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Vincent Plagnol, Samuel Woodhouse, Karen Howarth, Stefanie Lensing, Matt Smith, Michael Epstein, Mikidache Madi, Sarah Smalley, Catherine Leroy, Jonathan Hinton, Frank de Kievit, Esther Musgrave-Brown, Colin Herd, Katherine Baker-Neblett, Will Brennan, Peter Dimitrov, Nathan Campbell, Clive Morris, Nitzan Rosenfeld, James Clark, Davina Gale, Jamie Platt, John Calaway, Greg Jones, Tim Forshew
Circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) analysis is being incorporated into cancer care; notably in profiling patients to guide treatment decisions. Responses to targeted therapies have been observed in patients with actionable mutations detected in plasma DNA at variant allele fractions (VAFs) below 0.5%. Highly sensitive methods are therefore required for optimal clinical use. To enable objective assessment of assay performance, detailed analytical validation is required. We developed the InVisionFirst™ assay, an assay based on enhanced tagged amplicon sequencing (eTAm-Seq™) technology to profile 36 genes commonly mutated in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and other cancer types for actionable genomic alterations in cell-free DNA...
2018: PloS One
Karl Payne, Rachel Spruce, Andrew Beggs, Neil Sharma, Anthony Kong, Timothy Martin, Satyesh Parmar, Prav Praveen, Paul Nankivell, Hisham Mehanna
The use of circulating biochemical molecular markers in head and neck cancer holds the promise of improved diagnostics, treatment planning, and posttreatment surveillance. In this review, we provide an introduction for the head and neck surgeon of the basic science, current evidence, and future applications of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) as a biomarker and liquid biopsy to detect tumor genetic heterogeneity in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC).
March 15, 2018: Head & Neck
Sumire Terasawa, Asuka Kato, Haruki Nishizawa, Takema Kato, Hikari Yoshizawa, Yoshiteru Noda, Jun Miyazaki, Mayuko Ito, Takao Sekiya, Takuma Fujii, Hiroki Kurahashi
Thanatophoric dysplasia (TD) and achondroplasia (ACH) are allelic disorders caused by a constitutively active mutation in the FGFR3 gene. Because TD is a lethal disorder and ACH is non-lethal, they need to be distinguished after ultrasound identification of fetal growth retardation with short limbs. Accordingly, we have developed a noninvasive prenatal test using cell-free fetal DNA in the maternal circulation to distinguish TD and ACH. A multiplex PCR system encompassing five mutation hotspots in the FGFR3 gene allowed us to efficiently identify the responsible mutation in cell-free DNA in all examined pregnancies with a suspected TD or ACH fetus...
March 14, 2018: Congenital Anomalies
Antonio Fadda, Davide Gentilini, Loredana Moi, Ludovic Barault, Vera Piera Leoni, Pia Sulas, Luigi Zorcolo, Angelo Restivo, Francesco Cabras, Federica Fortunato, Cesare Zavattari, Liliana Varesco, Viviana Gismondi, Maria Rosaria De Miglio, Antonio Mario Scanu, Federica Colombi, Pasquale Lombardi, Ivana Sarotto, Eleonora Loi, Francesco Leone, Silvia Giordano, Federica Di Nicolantonio, Amedeo Columbano, Patrizia Zavattari
Colorectal cancer (CRC) develops through the accumulation of both genetic and epigenetic alterations. However, while the former are already used as prognostic and predictive biomarkers, the latter are less well characterized. Here, performing global methylation analysis on both CRCs and adenomas by Illumina Infinium HumanMethylation450 Bead Chips, we identified a panel of 74 altered CpG islands, demonstrating that the earliest methylation alterations affect genes coding for proteins involved in the crosstalk between cell and surrounding environment...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Xiao Sun, Tanxiao Huang, Fangsheng Cheng, Kaibing Huang, Ming Liu, Wan He, Mingwei Li, Xiaoni Zhang, Mingyan Xu, Shifu Chen, Ligang Xia
Postoperative monitoring for patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) requires sensitive biomarkers that are associated with medical response and adjuvant therapy following surgery. Conventional tumor biomarkers [including carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), CA19-9 and CA125] are widely used, but none of the markers provide high sensitivity or specificity. Previous studies indicated that circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) is useful for postoperative monitoring of patients with cancer. However, the majority of previous studies involved patients with lung cancer, and therefore further studies are required which investigate patients with CRC...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Linda R Wang, Adam D McIntyre, Robert A Hegele
BACKGROUND: Abetalipoproteinemia and homozygous hypobetalipoproteinemia are classical Mendelian autosomal recessive and co-dominant conditions, respectively, which are phenotypically similar and are usually caused by bi-allelic mutations in MTTP and APOB genes, respectively. Instances of more complex patterns of genomic variants resulting in this distinct phenotype have not been reported. METHODS: A 43 year-old male had a longstanding severe deficiency of apolipoprotein (apo) B-containing lipoproteins and circulating fat soluble vitamins consistent with either abetalipoproteinemia or homozygous familial hypobetalipoproteinemia (FHBL)...
