Targeting the MAPK Pathway in BRAF+ Melanoma

In melanoma, BRAF mutations have been demonstrated to hyperactivate MAPK pathway signaling, leading to tumor proliferation and growth.1,2 Targeted inhibition of protein kinases in this pathway has been shown to increase antitumor activity in melanoma, reversing some of the effects caused by BRAF mutations.2-8

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Combined Inhibition of MAPK and PD-1 in Melanoma


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Acronyms: BRAF = v-raf murine sarcoma viral oncogene homolog B1; CRAF = cellular RAF proto-oncogene; ERK = extracellular signal-regulated kinase; MAPK = mitogen-activated protein kinase; MEK = mitogen-activated extracellular signal-regulated kinase; RTK = receptor tyrosine kinase. 

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