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Yong-Xia Wang, Yan-Ru Chen, Shan-Shan Liu, Ya-Ping Ye, Hong-Li Jiao, Shu-Yang Wang, Zhi-Yuan Xiao, Wen-Ting Wei, Jun-Feng Qiu, Li Liang, Wen-Ting Liao, Yan-Qing Ding
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer worldwide. Metastatic progression is a primary factor contributing to lethality of CRC patients. However, the molecular mechanisms forming early local invasion and distant metastatic colonies are still unclear and the present therapeutic approaches for CRC are unsatisfactory. Therefore, novel therapies targeting metastatic invasion that could prevent tumor spreading and recurrence are urgently needed. Our study showed that the decrease of miR-384 was found in 83...
October 17, 2016: Oncotarget
Meinolf Karthaus, Ralf-Dieter Hofheinz, Laurent Mineur, Henry Letocha, Richard Greil, Josef Thaler, Eva Fernebro, Kelly S Oliner, Michael Boedigheimer, Brian Twomey, Ying Zhang, Gaston Demonty, Claus-Henning Köhne
BACKGROUND: To investigate tumour biomarker status and efficacy of first-line panitumumab+FOLFIRI for metastatic colorectal carcinoma (mCRC). METHODS: 154 patients received first-line panitumumab + FOLFIRI every 14 days. Primary end point was objective response rate (ORR). Data were analysed by tumour RAS (KRAS/NRAS) and BRAF status, and baseline amphiregulin (AREG) expression. RESULTS: Objective responses occurred more frequently in RAS wild type (WT) (59%) vs RAS mutant (MT) (41%) mCRC and in RAS WT/BRAF WT (68%) vs RAS or BRAF MT (37%) disease...
October 20, 2016: British Journal of Cancer
Yan Wang, Jung-Mao Hsu, Ya'an Kang, Yongkun Wei, Pei-Chih Lee, Shing-Jyh Chang, Yi-Hsin Hsu, Jennifer L Hsu, Hung-Ling Wang, Wei-Chao Chang, Chia-Wei Li, Hsin-Wei Liao, Shih-Shin Chang, Weiya Xia, How-Wen Ko, Chao-Kai Chou, Jason B Fleming, Huamin Wang, Rosa F Hwang, Yue Chen, Jun Qin, Mien-Chie Hung
The oncogenic transcription factor Gli1 is a critical effector in the Hedgehog (Hh) pathway which is necessary for the development and progression of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). While TGF-β and K-Ras are known regulators of Gli1 gene transcription in this setting, it is not understood how Gli1 functional activity is regulated. Here we report the identification of Gli1 as a substrate for the protein arginine N-methyltransferase PRMT1 in PDAC. We found that PRMT1 methylates Gli1 at R597, promoting its transcriptional activity by enhancing the binding of Gli1 to its target gene promoters...
October 6, 2016: Cancer Research
Vanaja Konduri, Dali Li, Matthew M Halpert, Dan Liang, Zhengdong Liang, Yunyu Chen, William E Fisher, Silke Paust, Jonathan M Levitt, Qizhi Cathy Yao, William K Decker
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, exhibiting a five-year overall survival (OS) of only 7% despite aggressive standard of care. Recent advances in immunotherapy suggest potential application of immune-based treatment approaches to PDAC. To explore this concept further, we treated orthotopically established K-ras(G12D)/p53(-/-) PDAC tumors with gemcitabine and a cell-based vaccine previously shown to generate durable cell-mediated (TH1) immunity...
