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  1. High rate of BRAF and RET/PTC dual mutations associated with recurrent papillary thyroid carcinoma.

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    Henderson, Ying C; Shellenberger, Thomas D; Williams, Michelle D; El-Naggar, Adel K; Fredrick, Mitchell J; Cieply, Kathleen M; Clayman, Gary L

    2009-01-15

    Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC), the most common thyroid malignancy, usually possesses BRAF mutation or rearranged in translation (RET)/PTC rearrangements. PTC usually possesses BRAF mutation or RET/PTC rearrangements. The mutation status of patients with recurrent PTC has never been characterized in a large population. Mutation status was determined in a cohort of 54 patients with recurrent PTC and analyzed for clinicopathologic relationships. BRAF and ras mutations were determined by PCR and sequencing of genomic DNA. RET/PTC rearrangements were analyzed by reverse transcription-PCR. BRAF mutation in exon 15 (V600E) was found in 42/54 (77.8%) recurrent PTC patients. The RET/PTC rearrangements were detected in 9 of 54 (16.7%) patients. In addition, 5 of 54 (9.3%) recurrent PTC patients had both a BRAF mutation and a RET/PTC rearrangement. The prevalence of tumors with dual mutations found in the recurrent population far exceeds the frequency historically reported for patients with primary PTC. Patients with dual mutations were significantly older (80% older than 45 years) than patients with a BRAF mutation alone (38% older than 45 years). Recurrent PTC is significantly associated with a predominant BRAF mutation. RET/PTC rearrangements, although commonly associated with primary PTCs in younger patients, are uncommonly found in recurrent PTC patients. In addition, the incidence of dual mutations was higher in patients with recurrent PTC than in those primary PTC, as reported by others.

  2. Association of TERT Promoter Mutation, But Not BRAF Mutation, With Increased Mortality in PTC.

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    George, Jonathan R; Henderson, Ying C; Williams, Michelle D; Roberts, Dianna B; Hei, Hu; Lai, Stephen Y; Clayman, Gary L

    2015-12-01

    Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) carrying the BRAF mutation has been reported to be associated with high recurrence and potentially increased mortality. PTC carrying the TERT promoter mutation has been associated with older age, recurrence, and aggressive disease. The objective of this study was to determine the association of BRAF and TERT promoter gene alterations with recurrence and survival in a high-risk population. Genomic DNA was analyzed for the BRAF mutation from 256 persistent/recurrent PTC (p/rPTC; 202 new, 54 previously reported) and for the TERT promoter mutation and polymorphism (242 p/rPTC). Two-tailed Fisher exact tests or the Pearson χ(2) test were performed for the associations between mutations and other variables. Overall and disease-free survivals were compared by log rank tests on Kaplan-Meier plots and by Cox regression analysis. TERT promoter constructs were tested in PTC cell lines to determine their activities in these cells. BRAF V600E mutation was identified in 235 of 256 (91.8%), TERT promoter mutation at -124 was detected in 77 of 242 (31.8%), and TERT promoter polymorphism at -245 was found in 113 of 242 (46.7%) p/rPTC patients. A significant difference in survival was found in p/rPTC patients with the TERT promoter mutation, which also displayed increased activity in vitro as compared to the nonmutated promoter sequence. No association was noted between the BRAF mutation or TERT promoter polymorphism and recurrence or survival. A drawback of our study could be the limited number of patients with nonmutated BRAF (21 of 256 [8.2%]). Mutation in the TERT promoter, but not in BRAF, was associated with decreased survival in 19 (24.7%) p/rPTC patients who died of disease and in 38 (49.4%) p/rPTC patients who died at last contact. The presence or absence of the BRAF mutation and TERT promoter polymorphism, however, was not significantly correlated with survival.

  3. Concomitant RAS, RET/PTC, or BRAF mutations in advanced stage of papillary thyroid carcinoma.

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    Zou, Minjing; Baitei, Essa Y; Alzahrani, Ali S; BinHumaid, Faisal S; Alkhafaji, Dania; Al-Rijjal, Roua A; Meyer, Brian F; Shi, Yufei

    2014-08-01

    RET/PTC rearrangement, RAS, and BRAF mutations are considered to be mutually exclusive in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). However, although concomitant mutations of RET/PTC, RAS, or BRAF have been reported recently, their significance for tumor progression and survival remains unclear. We sought to examine the prognostic value of concomitant mutations in PTC. We investigated 88 PTC for concomitant mutations. Mutation in BRAF exon 15, KRAS, NRAS, and HRAS were studied by polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-sequencing of tumor DNA; RET/PTC rearrangement was determined by reverse transcription (RT)-PCR-sequencing of tumor cDNA. BRAF(V600E) was detected in 39 of 82 classic PTC (CPTC) and in all three tall-cell variants (49%, 42/85). KRAS mutation (p.Q61R and p.S65N) was detected in two CPTC (2%, 2/88) and NRAS(Q61R) in one CPTC and two follicular variant PTC (FVPTC; 3%, 3/88). KRAS(S65N) was identified for the first time in thyroid cancer and could activate mitogen-associated protein kinase (MAPK). RET/PTC-1 was detected in nine CPTC, one tall-cell variant, and two FVPTC. Concomitant BRAF(V600E) and KRAS, or BRAF(V600E) and RET/PTC-1 mutations were found in two CPTC, and six CPTC and one tall-cell variant, respectively. In total, 11 concomitant mutations were found in 88 PTC samples (13%), and most of them were in the advanced stage of disease (8/11, 73%; pPTC and are associated with poor prognosis. The concomitant mutations may represent intratumor heterogeneity and could exert a gene dosage effect to promote disease progression. KRAS(S65N) can constitutively activate the MAPK pathway.

  4. Sunitinib inhibits papillary thyroid carcinoma with RET/PTC rearrangement but not BRAF mutation.

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    Jeong, Woo-Jin; Mo, Ji-Hun; Park, Min Woo; Choi, Ik Joon; An, Soo-Youn; Jeon, Eun-Hee; Ahn, Soon-Hyun

    2011-09-01

    Sunitinib, a multi-targeted tyrosine kinase inhibitor, is frequently incorporated into the management of papillary thyroid carcinoma refractory to standard therapies. Although clinical trials are in progress, the mechanism of action in papillary thyroid carcinomas is not clear, especially regarding the effect on BRAF mutation. We investigated the effect of sunitinib on papillary thyroid carcinoma cells harboring RET/PTC rearrangement and BRAF mutation using TPC-1M, SNU-790, and B-cPAP cell lines. Cell growth of papillary thyroid cancer cells with RET/PTC rearrangement was effectively inhibited at low doses of sunitinib (IC50=0.658 μM), whereas that of BRAF mutated cells required higher doses. Immunoblotting revealed effective blocking of MEK/ERK pathway in RET/PTC rearrangement cells, but not in BRAF mutated cells. Cell cycle analysis showed G1 arrest in RET/PTC rearrangement cells. In vivo orthotopic thyroid cancer mouse model demonstrated statistically significant tumor growth inhibition by sunitinib in RET/PTC rearrangement cancer cells. We conclude that sunitinib effectively inhibits RET/PTC rearrangement cells but not BRAF mutated cells. These data suggest that sunitinib exerts its effect by inhibiting the upstream MAPK signaling cascade. These findings support the unsatisfactory treatment outcomes of sunitinib in many already ongoing clinical trials compared to other tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Clinical application of sunitinib should be directed accordingly.

  5. Molecular characteristics of papillary thyroid carcinomas without BRAF mutation or RET/PTC rearrangement: relationship with clinico-pathological features.

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    Durand, Stéphanie; Ferraro-Peyret, Carole; Joufre, Mireille; Chave, Annie; Borson-Chazot, Françoise; Selmi-Ruby, Samia; Rousset, Bernard

    2009-06-01

    About 60-70% of papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTC) present a BRAF(T1799A) gene mutation or a rearrangement of RET gene (RET/PTC). In this study, we examined whether PTC without BRAF(T1799A) mutation and without RET/PTC rearrangement named PTC-ga(-) were distinguishable from PTC-ga(+) (with one or the other gene alteration) on the basis of gene expression characteristics. We analyzed the mutational state of 116 PTC and we compared gene expression profiles of PTC-ga(+) and PTC-ga(-) from data of a 200 gene macroarray and quantitative PCR. Seventy five PTC were PTC-ga(+) and 41 were PTC-ga(-). Unsupervised analyses of macroarray data by hierarchical clustering led to a complete segregation of PTC-ga(+) and PTC-ga(-). In a series of 42 genes previously recognized as PTC 'marker' genes, 22 were found to be expressed at a comparable level in PTC-ga(-) and normal tissue. Thyroid-specific genes, TPO, TG, DIO1, and DIO2 were under-expressed in PTC-ga(+) but expressed at a normal level in PTC-ga(-). A few genes including DUOX1 and DUOX2 were selectively dys-regulated in PTC-ga(-). Tumor grade of PTC-ga(-) was lower than that of PTC-ga(+). There was a strong association between the mutational state and histiotype of PTC; 81% of PTC follicular variants were corresponded to PTC-ga(-), whereas 84% of PTC of classical form were PTC-ga(+). In conclusion, we show that PTC without BRAF(T1799A) mutation or RET/PTC rearrangement, mainly corresponding to follicular variants, maintain a thyroid differentiation expression level close to that of normal tissue and should be of better prognosis than PTC with one or the other gene alteration.

  6. BRAF V600E mutation in prognostication of papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) recurrence.

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    Czarniecka, Agnieszka; Oczko-Wojciechowska, Małgorzata; Barczyński, Marcin

    2016-10-01

    Papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) offers excellent prognosis, however relapse risk or persistent disease is related to ~30%. Currently, attention is paid to the possibility of patient group selection of different risk of unfavorable outcome to match a particular therapeutic approach. Therefore, interest in new prognostic and predictive markers known preoperatively is observed. BRAF V600E mutation is such a marker. Many studies analyzing the prevalence of the mutation and its relationship with other clinico-pathological risk factors were reported but with controversial conclusions. The prognostic significance of BRAF mutation was confirmed by some single centre studies, a few meta-analyses and a large multicenter retrospective international study. They confirmed a correlation between the mutation and the risk of recurrence. The strongest argument against using BRAF mutation as an independent prognostic and predictive factor in PTC is its high prevalence (30-80%). At present it seems that BRAF mutation is one of the factors influencing the prognosis and it should be analyzed in correlation with other prognostic factors. The most recent ATA recommendations do not indicate a routine application of BRAF status for initial risk stratification in differentiated thyroid cancer due to a lack of evident confirmation of a direct influence of mutation on the increase in relapse risk. However, ATA demonstrates the continuous risk scale for the relapse risk assessment, considering BRAF and/or TERT status. At present, researchers are working on determining the role of BRAF mutation in patients from a low-risk group and its correlations with others molecular events. Currently, BRAF mutation cannot be used as a single, independent predictive factor. However, its usefulness in the context of other molecular and clinico-pathological risk factors cannot be excluded. They may be used to make modern prognostic scales of relapse risk and be applied to individualized diagnostic and

  7. Concomitant BRAF(V600E) mutation and RET/PTC rearrangement is a frequent occurrence in papillary thyroid carcinoma.

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    Guerra, Anna; Zeppa, Pio; Bifulco, Maurizio; Vitale, Mario

    2014-02-01

    The tyrosine kinase receptors/RAS/RAF/MAPK cascade is a site of mutational events associated with thyroid carcinogenesis. Some studies suggest the reciprocal exclusion of different oncogenes in the mitogen-activated protein kinase cascade, whereas others suggest that BRAF mutations and RET rearrangements can simultaneously occur in sporadic cases. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of concomitant BRAF(V600E) mutation and RET/PTC rearrangements in the same tumor and its association with some clinicopathological features. The percentage of mutant BRAF alleles and the presence of RET/PTC rearrangements were determined by means of pyrosequencing and Southern blot analysis of reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction products in a series of 72 conventional papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTCs). Then, the associations between clinicopathological characteristics and mutation status were assessed. BRAF(V600E) alleles were present in 32 out of 72 PTCs (44.4%) in the range of 5.1-44.7% of total BRAF alleles. RET/PTC was present in 26 tumors (36.1%). Concomitant subclonal BRAF and RET/PTC were demonstrated in 14 PTCs (19.4%), and none of the oncogenes was detected in 22 tumors (30.5%). Only BRAF(V600E) was associated with a more advanced tumor staging. The present study demonstrates that concomitant BRAF mutation and RET/PTC rearrangement is a frequent event in PTC.

  8. [The correlation between BRAF mutations, RET/PTC rearrangements and platelet-derived growth factor B expression in papillary thyroid carcinomas].

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    Wang, Ping; Wang, Yan-gang; Zhao, Wen-juan; Fu, Yu-dong; Wang, Luan; Wang, Fang; Zhao, Shi-hua

    2012-12-01

    To investigate the prevalence of BRAF T1799A mutation and RET/PTC rearrangement in Qingdao and detect the expression of platelet-derived growth factor B (PDGF-B) in order to investigate the correlation between gene mutation and PDGF-B. Fresh tissue from 48 papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTC) patients was examined for BRAF mutation RET rearrangements (RET/PTC1 and RET/PTC3) by PCR, followed by direct-sequence analysis. The expression of PDGF was analyzed by immunohistochemistry. Among the 48 patients, 14 (29.2%) were micro PTC; 18 (37.5%) had BRAF T1799A mutations and 23(47.9%) had RET/PTC rearrangement. There were 17 (35.4%) cases of RET/PTC1 and 6 (12.5%) of RET/PTC3, with no multiple rearrangements. Both BRAF T1799A mutation and RET/PTC rearrangement were present in 6 (12.5%) cases of non-micro PTC. The level of PDGF-B expression in BRAF T1799A positive was higher than that in the negative, and the level of PDGF-B expression in RET/PTC3 was higher than that in RET/PTC1 (P PTC rearrangement is higher in Qingdao. BRAF T1799A mutation and RET/PTC3 rearrangement in patients suggests a poorer prognosis than the negative one. The BRAF T1799A mutation and RET/PTC3 rearrangement may strengthen the expression of PDGF-B. Both variations suggest a poor prognosis.

  9. The correlation between BRAF mutations, RET/PTC rearrangements and platelet-derived growth factor B expression in papillary thyroid carcinomas

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    王萍

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate the prevalence of BRAF T1799A mutation and RET/PTC rearrangement in Qingdao and detect the expression of platelet-derived growth factor B(PDGF-B) in order to investigate the correlation

  10. Relevance of BRAF(V600E) mutation testing versus RAS point mutations and RET/PTC rearrangements evaluation in the diagnosis of thyroid cancer.

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    Rossi, Martina; Buratto, Mattia; Tagliati, Federico; Rossi, Roberta; Lupo, Sabrina; Trasforini, Giorgio; Lanza, Giovanni; Franceschetti, Paola; Bruni, Stefania; Degli Uberti, Ettore; Zatelli, Maria Chiara

    2015-02-01

    A molecular profile including BRAF and RAS mutations as well as RET/PTC rearrangement evaluation has been proposed to provide an accurate presurgical assessment of thyroid nodules and to reduce the number of unnecessary diagnostic surgeries, sparing patients' health and saving healthcare resources. However, the application of such molecular analyses may provide different results among different centers and populations in real-life settings. Our aims were to evaluate the diagnostic utility of assessing the presence of BRAF and RAS mutations and RET/PTC1 and RET/PTC3 rearrangements in all cytological categories in an Italian group of thyroid nodule patients assessed prospectively, and to understand whether and which mutation testing might be helpful in cytologically indeterminate nodules. A total of 911 patients were submitted to ultrasound and fine-needle aspiration biopsy examination. Cytological evaluation was performed in parallel with molecular testing and compared to pathological results in 940 thyroid nodules, including 140 indeterminate lesions. BRAF mutation testing provided the best contribution to cancer diagnosis, allowing the disease to be detected at an early stage, and identifying indeterminate nodules in which diagnostic lobectomy could be spared. On the contrary, RAS and RET/PTC analysis did not further increase diagnostic sensitivity for thyroid cancer. In addition, we found RET/PTC rearrangements in benign lesions, indicating that this molecular marker might not be useful for the detection of thyroid cancer. BRAF(V600E) mutation analysis is superior to RAS point mutations and evaluation of RET/PTC rearrangements in the diagnosis of thyroid cancer, even in indeterminate lesions.

  11. BRAF mutations in conjunctival melanoma

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    Larsen, Ann-Cathrine; Dahl, Christina; Dahmcke, Christina M.

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: To investigate incidence, clinicopathological features and prognosis of BRAF-mutated conjunctival melanoma in Denmark. Furthermore, to determine BRAF mutations in paired premalignant lesions and evaluate immunohistochemical BRAF V600E oncoprotein detection. Methods: Data from 139 patients...

  12. High prevalence of BRAF gene mutation in papillary thyroid carcinomas and thyroid tumor cell lines.

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    Xu, Xiulong; Quiros, Roderick M; Gattuso, Paolo; Ain, Kenneth B; Prinz, Richard A

    2003-08-01

    The RAS-RAF-MEK-ERK-MAP kinase pathway mediates the cellular response to extracellular signals that regulate cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis. Mutation of the RAS proto-oncogene occurs in various thyroid neoplasms such as papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTCs), follicular thyroid adenomas and carcinomas. A second genetic alteration frequently involved in PTC is RET/PTC rearrangements. Recent studies have shown that BRAF, which is a downstream signaling molecule of RET and RAS, is frequently mutated in melanomas. This study tests whether BRAF is also mutated in thyroid tumors and cell lines. We analyzed BRAF gene mutation at codon 599 in thyroid tumors using mutant-allele-specific PCR and in 10 thyroid tumor cell lines by DNA sequencing of the PCR-amplified exon 15. We found that BRAF was mutated in 8 of 10 thyroid tumor cell lines, including 2 of 2 papillary carcinoma cell lines, 4 of 5 anaplastic carcinoma cell lines, 1 of 2 follicular carcinoma cell lines, and 1 follicular adenoma cell line. BRAF mutation at codon 599 was detected in 21 of 56 PTC (38%) but not in 18 follicular adenomas and 6 goiters. BRAF mutation occurred in PTC at a significantly higher frequency in male patients than in female patients. To test whether BRAF mutation may cooperate with RET/PTC rearrangements in the oncogenesis of PTC, we tested whether BRAF-mutated PTCs were also positive for RET/PTC rearrangements. Immunohistochemical staining was conducted to evaluate RET/PTC rearrangements by using two different anti-RET antibodies. Surprisingly, we found that a large number of BRAF-mutated PTCs (8 of 21) also expressed RET, indicating that the RET proto-oncogene is rearranged in these BRAF-mutated PTCs. These observations suggest that mutated BRAF gene may cooperate with RET/PTC to induce the oncogenesis of PTC.

  13. Lack of BRAF mutations in hyalinizing trabecular neoplasm

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    Brose Marcia

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The hyalinizing trabecular neoplasm (HTN of the thyroid is an unusual and controversial lesion. Some consider it a peculiar type of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC because of its nuclear features and presence of psammoma bodies. Others consider it an adenoma. Molecular studies have found RET/PTC translocations in some examples, supporting HTN as a PTC; however mutations in BRAF (another marker for PTC have not been found. We report two cases of classic HTN and a case of trabecular PTC and show BRAF mutations in the latter and not in HTN. Trabecular growth pattern is insufficient for a diagnosis of HTN and lesions with such a pattern and nuclear features of PTC are cancers. Morphologically classic HTN are not associated with metastatic potential and should be considered adenomas.

  14. 甲状腺乳头状癌BRAF基因突变及RET/PTC基因重排与血小板源性生长因子B表达的相关性研究%The correlation between BRAF mutations, RET/PTC rearrangements and platelet-derived growth factor B expression in papillary thyroid carcinomas

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    王萍; 王颜刚; 赵文娟; 付浴东; 王娈; 王芳; 赵世华

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the prevalence of BRAF T1799A mutation and RET/PTC rearrangement in Qingdao and detect the expression of platelet-derived growth factor B (PDGF-B) in order to investigate the correlation between gene mutation and PDGF-B.Methods Fresh tissue from 48 papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTC) patients was examined for BRAF mutation RET rearrangements (RET/PTC1 and RET/PTC3) by PCR,followed by direct-sequence analysis.The expression of PDGF was analyzed by immunohistochemistry.Results Among the 48 patients,14 (29.2%) were micro PTC; 18 (37.5%) had BRAF T1799A mutations and 23(47.9%) had RET/PTC rearrangement.There were 17 (35.4%) cases of RET/PTC1 and 6 (12.5%) of RET/PTC3,with no multiple rearrangements.Both BRAF T1799A mutation and RET/PTC rearrangement were present in 6 (12.5%) cases of non-micro PTC.The level of PDGF-B expression in BRAF T1799A positive was higher than that in the negative,and the level of PDGF-B expression in RET/PTC3 was higher than that in RET/PTC1 (P < 0.05).The more advanced neoplasm stage was,the stranger PDGF-B expression was.Conclusions The incidence of BRAF T1799A mutation and RET/PTC rearrangement is higher in Qingdao.BRAF T1799A mutation and RET/PTC3 rearrangement in patients suggests a poorer prognosis than the negative one.The BRAF T1799A mutation and RET/PTC3 rearrangement may strengthen the expression of PDGF-B.Both variations suggest a poor prognosis.%目的 观察青岛地区甲状腺乳头状癌(PTC) BRAF T1799A基因突变及RET/PTC基因重排的发生情况;检测癌组织中血小板源性生长因子B (PDGF-B)的表达,研究基因突变与PDGF-B的关系.方法 收集48例PTC患者新鲜PTC组织,采用PCR分别扩增BRAF、RET/PTC1、RET/PTC3基因,产物经测序证实.采用免疫组化方法检测肿瘤组织中PDGF-B的表达.结果 48例PTC中微小癌14例(29.2%);18例发生BRAF T1799A基因突变,突变率为37.5%;23例发生RET/PTC重排,重排率为47.9%,其中RET/PTC1

  15. BRAF V600E and TERT promoter mutations cooperatively identify the most aggressive papillary thyroid cancer with highest recurrence

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    Xing, Mingzhao; Liu, Rengyun; Liu, Xiaoli; Murugan, Avaniyapuram Kannan; Zhu, Guangwu; Zeiger, Martha A; Pai, Sara; Bishop, Justin

    2014-01-01

    ...), individually and in their coexistence, in papillary thyroid cancer (PTC). We performed a retrospective study of the relationship of BRAF and TERT C228T mutations with clinicopathologic outcomes of PTC in 507 patients...

  16. Effect of Interferon-γ on the Basal and the TNFα-Stimulated Secretion of CXCL8 in Thyroid Cancer Cell Lines Bearing Either the RET/PTC Rearrangement Or the BRAF V600e Mutation

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    Mario Rotondi

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available CXCL8 displays several tumor-promoting effects. Targeting and/or lowering CXCL8 concentrations within the tumor microenvironment would produce a therapeutic benefit. Aim of this study was to test the effect of IFNγ on the basal and TNFα-stimulated secretion of CXCL8 in TCP-1 and BCPAP thyroid cancer cell lines (harboring RET/PTC rearrangement and BRAF V600e mutation, resp.. Cells were incubated with IFNγ (1, 10, 100, and 1000 U/mL alone or in combination with TNF-α (10 ng/mL for 24 hours. CXCL8 and CXCL10 concentrations were measured in the cell supernatants. IFNγ inhibited in a dose-dependent and significant manner both the basal (ANOVA F: 22.759; p<0.00001 and the TNFα-stimulated (ANOVA F: 15.309; p<0.00001 CXCL8 secretions in BCPAP but not in TPC-1 cells (NS. On the other hand, IFNγ and IFNγ + TNF-α induced a significant secretion of CXCL10 in both BCPAP (p<0.05 and TPC-1 (p<0.05 cells. Transwell migration assay showed that (i CXCL8 increased cell migration in both TPC-1 and BCPAP cells; (ii IFNγ significantly reduced the migration only of BCPAP cells; and (iii CXCL8 reverted the effect of IFNγ. These results constitute the first demonstration that IFNγ inhibits CXCL8 secretion and in turn the migration of a BRAF V600e mutated thyroid cell line.

  17. Effect of Interferon-γ on the Basal and the TNFα-Stimulated Secretion of CXCL8 in Thyroid Cancer Cell Lines Bearing Either the RET/PTC Rearrangement Or the BRAF V600e Mutation

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    Rotondi, Mario; Coperchini, Francesca; Awwad, Oriana; Di Buduo, Christian A.; Abbonante, Vittorio; Magri, Flavia; Balduini, Alessandra

    2016-01-01

    CXCL8 displays several tumor-promoting effects. Targeting and/or lowering CXCL8 concentrations within the tumor microenvironment would produce a therapeutic benefit. Aim of this study was to test the effect of IFNγ on the basal and TNFα-stimulated secretion of CXCL8 in TCP-1 and BCPAP thyroid cancer cell lines (harboring RET/PTC rearrangement and BRAF V600e mutation, resp.). Cells were incubated with IFNγ (1, 10, 100, and 1000 U/mL) alone or in combination with TNF-α (10 ng/mL) for 24 hours. CXCL8 and CXCL10 concentrations were measured in the cell supernatants. IFNγ inhibited in a dose-dependent and significant manner both the basal (ANOVA F: 22.759; p < 0.00001) and the TNFα-stimulated (ANOVA F: 15.309; p < 0.00001) CXCL8 secretions in BCPAP but not in TPC-1 cells (NS). On the other hand, IFNγ and IFNγ + TNF-α induced a significant secretion of CXCL10 in both BCPAP (p < 0.05) and TPC-1 (p < 0.05) cells. Transwell migration assay showed that (i) CXCL8 increased cell migration in both TPC-1 and BCPAP cells; (ii) IFNγ significantly reduced the migration only of BCPAP cells; and (iii) CXCL8 reverted the effect of IFNγ. These results constitute the first demonstration that IFNγ inhibits CXCL8 secretion and in turn the migration of a BRAF V600e mutated thyroid cell line. PMID:27555670

  18. The effects of BRAF gene mutation on PTC lymph node metastasis in central region%BRAF基因突变对甲状腺乳头状癌(PTC)中央区淋巴结转移的影响

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    于景超; 秦华东; 石铁锋; 石臣磊

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨BRAF基因突变对甲状腺乳头状癌(PTC)中央区淋巴结转移的相关性因素,着重研究BRAF基因突变中不同肿瘤直径对PTC的影响.方法:回顾性分析本院甲状腺外科2011年10月-2013年10月2年间手术切除的136例PTC病例,分析BRAF基因突变与相关因素之间的关系.结果:PTC中BRAF基因突变率为69.85% (95/136).BRAF基因突变阳性者颈部中央区淋巴结转移率为34.74%(33/95),BRAF基因突变阴性者中央区淋巴结转移率为12.2% (5/41),两者统计学差异具有相关性(p<0.05).肿瘤直径大于2cm时BRAF基因突变率为90.48%(19/21),直径小于等于2cm时BRAF基因突变率为66.09%(76/115),两者统计学差异具有相关性(P<0.05).结论:BRAF基因突变与PTC中央区淋巴结转移存在相关性.对于术前检测BRAF突变阳性的病例,当肿瘤直径大于2cm时应该常规清扫该中央区淋巴脂肪组织.

  19. Combined effect of Hashimoto's thyroiditis and BRAF(V600E) mutation status on aggressiveness in papillary thyroid cancer.

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    Kim, Su-jin; Myong, Jun Pyo; Jee, Hyeon-Gun; Chai, Young Jun; Choi, June Young; Min, Hye Sook; Lee, Kyu Eun; Youn, Yeo-Kyu

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association between Hashimoto's thyroiditis and BRAF(V600E) mutation status in patients with papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) and to determine their combined association with tumor aggressiveness in PTC. A total of 1780 patients with PTC who underwent surgery were enrolled in this study. Simple and multiple analyses were performed to determine the association between Hashimoto's thyroiditis and the BRAF(V600E) mutation in PTC. Hashimoto's thyroiditis was present in 11.5% of patients (204/1780) with PTC. Multiple logistic regressions showed that BRAF(V600E) (odds ratio [OR] = 0.493; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.360-0.678) and the female sex (OR = 7.146; 95% CI = 3.408-18.347) were independent factors associated with Hashimoto's thyroiditis in PTC. BRAF(V600E) mutation and the Hashimoto's thyroiditis-negative PTC group were associated with aggressive disease (OR = 3.069; 95% CI = 1.654-5.916). Hashimoto's thyroiditis was associated less frequently with BRAF(V600E) , and frequently with the female sex in patients with PTC. Hashimoto's thyroiditis and BRAF(V600E) status may help to predict clinical outcome of PTC. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  20. KRAS and BRAF mutations in anal carcinoma

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    Serup-Hansen, Eva; Linnemann, Dorte; Høgdall, Estrid

    2015-01-01

    the frequency and the prognostic value of KRAS and BRAF mutations in a large cohort of patients with anal cancer. One hundred and ninety-three patients with T1-4N0-3M0-1 anal carcinoma were included in the study. Patients were treated with curative (92%) or palliative intent (8%) between January 2000...... and January 2010. KRAS mutations were detected using Therascreen(®)KRAS real-time PCR assay (Qiagen) and V600E or V600D/K BRAF mutations were uncovered using Pyrosequencing. The frequency of KRAS and BRAF mutations was low; KRAS mutations were detected in 1.6% and BRAF mutations in 4.7% of the biopsies....... No impact of KRAS or BRAF status on survival was found. In conclusion, both KRAS and BRAF mutations are rare in anal cancer. The low frequency of KRAS mutations support protocols exploring EGFR-targeted therapy in patients with metastatic anal cancer, while treatment with BRAF inhibitors might be relevant...

  1. Utility of BRAF V600E mutation detection in cytologically indeterminate thyroid nodules

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    Rowe Leslie R

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Fine needle aspiration (FNA is widely utilized for evaluation of patients with thyroid nodules. However, approximately 30% are indeterminate for malignancy. Recently, a mutation in the BRAF gene has been reported to be the most common genetic event in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC. In this retrospective study, we assessed the utility of BRAF V600E mutation detection for refining indeterminate preoperative cytologic diagnoses in patients with PTC. Methods Archival indeterminate thyroid FNAs and corresponding formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE surgical samples with PTC were identified in our patient files. DNA extracted from slide scape lysates and 5 μm FFPE sections were evaluated for the BRAF V600E mutation using LightCycler PCR and fluorescent melting curve analysis (LCPCR. Amplification products that showed deviation from the wild-type genomic DNA melting peak, discordant FNA and FFPE matched pairs, and all benign control samples, underwent direct DNA sequencing. Results A total of 19 indeterminate thyroid FNAs demonstrating PTC on FFPE surgical samples were included in the study. Using BRAF mutation analysis, the preoperative diagnosis of PTC was confirmed in 3/19 (15.8% FNA samples that could not be conclusively diagnosed on cytology alone. However, 9/19 (47.4% FFPE tissue samples were positive for the V600E mutation. Of the discordant pairs, 5/6 FNAs contained less than 50% tumor cells. Conclusion When used with indeterminate FNA samples, BRAF mutation analysis may be a useful adjunct technique for confirming the diagnosis of malignancy in an otherwise equivocal case. However, overall tumor cell content of some archival FNA smear slides is a limiting factor for mutation detection.

  2. BRAF mutation in hairy cell leukemia

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    Ahmad Ahmadzadeh

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available BRAF is a serine/threonine kinase with a regulatory role in the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK signaling pathway. A mutation in the RAF gene, especially in BRAF protein, leads to an increased stimulation of this cascade, causing uncontrolled cell division and development of malignancy. Several mutations have been observed in the gene coding for this protein in a variety of human malignancies, including hairy cell leukemia (HCL. BRAF V600E is the most common mutation reported in exon15 of BRAF, which is observed in almost all cases of classic HCL, but it is negative in other B-cell malignancies, including the HCL variant. Therefore it can be used as a marker to differentiate between these B-cell disorders. We also discuss the interaction between miRNAs and signaling pathways, including MAPK, in HCL. When this mutation is present, the use of BRAF protein inhibitors may represent an effective treatment. In this review we have evaluated the role of the mutation of the BRAF gene in the pathogenesis and progression of HCL.

