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Claudia Spatari, Wenlong Li, Alfred H Schinkel, Gaetano Ragno, Jan H M Schellens, Jos H Beijnen, Rolf W Sparidans
A bio-analytical assay for the first third generation ALK inhibitor lorlatinib in mouse plasma was developed and validated. Ten-μl plasma samples were prepared by adding rucaparib as the internal standard and precipitation of the plasma proteins. For LC-MS/MS analysis, compounds were eluted at 0.5 mL/min and separated on a 3-μm particle-size, polar embedded octadecyl silica column by gradient elution using 0.1% of formic acid (in water) and methanol. Compounds were monitored with positive electrospray ionization using a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer in selected reaction monitoring mode...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Jeong-Oh Kim, Jung-Young Shin, Min Young Kim, Kyoung Hwa Son, Chan Kwon Jung, Tae-Jung Kim, Su Young Kim, Jae Kil Park, Sook Whan Sung, Sang Ju Bae, Hyun Jung Min, Jin-Hyoung Kang
BACKGROUND: We screened resected tumor tissues from patients with lung cancer for EGFR mutations, ALK rearrangements, and rearranged during transfection (RET) gene variants (including RET rearrangements and the Kinesin Family Member 5B (KIF5B)-RET fusion gene) using various methods including reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), transcript assays, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), and immunohistochemistry (IHC). We also examined the protein expression of associated downstream signaling molecules to assess the effect of these variants on patient outcome...
March 2018: Surgical Oncology
Sarah Rohlfing, Sascha Dietrich, Mathias Witzens-Harig, Ute Hegenbart, Stefan Schönland, Thomas Luft, Anthony D Ho, Peter Dreger
The role of autologous stem cell transplantation (autoSCT) as consolidating treatment for peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL) is unsettled. The aim of this analysis was to investigate the impact of autoSCT in the upfront setting by intent-to-treat and to study salvage strategies after relapse. Retrospective follow-up of all patients aged 18-70 years and treated at our institution for ALK-PTCL diagnosed between 2001 and 2014. Of 117 eligible patients, diagnosis was PTCL-NOS in 34, ALCL ALK- in 31, AITL in 28, and other PTCL in 24 patients...
March 16, 2018: Annals of Hematology
Deepali Jain, Sinchita Roy-Chowdhuri
CONTEXT: - There has been a paradigm shift in the understanding of molecular pathogenesis of lung cancer. A number of oncogenic drivers have been identified in non-small cell lung carcinoma, such as the epidermal growth factor receptor ( EGFR) mutation and anaplastic lymphoma kinase ( ALK) gene rearrangement. Because of the clinical presentation at an advanced stage of disease in non-small cell lung carcinoma patients, the use of minimally invasive techniques is preferred to obtain a tumor sample for diagnosis...
March 16, 2018: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Sandrine Loubière, Alexandre Drezet, Michèle Beau-Faller, Denis Moro-Sibilot, Sylvie Friard, Marie Wislez, Hélène Blons, Catherine Daniel, Virginie Westeel, Anne Madroszyk, Hervé Léna, Patrick Merle, Julien Mazières, Gérard Zalcman, Roger Lacave, Martine Antoine, Franck Morin, Pascale Missy, Fabrice Barlesi, Pascal Auquier, Jacques Cadranel
ALK rearrangement and EGFR / KRAS mutations constitute the primary biomarkers tested to provide targeted or nontargeted therapies in advanced nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. Our objective was to assess the cost-effectiveness of biomarker testing for NSCLC.Between 2013 and 2014, 843 treatment-naive patients were prospectively recruited at 19 French hospitals into a longitudinal observational cohort study. Two testing strategies were compared, i.e. with "at least one biomarker status known" and "at least KRAS status known", in addition to "no biomarker testing" as the reference strategy...
March 2018: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
Marina Chiara Garassino, Byoung-Chul Cho, Joo-Hang Kim, Julien Mazières, Johan Vansteenkiste, Hervé Lena, Jesus Corral Jaime, Jhanelle E Gray, John Powderly, Christos Chouaid, Paolo Bidoli, Paul Wheatley-Price, Keunchil Park, Ross A Soo, Yifan Huang, Catherine Wadsworth, Phillip A Dennis, Naiyer A Rizvi
BACKGROUND: Immune checkpoint inhibitors are a new standard of care for patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) without EGFR tyrosine kinase or anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) genetic aberrations (EGFR-/ALK-), but clinical benefit in patients with EGFR mutations or ALK rearrangements (EGFR+/ALK+) has not been shown. We assessed the effect of durvalumab (anti-PD-L1) treatment in three cohorts of patients with NSCLC defined by EGFR/ALK status and tumour expression of PD-L1...
