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David K Lau, Rebecca Y Tay, Yvonne H Yeung, Fiona Chionh, Jennifer Mooi, Carmel Murone, Effie Skrinos, Timothy J Price, John M Mariadason, Niall C Tebbutt
BACKGROUND: Advanced biliary tract cancers (BTCs) have a poor prognosis and limited treatment options. This exploratory phase II study aimed to evaluate the activity of the mTOR inhibitor everolimus in advanced BTC and explore prognostic biomarkers. METHODS: Patients with advanced BTCs, who had not received chemotherapy for advanced disease, were enroled to receive everolimus (10 mg daily). The primary endpoint was disease control rate (DCR) at 12 weeks. Secondary endpoints included overall response rate, progression-free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS) and adverse events...
March 12, 2018: British Journal of Cancer
Marcel Wiesweg, Henning Reis, Tobias Köster, Moritz Goetz, Karl Worm, Thomas Herold, Andreas Paul, Alexander Dechêne, Brigitte Schumacher, Peter Markus, Isabel Virchow, Karina Kostbade, Nathalie Wolf, Gregor Zaun, Martin Metzenmacher, Kurt W Schmid, Martin Schuler, Stefan Kasper
BACKGROUND: Deregulation of signal transduction pathways plays a critical role in oncogenesis of colorectal cancer (CRC) and directly affects sensitivity to targeted therapies. Against this background we developed a comprehensive biomarker profiling program including markers of downstream signaling to study their association with clinical outcomes. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A prospectively studied cohort of 160 patients with metastatic CRC was included. Standard diagnostic workup included mutational analyses of Kirsten rat sarcoma viral oncogene homolog (KRAS), neuroblastoma RAS viral oncogene homolog (NRAS), and v-Raf murine sarcoma viral oncogene homolog B (BRAF)...
February 17, 2018: Clinical Colorectal Cancer
Carmine Pinto, Maurizio Di Bisceglie, Francesca Di Fabio, Annamaria Bochicchio, Tiziana Latiano, Stefano Cordio, Gerardo Rosati, Carlo Aschele, Antonella Marino, Francesca Bergamo, Sara Bustreo, Luca Frassineti, Fortunato Ciardiello, Angela Damato, Stefania Giaquinta, Daniela Baldari, Luca Boni
BACKGROUND: Treatment with fluoropyrimidines and concomitant long-course external radiotherapy (RTE) is the standard of care in locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC) preoperative chemoradiation. A randomized phase II study (RaP/STAR-03) was conducted that aimed to evaluate the activity and safety of the monoclonal antibody anti-epidermal growth factor receptor panitumumab as a single agent in combination with radiotherapy in low-risk LARC preoperative treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients had adenocarcinoma of the mid-low rectum, cT3N- or cT2-T3N+, KRAS wild-type status, and negative circumferential radial margin...
March 9, 2018: Oncologist
B Melosky, N Blais, P Cheema, C Couture, R Juergens, S Kamel-Reid, M-S Tsao, P Wheatley-Price, Z Xu, D N Ionescu
Background: The development and approval of both targeted and immune therapies for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (nsclc) has significantly improved patient survival rates and quality of life. Biomarker testing for patients newly diagnosed with nsclc, as well as for patients progressing after treatment with epidermal growth factor receptor ( EGFR ) inhibitors, is the standard of care in Canada and many parts of the world. Methods: A group of thoracic oncology experts in the field of thoracic oncology met to describe the standard for biomarker testing for lung cancer in the Canadian context, focusing on evidence-based recommendations for standard-of-care testing for EGFR , anaplastic lymphoma kinase ( ALK ), ROS1 , BRAF V600 and programmed death-ligand (PD-L1) at the time of diagnosis of advanced disease and EGFR T790M upon progression...
