Intraductal pancreatic mucinous neoplasms: A tumor-biology based approach for risk stratification

Vincenzo Nasca, Marta Chiaravalli, Geny Piro, Annachiara Esposito, Lisa Salvatore, Giampaolo Tortora, Vincenzo Corbo, Carmine Carbone

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Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma is one of the most lethal human cancers. Its precursor lesions include pancreatic intra-epithelial neoplasia, mucinous cystic neoplasm, and intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN). IPMNs usually present as an incidental finding at imaging in 2.6% of the population and, according to the degree of dysplasia, they are classified as low-or high-grade lesions. Since the risk of malignant transformation is not accurately predictable, the management of these lesions is based on morphological and clinical parameters, such as presence of mural nodule, main pancreatic duct dilation, presence of symptoms, or high-grade dysplasia. Although the main genetic alterations associated to IPMNs have been elucidated, they are still not helpful for disease risk stratification. The growing body of genomic and epigenomic studies along with the more recent development of organotypic cultures provide the opportunity to improve our understanding of the malignant transformation process, which will likely deliver biomarkers to help discriminate between low-and high-risk lesions. Recent insights on the topic are herein summarized.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6386
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2020


  • Carcinogenesis
  • IPMN
  • Pancreas
  • Pancreatic cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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