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EGFR and colorectal cancer

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
Alessia Nottegar, Fabrizio Tabbò, Claudio Luchini, Matteo Brunelli, Emilio Bria, Nicola Veronese, Antonio Santo, Sara Cingarlini, Eliana Gilioli, Chiara Ogliosi, Albino Eccher, Licia Montagna, Serena Pedron, Claudio Doglioni, Maria G Cangi, Giorgio Inghirami, Marco Chilosi
Pulmonary adenocarcinoma with enteric differentiation (PAED) is a rare subtype of lung adenocarcinoma recently recognized in the WHO classification. It is defined as an adenocarcinoma in which the enteric component exceeds 50% and have to show the expression of at least 1 immunohistochemical marker of enteric differentiation. Although the definition of this tumor type is very important, above all in the differential diagnosis between a primary lung tumor and a metastasis of colorectal adenocarcinoma, this cancer still lacks a distinctive immunohistochemical and molecular signature...
October 7, 2016: Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology: AIMM
Jonas Leichsenring, Anna-Lena Volckmar, Nikolaus Magios, Cristiano Manuel Morais de Oliveira, Roland Penzel, Regine Brandt, Martina Kirchner, Farastuk Bozorgmehr, Michael Thomas, Peter Schirmacher, Arne Warth, Volker Endris, Albrecht Stenzinger
Patients with NSCLC harboring activating mutations in the EGFR benefit from targeted therapies. A synonymous polymorphism (rs1050171, p.Q787Q) was shown to be associated with improved overall survival (OS) in colorectal cancer patients. As data in NSCLC are limited, we retrospectively analyzed associations of p.Q787Q with clinicopathological parameters including clinical response and outcome in patients with lung adenocarcinoma (ADC) who received tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy. Of 642 ADC patients whose tumors were profiled by next generation sequencing, 102 (15...
October 17, 2016: Genes, Chromosomes & Cancer
Tyler Friedrich, Stephen Leong, Christopher H Lieu
Despite numerous breakthroughs in the understanding of colorectal cancer and identification of many oncogenic mutations, the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer remains relatively more empiric than targeted. Testing for mutations in rat sarcoma virus (RAS) and rapidly growing fibrosarcoma (RAF) are routinely performed, though identification of these mutations currently offers little more than a negative predictive marker for response to EGFR inhibitor treatment and, in the case of RAF mutation, a poor prognostic indicator...
October 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Jun Gong, May Cho, Marwan Fakih
The treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) has been further refined with the development of monoclonal antibodies, cetuximab and panitumumab, towards the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). Anti-EGFR therapy has afforded improved survival in those with wild-type RAS mCRC but provides no benefit and even harm in those with RAS-mutant tumors. BRAF mutations have also been shown to predict lack of clinically meaningful benefit to anti-EGFR therapy in mCRC. Mechanisms of resistance to EGFR blockade in wild-type RAS or BRAF metastatic colorectal tumors appear to converge on the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathway...
October 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Hidehito Horinouchi
The mutation or expression of HER family members serves as a therapeutic target for tyrosine kinase inhibitors or monoclonal antibodies in diverse cancers, such as non-small cell lung cancer, breast cancer, gastric cancer, head and neck cancer, colorectal cancer, pancreatic cancer and glioblastoma. HER3, which heterodimerizes with HER1 and HER2, has received much attention as a potential target for anti-EGFR treatment. Patritumab is a novel, fully human monoclonal antibody directed against HER3. Areas covered: In this review article, an overview of the market, chemistry, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, efficacy, and safety of patritumab is provided based on data from phase I studies, a combination phase I trial, and a randomized phase II trial comparing two doses of patritumab...
October 17, 2016: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
Krystal R Fontenot, Benson G Ongarora, Logan E LeBlanc, Zehua Zhou, Seetharama D Jois, M Graça H Vicente
The synthesis and in vitro evaluation of four mesoporphyrin IX-peptide conjugates designed to target EGFR, over-expressed in colorectal and other cancers, are reported. Two peptides with known affinity for EGFR, LARLLT (1) and GYHWYGYTPQNVI (2), were conjugated to mesoporphyrin IX (MPIX, 3) via one or both the propionic side chains, directly (4, 5) or with a triethylene glycol spacer (7, 8). The conjugates were characterized using NMR, MS, CD, SPR, UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopies. Energy minimization and molecular dynamics suggest different conformations for the conjugates...