February 2018: Current Oncology
Andrew Graham Hill, Michael Findlay, Matthew Burge, Christopher Jackson, Pilar García Alfonso, Leslie Samuel, Vinod Ganju, Meinolf Karthaus, Alessio Amatu, Mark Jeffery, Maria Di Bartolomeo, John Bridgewater, Andrew L Coveler, Manuel Hidalgo, Amy V Kapp, Roxana Sufan, Bruce McCall, William Hanley, Elicia Penuel, Andrea Pirzkall, Josep Tabernero
PURPOSE: Duligotuzumab is a dual-action antibody directed against EGFR and HER3. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: mCRC patients with KRAS ex2 wild-type received duligotuzumab or cetuximab and FOLFIRI until progression or intolerable toxicity. Mandatory tumor samples underwent mutation and biomarker analysis. Efficacy analysis was conducted in patients with RAS exon 2/3 wild-type tumors. RESULTS: Of 134 randomized patients, 98 were RAS ex2/3 wild-type...
March 5, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
In Seok Yang, Sangwoo Kim
BACKGROUND: Aberrant mutations in KRAS play a critical role in tumor initiation and progression, and are a negative prognosis factor in lung adenocarcinoma (LUAD). RESULTS: Using genomic analysis for K-Ras isoforms (K-Ras4A and K-Ras4B) and large-scale multi-omics data, we inspected the overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS) of LUAD patients based on the abundance of transcript variants by analyzing RNA expression and somatic mutation data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (n = 516)...
February 19, 2018: BMC Bioinformatics
Ruth Nussinov, Chung-Jung Tsai, Hyunbum Jang
Ras signaling initiates at the plasma membrane. Thus, Ras behavior at the membrane and how it relates to its interactions with Raf and PI3Kα, are of immense interest. Here we review factors influencing Ras lateral diffusion. We then ask whether oncogenic Ras diffusion speed in the membrane is important for signaling response times and whether it affects ubiquitously all pathways. We suggest that if Ras expression is sufficiently high to dimerize (or form nanoclusters), signaling response of those pathways where dimers (or nanoclusters) are involved corresponds to the speed with which Ras molecules travel in the membrane...
February 27, 2018: Seminars in Cancer Biology
Yukihiro Akao, Minami Kumasaki, Haruka Shinohara, Nobuhiko Sugito, Yuki Kuranaga, Takuya Tsujino, Yuki Yoshikawa, Yukio Kitade
Despite considerable research on K-Ras inhibitors, none had been developed until now. We synthesized nuclease-resistant synthetic miR-143 (miR-143#12), which strongly silenced K-Ras, its effector signal molecules AKT and ERKs, and the K-Ras activator Sos1. We examined the anti-proliferative effect of miR-143#12 and the mechanism in human colon cancer DLD-1 cell (G13D) and other cell types harboring K-Ras mutations. Cell growth was markedly suppressed in a concentration-dependent manner by miR-143#12 (IC50 : 1...
March 2, 2018: Cancer Science
Irina A Tikhonova, Nicola Huxley, Tristan Snowsill, Louise Crathorne, Jo Varley-Campbell, Mark Napier, Martin Hoyle
BACKGROUND: Combination therapies with cetuximab (Erbitux® ; Merck Serono UK Ltd) and panitumumab (Vectibix® ; Amgen UK Ltd) are shown to be less effective in adults with metastatic colorectal cancer who have mutations in exons 2, 3 and 4 of KRAS and NRAS oncogenes from the rat sarcoma (RAS) family. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to estimate the cost effectiveness of these drugs in patients with previously untreated RAS wild-type (i.e. non-mutated) metastatic colorectal cancer, not eligible for liver resection at baseline, from the UK National Health Service and Personal Social Services perspective...
March 1, 2018: PharmacoEconomics
Felix O Hofmann, Julian W Holch, Volker Heinemann, Ingrid Ricard, Maximilian F Reiser, Alena B Baumann, Nina Hesse, Melvin D'Anastasi, Dominik P Modest, Sebastian Stintzing, Wieland H Sommer
PURPOSE: To determine the prognostic impact of radiologically enlarged lymph nodes ≥ 10 mm on the survival of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The prospective, randomized, open-label FIRE-3/AIO KRK0306 trial evaluated the first-line therapy of patients with KRAS exon 2 wild-type metastatic colorectal cancer with fluorouracil, folinic acid and irinotecan plus either cetuximab or bevacizumab. In the RAS wild-type population (n = 400), adequately evaluable baseline computed tomographies (n = 339) were reviewed for enlarged regional and distant lymph nodes...
