Melanoma is a cancer of melanocytes, with multiple subtypes based on body site location. Cutaneous melanoma is associated with skin exposed to ultraviolet radiation, uveal melanoma occurs in the eyes, mucosal melanoma in internal mucous membranes, and acral melanoma on the palms, soles and nail beds. Here, we present the largest whole-genome sequencing study of melanoma to date, with 570 tumors profiled, as well as methylation and RNAseq for subsets of tumors. Uveal melanoma is genomically distinct from other melanoma subtypes, harboring the lowest tumor mutation burden and with significantly mutated genes in the G-protein signaling pathway. Most cutaneous, acral and mucosal melanomas share alterations in components of the MAPK, PI3K, p53, p16 and telomere pathways. However, the mechanism by which these pathways are activated or inactivated varies between melanoma subtypes. Additionally, we identify potential novel germline predisposition genes for some of the less common melanoma subtypes.
|Number of pages||24|
|Early online date||13 Sep 2022|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Nov 2022|