January 2016: Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines
Timothy L Frankel, Efsevia Vakiani, Hari Nathan, Ronald P DeMatteo, T Peter Kingham, Peter J Allen, William R Jarnagin, Nancy E Kemeny, David B Solit, Michael I D'Angelica
BACKGROUND: In the past 3 decades, a better understanding of gene mutations and their role in carcinogenesis has led to improvement in our ability to treat patients with metastatic disease. The objective of the current study was to determine whether the location of a driver mutation within an affected gene impacts the biology of metastatic colorectal cancer. METHODS: DNA was collected from 165 randomly selected specimens of patients who underwent margin-negative resection of colorectal liver metastases with curative intent...
October 13, 2016: Cancer
Benjamin Sueur, Olivier Pellerin, Thibault Voron, Anne L Pointet, Julien Taieb, Simon Pernot
The objective of the treatment of colorectal cancer patients with unresectable liver metastases should be clearly defined at the outset. Potentially resectable patients should be distinguished from clearly unresectable patients. In defining resectability, it is important to take into account both anatomic characteristics and patient characteristic (comorbidities, symptoms, age). According to this evaluation, treatment should be tailored to each patient. The most widely accepted standard is doublet cytotoxic regimen plus biotherapy (anti-EGFR or anti- VEGF antibodies according to RAS status, but some patients could benefit from an intensified regimen, as triplet chemotherapy +/- bevacizumab, or intraarterial treatments (hepatic arterial infusion, radioembolization or chemoembolization), in order to allow resectability...
October 12, 2016: Minerva Chirurgica
David S Hong, Van K Morris, Badi El Osta, Alexey V Sorokin, Filip Janku, Siqing Fu, Michael J Overman, Sarina Piha-Paul, Vivek Subbiah, Bryan Kee, Apostolia Tsimberidou, David Fogelman, Jorge Bellido, Imad Shureiqi, Helen Huang, Johnique Atkins, Gabi Tarcic, Nicolas Sommer, Richard Lanman, Funda Meric-Bernstam, Scott Kopetz
In vitro, EGFR inhibition, combined with the BRAF inhibitor vemurafenib, causes synergistic cytotoxicity for BRAFV600E metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), further augmented by irinotecan. The safety and efficacy of vemurafenib, irinotecan, and cetuximab in BRAF-mutated malignancies are not defined. In this 3+3 phase I study, patients with BRAFV600E advanced solid cancers received cetuximab and irinotecan with escalating doses of vemurafenib. Nineteen patients (18 with mCRC, 1 with appendiceal cancer) were enrolled...
October 11, 2016: Cancer Discovery
Chenbo Ding, Longmei Li, Taoyu Yang, Xiaobo Fan, Guoqiu Wu
BACKGROUND: Angiogenesis is generally involved during the cancer development and hematogenous metastasis. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) are considered to have an important role in tumor-associated angiogenesis. However, the effects of simultaneously targeting on VEGF and EGFR on the growth and angiogenesis of colorectal cancer (CRC), and its underlying mechanisms remain unknown. METHODS: Immunohistochemical staining was used to detect the VEGF and EGFR expression in different CRC tissue specimens, and the correlation between VEGF/EGFR expression with the clinicopathologic features was analyzed...
October 12, 2016: BMC Cancer
Chih-Chieh Yu, Wanglong Qiu, Caroline S Juang, Mahesh M Mansukhani, Balazs Halmos, Gloria H Su
Mutant allele specific imbalance (MASI) was initially coined to describe copy number alterations associated with the mutant allele of an oncogene. The copy number gain (CNG) specific to the mutant allele can be readily observed in electropherograms. With the development of genome-wide analyses at base-pair resolution with copy number counts, we can now further differentiate MASI into those with CNG, with copy neutral alteration (also termed acquired uniparental disomy; UPD), or with loss of heterozygosity (LOH) due to the loss of the wild-type (WT) allele...
