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Sanja Dacic, Liza C Villaruz, Shira Abberbock, Alyssa Mahaffey, Pimpin Incharoen, Marina N Nikiforova
Break-apart ALK FISH probe is the FDA approved approach for detection of ALK rearrangements in lung carcinoma patients who may benefit from ALK kinase inhibitors. The FISH assay can be technically challenging and difficult to interpret. ALK immunohistochemistry and next generation sequencing have been proposed as alternative approaches. In this study, we compared various ALK -FISH patterns to next -generation sequencing (NGS) for gene fusion detection, ALK immunohistochemistry (IHC) and tumor responses to crizotinib...
October 17, 2016: Oncotarget
De-Lan Li, Xin-Ru Chen, Shu-Xiang Ma, Li-Kun Chen
Identification of the anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene has refined the classification of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and promoted research on molecularly targeted drugs such as crizotinib, an ALK inhibitor with good efficacy, in ALK-rearranged NSCLC. At present, few studies have reported the efficacy of crizotinib in patients with ALK-rearranged NSCLC with brain metastases. In a patient with NSCLC harboring ALK-rearrangement who had brain metastases and poor performance status (PS), we obtained a durable response with crizotinib administered following multi-line chemotherapy regimens...
September 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Tongtong Zhang, Junling Li
BACKGROUND: It has been proven that epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK), and KRAS are common driver genes in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Molecular targeted therapy increases the overall response rate and progression-free survival (PFS) of patients with EGFR-sensitive mutation or echinoderm microtubule-associated protein like 4-anaplastic lymphoma kinase (EML4-ALK) fusion. However, target and targeted drugs for lung squamous cell carcinoma to indicate clinical therapy remain to be confirmed...
October 20, 2016: Zhongguo Fei Ai za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Lung Cancer
Weisheng Xu, Kamal K Khurana, Jamie Tull, Charlene Maciak, Shengle Zhang
BACKGROUND: Anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene rearrangement analysis by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) is one of the standard molecular tests for targeted therapy of lung adenocarcinoma. However, insufficient cell block cellularity may impede molecular testing. A recent study showed that Diff-Quik (DQ) stained cytology smear is suitable for ALK by FISH. AIMS: The aim of our study was to observe the impact of destaining intervals on the quality of FISH signals and determine if DQ smears without destaining would allow FISH analysis...
July 2016: Journal of Cytology
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
Elisabet Cuyàs, Almudena Pérez-Sánchez, Vicente Micol, Javier A Menendez, Joaquim Bosch-Barrera
The signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) has been suggested to play a prominent role in mediating non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) resistance to some tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI)-mediated therapies. Using a model of anaplastic lymphoma kinase gene (ALK)-translocated NSCLC with acquired resistance to the ALK TKI crizotinib, but lacking amplifications or mutations in the kinase domain of ALK, we herein present evidence that STAT3 activation is a novel mechanism of crizotinib resistance that involves the upregulation of immune escape and epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) signaling pathways...
October 18, 2016: Cell Cycle
Masato Chiba, Yosuke Togashi, Shuta Tomida, Hiroshi Mizuuchi, Yu Nakamura, Eri Banno, Hidetoshi Hayashi, Masato Terashima, Marco A De Velasco, Kazuko Sakai, Yoshihiko Fujita, Tetsuya Mitsudomi, Kazuto Nishio
Several receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) including EGFR, ALK, and MET have been identified as therapeutic targets in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Among the downstream pathways of RTKs, the MAPK pathway is particularly important for cancer cell proliferation, differentiation, and survival. In this study, the effects of MEK inhibitors (trametinib and PD0325901) in several NSCLC cell lines with driver gene alterations, especially RTK genes, were tested in vitro using an MTT assay, and a wide range of sensitivities was found...
October 17, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
John D Hainsworth, F Anthony Greco
BACKGROUND: Molecular cancer classifier assays are being used with increasing frequency to predict tissue of origin and direct site-specific therapy for patients with carcinoma of unknown primary site (CUP). OBJECTIVE: We postulated some CUP patients predicted to have non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) by molecular cancer classifier assay may have anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) rearranged tumors, and benefit from treatment with ALK inhibitors. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed CUP patients who had the 92-gene molecular cancer classifier assay (CancerTYPE ID; bioTheranostics, Inc...
