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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540249/liquid-biopsies-for-bladder-cancer
#1
EDITORIAL
Douglas G Ward, Richard T Bryan
The development of accurate urinary biomarkers for the non-invasive detection of urothelial bladder cancer (UBC) could transform patient pathways by reducing reliance on cystoscopy, and the identification of highly prognostic (or even predictive) biomarkers could better guide patient management. A number of approaches are being utilised to address these challenges in both urinary- and plasma-borne tumour DNA (tDNA), so-called "liquid biopsies". Next generation sequencing (NGS) and droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) allow detection of very low levels of such tDNA amongst a large excess of non-tumour DNA, the former permitting large mutation panels to be assessed and the latter potentially identifying ultrarare mutant alleles yet restricted for multiplexing...
April 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497741/-cancer-screening-fantasies
#2
Bertrand Jordan
The use of circulating tumour DNA to screen for cancer in asymptomatic individuals is the goal of Grail, initially set up by Illumina. This company is now raising a large amount of capital to develop this project on a much longer time scale than initially announced. Although it has access to cutting edge technology and is led by excellent scientists, the prospect for success in this application is rather bleak, mainly because of the extreme requirements for specificity in order to avoid overdiagnosis.
April 2017: Médecine Sciences: M/S
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492226/circulating-tumour-dna-sequence-analysis-as-an-alternative-to-multiple-myeloma-bone-marrow-aspirates
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Olena Kis, Rayan Kaedbey, Signy Chow, Arnavaz Danesh, Mark Dowar, Tiantian Li, Zhihua Li, Jessica Liu, Mark Mansour, Esther Masih-Khan, Tong Zhang, Scott V Bratman, Amit M Oza, Suzanne Kamel-Reid, Suzanne Trudel, Trevor J Pugh
The requirement for bone-marrow aspirates for genomic profiling of multiple myeloma poses an obstacle to enrolment and retention of patients in clinical trials. We evaluated whether circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) analysis is comparable to molecular profiling of myeloma using bone-marrow tumour cells. We report here a hybrid-capture-based Liquid Biopsy Sequencing (LB-Seq) method used to sequence all protein-coding exons of KRAS, NRAS, BRAF, EGFR and PIK3CA in 64 cfDNA specimens from 53 myeloma patients to >20,000 × median coverage...
May 11, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475662/twoddpcr-an-r-bioconductor-package-and-shiny-app-for-droplet-digital-pcr-analysis
#4
Anthony Chiu, Mahmood Ayub, Caroline Dive, Ged Brady, Crispin J Miller
Summary: Droplet Digital PCR (ddPCR) is a sensitive platform used to quantify specific nucleic acid molecules amplified by polymerase chain reactions. Its sensitivity makes it particularly useful for the detection of rare mutant molecules, such as those present in a sample of circulating free tumour DNA obtained from cancer patients. ddPCR works by partitioning a sample into individual droplets for which the majority contain only zero or one target molecule. Each droplet then becomes a reaction chamber for PCR, which through the use of fluorochrome labelled probes allows the target molecules to be detected by measuring the fluorescence intensity of each droplet...
May 5, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442757/comparison-of-circulating-tumour-cells-and-circulating-cell-free-epstein-barr-virus-dna-in-patients-with-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-undergoing-radiotherapy
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Jess Honganh Vo, Wen Long Nei, Min Hu, Wai Min Phyo, Fuqiang Wang, Kam Weng Fong, Terence Tan, Yoke Lim Soong, Shie Lee Cheah, Kiattisa Sommat, Huiyu Low, Belinda Ling, Johnson Ng, Wan Loo Tan, Kian Sing Chan, Lynette Oon, Jackie Y Ying, Min-Han Tan
Quantification of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) cell-free DNA (cfDNA) is commonly used in clinical settings as a circulating biomarker in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), but there has been no comparison with circulating tumour cells (CTCs). Our study aims to compare the performance of CTC enumeration against EBV cfDNA quantitation through digital PCR (dPCR) and quantitative PCR. 74 plasma samples from 46 NPC patients at baseline and one month after radiotherapy with or without concurrent chemotherapy were analysed...