  3. Detection of BRAF mutation in Chinese tumor patients using a highly sensitive antibody immunohistochemistry assay

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    Qiu, Tian; Lu, Haizhen; Guo, Lei; Huang, Wenting; Ling, Yun; Shan, Ling; Li, Wenbin; Ying, Jianming; Lv, Ning

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    BRAF mutations can be found in various solid tumors. But accurate and reliable screening for BRAF mutation that is compatible for clinical application is not yet available. In this study, we used an automated immunohistochemistry (IHC) staining coupled with mouse monoclonal anti-BRAF V600E (VE1) primary antibody to screen the BRAF V600E mutation in 779 tumor cases, including 611 colorectal carcinomas (CRC), 127 papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTC) and 41 malignant melanomas. Among the 779 cases, 150 cases were positive for BRAF (V600E) staining, including 38 (of 611, 6%) CRCs, 102 (of 127, 80%) PTCs and 10 (of 41, 24%) malignant melanomas. Sanger sequencing and real-time PCR confirmed the sensitivity and specificity of IHC staining for the V600E mutation are 100% and 99%, respectively. Therefore, our study demonstrates that the fully automated IHC is a reliable tool to determine BRAF mutation status in CRC, PTC and melanoma and can be used for routine clinical screen.

  4. The role of BRAF V600E mutation as a potential marker for prognostic stratification of papillary thyroid carcinoma: a long-term follow-up study.

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    Daliri, Mahdi; Abbaszadegan, Mohammad Reza; Bahar, Mostafa Mehrabi; Arabi, Azadeh; Yadollahi, Mona; Ghafari, Azar; Taghehchian, Negin; Zakavi, Seyed Rasoul

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Papillary carcinoma is the most prevalent malignancy of thyroid gland, and its incidence has been recently increased. The BRAF(V600E) mutation is the most frequent genetic alteration in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). The role of BRAF(V600E) mutation as a potential prognostic factor has been controversially reported in different studies, with short-term follow-up. In this study, we evaluated the role of BRAF(V600E) mutation as a potential marker for prognostic stratification of patients with PTC in long-term follow-up. We studied 69 PTC patients with a mean follow-up period of 63.9 months (median: 60 m). The BRAF(V600E) mutation was analyzed by PCR-single-strand conformational polymorphism and sequencing. The correlation between the presence or absence of the BRAF(V600E) mutation, clinicopathological features and prognosis of PTC patients were studied. The BRAF(V600E) mutation was found in 28 of 69 (40.6%) PTC patients, and it was significantly more frequent in older patients (p papillary thyroid cancer in northeast of Iran. The BRAF(V600E) mutation was associated with older age and advanced tumor stage but was not correlated with incomplete response during follow-up.

  5. BRAF and TERT promoter mutations in the aggressiveness of papillary thyroid carcinoma: a study of 653 patients.

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    Jin, Langping; Chen, Endong; Dong, Siyang; Cai, Yefeng; Zhang, Xiangjian; Zhou, Yili; Zeng, Ruichao; Yang, Fan; Pan, Chuanmeng; Liu, Yehuan; Wu, Weili; Xing, Mingzhao; Zhang, Xiaohua; Wang, Ouchen

    2016-04-05

    The role of telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) gene promoter mutations in the aggressiveness of papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) remains to be further investigated. Here we examined the relationship of TERT promoter mutations and BRAF V600E with the clinicopathological features of PTC in 653 patients. Sanger sequencing of genomic DNA from primary PTC tumors was performed for mutation detection and genotype-clinicopathological correlation of the tumor was analyzed. BRAF V600E and TERT promoter mutations were found in 63.7% (416 of 653) and 4.1% (27 of 653) of patients, respectively; the latter became 9.8% when only tumors ≥ 1.5 cm were analyzed. TERT promoter mutations occurred more frequently in BRAF mutation-positive cases compared to wild-type cases, being 5.3% in the former versus 2.1% in the latter (P = 0.050). BRAF and TERT promoter mutations were each significantly associated with high-risk clinicopathological features of PTC, such as old patient age, large tumor size, extrathyroidal invasion, capsular invasion, and advanced disease stages. Coexistence of BRAF V600E and TERT promoter mutations was particularly associated with high-risk clinicopathological features, as exemplified by extrathyroidal invasion seen in 54.5% (12/22) of patients harboring both mutations versus 9.9% (23/232) of patients harboring neither mutation (P promoter mutations in the aggressiveness of PTC, which is particularly robust and cooperative when the two mutations coexist. These results, together with previous studies, establish a significant role of these mutations in the aggressiveness of PTC.

  6. Association between {sup 18}F-FDG avidity and the BRAF mutation in papillary thyroid carcinoma

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    Lee, Suk Hyun; Han, Sang Won; Lee, Hyo Sang; Chae, Sun Young; Lee, Jong Jin; Song, Dong Eun; Ryu, Jin Sook [Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    The BRAF mutation, a potential prognostic factor in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC), is associated with a high expression of the glucose transporter gene. We investigated which clinicopathologic factors, including BRAF mutation status, influence {sup 18}F-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose ({sup 18}F-FDG) avidity. We retrospectively reviewed 55 patients who underwent BRAF analysis from biopsy-confirmed PTC and {sup 18}F-FDG positron emission tomography/computed tomography within 6 months before undergoing thyroid surgery from September 2008 to August 2014. Tumors were considered to be {sup 18}F-FDG avid if the uptake was greater than that of the liver. {sup 18}F-FDG uptake of PTCs was also analyzed semiquantitatively using SUV{sub max}. The association between {sup 18}F-FDG avidity and clinicopathologic variables (age, tumor size, perithyroidal extension, cervical lymph node status, and BRAF mutation status) was investigated. Twenty-nine (52.7 %) of 55 patients had {sup 18}F-FDG-avid PTCs. PTCs with the BRAF mutation showed higher {sup 18}F-FDG avidity (24/38, 63.2 %) than those without (5/17, 29.4 %). The BRAF mutation (p = 0.025) and tumor size (p = 0.003) were significantly associated with {sup 18}F-FDG avidity in univariate analysis, and the BRAF mutation status remained significant after adjusting for tumor size in multivariate analysis (p = 0.015). In the subgroup of tumor size ≥ 1 cm, the BRAF mutation was the only factor significantly associated with {sup 18}F-FDG avidity (p = 0.021). The mean SUV{sub max} of PTCs with the BRAF mutation was significantly higher than that of those without (4.89 ± 6.12 vs. 1.96 ± 1.10, p = 0.039). The BRAF mutation must be one of the most important factors influencing {sup 18}F-FDG avidity in PTCs, especially in those with a tumor size ≥ 1 cm.

  7. The Risk of Relapse in Papillary Thyroid Cancer (PTC) in the Context of BRAFV600E Mutation Status and Other Prognostic Factors

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    Czarniecka, Agnieszka; Kowal, Monika; Rusinek, Dagmara; Krajewska, Jolanta; Jarzab, Michal; Stobiecka, Ewa; Chmielik, Ewa; Zembala-Nozynska, Ewa; Poltorak, Stanislaw; Sacher, Aleksander; Maciejewski, Adam; Zebracka-Gala, Jadwiga; Lange, Dariusz; Oczko-Wojciechowska, Malgorzata; Handkiewicz-Junak, Daria; Jarzab, Barbara

    2015-01-01

    Introduction The risk of over-treatment in low-advanced PTC stages has prompted clinicians to search for new reliable prognostic factors. The presence of BRAF mutation, the most frequent molecular event in PTC, seems to be a good candidate. However, there is still lack of randomised trials and its significance has been proved by retrospective analyses, involving a large group of patients. The question arises whether this factor is useful in smaller populations, characterised for specialised centres. Thus, the aim of the study was to evaluate the use of BRAF mutation as a potential predictive marker in PTC patients. Material 233 PTC subjects treated between 2004-2006, were retrospectively analysed. Stage pT1 was diagnosed in 64.8% patients and lymph node metastases in 30.9%. Median follow-up was 7.5 years. BRAFV600E mutation was assessed postoperatively in all cases. Results BRAF V600E mutation was found in 54.5%. It was more frequent in patients > 45 years (p=0.0001), and associated with larger tumour size (p=0.004). Patients with tumours <= 10 mm were over-represented among BRAF negative population (p=0.03). No association between BRAF mutation and other clinicopathological factors was observed. BRAF status was associated neither with relapse nor with disease-free survival (DFS) (p=0.76). Nodal status, extrathyroidal invasion and tumour size significantly influenced DFS. Conclusion The risk of PTC recurrence is mainly related to the presence of lymph node metastases and extrathyroidal invasion, whereas no impact of BRAF V600E mutation has been demonstrated. PMID:26177218

  8. The Risk of Relapse in Papillary Thyroid Cancer (PTC in the Context of BRAFV600E Mutation Status and Other Prognostic Factors.

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    Agnieszka Czarniecka

    Full Text Available The risk of over-treatment in low-advanced PTC stages has prompted clinicians to search for new reliable prognostic factors. The presence of BRAF mutation, the most frequent molecular event in PTC, seems to be a good candidate. However, there is still lack of randomised trials and its significance has been proved by retrospective analyses, involving a large group of patients. The question arises whether this factor is useful in smaller populations, characterised for specialised centres. Thus, the aim of the study was to evaluate the use of BRAF mutation as a potential predictive marker in PTC patients.233 PTC subjects treated between 2004-2006, were retrospectively analysed. Stage pT1 was diagnosed in 64.8% patients and lymph node metastases in 30.9%. Median follow-up was 7.5 years. BRAFV600E mutation was assessed postoperatively in all cases.BRAF V600E mutation was found in 54.5%. It was more frequent in patients > 45 years (p=0.0001, and associated with larger tumour size (p=0.004. Patients with tumours <= 10 mm were over-represented among BRAF negative population (p=0.03. No association between BRAF mutation and other clinicopathological factors was observed. BRAF status was associated neither with relapse nor with disease-free survival (DFS (p=0.76. Nodal status, extrathyroidal invasion and tumour size significantly influenced DFS.The risk of PTC recurrence is mainly related to the presence of lymph node metastases and extrathyroidal invasion, whereas no impact of BRAF V600E mutation has been demonstrated.

  9. PTC

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    Ruqaiya Hussain

    2013-07-25

    Jul 25, 2013 ... of PTC taste sensitivity among some Muslim populations of North India, as till now no detailed information is available. .... provided the basis for a new, integrative investigation of PTC .... This trait is of genetic, epidemiologic and evolutionary interest .... ABO blood group, PTC taste ability, and red-green color.

  10. The Risk of Relapse in Papillary Thyroid Cancer (PTC) in the Context of BRAFV600E Mutation Status and Other Prognostic Factors.

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    Czarniecka, Agnieszka; Kowal, Monika; Rusinek, Dagmara; Krajewska, Jolanta; Jarzab, Michal; Stobiecka, Ewa; Chmielik, Ewa; Zembala-Nozynska, Ewa; Poltorak, Stanislaw; Sacher, Aleksander; Maciejewski, Adam; Zebracka-Gala, Jadwiga; Lange, Dariusz; Oczko-Wojciechowska, Malgorzata; Handkiewicz-Junak, Daria; Jarzab, Barbara

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    The risk of over-treatment in low-advanced PTC stages has prompted clinicians to search for new reliable prognostic factors. The presence of BRAF mutation, the most frequent molecular event in PTC, seems to be a good candidate. However, there is still lack of randomised trials and its significance has been proved by retrospective analyses, involving a large group of patients. The question arises whether this factor is useful in smaller populations, characterised for specialised centres. Thus, the aim of the study was to evaluate the use of BRAF mutation as a potential predictive marker in PTC patients. 233 PTC subjects treated between 2004-2006, were retrospectively analysed. Stage pT1 was diagnosed in 64.8% patients and lymph node metastases in 30.9%. Median follow-up was 7.5 years. BRAFV600E mutation was assessed postoperatively in all cases. BRAF V600E mutation was found in 54.5%. It was more frequent in patients > 45 years (p=0.0001), and associated with larger tumour size (p=0.004). Patients with tumours PTC recurrence is mainly related to the presence of lymph node metastases and extrathyroidal invasion, whereas no impact of BRAF V600E mutation has been demonstrated.

  11. Immunohistochemistry for BRAF(V600E) antibody VE1 performed in core needle biopsy samples identifies mutated papillary thyroid cancers.

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    Crescenzi, A; Guidobaldi, L; Nasrollah, N; Taccogna, S; Cicciarella Modica, D D; Turrini, L; Nigri, G; Romanelli, F; Valabrega, S; Giovanella, L; Onetti Muda, A; Trimboli, P

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    BRAF(V600E) is the most frequent genetic mutation in papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) and has been reported as an independent predictor of poor prognosis of these patients. Current guidelines do not recommend the use of BRAF(V600E) mutational analysis on cytologic specimens from fine needle aspiration due to several reasons. Recently, immunohistochemistry using VE1, a mouse anti-human BRAF(V600E) antibody, has been reported as a highly reliable technique in detecting BRAF-mutated thyroid and nonthyroid cancers. The aim of this study was to test the reliability of VE1 immunohistochemistry on microhistologic samples from core needle biopsy (CNB) in identifying BRAF-mutated PTC. A series of 30 nodules (size ranging from 7 to 22 mm) from 30 patients who underwent surgery following CNB were included in the study. All these lesions had had inconclusive cytology. In all cases, both VE1 and BRAF(V600E) genotypes were evaluated. After surgery, final histology demonstrated 21 cancers and 9 benign lesions. CNB correctly diagnosed 20/20 PTC and 5/5 adenomatous nodules. One follicular thyroid cancer and 4 benign lesions were assessed at CNB as uncertain follicular neoplasm. VE1 immunohistochemistry revealed 8 mutated PTC and 22 negative cases. A 100% agreement was found when positive and negative VE1 results were compared with BRAF mutational status. These data are the first demonstration that VE1 immunohistochemistry performed on thyroid CNB samples perfectly matches with genetic analysis of BRAF status. Thus, VE1 antibody can be used on thyroid microhistologic specimens to detect BRAF(V600E)-mutated PTC before surgery.

  12. Oncogenic Activation of MAP Kinase by BRAF Pseudogene in Thyroid Tumors

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    Minjing Zou

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Activating BRAF mutations have been reported in 40% of papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTCs. The involvement of BRAF pseudogene in thyroid tumorigenesis has not previously been studied. We investigated BRAF pseudogene expression in 68 thyroid tumors: 16 multinodular goiters, 43 classic PTCs, 6 follicular variants of PTC, and 3 anaplastic thyroid carcinomas. BRAF pseudogene function was studied by Western blots, soft agar assay, and tumorigenesis in nude mice. BRAF pseudogene expression was detected in 7 multinodular goiters, 18 classic PTC, and 1 follicular variants of PTC. There is an inverse correlation between BRAF pseudogene expression and BRAF mutation. The pseudogene transcripts were more frequently detected in tumors without BRAF mutation than those with BRAF mutation. Furthermore, BRAF pseudogene expression could activate the MAP kinase signaling pathway, transform NIH3T3 cells in vitro, and induce tumors in nude mice. These data suggest that BRAF pseudogene activation may play a role in thyroid tumor development.

  13. BRAF mutational analysis in ovarian tumors: recent perspectives

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Kwong-Kwok Wong,1 Ching-Chou Tsai,2 David M Gershenson11Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA; 2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chang Gung University College of Medicine, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Republic of ChinaAbstract: BRAF mutations are rare in ovarian cancer and mainly occur in indolent serous borderline tumors (SBTs, also known as serous tumors of low malignant potential or atypical proliferative serous tumors. The reported percentage of BRAF mutations in SBTs varies from 23% to 71%. Although a high percentage of stage II–IV SBTs with noninvasive implants have progressed to invasive low-grade serous carcinomas when patients were observed for 5 years or longer, BRAF mutations are rare in low-grade serous carcinomas as well as in invasive implants associated with SBTs. BRAF mutations in SBTs may prevent SBTs from progressing to invasive carcinomas. On the other hand, the reported percentage of BRAF mutations in mucinous carcinoma (20% is much higher than that of mucinous borderline tumor (5%. Further investigation of the role of BRAF mutations in SBTs and mucinous tumor will shed light on the molecular mechanism underlying the role of BRAF mutations in tumor progression in different cellular context and the clinical utility of BRAF mutations in SBTs as a biomarker of favorable prognosis.Keywords: BRAF V600E, ovarian cancer, COLD-PCR

  14. The clinical progress on association between BRAF V600E mutation and thyroid papillary carcinoma%BRAF V600E基因突变与甲状腺乳头状癌临床相关性的研究进展

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    王宗平; 樊友本

    2015-01-01

    The BRAF V600E mutation is the common type of genetic mutation in the thyroid papillary carcinoma (PTC). Many studies have shown that detection of BRAF V600E mutation combined with ifne needle biopsy cytology (FNAC) can increase the precision in differentiating the benign from the malignant thyroid tumor, and improve the specificity in diagnosis of PTC. BRAF V600E mutation is aslo closely related to PTC invasion and poor prognosis. BRAF V600E mutation is an important index of prognosis assessment. Preoperative detection of BRAF V600E mutation can effectively guide the PTC treatment. The BRAF V600E mutation is of great signiifcance in PTC diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.%BRAF V600E基因突变是甲状腺乳头状癌(papillary thyroid cancer, PTC)中最常见的基因突变类型。许多研究显示,BRAF V600E基因突变检测联合细针穿刺细胞学检查(ifne needle aspiration cytology, FNAC)可以增加甲状腺癌良、恶性诊断的精确性和PTC的诊断特异性。BRAF V600E基因突变与PTC的侵袭性及不良预后也密切相关,是评估预后的重要指标,术前检测BRAF V600E基因突变能有效指导PTC治疗方案的选择。BRAF V600E突变在PTC诊断、治疗及预后评估方面意义重大。

  15. Potential clinical implications of BRAF mutations in histiocytic proliferations

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    Bubolz, Anna-Maria; Weissinger, Stephanie E.; Stenzinger, Albrecht; Arndt, Annette; Steinestel, Konrad; Brüderlein, Silke; Cario, Holger; Lubatschofski, Anneli; Welke, Claudia; Anagnostopoulos, Ioannis; Barth, Thomas F. E.; Beer, Ambros J.; Möller, Peter; Gottstein, Martin

    2014-01-01

    For a growing number of tumors the BRAF V600E mutation carries therapeutic relevance. In histiocytic proliferations the distribution of BRAF mutations and their relevance has not been clarified. Here we present a retrospective genotyping study and a prospective observational study of a patient treated with a BRAF inhibitor. Genotyping of 69 histiocytic lesions revealed that 23/48 Langerhans cell lesions were BRAF-V600E-mutant whereas all non-Langerhans cell lesions (including dendritic cell sarcoma, juvenile xanthogranuloma, Rosai-Dorfman disease, and granular cell tumor) were wild-type. A metareview of 29 publications showed an overall mutation frequency of 48.5%; and with N=653 samples, this frequency is well defined. The BRAF mutation status cannot be predicted based on clinical parameters and outcome analysis showed no difference. Genotyping identified a 45 year-old woman with an aggressive and treatment-refractory, ultrastructurally confirmed systemic BRAF-mutant LCH. Prior treatments included glucocorticoid/vinblastine and cladribine-monotherapy. Treatment with vemurafenib over 3 months resulted in a dramatic metabolic response by FDG-PET and stable radiographic disease; the patient experienced progression after 6 months. In conclusion, BRAF mutations in histiocytic proliferations are restricted to lesions of the Langerhans-cell type. While for most LCH-patients efficient therapies are available, patients with BRAF mutations may benefit from the BRAF inhibitor vemurafenib. PMID:24938183

  16. Chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis and BRAF V600E in papillary thyroid carcinoma.

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    Kim, Seo Ki; Woo, Jung-Woo; Lee, Jun Ho; Park, Inhye; Choe, Jun-Ho; Kim, Jung-Han; Kim, Jee Soo

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    It has been reported that papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) with chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis (CLT) is less associated with extrathyroidal extension (ETE), advanced tumor stage and lymph node (LN) metastasis. Other studies have suggested that concurrent CLT could antagonize PTC progression, even in BRAF-positive patients. Since the clinical significance of the BRAF mutation has been particularly associated with conventional PTC, the purpose of this study was to determine the clinical significance of CLT according to BRAF mutation status in conventional PTC patients. We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 3332 conventional PTC patients who underwent total thyroidectomy with bilateral central neck dissection at the Thyroid Cancer Center of Samsung Medical Center between January 2008 and June 2015. In this study, the prevalence of BRAF mutation was significantly less frequent in conventional PTC patients with CLT (76.9% vs 86.6%). CLT was an independent predictor for low prevalence of ETE in both BRAF-negative (OR=0.662, P=0.023) and BRAF-positive (OR=0.817, P=0.027) conventional PTC patients. In addition, CLT was an independent predictor for low prevalence of CLNM in both BRAF-negative (OR=0.675, P=0.044) and BRAF-positive (OR=0.817, P=0.030) conventional PTC patients. In conclusion, BRAF mutation was significantly less frequent in conventional PTC patients with CLT. However, CLT was an independent predictor for less aggressiveness in conventional PTC patients regardless of BRAF mutation status.

  17. Activating FGFR2-RAS-BRAF mutations in ameloblastoma.

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    Brown, Noah A; Rolland, Delphine; McHugh, Jonathan B; Weigelin, Helmut C; Zhao, Lili; Lim, Megan S; Elenitoba-Johnson, Kojo S J; Betz, Bryan L

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    Ameloblastoma is an odontogenic neoplasm whose overall mutational landscape has not been well characterized. We sought to characterize pathogenic mutations in ameloblastoma and their clinical and functional significance with an emphasis on the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway. A total of 84 ameloblastomas and 40 non-ameloblastoma odontogenic tumors were evaluated with a combination of BRAF V600E allele-specific PCR, VE1 immunohistochemistry, the Ion AmpliSeq Cancer Hotspot Panel, and Sanger sequencing. Efficacy of a BRAF inhibitor was evaluated in an ameloblastoma-derived cell line. Somatic, activating, and mutually exclusive RAS-BRAF and FGFR2 mutations were identified in 88% of cases. Somatic mutations in SMO, CTNNB1, PIK3CA, and SMARCB1 were also identified. BRAF V600E was the most common mutation, found in 62% of ameloblastomas and in ameloblastic fibromas/fibrodentinomas but not in other odontogenic tumors. This mutation was associated with a younger age of onset, whereas BRAF wild-type cases arose more frequently in the maxilla and showed earlier recurrences. One hundred percent concordance was observed between VE1 immunohistochemistry and molecular detection of BRAF V600E mutations. Ameloblastoma cells demonstrated constitutive MAPK pathway activation in vitro. Proliferation and MAPK activation were potently inhibited by the BRAF inhibitor vemurafenib. Our findings suggest that activating FGFR2-RAS-BRAF mutations play a critical role in the pathogenesis of most cases of ameloblastoma. Somatic mutations in SMO, CTNNB1, PIK3CA, and SMARCB1 may function as secondary mutations. BRAF V600E mutations have both diagnostic and prognostic implications. In vitro response of ameloblastoma to a BRAF inhibitor suggests a potential role for targeted therapy. ©2014 American Association for Cancer Research.

  18. PTC

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    Ruqaiya Hussain

    2013-07-25

    Jul 25, 2013 ... adopted as per the sorting technique of serial dilutions of. Harris and Kalmus [16] .... ABO blood group, PTC taste ability, and red-green color · blindness. Biol Bull .... related to coffee as a dietary source of niacin. Chem Senses.

  19. NRAS and BRAF mutation frequency in primary oral mucosal melanoma.

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    Buery, Rosario Rivera; Siar, Chong Huat; Katase, Naoki; Gunduz, Mehmet; Lefeuvre, Mathieu; Fujii, Masae; Inoue, Masahisa; Setsu, Kojun; Nagatsuka, Hitoshi

    2011-10-01

    Oral mucosal melanoma (OMM) is a fatal sarcoma of unknown etiology. Histological morphology and genetic events are distinct from those of its cutaneous counterpart. Mutation and up-regulation of c-kit has been identified in OMM which may activate downstream molecules such as RAS and RAF. These molecules are involved in the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway leading to tremendous cell proliferation and survival. NRAS and BRAF mutation and protein expression have been studied in other melanoma subtypes. The purpose of this study was to determine RAS protein expression and NRAS and BRAF mutation in 18 primary OMM cases using immunohistochemistry and mutation analysis. Results showed that RAS is intensely expressed in both in situ and invasive OMMs. However, NRAS mutation was only observed in 2/15 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplified cases both of which were silent mutations. On the other hand, BRAF missense mutations were observed only in 1/15 cases with PCR amplification. NRAS and BRAF mutations were independent from previously reported c-kit mutations. The classical V600E BRAF mutation was not found; instead a novel V600L was observed suggesting that the oncogenic event in OMM is different from that in skin melanoma. The low frequency of NRAS and BRAF mutations indicate that these genes are not common, but probable events in OMM pathogenesis, most likely independent of c-kit mutation.

  20. Association of BRAF mutation with poor prognosis of papillary thyroid cancer%BRAF突变与乳头状甲状腺癌的不良预后

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    姚远

    2010-01-01

    很多研究表明BRAF突变与乳头状甲状腺癌(PTC)不良预后有很大相关性.本文从BRAF突变与PTC 临床病理高危因素和PTC的复发的联系以及与PTC进展为分化程度更低的肿瘤的关系这几方面来简介最新的研究进展,并阐述了其对临床决策的影响.%There have been numerous studies on the relationship between BRAF mutation and clinicopathological outcomes of papillary thyroid cancer(PTC),mostly showing a strong and positive association.This reflects,particularly in recent studies,in three aspects:the association of BRAF mutation with high-risk clinicopathological characteristics of PTC,the recurrence of PTC,and the progression from PTC to anaplastic thyroid cancer(ATC).Based on these findings,BRAF mutation may assist decision making on surgical management,raitioiodine treatment and the TSH level control in PTC patients.

  1. Proliferation and survival molecules implicated in the inhibition of BRAF pathway in thyroid cancer cells harbouring different genetic mutations

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    Seca Hugo

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Thyroid carcinomas show a high prevalence of mutations in the oncogene BRAF which are inversely associated with RAS or RET/PTC oncogenic activation. The possibility of using inhibitors on the BRAF pathway as became an interesting therapeutic approach. In thyroid cancer cells the target molecules, implicated on the cellular effects, mediated by inhibition of BRAF are not well established. In order to fill this lack of knowledge we studied the proliferation and survival pathways and associated molecules induced by BRAF inhibition in thyroid carcinoma cell lines harbouring distinct genetic backgrounds. Methods Suppression of BRAF pathway in thyroid cancer cell lines (8505C, TPC1 and C643 was achieved using RNA interference (RNAi for BRAF and the kinase inhibitor, sorafenib. Proliferation analysis was performed by BrdU incorporation and apoptosis was accessed by TUNEL assay. Levels of protein expression were analysed by western-blot. Results Both BRAF RNAi and sorafenib inhibited proliferation in all the cell lines independently of the genetic background, mostly in cells with BRAFV600E mutation. In BRAFV600E mutated cells inhibition of BRAF pathway lead to a decrease in ERK1/2 phosphorylation and cyclin D1 levels and an increase in p27Kip1. Specific inhibition of BRAF by RNAi in cells with BRAFV600E mutation had no effect on apoptosis. In the case of sorafenib treatment, cells harbouring BRAFV600E mutation showed increase levels of apoptosis due to a balance of the anti-apoptotic proteins Mcl-1 and Bcl-2. Conclusion Our results in thyroid cancer cells, namely those harbouring BRAFV600Emutation showed that BRAF signalling pathway provides important proliferation signals. We have shown that in thyroid cancer cells sorafenib induces apoptosis by affecting Mcl-1 and Bcl-2 in BRAFV600E mutated cells which was independent of BRAF. These results suggest that sorafenib may prove useful in the treatment of thyroid carcinomas, particularly

  2. P16 overexpression in BRAF-mutated gastrointestinal stromal tumors.

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    Shi, Shan-Shan; Wang, Xuan; Xia, Qiu-Yuan; Rao, Qiu; Shen, Qin; Ye, Sheng-Bin; Li, Rui; Shi, Qun-Li; Lu, Zhen-Feng; Ma, Heng-Hui; Zhou, Xiao-Jun

    2017-02-01

    The aims of this study were to analyze the histopathology, immunophenotype, molecular features, and prognosis in cases of BRAF-mutated gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) and to examine the p16 expression in these tumors, and further discuss its effects on tumor formation and progression. In all, 283 GIST cases (201 KIT mutants, 12 PDGFRA mutants and 70 wild-type) from the 2010 to 2014 surgical pathology files of the Department of Pathology at Nanjing Jinling Hospital were analyzed for mutations in BRAF exon 15. Patient follow-up and clinical data were collected if available in the medical records. To determine the clinicopathological features and potential molecular mechanism, the authors examined 10 BRAF-mutated GIST cases for KIT, DOG1, SMA, desmin, S-100, Ki-67 and p16 expression. The authors identified 10 cases (3.5%) of BRAF (V600E) mutations in a series of 283 primary GISTs, without KIT (exons 9, 11, 13, 17) or PDGFRA (exons 12, 18) gene mutations. All 10 cases exhibited spindle-cell features, and the morphology and immunophenotype of these cases were no different from those in cases of KIT-mutated GISTs. The clinical results indicated that BRAF-mutated GISTs tended to occur more frequently in females (7/10), older individuals (mean age, 54.9 years) and the stomach (7/10), and that these tumors were low risk and exhibited low recurrence and mortality rates. Two different forms of p16 were identified, which presented with simultaneously strong and diffuse nuclear and cytoplasmic expression patterns. GISTs with the BRAF V600E mutation are relatively benign tumors with a distinctive molecular mechanism. The expression of the nuclear and cytoplasmic forms of p16 represent two independent mechanisms, and both seemed to control proliferation in response to oncogenic stimuli, protecting the cell from malignant transformation in BRAF-mutated GISTs.

  3. Braf V600E mutation in melanoma: translational current scenario.

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    Guadarrama-Orozco, J A; Ortega-Gómez, A; Ruiz-García, E B; Astudillo-de la Vega, H; Meneses-García, A; Lopez-Camarillo, C

    2016-09-01

    Melanoma was one of the translational cancer examples in clinic, including target therapy related to specific biomarkers impacting in the outcome of melanoma patients. Melanomagenesis involved a wide variety of mutations during his evolution; many of these mutated proteins have a kinase activity. One of the most cited proteins in melanoma is BRAF (about 50-60 % of melanomas harbors activating BRAF mutations), for these the most common is a substitution of valine to glutamic acid at codon 600 (p.V600E). Therefore, the precise identification of this underlying somatic mutation is essential; knowing the translational implications has opened a wide view of melanoma biology and therapy.