October 7, 2016: Cancer Letters
Lorraine Burke, Clare T Butler, Adrian Murphy, Bruce Moran, William M Gallagher, Jacintha O'Sullivan, Breandán N Kennedy
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Current pharmacotherapy options include cytotoxic chemotherapy, anti-VEGF, and anti-EGFR targeting drugs, but these are limited by toxic side effects, limited responses and ultimately resistance. Cysteinyl leukotriene (CysLT) signaling regulates intestinal homeostasis with mounting evidence suggesting that CysLT signaling also plays a role in the pathogenesis of colorectal cancer. Therefore, CysLT signaling represents a novel target for this malignancy...
2016: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
Valerio Gelfo, Maria Teresa Rodia, Michela Pucci, Massimiliano Dall'Ora, Spartaco Santi, Rossella Solmi, Lee Roth, Moshit Lindzen, Massimiliano Bonafè, Andrea Bertotti, Elisabetta Caramelli, Pier-Luigi Lollini, Livio Trusolino, Yosef Yarden, Gabriele D'Uva, Mattia Lauriola
Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) activates a robust signalling network to which colon cancer tumours often become addicted. Cetuximab, one of the monoclonal antibodies targeting this pathway, is employed to treat patients with colorectal cancer. However, many patients are intrinsically refractory to this treatment, and those who respond develop secondary resistance along time. Mechanisms of cancer cell resistance include either acquisition of new mutations or non genomic activation of alternative signalling routes...
September 30, 2016: Oncotarget
Huo Wu, Xiaoqian Jing, Xi Cheng, Yonggang He, Lei Hu, Haoxuan Wu, Feng Ye, Ren Zhao
Asporin has been implicated as an oncogene in various types of human cancers; however, the roles of asporin in the development and progression of colorectal cancer (CRC) have not yet been determined. With clinical samples, we found that asporin was highly expressed in CRC tissues compared to adjacent normal tissues and the asporin expression levels were significantly associated with lymph node metastasis status and TNM stage of the patients. Through knockdown of asporin in CRC cell lines RKO and SW620 or overexpression of asporin in cell lines HT-29 and LoVo, we found that asporin could enhance wound healing, migration and invasion abilities of the CRC cells...
September 29, 2016: Oncotarget
Guoli Chen, Zhaohai Yang, James R Eshleman, George J Netto, Ming-Tseh Lin
Precision medicine, a concept that has recently emerged and has been widely discussed, emphasizes tailoring medical care to individuals largely based on information acquired from molecular diagnostic testing. As a vital aspect of precision cancer medicine, targeted therapy has been proven to be efficacious and less toxic for cancer treatment. Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most common cancers and among the leading causes for cancer related deaths in the United States and worldwide. By far, CRC has been one of the most successful examples in the field of precision cancer medicine, applying molecular tests to guide targeted therapy...
2016: BioMed Research International
Ping Yu, Yibo Fan, Xiujuan Qu, Jingdong Zhang, Na Song, Jing Liu, Yunpeng Liu
PURPOSE: Cetuximab is a monoclonal antibody against epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and is approved for clinical use in combination with chemotherapy in patients affected by colorectal cancer (CRC), non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and head and neck cancer. Compared with these cancers, gastric cancer is relatively resistant to cetuximab and its regulatory mechanism is still unclear. METHODS: In this study, we assessed whether the ubiquitin- proteasome pathway is involved in regulating cetuximab-induced cells apoptosis in MGC803 and BGC823 gastric cancer cell lines...
July 2016: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
L Marzi, E Combes, N Vié, A Ayrolles-Torro, D Tosi, D Desigaud, E Perez-Gracia, C Larbouret, C Montagut, M Iglesias, M Jarlier, V Denis, L K Linares, E W-F Lam, P Martineau, M Del Rio, C Gongora
BACKGROUND: Cetuximab, a monoclonal antibody against EGFR used for the treatment of colorectal cancer (CRC), is ineffective in many patients. The aim of this study was to identify the signalling pathways activated by cetuximab in CRC cells and define new biomarker of response. METHODS: We used in vitro, in vivo models and clinical CRC samples to assess the role of p38 and FOXO3a in cetuximab mechanism of action. RESULTS: We show that cetuximab activates the MAPK p38...
September 29, 2016: British Journal of Cancer
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
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