December 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420618/research-progress-on-liquid-biopsy-in-oncology-and-its-clinical-applications
#6
Wang Chen, Li Yanming, Fang Xiangdong
Liquid biopsy is an emerging and promising detection tool for cancer, with the benefit of being non-invasive and convenient. It analyzes tumor-derived information in the blood or other body fluids including circulating tumour cells (CTCs), circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) and exosomes. Nowadays, with the expansion of liquid biopsy research contents and the development of capture and detection technologies, liquid biopsy is increasingly utilized in clinical applications, promoting the development of tumor precision medicine...
March 20, 2017: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416815/in-situ-programming-of-leukaemia-specific-t-cells-using-synthetic-dna-nanocarriers
#7
Tyrel T Smith, Sirkka B Stephan, Howell F Moffett, Laura E McKnight, Weihang Ji, Diana Reiman, Emmy Bonagofski, Martin E Wohlfahrt, Smitha P S Pillai, Matthias T Stephan
An emerging approach for treating cancer involves programming patient-derived T cells with genes encoding disease-specific chimeric antigen receptors (CARs), so that they can combat tumour cells once they are reinfused. Although trials of this therapy have produced impressive results, the in vitro methods they require to generate large numbers of tumour-specific T cells are too elaborate for widespread application to treat cancer patients. Here, we describe a method to quickly program circulating T cells with tumour-recognizing capabilities, thus avoiding these complications...
April 17, 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340615/glucocorticoids-induce-production-of-reactive-oxygen-species-reactive-nitrogen-species-and-dna-damage-through-an-inos-mediated-pathway-in-breast-cancer
#8
Renée L Flaherty, Matthew Owen, Aidan Fagan-Murphy, Haya Intabli, David Healy, Anika Patel, Marcus C Allen, Bhavik A Patel, Melanie S Flint
BACKGROUND: Psychological stress increases the circulating levels of the stress hormones cortisol and norepinephrine (NE). Chronic exposure to elevated stress hormones has been linked to a reduced response to chemotherapy through induction of DNA damage. We hypothesize that stress hormone signalling may induce DNA damage through the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS)/reactive nitrogen species (RNS) and interference in DNA repair processes, promoting tumourigenesis. METHODS: Breast cancer cell lines were incubated with physiological levels of cortisol and NE in the presence and absence of receptor antagonists and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) inhibitors and DNA damage measured using phosphorylated γ-H2AX...
March 24, 2017: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327969/circulating-tumour-dna-predicts-response-to-anti-pd1-antibodies-in-metastatic-melanoma
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J H Lee, G V Long, S Boyd, S Lo, A M Menzies, V Tembe, A Guminski, V Jakrot, R A Scolyer, G J Mann, R F Kefford, M S Carlino, H Rizos
Background: Programmed death 1 (PD1) inhibitors are now a foundation of medical management of metastatic melanoma. This study sought to determine whether circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) provides useful early response and prognostic information. Patients and methods: We evaluated the relationship between pre-treatment and early on treatment ctDNA and outcome in melanoma patients treated with PD1 inhibitors alone or in combination with ipilimumab. Results: ctDNA was detected in 40/76 patients (53%) at baseline, and correlated with stage, LDH levels, disease volume and ECOG performance...
May 1, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327938/targeting-the-fibroblast-growth-factor-receptor-2-in-gastric-cancer-promise-or-pitfall
#10
C Hierro, M Alsina, M Sánchez, V Serra, J Rodon, J Tabernero
Gastric cancer is the third leading cause of death from cancer worldwide. Systemic chemotherapy remains the mainstay therapeutic option for this poor prognosis cancer. Trastuzumab, the epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (ERBB2 or HER2)-antibody, is the only biological agent approved for the molecularly-selected population of HER2-positive gastric cancer patients. Over the last decade, several groups have been working for deepening into the molecular characterization of gastric cancer, shedding some light into the heterogeneity of this tumour...