  4. Identification of recurrent SMO and BRAF mutations in ameloblastomas.

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    Sweeney, Robert T; McClary, Andrew C; Myers, Benjamin R; Biscocho, Jewison; Neahring, Lila; Kwei, Kevin A; Qu, Kunbin; Gong, Xue; Ng, Tony; Jones, Carol D; Varma, Sushama; Odegaard, Justin I; Sugiyama, Toshihiro; Koyota, Souichi; Rubin, Brian P; Troxell, Megan L; Pelham, Robert J; Zehnder, James L; Beachy, Philip A; Pollack, Jonathan R; West, Robert B

    2014-07-01

    Here we report the discovery of oncogenic mutations in the Hedgehog and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathways in over 80% of ameloblastomas, locally destructive odontogenic tumors of the jaw, by genomic analysis of archival material. Mutations in SMO (encoding Smoothened, SMO) are common in ameloblastomas of the maxilla, whereas BRAF mutations are predominant in tumors of the mandible. We show that a frequently occurring SMO alteration encoding p.Leu412Phe is an activating mutation and that its effect on Hedgehog-pathway activity can be inhibited by arsenic trioxide (ATO), an anti-leukemia drug approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that is currently in clinical trials for its Hedgehog-inhibitory activity. In a similar manner, ameloblastoma cells harboring an activating BRAF mutation encoding p.Val600Glu are sensitive to the BRAF inhibitor vemurafenib. Our findings establish a new paradigm for the diagnostic classification and treatment of ameloblastomas.

  5. Consistent absence of BRAF mutations in salivary gland carcinomas

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    Nooshin Mohtasham

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Malignant salivary gland tumors are rare entities. Despite advances in surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, the rate of the mortality and five-year survival has not been improved markedly over the last few decades. The activation of EGFR- RAS-RAF signaling pathway contributes to the initiation and progression of many human cancers, promising a key pathway for therapeutic molecules. Thus, the objective of this study was to evaluate BRAF mutations in salivary gland carcinomas. Methods: We designed PCR- RFLP (Polymerase Chain Reaction -Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism and screened 50 salivary gland carcinomas (SGCs including mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC, adenoid cystic carcinoma (AdCC and polymorphous low grade adenocarcinoma (PLGA for the BRAF V600E mutation. Results: PCR-RFLP analyses demonstrated no mutation in BRAF exon 15 for SGC samples at position V600, which is the most commonly mutated site for BRAF in human cancer. Conclusions: According to our results SGCs didn’t acquire BRAF mutations that result in a constitutive activation of the signaling cascade downstream of EGFR, hence SGCs can be a good candidate for anti EGFR therapies.

  6. Inhibition of mutated, activated BRAF in metastatic melanoma.

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    Flaherty, Keith T; Puzanov, Igor; Kim, Kevin B; Ribas, Antoni; McArthur, Grant A; Sosman, Jeffrey A; O'Dwyer, Peter J; Lee, Richard J; Grippo, Joseph F; Nolop, Keith; Chapman, Paul B

    2010-08-26

    The identification of somatic mutations in the gene encoding the serine-threonine protein kinase B-RAF (BRAF) in the majority of melanomas offers an opportunity to test oncogene-targeted therapy for this disease. We conducted a multicenter, phase 1, dose-escalation trial of PLX4032 (also known as RG7204), an orally available inhibitor of mutated BRAF, followed by an extension phase involving the maximum dose that could be administered without adverse effects (the recommended phase 2 dose). Patients received PLX4032 twice daily until they had disease progression. Pharmacokinetic analysis and tumor-response assessments were conducted in all patients. In selected patients, tumor biopsy was performed before and during treatment to validate BRAF inhibition. A total of 55 patients (49 of whom had melanoma) were enrolled in the dose-escalation phase, and 32 additional patients with metastatic melanoma who had BRAF with the V600E mutation were enrolled in the extension phase. The recommended phase 2 dose was 960 mg twice daily, with increases in the dose limited by grade 2 or 3 rash, fatigue, and arthralgia. In the dose-escalation cohort, among the 16 patients with melanoma whose tumors carried the V600E BRAF mutation and who were receiving 240 mg or more of PLX4032 twice daily, 10 had a partial response and 1 had a complete response. Among the 32 patients in the extension cohort, 24 had a partial response and 2 had a complete response. The estimated median progression-free survival among all patients was more than 7 months. Treatment of metastatic melanoma with PLX4032 in patients with tumors that carry the V600E BRAF mutation resulted in complete or partial tumor regression in the majority of patients. (Funded by Plexxikon and Roche Pharmaceuticals.)

  7. AKT1 and BRAF mutations in pediatric aggressive fibromatosis.

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    Meazza, Cristina; Belfiore, Antonino; Busico, Adele; Settanni, Giulio; Paielli, Nicholas; Cesana, Luca; Ferrari, Andrea; Chiaravalli, Stefano; Massimino, Maura; Gronchi, Alessandro; Colombo, Chiara; Pilotti, Silvana; Perrone, Federica

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    Aside from the CTNNB1 and adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) mutations, the genetic profile of pediatric aggressive fibromatosis (AF) has remained poorly characterized. The aim of this study was to shed more light on the mutational spectrum of pediatric AF, comparing it with its adult counterpart, with a view to identifying biomarkers for use as prognostic factors or new potential therapeutic targets. CTNNB1, APC, AKT1, BRAF TP53, and RET Sanger sequencing and next-generation sequencing (NGS) with the 50-gene Ion AmpliSeq Cancer Hotspot Panel v2 were performed on formalin-fixed samples from 28 pediatric and 33 adult AFs. The prognostic value of CTNNB1, AKT1, and BRAF mutations in pediatric AF patients was investigated. Recurrence-free survival (RFS) curves were estimated with the Kaplan-Meier method and statistical comparisons were drawn using the log-rank test. In addition to the CTNNB1 mutation (64%), pediatric AF showed AKT1 (31%), BRAF (19%), and TP53 (9%) mutations, whereas only the CTNNB1 mutation was found in adult AF. The polymorphism Q472H VEGFR was identified in both pediatric (56%) and adult (40%) AF. Our results indicate that the mutational spectrum of pediatric AF is more complex than that of adult AF, with multiple gene mutations involving not only CTNNB1 but also AKT1 and BRAF. This intriguing finding may have clinical implications and warrants further investigations. © 2016 The Authors. Cancer Medicine published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  8. Prevalence\tof\tBRAF\tMutation\tin\tPapillary\tThyroid\tCancer

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    Shatha Dmour

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    Full Text Available Objectives: Papillary\tthyroid\tcancer\t(PTC\tis\tthe\tmost\tcommon\tendocrine\tmalignancy\tand\tthe\tmost\tcommon\tgenetic\tanomaly with\tPTC\tis\tthe\tBRAF\tV600E\tmutation.\tThis\tmutation\tis\tlinked\tto\tmany\tclinical\tand\tpathological\tfeatures\tand\tmay\thave\ta diagnostic\tand\ttherapeutic\trole\tespecially\tin\tthe\tera\tof\ttargeted\ttherapy.\tThe\taim\tof\tthis\tstudy\tis\tto\treview\tthe\tprevalence of BRAF\tV600E\tmutation\tin\tPTC,\tits\tdistribution\taccording\tto\tthe\thistological\tsubtype\tand\tgeographic\tarea\tand\tits\tassociation\twith the\tage\tof\tpatients,\tgender,\tsubtype\tand\trecurrence\tof\ttumors. Methods: The\tPubmed\tdatabase\twas\tsearched\tto\tlook\tfor\tarticles\tabout\tBRAF\tmutation\tin\tPTC.\tOutcomes\tof\tinterest\tincluded prevalence,\tage,\tgender,\tcountry,\tsubtype\tand\trecurrence. Results:\tThe\tprevalence\tof\tBRAF\tV600E\tmutation\tin\tPTC\twas\t47%,\twith\tnoticeably\thigher\tprevalence\tin\tthe\teastern\tcountries. The\tprevalence of\tBRAF\tV600E\twas\talso\thigher\tin\tthe\ttall\tand\tclassic\tsubtypes\tand\tcould\tbe\tassociated\twith\tworse\tprognosis\tand higher\trisk\tof\trecurrence. Conclusions: The\tBRAF\tmutation,\twhich\tis\tmore\tprevalent\tin\tthe\teastern\tcountries,\tis\tdetermined\tto\tbe\tan\timportant\tmolecular marker\tfor\tPTC.

  9. Expression and clinical significance of PAK1 and BRAF V600E mutation in papillary thyroid carcinoma%PAK1蛋白和BRAF V600E突变蛋白在甲状腺乳头状癌中的表达及其临床意义

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    陈强; 谢庆吉; 岑宏; 汤聪

    2016-01-01

    Objective To investigate the expression of P-21 activated kinase 1 (PAK1) and v-raf murine sarcoma viral oncogene homolog B (BRAF) V600E mutation in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC)and their relationship with clinicopathological characteristics.Methods Immunohistochemistry was used to detect the expression of BRAF V600E mutation and P-21 activated kinase 1 (PAK1) in 55 PTC tissues and 25 benign thyroid tissues.The correlation between their expression and clinicopathological characteristics were analyzed.Results BRAF V600E mutation and PAK1 expressed differently between PTC and benign thyroid (respectively,x2 =12.121,9.950,all P < 0.01).The expression of PAK1 and BRAF V600E mutation was positively and significantly correlated with tumor invasion,grades and lymph node metastasis(P < 0.05),but it had no correlation with age,gender,tumor size,multiple tumor foci and bilateral tumor foci in PTC (P > 0.05).Expression of PAK1 in BRAF V600E negative PTC was higher than that in BRAF V600E positive PTC,and expression of PAK1 and BRAF V600E mutation in PTC were negatively correlated(r =-0.284,P < 0.05).Conclusion Overexpression of either BRAF V600E mutation or PAK1 predicts poor prognosis of PTC patients.%目的 探讨甲状腺乳头状癌(papillary thyroid carcinoma,PTC)中P21蛋白激活激酶1(P-21 activated kinase 1,PAK1)和V-RAF小鼠肉瘤病毒癌基因同源B(v-raf murine sarcoma viral oncogene homolog B,BRAF) V600E突变蛋白的表达与临床病理参数之间的关系. 方法 免疫组化法检测55例PTC 、25例良性甲状腺组织BRAF V600E突变蛋白、PAK1蛋白表达情况,分析二者与临床病理参数的关系.结果 BRAF V600E突变蛋白、PAK1蛋白在PTC组织中的表达与良性甲状腺组织比较差异有统计学意义(分别为x2=12.121,9.950,均P<0.01).BRAF V600E突变蛋白和PAK1蛋白的表达与PTC腺体外浸润、临床分期、淋巴结转移有关,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).PAK1蛋白在BRAF V600E阴性的PTC中的表达高于其在BRAF

  10. Identification of recurrent SMO and BRAF mutations in ameloblastomas

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    Here we report the discovery of oncogenic mutations in the Hedgehog and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathways in over 80% of ameloblastomas, locally destructive odontogenic tumors of the jaw, by genomic analysis of archival material. Mutations in SMO (encoding Smoothened, SMO) are common in ameloblastomas of the maxilla, whereas BRAF mutations are predominant in tumors of the mandible. We show that a frequently occurring SMO alteration encoding p.Leu412Phe is an activating mutation...

  11. B-Raf mutation: a key player in molecular biology of cancer.

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    Rahman, M A; Salajegheh, A; Smith, R A; Lam, A K-Y

    2013-12-01

    B-Raf is one of the more commonly mutated proto-oncogenes implicated in the development of cancers. In this review, we consider the mechanisms and clinical impacts of B-Raf mutations in cancer and discuss the implications for the patient in melanoma, thyroid cancer and colorectal cancer, where B-Raf mutations are particularly common.

  12. Advances in value of BRAF gene mutation on the diagnosis and treatment of papillary thyroid cancer%BRAF基因突变对甲状腺乳头状癌诊治价值的研究进展

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    刘斌; 潘明志

    2015-01-01

    鼠类肉瘤滤过性毒菌致癌基因同源体B1(BRAF)基因突变是甲状腺乳头状癌(PTC)最常见的基因变化.相关性分析显示PTC的发生、发展与BRAF基因突变密切相关,BRAF基因突变对PTC的诊断及治疗指导的价值受到了广泛关注.但现有的临床证据显示,不能单纯依赖BRAF基因突变制定PTC患者的手术方式、指导初始危险度分层及术后选择放射性碘治疗.索拉非尼和司美替尼可改善放射性碘抵抗性PTC患者的预后,但其疗效与患者BRAF基因突变与否无显著相关性.%v-raf murine sarcoma viral oncogene homolog B1 (BRAF) mutation represents the most common oncogenic event in papillary thyroid cancer(PTC).The value of BRAF mutation in the diagnosis and guiding treatment of PTC has achieved enthusiastic investigation since the initiation and progression of PTC has been correlated with BRAF mutation.However,existing evidence does not suggest BRAF mutation as an independent factor in guiding surgical approach,stratifying recurrence risk,or selecting postoperative radioiodine therapy for PTC patients.Although sorafenib and selumetinib have effectively improved the prognosis of patients with radioactive iodine-refractory PTC,such efficacy is independent of BRAF mutation status.

  13. Utility of BRAF V600E Immunohistochemistry Expression Pattern as a Surrogate of BRAF Mutation Status in 154 Patients with Advanced Melanoma.

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    Tetzlaff, Michael T; Pattanaprichakul, Penvadee; Wargo, Jennifer; Fox, Patricia S; Patel, Keyur P; Estrella, Jeannelyn S; Broaddus, Russell R; Williams, Michelle D; Davies, Michael A; Routbort, Mark J; Lazar, Alexander J; Woodman, Scott E; Hwu, Wen-Jen; Gershenwald, Jeffrey E; Prieto, Victor G; Torres-Cabala, Carlos A; Curry, Jonathan L

    2015-08-01

    Successful BRAF inhibitor therapy depends on the accurate assessment of the mutation status of the BRAF V600 residue in tissue samples. In melanoma, immunohistochemical (IHC) analysis with monoclonal anti-BRAF V600E has emerged as a sensitive and specific surrogate of BRAF V600E mutation, particularly when BRAF V600E protein expression is homogeneous and strong. A subset of melanomas exhibit heterogeneous labeling for BRAF V600E, but our understanding of the significance of heterogeneous BRAF V600E IHC expression is limited. We used next-generation sequencing to compare BRAF V600E IHC staining patterns in 154 melanomas: 79 BRAF(WT) and 75 BRAF (including 53 V600E) mutants. Agreement among dermatopathologists on tumor morphology, IHC expression, and intensity was excellent (ρ = 0.99). A predominantly epithelioid cell phenotype significantly correlated with the BRAF V600E mutation (P = .0085). Tumors demonstrating either heterogeneous or homogeneous IHC expression were significantly associated with the BRAF V600E mutation (P BRAF V600E IHC expression as a positive test significantly improved IHC test sensitivity from 85% to 98%. However, this reduced BRAF V600E IHC test specificity from 99% to 96%. Cautious evaluation of heterogeneous BRAF V600E IHC expression is warranted and comparison with sequencing results is critical, given its reduced test specificity and positive predictive value for detecting the BRAF V600E mutation.

  14. BRAF L597 mutations in melanoma are associated with sensitivity to MEK inhibitors

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    Dahlman, Kimberly Brown; Xia, Junfeng; Hutchinson, Katherine; Ng, Charles; Hucks, Donald; Jia, Peilin; Atefi, Mohammad; Su, Zengliu; Branch, Suzanne; Lyle, Pamela L.; Hicks, Donna J.; Bozon, Viviana; Glaspy, John A.; Rosen, Neal; Solit, David B.

    2012-01-01

    Kinase inhibitors are accepted treatment for metastatic melanomas that harbor specific driver mutations in BRAF or KIT, but only 40–50% of cases are positive. To uncover other potential targetable mutations, we performed whole-genome sequencing of a highly aggressive BRAF (V600) and KIT (W557, V559, L576, K642, D816) wildtype melanoma. Surprisingly, we found a somatic BRAF L597R mutation in exon 15. Analysis of BRAF exon 15 in 49 tumors negative for BRAF V600 mutations as well as driver mutat...

  15. PROMISES FOR TREATING COLON CANCER PATIENTS WITH BRAF GENE MUTATION

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    M. Yu. Fedyanin

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    Full Text Available Colon cancer represents a heterogenous disease group, which differ by cancerogenesis mechanisms, molecular alterations, prognosis and treatment possibilities. In modern clinical practice assessment of KRAS and NRAS genes status is already necessary in order to prescribe anti-EGFR treatment for metastatic disease. A separate poor prognosis group are patients with BRAF mutation. In this review we will focus on biological features of BRAF-mutant colorectal cancer, its epidemiology, clinical features on different stages, treatment choice and promising new treatment possibilities.

  16. Biological insights into BRAF(V600) mutations in melanoma patient

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    Improta, Giuseppina; Pelosi, Giuseppe; Tamborini, Elena

    2013-01-01

    Some experimental evidence indicates that uncommon BRAF mutations consisting in the substitution of 2 adjacent nucleotides within codon 600 are in a cis configuration and associate with BRAF gene amplification. These findings suggest that BRAF(V600) mutations are unlikely to occur as homozygous a...... alterations in clinical melanoma samples, with gene amplification perhaps contributing to mask the heterozygous state....

  17. NRAS and BRAF mutation frequency in primary oral mucosal melanoma

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    Buery, R. R.; Siar, C. H.; Katase, N; Gunduz, M; Lefeuvre, M.; Fujii, M.; Inoue, M.; Setsu, K.; Nagatsuka, H

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    Oral mucosal melanoma (OMM) is a fatal sarcoma of unknown etiology. Histological morphology and genetic events are distinct from those of its cutaneous counterpart. Mutation and up-regulation of c-kit has been identified in OMM which may activate downstream molecules such as RAS and RAF. These molecules are involved in the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway leading to tremendous cell proliferation and survival. NRAS and BRAF mutation and protein expression have been studied in ot...

  18. High frequency of BRAF V600E mutations in ameloblastoma.

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    Kurppa, Kari J; Catón, Javier; Morgan, Peter R; Ristimäki, Ari; Ruhin, Blandine; Kellokoski, Jari; Elenius, Klaus; Heikinheimo, Kristiina

    2014-04-01

    Ameloblastoma is a benign but locally infiltrative odontogenic neoplasm. Although ameloblastomas rarely metastasise, recurrences together with radical surgery often result in facial deformity and significant morbidity. Development of non-invasive therapies has been precluded by a lack of understanding of the molecular background of ameloblastoma pathogenesis. When addressing the role of ERBB receptors as potential new targets for ameloblastoma, we discovered significant EGFR over-expression in clinical samples using real-time RT-PCR, but observed variable sensitivity of novel primary ameloblastoma cells to EGFR-targeted drugs in vitro. In the quest for mutations downstream of EGFR that could explain this apparent discrepancy, Sanger sequencing revealed an oncogenic BRAF V600E mutation in the cell line resistant to EGFR inhibition. Further analysis of the clinical samples by Sanger sequencing and BRAF V600E-specific immunohistochemistry demonstrated a high frequency of BRAF V600E mutations (15 of 24 samples, 63%). These data provide novel insight into the poorly understood molecular pathogenesis of ameloblastoma and offer a rationale to test drugs targeting EGFR or mutant BRAF as novel therapies for ameloblastoma. © 2013 The Authors. The Journal of Pathology published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

  19. Chronic ataluren (PTC124) treatment of nonsense mutation cystic fibrosis.

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    Wilschanski, M; Miller, L L; Shoseyov, D; Blau, H; Rivlin, J; Aviram, M; Cohen, M; Armoni, S; Yaakov, Y; Pugatsch, T; Pugatch, T; Cohen-Cymberknoh, M; Miller, N L; Reha, A; Northcutt, V J; Hirawat, S; Donnelly, K; Elfring, G L; Ajayi, T; Kerem, E

    2011-07-01

    In a subset of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF), nonsense mutations (premature stop codons) disrupt production of full-length, functional CF transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR). Ataluren (PTC124) allows ribosomal readthrough of premature stop codons in mRNA. We evaluated drug activity and safety in patients with nonsense mutation CF who took ataluren three times daily (morning, midday and evening) for 12 weeks at either a lower dose (4, 4 and 8 mg·kg(-1)) or higher dose (10, 10 and 20 mg·kg(-1)). The study enrolled 19 patients (10 males and nine females aged 19-57 yrs; dose: lower 12, higher seven) with a classic CF phenotype, at least one CFTR nonsense mutation allele, and an abnormal nasal total chloride transport. Both ataluren doses were similarly active, improving total chloride transport with a combined mean change of -5.4 mV (pataluren administration produced time-dependent improvements in CFTR activity and clinical parameters with generally good tolerability.

  20. The thyroid imaging reporting and data system on US, but not the BRAFV600E mutation in fine-needle aspirates, is associated with lateral lymph node metastasis in PTC.

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    Park, Vivian Y; Kim, Eun-Kyung; Moon, Hee Jung; Yoon, Jung Hyun; Kwak, Jin Young

    2016-07-01

    The majority of patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) have an excellent prognosis, but some show poorer outcomes and would benefit from adjunctive prognostic tools. The B-Raf proto-oncogene, serine/threonine kinase (BRAF) mutation, either based on both its presence or its quantitative measurement, and ultrasound (US) features may serve as a prognostic marker. The aim of this study was to investigate (1) the association between clinical-pathologic prognostic factors and the BRAF mutation found in fine-needle aspirates, based on both its presence and its corresponding cycle threshold (Ct) value, and (2) the association between prognostic factors and suspicious US features classified by the thyroid imaging reporting and data system (TIRADS) in PTC.Two-hundred fifty-eight consecutive patients with PTC > 1 cm and who underwent preoperative US-guided fine-needle aspiration were included in this retrospective study. Clinical-pathologic variables were compared between patients with and without the BRAF mutation. Multivariate analyses were performed to investigate (1) the association between clinical-pathologic prognostic factors and the BRAF mutation found in fine-needle aspirates, based on both its presence and corresponding Ct values, and (2) the association between prognostic factors and suspicious TIRADS US features.BRAF-positive patients had a higher proportion of multiple tumors (P = 0.017). The number of suspicious US features classified by the TIRADS was an independent factor for predicting lateral lymph node metastasis, both in all 258 patients (odds ratio [OR] = 1.902, P = 0.005) and in 214 BRAF-positive patients (OR = 1.686, P = 0.037). The BRAF mutation status or BRAFCt values were not associated with any of the clinical-pathologic prognostic factors.In conclusion, a higher number of suspicious US features classified by the TIRADS, but not the BRAF mutation, are associated with lateral lymph node metastasis in patients with PTC

  1. 甲状腺乳头状癌 BRAF V600E 突变与其超声特征的相关性研究%Associations of the BRAF V600E mutation with sonographic features in patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma

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    罗志艳; 洪玉蓉; 闻卿; 鄢曹鑫; 翁慧芳; 莫国强; 黄品同

    2016-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the association of the BRAF V600E mutation with sonographic features in patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma.Methods A consecutive series of 61 papillary thyroid carcinoma(PTC) was evaluated by US and elastography before US-FNA,BRAF V600E mutation and surgery.The PTCs were categorized into 2 groups according to the results of the BRAF V600E mutation, BRAF-positive and BRAF-negative patients.The sonographic features were compared between BRAF-positive and BRAF-negative patients.Results The BRAF V600E mutation was detected in 82% of patients (50 of 61).There were no significant difference between BRAF-positive and BRAF-negative PTC on sonographic features including the nodular size,echogenicity,shape,margin,calcification and the pattern of blood flow.However the prevalence of PTC with a score higher than 4 on the Hong et al score was 72%(36∕50) in the BRAF-positive group,significantly higher than 36.4%(4∕1 1) in the BRAF-negative group (P =0.024).A score higher than 4 correlated highly with a BRAF-positive diagnosis(sensitivity 72.0%, specificity 63.6%,positive predictive value 90.0%,negative predictive value 33.3%,accuracy 70.5% and OR 4.5). Conclusions The BRAF V600E mutation was significantly associated with elastography classification,a score higher than 4 on the Hong et al score could highly predict the occurrence of BRAF V600E mutation in papillary thyroid cancer.%目的:探讨甲状腺乳头状癌(papillary thyroid carcinoma,PTC)的声像图特征与 BRAF V600E 基因突变的相关性。方法101个甲状腺结节细针穿刺前行灰阶超声和弹性成像检查,活检时抽取标本进行细胞学检查和 BRAF V600E 基因突变定性检测,其中61个 PTC 取得术后常规病理诊断。将61个 PTC 分为 BRAF V600E 基因突变组与 BRAF V600E 基因野生组,并与超声特征进行对照分析。结果82%(50/61)的甲状腺乳头状癌 BRAF V600E 基因为突变型,18%(11/61)为野生型;BRAF V600E

  2. PIK3CA mutations frequently coexist with RAS and BRAF mutations in patients with advanced cancers.

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    Filip Janku

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Oncogenic mutations of PIK3CA, RAS (KRAS, NRAS, and BRAF have been identified in various malignancies, and activate the PI3K/AKT/mTOR and RAS/RAF/MEK pathways, respectively. Both pathways are critical drivers of tumorigenesis. METHODS: Tumor tissues from 504 patients with diverse cancers referred to the Clinical Center for Targeted Therapy at MD Anderson Cancer Center starting in October 2008 were analyzed for PIK3CA, RAS (KRAS, NRAS, and BRAF mutations using polymerase chain reaction-based DNA sequencing. RESULTS: PIK3CA mutations were found in 54 (11% of 504 patients tested; KRAS in 69 (19% of 367; NRAS in 19 (8% of 225; and BRAF in 31 (9% of 361 patients. PIK3CA mutations were most frequent in squamous cervical (5/14, 36%, uterine (7/28, 25%, breast (6/29, 21%, and colorectal cancers (18/105, 17%; KRAS in pancreatic (5/9, 56%, colorectal (49/97, 51%, and uterine cancers (3/20, 15%; NRAS in melanoma (12/40, 30%, and uterine cancer (2/11, 18%; BRAF in melanoma (23/52, 44%, and colorectal cancer (5/88, 6%. Regardless of histology, KRAS mutations were found in 38% of patients with PIK3CA mutations compared to 16% of patients with wild-type (wtPIK3CA (p = 0.001. In total, RAS (KRAS, NRAS or BRAF mutations were found in 47% of patients with PIK3CA mutations vs. 24% of patients wtPIK3CA (p = 0.001. PIK3CA mutations were found in 28% of patients with KRAS mutations compared to 10% with wtKRAS (p = 0.001 and in 20% of patients with RAS (KRAS, NRAS or BRAF mutations compared to 8% with wtRAS (KRAS, NRAS or wtBRAF (p = 0.001. CONCLUSIONS: PIK3CA, RAS (KRAS, NRAS, and BRAF mutations are frequent in diverse tumors. In a wide variety of tumors, PIK3CA mutations coexist with RAS (KRAS, NRAS and BRAF mutations.

  3. Strategies for Overcoming Resistance in Tumours Harboring BRAF Mutations

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    Nourah Mohammad Obaid

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    Full Text Available The development of resistance to previously effective treatments has been a challenge for health care providers and a fear for patients undergoing cancer therapy. This is an unfortunately frequent occurrence for patients undergoing targeted therapy for tumours harboring the activating V600E mutation of the BRAF gene. Since the initial identification of the BRAF mutation in 2002, a series of small molecular inhibitors that target the BRAFV600E have been developed, but intrinsic and acquired resistance to these drugs has presented an ongoing challenge. More recently, improvements in therapy have been achieved by combining the use of BRAF inhibitors with other drugs, such as inhibitors of the downstream effector mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK/extracellular-signal regulated kinase (ERK kinase (MEK. Despite improved success in response rates and in delaying resistance using combination therapy, ultimately, the acquisition of resistance remains a concern. Recent research articles have shed light on some of the underlying mechanisms of this resistance and have proposed numerous strategies that might be employed to overcome or avoid resistance to targeted therapies. This review will explore some of the resistance mechanisms, compare what is known in melanoma cancer to colorectal cancer, and discuss strategies under development to manage the development of resistance.

  4. BRAF mutation analysis in circulating free tumor DNA of melanoma patients treated with BRAF inhibitors.

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    Gonzalez-Cao, Maria; Mayo-de-Las-Casas, Clara; Molina-Vila, Miguel A; De Mattos-Arruda, Leticia; Muñoz-Couselo, Eva; Manzano, Jose L; Cortes, Javier; Berros, Jose P; Drozdowskyj, Ana; Sanmamed, Miguel; Gonzalez, Alvaro; Alvarez, Carlos; Viteri, Santiago; Karachaliou, Niki; Martin Algarra, Salvador; Bertran-Alamillo, Jordi; Jordana-Ariza, Nuria; Rosell, Rafael

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    BRAFV600E is a unique molecular marker for metastatic melanoma, being the most frequent somatic point mutation in this malignancy. Detection of BRAFV600E in blood could have prognostic and predictive value and could be useful for monitoring response to BRAF-targeted therapy. We developed a rapid, sensitive method for the detection and quantification of BRAFV600E in circulating free DNA (cfDNA) isolated from plasma and serum on the basis of a quantitative 5'-nuclease PCR (Taqman) in the presence of a peptide-nucleic acid. We validated the assay in 92 lung, colon, and melanoma archival serum and plasma samples with paired tumor tissue (40 wild-type and 52 BRAFV600E). The correlation of cfDNA BRAFV600E with clinical parameters was further explored in 22 metastatic melanoma patients treated with BRAF inhibitors. Our assay could detect and quantify BRAFV600E in mixed samples with as little as 0.005% mutant DNA (copy number ratio 1 : 20 000), with a specificity of 100% and a sensitivity of 57.7% in archival serum and plasma samples. In 22 melanoma patients treated with BRAF inhibitors, the median progression-free survival was 3.6 months for those showing BRAFV600E in pretreatment cfDNA compared with 13.4 months for those in whom the mutation was not detected (P=0.021). Moreover, the median overall survival for positive versus negative BRAFV600E tests in pretreatment cfDNA differed significantly (7 vs. 21.8 months, P=0.017). This finding indicates that the sensitive detection and accurate quantification of low-abundance BRAFV600E alleles in cfDNA using our assay can be useful for predicting treatment outcome.

  5. Prevalence and Clinicopathological Characteristics of HER2 and BRAF Mutation in Chinese Patients with Lung Adenocarcinoma.

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    Ling Shan

    Full Text Available To determine the prevalence and clinicopathological characteristics of BRAF V600E mutation and HER2 exon 20 insertions in Chinese lung adenocarcinoma (ADC patients.Given the fact that the driver mutations are mutually exclusive in lung ADCs, 204 EGFR/KRAS wild-type cases were enrolled in this study. Direct Sanger sequencing was performed to examine BRAF V600E and HER2 exon 20 mutations. The association of BRAF and HER2 mutations with clinicopathological characteristics was statistically analyzed.Among the 204 lung ADCs tested, 11 cases (5.4% carried HER2 exon 20 insertions and 4 cases (2.0% had BRAF V600E mutation. HER2 mutation status was identified to be associated with a non-smoking history (p<0.05. HER2 mutation occurs in 9.4% of never smokers (10/106, 8.7% of female (8/92 and 2.7% of male (3/112 in this selected cohort. All four BRAF mutated patients were women and three of them were never-smokers. No HER2 mutant patients harbor BRAF mutation.HER2 and BRAF mutations identify a distinct subset of lung ADCs. Given the high prevalence of lung cancer and the availability of targeted therapy, Chinese lung ADC patients without EGFR and KRAS mutations are recommended for HER2 and BRAF mutations detection, especially for those never smokers.