2016: Oncoimmunology
Valentina Kovaleva, Anna-Lena Geissler, Lisa Lutz, Ralph Fritsch, Frank Makowiec, Sebastian Wiesemann, Ulrich T Hopt, Bernward Passlick, Martin Werner, Silke Lassmann
BACKGROUND: Targeted next generation sequencing (tNGS) has become part of molecular pathology diagnostics for determining RAS mutation status in colorectal cancer (CRC) patients as predictive tool for decision on EGFR-targeted therapy. Here, we investigated mutation profiles of case-matched tissue specimens throughout the disease course of CRC, to further specify RAS-status dynamics and to identify de novo mutations associated with distant metastases. METHODS: Case-matched formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded (FFPE) resection specimens (n = 70; primary tumours, synchronous and/or metachronous liver and/or lung metastases) of 14 CRC cases were subjected to microdissection of normal colonic epithelial, primary and metastatic tumour cells, their DNA extraction and an adapted library protocol for limited DNA using the 48 gene TruSeq Amplicon Cancer Panel(TM), MiSeq sequencing and data analyses (Illumina)...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Cancer
Bernard Omolo, Mingli Yang, Fang Yin Lo, Michael J Schell, Sharon Austin, Kellie Howard, Anup Madan, Timothy J Yeatman
BACKGROUND: The KRAS gene is mutated in about 40 % of colorectal cancer (CRC) cases, which has been clinically validated as a predictive mutational marker of intrinsic resistance to anti-EGFR inhibitor (EGFRi) therapy. Since nearly 60 % of patients with a wild type KRAS fail to respond to EGFRi combination therapies, there is a need to develop more reliable molecular signatures to better predict response. Here we address the challenge of adapting a gene expression signature predictive of RAS pathway activation, created using fresh frozen (FF) tissues, for use with more widely available formalin fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissues...
October 19, 2016: BMC Medical Genomics
Grazia Palomba, Valentina Doneddu, Antonio Cossu, Panagiotis Paliogiannis, Antonella Manca, Milena Casula, Maria Colombino, Annamaria Lanzillo, Efisio Defraia, Antonio Pazzola, Giovanni Sanna, Carlo Putzu, Salvatore Ortu, Mario Scartozzi, Maria Teresa Ionta, Giovanni Baldino, Giuseppina Sarobba, Francesca Capelli, Tito Sedda, Luciano Virdis, Michela Barca, Giulia Gramignano, Mario Budroni, Francesco Tanda, Giuseppe Palmieri
BACKGROUND: Activation of oncogenes downstream the EGFR gene contributes to colorectal tumorigenesis and determines the sensitivity to anti-EGFR treatments. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prognostic value of KRAS, BRAF, NRAS and PIK3CA mutations in a large collection of CRC patients from genetically-homogeneous Sardinian population. METHODS: A total of 1284 Sardinian patients with histologically-proven diagnosis of colorectal carcinoma (CRC) and presenting with metastatic disease were included into the study...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
Tae Won Kim, Anneli Elme, Zvonko Kusic, Joon Oh Park, Anghel Adrian Udrea, Sun Young Kim, Joong Bae Ahn, Ricardo Villalobos Valencia, Srinivasan Krishnan, Ante Bilic, Nebojsa Manojlovic, Jun Dong, Xuesong Guan, Catherine Lofton-Day, A Scott Jung, Eduard Vrdoljak
BACKGROUND: We assessed the treatment effect of panitumumab plus best supportive care (BSC) vs BSC on overall survival (OS) in patients with chemorefractory wild-type KRAS exon 2 metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) and report the first prospective extended RAS analysis in a phase 3 trial. METHODS: Patients with wild-type KRAS exon 2 mCRC were randomised 1 : 1 to panitumumab (6 mg kg(-1) Q2W) plus BSC or BSC. On-study crossover was prohibited. RAS mutation status was determined by central laboratory testing...
October 13, 2016: British Journal of Cancer
Garyfallia Papaioannou, Fatemeh Mirzamohammadi, Tatsuya Kobayashi
During endochondral bone development, osteoblasts are continuously differentiated from locally residing progenitor cells. However, the regulation of such endogenous osteoprogenitor cells is still poorly understood mainly due to the difficulty in identifying such cells in vivo. In this paper, we genetically labeled different cell populations of the osteoblast linage using stage-specific, tamoxifen-inducible Cre transgenic mice to investigate their responses to a proliferative stimulus. We have found that overactivation of Kras signaling in type II collagen-positive, immature osteoprogenitor cells, but not in mature osteoblasts, substantially increases the number of their descendant stromal cells and mature osteoblasts, and subsequently increases bone mass...
October 13, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
Roz G Brant, Alan Sharpe, Tom Liptrot, Jonathan Dry, Elizabeth A Harrington, J Carl Barrett, Nicky Whalley, Chris Womack, Paul D Smith, Darren Hodgson
PURPOSE: To develop a clinically viable gene expression assay to measure RAS/RAF/MEK/ERK (RAS-ERK) pathway output suitable for hypothesis testing in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) clinical studies. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: A published MEK-functional-activation signature (MEK signature) that measures RAS-ERK functional output was optimized for NSCLC in silico. NanoString assays were developed for the NSCLC optimized MEK signature and the 147-gene RAS signature. First, platform transfer from Affymetrix to NanoString, and signature modulation following treatment with KRAS siRNA and MEK inhibitor, were investigated in cell lines...