March 14, 2018: Lipids in Health and Disease
Shifu Chen, Ming Liu, Yanqing Zhou
As a major biomarker of liquid biopsy, cell-free tumor DNA (ctDNA), which can be extracted from blood, urine, or other circulating liquids, is able to provide comprehensive genetic information of tumor and better overcome the tumor heterogeneity problem comparing to tissue biopsy. Developed in recent years, next-generation sequencing (NGS) is a widely used technology for analyzing ctDNA. Although the technologies of processing ctDNA samples are mature, the task to detect low mutated allele frequency (MAF) variations from noisy sequencing data remains challenging...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Jun Li, Renzhong Liu, Cuihong Huang, Shifu Chen, Mingyan Xu
Cell-free tumor DNA (ctDNA) is a kind of potential tumor biomarkers originated from cancer lesion in the circulating liquids. Liquid biopsy, as a minimally invasive or noninvasive manner, is a cutting-edge technology to detect ctDNA and other circulating biomarkers in the blood or other body fluids. ctDNA is mostly used for cancer patients to select targeted drugs in clinical application. In addition, ctDNA could also be applied to monitor tumor progression and recurrence. In conclusion, ctDNA is a very promising tumor biomarker for diagnosis and monitoring, which would increasingly become a routine clinical application in recent years...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Ikram Ul-Haq, Alessia Dalla Pria, Elisa Suardi, David J Pinato, Fieke Froeling, John Forni, Paul Randell, Mark Bower
In HIV-seronegative patients with advanced Hodgkin lymphoma (HL), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) viraemia at diagnosis predicts a worse progression-free survival (PFS), independent of the International Prognostic Score. However, its role in HIV-associated HL is uncharacterised. We collected clinico-pathologic and treatment data from a prospective series of 44 HIV-associated HLs from 2000 to 2016. We evaluated circulating EBV DNA as a prognostic factor on uni- and multivariable analyses in relationship to the International Prognostic Index criteria...
March 13, 2018: Medical Oncology
Atulabh Vajpeyee, Teddy Wijatmiko, Manisha Vajpeyee, Onjal Taywade
Purpose: Several blood markers have been evaluated in stroke patients, but their role remains limited in clinical practice. This study was designed to evaluate the utility of cell free DNA (cf DNA) in stroke patients undergoing therapeutic intervention in the form of mechanical thrombectomy in acute ischemic stroke patients. Materials and Methods: Twenty-six patients with ischemic stroke who were managed with interventions like intravenous thrombolysis (IVT) and mechanical thrombectomy were recruited consecutively in this study...
March 2018: Neurointervention
Nicholas C Eastley, Barbara Ottolini, Rita Neumann, Jin-Li Luo, Robert K Hastings, Imran Khan, David A Moore, Claire P Esler, Jacqueline A Shaw, Nicola J Royle, Robert U Ashford
Following treatment 40% of soft tissue sarcoma (STS) patients suffer disease recurrence. In certain cancers circulating cell free DNA (cfDNA) and circulating tumour-derived DNA (ctDNA) characteristics correlate closely with disease burden, making them exciting potential sources of biomarkers. Despite this, the circulating nucleic acid characteristics of only 2 STS patients have been reported to date. To address this we used an Ion AmpliSeq™ panel custom specifically designed for STS patients to conduct a genetic characterisation of plasma cfDNA, buffy coat (germline) DNA and where available Formalin-Fixed Paraffin-Embedded (FFPE) primary STS tissue DNA in a cohort of 11 metastatic STS patients...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Louise Rasmussen, Ib Jarle Christensen, Marielle Herzog, Jake Micallef, Hans Jørgen Nielsen
The aim was to evaluate serum levels of circulating cell-free nucleosomes (ccfn) containing a variety of epigenetic signals including 5-methylcytosine DNA, histone modifications H3K9Me3, H3K9Ac, H3S10PO4, H3K36Me3, H4K20Me3, H4PanAc and pH2AX, nucleosome variant H2AZ and nucleosome adducts with HMGB1 and EZH2 as well as ccfn per se, in addition to develop and evaluate predictor models based on the above mentioned ccfn and including serum levels of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), in early detection of colorectal cancer (CRC)...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Elena Castellanos-Rizaldos, Dominik G Grimm, Vasisht Tadigotla, James Hurley, John Healy, Patricia L Neal, Mia Sher, Raajdeep Venkatesan, Chris Karlovich, Mitch Raponi, Anne K Krug, Mikkel Noerholm, Jihane Tannous, Bakhos A Tannous, Luis E Raez, Johan Skog
PURPOSE: About 60% of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients develop resistance to targeted epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitor therapy through the EGFR T790M mutation. Patients with this mutation respond well to third generation tyrosine kinase inhibitors, but obtaining a tissue biopsy to confirm the mutation poses risks and is often not feasible. Liquid biopsies using circulating free tumor DNA (cfDNA) have emerged as a non-invasive option to detect the mutation, however sensitivity is low as many patients have too few detectable copies in circulation...