March 7, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327598/global-dna-methylation-analysis-identifies-two-discrete-clusters-of-pheochromocytoma-with-distinct-genomic-and-genetic-alterations
#11
Samuel Backman, Rajani Maharjan, Alberto Falk-Delgado, Joakim Crona, Kenko Cupisti, Peter Stålberg, Per Hellman, Peyman Björklund
Pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas (PPGLs) are rare and frequently heritable neural-crest derived tumours arising from the adrenal medulla or extra-adrenal chromaffin cells respectively. The majority of PPGL tumours are benign and do not recur with distant metastases. However, a sizeable fraction of these tumours secrete vasoactive catecholamines into the circulation causing a variety of symptoms including hypertension, palpitations and diaphoresis. The genetic landscape of PPGL has been well characterized and more than a dozen genes have been described as recurrently mutated...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306358/the-genetics-of-gastroesophageal-adenocarcinoma-and-the-use-of-circulating-cell-free-dna-for-disease-detection-and-monitoring
#12
REVIEW
Mark R Openshaw, Catherine J Richards, David S Guttery, Jacqueline A Shaw, Anne L Thomas
Gastroesophageal adenocarcinoma (GOA) is a frequently occurring cancer worldwide with a poor clinical outcome. Adenocarcinomas of the esophagus and gastroesophageal junction have shown a recent increase in frequency, therefore there is need to increase our understanding of GOA in order to improve our ability to detect, monitor and treat the disease. Areas covered: The authors discuss the current classification of GOA in the context of recent changes in incidence. The authors also discuss developments in the understanding of disease biology and recent discoveries from whole genome and whole exome sequencing, and studies in immunotherapy...
May 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303898/circulating-tumour-dna-reflects-treatment-response-and-clonal-evolution-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukaemia
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Paul Yeh, Tane Hunter, Devbarna Sinha, Sarah Ftouni, Elise Wallach, Damian Jiang, Yih-Chih Chan, Stephen Q Wong, Maria Joao Silva, Ravikiran Vedururu, Kenneth Doig, Enid Lam, Gisela Mir Arnau, Timothy Semple, Meaghan Wall, Andjelija Zivanovic, Rishu Agarwal, Pasquale Petrone, Kate Jones, David Westerman, Piers Blombery, John F Seymour, Anthony T Papenfuss, Mark A Dawson, Constantine S Tam, Sarah-Jane Dawson
Several novel therapeutics are poised to change the natural history of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) and the increasing use of these therapies has highlighted limitations of traditional disease monitoring methods. Here we demonstrate that circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) is readily detectable in patients with CLL. Importantly, ctDNA does not simply mirror the genomic information contained within circulating malignant lymphocytes but instead parallels changes across different disease compartments following treatment with novel therapies...
March 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252003/integrating-liquid-biopsies-into-the-management-of-cancer
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REVIEW
Giulia Siravegna, Silvia Marsoni, Salvatore Siena, Alberto Bardelli
During cancer progression and treatment, multiple subclonal populations of tumour cells compete with one another, with selective pressures leading to the emergence of predominant subclones that replicate and spread most proficiently, and are least susceptible to treatment. At present, the molecular landscapes of solid tumours are established using surgical or biopsy tissue samples. Tissue-based tumour profiles are, however, subject to sampling bias, provide only a snapshot of tumour heterogeneity, and cannot be obtained repeatedly...
March 2, 2017: Nature Reviews. Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222152/alteration-of-the-exdna-profile-in-blood-serum-of-llc-bearing-mice-under-the-decrease-of-tumour-invasion-potential-by-bovine-pancreatic-dnase-i-treatment
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Ludmila A Alekseeva, Nadezhda L Mironova, Evgenyi V Brenner, Alexander M Kurilshikov, Olga A Patutina, Marina A Zenkova
Taking into account recently obtained data indicating the participation of circulating extracellular DNA (exDNA) in tumorigenesis, enzymes with deoxyribonucleic activity have again been considered as potential antitumour and antimetastatic drugs. Previously, using murine Lewis lung carcinoma and hepatocellular carcinoma A1 tumour models, we have shown the antimetastatic activity of bovine DNase I, which correlates with an increase of DNase activity and a decrease of exDNA concentration in the blood serum of tumour-bearing mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211676/electrochemical-genetic-profiling-of-single-cancer-cells
#16
Josep Ll Acero Sánchez, Hamdi Joda, Olivier Y F Henry, Beata W Solnestam, Linda Kvastad, Pelin S Akan, Joakim Lundeberg, Nadja Laddach, Dheeraj Ramakrishnan, Ian Riley, Carmen Schwind, Daniel Latta, Ciara K O'Sullivan
Recent understandings in the development and spread of cancer have led to the realization of novel single cell analysis platforms focused on circulating tumor cells (CTCs). A simple, rapid, and inexpensive analytical platform capable of providing genetic information on these rare cells is highly desirable to support clinicians and researchers alike to either support the selection or adjustment of therapy or provide fundamental insights into cell function and cancer progression mechanisms. We report on the genetic profiling of single cancer cells, exploiting a combination of multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) and electrochemical detection...
