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Lars Kullmann, Michael P Krahn
The tumor suppressor LKB1 is an essential serine/threonine kinase, which regulates various cellular processes such as cell metabolism, cell proliferation, cell polarity, and cell migration. Germline mutations in the STK11 gene (encoding LKB1) are the cause of the Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, which is characterized by benign polyps in the intestine and a higher risk for the patients to develop intestinal and extraintestinal tumors. Moreover, mutations and misregulation of LKB1 have been reported to occur in most types of tumors and are among the most common aberrations in lung cancer...
March 15, 2018: Oncogene
Julie George, Vonn Walter, Martin Peifer, Ludmil B Alexandrov, Danila Seidel, Frauke Leenders, Lukas Maas, Christian Müller, Ilona Dahmen, Tiffany M Delhomme, Maude Ardin, Noemie Leblay, Graham Byrnes, Ruping Sun, Aurélien De Reynies, Anne McLeer-Florin, Graziella Bosco, Florian Malchers, Roopika Menon, Janine Altmüller, Christian Becker, Peter Nürnberg, Viktor Achter, Ulrich Lang, Peter M Schneider, Magdalena Bogus, Matthew G Soloway, Matthew D Wilkerson, Yupeng Cun, James D McKay, Denis Moro-Sibilot, Christian G Brambilla, Sylvie Lantuejoul, Nicolas Lemaitre, Alex Soltermann, Walter Weder, Verena Tischler, Odd Terje Brustugun, Marius Lund-Iversen, Åslaug Helland, Steinar Solberg, Sascha Ansén, Gavin Wright, Benjamin Solomon, Luca Roz, Ugo Pastorino, Iver Petersen, Joachim H Clement, Jörg Sänger, Jürgen Wolf, Martin Vingron, Thomas Zander, Sven Perner, William D Travis, Stefan A Haas, Magali Olivier, Matthieu Foll, Reinhard Büttner, David Neil Hayes, Elisabeth Brambilla, Lynnette Fernandez-Cuesta, Roman K Thomas
Pulmonary large-cell neuroendocrine carcinomas (LCNECs) have similarities with other lung cancers, but their precise relationship has remained unclear. Here we perform a comprehensive genomic (n = 60) and transcriptomic (n = 69) analysis of 75 LCNECs and identify two molecular subgroups: "type I LCNECs" with bi-allelic TP53 and STK11/KEAP1 alterations (37%), and "type II LCNECs" enriched for bi-allelic inactivation of TP53 and RB1 (42%). Despite sharing genomic alterations with adenocarcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas, no transcriptional relationship was found; instead LCNECs form distinct transcriptional subgroups with closest similarity to SCLC...
March 13, 2018: Nature Communications
Caterina Fumagalli, Davide Vacirca, Alessandra Rappa, Antonio Passaro, Juliana Guarize, Paola Rafaniello Raviele, Filippo de Marinis, Lorenzo Spaggiari, Chiara Casadio, Giuseppe Viale, Massimo Barberis, Elena Guerini-Rocco
BACKGROUND: Molecular profiling of advanced non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC) is essential to identify patients who may benefit from targeted treatments. In the last years, the number of potentially actionable molecular alterations has rapidly increased. Next-generation sequencing allows for the analysis of multiple genes simultaneously. AIMS: To evaluate the feasibility and the throughput of next-generation sequencing in clinical molecular diagnostics of advanced NSCLC...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pathology
Yohei Kojima, Kouki Ohtsuka, Hiroaki Ohnishi, Nobutsugu Abe, Junji Furuse, Takashi Watanabe, Masanori Sugiyama
PURPOSE: Duodenal adenoma and adenocarcinoma (AC) are rare tumors, and few studies have examined their genetic features. We aimed to determine the key genetic changes in duodenal adenoma and AC, and to clarify the possible involvement of the adenoma-carcinoma sequence in duodenal tumor carcinogenesis. METHODS: Nineteen duodenal tumors collected by endoscopic mucosal resection or surgical resection were classified as AC, adenoma with high-grade dysplasia (HGD), or adenoma with low-grade dysplasia (LGD) per the World Health Organization tumor classification...