March 13, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Erica Cristina da Silva Chagas, Arineia Soares Silva, Nelson Ferreira Fé, Lucas Silva Ferreira, Vanderson de Souza Sampaio, Wagner Cosme Morhy Terrazas, Jorge Augusto Oliveira Guerra, Rodrigo Augusto Ferreira de Souza, Henrique Silveira, Maria das Graças Vale Barbosa Guerra
BACKGROUND: Phlebotomine sand flies (Diptera: Psychodidae) are vectors of Leishmania species, the etiological agents of leishmaniasis, which is one of the most important emerging infectious diseases in the Americas. In the state of Amazonas in Brazil, anthropogenic activities encourage the presence of these insects around rural homes. The present study aimed to describe the composition and distribution of sand fly species diversity among the ecotopes (intradomicile, peridomicile and forest) in an area of American cutaneous leishmaniasis transmission and detect natural infection with Leishmania DNA to evaluate which vectors are inside houses and whether the presence of possible vectors represents a hazard of transmission...
March 13, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
Franz L Ricklefs, Quazim Alayo, Harald Krenzlin, Ahmad B Mahmoud, Maria C Speranza, Hiroshi Nakashima, Josie L Hayes, Kyungheon Lee, Leonora Balaj, Carmela Passaro, Arun K Rooj, Susanne Krasemann, Bob S Carter, Clark C Chen, Tyler Steed, Jeffrey Treiber, Scott Rodig, Katherine Yang, Ichiro Nakano, Hakho Lee, Ralph Weissleder, Xandra O Breakefield, Jakub Godlewski, Manfred Westphal, Katrin Lamszus, Gordon J Freeman, Agnieszka Bronisz, Sean E Lawler, E Antonio Chiocca
Binding of programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) to programmed cell death protein-1 (PD1) leads to cancer immune evasion via inhibition of T cell function. One of the defining characteristics of glioblastoma, a universally fatal brain cancer, is its profound local and systemic immunosuppression. Glioblastoma has also been shown to generate extracellular vesicles (EVs), which may play an important role in tumor progression. We thus hypothesized that glioblastoma EVs may be important mediators of immunosuppression and that PD-L1 could play a role...
March 2018: Science Advances
Anja Kammesheidt, Theresa R Tonozzi, Stephen W Lim, Glenn D Braunstein
PURPOSE: The primary purpose of this study was to clinically evaluate circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) with a nine gene, 96 mutation panel among subjects at increased risk for cancer with no previous cancer diagnosis. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: DNA from 1059 asymptomatic subjects was analyzed for detection of low levels ctDNA using a blood plasma liquid biopsy assay. Subjects with detectable copies of ctDNA were asked to provide additional blood samples and relevant medical records throughout their one-year of participation...
2018: International Journal of Molecular Epidemiology and Genetics
Laura Lupini, Anna Moretti, Cristian Bassi, Alessio Schirone, Massimo Pedriali, Patrizia Querzoli, Roberta Roncarati, Antonio Frassoldati, Massimo Negrini
Approximately 70% of breast cancers (BCs) express estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) and are treated with endocrine therapy. However, the effectiveness of this therapy is limited by innate or acquired resistance in approximately one-third of patients. Activating mutations in the ESR1 gene that encodes ERα promote critical resistance mechanisms. Here, we developed a high sensitivity approach based on enhanced-ice-COLD-PCR for detecting ESR1 mutations. The method produced an enrichment up to 100-fold and allowed the unambiguous detection of ESR1 mutations even when they consisted of only 0...
March 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
Virginie Chesnais, Alban Ott, Emmanuel Chaplais, Samuel Gabillard, Diego Pallares, Christelle Vauloup-Fellous, Alexandra Benachi, Jean-Marc Costa, Eric Ginoux
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) primary infections of pregnant women can lead to congenital infections of the fetus that could have severe impacts on the health of the newborn. Recent studies have shown that 10-100 billion DNA fragments per milliliter of plasma are circulating cell-free. The study of this DNA has rapidly expanding applications to non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). In this study, we have shown that we can detect viral specific reads in the massively parallel shotgun sequencing (MPSS) NIPT data...
March 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
C B Thomsen, T F Hansen, R F Andersen, J Lindebjerg, L H Jensen, A Jakobsen
BACKGROUND: Precision medicine calls for an early indicator of treatment efficiency. Circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) is a promising marker in this setting. Our prospective study explored the association between disease development and change of ctDNA during first line chemotherapy in patients with RAS/RAF mutated metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). METHODS: The study included 138 patients with mCRC receiving standard first line treatment. In patients with RAS/RAF mutated tumor DNA the same mutation was quantified in the plasma using droplet digital PCR...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
Jessica G Rushton, Reinhard Ertl, Dieter Klein, Alexander Tichy, Barbara Nell
Objectives Feline diffuse iris melanoma (FDIM) is the most common malignant primary intraocular tumour in cats, with reported metastases rates between 19% and 63%. Currently, the only available diagnostic tool for a tentative diagnosis is histopathological examination of the enucleated eye. Therefore, the veterinary ophthalmologist is often faced with the dilemma of whether to enucleate an oftentimes visual eye or to continue monitoring, with the risk of metastases developing. In the past, cell-free DNA (cfDNA) gained more attention in human medicine, especially in the field of oncology...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
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