  6. BRAF V600E mutation detection by immunohistochemistry in colorectal carcinoma.

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    Affolter, Kajsa; Samowitz, Wade; Tripp, Sheryl; Bronner, Mary P

    2013-08-01

    The serine/threonine-protein kinase B-raf (BRAF) is an oncogene mutated in various neoplasms, including 5-15% of colorectal carcinomas. The T1799A point mutation, responsible for a large majority of these alterations, results in an amino acid substitution (V600E) causing the constitutive activation of a protein kinase cascade. BRAF V600E in MLH1 deficient tumors implicates somatic tumor-only methylation of the MLH1 promoter region instead of a germline MLH1 mutation. BRAF V600E also predicts poor prognosis in microsatellite stable colorectal cancers and may be a marker of resistance to anti-EGFR therapy in metastatic disease. Currently, only molecular methods are available for assessing BRAF mutational status. An immunohistochemical approach is evaluated here. Colon cancers from 2008 to 2012 tested by pyrosequencing for BRAF V600E mutation were selected. A total of 31 tumors with (n = 14) and without (n = 17) the BRAF V600E mutation were analyzed by immunohistochemistry using a commercially available antibody specific to the V600E-mutated protein. All 14 colorectal carcinomas with the BRAF V600E mutation demonstrated cytoplasmic positivity in tumor cells with the anti-BRAF antibody. In a minority of cases, staining intensity for the mutated tumor samples was weak (n = 2) or heterogeneous (n = 4); however, the majority of cases showed diffuse, strong cytoplasmic positivity (8 of 14 cases). None of the 17 BRAF wild-type colorectal cancers showed immunoreactivity to the antibody. The overall sensitivity and specificity of the immunohistochemical BRAF V600E assay was 100%. Detection of the BRAF V600E mutation in colorectal cancer by immunohistochemistry is a viable alternative to molecular methods.

  7. BRAF基因V600E突变在甲状腺病变中的表达%Expression of BRAF V600E mutation in different thyroid lesions

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    王炜; 徐如君; 黎向红; 章银辉; 李兢; 陈珏; 赵盼; 李巧云; 项晶晶; 李晓

    2011-01-01

    目的 分析BRAF基因V600E突变在中国汉族人群甲状腺病变中的表达情况.方法 240例甲状腺病变中,乳头状癌(PTC)129例(其中经典型PTC 121例,滤泡型PTC 8例).滤泡癌12例,髓样癌4例,甲状腺隙瘤30例,结节性甲状腺肿30例,Lp状腺乳头状增生35例.采用常规酚.氯仿法抽提87例新鲜组织样本的总DNA,改良试剂盒法抽提153例石蜡组织样本的总DNA,经过PCR、测序,检测BRAF V600E突变.结果 在240例甲状腺病变中,BRAF V6OOE突变61例,发生率为25.4%.61例BRAF V600E突,变患者均为PTC,占PTC的47.3%.BRAF V600E突变在经典型PTC中的表达率(49.6%)与在滤泡型PTC中的表达率(12.5%)比较,差异有统计学意义(P0.05).结论 BRAFV600E突变与PTC的发生、发展可能有着重要联系,BRAF V600E突变可以作为PTC诊断的特异性标记;改良的试剂盒法抽提石蜡组织DNA具有高效、简便、价格栩对低廉的优点.%Objective To evaluate the expression of BRAF V600E mutation in 240 Chinese patients with thyroid lesions. Methods Two hundred and forty Chinese patients with thyroid lesions, including 129 papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTC) , 12 follicular carcinomas, 4 medullary carcinomas, 30 adenomas, 30 nodular goiters, and 35 papillary hyperplasia. DNA was extracted from thyroid biopsy and paraffin embedded thyroid tissues, and the expression of BRAF V600E mutation was detected by polymerase chain reaction and DNA sequencing assays. Results The presence of BRAF V600E mutation was found in 61 of the total group of 240 cases (25. 4%). It was only detected in PTC (47. 3%), and not detected in other types of malignant and benign thyroid lesions. There was a statistically significant difference between the expression of BRAF V600E mutation in classic type PTC (49. 6% ) and in follicular type PTC (12. 5% ,P 0. 05). Conclusions BRAF V600E mutation has a significant correlation with PTC and the detection of BRAF V600E mutation may be used as an important

  8. BRAF mutation testing with a rapid, fully integrated molecular diagnostics system

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    Janku, Filip; Claes, Bart; Huang, Helen J.; Falchook, Gerald S.; Devogelaere, Benoit; Kockx, Mark; Bempt, Isabelle Vanden; Reijans, Martin; Naing, Aung; Fu, Siqing; Piha-Paul, Sarina A.; Hong, David S.; Holley, Veronica R.; Tsimberidou, Apostolia M.; Stepanek, Vanda M.

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    Fast and accurate diagnostic systems are needed for further implementation of precision therapy of BRAF-mutant and other cancers. The novel IdyllaTM BRAF Mutation Test has high sensitivity and shorter turnaround times compared to other methods. We used Idylla to detect BRAF V600 mutations in archived formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tumor samples and compared these results with those obtained using the cobas 4800 BRAF V600 Mutation Test or MiSeq deep sequencing system and with those ob...

  9. Are KRAS/BRAF mutations potent prognostic and/or predictive biomarkers in colorectal cancers?

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    Yokota, Tomoya

    2012-02-01

    KRAS and BRAF mutations lead to the constitutive activation of EGFR signaling through the oncogenic Ras/Raf/Mek/Erk pathway. Currently, KRAS is the only potential biomarker for predicting the efficacy of anti-EGFR monoclonal antibodies (mAb) in colorectal cancer (CRC). However, a recent report suggested that the use of cetuximab was associated with survival benefit among patients with p.G13D-mutated tumors. Furthermore, although the presence of mutated BRAF is one of the most powerful prognostic factors for advanced and recurrent CRC, it remains unknown whether patients with BRAF-mutated tumors experience a survival benefit from treatment with anti-EGFR mAb. Thus, the prognostic or predictive relevance of the KRAS and BRAF genotype in CRC remains controversial despite several investigations. Routine KRAS/BRAF screening of pathological specimens is required to promote the appropriate clinical use of anti-EGFR mAb and to determine malignant phenotypes in CRC. The significance of KRAS/BRAF mutations as predictive or prognostic biomarkers should be taken into consideration when selecting a KRAS/BRAF screening assay. This article will review the spectrum of KRAS/BRAF genotype and the impact of KRAS/BRAF mutations on the clinicopathological features and prognosis of patients with CRC, particularly when differentiating between the mutations at KRAS codons 12 and 13. Furthermore, the predictive role of KRAS/BRAF mutations in treatments with anti-EGFR mAb will be verified, focusing on KRAS p.G13D and BRAF mutations.

  10. BRAF mutations distinguish anorectal from cutaneous melanoma at the molecular level

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    Helmke, Burkhard M; Mollenhauer, Jan; Herold-Mende, Christel

    2004-01-01

    BACKGROUND & AIMS: Anorectal melanoma (AM) is a rare but highly malignant tumor, displaying histologic and immunohistochemical features very similar to cutaneous melanoma (CM). Because BRAF mutations were recently identified in the majority of CM and nevi, we investigated AM for BRAF mutations an...

  11. Mutation of the BRAF Genes in Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

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    Zhimin HUANG

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available BRAF mutations have been found to be a driver mutation and maybe a therapy target in patients with non-small cell lung cancer. This article reviews the current understanding of BRAF gene, its structure, expression, the signal pathway, as well as its relationship with cancer especially the targeted therapies for non-small cell lung cancer.

  12. KRAS and BRAF Mutation Detection: Is Immunohistochemistry a Possible Alternative to Molecular Biology in Colorectal Cancer?

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    Nicolas Piton

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available KRAS genotyping is mandatory in metastatic colorectal cancer treatment prior to undertaking antiepidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR monoclonal antibody therapy. BRAF V600E mutation is often present in colorectal carcinoma with CpG island methylator phenotype and microsatellite instability. Currently, KRAS and BRAF evaluation is based on molecular biology techniques such as SNaPshot or Sanger sequencing. As molecular testing is performed on formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE samples, immunodetection would appear to be an attractive alternative for detecting mutations. Thus, our objective was to assess the validity of KRAS and BRAF immunodetection of mutations compared with the genotyping reference method in colorectal adenocarcinoma. KRAS and BRAF genotyping was assessed by SNaPshot. A rabbit anti-human KRAS polyclonal antibody was tested on 33 FFPE colorectal tumor samples with known KRAS status. Additionally, a mouse anti-human BRAF monoclonal antibody was tested on 30 FFPE tumor samples with known BRAF status. KRAS immunostaining demonstrated both poor sensitivity (27% and specificity (64% in detecting KRAS mutation. Conversely, BRAF immunohistochemistry showed perfect sensitivity (100% and specificity (100% in detecting V600E mutation. Although molecular biology remains the reference method for detecting KRAS mutation, immunohistochemistry could be an attractive method for detecting BRAF V600E mutation in colorectal cancer.

  13. KRAS and BRAF Mutation Detection: Is Immunohistochemistry a Possible Alternative to Molecular Biology in Colorectal Cancer?

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    Piton, Nicolas; Borrini, Francesco; Bolognese, Antonio; Lamy, Aude; Sabourin, Jean-Christophe

    2015-01-01

    KRAS genotyping is mandatory in metastatic colorectal cancer treatment prior to undertaking antiepidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) monoclonal antibody therapy. BRAF V600E mutation is often present in colorectal carcinoma with CpG island methylator phenotype and microsatellite instability. Currently, KRAS and BRAF evaluation is based on molecular biology techniques such as SNaPshot or Sanger sequencing. As molecular testing is performed on formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) samples, immunodetection would appear to be an attractive alternative for detecting mutations. Thus, our objective was to assess the validity of KRAS and BRAF immunodetection of mutations compared with the genotyping reference method in colorectal adenocarcinoma. KRAS and BRAF genotyping was assessed by SNaPshot. A rabbit anti-human KRAS polyclonal antibody was tested on 33 FFPE colorectal tumor samples with known KRAS status. Additionally, a mouse anti-human BRAF monoclonal antibody was tested on 30 FFPE tumor samples with known BRAF status. KRAS immunostaining demonstrated both poor sensitivity (27%) and specificity (64%) in detecting KRAS mutation. Conversely, BRAF immunohistochemistry showed perfect sensitivity (100%) and specificity (100%) in detecting V600E mutation. Although molecular biology remains the reference method for detecting KRAS mutation, immunohistochemistry could be an attractive method for detecting BRAF V600E mutation in colorectal cancer.

  14. ENDOCRINE TUMORS: BRAF V600E mutations in papillary craniopharyngioma.

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    Brastianos, Priscilla K; Santagata, Sandro

    2016-04-01

    Papillary craniopharyngioma (PCP) is an intracranial tumor that results in high levels of morbidity. We recently demonstrated that the vast majority of these tumors harbor the oncogenic BRAF V600E mutation. The pathologic diagnosis of PCP can now be confirmed using mutation specific immunohistochemistry and targeted genetic testing. Treatment with targeted agents is now also a possibility in select situations. We recently reported a patient with a multiply recurrent PCP in whom targeting both BRAF and MEK resulted in a dramatic therapeutic response with a marked anti-tumor immune response. This work shows that activation of the MAPK pathway is the likely principal oncogenic driver of these tumors. We will now investigate the efficacy of this approach in a multicenter phase II clinical trial. Post-treatment resection samples will be monitored for the emergence of resistance mechanisms. Further advances in the non-invasive diagnosis of PCP by radiologic criteria and by cell-free DNA testing could someday allow neo-adjuvant therapy for this disease in select patient populations.

  15. High-Throughput Screening for Readthrough Modulators of CFTR PTC Mutations.

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    Liang, Feng; Shang, Haibo; Jordan, Nikole J; Wong, Eric; Mercadante, Dayna; Saltz, Josef; Mahiou, Jerome; Bihler, Hermann J; Mense, Martin

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    Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a hereditary disease caused by mutations in the gene coding for the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR). A large number of nearly 2000 reported mutations, including the premature termination codon (PTC) mutations, urgently require new and personalized medicines. We have developed cell-based assays for readthrough modulators of CFTR PTC mutations (or nonsense mutation suppressors), based on the trafficking and surface expression of CFTR. Approximately 85,000 compounds have been screened for two PTC mutations (Y122X and W1282X). The hit rates at the threshold of 50% greater than vehicle response are 2% and 1.4% for CFTR Y122X and CFTR W1282X, respectively. The overlap of the two hit sets at this stringent hit threshold is relatively small. Only ~28% of the hits from the W1282X screen were also hits in the Y122X screen. The overlap increases to ~50% if compounds are included that in the second screen achieve only a less stringent hit criterion, that is, horseradish peroxidase (HRP) activity greater than three standard deviations above the mean of the vehicle. Our data suggest that personalization may not need to address individual genotypes, but that patients with different CFTR PTC mutations could benefit from the same medicines.

  16. Detection of BRAF mutation and its clinical significance in thyroid cancer%甲状腺肿瘤组织中BRAF基因突变及临床意义

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    汪杰; 吴高松; 马小鹏; 刘岩岩; 陈华涛; 黄伟

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨甲状腺良恶性肿瘤中BRAF基因点突变及在甲状腺乳头状癌(PTC)中BRAF突变与临床病理学特征之间的关系.方法 应用聚合酶链反应(PCR)技术和基因直接测序法检测104例甲状腺良恶性肿瘤组织中BRAF点突变.结果 在104例标本中,仅在PTC中检测到BRAF点突变,突变率为58.2%(46/79),其他类型的甲状腺良恶性肿瘤中均未检测到BRAF突变.在PTC中BRAF基因突变与肿瘤高分期、腺体外浸润及淋巴结转移呈正相关(P0.05).结论 BRAF基因突变是PTC中较常见的遗传学事件,它与肿瘤的分期、腺体外浸润及淋巴结转移具有重要关系.%Objective To investigate the BRAF mutation in benign and malignant thyroid tumors and its relationship with clinicopathological features in papillary thyroid cancer (PTC). Methods Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and gene sequencing were performed to detect BRAF mutation in 104 cases of benign and malignant thyroid tissues. Results In 104 cases, BRAF mutation was detected in 46 out of 79 PTC cases with a detection rate of 58.2%. BRAF mutation was negative in other kinds of thyroid cancer and benign thyroid diseases. BRAF mutation in PTC was positively correlated with clinical stage, extra-thyroidal extension and lymph nodal metastasis (P0.05). Conclusion BRAF mutation was an important and common molecular hallmark of PTC and had a significant correlation with the clinical stage, extra-thyroidal extension and lymph nodal metastasis of PTC.

  17. High-throughput oncogene mutation profiling shows demographic differences in BRAF mutation rates among melanoma patients.

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    van den Hurk, Karin; Balint, Balazs; Toomey, Sinead; O'Leary, Patrick C; Unwin, Louise; Sheahan, Kieran; McDermott, Enda W; Murphy, Ian; van den Oord, Joost J; Rafferty, Mairin; FitzGerald, Dara M; Moran, Julie; Cummins, Robert; MacEneaney, Owen; Kay, Elaine W; O'Brien, Cathal P; Finn, Stephen P; Heffron, Cynthia C B B; Murphy, Michelle; Yela, Ruben; Power, Derek G; Regan, Padraic J; McDermott, Clodagh M; O'Keeffe, Allan; Orosz, Zsolt; Donnellan, Paul P; Crown, John P; Hennessy, Bryan T; Gallagher, William M

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    Because of advances in targeted therapies, the clinical evaluation of cutaneous melanoma is increasingly based on a combination of traditional histopathology and molecular pathology. Therefore, it is necessary to expand our knowledge of the molecular events that accompany the development and progression of melanoma to optimize clinical management. The central objective of this study was to increase our knowledge of the mutational events that complement melanoma progression. High-throughput genotyping was adapted to query 159 known single nucleotide mutations in 33 cancer-related genes across two melanoma cohorts from Ireland (n=94) and Belgium (n=60). Results were correlated with various clinicopathological characteristics. A total of 23 mutations in 12 genes were identified, that is--BRAF, NRAS, MET, PHLPP2, PIK3R1, IDH1, KIT, STK11, CTNNB1, JAK2, ALK, and GNAS. Unexpectedly, we discovered significant differences in BRAF, MET, and PIK3R1 mutations between the cohorts. That is, cases from Ireland showed significantly lower (PBRAF(V600E) mutation rates (19%) compared with the mutation frequency observed in Belgian patients (43%). Moreover, MET mutations were detected in 12% of Irish cases, whereas none of the Belgian patients harbored these mutations, and Irish patients significantly more often (P=0.027) had PIK3R1-mutant (33%) melanoma versus 17% of Belgian cases. The low incidence of BRAF(V600E)(-) mutant melanoma among Irish patients was confirmed in five independent Irish cohorts, and in total, only 165 of 689 (24%) Irish cases carried mutant BRAF(V600E). Together, our data show that melanoma-driving mutations vary by demographic area, which has important implications for the clinical management of this disease.

  18. Clinicopathologic findings and BRAF mutation in cutaneous melanoma in young adults.

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    Estrozi, Bruna; Machado, Juliana; Rodriguez, Rubens; Bacchi, Carlos E

    2014-01-01

    Cutaneous melanoma in young patients is rare with increasing incidence. It is not clear whether the etiology and clinical outcome are similar to cutaneous melanoma in the elderly. Mutations in BRAF gene in patients with cutaneous melanoma, in general, range in frequency from 20% to 80%; however, the status and clinical significance of BRAF mutations in the young population have not been evaluated. We investigated 132 cases of primary cutaneous melanoma in patients aged between 18 and 30 years with emphasis on clinical characteristics, pathologic features, and molecular evaluation of mutation in the BRAF gene (BRAF(V600E)). It was predominantly seen in female individuals (61.4%), trunk was the most common site of involvement (40.4%), and superficially spreading melanoma was the predominant histologic type (79.5%). Mutation in BRAF(V600E) was analyzed successfully in 93 cases using an RT-PCR. The BRAF(V600E) mutation was identified in 38.7% (36/93) and was associated with vertical growth phase (P=0.01) and mild inflammatory infiltrate (P=0.02). No case of melanoma with regression phenomenon presented with BRAF(V600E) mutation (P<0.05). There was no significant association between BRAF(V600E) mutation and sex, histologic type, the Clark level, the Breslow index, solar elastosis, angiolymphatic and perineural invasion, satellitosis, and coexisting nevus. As in melanomas in older patients, these results probably indicate that BRAF mutation may not be the only key factor in melanoma tumorigenesis, and that there should be multiple alternative genetic pathways related to melanoma.

  19. MicroRNA expression in BRAF-mutated and wild-type metastatic melanoma and its correlation with response duration to BRAF inhibitors.

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    Pinto, Rosamaria; Strippoli, Sabino; De Summa, Simona; Albano, Anna; Azzariti, Amalia; Guida, Gabriella; Popescu, Ondina; Lorusso, Vito; Guida, Michele; Tommasi, Stefania

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    Objective: Currently, the treatment of BRAF V600-mutated metastatic melanoma with BRAF inhibitors gives a response rate of ~ 50% with a progression-free survival of ~ 6 -- 7 months. In order to identify predictive biomarkers capable of stratifying BRAF-mutated patients at high risk of shorter response duration to anti-BRAF therapy, the authors analyzed the expression of 15 microRNAs (miRNAs) targeting crucial genes involved in melanoma biology and drug response.Research design and methods: A total of 15 miRNAs and target gene expression were investigated in 43 patients (30 BRAF-mutated, and 13 BRAF wild-type). Moreover, 20 BRAF-mutated patients treated with vemurafenib were analyzed for miRNA expression in respect to time-to-progression.Results: All miRNAs except miR-192 showed low expression in BRAF-mutated as compared with BRAF wild-type patients. In particular, miR-101, miR-221,miR-21, miR-338-3p and miR-191 resulted in significant downregulation inBRAF-mutated patients. Moreover, high expression of miR-192 and miR-193b* and low expression of miR-132 resulted in significant association with shorter progression.Conclusion: Three miRNAs were significantly associated with clinical outcome in metastatic melanoma patients. An increased understanding of the molecular assessment of BRAF-mutated melanomas could allow development of specific molecular tests able to predict response duration.

  20. BRAF mutation testing with a rapid, fully integrated molecular diagnostics system

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    Huang, Helen J.; Falchook, Gerald S.; Devogelaere, Benoit; Kockx, Mark; Bempt, Isabelle Vanden; Reijans, Martin; Naing, Aung; Fu, Siqing; Piha-Paul, Sarina A.; Hong, David S.; Holley, Veronica R.; Tsimberidou, Apostolia M.; Stepanek, Vanda M.; Patel, Sapna P.; Kopetz, E. Scott; Subbiah, Vivek; Wheler, Jennifer J.; Zinner, Ralph G.; Karp, Daniel D.; Luthra, Rajyalakshmi; Roy-Chowdhuri, Sinchita; Sablon, Erwin; Meric-Bernstam, Funda; Maertens, Geert; Kurzrock, Razelle

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    Fast and accurate diagnostic systems are needed for further implementation of precision therapy of BRAF-mutant and other cancers. The novel IdyllaTM BRAF Mutation Test has high sensitivity and shorter turnaround times compared to other methods. We used Idylla to detect BRAF V600 mutations in archived formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tumor samples and compared these results with those obtained using the cobas 4800 BRAF V600 Mutation Test or MiSeq deep sequencing system and with those obtained by a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-certified laboratory employing polymerase chain reaction–based sequencing, mass spectrometric detection, or next-generation sequencing. In one set of 60 FFPE tumor samples (15 with BRAF mutations per Idylla), the Idylla and cobas results had an agreement of 97%. Idylla detected BRAF V600 mutations in two additional samples. The Idylla and MiSeq results had 100% concordance. In a separate set of 100 FFPE tumor samples (64 with BRAF mutation per Idylla), the Idylla and CLIA-certified laboratory results demonstrated an agreement of 96% even though the tests were not performed simultaneously and different FFPE blocks had to be used for 9 cases. The IdyllaTM BRAF Mutation Test produced results quickly (sample to results time was about 90 minutes with about 2 minutes of hands on time) and the closed nature of the cartridge eliminates the risk of PCR contamination. In conclusion, our observations demonstrate that the Idylla test is rapid and has high concordance with other routinely used but more complex BRAF mutation–detecting tests. PMID:26330075

  1. BRAF Mutation Is Rare in Advanced-Stage Low-Grade Ovarian Serous Carcinomas

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    Wong, Kwong-Kwok; Tsang, Yvonne T.M.; Deavers, Michael T.; Mok, Samuel C.; Zu, Zhifei; Sun, Charlotte; Malpica, Anais; Wolf, Judith K.; Lu, Karen H.; Gershenson, David M.

    2010-01-01

    Low-grade ovarian serous carcinomas are believed to arise via an adenoma-serous borderline tumor-serous carcinoma sequence. In this study, we found that advanced-stage, low-grade ovarian serous carcinomas both with and without adjacent serous borderline tumor shared similar regions of loss of heterozygosity. We then analyzed 91 ovarian tumor samples for mutations in TP53, BRAF, and KRAS. TP53 mutations were not detected in any serous borderline tumors (n = 30) or low-grade serous carcinomas (n = 43) but were found in 73% of high-grade serous carcinomas (n = 18). BRAF (n = 9) or KRAS (n = 5) mutation was detected in 47% of serous borderline tumors, but among the low-grade serous carcinomas (39 stage III, 2 stage II, and 2 stage I), only one (2%) had a BRAF mutation and eight (19%) had a KRAS mutation. The low frequency of BRAF mutations in advanced-stage, low-grade serous carcinomas, which contrasts with previous findings, suggests that aggressive, low-grade serous carcinomas are more likely derived from serous borderline tumors without BRAF mutation. In addition, advanced-stage, low-grade carcinoma patients with BRAF or KRAS mutation have a better apparent clinical outcome. However, further investigation is needed. PMID:20802181

  2. Towards personalized therapy for patients with malignant melanoma: molecular insights into the biology of BRAF mutations.

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    Bradish, Joshua R; Montironi, Rodolfo; Lopez-Beltran, Antonio; Post, Kristin M; MacLennan, Gregory T; Cheng, Liang

    2013-02-01

    BRAF mutations have been identified as the most common oncogene mutation in melanomas, especially important in those originating on nonchronically sun-damaged skin. There is a large and continually growing body of evidence regarding the importance of this mutation in targeted therapy for melanoma. In this review, we outline these findings including: molecular pathways used by BRAF, the importance in nonmalignant neoplasms, histologic associations, the relationship of BRAF to KIT and NRAS mutations, and their impact on survival, as well as resistance mechanisms to BRAF inhibitors employed by melanoma. Understanding these topics and how they relate to one another may facilitate the development of new treatments and eventually improve the prognosis for those patients afflicted with this disease.

  3. Mutational analyses of the BRAF, KRAS, and PIK3CA genes in oral squamous cell carcinoma

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    Bruckman, Karl C.; Schönleben, Frank; Qiu, Wanglong; Woo, Victoria L.; Su, Gloria H.

    2010-01-01

    OBJECTIVES The development of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is a complex, multistep process. To date, numerous oncogenes and tumor-suppressor genes have been implicated in oral carcinogenesis. Of particular interest in this regard are genes involved in cell cycling and apoptosis, such BRAF, KRAS, and PIK3CA genes. STUDY DESIGN Mutations of BRAF, KRAS, and PIK3CA were evaluated by direct genomic sequencing of exons 1 of KRAS, 11 and 15 of BRAF, and 9 and 20 of PIK3CA in OSCC specimens. RESULTS Both BRAF and KRAS mutations were detected with a mutation frequency of 2% (1/42). PIK3CA mutations were detected at 3% (1/35). CONCLUSIONS This is the first report implicating BRAF mutation in OSCC. Our study supports that mutations in the BRAF, KRAS, and PIK3CA genes make at least a minor contribution to OSCC tumorigenesis, and pathway-specific therapies targeting these two pathways should be considered for OSCC in a subset of patients with these mutations. PMID:20813562

  4. BRAF(V600E) mutation is highly prevalent in thyroid carcinomas in the young population in Fukushima: a different oncogenic profile from Chernobyl.

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    Mitsutake, Norisato; Fukushima, Toshihiko; Matsuse, Michiko; Rogounovitch, Tatiana; Saenko, Vladimir; Uchino, Shinya; Ito, Masahiro; Suzuki, Keiji; Suzuki, Shinichi; Yamashita, Shunichi

    2015-11-20

    After the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, the thyroid ultrasound screening program for children aged 0-18 at the time of the accident was started from October 2011. The prevalence of thyroid carcinomas in that population has appeared to be very high (84 cases per 296,253). To clarify the pathogenesis, we investigated the presence of driver mutations in these tumours. 61 classic papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTCs), two follicular variant PTCs, four cribriform-morular variant PTCs and one poorly-differentiated thyroid carcinoma were analysed. We detected BRAF(V600E) in 43 cases (63.2%), RET/PTC1 in six (8.8%), RET/PTC3 in one (1.5%) and ETV6/NTRK3 in four (5.9%). Among classic and follicular variant PTCs, BRAF(V600E) was significantly associated with the smaller size. The genetic pattern was completely different from post-Chernobyl PTCs, suggesting non-radiogenic etiology of these cancers. This is the first study demonstrating the oncogene profile in the thyroid cancers discovered by large mass screening, which probably reflects genetic status of all sporadic and latent tumours in the young Japanese population. It is assumed that BRAF(V600E) may not confer growth advantage on paediatric PTCs, and many of these cases grow slowly, suggesting that additional factors may be important for tumour progression in paediatric PTCs.

  5. Malignant Melanoma with Concurrent BRAF E586K and NRAS Q81K Mutations

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    Rodney Shackelford

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Cutaneous melanoma is an aggressive malignant tumor of melanocytes which accounts for 80% of skin cancer-related deaths. A number of driver mutations have been identified in melanoma, with the mutually exclusive BRAF V600E and NRAS Q61A mutations together accounting for roughly 70% of mutations. Simultaneous BRAF V600E and NRAS Q61A mutations in melanoma are rare, with evidence suggesting that up to 2.9% (2/69 of primary cutaneous melanomas carry both mutations. Here we describe a 42-year-old man with concurrent BRAF E586K and NRAS Q81K driver mutations. To our knowledge, this is the first description of these driver mutations occurring simultaneously in primary cutaneous melanoma.

  6. Malignant Melanoma with Concurrent BRAF E586K and NRAS Q81K Mutations.

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    Shackelford, Rodney; Pollen, Maressa; Vora, Moise; Jusion, Tamara T; Cotelingam, James; Nair, Binu

    2014-05-01

    Cutaneous melanoma is an aggressive malignant tumor of melanocytes which accounts for 80% of skin cancer-related deaths. A number of driver mutations have been identified in melanoma, with the mutually exclusive BRAF V600E and NRAS Q61A mutations together accounting for roughly 70% of mutations. Simultaneous BRAF V600E and NRAS Q61A mutations in melanoma are rare, with evidence suggesting that up to 2.9% (2/69) of primary cutaneous melanomas carry both mutations. Here we describe a 42-year-old man with concurrent BRAF E586K and NRAS Q81K driver mutations. To our knowledge, this is the first description of these driver mutations occurring simultaneously in primary cutaneous melanoma.

  7. The BRAF{sup T1799A} mutation confers sensitivity of thyroid cancer cells to the BRAF{sup V600E} inhibitor PLX4032 (RG7204)

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    Xing, Joanna [Division of Head and Neck Cancer Research, Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21231 (United States); Liu, Ruixin; Xing, Mingzhao [Laboratory for Cellular and Molecular Thyroid Research, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21287 (United States); Trink, Barry, E-mail: btrink@jhmi.edu [Division of Head and Neck Cancer Research, Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21231 (United States)

    2011-01-28

    Research highlights: {yields} Exciting therapeutic potential has been recently reported for the BRAF{sup V600E} inhibitor PLX4032 in melanoma. {yields} We tested the effects of PLX4032 on the growth of thyroid cancer cells which often harbor the BRAF{sup V600E} mutation. {yields} We observed a potent BRAF{sup V600E}-dependent inhibition of thyroid cancer cells by PLX4032. {yields} We thus demonstrated an important therapeutic potential of PLX4032 for thyroid cancer. -- Abstract: Aberrant signaling of the Ras-Raf-MEK-ERK (MAP kinase) pathway driven by the mutant kinase BRAF{sup V600E}, as a result of the BRAF{sup T1799A} mutation, plays a fundamental role in thyroid tumorigenesis. This study investigated the therapeutic potential of a BRAF{sup V600E}-selective inhibitor, PLX4032 (RG7204), for thyroid cancer by examining its effects on the MAP kinase signaling and proliferation of 10 thyroid cancer cell lines with wild-type BRAF or BRAF{sup T1799A} mutation. We found that PLX4032 could effectively inhibit the MAP kinase signaling, as reflected by the suppression of ERK phosphorylation, in cells harboring the BRAF{sup T1799A} mutation. PLX4032 also showed a potent and BRAF mutation-selective inhibition of cell proliferation in a concentration-dependent manner. PLX4032 displayed low IC{sub 50} values (0.115-1.156 {mu}M) in BRAF{sup V600E} mutant cells, in contrast with wild-type BRAF cells that showed resistance to the inhibitor with high IC{sub 50} values (56.674-1349.788 {mu}M). Interestingly, cells with Ras mutations were also sensitive to PLX4032, albeit moderately. Thus, this study has confirmed that the BRAF{sup T1799A} mutation confers cancer cells sensitivity to PLX4032 and demonstrated its specific potential as an effective and BRAF{sup T1799A} mutation-selective therapeutic agent for thyroid cancer.

  8. Impact of RAS and BRAF mutations on carcinoembryonicantigen production and pattern of colorectal metastases

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    2016-01-01

    AIM To investigate the impact of RAS and BRAFmutations on the pattern of metastatic disease andcarcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) production.METHODS: In this retrospective study, we investigatedthe impact of RAS and BRAF mutational status on patternof metastatic disease and CEA production. Only patientspresenting with a newly diagnosed metastatic colorectalcancer (CRC) were included. Patients' characteristics,primary tumor location, site of metastatic disease andCEA at presentation were compared between those withand without RAS and BRAF mutations.RESULTS: Among 174 patients, mutations in KRAS ,NRAS and BRAF were detected in 47%, 3% and 6%respectively. RAS mutations (KRAS and NRAS ) weremore likely to be found in African American patients(87% vs 13%; P value = 0.0158). RAS mutations wereassociated with a higher likelihood of a normal CEA (〈5 ng/mL) at presentation. BRAF mutations were morelikely to occur in females. We were not able to confirm any association between mutational status and site ofmetastatic disease at initial diagnosis.CONCLUSION: No association was found between RASand BRAF mutations and sites of metastatic disease atthe time of initial diagnosis in our cohort. Patients withRAS mutations were more likely to present with CEAlevels 〈 5 ng/mL. These findings may have clinical implicationson surveillance strategies for RAS mutant patientswith earlier stages of CRC.