March 10, 2018: Surgery Today
Christian Lopez, Mohammad Abuel-Haija, Luis Pena, Domenico Coppola
BACKGROUND: Cowden syndrome (CS) is a rare autosomal-dominant inherited disorder characterized by multiple hamartomas. While the hamartomas are benign, patients with CS have increased risk of osteosarcoma and of breast, thyroid, endometrial, soft-tissue and colonic neoplasms. Germline mutations of phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) are implicated in CS and in the development of osteosarcoma. We report a patient with CS who presented with osteosarcoma, ganglioneuromatosis and a benign breast mass...
March 2018: Cancer Genomics & Proteomics
Mitra Mehrad, Somak Roy, William A LaFramboise, Patti Petrosko, Caitlyn Miller, Pimpin Incharoen, Sanja Dacic
Pulmonary Sarcomatoid Carcinoma (PSC) is a poorly-differentiated non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) with aggressive behavior. This study aimed to evaluate the prognostic clinicopathologic and genetic characteristics of PSCs. Fifty-three cases of surgically treated PSCs were selected, of which 23 were subjected to mutation and copy number variation analysis using 50-gene Ion AmpliSeq Cancer Panel. Majority of the patients were male (32/53, 60.3%) and smoker (51/53, 96.2%). Overall, 25 (47.1%) patients died within 2 to 105 months (mean 22...
February 28, 2018: Histopathology
J L Derks, N Leblay, S Lantuejoul, A M Dingemans, E J M Speel, L Fernandez-Cuesta
Carcinoids and large-cell neuroendocrine carcinomas (LCNEC) are rare neuroendocrine lung tumors. Here we provide an overview of the most updated data on the molecular characteristics of these diseases. Recent genomic studies showed that carcinoids generally contain a low mutational burden and few recurrently mutated genes. Most of the reported mutations occur in chromatin-remodeling genes (e.g. MEN1), and few affect genes of the PI3K-AKT-mTOR pathway. Aggressive disease has been related to chromothripsis, DNA-repair gene mutations, loss of OTP/CD44, and upregulation of RET gene expression...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
Cuiyang Xu, Yue Ma, Fei Cao, He Zhao, Yongjie Wang, Zewen Xiao, Jiebing Tang, Feihu Yan, Peng Sun, Na Zhang, Ji Tao
OBJECTIVE To explore the genetic basis for a family affected with Peutz-Jeghers syndrome (PJS). METHODS Genomic DNA was extracted from peripheral blood and oral swab samples from the patient and her relatives. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) was used to analyze 106 target genes by capturing the exons and adjacent intronic regions. Suspected pathogenic mutation was verified by NGS. RESULTS A missense STK11 mutation was detected in the proband, which was not reported previously. The mutation has caused substitution of Leucine by Proline...
February 10, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
Xiaoduo Xie, Hongli Hu, Xinyuan Tong, Long Li, Xiangyuan Liu, Min Chen, Huairui Yuan, Xia Xie, Qingrun Li, Yuxue Zhang, Huafang Ouyang, Mengqi Wei, Jing Huang, Pengda Liu, Wenjian Gan, Yong Liu, Anyong Xie, Xiaoling Kuai, Gung-Wei Chirn, Hu Zhou, Rong Zeng, Ronggui Hu, Jun Qin, Fei-Long Meng, Wenyi Wei, Hongbin Ji, Daming Gao
Growth signals, such as extracellular nutrients and growth factors, have substantial effects on genome integrity; however, the direct underlying link remains unclear. Here, we show that the mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR)-ribosomal S6 kinase (S6K) pathway, a central regulator of growth signalling, phosphorylates RNF168 at Ser60 to inhibit its E3 ligase activity, accelerate its proteolysis and impair its function in the DNA damage response, leading to accumulated unrepaired DNA and genome instability...
February 5, 2018: Nature Cell Biology
Ran Li, Zhiqing Wang, Shu Liu, Baoping Wu, Di Zeng, Yali Zhang, Lanbo Gong, Feihong Deng, Haoxuan Zheng, Yadong Wang, Chudi Chen, Junsheng Chen, Bo Jiang
Peutz-Jeghers syndrome (PJS) is a rare hereditary disease caused by mutations in serine threonine kinase 11 (STK11) and characterized by an increased risk of developing cancer. Inactivation of STK11 has been associated with the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway. Hyperactivation and phosphorylation of the key downstream target genes ribosomal protein S6 kinase 1 (S6K1) and S6 promote protein synthesis and cell proliferation. To better understand the effects of STK11 dysfunction in the pathogenesis of PJS, genomic DNA samples from 21 patients with PJS from 11 unrelated families were investigated for STK11 mutations in the present study...