March 2018: European Journal of Radiology
Irene Sangrador, Xavier Molero, Fiona Campbell, Sebastià Franch-Expósito, Maria Rovira-Rigau, Esther Samper, Manuel Domínguez Fraile, Cristina Fillat, Antoni Castells, Eva C Vaquero
The transcription factor Zeb1 has been identified as a crucial player in Kras-dependent oncogenesis. In pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), Zeb1 is highly expressed in myofibroblasts and correlates with poor prognosis. As Kras mutations are key drivers in PDAC, we aimed here to assess the necessity of Zeb1 for Kras-driven PDAC and to define the role of Zeb1-expressing myofibroblasts in PDAC development. Genetically engineered mice with conditional pancreatic KrasG12D and Trp53 mutations (KPC) were crossed with Zeb1 haploinsufficient mice (Z+/-)...
February 28, 2018: Cancer Research
Edward C Stites, Andrey S Shaw
KRAS has proven difficult to target pharmacologically. Two strategies have recently been described for covalently targeting the most common KRAS mutant in lung cancer, KRAS G12C. Previously, we developed a computational model of the processes that regulate Ras activation. Here, we use this model to investigate KRAS G12C covalent inhibitors. We updated the model to include Ras protein turnover, and validation demonstrates that our model performs well in areas of G12C targeting where conventional wisdom struggles...
February 27, 2018: CPT: Pharmacometrics & Systems Pharmacology
Maria Laura De Angelis, Alessandro Bruselles, Federica Francescangeli, Flavia Pucilli, Sara Vitale, Ann Zeuner, Marco Tartaglia, Marta Baiocchi
Biobanking of molecularly characterized colorectal cancer stem cells (CSCs) generated from individual patients and growing as spheroids in defined serum-free media offer a fast, feasible, and multi-level approach for the screening of targeted therapies and drug resistance molecular studies. By combining in vitro and in vivo analyses of cetuximab efficacy with genetic data on an ongoing collection of stem cell-enriched spheroids, we describe the identification and preliminary characterization of microsatellite stable (MSS) CSCs that, despite the presence of the KRAS (G12D) mutation, display epidermal growth factor (EGF)-dependent growth and are strongly inhibited by anti-EGF-receptor (EGFR) treatment...
February 24, 2018: Cell Biology and Toxicology
Claudio Bellevicine, Roberta Sgariglia, Ilaria Migliatico, Elena Vigliar, Melania D'Anna, Maria Antonia Nacchio, Nicola Serra, Umberto Malapelle, Massimo Bongiovanni, Giancarlo Troncone
BACKGROUND: The Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology category of atypia of undetermined significance/follicular lesion of undetermined significance (AUS/FLUS) includes fine-needle aspiration (FNA) specimens that cannot straightforwardly be classified as benign or malignant. To determine whether morphological subcategorization based on atypia qualifiers and molecular testing could improve malignancy risk stratification of AUS/FLUS patients, this study assessed the correlation between these qualifiers and the molecular alterations commonly harbored by thyroid neoplasms...
February 22, 2018: Cancer Cytopathology
Xiaoyu Guo, Wenjing Zhao, Zuojia Liu, Jin Wang
Ras-targeted therapy represents a 'holy grail' in oncology. Based on our model prediction, Spiclomazine freezing the intermediate conformation of activated Ras is central to cancer therapeutics. We show here that Spiclomazine leads to an effective suppression in Ras-mediated signaling through abrogating the KRas-GTP level in the KRas -driven pancreatic cancer. The Ras-mediated signaling inhibition leads to dramatically reduced survivals of five KRas -driven pancreatic cancer cell lines with IC50 ranging 19...