March 2016: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
Srividya Srinivasamaharaj, Bilal Khameze Salame, Jorge Rios-Perez, Goetz Kloecker, Cesar A Perez
The identification of anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene rearrangements in subsets of non-small cell lung cancer patients has provided with unparalleled opportunities to hinder the progression of this disease through targeting the activity of these specific molecules. Unfortunately most patients develop disease progression in less than a year of treatment with crizotinib, the first-generation ALK-inhibitor. Areas covered: We review the resistance mechanisms to ALK inhibitors as well as an overview of the clinical activity of the alectinib, a second generation ALK inhibitor...
October 17, 2016: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
Jacob A Miller, Elizabeth E Bennett, Roy Xiao, Rupesh Kotecha, Samuel T Chao, Michael A Vogelbaum, Gene H Barnett, Lilyana Angelov, Erin S Murphy, Jennifer S Yu, Manmeet S Ahluwalia, John H Suh, Alireza M Mohammadi
BACKGROUND: The primary dose-limiting toxicity of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is radiation necrosis (RN), which occurs after approximately 5% to 10% of treatments. This adverse event may worsen neurologic deficits, increase the frequency and cost of imaging, and necessitate prolonged treatment with steroids or antiangiogenic agents. Previous investigations have primarily identified lesion size and dosimetric constraints as risk factors for RN in small populations. We hypothesized that disease histology, receptor status, and mutational status are associated with RN...
September 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Ye Xu, Chen Zhu, Wenliang Qian, Min Zheng
PURPOSE: Although many studies have explored clinicopathologic characteristics and prognosis of lung adenocarcinoma, a few literatures reported the mutational status of lung adenocarcinomas with lepidic pattern and whether there is difference between adenocarcinomas with pure lepidic component and lepidic predominant adenocarcinomas remain unknown. METHODS: One hundred and thirty-three patients including 92 adenocarcinomas with pure lepidic component and 41 lepidic predominant adenocarcinomas were subjected to the study...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Sana Saif Ur Rehman, Suresh S Ramalingam
Advanced stage nonsmall cell lung cancer had been treated mainly with platinum-based doublet chemotherapy, and other cytotoxic agents that offered significant survival advantage over best supportive care, until recently. Modest improvements were achieved with the addition of antibodies targeting the vascular endothelial growth factor, and the introduction of maintenance chemotherapy. Improvements in our knowledge of lung cancer biology have shifted the current treatment paradigm from being based on histology to one based on molecular biomarkers...
October 2016: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Ying-Bei Chen, Jianing Xu, Anders Jacobsen Skanderup, Yiyu Dong, A Rose Brannon, Lu Wang, Helen H Won, Patricia I Wang, Gouri J Nanjangud, Achim A Jungbluth, Wei Li, Virginia Ojeda, A Ari Hakimi, Martin H Voss, Nikolaus Schultz, Robert J Motzer, Paul Russo, Emily H Cheng, Filippo G Giancotti, William Lee, Michael F Berger, Satish K Tickoo, Victor E Reuter, James J Hsieh
Renal cell carcinomas with unclassified histology (uRCC) constitute a significant portion of aggressive non-clear cell renal cell carcinomas that have no standard therapy. The oncogenic drivers in these tumours are unknown. Here we perform a molecular analysis of 62 high-grade primary uRCC, incorporating targeted cancer gene sequencing, RNA sequencing, single-nucleotide polymorphism array, fluorescence in situ hybridization, immunohistochemistry and cell-based assays. We identify recurrent somatic mutations in 29 genes, including NF2 (18%), SETD2 (18%), BAP1 (13%), KMT2C (10%) and MTOR (8%)...