  9. Clinicopathologic and prognostic associations of KRAS and BRAF mutations in small intestinal adenocarcinoma.

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    Jun, Sun-Young; Kim, Misung; Jin Gu, Mi; Kyung Bae, Young; Chang, Hee-Kyung; Sun Jung, Eun; Jang, Kee-Taek; Kim, Jihun; Yu, Eunsil; Woon Eom, Dae; Hong, Seung-Mo

    2016-04-01

    Activating KRAS and/or BRAF mutations have been identified as predictors of resistance to anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) chemotherapy in colorectal cancer. But the status of KRAS and BRAF mutations and their clinicopathologic and prognostic significance has not been extensively evaluated in small intestinal adenocarcinomas. In this work, the KRAS and BRAF genes in 190 surgically resected small intestinal adenocarcinoma cases were sequenced and their association with various clinicopathologic variables, including survival of the patients, was analyzed. KRAS or BRAF mutations were observed in 63 (33%) cases. Sixty-one cases had KRAS mutations and 2 had BRAF mutations and the two types of mutation were mutually exclusive. The majority of KRAS mutations were G>A transition (43/61 cases, 71%) or p.G12D (31/61 cases, 51%). The patients with mutant KRAS tended to have higher pT classifications (P=0.034) and more frequent pancreatic invasion (P=0.020) than those with wild-type KRAS. Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that certain mutated KRAS subtypes (G>A transitions and G12D mutations) were significantly correlated with higher pT classification (P=0.015 and 0.004, respectively) than wild-type KRAS and other KRAS mutations. The patients with KRAS or BRAF mutation had a tendency to shorter overall survival than those with wild-type KRAS and BRAF (P=0.148), but subgroup analysis demonstrated the patients with KRAS mutations showed worse survival (median, 46.0 months; P=0.046) than those with wild-type KRAS (85.4 months) in lower pT classification (pT1-pT3) group. In summary, KRAS and, infrequently, BRAF mutations are observed in a subset of small intestinal adenocarcinomas, and are associated with higher pT classification and more frequent pancreatic invasion. KRAS mutation is a poor prognostic predictor in patients with lower pT classification tumors. Anti-EGFR targeted therapy could be applied to about two-thirds of small intestinal

  10. Distribution of KRAS and BRAF mutations in Moroccan patients with advanced colorectal cancer.

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    Marchoudi, N; Amrani Hassani Joutei, H; Jouali, F; Fekkak, J; Rhaissi, H

    2013-12-01

    Targeted therapies have an increasing importance in digestive oncology. To our knowledge, we are the first to report the distribution of KRAS and BRAF mutations in Moroccan patients with advanced colorectal cancer (CRC) in order to introduce targeted therapy in the arsenal of therapeutic modalities for management of this cancer in Morocco. In this study, 92 samples obtained from patients with CRC were tested for the presence of the nine most common mutations in the KRAS gene and BRAF gene. Among the tested patients, 76.09% of patients had wt-KRAS genotype and 23.91% were KRAS mutants and the majority of mutations would result in an amino acid substitution of glycine by aspartic acid (68.2%) The predominant mutations are G>A transitions and G>T transversions. Around 5% (5.43%) of the tested patients bore the V600E mutation in BRAF gene. Only one patient showing to have the V600E mutation in BRAF was also mutated-KRAS. Summing up the results about the KRAS and the BRAF mutation carriers from our study, the portion of potentially non responsive patients for the anti-EGFR treatment is 28.26%.

  11. Targeted therapy in melanoma - the role of BRAF, RAS and KIT mutations.

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    Goldinger, Simone M; Murer, Carla; Stieger, Pascale; Dummer, Reinhard

    2013-09-01

    Melanoma today is considered as a spectrum of melanocytic malignancies characterised by clinical and molecular features, including targetable mutations in several kinases such as BRAF or c-KIT. The successful development of therapies targeting these mutations has resulted in new specific treatment options. These include vemurafenib, dabrafenib, trametinib, imatinib and other kinase inhibitors that are selected when the respective mutation is present. The BRAF inhibitor vemurafenib has resulted in improved survival in patients with BRAF-mutated advanced melanoma. Dabrafenib has shown similar efficacy. The MEK inhibitor trametinib also improved overall survival. In addition, the MEK inhibitor MEK 162 was investigated in a phase II clinical trial and showed promising efficacy in terms of response rate and progression-free survival (PFS) in NRAS-mutated melanomas. After this first success in the treatment of advanced melanoma, there is expectation that combinations of kinase inhibitors will additionally improve overall survival rates and PFS in advanced melanoma.

  12. High BRAF Mutation Frequency and Marked Survival Differences in Subgroups According to KRAS/BRAF Mutation Status and Tumor Tissue Availability in a Prospective Population-Based Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Cohort

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    Sorbye, Halfdan; Dragomir, Anca; Sundström, Magnus

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    micro array (TMA) (42%) had worse prognostic factors and inferior survival (all patients; 7m vs 11m, chemotherapy-treated;12m vs 17m). The 92 patients (21%) with BRAF mutation had a poor prognosis regardless of microsatellite instability, but receipt of 1-2nd chemotherapy was similar to wildtype BRAF...... patients. Median survival in this cohort varied from 1 month in BRAF mutated patients not given chemotherapy to 26 months in wildtype KRAS/BRAF patients TMA availability, BRAF mutation and KRAS mutation were all independent prognostic factors for survival. The observed 21% BRAF......CRC patients. Survival in unselected metastatic colorectal cancer patients is extremely variable and subgroups have an extremely short survival compared to trial patients. Patients without available TMA had worse prognostic factors and shorter survival, which questions the total generalizability of present TMA...

  13. Mutational analysis of BRAF and KRAS in ovarian serous borderline (atypical proliferative) tumours and associated peritoneal implants

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    Ardighieri, Laura; Zeppernick, Felix; Hannibal, Charlotte G

    2014-01-01

    -stage disease identified from a nation-wide tumour registry in Denmark. Mutational analysis for hotspots in KRAS and BRAF was successful in 55 APSTs and demonstrated KRAS mutations in 34 (61.8%) and BRAF mutations in eight (14.5%). Mutational analysis was successful in 56 peritoneal implants and revealed KRAS...... mutations in 34 (60.7%) and BRAF mutations in seven (12.5%). Mutational analysis could not be performed in two primary tumours and in nine implants, either because DNA amplification failed or because there was insufficient tissue for mutational analysis. For these specimens we performed VE1...... immunohistochemistry, which was shown to be a specific and sensitive surrogate marker for a V600E BRAF mutation. VE1 staining was positive in one of two APSTs and seven of nine implants. Thus, among 63 implants for which mutation status was known (either by direct mutational analysis or by VE1 immunohistochemistry...

  14. Which melanoma patient carries a BRAF-mutation? A comparison of predictive models

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    Eigentler, Thomas; Assi, Zeinab; Hassel, Jessica C.; Heinzerling, Lucie; Starz, Hans; Berneburg, Mark; Bauer, Jürgen; Garbe, Claus

    2016-01-01

    Background In patients with advanced melanoma the detection of BRAF mutations is considered mandatory before the initiation of an expensive treatment with BRAF/MEK inhibitors. Sometimes it is difficult to perform such an analysis if archival tumor tissue is not available and fresh tissue has to be collected. Results 514 of 1170 patients (44%) carried a BRAF mutation. All models revealed age and histological subtype of melanoma as the two major predictive variables. Accuracy ranged from 0.65–0.71, being best in the random forest model. Sensitivity ranged 0.76–0.84, again best in the random forest model. Specificity was low in all models ranging 0.51–0.55. Methods We collected the clinical data and mutational status of 1170 patients with advanced melanoma and established three different predictive models (binary logistic regression, classification and regression trees, and random forest) to forecast the BRAF status. Conclusions Up to date statistical models are not able to predict BRAF mutations in an acceptable accuracy. The analysis of the mutational status by sequencing or immunohistochemistry must still be considered as standard of care. PMID:27150060

  15. Extended RAS and BRAF Mutation Analysis Using Next-Generation Sequencing.

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    Kazuko Sakai

    Full Text Available Somatic mutations in KRAS, NRAS, and BRAF genes are related to resistance to anti-EGFR antibodies in colorectal cancer. We have established an extended RAS and BRAF mutation assay using a next-generation sequencer to analyze these mutations. Multiplexed deep sequencing was performed to detect somatic mutations within KRAS, NRAS, and BRAF, including minor mutated components. We first validated the technical performance of the multiplexed deep sequencing using 10 normal DNA and 20 formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE tumor samples. To demonstrate the potential clinical utility of our assay, we profiled 100 FFPE tumor samples and 15 plasma samples obtained from colorectal cancer patients. We used a variant calling approach based on a Poisson distribution. The distribution of the mutation-positive population was hypothesized to follow a Poisson distribution, and a mutation-positive status was defined as a value greater than the significance level of the error rate (α = 2 x 10(-5. The cut-off value was determined to be the average error rate plus 7 standard deviations. Mutation analysis of 100 clinical FFPE tumor specimens was performed without any invalid cases. Mutations were detected at a frequency of 59% (59/100. KRAS mutation concordance between this assay and Scorpion-ARMS was 92% (92/100. DNA obtained from 15 plasma samples was also analyzed. KRAS and BRAF mutations were identified in both the plasma and tissue samples of 6 patients. The genetic screening assay using next-generation sequencer was validated for the detection of clinically relevant RAS and BRAF mutations using FFPE and liquid samples.

  16. Extended RAS and BRAF Mutation Analysis Using Next-Generation Sequencing.

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    Sakai, Kazuko; Tsurutani, Junji; Yamanaka, Takeharu; Yoneshige, Azusa; Ito, Akihiko; Togashi, Yosuke; De Velasco, Marco A; Terashima, Masato; Fujita, Yoshihiko; Tomida, Shuta; Tamura, Takao; Nakagawa, Kazuhiko; Nishio, Kazuto

    2015-01-01

    Somatic mutations in KRAS, NRAS, and BRAF genes are related to resistance to anti-EGFR antibodies in colorectal cancer. We have established an extended RAS and BRAF mutation assay using a next-generation sequencer to analyze these mutations. Multiplexed deep sequencing was performed to detect somatic mutations within KRAS, NRAS, and BRAF, including minor mutated components. We first validated the technical performance of the multiplexed deep sequencing using 10 normal DNA and 20 formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tumor samples. To demonstrate the potential clinical utility of our assay, we profiled 100 FFPE tumor samples and 15 plasma samples obtained from colorectal cancer patients. We used a variant calling approach based on a Poisson distribution. The distribution of the mutation-positive population was hypothesized to follow a Poisson distribution, and a mutation-positive status was defined as a value greater than the significance level of the error rate (α = 2 x 10(-5)). The cut-off value was determined to be the average error rate plus 7 standard deviations. Mutation analysis of 100 clinical FFPE tumor specimens was performed without any invalid cases. Mutations were detected at a frequency of 59% (59/100). KRAS mutation concordance between this assay and Scorpion-ARMS was 92% (92/100). DNA obtained from 15 plasma samples was also analyzed. KRAS and BRAF mutations were identified in both the plasma and tissue samples of 6 patients. The genetic screening assay using next-generation sequencer was validated for the detection of clinically relevant RAS and BRAF mutations using FFPE and liquid samples.

  17. BRAF Mutation (V600E Prevalence in Mexican Patients Diagnosed with Melanoma

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    Priscilla Denise Zepeda-Lopez

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: B-Raf is a serine/threonine protein kinase activating the MAP kinase/ERK-signaling pathway. It has been shown that 50% of melanomas harbor activating BRAF mutations, with over 90% being the V600E mutation. Objective: The goal of this research was to determine the prevalence of the BRAF V600E mutation in patients from Central Mexico diagnosed with primary melanoma. Methods: Skin biopsies from 47 patients with melanoma were obtained from the dermatology department of the Hospital General ‘Dr. Manuel Gea González' in Mexico City. For BRAF mutation determination, after DNA isolation, the gene region where the mutation occurs was amplified by PCR. Subsequently, the presence or absence of the V600E mutation was detected by Sanger sequencing performed at the private molecular diagnostic laboratory Vitagénesis in Monterrey, Mexico. Results: Of the 47 patients sampled, 6.4% harbored the V600E mutation. No statistical significance was found between mutations and the type of tumor.

  18. A investigation of BRAF mutation in papillary thyroid carcinoma and its clinical value%甲状腺乳头状癌BRAF基因突变的检测及临床意义

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    龚日祥; 周扬; 罗书画; 张林; 周斌

    2009-01-01

    目的 了解甲状腺乳头状癌(papillary thyroid carcinoma,PTC)BRAF基因T1799A点突变的情况与临床病理学特征的关系.方法 应用聚合酶链反应及DNA直接测序法对43例PTC患者,20例非PTC甲状腺病变患者及40份正常甲状腺组织对照的新鲜标本进行BRAF基因检测.分析BRAF基因突变与性别、发病年龄、原发灶大小、甲状腺包膜外浸润、颈淋巴结转移及远处转移等临床病理学特征的关系.结果 43例PTC中1 7例检出BRAF基因T1799A点突变.检出率为39.5%,而在非PTC甲状腺病变患者和40份正常甲状腺组织未发现T1799A点突变.BRAF基因突变与PTC甲状腺包膜外浸润及颈淋巴结转移密切相关(P<0.05及P<0.05),与性别、发病年龄、原发灶大小及远处转移无关.结论 BRAF基因突变与颈淋巴结转移和甲状腺包膜外浸润密切相关,突变可能增加PTC的侵袭性并影响预后.%Objective To study the relationship between BRAF mutation and clinieopathological features in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). Methods Fresh samples were examined for the presence of BRAF mutations in 43 patients with PTC and 20 patients with non-PTC thyroid disease and 40 normal thyroid tissues by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and direct sequencing. The relationship between BRAF mutation and clinicopathological features was studied. Results BRAF mutation was detected in 39. 5% (17/43) of PTC samples, in 0 of non-PTC thyroid disease samples and normal thyroid tissues. Significant association was seen between BRAF mutation and both extrathyroidal invasion and cervical lymph node metastasis (P< 0. 05, P<0. 05). There was no significant relationship between BRAF mutation and gender, age at the time of diagnosis, tumor size and distant metastasis. Conclusion BRAF mutation is associated with extrathyroidal invasion and lymph node metastasis. It may increase the ability of invasion and metastasis of PTC and have influence on prognosis.

  19. Significance of the BRAF mRNA Expression Level in Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma: An Analysis of The Cancer Genome Atlas Data.

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    Young Jun Chai

    Full Text Available BRAFV600E is the most common mutation in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC, and it is associated with high-risk prognostic factors. However, the significance of the BRAF mRNA level in PTC remains unknown. We evaluated the significance of BRAF mRNA expression level by analyzing PTC data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA database.Data from 499 patients were downloaded from the TCGA database. After excluding other PTC variants, we selected 353 cases of classic PTC, including 193 cases with BRAFV600E and 160 cases with the wild-type BRAF. mRNA abundances were measured using RNA-Seq with the Expectation Maximization algorithm.The mean BRAF mRNA level was significantly higher in BRAFV600E patients than in patients with wild-type BRAF (197.6 vs. 179.3, p = 0.031. In wild-type BRAF patients, the mean BRAF mRNA level was higher in cases with a tumor > 2 cm than those with a tumor ≤ 2.0 cm (189.4 vs. 163.8, p = 0.046, and was also higher in cases with lymph node metastasis than in those without lymph node metastasis (188.5 vs. 157.9, p = 0.040. Within BRAFV600E patients, higher BRAF mRNA expression was associated with extrathyroidal extension (186.4 vs. 216.4, p = 0.001 and higher T stage (188.1 vs. 210.2, p = 0.016.A higher BRAF mRNA expression level was associated with tumor aggressiveness in classic PTC regardless of BRAF mutational status. Evaluation of BRAF mRNA level may be helpful in prognostic risk stratification of PTC.

  20. Novel V600E BRAF Mutations in Imatinib-Naive and Imatinib-Resistant Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

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    Agaram, Narasimhan P; Wong, Grace C.; Guo, Tianhua; Maki, Robert G.; Singer, Samuel; DeMatteo, Ronald P; Besmer, Peter; Cristina R. Antonescu

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    BRAF and NRAS are commonly mutated in cancer and represent the most frequent genetic events in malignant melanoma. More recently, a subset of melanomas was shown to overexpress KIT and harbor KIT mutations. Although most gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) exhibit activating mutations in either KIT or PDGFRA, about 10% of the cases lack mutations in these genes. It is our hypothesis following the melanoma model that mutations in BRAF or NRAS may play a role in wild-type GIST pathogenesis....

  1. Mutation Profile of B-Raf Gene Analyzed by fully Automated System and Clinical Features in Japanese Melanoma Patients.

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    Ide, Masaru; Koba, Shinichi; Sueoka-Aragane, Naoko; Sato, Akemi; Nagano, Yuri; Inoue, Takuya; Misago, Noriyuki; Narisawa, Yutaka; Kimura, Shinya; Sueoka, Eisaburo

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    BRAF gene mutations have been observed in 30-50 % of malignant melanoma patients. Recent development of therapeutic intervention using BRAF inhibitors requires an accurate and rapid detection system for BRAF mutations. In addition, the clinical characteristics of the melanoma associated with BRAF mutations in Japanese patients have not been investigated on a large scale evaluation. We recently established quenching probe system (QP) for detection of an activating BRAF mutation, V600E and evaluated 113 melanoma samples diagnosed in Saga University Hospital from 1982 to 2011. The QP system includes fully automated genotyping, based on analysis of the probe DNA melting curve, which binds the target mutated site using a fluorescent guanine quenched probe. BRAF mutations were detected in 54 of 115 (47 %) including 51 of V600E and 3 of V600 K in Japanese melanoma cases. Among clinical subtypes of melanoma, nodular melanoma showed high frequency (12 of 15; 80 %) of mutation followed by superficial spreading melanoma (13 of 26; 50 %). The QP system is a simple and sensitive method to determine BRAF V600E mutation, and will be useful tool for patient-oriented therapy with BRAF inhibitors.

  2. Frequencies and prognostic role of KRAS and BRAF mutations in patients with localized pancreatic and ampullary adenocarcinomas

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    Schultz, Nicolai Aagaard; Roslind, Anne; Christensen, Ib J

    2012-01-01

    The frequencies and prognostic role of KRAS and BRAF mutations in patients operated on for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas (PDACs) and ampullary adenocarcinomas (A-ACs) are scantily studied.......The frequencies and prognostic role of KRAS and BRAF mutations in patients operated on for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas (PDACs) and ampullary adenocarcinomas (A-ACs) are scantily studied....

  3. The Ca2+-calmodulin-dependent kinase II is activated in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) and mediates cell proliferation stimulated by RET/PTC.

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    Rusciano, Maria Rosaria; Salzano, Marcella; Monaco, Sara; Sapio, Maria Rosaria; Illario, Maddalena; De Falco, Valentina; Santoro, Massimo; Campiglia, Pietro; Pastore, Lucio; Fenzi, Gianfranco; Rossi, Guido; Vitale, Mario

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    RET/papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC), TRK-T, or activating mutations of Ras and BRaf are frequent genetic alterations in PTC, all leading to the activation of the extracellular-regulated kinase (Erk) cascade. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of calmodulin-dependent kinase II (CaMKII) in the signal transduction leading to Erk activation in PTC cells. In normal thyroid cells, CaMKII and Erk were in the inactive form in the absence of stimulation. In primary PTC cultures and in PTC cell lines harboring the oncogenes RET/PTC-1 or BRaf(V600E), CaMKII was active also in the absence of any stimulation. Inhibition of calmodulin or phospholipase C (PLC) attenuated the level of CaMKII activation. Expression of recombinant RET/PTC-3, BRaf(V600E), or Ras(V12) induced CaMKII activation. Inhibition of CaMKII attenuated Erk activation and DNA synthesis in thyroid papillary carcinoma (TPC-1), a cell line harboring RET/PTC-1, suggesting that CaMKII is a component of the Erk signal cascade in this cell line. In conclusion, PTCs contain an active PLC/Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent signal inducing constitutive activation of CaMKII. This kinase is activated by BRaf(V600E), oncogenic Ras, and by RET/PTC. CaMKII participates to the activation of the Erk pathway by oncogenic Ras and RET/PTC and contributes to their signal output, thus modulating tumor cell proliferation.

  4. Impact of Iymph node metastases identified on central neck dissection (CND) on the recurrence of papillary thyroid cancer: potential role of BRAFV600E mutation in defining CND

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    Alzahrani, Ali S.; XING, MINGZHAO

    2013-01-01

    The impact of metastasized cervical lymph nodes (CLN) identified on central neck dissection (CND) on the recurrence/persistence of papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) and the extent of CND needed to reduce recurrence/persistence have not been firmly established. To assess the impact of CLN metastasis and BRAF mutation on the recurrence/persistence of PTC and the potential of BRAF mutation in assisting CND, we analysed data of 379 consecutive patients with PTC who underwent thyroidectomy with (n=24...

  5. Local control after stereotactic radiosurgery for brain metastases in patients with melanoma with and without BRAF mutation and treatment.

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    Ly, David; Bagshaw, Hilary P; Anker, Christopher J; Tward, Jonathan D; Grossmann, Kenneth F; Jensen, Randy L; Shrieve, Dennis C

    2015-08-01

    BRAF inhibitors improve progression-free and overall survival in patients with metastatic melanoma. Brain metastases are common, and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) has been used, resulting in excellent local control. Because BRAF inhibitors are associated with intracranial responses, the authors hypothesized that BRAF inhibitors would improve local control in patients with melanoma who are receiving SRS for brain metastases. The authors retrospectively identified patients with metastatic melanoma who had been tested for BRAF mutation and treated with SRS for brain metastases. Patients with previous resection, multiple brain metastases, or multiple courses of SRS were eligible. SRS was delivered in a single fraction to a median dose of 2000 cGy. Patients with a BRAF mutation were treated with a BRAF inhibitor on the basis of physician preference. The authors identified 52 patients who were treated in 82 treatment sessions for 185 brain metastases and 13 tumor beds. At a median follow-up of 10.5 months, the 1-year local control rate was 69.2%. At 1 year, the local control rate for brain metastases in patients with BRAF mutation with BRAF treatment was 85.0%, and the local control rate for brain metastases in those without BRAF treatment was 51.5% (p = 0.0077). The rates of distant brain failure, freedom from whole-brain radiation, and overall survival were not different on the basis of BRAF mutation status or inhibitor therapy. The number of new intratumoral hemorrhages after SRS was increased significantly in patients with BRAF treatment. Treatment with BRAF inhibitors was associated with improved local control after SRS in patients with melanoma and brain metastases. An increased number of intratumoral hemorrhages was associated with BRAF inhibitor therapy.

  6. BRAF mutation in papillary thyroid microcarcinoma – additional marker of risk stratification

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    Dmitriy Yuriyevich Semyonov

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available BackgroundPapillary thyroid microcarcinoma (PTMC is heterogeneous group of tumor less than 1 cm in the diameter. The volume of surgical treatment stay unstable because unclear biological potential of PTMC.AimThe aim of our study was to assess the utility of BRAF gene mutation as preoperative additional marker of risk stratification.Materials and methodsWe include 44 patient who were operated in general surgery department Pavlov State Medical University from 2001 to 2013. In all 44 cases BRAF gene mutation was detected and compared with clinic-morphological features (multifocality, invasive growth, lymph node metastasis, recurrence retrospectivelyResultsIn our study the frequency of BRAF gene mutation was 68.2%. On multivariate regression analysis the presence of bilateral tumoural foci, lymph node metastasis and the presence of capsular invasion were significantly related to BRAF positive gene status.ConclusionsThus, appropriate volume for the BRAF positive PTMC is thyroidectomy with central compartment lymph node dissection.

  7. Multifocal fibrosing thyroiditis and its association with papillary thyroid carcinoma using BRAF pyrosequencing.

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    Frank, Renee; Baloch, Zubair W; Gentile, Caren; Watt, Christopher D; LiVolsi, Virginia A

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    Multifocal fibrosing thyroiditis (MFT) is characterized by numerous foci of fibrosis in a stellate configuration with fibroelastotic and fibroblastic centers entrapping epithelial structures. MFT has been proposed as a risk factor for papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) development. We attempted to identify whether MFT showed such molecular changes and could possibly be related to PTC. We identified seven cases of PTC with MFT in our institutional pathology database and personal consult service of one of the authors (VAL) for the years 1999 to 2012. Areas of PTC, MFT, and normal tissue were selected for BRAF analysis. Macro-dissection, DNA extraction and PCR amplification, and pyrosequencing were performed to detect BRAF mutations in codon 600. All of the MFT lesions and normal thyroid tissue were negative for BRAF mutations. Of the seven PTCs analyzed, five (71 %) were negative for BRAF mutations, while two cases were positive. In our study, none of the MFT lesions harbored BRAF mutations, whereas 29 % (two of seven) PTCs in the same gland were positive. Hence, in this small study, we found no evidence that the MFT lesion is a direct precursor to PTC. It is likely an incidental bystander in the process and a reflection of the background thyroiditis.

  8. Novel V600E BRAF mutations in imatinib-naive and imatinib-resistant gastrointestinal stromal tumors.

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    Agaram, Narasimhan P; Wong, Grace C; Guo, Tianhua; Maki, Robert G; Singer, Samuel; Dematteo, Ronald P; Besmer, Peter; Antonescu, Cristina R

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    BRAF and NRAS are commonly mutated in cancer and represent the most frequent genetic events in malignant melanoma. More recently, a subset of melanomas was shown to overexpress KIT and harbor KIT mutations. Although most gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) exhibit activating mutations in either KIT or PDGFRA, about 10% of the cases lack mutations in these genes. It is our hypothesis following the melanoma model that mutations in BRAF or NRAS may play a role in wild-type GIST pathogenesis. Alterations in RAS/MEK/ERK pathway may also be involved in development of imatinib resistance in GIST, particularly in tumors lacking secondary KIT or PDGFRA mutations. Imatinib-naive wild-type GISTs from 61 patients, including 15 children and 28 imatinib-resistant tumors without secondary KIT mutations were analyzed. Screening for hot spots mutations in BRAF (exons 11 and 15) and NRAS (exons 2 and 3) was performed. A BRAF exon 15 V600E was identified in 3 of 61 GIST patients, who shared similar clinical features, being 49- to 55-years-old females and having their tumors located in the small bowel. The tumors were strongly KIT immunoreactive and had a high risk of malignancy. An identical V600E BRAF mutation was also identified in one of 28 imatinib resistant GIST lacking a defined mechanism of drug resistance. In conclusion, we identified a primary BRAF V600E mutations in 7% of adult GIST patients, lacking KIT/PDGFRA mutations. The BRAF-mutated GISTs show predilection for small bowel location and high risk of malignancy. A secondary V600E BRAF mutation could represent an alternative mechanism of imatinib resistance. Kinase inhibitors targeting BRAF may be effective therapeutic options in this molecular GIST subset.

  9. High BRAF Mutation Frequency and Marked Survival Differences in Subgroups According to KRAS/BRAF Mutation Status and Tumor Tissue Availability in a Prospective Population-Based Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Cohort.

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    Sorbye, Halfdan; Dragomir, Anca; Sundström, Magnus; Pfeiffer, Per; Thunberg, Ulf; Bergfors, Monica; Aasebø, Kristine; Eide, Geir Egil; Ponten, Fredrik; Qvortrup, Camilla; Glimelius, Bengt

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    RAS and BRAF mutations impact treatment and prognosis of metastatic colorectal cancer patients (mCRC), but the knowledge is based on trial patients usually not representative for the general cancer population. Patient characteristics, treatment and efficacy according to KRAS, BRAF and MSI status were analyzed in a prospectively collected unselected population-based cohort of 798 non-resectable mCRC patients. The cohort contained many patients with poor performance status (39% PS 2-4) and elderly (37% age>75), groups usually not included in clinical trials. Patients without available tissue micro array (TMA) (42%) had worse prognostic factors and inferior survival (all patients; 7m vs 11m, chemotherapy-treated;12m vs 17m). The 92 patients (21%) with BRAF mutation had a poor prognosis regardless of microsatellite instability, but receipt of 1-2nd chemotherapy was similar to wildtype BRAF patients. Median survival in this cohort varied from 1 month in BRAF mutated patients not given chemotherapy to 26 months in wildtype KRAS/BRAF patients <75 years in good PS. TMA availability, BRAF mutation and KRAS mutation were all independent prognostic factors for survival. The observed 21% BRAF mutation incidence is higher than the previously and repeatedly reported incidence of 5-12% in mCRC. Screening for BRAF mutations before selection of treatment is relevant for many patients, especially outside clinical trials. A BRAF mutation only partly explained the very poor prognosis of many mCRC patients. Survival in unselected metastatic colorectal cancer patients is extremely variable and subgroups have an extremely short survival compared to trial patients. Patients without available TMA had worse prognostic factors and shorter survival, which questions the total generalizability of present TMA studies and implies that we lack information on the biologically worst mCRC cases. Lack of available tissue is an important underexposed issue which introduces sample bias, and this should

  10. BRAF mutations in patients with non-small cell lung cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Dong Chen

    Full Text Available BRAF mutations have been well described in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC for several years, but the clinical features of patients harboring BRAF mutations are still not well described. We performed a meta-analysis to identify common clinical features in NSCLC patients carrying BRAF mutations.We identified clinical studies that examined the association between BRAF mutations and features of NSCLC within PubMed, Embase and ISI Science Citation Index database up to October 2013. The effect size of clinical features was estimated by odds ratios (ORs with 95% confidence interval (CI for each study, using a fixed-effects or random-effects model.Ten studies with a total of 5599 NSCLC patients were included. There was a 3% (170/5599 BRAF mutation rate. BRAF mutations in NSCLC were significantly associated with adenocarcinomas (ADCs (compared with non-ADCs, OR = 4.96, 95%CI = 2.29-10.75. There were no significant differences in gender, smoking and stage in patients with and without BRAF mutations. The BRAFV600E mutation was more frequent in women than non-BRAFV600E mutations (OR = 0.27, 95%CI = 0.12-0.59, and was closely related to never smokers (OR = 0.14, 95%CI = 0.05-0.42.These findings have important implications for the prediction of the NSCLC sub-types more accurately combined with other genetic changes.