March 12, 2018: Lancet Oncology
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
Rehan M Hussain, Ninel Z Gregori, Thomas A Ciulla, Byron L Lam
Pharmacotherapy with visual cycle modulators (VCMs) is under investigation for retinitis pigmentosa (RP), Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), Stargardt macular dystrophy (SMD) and nonexudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD), all blinding diseases that lack effective treatment options. Areas covered: The authors review investigational VCMs, including oral retinoids, 9-cis-retinyl-acetate (zuretinol) and 9-cis-β-carotene, which restore 11-cis-retinal levels in RP and LCA caused by LRAT and RPE65 gene mutations, and may improve visual acuity and visual fields...
March 15, 2018: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
Yee Pei Song, Rovel J Colaco
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) provides excellent control in the treatment of brain metastases (BM). The use of newer, targeted and immunotherapy treatments have resulted in improved overall survival in patients even with an extensive metastatic disease. Hence, it is increasingly important to consider the potential for late toxicities like radiation-induced necrosis (RN) of the brain. We present a case of a patient with stage IV anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) positive adenocarcinoma of the lung who underwent stereotactic radiosurgery to her brain metastases and received targeted treatment...
January 8, 2018: Curēus
A Arfaoui Toumi, A Blel, R Aloui, H Zaibi, M Ksentinini, M S Boudaya, N Znaidi, Y Zidi, H Aouina, S Rammeh Rommani
BACKGROUND: Despite recent advances, non-small cell lung cancer carries a grim prognosis. For appropriate treatment selection, the updated guidelines recommend broad molecular profiling for all patients with pulmonary adenocarcinoma. Precise histological subtyping and targeted epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) testing are mandatory. METHODS: Herein, we assessed the EGFR mutation status of 26 formalin fixed-paraffin embedded (FFPE) samples of lung adenocarcinoma...
March 11, 2018: Current Research in Translational Medicine
Dai Chihara, Michelle A Fanale, Roberto N Miranda, Mansoor Noorani, Jason R Westin, Loretta J Nastoupil, Fredrick B Hagemeister, Luis E Fayad, Jorge E Romaguera, Felipe Samaniego, Francesco Turturro, Hun J Lee, Sattva S Neelapu, M Alma Rodriguez, Michael Wang, Nathan H Fowler, Richard E Davis, L Jeffrey Medeiros, Yasuhiro Oki
We performed a retrospective analysis to identify risk factors and survival outcome for central nervous system (CNS) relapse of peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL) by histologic type. Records of 600 PTCL patients diagnosed between 1999 and 2014 were analyzed including PTCL not otherwise specified (PTCL-NOS, 174 patients), angoimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL, 144), ALK+anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL, 74), ALK-ALCL (103), extranodal NK-cell lymphoma (ENKL, 54), or others (51). With a median follow up of 57 months, 13 patients (4 PTCL-NOS, 1 AITL, 4 ALK+ALCL, 2 ALK-ALCL, 2 ENKL) experienced CNS relapse...
2018: PloS One
Kentaro Inamura
Immunohistochemistry is a widely available technique that is less challenging and can provide clinically meaningful results quickly and cost-efficiently in comparison with other techniques. In addition, immunohistochemistry allows for the evaluation of cellular localization of proteins in the context of tumor structure. In an era of precision medicine, pathologists are required to classify lung cancer into specific subtypes and assess biomarkers relevant to molecular-targeted therapies. This review summarizes the hot topics of immunohistochemistry in lung cancer, including (i) adenocarcinoma vs squamous cell carcinoma; (ii) neuroendocrine markers; (iii) ALK, ROS1, and EGFR; (iv) PD-L1 (CD274); (v) lung carcinoma vs malignant mesothelioma; and (vi) NUT carcinoma...
March 14, 2018: Cancers
Shirish M Gadgeel
Anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene rearrangements as driver genetic alterations occur in approximately 2-4% of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. Alectinib, a next generation ALK inhibitor, recently demonstrated, in two separate Phase III trials, superior efficacy to crizotinib, the first ALK inhibitor to demonstrate clinical efficacy in ALK-positive NSCLC patients. Alectinib also demonstrated superior efficacy in the CNS. The data from these two Phase III studies suggest that the efficacy of starting with alectinib is superior to the overall clinical efficacy of starting with crizotinib followed by switching to alectinib at the time of disease progression...
