,

Cutaneous lymphomas are clinically and biologically heterogeneous and have overlapping diagnostic features. With the advance of new technologies and the application of efficient and feasible detection platforms, an unprecedented number of novel biomarkers have been discovered or are under investigation at the genetic, epigenetic, and protein levels and the tumor microenvironment. These biomarkers have enabled new clinical and pathological insights into the mechanisms underlying lymphomagenesis and have also facilitated improvements in the potential of personalized therapy for cutaneous lymphoma patients. However, integrating these biomarkers into clinical practice effectively and precisely in daily practice is challenging. More in-depth studies are required to further validate these novel biomarkers and to assess other parameters that can affect the reproducibility of these biomarkers, such as the selection of detection methods, biological reagents, and interpretation of data.

Despite these challenges, there are many reasons to be optimistic that novel biomarkers will facilitate better algorithms and strategies as we enter a new era of precision medicine to better refine diagnosis, prognostication, and rational treatment design for patients with lymphomas.

This Special Issue welcomes works regarding biomarkers related to alterations in cutaneous lymphomas at the genetic, epigenetic, protein levels, and the tumor microenvironment.

Prof. Dr. Chalid Assaf
Dr. Gabor Dobos
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  • cutaneous T cell lymphoma (CTCL)
  • biomarker
  • targets
  • diagnostics
  • personalized medicine
  • mycosis fungoides
  • Sézary syndrome
  • genetics
  • epigenetics
  • tumor microenvironment

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Systematic Review
JAK Inhibitors in Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma: Friend or Foe? A Systematic Review of the Published Literature
by Seyed Mohammad Vahabi, Saeed Bahramian, Farzad Esmaeili, Bardia Danaei, Yasamin Kalantari, Patrick Fazeli, Sara Sadeghi, Nima Hajizadeh, Chalid Assaf and Ifa Etesami
Cancers 2024, 16(5), 861; - 21 Feb 2024
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Cutaneous T-cell lymphomas (CTCLs) are a group of lymphoid neoplasms with high relapse rates and no curative treatment other than allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT). CTCL is significantly influenced by disruption of JAK/STAT signaling. Therefore, Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors may be promising for [...] Read more.
Cutaneous T-cell lymphomas (CTCLs) are a group of lymphoid neoplasms with high relapse rates and no curative treatment other than allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT). CTCL is significantly influenced by disruption of JAK/STAT signaling. Therefore, Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors may be promising for CTCL treatment. This study is a systematic review aiming to investigate the role of JAK inhibitors in the treatment of CTCL, including their efficacy and safety. Out of 438 initially searched articles, we present 13 eligible ones. The overall response rate (ORR) in the treatment with JAK inhibitors in clinical trials was 11–35%, although different subtypes of CTCL showed different ORRs. Mycosis fungoides showed an ORR of 14–45%, while subcutaneous-panniculitis-like T-cell lymphoma (SPTCL) displayed an ORR ranging from 75% to 100%. Five cases were reported having a relapse/incident of CTCL after using JAK inhibitors; of these, three cases were de novo CTCLs in patients under treatment with a JAK inhibitor due to refractory arthritis, and two cases were relapsed disease after graft-versus-host disease treatment following allo-SCT. In conclusion, using JAK inhibitors for CTCL treatment seems promising with acceptable side effects, especially in patients with SPTCL. Some biomarkers, like pS6, showed an association with better responses. Caution should be taken when treating patients with an underlying autoimmune disease and prior immunosuppression. Full article
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