  11. Relationship between BRAF V600E mutation, cervical lymph node metastases and extrathyroidal ;extension in papillary thyroid carcinoma%BRAF V600E突变及颈部淋巴结转移与甲状腺乳头状癌甲状腺外侵犯的关系

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    盛今东; 邓建华; 赵治艳; 张玉洁; 刘宝国

    2016-01-01

    Objective To explore the relationship between BRAF V600E mutation status as well as cervical lymph node metastases(CLNM) and clinical pathological features of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). Methods The clinicopathologic data of 262 PTC patients who underwent thyroidectomy from January 2012 to December 2014 were retrospectively analyzed. All patients were performed ipsilateral cervical central compartment lymph node dissection and BRAF V600E mutation testing. Results Either BRAF V600E or CLNM positive status was associated with extra thyroidal extension of PTC, as compared with that in corresponding negative patients, respectively [BRAF V600E:30.6%(45/147) vs. 10.4%(12/115), P<0.001;CLNM:30.8% (37/120) vs. 14.1 % (20/142), P=0.001]. Logistic regression analysis showed that PTC with BRAF V600E or CLNM was more prone to develop extra thyroidal extension, respectively (BRAF V600E:OR=5.02, 95% CI=1.56-16.13, P=0.007; CLNM: OR=3.94, 95 % CI=1.07-14.46, P=0.039). The combined effect of BRAF V600E and CLNM for PTC was found to be more susceptible to extra thyroidal extension (OR=11.09, 95 %CI=3.54-34.74, P<0.001). Conclusions Both BRAF V600E mutation and CLNM are significantly associated with extra thyroidal extension of PTC. PTC with BRAF V600E and CLNM has increased the risk of extra thyroidal extension.%目的:探讨BRAF V600E突变状态和颈部淋巴结转移(CLNM)与甲状腺乳头状癌(PTC)患者临床病理特征间的关系。方法回顾性分析2012年1月至2014年12月行甲状腺切除术的262例PTC患者临床病理资料。所有患者均行同侧颈部中央区淋巴结清扫术和BRAF V600E突变的检测。结果 BRAF V600E阳性与阴性患者甲状腺外侵犯的发生率分别为30.6%(45/147)及10.4%(12/115), CLNM阳性与阴性患者甲状腺外侵犯的发生率分别为30.8%(37/120)及14.1%(20/142),差异均有统计学意义(均P<0.005)。logistic回归分析结果显示,单一BRAF V600E阳性

  12. BRAF Mutation is Associated with Improved Local Control of Melanoma Brain Metastases Treated with Gamma Knife Radiosurgery

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    Ian S Gallaher

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    Full Text Available Objectives: Evidence has implicated a possible role of tumor mutation status on local control (LC with radiotherapy. BRAF is a proto-oncogene that is mutated in approximately 50% of patients with melanoma. We sought to analyze the influence of BRAF status on LC of melanoma brain metastases following Gamma Knife radiosurgery (GK. Methods: Among 125 patients treated with GK for melanoma brain metastases at our institution between 2006 and 2015, we identified 19 patients with 69 evaluable metastases whose BRAF mutation status was known and follow-up imaging was available. LC of individual metastases was compared based on BRAF mutation status using statistical techniques to control for measurements of multiple metastases within each patient. CNS progression was defined as either local failure or development of new lesions. Results: Of the 69 metastases, BRAF was mutated in 30, and wild-type in 39. With a median follow-up of 30 months for all patients and a median follow-up of 5.5 months for treated lesions, one-year LC was significantly better among metastases with mutated vs. wild-type BRAF (69% vs. 34%, RR = 0.3, 95% CI = 0.1-0.7, p = 0.01. BRAF mutation was found to be a significant predictor of LC after SRS in both univariate (RR=0.3, [95% CI 0.1-0.7, p = 0.01] and multivariate (RR=0.2, [95% CI 0.1-0.7, p = 0.01] analyses. There was also a trend towards improved CNS progression free survival (PFS at one year (26% vs. 0%, p=0.06, favoring BRAF-mutated patients. Conclusions: In this retrospective study, melanoma brain metastases treated with GK had significantly improved local control for patients with BRAF mutation vs. wild-type. Our data suggest that BRAF mutation may sensitize tumors to radiosurgery, and that BRAF wild-type tumors may be more radioresistant. Results: Of the 69 metastases, BRAF was mutated in 30, and wild-type in 39. With a median follow-up of 30 months for all patients and a median follow-up of 5.5 months for treated lesions

  13. BRAF mutation-specific promoter methylation of FOX genes in colorectal cancer

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    E.H.J. van Roon (Eddy); A. Boot (Arnoud); A.A. Dihal (Ashwin); R.F. Ernst (Robert); T. van Wezel (Tom); H. Morreau (Hans); J.M. Boer (Judith)

    2013-01-01

    textabstractBackground: Cancer-specific hypermethylation of (promoter) CpG islands is common during the tumorigenesis of colon cancer. Although associations between certain genetic aberrations, such as BRAF mutation and microsatellite instability, and the CpG island methylator phenotype (CIMP), have

  14. TRAP1 is involved in BRAF regulation and downstream attenuation of ERK phosphorylation and cell-cycle progression: a novel target for BRAF-mutated colorectal tumors.

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    Condelli, Valentina; Piscazzi, Annamaria; Sisinni, Lorenza; Matassa, Danilo Swann; Maddalena, Francesca; Lettini, Giacomo; Simeon, Vittorio; Palladino, Giuseppe; Amoroso, Maria Rosaria; Trino, Stefania; Esposito, Franca; Landriscina, Matteo

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    Human BRAF-driven tumors are aggressive malignancies with poor clinical outcome and lack of sensitivity to therapies. TRAP1 is a HSP90 molecular chaperone deregulated in human tumors and responsible for specific features of cancer cells, i.e., protection from apoptosis, drug resistance, metabolic regulation, and protein quality control/ubiquitination. The hypothesis that TRAP1 plays a regulatory function on the BRAF pathway, arising from the observation that BRAF levels are decreased upon TRAP1 interference, was tested in human breast and colorectal carcinoma in vitro and in vivo. This study shows that TRAP1 is involved in the regulation of BRAF synthesis/ubiquitination, without affecting its stability. Indeed, BRAF synthesis is facilitated in a TRAP1-rich background, whereas increased ubiquitination occurs upon disruption of the TRAP1 network that correlates with decreased protein levels. Remarkably, BRAF downstream pathway is modulated by TRAP1 regulatory activity: indeed, TRAP1 silencing induces (i) ERK phosphorylation attenuation, (ii) cell-cycle inhibition with cell accumulation in G0-G1 and G2-M transitions, and (iii) extensive reprogramming of gene expression. Interestingly, a genome-wide profiling of TRAP1-knockdown cells identified cell growth and cell-cycle regulation as the most significant biofunctions controlled by the TRAP1 network. It is worth noting that TRAP1 regulation on BRAF is conserved in human colorectal carcinomas, with the two proteins being frequently coexpressed. Finally, the dual HSP90/TRAP1 inhibitor HSP990 showed activity against the TRAP1 network and high cytostatic potential in BRAF-mutated colorectal carcinoma cells. Therefore, this novel TRAP1 function represents an attractive therapeutic window to target dependency of BRAF-driven tumors on TRAP1 translational/quality control machinery.

  15. A case of an epithelioid glioblastoma with the BRAF V600E mutation colocalized with BRAF intact low-grade diffuse astrocytoma.

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    Kuroda, Jun-Ichiro; Nobusawa, Sumihito; Nakamura, Hideo; Yokoo, Hideaki; Ueda, Ryuta; Makino, Keishi; Yano, Shigetoshi; Kuratsu, Jun-ichi

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    Epithelioid glioblastomas are one of the rarest histological variants of glioblastomas, which are not formally recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) classification. Epithelioid glioblastomas usually occur as primary lesions, but there have been several reports of secondary epithelioid glioblastomas or epithelioid glioblastomas with pre- or co-existing lesions to date. The serine/threonine-protein kinase B-Raf (BRAF) V600E mutation has been found at a high frequency of 54% in epithelioid glioblastomas. We present a case of a 26-year-old female patient with an epithelioid glioblastoma with the BRAF V600E mutation in her right frontal lobe. In the present case, a low-grade diffuse astrocytoma component had colocalized with the epithelioid glioblastoma. The component presented prominent calcification on neuroimages as well as by histology, and low-grade diffuse astrocytoma was considered to be a precursor lesion of an epithelioid glioblastoma. However, the BRAF V600E mutation was detected only in epithelioid glioblastoma but not in low-grade diffuse astrocytoma. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report demonstrating a discrepancy in the BRAF V600E mutation states between epithelioid glioblastoma and colocalized low-grade astrocytoma.

  16. EGFR Expression and KRAS and BRAF Mutational Status in Intestinal-Type Sinonasal Adenocarcinoma

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    Valérie Costes

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Accumulation of molecular alterations, including EGFR overexpression and mutations in KRAS and BRAF, contribute to colorectal carcinogenesis. Since intestinal-type adenocarcinoma (ITAC of the nasal cavity and paranasal sinus has morphologic and phenotypic features that are usually indistinguishable from colorectal cancer (CRC, it is likely that both tumor types share equivalent genetic alterations. Data from a series of 43 patients treated surgically for ITAC in Montpellier, France between November 1998 and December 2012 were collected. Tumors were characterized for mutations in KRAS and BRAF as well as EGFR overexpression. Kaplan-Meier survival curves were constructed using overall survival as the primary end points. Patient survival was analyzed using the hazards ratio. Twenty seven tumors (63% showed EGFR positivity and 30% exhibited a high expression level (+2/+3. KRAS mutations were detected in 43% of cases. BRAF mutations were identified in 3.6% of specimens. Patients with age superior to 60 years, metastatic status, and KRAS mutations had significant overall survival values (p = 0.026, p = 0.001 and p = 0.03, respectively. Our results indicate that KRAS mutations and EGFR expression are frequent in ITAC and that KRAS mutations predict good patient prognosis in ITAC. Finally, EGFR directed molecular treatments could be investigated in a subset of patients affected by ITAC.

  17. BRAF, K-ras and BAT26 mutations in colorectal polyps and stool

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    Ying-Min Jin; Bao-Jie Li; Bo Qu; Ya-Ju Du

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    AIM: To assess the feasibility of using BRAF, K-ras and BAT26 genes as stool-based molecular markers for detection of colorectal adenomas and hyperplastic polyps (HPs).METHODS: We applied PCR-SSCP and direct sequencing to detect BRAF mutations of polyps and paired stool samples. Primer-mediated restriction fragment lengthpolymorphism (RFLP) analysis and mutant-enriched PCR were used in detection of K-ras mutations of polyp tissues and paired stool samples respectively. BAT26, a microsatellite instability marker was examined by detection of small unstable alleles in a poly (A) repeat. RESULTS: No genetic alterations were detected in the 36 colonoscopically normal patients in either tissues or stools. BRAF, K-ras and BAT26 mutations were found in 4 (16%), 10 (40%) and 3 (12%) of 25 adenoma tissues and among them, 75%, 80% and 100% of patients were observed to contain the same mutations in their corresponding stool samples. In HPs, mutations of BRAF and K-fas were detected in the tumor DNA of 2 (11.1%) and 8 (33.3%) of 18 patients respectively, all of whom had identical alterations in their stools. Taken together, the three genetic markers detected 15 (60%) of 25 adenomas and 8 (44.4%) of 18 HPs. The sensitivity of stool detection was 80% for adenomas and 100% for HPs with an overall specificity of 92% for adenomas and 100% for HPs. CONCLUSION: BRAF, K-ras and BAT26 genes have the potential to be molecular markers for colorectal adenomas and HPs, and can be used as non-invasive screening markers for colorectal polyps.

  18. Vemurafenib in patients with BRAF(V600) mutated metastatic melanoma : an open-label, multicentre, safety study

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    Larkin, James; Del Vecchio, Michele; Ascierto, Paolo A.; Krajsova, Ivana; Schachter, Jacob; Neyns, Bart; Espinosa, Enrique; Garbe, Claus; Sileni, Vanna Chiarion; Gogas, Helen; Miller, Wilson H.; Mandala, Mario; Hospers, Geke A. P.; Arance, Ana; Queirolo, Paola; Hauschild, Axel; Brown, Michael P.; Mitchell, Lada; Veronese, Luisa; Blank, Christian U.

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    Background The orally available BRAF kinase inhibitor vemurafenib, compared with dacarbazine, shows improved response rates, progression- free survival (PFS), and overall survival in patients with metastatic melanoma that has a BRAF(V600) mutation. We assessed vemurafenib in patients with advanced m

  19. Vemurafenib in patients with BRAF(V600) mutated metastatic melanoma : an open-label, multicentre, safety study

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    Larkin, James; Del Vecchio, Michele; Ascierto, Paolo A.; Krajsova, Ivana; Schachter, Jacob; Neyns, Bart; Espinosa, Enrique; Garbe, Claus; Sileni, Vanna Chiarion; Gogas, Helen; Miller, Wilson H.; Mandala, Mario; Hospers, Geke A. P.; Arance, Ana; Queirolo, Paola; Hauschild, Axel; Brown, Michael P.; Mitchell, Lada; Veronese, Luisa; Blank, Christian U.

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    Background The orally available BRAF kinase inhibitor vemurafenib, compared with dacarbazine, shows improved response rates, progression- free survival (PFS), and overall survival in patients with metastatic melanoma that has a BRAF(V600) mutation. We assessed vemurafenib in patients with advanced m

  20. Low incidence of minor BRAF V600 mutation-positive subclones in primary and metastatic melanoma determined by sensitive and quantitative real-time PCR

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    Kielsgaard Kristensen, Thomas; Clemmensen, Ole; Hoejberg, Lise

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    BRAF V600 mutation is an important biological marker for therapeutic guidance in melanoma, where mutation-positive cases are candidates for therapy targeting mutant B-Raf. Recent studies showing intratumor variation in BRAF mutation status have caused concern that sensitive mutation analysis can...... lead to mutation-positive results in patients with melanomas with small subsets of mutation-positive cells who may not benefit from therapy targeting mutant B-Raf. Mutation analysis with high analytical sensitivity is generally preferred, to reduce the risk of false-negative results. In this study......, sensitive and quantitative BRAF V600E and V600K mutation-specific real-time quantitative PCR was used to study the occurrence of small subsets of mutation-positive cells in primary melanomas and melanoma metastases. The BRAF V600E mutation was detected in 39 of 82 melanoma patients. We observed a highly...

  1. Molecular spectrum of KRAS, BRAF, and PIK3CA gene mutation: determination of frequency, distribution pattern in Indian colorectal carcinoma.

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    Bisht, Swati; Ahmad, Firoz; Sawaimoon, Satyakam; Bhatia, Simi; Das, Bibhu Ranjan

    2014-09-01

    Molecular evaluation of KRAS, BRAF, and PIK3CA mutation has become an important part in colorectal carcinoma evaluation, and their alterations may determine the therapeutic response to anti-EGFR therapy. The current study demonstrates the evaluation of KRAS, BRAF, and PIK3CA mutation using direct sequencing in 204 samples. The frequency of KRAS, BRAF, and PIK3CA mutations was 23.5, 9.8, and 5.9 %, respectively. Five different substitution mutations at KRAS codon 12 (G12S, G12D, G12A, G12V, and G12C) and one substitution type at codon 13 (G13D) were observed. KRAS mutations were significantly higher in patients who were >50 years, and were associated with moderate/poorly differentiated tumors and adenocarcinomas. All mutations in BRAF gene were of V600E type, which were frequent in patients who were ≤ 50 years. Unlike KRAS mutations, BRAF mutations were more frequent in well-differentiated tumors and right-sided tumors. PIK3CA-E545K was the most recurrent mutation while other mutations detected were T544I, Q546R, H1047R, G1049S, and D1056N. No significant association of PIK3CA mutation with age, tumor differentiation, location, and other parameters was noted. No concomitant mutation of KRAS and BRAF mutations was observed, while, interestingly, five cases showed concurrent mutation of KRAS and PIK3CA mutations. In conclusion, to our knowledge, this is the first study to evaluate the PIK3CA mutation in Indian CRC patients. The frequency of KRAS, BRAF, and PIK3CA was similar to worldwide reports. Furthermore, identification of molecular markers has unique strengths, and can provide insights into the pathogenic process and help optimize personalized prevention and therapy.

  2. BRAF, KIT, NRAS, GNAQ and GNA11 mutation analysis in cutaneous melanomas in Turkish population

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    Ismail Yilmaz; Mehmet Gamsizkan; Zafer Kucukodaci; Ufuk Berber; Dilaver Demirel; Aptullah Haholu; Gizem Narli

    2015-01-01

    Background: KIT and mitogen-activated protein kinase cascade are important for melanomagenesis. In the present study, we analyzed the frequency of BRAF, NRAS, KIT, GNAQ and GNA11 gene mutations and investigated their association with clinicopathological features of melanomas in Turkish population. Materials and Methods: Forty-seven primary cutaneous melanomas were included in our study. Sanger sequencing method was used for mutation analysis in all cases. Results: Mean age was 62.1 (29-101) y...

  3. Disseminated glioneuronal tumors occurring in childhood: treatment outcomes and BRAF alterations including V600E mutation.

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    Dodgshun, Andrew J; SantaCruz, Nadine; Hwang, Jaeho; Ramkissoon, Shakti H; Malkin, Hayley; Bergthold, Guillaume; Manley, Peter; Chi, Susan; MacGregor, Duncan; Goumnerova, Liliana; Sullivan, Michael; Ligon, Keith; Beroukhim, Rameen; Herrington, Betty; Kieran, Mark W; Hansford, Jordan R; Bandopadhayay, Pratiti

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    Disseminated glioneuronal tumors of childhood are rare. We present a retrospective IRB-approved review of the clinical course and frequency of BRAF mutations in disseminated glioneuronal tumors at two institutions. Defining features of our cohort include diffuse leptomeningeal-spread, often with a discrete spinal cord nodule and oligodendroglioma-like histologic features. Patients were identified through a pathology database search of all cases with disseminated low-grade neoplasms with an oligodendroglioma-like component. De-identified clinical information was collected by chart review and all imaging was reviewed. We retrieved the results of targeted genomic analyses for alterations in BRAF. Ten patients (aged 2-14 years) were identified from the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Hospital and the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne pathology databases. Nine patients received chemotherapy. Eight patients are alive, although three have had episodes of progressive disease. We identified genomic alterations affecting the MAPK pathway in six patients. One patient had a germline RAF1 mutation and a clinical diagnosis of cardio-facio-cutaneous syndrome. BRAF duplications were identified in four and BRAF V600E mutation was identified in one. These data support the presence of targetable genomic alterations in this disease.

  4. BRAF V600E status adds incremental value to current risk classification systems in predicting papillary thyroid carcinoma recurrence.

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    Prescott, Jason D; Sadow, Peter M; Hodin, Richard A; Le, Long Phi; Gaz, Randall D; Randolph, Gregory W; Stephen, Antonia E; Parangi, Sareh; Daniels, Gilbert H; Lubitz, Carrie C

    2012-12-01

    Papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) recurrence risk is difficult to predict. No current risk classification system incorporates BRAF mutational status. Here, we assess the incremental value of BRAF mutational status in predicting PTC recurrence relative to existing recurrence risk algorithms. Serial data were collected for a historical cohort having undergone total thyroidectomy for papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) during a 5-year period. Corresponding BRAF(V600E) testing was performed and Cox proportional hazard regression modeling, with and without BRAF status, was used to evaluate existing recurrence risk algorithms. The 5-year cumulative PTC recurrence incidence within our 356 patient cohort was 15%. A total of 205 (81%) of associated archived specimens were successfully genotyped, and 110 (54%) harbored the BRAF(V600E) mutation. The 5-year cumulative recurrence incidence among BRAF(V600E) patients was 20% versus 8% among BRAF wild type. BRAF(V600E) was significantly associated with time to recurrence when added to the following algorithms: AMES (hazard ratio [HR] 2.43 [confidence interval 1.08-5.49]), MACIS category (HR 2.46 [1.09-5.54]), AJCC-TNM (HR 2.51 [1.11-5.66]), and ATA recurrence-risk category (HR 2.44 [1.08-5.50]), and model discrimination improved (incremental c-index range 0.046-0.109). The addition of BRAF mutational status to established risk algorithms improves the discrimination of risk recurrence in patients undergoing total thyroidectomy for PTC. Copyright © 2012 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. 甲状腺乳头状癌mir-221表达与BRAF突变的相关性研究%Correlation between mir-221 Expression and BRAF Mutation in Papillary Thyroid Cancer

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    刘超; 戴璇璇; 周毅力; 苏星韵; 张筱骅; 王瓯晨

    2012-01-01

    [Purpose] To investigate the correlation between mir-221 expression and BRAF mutation and theirs clinical significance in papillary thyroid cancer(PTC). [Methods] The mir-221 expression of specimens obtained from 43 cases with PTC and cancer adjacent tissues were examined by Northern blot. The status of BRAF of PTC was analyzed by direct DNA sequencing. The correlation between mir-221 expression and BRAF status with clinicopathologic features was analyzed. [ Results ] The expression of mir-221 in tumor tissues was significantly higher than that in normal thyroid tissues (medium 0.855 vs. 0.549, P<0.001). The overexpression of mir-221 was correlated with TNM staging (P=0.002) and LN metastasis (P=0.042). BRAF mutation was found 53.49%(23/43) in all cases.The expression of mir-221 was significantly higher in BRAF mutation group than that in wild type group (P=0.024). [Conclusion] mir-221 and BRAF play an important role in carcinogenesis and progression of PTC.The overexpres of mir-221 may correlate with the BRAF mutation in PTC.%[目的]探讨甲状腺乳头状癌(PTC)中mir-221表达和BRAF基因状态的相关性和临床意义.[方法]采用RNA核酸印迹(Northern blot)法检测43例PTC癌组织及其癌旁正常组织中mir-221表达,直接测序法检测PTC癌组织中BRAF基因状态,分析mir-221表达和BRAF基因状态的相关性及其与临床病理特征的关系.[结果]mir-221在PTC癌组织中的表达显著高于配对正常组织(中位值:0.855 vs 0.549,P<0.001);mir-221高表达与临床分期(P=0.002)及淋巴结转移(P=0.042)有关.BRAF基因在PTC癌组织中的突变率为53.49%(23/43).突变型BRAF的甲状腺癌患者组mir-221表达显著高于野生型BRAF患者组(P=0.024).[结论]mir-221与BRAF基因在PTC的发生、发展过程中起重要作用,mir-221表达升高与BRAF基因突变有一定相关性.

  6. Coexistence of TERT promoter and BRAF mutations in cutaneous melanoma is associated with more clinicopathological features of aggressiveness.

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    Macerola, Elisabetta; Loggini, Barbara; Giannini, Riccardo; Garavello, Giulia; Giordano, Mirella; Proietti, Agnese; Niccoli, Cristina; Basolo, Fulvio; Fontanini, Gabriella

    2015-08-01

    The recently described telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) promoter mutations are recurrent in cutaneous melanoma. Several authors have described an association between these molecular alterations, some histological parameters, and patient survival. BRAF mutations are very frequent in melanoma, but their actual role in the evolution of the disease is still unclear. Here, we investigated the relationship of TERT promoter mutations and BRAF mutations with the most relevant clinicopathological parameters, individually and coexisting, in order to evaluate their role as independent prognostic markers and to determine the effect of their coexistence. A TERT promoter alteration was found in 20 of 53 cases (38 %), significantly associated with histological type, increasing tumor thickness and mitotic rate, more advanced pathologic tumor (pT) stage, and absence of regression. A BRAF mutation was found in 21 of 53 cases (40 %), significantly associated with tumor thickness and presence of metastases in the sentinel lymph node. Coexistence of a TERT promoter and BRAF mutation was detected in 11 of 53 cases (21 %). This was associated with increasing thickness, high mitotic rate, lymph node metastasis, presence of ulceration, and absence of regression. Coexistence of a mutation in the TERT promoter and in the BRAF gene correlated with more prognostically relevant factors than either mutation alone. Our data lead us to hypothesize that TERT promoter and BRAF mutations cooperate in cutaneous melanoma. Further studies in larger cohorts of patients are needed to investigate how this synergistic effect is involved in the evolution of the disease.

  7. The prognostic value of BRAF mutation in colorectal cancer and melanoma: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Gholamreza Safaee Ardekani

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Mutation of BRAF is a predominant event in cancers with poor prognosis such as melanoma and colorectal cancer. BRAF mutation leads to a constitutive activation of mitogen activated protein kinase pathway which is essential for cell proliferation and tumor progression. Despite tremendous efforts made to target BRAF for cancer treatment, the correlation between BRAF mutation and patient survival is still a matter of controversy. METHODS/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Clinical studies on the correlation between BRAF mutation and patient survival were retrieved from MEDLINE and EMBASE databases between June 2002 and December 2011. One hundred twenty relevant full text studies were categorized based on study design and cancer type. Publication bias was evaluated for each category and pooled hazard ratio (HR with 95% confidence interval (CI was calculated using random or fixed effect meta-analysis based on the percentage of heterogeneity. Twenty six studies on colorectal cancer (11,773 patients and four studies on melanoma (674 patients were included in our final meta-analysis. The average prevalence of BRAF mutation was 9.6% in colorectal cancer, and 47.8% in melanoma reports. We found that BRAF mutation increases the risk of mortality in colorectal cancer patients for more than two times; HR = 2.25 (95% CI, 1.82-2.83. In addition, we revealed that BRAF mutation also increases the risk of mortality in melanoma patients by 1.7 times (95% CI, 1.37-2.12. CONCLUSIONS: We revealed that BRAF mutation is an absolute risk factor for patient survival in colorectal cancer and melanoma.

  8. RET/PTC rearrangement is prevalent in follicular Hurthle cell carcinomas

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    de Vries, Margriet M.; Celestino, Ricardo; Castro, Patricia; Eloy, Catarina; Maximo, Valdemar; van der Wal, Jacqueline E.; Plukker, John T. M.; Links, Thera P.; Hofstra, Robert M. W.; Sobrinho-Simoes, Manuel; Soares, Paula

    2012-01-01

    Aims: The molecular alterations underlying follicular Hurthle cell carcinomas (FHCCs) are largely unknown. In an attempt to clarify this issue, we analysed a series of Hurthle cell tumours for the presence of RET/PTC and PAX8/PPARG rearrangements and BRAF, HRAS and NRAS mutations. Methods and result

  9. BRAF, KIT, NRAS, GNAQ and GNA11 mutation analysis in cutaneous melanomas in Turkish population

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    Ismail Yilmaz

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: KIT and mitogen-activated protein kinase cascade are important for melanomagenesis. In the present study, we analyzed the frequency of BRAF, NRAS, KIT, GNAQ and GNA11 gene mutations and investigated their association with clinicopathological features of melanomas in Turkish population. Materials and Methods: Forty-seven primary cutaneous melanomas were included in our study. Sanger sequencing method was used for mutation analysis in all cases. Results: Mean age was 62.1 (29-101 years. Female:male ratio was 17:30. Among 47 melanomas, 14 (29.8% BRAF, 10 (21.3% NRAS, 4 (8.5% KIT and 1(2.1% GNAQ gene mutations were detected. Two of the KIT mutations were found in acral lentiginous melanoma (ALM. In the head and neck region, mutation frequency was significantly lower than in other locations (P = 0.035. The only GNAQ gene mutation (p.Q209L was detected in a melanoma arising from blue nevus located on the scalp. None of the melanomas harbored NRAS exon 2, KIT exon 13/17/18, GNAQ exon 4 and GNA11 exon 4/5 mutations. Overall mutation frequency did not show significant difference between metastatic (8/14, 57.1% and nonmetastatic (18/33, 54.5% patients. We did not observe any significant association between mutation status and gender or age of various patients. Conclusions: Our results support that BRAF and NRAS gene mutations are common in cutaneous melanomas. The activating mutations of KIT gene are rare and especially seen in ALM. GNAQ and GNA11 mutations are infrequent in cutaneous melanomas and may be associated only with melanomas arising from blue nevus.

  10. Detection of BRAF V600 mutations in melanoma: evaluation of concordance between the Cobas® 4800 BRAF V600 mutation test and the methods used in French National Cancer Institute (INCa) platforms in a real-life setting.

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    Mourah, Samia; Denis, Marc G; Narducci, Fabienne Escande; Solassol, Jérôme; Merlin, Jean-Louis; Sabourin, Jean-Christophe; Scoazec, Jean-Yves; Ouafik, L'Houcine; Emile, Jean-François; Heller, Remy; Souvignet, Claude; Bergougnoux, Loïc; Merlio, Jean-Philippe

    2015-01-01

    Vemurafenib is approved for the treatment of metastatic melanoma in patients with BRAF V600 mutation. In pivotal clinical trials, BRAF testing has always been done with the approved cobas 4800 BRAF test. In routine practice, several methods are available and are used according to the laboratories usual procedures. A national, multicenter, non-interventional study was conducted with prospective and consecutive collection of tumor samples. A parallel evaluation was performed in routine practice between the cobas 4800 BRAF V600 mutation test and home brew methods (HBMs) of 12 national laboratories, labelled and funded by the French National Cancer Institute (INCa). For 420 melanoma samples tested, the cobas method versus HBM showed a high concordance (93.3%; kappa = 0.86) in BRAF V600 genotyping with similar mutation rates (34.0% versus 35.7%, respectively). Overall, 97.4% and 98.6% of samples gave valid results using the cobas and HBM, respectively. Of the 185 samples strictly fulfilling the cobas guidelines, the concordance rate was even higher (95.7%; kappa = 0.91; 95%CI [0.85; 0.97]). Out of the 420 samples tested, 28 (6.7%) showed discordance between HBM and cobas. This prospective study shows a high concordance rate between the cobas 4800 BRAF V600 test and home brew methods in the routine detection of BRAF V600E mutations.

  11. Detection of BRAF V600 mutations in melanoma: evaluation of concordance between the Cobas® 4800 BRAF V600 mutation test and the methods used in French National Cancer Institute (INCa platforms in a real-life setting.

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    Samia Mourah

    Full Text Available Vemurafenib is approved for the treatment of metastatic melanoma in patients with BRAF V600 mutation. In pivotal clinical trials, BRAF testing has always been done with the approved cobas 4800 BRAF test. In routine practice, several methods are available and are used according to the laboratories usual procedures. A national, multicenter, non-interventional study was conducted with prospective and consecutive collection of tumor samples. A parallel evaluation was performed in routine practice between the cobas 4800 BRAF V600 mutation test and home brew methods (HBMs of 12 national laboratories, labelled and funded by the French National Cancer Institute (INCa. For 420 melanoma samples tested, the cobas method versus HBM showed a high concordance (93.3%; kappa = 0.86 in BRAF V600 genotyping with similar mutation rates (34.0% versus 35.7%, respectively. Overall, 97.4% and 98.6% of samples gave valid results using the cobas and HBM, respectively. Of the 185 samples strictly fulfilling the cobas guidelines, the concordance rate was even higher (95.7%; kappa = 0.91; 95%CI [0.85; 0.97]. Out of the 420 samples tested, 28 (6.7% showed discordance between HBM and cobas. This prospective study shows a high concordance rate between the cobas 4800 BRAF V600 test and home brew methods in the routine detection of BRAF V600E mutations.

  12. KRAS, BRAF and PIK3CA mutations and the loss of PTEN expression in Chinese patients with colorectal cancer.

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    Chen Mao

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: To investigate the frequency and relationship of the KRAS, BRAF and PIK3CA mutations and the loss of PTEN expression in Chinese patients with colorectal cancer (CRC. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Genomic DNA was extracted from the formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE tissues of 69 patients with histologically confirmed CRC. Automated sequencing analysis was conducted to detect mutations in the KRAS (codons 12, 13, and 14, BRAF (codon 600 and PIK3CA (codons 542, 545 and 1047. PTEN protein expression was evaluated by immunohistochemistry on 3 mm FFPE tissue sections. Statistical analysis was carried out using SPSS 16.0 software. The frequency of KRAS, BRAF and PIK3CA mutations and loss of PTEN expression was 43.9% (25/57, 25.4% (15/59, 8.2% (5/61 and 47.8% (33/69, respectively. The most frequent mutation in KRAS, BRAF and PIK3CA was V14G (26.7% of all mutations, V600E (40.0% of all mutations and V600L (40.0% of all mutations, and H1047L (80.0% of all mutations, respectively. Six KRAS mutant patients (24.0% harbored BRAF mutations. BRAF and PIK3CA mutations were mutually exclusive. No significant correlation was observed between the four biomarkers and patients' characteristics. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: BRAF mutation rate is much higher in this study than in other studies, and overlap a lot with KRAS mutations. Besides, the specific types of KRAS and PIK3CA mutations in Chinese patients could be quite different from that of patients in other countries. Further studies are warranted to examine their impact on prognosis and response to targeted treatment.