October 7, 2016: Nature Communications
Marco Kramer, Diogo Ribeiro, Marie Arsenian-Henriksson, Thomas Deller, Hermann Rohrer
: Neuroblastoma (NB) is a childhood tumor that arises from the sympathoadrenal lineage. MYCN amplification is the most reliable marker for poor prognosis and MYCN overexpression in embryonic mouse sympathetic ganglia results in NB-like tumors. MYCN cooperates with mutational activation of anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK), which promotes progression to NB, but the role of MYCN and ALK in tumorigenesis is still poorly understood. Here, we use chick sympathetic neuroblasts to examine the normal function of MYCN and MYC in the control of neuroblast proliferation, as well as effects of overexpression of MYCN, MYC, and activated ALK, alone and in combination...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Masayoshi Miyawaki, Hiroyuki Yasuda, Tetsuo Tani, Junko Hamamoto, Daisuke Arai, Kota Ishioka, Keiko Ohgino, Shigenari Nukaga, Toshiyuki Hirano, Ichiro Kawada, Katsuhiko Naoki, Yuichiro Hayashi, Tomoko Betsuyaku, Kenzo Soejima
: Activation of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) pathway is one of the mechanisms inducing acquired resistance to anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) such as crizotinib and alectinib. Ceritinib is a highly selective ALK inhibitor and shows promising efficacy in non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLCs) harboring the ALK gene rearrangement. However, the precise mechanism underlying acquired resistance to ceritinib is not well defined. This study set out to clarify the mechanism in ALK-translocated lung cancer and to find the preclinical rationale overcoming EGFR pathway-induced acquired resistance to ALK-TKIs...
October 5, 2016: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
Melanie R Hassler, Walter Pulverer, Ranjani Lakshminarasimhan, Elisa Redl, Julia Hacker, Gavin D Garland, Olaf Merkel, Ana-Iris Schiefer, Ingrid Simonitsch-Klupp, Lukas Kenner, Daniel J Weisenberger, Andreas Weinhaeusel, Suzanne D Turner, Gerda Egger
Aberrant DNA methylation patterns in malignant cells allow insight into tumor evolution and development and can be used for disease classification. Here, we describe the genome-wide DNA methylation signatures of NPM-ALK-positive (ALK+) and NPM-ALK-negative (ALK-) anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL). We find that ALK+ and ALK- ALCL share common DNA methylation changes for genes involved in T cell differentiation and immune response, including TCR and CTLA-4, without an ALK-specific impact on tumor DNA methylation in gene promoters...
October 4, 2016: Cell 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
Toshihide Nishimura, Haruhiko Nakamura
Molecular therapies targeting lung cancers with mutated epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) by EGFR-tyrosin kinase inhibitors (EGFR-TKIs), gefitinib and erlotinib, changed the treatment system of lung cancer. It was revealed that drug efficacy differs by race (e.g., Caucasians vs. Asians) due to oncogenic driver mutations specific to each race, exemplified by gefitinib / erlotinib. The molecular target drugs for lung cancer with anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene translocation (the fusion gene, EML4-ALK) was approved, and those targeting lung cancers addicted ROS1, RET, and HER2 have been under development...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Hany Sakr, Michael Cruise, Prabhleen Chahal, Claudiu Cotta, James Cook, Sricharan Chalikonda, Steven Rosenblatt, Fatima Hamadeh, Omar Al-Nourhji, Charles D Sturgis
Anaplastic lymphoma kinase-positive large B-cell lymphoma (ALK+ LBCL) is a rare distinct type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that arises in association with alterations of the ALK gene. This distinct disease entity is typically associated with an aggressive clinical course and appears in light microscopic preparations as a monomorphic population of large, immunoblast-like cells. In this report, we describe a case of ALK+ LBCL diagnosed by transgastric endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration (EUS FNA) of splenic hilar lymph nodes...
September 30, 2016: Diagnostic Cytopathology
Aaron M Udager, Rohit Mehra
Molecular and morphologic interrogation has driven a much-needed reexamination of renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Indeed, the recently released 2016 World Health Organization classification now recognizes 12 distinct RCC subtypes, as well as several other emerging/provisional RCC entities. From a clinical perspective, accurate RCC classification may have important implications for patients and their families, including prognostic risk stratification, targeted therapeutics selection, and identification for genetic testing...
October 2016: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
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