March 14, 2018: Future Oncology
Abdulraheem Alshareef, Meredith S Irwin, Nidhi Gupta, Hai-Feng Zhang, Moinul Haque, Scott D Findlay, Bo Kyung Alex Seong, Justine Lai, Mohammed Rayis, Sadeq Al-Dandan, Raymond Lai
ALK missense mutations are detected in 8% of neuroblastoma (NB) tumors at diagnosis and confer gain-of-function oncogenic effects. The mechanisms by which the expression of wild-type or mutant ALK , which is detectable in the majority of cases, is regulated are not well understood. We have identified a novel ALK transcript characterized by the retention of intron 19 ( ALK-I19 ). ALK-I19 was detected in 4/4 NB cell lines, but not other non-NB cells with ALK aberrations. The functional significance of ALK-I19 was determined by specific siRNA knockdown of this transcript, which resulted in substantially decreased expression of the fully-spliced ALK transcripts (FS- ALK ) and a significant reduction in cell growth...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Cristina Aguado, Maria-de-Los-Llanos Gil, Zaira Yeste, Ana Giménez-Capitán, Cristina Teixidó, Niki Karachaliou, Santiago Viteri, Rafael Rosell, Miguel A Molina-Vila
Fusion of the anaplastic lymphoma receptor tyrosine kinase gene ( ALK ) with the echinoderm microtubule-associated protein 4 gene ( EML4 ) is the second most common actionable alteration in non-small-cell lung cancer, with a frequency of 5%. Here, we present a case of an EML4-ALK-positive patient with an atypical in-frame insertion from the LTBP1 gene in the canonical junction of variant 1 . The patient was a 39-year-old never-smoker female diagnosed with Stage IV lung adenocarcinoma. A core biopsy was negative for EGFR and KRAS mutations but positive for ALK immunohistochemistry and fluorescence in situ hybridization...
2018: OncoTargets and Therapy
Junsheng Fan, Zengfei Xia, Xiaoli Zhang, Yuqing Chen, Ruolan Qian, Sihan Liu, Danming You, Jian Zhang, Peng Luo
Background: Alectinib is a second-generation anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) inhibitor approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat crizotinib-refractory non-small cell lung cancer. We performed this meta-analysis to synthesize the results of different clinical trials to evaluate the efficacy and safety of alectinib. Methods: A search of 3 databases, including PubMed, Web of Science, and the Cochrane Library, was performed from the inception of each database through September 5, 2017...
2018: OncoTargets and Therapy
H T Niu, P Dong, J N Wang, Y X Zeng, W Yuan, P Yuan
Objective: To investigate the expression status of anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) fusion gene in lung sarcomatoid carcinoma (LSC) and the role of ALK inhibitors for treatment. Methods: Total of 84 cases of LSC confirmed by histopathology were detected for ALK fusion gene from January 2011 to December 2014 in the Cancer Hospital of Chinese Academy of Medical Science&Peking Union Medical College and Shandong Zibo Wanjie Cancer Hospital. All patients were primarily treated by the multi-disciplinary mode in combination with chemotherapy or targeted therapy based on surgery...
March 6, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Q Y Lao, M Sun, L Yu, J Wang
Objective: To investigate the clinicopathological characteristics and differential diagnosis of lipofibromatosis. Methods: The clinicopathological features and immunohistochemical profiles in 8 cases of lipofibromatosis diagnosed at Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center from January 2008 to June 2017 were studied. Molecular analysis of β-catenin mutation by Sanger sequencing, NTKR1 and ETV6 rearrangements by FISH were performed. The follow up information was evaluated and the literature was reviewed. Results: There were 4 males and 4 females with a median age of 1...
March 8, 2018: Zhonghua Bing Li Xue za Zhi Chinese Journal of Pathology
H J Huang, X Y Chen, Z Y Zheng
Objective: To investigate the clinicopathological features, differential diagnosis, and genetic alteration of Langerhans cell sarcoma (LCS). Methods: Four cases of LCS were collected from Fujian Provincial Hospital and Fuzhou General Hospital of Nanjing Military Command of PLA from July 2013 to January 2017. Clinicopathological features and immunophenotype were retrospectively reviewed in four LCS cases combined with genetic mutation analysis of BRAF and ALK. Results: Four cases included 2 women and 2 men with ages from 42 to 79 years (median=59...
March 8, 2018: Zhonghua Bing Li Xue za Zhi Chinese Journal of Pathology
Véronique Hofman, Sandra Lassalle, Coraline Bence, Elodie Long-Mira, Sacha Nahon-Estève, Simon Heeke, Virginie Lespinet-Fabre, Catherine Butori, Marius Ilié, Paul Hofman
The identification of certain genomic alterations ( EGFR , ALK , ROS1 , BRAF ) or immunological markers (PD-L1) in tissues or cells has led to targeted treatment for patients presenting with late stage or metastatic lung cancer. These biomarkers can be detected by immunohistochemistry (IHC) and/or by molecular biology (MB) techniques. These approaches are often complementary but depending on, the quantity and quality of the biological material, the urgency to get the results, the access to technological platforms, the financial resources and the expertise of the team, the choice of the approach can be questioned...
March 13, 2018: Cancers
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