January 2018: Oncology Letters
Asahiro Morishita, Hisakazu Iwama, Shintaro Fujihara, Miwako Watanabe, Koji Fujita, Tomoko Tadokoro, Kyoko Ohura, Taiga Chiyo, Teppei Sakamoto, Shima Mimura, Takako Nomura, Joji Tani, Hirohito Yoneyama, Keiichi Okano, Yasuyuki Suzuki, Takashi Himoto, Tsutomu Masaki
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the third leading cause of cancer mortality worldwide. Although the clinical success rate for the treatment of early-stage HCC has improved, the prognosis of advanced HCC remains poor owing to the high recurrence rate and the refractory nature of HCC for various anticancer drugs. A better understanding of the pathogenesis of HCC is therefore critically needed in order to treat HCC, including its genetic alterations. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has provided an unbiased platform to systematically identify gene mutations and reveal the pathogenesis of various cancers...
January 2018: Oncology Letters
Hira Rizvi, Francisco Sanchez-Vega, Konnor La, Walid Chatila, Philip Jonsson, Darragh Halpenny, Andrew Plodkowski, Niamh Long, Jennifer L Sauter, Natasha Rekhtman, Travis Hollmann, Kurt A Schalper, Justin F Gainor, Ronglai Shen, Ai Ni, Kathryn C Arbour, Taha Merghoub, Jedd Wolchok, Alexandra Snyder, Jamie E Chaft, Mark G Kris, Charles M Rudin, Nicholas D Socci, Michael F Berger, Barry S Taylor, Ahmet Zehir, David B Solit, Maria E Arcila, Marc Ladanyi, Gregory J Riely, Nikolaus Schultz, Matthew D Hellmann
Purpose Treatment of advanced non-small-cell lung cancer with immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) is characterized by durable responses and improved survival in a subset of patients. Clinically available tools to optimize use of ICIs and understand the molecular determinants of response are needed. Targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) is increasingly routine, but its role in identifying predictors of response to ICIs is not known. Methods Detailed clinical annotation and response data were collected for patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer treated with anti-programmed death-1 or anti-programmed death-ligand 1 [anti-programmed cell death (PD)-1] therapy and profiled by targeted NGS (MSK-IMPACT; n = 240)...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Florentia Fostira, Vasiliki Mollaki, George Lypas, George Alexandrakis, Efstratios Christianakis, Maria Tzouvala, Eirini Zacharopoulou, Despoina Kalfakakou, Irene Konstantopoulou, Drakoulis Yannoukakos
Peutz-Jeghers syndrome (PJS) is a rare autosomal dominant disorder caused by germline mutations in the STK11 tumor suppressor gene. PJS patients face a cumulative cancer risk as high as 93% for all sites combined. The present study reports the spectrum of STK11 mutations in eight families with clinical diagnosis of PJS, summarizes the clinical characteristics of sixteen mutation carriers and launches a National Registry for PJS in Greece. STK11 loss-of-function (LoF) mutations were detected in 87.5% of index patients...
January 2018: Cancer Genetics
Tomas DaVee, Emmanuel Coronel, Charilaos Papafragkakis, Sayam Thaiudom, Gandhi Lanke, Raja C Chakinala, Graciela M Nogueras González, Manoop S Bhutani, William A Ross, Brian R Weston, Jeffrey H Lee
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Pancreas cancer (PC) is a deadly disease, which is most commonly diagnosed at an incurable stage. Different high-risk genetic variants and cancer syndromes increase the lifetime risk of developing PC. This study aims to assess the yield of initial PC screening in patients with high-risk germline mutations. METHODS: Asymptomatic adults underwent PC screening by EUS, MRI or CT during a 10-year period, and were retrospectively identified. High-risk individuals were defined as carrying germline mutations in BRCA1, BRCA2, p53 (Li-Fraumeni), STK11 (Peutz-Jeghers), MSH2 (Lynch), ATM (ataxia-telangiectasia), or APC (familial adenomatous polyposis)...