October 12, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Steven K Montalvo, Lianbo Li, Kenneth D Westover
RAS mutations are among the most common genetic alterations found in cancerous tumors but rational criteria or strategies for targeting RAS-dependent tumors are only recently emerging. Clinical and laboratory data suggest that patient selection based on specific RAS mutations will be an essential component of these strategies. A thorough understanding of the biochemical and structural properties of mutant RAS proteins form the theoretical basis for these approaches. Direct inhibition of KRAS G12C by covalent inhibitors is a notable recent example of the RAS mutation-tailored approach that establishes a paradigm for other RAS mutation-centered strategies...
October 12, 2016: Future Oncology
H Mochizuki, M Breen
Recent discovery of the BRAF V595E mutation in a variety of canine cancers indicates that mutant BRAF may represent a novel therapeutic target. Presence of RAS mutations is associated with poor tumour response to BRAF inhibition but has not been investigated in BRAF-mutated canine cancers. The aim of this study was to evaluate the mutational status of three RAS genes (HRAS, KRAS and NRAS) in four types of canine carcinoma with and without the BRAF V595E mutation. Novel HRAS mutations were identified in 18% (3/17) of oral squamous cell carcinoma, whereas 17% (3/18) of pulmonary carcinoma carried KRAS or NRAS mutations...
October 6, 2016: Veterinary and Comparative Oncology
Anibal Bueno, Ian Morilla, Diego Diez, Aurelio A Moya-Garcia, José Lozano, Juan A G Ranea
RAS proteins are the founding members of the RAS superfamily of GTPases. They are involved in key signaling pathways regulating essential cellular functions such as cell growth and differentiation. As a result, their deregulation by inactivating mutations often results in aberrant cell proliferation and cancer. With the exception of the relatively well-known KRAS, HRAS and NRAS proteins, little is known about how the interactions of the other RAS human paralogs affect cancer evolution and response to treatment...
October 3, 2016: Oncotarget
Kohei Shitara, Kimio Yonesaka, Tadamichi Denda, Kentaro Yamazaki, Toshikazu Moriwaki, Masahiro Tsuda, Toshimi Takano, Hiroyuki Okuda, Tomohiro Nishina, Kazuko Sakai, Kazuto Nishio, Shoji Tokunaga, Takeharu Yamanaka, Narikazu Boku, Ichinosuke Hyodo, Kei Muro
This randomized phase II trial compared panitumumab plus fluorouracil, leucovorin, and irinotecan (FOLFIRI) with bevacizumab plus FOLFIRI as second-line chemotherapy for wild-type (WT) KRAS exon 2 metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) and to explore the values of oncogenes in circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) and serum proteins as predictive biomarkers. Patients with WT KRAS exon 2 mCRC refractory to first-line chemotherapy containing oxaliplatin and bevacizumab were randomly assigned to panitumumab plus FOLFIRI or bevacizumab plus FOLFIRI...
October 6, 2016: Cancer Science
Luca Trentin, Silvia Bresolin, Emanuela Giarin, Michela Bardini, Valentina Serafin, Benedetta Accordi, Franco Fais, Claudya Tenca, Paola De Lorenzo, Maria Grazia Valsecchi, Giovanni Cazzaniga, Geertruy Te Kronnie, Giuseppe Basso
To induce and sustain the leukaemogenic process, MLL-AF4+ leukaemia seems to require very few genetic alterations in addition to the fusion gene itself. Studies of infant and paediatric patients with MLL-AF4+ B cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (BCP-ALL) have reported mutations in KRAS and NRAS with incidences ranging from 25 to 50%. Whereas previous studies employed Sanger sequencing, here we used next generation amplicon deep sequencing for in depth evaluation of RAS mutations in 36 paediatric patients at diagnosis of MLL-AF4+ leukaemia...