  13. Comparison of KRAS/BRAF mutations between primary tumors and serum in colorectal cancer: Biological and clinical implications.

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    Pu, Xingxiang; Pan, Zhizhong; Huang, Ying; Tian, Ying; Guo, Hongqiang; Wu, Lin; He, Xuexing; Chen, Xinggui; Zhang, Shaodan; Lin, Tongyu

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    In colorectal cancer (CRC), KRAS and BRAF mutations in primary tumors are associated with resistance to anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (anti-EGFR)-based therapies. However, the correlation between KRAS/BRAF mutation in primary tumors and serum has not been well studied. To evaluate the degree of concordance of KRAS/BRAF mutations between the primary tumors and the matched serum samples in CRC, serum and tumor tissues were collected from 115 patients with CRC and KRAS/BRAF mutations were examined by nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and direct sequencing. BRAF mutations were present in 3.5% (4/115) of the primary tumor tissue samples and 0.87% (1/115) of the serum samples. In the 4 primary tumors with BRAF mutations, identical mutations were not observed in the corresponding serum samples (κ=-0.016). KRAS mutations were observed in 32.2% (37/115) of the primary tumors and 11.3% (13/115) of the serum samples. Of the 37 tumor cases with KRAS mutations, 9 had identical mutations in the corresponding serum sample, with a concordance rate of 24.3% (9/37). Discordance was observed in 32 (27.8%) patients. The concordance between KRAS mutations in the primary tumors and KRAS mutations in the matched serums was low (κ=0.231). The results of the present study suggest that the possibility of differences in the mutational status of KRAS/BRAF between primary tumors and matched serum samples should be considered when patients are selected for anti-EGFR-based therapies.

  14. The discovery of vemurafenib for the treatment of BRAF-mutated metastatic melanoma.

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    Kim, Alex; Cohen, Mark S

    2016-09-01

    In the era of precision medicine and sophisticated modern genetics, the discovery of the BRAF(V600) inhibitor, vemurafenib, quickly became the model for targeted therapy in melanomas. As early as 2002, the majority of metastatic melanomas were described to harbor the BRAF(V600) mutation, setting the stage for an explosion of interest for targeting this protein as a novel therapeutic strategy. The highly selective BRAF(V600) inhibitor, vemurafenib, was identified initially through a large-scale drug screen. Here we examine vemurafenib's journey from discovery to clinical use in metastatic melanoma. Topics covered include preclinical data, single agent Phase 1,2 and 3 clinical trials, resistance issues and mechanisms, adverse effects including the development of squamous cell cancers, and combination trials. Due to its tolerance, low toxicity profile, rapid tumor response, and improved outcomes in melanoma patients with BRAF(V600) mutations, vemurafenib was advanced rapidly through clinical trials to receive FDA approval in 2011. While its efficacy is well documented, durability has become an issue for most patients who experience therapeutic resistance in approximately 6-8 months. In addition, a concerning toxicity observed in patients taking the drug include development of localized cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs). It is hypothesized that drug resistance and SCC development result from a similar paradoxical activation of protein signaling pathways, specifically MAPK. Identification of these mechanisms has led to additional treatment strategies involving new combination therapies.

  15. Nuclear morphometric findings in undetermined cytology: A possible clue for prediction of BRAF mutation in papillary thyroid carcinomas.

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    Mungan, Sevdegul; Ersoz, Safak; Saygin, Ismail; Sagnak, Zeynep; Cobanoglu, Umit

    2017-05-01

    To investigate the possible relationship between the nuclear morphometric characteristics (nuclear perimeter, roundness, nuclear area, and nuclear shape) and BRAF mutation status in papillary thyroid carcinoma cases with a prior diagnosis of undetermined cytology. Total thyroidectomy specimens obtained from 48 patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma with a prior diagnosis of undetermined cytology were included. Morphometric analysis under light microscopy included measurements of the perimeter, shape factor, nuclear area, and roundness of thyrocyte nuclei from the cytological smear preparations. Mutational analysis, including immunohistochemistry and polymerase chain reaction, was performed in formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissue blocks. BRAF V600E mutation was detected in 7 of 48 cases (14.5%). The nuclear perimeter and nuclear area in mutated cases were significantly higher than the wild type (p = 0.005). Shape factor (p = 0.681) and roundness (p = 0.752) values did not significantly differ between the wild-type and mutant groups. No significant relationship was evident between BRAF expression and BRAF point mutation. In cases with positivity for BRAF mutation, the nuclear perimeter and nuclear area were significantly increased. These findings suggest that morphometric variables are predictive markers for papillary thyroid carcinoma cases with positivity for BRAF mutation. However, further trials on larger series are warranted to understand the significance and predictive value of nuclear morphometric analysis in these circumstances.

  16. KRAS and BRAF somatic mutations in colonic polyps and the risk of metachronous neoplasia.

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    Juárez, Miriam; Egoavil, Cecilia; Rodríguez-Soler, María; Hernández-Illán, Eva; Guarinos, Carla; García-Martínez, Araceli; Alenda, Cristina; Giner-Calabuig, Mar; Murcia, Oscar; Mangas, Carolina; Payá, Artemio; Aparicio, José R; Ruiz, Francisco A; Martínez, Juan; Casellas, Juan A; Soto, José L; Zapater, Pedro; Jover, Rodrigo

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    High-risk features of colonic polyps are based on size, number, and pathologic characteristics. Surveillance colonoscopy is often recommended according to these findings. This study aimed to determine whether the molecular characteristics of polyps might provide information about the risk of metachronous advanced neoplasia. We retrospectively included 308 patients with colonic polyps. A total of 995 polyps were collected and tested for somatic BRAF and KRAS mutations. Patients were classified into 3 subgroups, based on the polyp mutational profile at baseline, as follows: non-mutated polyps (Wild-type), at least one BRAF-mutated polyp, or at least one KRAS-mutated polyp. At surveillance, advanced adenomas were defined as adenomas ≥ 10 mm and/or with high grade dysplasia or a villous component. In contrast, advanced serrated polyps were defined as serrated polyps ≥ 10 mm in any location, located proximal to the splenic flexure with any size or with dysplasia. At baseline, 289 patients could be classified as wild-type (62.3%), BRAF mutated (14.9%), or KRAS mutated (22.8%). In the univariate analysis, KRAS mutations were associated with the development of metachronous advanced polyps (OR: 2.36, 95% CI: 1.22-4.58; P = 0.011), and specifically, advanced adenomas (OR: 2.42, 95% CI: 1.13-5.21; P = 0.023). The multivariate analysis, adjusted for age and sex, also showed associations with the development of metachronous advanced polyps (OR: 2.27, 95% CI: 1.15-4.46) and advanced adenomas (OR: 2.23, 95% CI: 1.02-4.85). Our results suggested that somatic KRAS mutations in polyps represent a potential molecular marker for the risk of developing advanced neoplasia.

  17. Mutational analysis of BRAF and KRAS in ovarian serous borderline (atypical proliferative) tumours and associated peritoneal implants

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    Ardighieri, Laura; Zeppernick, Felix; Hannibal, Charlotte G; Vang, Russell; Cope, Leslie; Junge, Jette; Kjaer, Susanne K; Kurman, Robert J; Shih, Ie-Ming

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    There is debate as to whether peritoneal implants associated with serous borderline tumours/atypical proliferative serous tumours (SBT/APSTs) of the ovary are derived from the primary ovarian tumour or arise independently in the peritoneum. We analysed 57 SBT/APSTs from 45 patients with advanced-stage disease identified from a nation-wide tumour registry in Denmark. Mutational analysis for hotspots in KRAS and BRAF was successful in 55 APSTs and demonstrated KRAS mutations in 34 (61.8%) and BRAF mutations in eight (14.5%). Mutational analysis was successful in 56 peritoneal implants and revealed KRAS mutations in 34 (60.7%) and BRAF mutations in seven (12.5%). Mutational analysis could not be performed in two primary tumours and in nine implants, either because DNA amplification failed or because there was insufficient tissue for mutational analysis. For these specimens we performed VE1 immunohistochemistry, which was shown to be a specific and sensitive surrogate marker for a V600E BRAF mutation. VE1 staining was positive in one of two APSTs and seven of nine implants. Thus, among 63 implants for which mutation status was known (either by direct mutational analysis or by VE1 immunohistochemistry), 34 (53.9%) had KRAS mutations and 14 (22%) had BRAF mutations, of which identical KRAS mutations were found in 34 (91%) of 37 SBT/APST–implant pairs and identical BRAF mutations in 14 (100%) of 14 SBT/APST–implant pairs. Wild-type KRAS and BRAF (at the loci investigated) were found in 11 (100%) of 11 SBT/APST–implant pairs. Overall concordance of KRAS and BRAF mutations was 95% in 59 of 62 SBT/APST–implant (non-invasive and invasive) pairs (p < 0.00001). This study provides cogent evidence that the vast majority of peritoneal implants, non-invasive and invasive, harbour the identical KRAS or BRAF mutations that are present in the associated SBT/APST, supporting the view that peritoneal implants are derived from the primary ovarian tumour. PMID:24307542

  18. Impact of lymph node metastases identified on central neck dissection (CND) on the recurrence of papillary thyroid cancer: potential role of BRAFV600E mutation in defining CND.

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    Alzahrani, Ali S; Xing, Mingzhao

    2013-02-01

    The impact of metastasized cervical lymph nodes (CLN) identified on central neck dissection (CND) on the recurrence/persistence of papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) and the extent of CND needed to reduce recurrence/persistence have not been firmly established. To assess the impact of CLN metastasis and BRAF mutation on the recurrence/persistence of PTC and the potential of BRAF mutation in assisting CND. Analyses of 379 consecutive patients with PTC who underwent thyroidectomy with (n=243) or without CND (n=136) at a tertiary-care academic hospital during the period 2001-2010 for their clinicopathological outcomes and BRAF mutation status. Increasingly aggressive tumor characteristics were found as the extent of CND was advanced following conventional risk criteria from non-CND to limited CND to formal CND. Disease recurrence/persistence rate also sharply rose from 4.7% to 15.7% and 40.5% in these CND settings respectively (PCND to formal CND (PCND. A strong association of CLN metastasis and BRAF mutation with disease recurrence/persistence was revealed on Kaplan-Meier analysis and BRAF mutation strongly predicted CLN metastasis. CLN metastases found on CND are closely associated with disease recurrence/persistence of PTC, which are both strongly predicted by BRAF mutation. Current selection of PTC patients for CND is appropriate but higher extent of the procedure, once selected, is needed to reduce disease recurrence, which may be defined by combination use of preoperative BRAF mutation testing and conventional risk factors of PTC.

  19. Concurrent TERT promoter and BRAF V600E mutation in epithelioid glioblastoma and concomitant low-grade astrocytoma.

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    Matsumura, Nozomi; Nakajima, Nozomi; Yamazaki, Tatsuya; Nagano, Takuro; Kagoshima, Kaie; Nobusawa, Sumihito; Ikota, Hayato; Yokoo, Hideaki

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    Epithelioid glioblastoma (E-GBM) is a rare variant of glioblastoma (GBM), characterized by epithelioid cells with eosinophilic round cytoplasm devoid of stellate cytoplasmic processes. A number of studies have demonstrated that more than half of E-GBMs harbor a valine to glutamic acid substitution at position 600 of the serine/threonine-protein kinase BRAF (BRAF V600E). However, there are no previous reports on E-GBM with telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) promoter mutation in addition to BRAF V600E mutation. Here, we report an E-GBM case in an 18-year-old man with BRAF V600E and TERT promoter mutations. The tumor composed of 80% E-GBM and 20% diffuse astrocytoma-like components, and BRAF V600E and TERT promoter mutations were detected in both. E-GBM generally arises as a primary lesion; however, a few previous cases have been demonstrated to accompany low-grade areas. Demonstration of concurrent BRAF V600E and TERT promoter mutations in low- and high-grade lesions strongly suggested their identical origin, and acquisition of each mutation may be an early event, possibly playing a pivotal role in the genesis and subsequent progression to E-GBM.

  20. 甲状腺乳头状癌中BRAF基因的表达及意义%Expression of BRAF gene and its significance in papillary thyroid carcinoma

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    李小强; 张惠箴; 蒋智铭; 杜光烨; 陆玲娟; 董君波

    2012-01-01

    Purpose To investigate the correlation between BRAF mutation and the biological behavior of the papillary thyroid carcino-ma( PTC ). Methods To collected 107 cases of the formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissues from the patients with thyroid disease, that included 93 cases of PTC, 5 cases of thyroid follicular cancer, 1 case of medullary carcinoma and 8 cases of thyroid adenoma, and detected the BRAF mutation in the tissues by immumohistochemistry, nested-primer PCR and gene sequencing. Results In 93 cases of PTC, BRAF protein expressed in 30 cases, with positive rate of 32. 3 % , only in one case of thyroid follicular carcinoma the expression of BRAF protein was positive ( 20% ), and all negative in medullary carcinoma and thyroid adenoma. There were 30 ( 32. 3% , ) cases of BRAF mutation in 93 cases of PTC, and there were no BRAF mutation in the other type of the thyroid disease. The expression rate of BRAF protein and the BRAF mutation rate in the patients whose age was under 45 were significantly higher than whose age was over 45. And the expression rate of BRAF protein and the BRAF mutation rate of the patients whose tumor size was over 1 cm were significantly higher than whose tumor size was under 1 cm, and the difference was statistically significant ( P 1 cm的患者BRAF基因突变率高于肿瘤直径<1 cm患者,差异具有统计学意义(P<0.05),而BRAF蛋白表达和基因突变、性别、淋巴结转移、血管内瘤栓和腺外浸润等无相关性.结论 BRAF基因突变仅发生在PTC中,其可能对PTC的诊断、治疗及预后判定提供新的理论依据.

  1. Comparative Methods to Improve the Detection of BRAF V600 Mutations in Highly Pigmented Melanoma Specimens.

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    Frouin, Eric; Maudelonde, Thierry; Senal, Romain; Larrieux, Marion; Costes, Valérie; Godreuil, Sylvain; Vendrell, Julie A; Solassol, Jérôme

    2016-01-01

    Genotyping BRAF in melanoma samples is often challenging. The presence of melanin greatly interferes with thermostable DNA polymerases and/or nucleic acids in traditional polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based methods. In the present work, we evaluated three easy-to-use strategies to improve the detection of pigmented DNA refractory to PCR amplification. These pre-PCR processing methods include the addition of bovine serum albumin (BSA), the dilution of DNA, and the purification of DNA using the NucleoSpin® gDNA Clean-up XS Kit. We found that BRAF genotyping in weakly and moderately pigmented samples was more efficient when the sample was processed with BSA or purified with a NucleoSpin® gDNA Clean-up XS Kit prior to PCR amplification. In addition, the combination of both methods resulted in successful detection of BRAF mutation in pigmented specimens, including highly pigmented samples, thereby increasing the chance of patients being elicited for anti-BRAF treatment. These solutions to overcome melanin-induced PCR inhibition are of tremendous value and provide a simple solution for clinical chemistry and routine laboratory medicine.

  2. A Retrospective Review of Conjunctival Melanoma Presentation, Treatment, and Outcome and an Investigation of Features Associated With BRAF Mutations

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    Larsen, Ann-Cathrine; Dahmcke, Christina M.; Dahl, Christina

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    IMPORTANCE: Large studies investigating clinical presentation and treatment in primary conjunctival melanoma (CM) are rare. Clinicopathological characteristics of BRAF-mutated CM have not been studied thoroughly. OBJECTIVES: To determine the associations of clinicopathological tumor features...... and treatment with local recurrence, metastasis, and mortality and to determine the association of BRAF mutations with these features. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: Population-based cohort study at the Eye Pathology Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark. Participants included 139 patients with primary CM...... in Denmark from January 1, 1960, to December 31, 2012. For BRAF analysis, all patients with available formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tumor samples from January 1, 1994, to December 31, 2012, were included. MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES: BRAF mutations, local recurrence, regional and distant metastasis...

  3. BRaf signaling principles unveiled by large-scale human mutation analysis with a rapid lentivirus-based gene replacement method.

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    Lim, Chae-Seok; Kang, Xi; Mirabella, Vincent; Zhang, Huaye; Bu, Qian; Araki, Yoichi; Hoang, Elizabeth T; Wang, Shiqiang; Shen, Ying; Choi, Sukwoo; Kaang, Bong-Kiun; Chang, Qiang; Pang, Zhiping P; Huganir, Richard L; Zhu, J Julius

    2017-03-15

    Rapid advances in genetics are linking mutations on genes to diseases at an exponential rate, yet characterizing the gene mutation-cell behavior relationships essential for precision medicine remains a daunting task. More than 350 mutations on small GTPase BRaf are associated with various tumors, and ∼40 mutations are associated with the neurodevelopmental disorder cardio-facio-cutaneous syndrome (CFC). We developed a fast cost-effective lentivirus-based rapid gene replacement method to interrogate the physiopathology of BRaf and ∼50 disease-linked BRaf mutants, including all CFC-linked mutants. Analysis of simultaneous multiple patch-clamp recordings from 6068 pairs of rat neurons with validation in additional mouse and human neurons and multiple learning tests from 1486 rats identified BRaf as the key missing signaling effector in the common synaptic NMDA-R-CaMKII-SynGap-Ras-BRaf-MEK-ERK transduction cascade. Moreover, the analysis creates the original big data unveiling three general features of BRaf signaling. This study establishes the first efficient procedure that permits large-scale functional analysis of human disease-linked mutations essential for precision medicine. © 2017 Lim et al.; Published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.

  4. Evaluation of EGFR, KRAS and BRAF gene mutations in renal cell carcinoma

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    Omer Bayrak

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available A subset of renal cell carcinoma (RCC patients has been shown to respond to anti-EGFR therapy. As KRAS and BRAF mutations are associated with poor response to anti-EGFR therapy in some cancers, it has been suggested that screening for KRAS and BRAF mutations in RCC may be a promising strategy to identify patients who might respond to EGFR-targeted therapy. The aim of this study was to investigate the mutation status of EGFR, KRAS and BRAF in RCC patients. Renal tumors and normal renal samples from forty-eight patients who underwent radical or partial nephrectomy for kidney cancer were used in this study. Histological classification of the tumors was performed according to International Union against Cancer (UICC / American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC classification. Seventeen patients (48% had clear-cell RCC, 7 (20% had chromophobe RCC, and 11 patients (32% had papillary RCC. DNA isolated from the samples was subjected to melting curve mutation analysis for EGFR, BRAF and KRAS using ABI-3130 DNA sequencer. DNA sequencing analysis of RCC samples, when compared with morphologically normal matched regions, did not show any exon mutations. Our results do not support the notion that EGFR, KRAS and BRAF might be mutated in RCC. Normal 0 false false false TR X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:107%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:TR; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;}

  5. Tumorigenesis of Papillary Thyroid Cancer Is Not BRAF-Dependent in Patients with Acromegaly

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    Hee Kyung Kim; Ji Shin Lee; Min Ho Park; Jin Seong Cho; Jee Hee Yoon; Soo Jeong Kim; Ho-Cheol Kang

    2014-01-01

    Introduction Several studies have reported a high frequency of papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) in patients with acromegaly. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and predictors of thyroid cancer in patients with acromegaly and to investigate the frequency of the BRAF V600E mutation in PTC patients with and without acromegaly. Materials and Methods We conducted a retrospective study of 60 patients with acromegaly. Thyroid ultrasonography (US) and US-guided fine needle aspiration...

  6. High BRAF Mutation Frequency and Marked Survival Differences in Subgroups According to KRAS/BRAF Mutation Status and Tumor Tissue Availability in a Prospective Population-Based Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Cohort.

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    Halfdan Sorbye

    Full Text Available RAS and BRAF mutations impact treatment and prognosis of metastatic colorectal cancer patients (mCRC, but the knowledge is based on trial patients usually not representative for the general cancer population. Patient characteristics, treatment and efficacy according to KRAS, BRAF and MSI status were analyzed in a prospectively collected unselected population-based cohort of 798 non-resectable mCRC patients. The cohort contained many patients with poor performance status (39% PS 2-4 and elderly (37% age>75, groups usually not included in clinical trials. Patients without available tissue micro array (TMA (42% had worse prognostic factors and inferior survival (all patients; 7m vs 11m, chemotherapy-treated;12m vs 17m. The 92 patients (21% with BRAF mutation had a poor prognosis regardless of microsatellite instability, but receipt of 1-2nd chemotherapy was similar to wildtype BRAF patients. Median survival in this cohort varied from 1 month in BRAF mutated patients not given chemotherapy to 26 months in wildtype KRAS/BRAF patients <75 years in good PS. TMA availability, BRAF mutation and KRAS mutation were all independent prognostic factors for survival. The observed 21% BRAF mutation incidence is higher than the previously and repeatedly reported incidence of 5-12% in mCRC. Screening for BRAF mutations before selection of treatment is relevant for many patients, especially outside clinical trials. A BRAF mutation only partly explained the very poor prognosis of many mCRC patients. Survival in unselected metastatic colorectal cancer patients is extremely variable and subgroups have an extremely short survival compared to trial patients. Patients without available TMA had worse prognostic factors and shorter survival, which questions the total generalizability of present TMA studies and implies that we lack information on the biologically worst mCRC cases. Lack of available tissue is an important underexposed issue which introduces sample bias, and

  7. Histologic and Phenotypic Factors and MC1R Status Associated with BRAF(V600E), BRAF(V600K), and NRAS Mutations in a Community-Based Sample of 414 Cutaneous Melanomas.

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    Hacker, Elke; Olsen, Catherine M; Kvaskoff, Marina; Pandeya, Nirmala; Yeo, Abrey; Green, Adèle C; Williamson, Richard M; Triscott, Joe; Wood, Dominic; Mortimore, Rohan; Hayward, Nicholas K; Whiteman, David C

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    Cutaneous melanomas arise through causal pathways involving interplay between exposure to UV radiation and host factors, resulting in characteristic patterns of driver mutations in BRAF, NRAS, and other genes. To gain clearer insights into the factors contributing to somatic mutation genotypes in melanoma, we collected clinical and epidemiologic data, performed skin examinations, and collected saliva and tumor samples from a community-based series of 414 patients aged 18 to 79, newly diagnosed with cutaneous melanoma. We assessed constitutional DNA for nine common polymorphisms in melanocortin-1 receptor gene (MC1R). Tumor DNA was assessed for somatic mutations in 25 different genes. We observed mutually exclusive mutations in BRAF(V600E) (26%), BRAF(V600K) (8%), BRAF(other) (5%), and NRAS (9%). Compared to patients with BRAF wild-type melanomas, those with BRAF(V600E) mutants were significantly younger, had more nevi but fewer actinic keratoses, were more likely to report a family history of melanoma, and had tumors that were more likely to harbor neval remnants. BRAF(V600K) mutations were also associated with high nevus counts. Both BRAF(V600K) and NRAS mutants were associated with older age but not with high sun exposure. We also found no association between MC1R status and any somatic mutations in this community sample of cutaneous melanomas, contrary to earlier reports.

  8. Proteomic profile and in silico analysis in metastatic melanoma with and without BRAF mutation.

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    Vito Michele Garrisi

    Full Text Available Selective inhibitors of BRAF, vemurafenib and dabrafenib are the standard of care for metastatic melanoma patients with BRAF V600, while chemotherapy continued to be widely used in BRAF wild type patients.In order to discover novel candidate biomarkers predictive to treatment, serum of 39 metastatic melanoma vemurafenib (n = 19 or chemotherapy (n = 20 treated patients at baseline, at disease control and at progression, were analyzed using SELDI-TOF technology. In silico analysis was used to identify more significant peaks.In patients with different BRAF status, we found 5 peptides significantly deregulated, with the down-regulation of the m/z 9176 peak strongly associated with BRAF mutation. At baseline as predictive biomarkers we identified 2 peptides - m/z 6411, 4075 - as significantly up-regulated in responders to chemotherapy and 4 peaks - m/z 5900, 12544, 49124 and 11724 - significantly up-regulated in longer vs shorter responders to vemurafenib. After response, 3 peptides (m/z 4658, 18639, and 9307 resulted significantly down regulated while 3 peptides m/z 9292, 7765 and 9176 appeared up-regulated respectively in chemotherapy and vemurafenib responder patients. In vemurafenib treated patients, 16 peaks appeared deregulated at progression compared to baseline time. In silico analysis identified proteins involved in invasiveness (SLAIN1 and resistance (ABCC12 as well as in the pathway of detoxification (NQO1 and apoptosis (RBM10, TOX3, MTEFD1, TSPO2. Proteins associated with the modulation of neuronal plasticity (RIN1 and regulatory activity factors of gene transcription (KLF17, ZBTB44 were also highlighted.Our exploratory study highlighted some factors that deserve to be further investigated in order to provide a framework for improving melanoma treatment management through the development of biomarkers which could act as the strongest surrogates of the key biological events in stage IV melanoma.

  9. Aminoglycosides, but not PTC124 (Ataluren), rescue nonsense mutations in the leptin receptor and in luciferase reporter genes.

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    Bolze, Florian; Mocek, Sabine; Zimmermann, Anika; Klingenspor, Martin

    2017-04-21

    In rare cases, monogenetic obesity is caused by nonsense mutations in genes regulating energy balance. A key factor herein is the leptin receptor. Here, we focus on leptin receptor nonsense variants causing obesity, namely the human W31X, murine Y333X and rat Y763X mutations, and explored their susceptibilities to aminoglycoside and PTC124 mediated translational read-through in vitro. In a luciferase based assay, all mutations - when analysed within the mouse receptor - were prone to aminoglycoside mediated nonsense suppression with the highest susceptibility for W31X, followed by Y763X and Y333X. For the latter, the corresponding rodent models appear valuable for in vivo experiments. When W31X was studied in the human receptor, its superior read-through susceptibility - initially observed in the mouse receptor - was eliminated, likely due to the different nucleotide context surrounding the mutation in the two orthologues. The impact of the surrounding context on the read-through opens the possibility to discover novel sequence elements influencing nonsense suppression. As an alternative to toxic aminoglycosides, PTC124 was indicated as a superior nonsense suppressor but inconsistent data concerning its read-through activity are reported. PTC124 failed to rescue W31X as well as different nonsense mutated luciferase reporters, thus, challenging its ability to induce translational read-through.

  10. Prevalence of mutations in APC, CTNNB1, and BRAF in Tunisian patients with sporadic colorectal cancer.

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    Bougatef, Karim; Ouerhani, Slah; Moussa, Amel; Kourda, Nadia; Coulet, Florence; Colas, Chrystelle; Lahely, Yannick Blondeau; Najjar, Tawfik; Ben Jilani, Sarra; Benammar-Elgaaied, Amel; Soubrier, Florent; Marrakchi, Raja

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    Sporadic colorectal tumorigenesis is caused by alterations in the Wnt (APC, CTNNB1) and Ras pathways. Our objective was to analyze the occurrence of these genetic alterations in relation to tumor and patient characteristics. The prevalence of somatic alteration in the hot-spot regions of the APC, BRAF, and CTNNB1 genes was investigated in 48 unselected and unrelated Tunisian patients with sporadic colorectal cancer, and the association between the molecular features at these genes in relation to tumor and patient characteristics (age at diagnosis, sex, tumor localization, stage, and differentiation) was analyzed. Loss of heterozygosity was observed at the APC locus in 52% of the analyzed tumors. 6 novel mutations were detected by polymerase chain reaction sequencing in the mutation cluster region of the APC gene. No mutations were observed in the CTNNB1 gene in any tumor, but 8% of tumors harbored mutation in the BRAF gene. Clinicopathological analyses showed an association between APC point mutations and the earliest occurrence of sporadic colorectal cancer. The findings confirm the heterogeneity of APC gene alteration and also reveal a particular profile of this pathology among Tunisian patients that confirms the epidemiological data for this country.

  11. The Influence of BRAF and KRAS Mutation Status on the Association between Aspirin Use and Survival after Colon Cancer Diagnosis.

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    Frouws, Martine A; Reimers, Marlies S; Swets, Marloes; Bastiaannet, Esther; Prinse, Bianca; van Eijk, Ronald; Lemmens, Valery E P P; van Herk-Sukel, Myrthe P P; van Wezel, Tom; Kuppen, Peter J K; Morreau, Hans; van de Velde, Cornelis J H; Liefers, Gerrit-Jan

    2017-01-01

    Use of aspirin after diagnosis of colon cancer has been associated with improved survival. Identification of cancer subtypes that respond to aspirin treatment may help develop personalized treatment regimens. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of BRAF and KRAS mutation status on the association between aspirin use and overall survival after colon cancer diagnosis. A random selection of 599 patients with colon cancer were analyzed, selected from the Eindhoven Cancer Registry, and BRAF and KRAS mutation status was determined. Data on aspirin use (80 mg) were obtained from the PHARMO Database Network. Parametric survival models with exponential (Poisson) distribution were used. Aspirin use after colon cancer diagnosis was associated with improved overall survival in wild-type BRAF tumors, adjusted rate ratio (RR) of 0.60 (95% CI 0.44-0.83). In contrast, aspirin use in BRAF mutated tumors was not associated with an improved survival (RR 1.11, 95% CI 0.57-2.16). P-value for interaction was non-significant. KRAS mutational status did not differentiate in the association between aspirin use and survival. Low-dose aspirin use after colon cancer diagnosis was associated with improved survival in BRAF wild-type tumors only. However, the large confidence interval of the rate ratio for the use of aspirin in patients with BRAF mutation does not rule out a possible benefit. These results preclude BRAF and KRAS mutation status to be used as a marker for individualized treatment with aspirin, if aspirin becomes regular adjuvant treatment for colon cancer patients in the future.

  12. B-RAF and N-RAS mutations are preserved during short time in vitro propagation and differentially impact prognosis.

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    Selma Ugurel

    Full Text Available In melanoma, the RAS/RAF/MEK/ERK signalling pathway is an area of great interest, because it regulates tumor cell proliferation and survival. A varying mutation rate has been reported for B-RAF and N-RAS, which has been largely attributed to the differential source of tumor DNA analyzed, e.g., fixed tumor tissues or in vitro propagated melanoma cells. Notably, this variation also interfered with interpreting the impact of these mutations on the clinical course of the disease. Consequently, we investigated the mutational profile of B-RAF and N-RAS in biopsies and corresponding cell lines from metastatic tumor lesions of 109 melanoma patients (AJCC stage III/IV, and its respective impact on survival. 97 tissue biopsies and 105 biopsy-derived cell lines were screened for B-RAF and N-RAS mutations by PCR single strand conformation polymorphism and DNA sequencing. Mutations were correlated with patient survival data obtained within a median follow-up time of 31 months. B-RAF mutations were detected in 55% tissues and 51% cell lines, N-RAS mutations in 23% tissues and 25% cell lines, respectively. There was strong concordance between the mutational status of tissues and corresponding cell lines, showing a differing status for B-RAF in only 5% and N-RAS in only 6%, respectively. Patients with tumors carrying mutated B-RAF showed an impaired median survival (8.0 versus 11.8 months, p = 0.055, tissues; 7.1 versus 9.3 months, p = 0.068, cell lines, whereas patients with N-RAS-mutated tumors presented with a favorable prognosis (median survival 12.5 versus 7.9 months, p = 0.084, tissues; 15.4 versus 6.8 months, p = 0.0008, cell lines, each in comparison with wildtype gene status. Multivariate analysis qualified N-RAS (p = 0.006 but not B-RAF mutation status as an independent prognostic factor of overall survival. Our findings demonstrate that B-RAF and N-RAS mutations are well preserved during short term in vitro propagation and, most importantly

  13. Prognostic value of BRAF and KRAS mutation status in stage II and III microsatellite instable colon cancers

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    de Cuba, E. M. V.; Snaebjornsson, P.; Heideman, D. A. M.; van Grieken, N. C. T.; Bosch, L.J.W.; Fijneman, R. J. A.; Belt, E.; Bril, H.; Stockmann, H. B. A. C.; Hooijberg, E.; Punt, C. J. A.; Koopman, M.; Nagtegaal, I. D.; Coupe, V. H. M.; Carvalho, B.; Meijer, G. A.

