Betancourt LH, Pawłowski K, Eriksson J, Szasz AM, Mitra S, Pla I, Welinder C, Ekedahl H, Broberg P, Appelqvist R, Yakovleva M, Sugihara Y, Miharada K, Ingvar C, Lundgren L, Baldetorp B, Olsson H, Rezeli M, Wieslander E, Horvatovich P, Malm J, Jönsson G, Marko-Varga G
Sci Rep 9 (1) 5154 [2019-03-26; online 2019-03-26]
Metastatic melanoma is one of the most common deadly cancers, and robust biomarkers are still needed, e.g. to predict survival and treatment efficiency. Here, protein expression analysis of one hundred eleven melanoma lymph node metastases using high resolution mass spectrometry is coupled with in-depth histopathology analysis, clinical data and genomics profiles. This broad view of protein expression allowed to identify novel candidate protein markers that improved prediction of survival in melanoma patients. Some of the prognostic proteins have not been reported in the context of melanoma before, and few of them exhibit unexpected relationship to survival, which likely reflects the limitations of current knowledge on melanoma and shows the potential of proteomics in clinical cancer research.