October 4, 2016: Scientific Reports
Soeren Latteyer, Vera Tiedje, Katharina König, Saskia Ting, Lukas C Heukamp, Lydia Meder, Kurt Werner Schmid, Dagmar Führer, Lars Christian Moeller
Anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC) is the most aggressive thyroid cancer with a median survival of 4-6 months. Identification of mutations contributing to aberrant activation of signaling cascades in ATC may provide novel opportunities for targeted therapy. Thirty-nine ATC samples were studied by next-generation sequencing (NGS) with an established gene panel. High quality readout was obtained in 30/39 ATC. Twenty-eight ATC harbored a mutation in at least one of the studied genes: TP53 (18/30), NF1 (11/30), ALK (6/30), NRAS (4/30), ATRX (3/30), BRAF (2/30), HRAS (2/30), KRAS (1/30)...
October 1, 2016: Endocrine
Jérôme Solassol, Julie Vendrell, Bruno Märkl, Christian Haas, Beatriz Bellosillo, Clara Montagut, Matthew Smith, Brendan O'Sullivan, Nicky D'Haene, Marie Le Mercier, Morten Grauslund, Linea Cecilie Melchior, Emma Burt, Finbarr Cotter, Daniel Stieber, Fernando de Lander Schmitt, Valentina Motta, Calogero Lauricella, Richard Colling, Elizabeth Soilleux, Matteo Fassan, Claudia Mescoli, Christine Collin, Jean-Christophe Pagès, Peter Sillekens
Since the advent of monoclonal antibodies against epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) in colorectal cancer therapy, the determination of RAS mutational status is needed for therapeutic decision-making. Most prevalent in colorectal cancer are KRAS exon 2 mutations (40% prevalence); lower prevalence is observed for KRAS exon 3 and 4 mutations (6%) and NRAS exon 2, 3, and 4 mutations (5%). The Idylla™ KRAS Mutation Test on the molecular diagnostics Idylla™ platform is a simple (<2 minutes hands-on time), highly reliable, and rapid (approximately 2 hours turnaround time) in vitro diagnostic sample-to-result solution...
2016: PloS One
Adam J de Smith, Juhi Ojha, Stephen S Francis, Erica Sanders, Alyson A Endicott, Helen M Hansen, Ivan Smirnov, Amanda M Termuhlen, Kyle M Walsh, Catherine Metayer, Joseph L Wiemels
High hyperdiploidy (HD), the most common cytogenetic subtype of B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL), is largely curable but significant treatment-related morbidity warrants investigating the biology and identifying novel drug targets. Targeted deep-sequencing of 538 cancer-relevant genes was performed in 57 HD-ALL patients lacking overt KRAS and NRAS hotspot mutations and lacking common B-ALL deletions to enrich for discovery of novel driver genes. One-third of patients harbored damaging mutations in epigenetic regulatory genes, including the putative novel driver DOT1L (n=4)...
September 24, 2016: Oncotarget
Andrew Rankin, Samuel J Klempner, Rachel Erlich, James X Sun, Axel Grothey, Marwan Fakih, Thomas J George, Jeeyun Lee, Jeffrey S Ross, Philip J Stephens, Vincent A Miller, Siraj M Ali, Alexa B Schrock
INTRODUCTION: A KRAS mutation represented the first genomic biomarker to predict lack of benefit from anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) antibody therapy in advanced colorectal cancer (CRC). Expanded RAS testing has further refined the treatment approach, but understanding of genomic alterations underlying primary and acquired resistance is limited and further study is needed. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We prospectively analyzed 4,422 clinical samples from patients with advanced CRC, using hybrid-capture based comprehensive genomic profiling (CGP) at the request of the individual treating physicians...
September 28, 2016: Oncologist
Susan D Richman, Jennifer Fairley, Rachel Butler, Zandra C Deans
AIMS: Since 2008, KRAS mutation status in exon 2 has been used to predict response to anti-EGFR therapies. Recent evidence has demonstrated that NRAS status is also predictive of response. Several retrospective 'extended RAS' analyses have been performed on clinical trial material. Despite this, are we really moving towards such extended screening practice in reality? METHODS: Data were analysed from four consecutive UK National External Quality Assessment Service for Molecular Genetics Colorectal cancer External Quality Assessment schemes (during the period 2014-2016), with up to 110 laboratories (worldwide) participating in each scheme...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pathology
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