January 5, 2018: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Omar Youssef, Virinder Sarhadi, Homa Ehsan, Tom Böhling, Monika Carpelan-Holmström, Selja Koskensalo, Pauli Puolakkainen, Arto Kokkola, Sakari Knuutila
AIM: To study cancer hotspot mutations by next-generation sequencing (NGS) in stool DNA from patients with different gastrointestinal tract (GIT) neoplasms. METHODS: Stool samples were collected from 87 Finnish patients diagnosed with various gastric and colorectal neoplasms, including benign tumors, and from 14 healthy controls. DNA was isolated from stools by using the PSP® Spin Stool DNA Plus Kit. For each sample, 20 ng of DNA was used to construct sequencing libraries using the Ion AmpliSeq Cancer Hotspot Panel v2 or Ion AmpliSeq Colon and Lung Cancer panel v2...
December 21, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Jenny Nyqvist, Fredrik Persson, Toshima Z Parris, Khalil Helou, Elisabeth Kenne Sarenmalm, Zakaria Einbeigi, Åke Borg, Per Karlsson, Anikó Kovács
The number of patients with multiple primary malignancies has been increasing steadily in recent years. In the present study, we describe a unique case of an 81-year-old woman with 5 metachronous and synchronous primary malignant neoplasms. The patient was first diagnosed with an endometrium adenocarcinoma in 1997 and a colon adenocarcinoma in 2002. Eleven years after her colon surgery, in 2013, the patient presented with 3 other primary malignancies within a 4-month time span: an invasive malignant melanoma on the lower leg, an invasive mucinous breast carcinoma in the right breast, and a pleomorphic spindle cell sarcoma on the left upper arm...
September 2017: Case Reports in Oncology
Zi-Ye Zhao, Yu-Liang Jiang, Bai-Rong Li, Fu Yang, Jing Li, Xiao-Wei Jin, Shu-Han Sun, Shou-Bin Ning
RATIONALE: Peutz-Jeghers syndrome (PJS) is a Mendelian autosomal dominant disease caused by mutations in the tumor suppressor gene, serine/threonine kinase 11 (STK11). The features of this syndrome include gastrointestinal (GI) hamartomas, melanin spots on the lips and the extremities, and an increased risk of developing cancer. Early onset of disease is often characterized by mucocutaneous pigmentation and intussusception due to GI polyps in childhood. PATIENT CONCERNS: A girl with a positive family history grew oral pigmentation at 1 and got intussusception by small bowel hamartomas at 5...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Mitra Mehrad, Somak Roy, Humberto Trejo Bittar, Sanja Dacic
CONTEXT: - Different testing algorithms and platforms for EGFR mutations and ALK rearrangements in advanced-stage lung adenocarcinoma exist. The multistep approach with single-gene assays has been challenged by more efficient next-generation sequencing (NGS) of a large number of gene alterations. The main criticism of the NGS approach is the detection of genomic alterations of uncertain significance. OBJECTIVE: - To determine the best testing algorithm for patients with lung cancer in our clinical practice...
March 2018: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Anna Belilovski Rozenblum, Maya Ilouze, Elizabeth Dudnik, Lior Soussan-Gutman, Addie Dvir, Nir Peled
BACKGROUND: In the last decade, important advances in understanding the lung cancer cellular signal pathways have led to the designing of targeted drugs that significantly prolong survival. Recent data shows that 64% of lung adenocarcinomas harbor at least one activating driver mutation, including treatable mutations such as RET, ERBB2 (HER-2) and ROS1 gene mutations, besides the regularly screened ALK and EGFR genes. Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) reveals more clinically meaningful genomic alterations as compared to currently used diagnostic tests...
November 2017: Harefuah
Francesco Facchinetti, Maria Virginia Bluthgen, Gabrielle Tergemina-Clain, Laura Faivre, Jean-Pierre Pignon, David Planchard, Jordi Remon, Jean-Charles Soria, Ludovic Lacroix, Benjamin Besse
BACKGROUND: LKB1/STK11 (STK11) is among the most inactivated tumor-suppressor genes in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). While evidence concerning the biologic role of STK11 is accumulating, its prognostic significance in advanced NSCLC has not been envisaged yet. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective analysis included consecutive NSCLC patients with available STK11 information who underwent a platinum-based chemotherapy. STK11 mutational status was correlated to clinico-pathological and mutational features...
October 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
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