March 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194229/circulating-and-tissue-biomarkers-in-early-stage-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#17
Caterina Fumagalli, Fabrizio Bianchi, Paola Rafaniello Raviele, Davide Vacirca, Giovanni Bertalot, Cristiano Rampinelli, Matteo Lazzeroni, Bernardo Bonanni, Giulia Veronesi, Nicola Fusco, Massimo Barberis, Elena Guerini-Rocco
OBJECTIVE: We sought to characterise circulating and tissue tumour biomarkers of patients who developed early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) during long-term follow-up of a chemoprevention trial (NCT00321893). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Blood and sputum samples were collected from 202 high-risk asymptomatic individuals with CT-detected stable lung nodules. Real-time PCR was performed on plasma to quantify free circulating DNA. Baseline serum was investigated with a previously validated test based on 13 circulating miRNAs (miR-Test)...
2017: Ecancermedicalscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126926/molecular-disease-monitoring-using-circulating-tumor-dna-in-myelodysplastic-syndromes
#18
Paul Yeh, Michael Dickinson, Sarah Ftouni, Tane Hunter, Devbarna Sinha, Stephen Q Wong, Rishu Agarwal, Ravikiran Vedururu, Kenneth Doig, Chun Yew Fong, Piers Blombery, David Westerman, Mark A Dawson, Sarah-Jane Dawson
The diagnosis and monitoring of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are highly reliant on bone marrow morphology, which is associated with substantial inter-observer variability. Azacitidine is the mainstay of treatment in MDS, however only half of all patients respond. Therefore, there is an urgent need for improved modalities for the diagnosis and monitoring of MDS. The majority of MDS patients have either clonal somatic karyotypic abnormalities and/or gene mutations that aid in the diagnosis and can be used to monitor treatment response...
January 26, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104619/osimertinib-benefit-in-egfr-mutant-nsclc-patients-with-t790m-mutation-detected-by-circulating-tumour-dna
#19
J Remon, C Caramella, C Jovelet, L Lacroix, A Lawson, S Smalley, K Howarth, D Gale, E Green, V Plagnol, N Rosenfeld, D Planchard, M V Bluthgen, A Gazzah, C Pannet, C Nicotra, E Auclin, J C Soria, B Besse
Background: Approximately 50% of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutant non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients treated with EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) will acquire resistance by the T790M mutation. Osimertinib is the standard of care in this situation. The present study assesses the efficacy of osimertinib when T790M status is determined in circulating cell-free tumour DNA (ctDNA) from blood samples in progressing advanced EGFR-mutant NSCLC patients. Material and methods: ctDNA T790M mutational status was assessed by Inivata InVision™ (eTAm-Seq™) assay in 48 EGFR-mutant advanced NSCLC patients with acquired resistance to EGFR TKIs without a tissue biopsy between April 2015 and April 2016...
April 1, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104311/comprehensive-profiling-of-the-androgen-receptor-in-liquid-biopsies-from-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-reveals-novel-intra-ar-structural-variation-and-splice-variant-expression-patterns
#20
Bram De Laere, Pieter-Jan van Dam, Tom Whitington, Markus Mayrhofer, Emanuela Henao Diaz, Gert Van den Eynden, Jean Vandebroek, Jurgen Del-Favero, Steven Van Laere, Luc Dirix, Henrik Grönberg, Johan Lindberg
BACKGROUND: Expression of the androgen receptor splice variant 7 (AR-V7) is associated with poor response to second-line endocrine therapy in castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). However, a large fraction of nonresponding patients are AR-V7-negative. OBJECTIVE: To investigate if a comprehensive liquid biopsy-based AR profile may improve patient stratification in the context of second-line endocrine therapy. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: Peripheral blood was collected from patients with CRPC (n=30) before initiation of a new line of systemic therapy...
January 16, 2017: European Urology
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