January 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Lara Al-Olabi, Satyamaanasa Polubothu, Katherine Dowsett, Katrina A Andrews, Paulina Stadnik, Agnel P Joseph, Rachel Knox, Alan Pittman, Graeme Clark, William Baird, Neil Bulstrode, Mary Glover, Kristiana Gordon, Darren Hargrave, Susan M Huson, Thomas S Jacques, Gregory James, Hannah Kondolf, Loshan Kangesu, Kim M Keppler-Noreuil, Amjad Khan, Marjorie J Lindhurst, Mark Lipson, Sahar Mansour, Justine O'Hara, Caroline Mahon, Anda Mosica, Celia Moss, Aditi Murthy, Juling Ong, Victoria E Parker, Jean-Baptiste Rivière, Julie C Sapp, Neil J Sebire, Rahul Shah, Branavan Sivakumar, Anna Thomas, Alex Virasami, Regula Waelchli, Zhiqiang Zeng, Leslie G Biesecker, Alex Barnacle, Maya Topf, Robert K Semple, E Elizabeth Patton, Veronica A Kinsler
BACKGROUND: Sporadic vascular malformations (VMs) are complex congenital anomalies of blood vessels that lead to stroke, life-threatening bleeds, disfigurement, overgrowth, and/or pain. Therapeutic options are severely limited and multi-disciplinary management remains challenging, particularly for high-flow arteriovenous malformations (AVM). METHODS: To investigate the pathogenesis of sporadic intracranial and extracranial VMs in 160 children in which known genetic causes had been excluded, we sequenced DNA from affected tissue and optimised analysis for detection of low mutant allele frequency...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Andrew M Kidger, James Sipthorp, Simon J Cook
The RAS-regulated RAF-MEK1/2-ERK1/2 signalling pathway is de-regulated in a variety of cancers due to mutations in receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs), negative regulators of RAS (such as NF1) and core pathway components themselves (RAS, BRAF, CRAF, MEK1 or MEK2). This has driven the development of a variety of pharmaceutical agents to inhibit RAF-MEK1/2-ERK1/2 signalling in cancer and both RAF and MEK inhibitors are now approved and used in the clinic. There is now much interest in targeting at the level of ERK1/2 for a variety of reasons...
February 15, 2018: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Vincent L Cannataro, Stephen G Gaffney, Carly Stender, Zi-Ming Zhao, Mark Philips, Andrew E Greenstein, Jeffrey P Townsend
Activating mutations in RAS genes are associated with approximately 20% of all human cancers. New targeted therapies show preclinical promise in inhibiting the KRAS G12C variant. However, concerns exist regarding the effectiveness of such therapies in vivo given the possibilities of existing intratumor heterogeneity or de novo mutation leading to treatment resistance. We performed deep sequencing of 27 KRAS G12-positive lung tumors to determine the prevalence of other oncogenic mutations within KRAS or within commonly mutated downstream genes that could confer resistance at the time of treatment...
February 16, 2018: Oncogene
Chiara Cremolini, Carlotta Antoniotti, Sara Lonardi, Giuseppe Aprile, Francesca Bergamo, Gianluca Masi, Roberta Grande, Giuseppe Tonini, Claudia Mescoli, Giovanni Gerardo Cardellino, Luigi Coltelli, Lisa Salvatore, Domenico Cristiano Corsi, Cristiana Lupi, Donatello Gemma, Monica Ronzoni, Emanuela Dell'Aquila, Federica Marmorino, Francesca Di Fabio, Maria Laura Mancini, Lorenzo Marcucci, Gabriella Fontanini, Vittorina Zagonel, Luca Boni, Alfredo Falcone
Importance: The combination of a triple-drug chemotherapy regimen with an anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) agent as a first-line treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) showed promising activity along with safety concerns in single-arm phase 2 trials. The role of maintenance following chemotherapy and anti-EGFR and the optimal regimen to be adopted are not established. Objectives: To evaluate the activity and safety of cetuximab plus modified FOLFOXIRI (mFOLFOXIRI) and explore the role of maintenance with cetuximab or bevacizumab in RAS and BRAF wild-type mCRC...
February 15, 2018: JAMA Oncology
Sang-Kyu Lee, Jeong-Ha Hwang, Kang-Yell Choi
Cancer development is usually driven by multiple genetic and molecular alterations rather than by a single defect. In the human colorectal cancer (CRC), series of mutations of genes are involved in the different stages of tumorigenesis. For example, adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) and KRAS mutations have been known to play roles in the initiation and progression of the tumorigenesis, respectively. However, many studies indicate that mutations of these two genes, which play roles in the Wnt/β-catenin and RAS-extra-cellular signal regulated kinase (ERK) pathways, respectively, cooperatively interact in the tumorigenesis in several different cancer types including CRC...
January 10, 2018: Advances in Biological Regulation
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