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    Microsatellite instability (MSI) has been associated with favourable survival in early stage colorectal cancer (CRC) compared to microsatellite stable (MSS) CRC. The BRAF V600E mutation has been associated with worse survival in MSS CRC. This mutation occurs in 40% of MSI CRC and it is unclear wheth

  14. BRAF V600E mutation and resistance to anti-EGFR monoclonal antibodies in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer: a meta-analysis.

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    Mao, Chen; Liao, Ru-Yan; Qiu, Li-Xin; Wang, Xi-Wen; Ding, Hong; Chen, Qing

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    Epidemiologic studies have evaluated the association between BRAF mutations and resistance to the treatment of anti-EGFR monoclonal antibodies (MoAb) in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). However, the results are still inconclusive. To derive a more precise estimation of the relationship, we performed this meta-analysis. A total of 11 studies were included in the final meta-analysis. There were seven studies for unselected mCRC patients and four studies for patients with wild type KRAS mCRC. Among unselected mCRC patients, BRAF V600E mutation was detected in 48 of 546 primary tumors (8.8%). The objective response rate (ORR) of patients with mutant BRAF was 29.2% (14/48), whereas the ORR of patients with wild-type BRAF was 33.5% (158/472).The overall RR for ORR of mutant BRAF patients over wild-type BRAF patients was 0.86 (95% CI=0.57-1.30; P=0.48). For patients with KRAS wild-type mCRC, BRAF V600E mutation was detected in 40 of 376 primary tumors (10.6%). The ORR of patients with mutant BRAF was 0.0% (0/40), whereas the ORR of patients with wild-type BRAF was 36.3% (122/336). The pooled RR of mutant BRAF patients over wild-type BRAF patients was 0.14 (95% CI=0.04-0.53; P=0.004). In conclusion, this meta-analysis provides evidence that BRAF V600E mutation is associated with lack of response in wild-type KRAS mCRC treated with anti-EGFR MoAbs. BRAF mutation may be used as an additional biomarker for the selection of mCRC patients who might benefit from anti-EGFR MoAbs therapy.

  15. BRAF inhibitor therapy-associated melanocytic lesions lack the BRAF V600E mutation and show increased levels of cyclin D1 expression.

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    Mudaliar, Kumaran; Tetzlaff, Michael T; Duvic, Madeleine; Ciurea, Ana; Hymes, Sharon; Milton, Denái R; Tsai, Kenneth Y; Prieto, Victor G; Torres-Cabala, Carlos A; Curry, Jonathan L

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    Newly appearing or changing melanocytic lesions (MLs) are a recently reported toxicity of BRAF inhibitor (BRAFi) therapy. Morphologically, MLs associated with BRAFi therapy (BRAFi-MLs) may demonstrate alarming features of melanoma with an epithelioid cell phenotype with notable cytologic atypia. We sought to characterize the clinicopathological and molecular features of BRAFi-MLs. A retrospective review over a 4-year period revealed 20 patients in which 44 MLs (including 11 control nevi) were characterized by histopathology, review of clinical medical records, and immunohistochemical (IHC) studies (with anti-BRAF V600E, anti-BAP1, anti-cyclin D1, and anti-p16); the percentage of IHC+ cells was scored. Of the 20 patients, 3 (15%) whose BRAFi-MLs were biopsied had a second primary cutaneous melanoma. Of the 44 BRAFi-MLs tested, 37 (100%) of 37 MLs available for BRAF V600E testing lacked expression in contrast to 1 (9%) of 11 control nevi (lesions not associated with targeted therapy). A significantly higher level of cyclin D1 expression (>50% IHC+ cells) was more commonly seen in BRAFi-MLs (44%) than in control nevi (9%). No difference in p16 expression in melanocytes was seen between the 2 groups. BRAF mutation status distinctly differs between BRAFi-MLs from melanomas and nevi biopsied in patients who do not receive BRAFi therapy. Morphologically, BRAFi-MLs demonstrate a greater degree of atypia than do control nevi. Furthermore, BRAFi-MLs with coexisting cutaneous keratinocyte toxicity developed during fewer days of targeted therapy. Paradoxical activation of the MAPK pathway in BRAF(WT) melanocytes may account for ~15% to 21% of patients developing a second new primary melanoma within a year of starting BRAFi therapy; thus, close clinical surveillance is warranted.

  16. Concordance of KRAS/BRAF Mutation Status in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer before and after Anti-EGFR Therapy

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    S. Gattenlöhner

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    Full Text Available Anti-EGFR targeted therapy is a potent strategy in the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC but activating mutations in the KRAS gene are associated with poor response to this treatment. Therefore, KRAS mutation analysis is employed in the selection of patients for EGFR-targeted therapy and various studies have shown a high concordance between the mutation status in primary CRC and corresponding metastases. However, although development of therapy related resistance occurs also in the context of novel drugs such as tyrosine kinase-inhibitors the effect of the anti-EGFR treatment on the KRAS/BRAF mutation status itself in recurrent mCRC has not yet been clarified. Therefore, we analyzed 21 mCRCs before/after anti-EGFR therapy and found a pre-/posttherapeutic concordance of the KRAS/BRAF mutation status in 20 of the 21 cases examined. In the one discordant case, further analyses revealed that a tumor mosaicism or multiple primary tumors were present, indicating that anti-EGFR therapy has no influence on KRAS/BRAF mutation status in mCRC. Moreover, as the preselection of patients with a KRASwt genotype for anti-EGFR therapy has become a standard procedure, sample sets such ours might be the basis for future studies addressing the identification of potential anti-EGFR therapy induced genetic alterations apart from KRAS/BRAF mutations.

  17. A prolonged complete response in a patient with BRAF-mutated melanoma stage IV treated with the MEK1/2 inhibitor selumetinib (AZD6244).

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    Boers-Sonderen, M.J.; Desar, I.M.E.; Blokx, W.A.M.; Timmer-Bonte, J.N.H.; Herpen, C.M.L. van

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    In melanoma, the RAS/RAF/MEK/ERK pathway is frequently activated by mutations in BRAF and NRAS. Selumetinib (AZD6244) is an oral, selective, non-ATP-competitive inhibitor of MEK1/2. Here, we describe a patient with metastatic melanoma (T1N2cM1a) with a BRAF V600E mutation. She is currently being tre

  18. KRAS (but not BRAF) mutations in ovarian serous borderline tumor are associated with recurrent low-grade serous carcinoma

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    Tsang, Yvonne T.; Deavers, Michael T.; Sun, Charlotte C.; Kwan, Suet-Yan; Kuo, Eric; Malpica, Anais; Mok, Samuel C.; Gershenson, David M.; Wong, Kwong-Kwok

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    BRAF and KRAS mutations in ovarian serous borderline tumors (OSBTs) and ovarian low-grade serous carcinomas (LGSCs) have been previously described. However, whether those OSBTs would progress to LGSCs or those LGSCs were developed from OSBT precursors in previous studies is unknown. Therefore, we assessed KRAS and BRAF mutations in tumor samples from 23 recurrent LGSC patients with known initial diagnosis of OSBT. Paraffin blocks from both OSBT and LGSC samples were available for 5 patients, and either OSBT or LGSC were available for another 18 patients. Tumor cells from paraffin-embedded tissues were dissected out for mutation analysis by conventional polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and Sanger sequencing. Tumors that appeared to have wild-type KRAS by conventional PCR–Sanger sequencing were further analyzed by full COLD (coamplification at lower denaturation temperature)-PCR and deep sequencing. Full COLD-PCR was able to enrich the amplification of mutated alleles. Deep sequencing was performed with the Ion Torrent personal genome machine (PGM). By conventional PCR–Sanger sequencing, BRAF mutation was detected only in one patient and KRAS mutations were detected in 10 patients. Full COLD-PCR deep sequencing detected low-abundance KRAS mutations in eight additional patients. Three of the five patients with both OSBT and LGSC samples available had the same KRAS mutations detected in both OSBT and LGSC samples. The remaining two patients had only KRAS mutations detected in their LGSC samples. For patients with either OSBT or LGSC samples available, KRAS mutations were detected in 7 OSBT samples and 6 LGSC samples. To our surprise, patients with the KRAS G12V mutation appeared to have shorter survival times. In summary, KRAS mutations are very common in recurrent LGSC, while BRAF mutations are rare. The findings indicate that recurrent LGSC can arise from proliferation of OSBT tumor cells with or without detectable KRAS mutations. PMID:24549645

  19. BRAF Mutation Testing in Cell-Free DNA from the Plasma of Patients with Advanced Cancers Using a Rapid, Automated Molecular Diagnostics System.

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    Janku, Filip; Huang, Helen J; Claes, Bart; Falchook, Gerald S; Fu, Siqing; Hong, David; Ramzanali, Nishma M; Nitti, Giovanni; Cabrilo, Goran; Tsimberidou, Apostolia M; Naing, Aung; Piha-Paul, Sarina A; Wheler, Jennifer J; Karp, Daniel D; Holley, Veronica R; Zinner, Ralph G; Subbiah, Vivek; Luthra, Rajyalakshmi; Kopetz, Scott; Overman, Michael J; Kee, Bryan K; Patel, Sapna; Devogelaere, Benoit; Sablon, Erwin; Maertens, Geert; Mills, Gordon B; Kurzrock, Razelle; Meric-Bernstam, Funda

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    Cell-free (cf) DNA from plasma offers an easily obtainable material for BRAF mutation analysis for diagnostics and response monitoring. In this study, plasma-derived cfDNA samples from patients with progressing advanced cancers or malignant histiocytosis with known BRAF(V600) status from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tumors were tested using a prototype version of the Idylla BRAF Mutation Test, a fully integrated real-time PCR-based test with turnaround time about 90 minutes. Of 160 patients, BRAF(V600) mutations were detected in 62 (39%) archival FFPE tumor samples and 47 (29%) plasma cfDNA samples. The two methods had overall agreement in 141 patients [88%; κ, 0.74; SE, 0.06; 95% confidence interval (CI), 0.63-0.85]. Idylla had a sensitivity of 73% (95% CI, 0.60-0.83) and specificity of 98% (95% CI, 0.93-1.00). A higher percentage, but not concentration, of BRAF(V600) cfDNA in the wild-type background (>2% vs. ≤ 2%) was associated with shorter overall survival (OS; P = 0.005) and in patients with BRAF mutations in the tissue, who were receiving BRAF/MEK inhibitors, shorter time to treatment failure (TTF; P = 0.001). Longitudinal monitoring demonstrated that decreasing levels of BRAF(V600) cfDNA were associated with longer TTF (P = 0.045). In conclusion, testing for BRAF(V600) mutations in plasma cfDNA using the Idylla BRAF Mutation Test has acceptable concordance with standard testing of tumor tissue. A higher percentage of mutant BRAF(V600) in cfDNA corresponded with shorter OS and in patients receiving BRAF/MEK inhibitors also with shorter TTF. Mol Cancer Ther; 15(6); 1397-404. ©2016 AACR.

  20. The prognostic role of BRAF mutation in metastatic colorectal cancer receiving anti-EGFR monoclonal antibodies: a meta-analysis.

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    Zi-Xu Yuan

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: BRAF mutation has been investigated as a prognostic factor in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC undergoing anti-EGFR monoclonal antibodies (moAbs, but current results are still inconclusive. The aim of this meta-analysis was to evaluate the relationship between BRAF mutation status and the prognosis of mCRC patients treated with moAbs. METHODS: Eligible studies were identified by systematically searching Pubmed, the Cochrane Library, Web of Knowledge, and OVID. Risk ratio (RR for overall response rate (ORR, Hazard ratios (HRs for Progression free survival (PFS and Overall survival (OS were extracted or calculated. Prespecified subgroup analyses were conducted in KRAS wild-type and in different study types. The source of between-trial variation was explored by sensitivity analyses. Quality assessment was conducted by the Hayden's criteria. RESULTS: A total of twenty one trials including 5229 patients were identified for the meta-analysis. 343 patients displayed BRAF mutations of 4616 (7.4% patients with known BRAF status. Patients with BRAF wild-type (WT showed decreased risks of progression and death with an improved PFS(HR 0.38, 95% confidence intervals 0.29-0.51 and an improved OS (HR 0.35 [0.29-0.42], compared to BRAF mutant. In KRAS WT population, there were even larger PFS benefit (HR 0.29[0.19,0.43] and larger OS benefit (HR 0.26 [0.20,0.35] in BRAF WT. A response benefit for BRAF WT was observed (RR 0.31[0.18,0.53] in KRAS WT patients, but not observed in unselected patients (RR 0.76 [0.43-1.33]. The results were consistent in the subgroup analysis of different study types. Heterogeneity between trials decreased in the subgroup and explained by sensitivity analysis. No publication bias of ORR, PFS and OS were detected. CONCLUSIONS: The results indicate that BRAF mutant is a predictive biomarker for poor prognosis in mCRC patients undergoing anti-EGFR MoAbs therapy, especially in KRAS WT patients. Additional large prospective

  1. Clinical pharmacogenomic testing of KRAS, BRAF and EGFR mutations by high resolution melting analysis and ultra-deep pyrosequencing

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    Agúndez José AG

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR and its downstream factors KRAS and BRAF are mutated in several types of cancer, affecting the clinical response to EGFR inhibitors. Mutations in the EGFR kinase domain predict sensitivity to the tyrosine kinase inhibitors gefitinib and erlotinib in lung adenocarcinoma, while activating point mutations in KRAS and BRAF confer resistance to the anti-EGFR monoclonal antibody cetuximab in colorectal cancer. The development of new generation methods for systematic mutation screening of these genes will allow more appropriate therapeutic choices. Methods We describe a high resolution melting (HRM assay for mutation detection in EGFR exons 19-21, KRAS codon 12/13 and BRAF V600 using formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded samples. Somatic variation of KRAS exon 2 was also analysed by massively parallel pyrosequencing of amplicons with the GS Junior 454 platform. Results We tested 120 routine diagnostic specimens from patients with colorectal or lung cancer. Mutations in KRAS, BRAF and EGFR were observed in 41.9%, 13.0% and 11.1% of the overall samples, respectively, being mutually exclusive. For KRAS, six types of substitutions were detected (17 G12D, 9 G13D, 7 G12C, 2 G12A, 2 G12V, 2 G12S, while V600E accounted for all the BRAF activating mutations. Regarding EGFR, two cases showed exon 19 deletions (delE746-A750 and delE746-T751insA and another two substitutions in exon 21 (one showed L858R with the resistance mutation T590M in exon 20, and the other had P848L mutation. Consistent with earlier reports, our results show that KRAS and BRAF mutation frequencies in colorectal cancer were 44.3% and 13.0%, respectively, while EGFR mutations were detected in 11.1% of the lung cancer specimens. Ultra-deep amplicon pyrosequencing successfully validated the HRM results and allowed detection and quantitation of KRAS somatic mutations. Conclusions HRM is a rapid and sensitive method for moderate

  2. Analysis of KIAA1549-BRAF fusion gene expression and IDH1/IDH2 mutations in low grade pediatric astrocytomas.

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    Cruz, Gabriela Rampazzo; Dias Oliveira, Indhira; Moraes, Laís; Del Giudice Paniago, Mário; de Seixas Alves, Maria Teresa; Capellano, Andrea Maria; Saba-Silva, Nasjla; Cavalheiro, Sérgio; Cerutti, Janete Maria; Toledo, Silvia Regina Caminada

    2014-04-01

    Low-grade astrocytomas comprise about 30 % of the central nervous system tumors in children. Several investigations have searched a correlation between the BRAF gene fusions alterations and mutations at IDH1 and IDH2 genes in low grade pediatric astrocytomas. This study identified the expression of KIAA1549-BRAF fusion gene and BRAF V600E mutation, mutations at exon 4 of the IDH1 and IDH2 genes in samples of pilocytic astrocytomas (PA) and grade-II astrocytomas (A-II) pediatric patients. The correlation between these alterations and the clinical profile of the patients was also evaluated. Eighty-two samples of low-grade astrocytomas (65 PA and 17 A-II) were analyzed by PCR and sequencing for each of the targets identified. We identified the KIAA1549-BRAF fusion transcript in 45 % of the samples. BRAF V600E and BRAFins598T mutations were detected in 7 and 1 % of the samples, respectively. Mutations in the R132/R172 residues of the IDH1/IDH2 genes were detected in only two samples, and the G105G polymorphism (rs11554137:C>T) was identified in ten patients. Additionally, we observed two mutations out of the usual hotspots at IDH1 and IDH2 genes. We observed a smaller frequency of mutations in IDHs genes than previously described, but since the prior studies were composed of adult or mixed (adults and children) samples, we believe that our results represent a relevant contribution to the growing knowledge in low grade childhood astrocytomas.

  3. Melanoma-Derived BRAF(V600E) Mutation in Peritumoral Stromal Cells: Implications for in Vivo Cell Fusion.

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    Kurgyis, Zsuzsanna; Kemény, Lajos V; Buknicz, Tünde; Groma, Gergely; Oláh, Judit; Jakab, Ádám; Polyánka, Hilda; Zänker, Kurt; Dittmar, Thomas; Kemény, Lajos; Németh, István B

    2016-06-21

    Melanoma often recurs in patients after the removal of the primary tumor, suggesting the presence of recurrent tumor-initiating cells that are undetectable using standard diagnostic methods. As cell fusion has been implicated to facilitate the alteration of a cell's phenotype, we hypothesized that cells in the peritumoral stroma having a stromal phenotype that initiate recurrent tumors might originate from the fusion of tumor and stromal cells. Here, we show that in patients with BRAF(V600E) melanoma, melanoma antigen recognized by T-cells (MART1)-negative peritumoral stromal cells express BRAF(V600E) protein. To confirm the presence of the oncogene at the genetic level, peritumoral stromal cells were microdissected and screened for the presence of BRAF(V600E) with a mutation-specific polymerase chain reaction. Interestingly, cells carrying the BRAF(V600E) mutation were not only found among cells surrounding the primary tumor but were also present in the stroma of melanoma metastases as well as in a histologically tumor-free re-excision sample from a patient who subsequently developed a local recurrence. We did not detect any BRAF(V600E) mutation or protein in the peritumoral stroma of BRAF(WT) melanoma. Therefore, our results suggest that peritumoral stromal cells contain melanoma-derived oncogenic information, potentially as a result of cell fusion. These hybrid cells display the phenotype of stromal cells and are therefore undetectable using routine histological assessments. Our results highlight the importance of genetic analyses and the application of mutation-specific antibodies in the identification of potentially recurrent-tumor-initiating cells, which may help better predict patient survival and disease outcome.

  4. Cost-effectiveness of treatment strategies for BRAF-mutated metastatic melanoma.

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    Patti Curl

    Full Text Available Genetically-targeted therapies are both promising and costly advances in the field of oncology. Several treatments for metastatic melanoma with a mutation in the BRAF gene have been approved. They extend life but are more expensive than the previous standard of care (dacarbazine. Vemurafenib, the first drug in this class, costs $13,000 per month ($207,000 for a patient with median survival. Patients failing vemurafenib are often given ipilimumab, an immunomodulator, at $150,000 per course. Assessment of cost-effectiveness is a valuable tool to help navigate the transition toward targeted cancer therapy.We performed a cost-utility analysis to compare three strategies for patients with BRAF+ metastatic melanoma using a deterministic expected-value decision tree model to calculate the present value of lifetime costs and quality-adjusted life years (QALYs for each strategy. We performed sensitivity analyses on all variables.In the base case, the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER for vemurafenib compared with dacarbazine was $353,993 per QALY gained (0.42 QALYs added, $156,831 added. The ICER for vemurafenib followed by ipilimumab compared with vemurafenib alone was $158,139. In sensitivity analysis, treatment cost had the largest influence on results: the ICER for vemurafenib versus dacarbazine dropped to $100,000 per QALY gained with a treatment cost of $3600 per month.The cost per QALY gained for treatment of BRAF+ metastatic melanoma with vemurafenib alone or in combination exceeds widely-cited thresholds for cost-effectiveness. These strategies may become cost-effective with lower drug prices or confirmation of a durable response without continued treatment.

  5. Characteristics and prevalence of KRAS, BRAF, and PIK3CA mutations in colorectal cancer by high-resolution melting analysis in Taiwanese population.

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    Hsieh, Li-Ling; Er, Tze-Kiong; Chen, Chih-Chieh; Hsieh, Jan-Sing; Chang, Jan-Gowth; Liu, Ta-Chih

    2012-10-09

    The identification of KRAS, BRAF, and PIK3CA mutations before the administration of anti-epidermal growth factor receptor therapy of colorectal cancer has become important. The aim of the present study was to investigate the occurrence of KRAS, BRAF, and PIK3CA mutations in the Taiwanese population with colorectal cancer. This study was undertaken to identify BRAF and PIK3CA mutations in patients with colorectal cancer by high-resolution melting (HRM) analysis. HRM analysis is a new gene scan tool that quickly performs the PCR and identifies sequence alterations without requiring post-PCR treatment. In the present study, DNAs were extracted from 182 cases of formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) colorectal cancer samples for clinical KRAS mutational analysis by direct sequencing. All the samples were also tested for mutations within BRAF V600E and PIK3CA (exons 9 and 20) by HRM analysis. The results were confirmed by direct sequencing. The frequency of BRAF and PIK3CA mutations is 1.1%, and 7.1%, respectively. Intriguingly, we found that nine patients (4.9%) with the KRAS mutation were coexistent with the PIK3CA mutation. Four patients (2.2%) without the KRAS mutation were existent with the PIK3CA mutation. Two patients (1.1%) without the KRAS mutation were existent with the BRAF mutation. In the current study, we suppose that HRM analysis is rapid, feasible, and powerful diagnostic tool for the detection of BRAF and PIK3CA mutations in a clinical setting. Additionally, our results indicated the prevalence of KRAS, BRAF, and PIK3CA mutational status in the Taiwanese population. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. BRAF-V600 mutations have no prognostic impact in stage IV melanoma patients treated with monochemotherapy.

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    Diana Meckbach

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The impact of BRAF tumor mutations on the natural course of disease of melanoma patients is controversial. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We analyzed the mutational status and overall survival of 215 patients receiving treatment with dacarbazine or temozolomide. All patients who started first-line treatment at our institution between 2000 and 2010 were included to prevent selection and bias due to thereafter arising therapeutic options. RESULTS: No patient received BRAF- or MEK-inhibitors during follow-up. Survival was associated with the pattern of visceral involvement, the presence of brain metastases and the serum lactate dehydrogenase level (all p<0.001. The BRAF-V600 mutational status was not associated with survival and no differences in overall survival were detected according to age, gender or to the cytotoxic agent used for therapy. In Cox regression analysis the presence of brain metastases (hazard ratio 2.3; p<0.001 and an elevated serum LDH (hazard ratio 2.5; p<0.001 were the only factors, which independently predicted survival. CONCLUSIONS: No differences in prognosis were observed according to the BRAF mutational status in patients with distant metastasis treated with monochemotherapy.

  7. High prevalence of deficient mismatch repair phenotype and the V600E BRAF mutation in elderly patients with colorectal cancer.

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    Aparicio, Thomas; Schischmanoff, Olivier; Poupardin, Cecile; Mary, Florence; Soufir, Nadem; Barrat, Christophe; Bellaiche, Guy; Boubaya, Marouane; Choudat, Laurence; Cucherousset, Joel; DesGuetz, Gaetan; Wind, Philippe; Benamouzig, Robert

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    Colorectal cancer (CRC) occurs mostly in the elderly. However, the biology of CRC in elderly has been poorly studied. This study examined the prevalence of deficient mismatch repair phenotype (dMMR) and BRAF mutations according to age. MMR phenotype was prospectively determined by molecular analysis in patients of all ages undergoing surgery for CRC. BRAF V600E mutation status was analysed in a subset of dMMR tumours. A total of 754 patients who underwent surgery between 2005 and 2008 were included in the study. Amongst them, 272 (36%) were ≥75years old. The proportion of women prevalence of dMMR was 19.4% in patients ≥75 and 10.7% in patients prevalence of dMMR was significantly higher in women than in men (27% vs 10.2%, respectively; p=0.003) but was similar in women and men prevalence of the BRAF V600E mutation according to sex (78% in women and 70% in men, p=0.9). The prevalence of dMMR in CRC is high in patients over 75. In elderly patients, dMMR tumours are significantly more frequent in women than in men. The BRAF mutation is frequent in elderly patients with CRC. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Circulating Cell-Free DNA from Colorectal Cancer Patients May Reveal High KRAS or BRAF Mutation Load

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    Mouliere, F.; Messaoudi, S. El; Gongora, C.; Guedj, A.S.; Robert, B.; Rio, M. del; Molina, F.; Lamy, P.J.; Lopez-Crapez, E.; Mathonnet, M.; Ychou, M.; Pezet, D.; Thierry, A.R.

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    We used a novel method based on allele-specific quantitative polymerase chain reaction (Intplex) for the analysis of circulating cell.free DNA (ccfDNA) to compare total ccfDNA and KRAS- or BRAF-mutated ccfDNA concentrations in blood samples from mice xenografted with the human SW620 colorectal cance

  9. 鼠类肉瘤滤过性毒菌致癌同源体B1 V600 E基因突变与甲状腺乳头状癌中央区淋巴结转移的关系%Association between BRAF V600E mutation and central lymph node metastasis in patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma

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    石臣磊; 秦华东; 丁超; 孙宇; 吕一辰; 石铁锋

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    Objective To investigate the association of concomitant BRAFV600E mutation with central lymph node metastases in papillary thyroid carcinoma ( PTC ) . Methods The clinicopathological data of 126 PTC patients who underwent surgical treatment within a period of 2 years were retrospectively analyzed. The BRAF V600E gene mutation was detected by quantitative fluorescence PCR. Results The BRAF mutation rate was 69. 0% (87/126). The univariate analysis showed that BRAF mutation status was significantly associated with central lymph node metastasis (P0. 05 for all). The multivariate analysis showed that only central lymph node metastasis was significantly correlated with BRAF mutation (P0. 05). When the diameter of tumor was >10 mm, the central lymph node metastasis rate was significantly higher in patients with positive BRAF mutation than that in patients with a negative BRAF mutation ( P<0. 05). Conclusions The presence of BRAF mutation is an independent predictive factor for central lymph node metastasis. When PTC is with preoperative positive BRAF mutation, the cervical dissection should be routinely performed. The larger the tumor diameter is, the more important is the central lymph node dissection. There should be re⁃evaluated the necessity of preventative central lymph node dissection when the tumor diameter was ≤5 mm in patients with negative BRAF mutation.%目的:探讨鼠类肉瘤滤过性毒菌致癌同源体B1(BRAF)V600E基因突变与甲状腺乳头状癌( PTC)中央区淋巴结转移的关系。方法回顾性分析126例PTC患者的临床病理资料,采用荧光定量PCR检测BRAF V600E基因的突变情况。结果126例PTC患者中,BRAF V600E基因突变发生率为69.0%(87/126)。单因素分析显示,中央区淋巴结转移与BRAF V600E基因突变有关(P<0.05),而患者性别、年龄、多发病灶、肿瘤大小、腺外侵及、桥本氏甲状腺炎和肿瘤分期与 BRAF V600E基因突变无关(P>0

  10. Assessment of BRAF V600E Status in Colorectal Carcinoma: Tissue-Specific Discordances between Immunohistochemistry and Sequencing.

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    Estrella, Jeannelyn S; Tetzlaff, Michael T; Bassett, Roland L; Patel, Keyur P; Williams, Michelle D; Curry, Jonathan L; Rashid, Asif; Hamilton, Stanley R; Broaddus, Russell R

    2015-12-01

    Although sequencing provides the gold standard for identifying colorectal carcinoma with BRAF V600E mutation, immunohistochemistry (IHC) with the recently developed mouse monoclonal antibody VE1 for BRAF V600E protein has shown promise as a more widely available and rapid method. However, we identified anecdotal discordance between VE1 IHC and sequencing results and therefore analyzed VE1 staining by two different IHC methods (Leica Bond and Ventana BenchMark) in whole tissue sections from 480 colorectal carcinomas (323 BRAF wild-type, 142 BRAF V600E mutation, and 15 BRAF non-V600E mutation). We also compared the results with melanomas and papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTC). With the Bond method, among 142 BRAF V600E-mutated colorectal carcinomas, 77 (54%) had diffuse VE1 staining and 48 (33%) had heterogeneous staining, but 17 (12%) were negative. Among 323 BRAF wild-type colorectal carcinomas, 196 (61%) were negative, but 127 (39%) had staining, including 7 with diffuse staining. When positivity was defined as staining in ≥ 20% of tumor cells, VE1 IHC had sensitivity of 75% and specificity of 93% for BRAF V600E mutation. With the Ventana method, among 57 BRAF V600E-mutated colorectal carcinomas, 36 (63%) had diffuse VE1 staining, whereas 6 (11%) had no or weak (Ventana VE1 IHC in melanoma and PTC were highly concordant with sequencing results. We conclude that VE1 IHC produces suboptimal results in colorectal carcinoma and should not be used to guide patient management.

  11. ERK/pERK expression and B-raf mutations in colon adenocarcinomas: correlation with clinicopathological characteristics

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    Levidou Georgia

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Colorectal (CRC carcinogenesis through various morphological stages has been linked to several genetic and epigenetic changes. The Raf/MEK/ERK (MAPK signal transduction cascade is an important mediator of a number of cellular fates. Methods In this study, we investigated the presence of B-raf and K-ras mutations in 94 consecutive cases of primary colon adenocarcinoma in correlation with the immunohistochemical expression of total and activated ERK and the expression of mismatch repair proteins (MMR hMLH1 and hMSH2 as well as their correlations with standard clinicopathological parameters. Results The immunostaining pattern for total and activated ERK was nuclear and cytoplasmic. hMLH1 and hMSH2 proteins were preserved in 45/63 (71.43% cases and 35/53 (66.04% cases respectively. Total ERK nuclear expression, was positively correlated with tumor stage (p = 0.049, whereas nuclear pERK expression was positively correlated with histological grade (p = 0.0113 and tumor stage (p = 0.0952, although the latter relationship was of marginal significance. DNA sequencing showed that 12 samples (12.7% had a mutation in B-RAF Exon 15 and none in Exon 11, whereas 22 (23.4% had a K-ras mutation. Disruption of the MAP kinase pathway-either through K-ras or B-raf mutation-was detected in 37% of all the examined cases, although the overexpression of total and activated ERK1/2 was not correlated with the mutational status of K-ras or B-raf genes. Finally, the preservation of hMLH1 or hMSH2 immunoexpression was not correlated with the presence of B-raf and/or K-ras mutations. Conclusions In this study, we present evidence that ERK activation occurs in a K-ras or B-raf -independent manner in the majority of primary colon cancer cases. Moreover, B-raf mutations are not associated with mismatch-repair deficiency through loss of hMLH1 or hMSH2 expression. Activated ERK could possibly be implicated in tumor invasiveness as well as in the acquisition of

  12. Assessment of epigenetic alterations in early colorectal lesions containing BRAF mutations

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    Nojima, Masanori; Harada, Taku; Maruyama, Reo; Ashida, Masami; Aoki, Hironori; Matsushita, Hiro-o; Yoshikawa, Kenjiro; Harada, Eiji; Tanaka, Yoshihito; Wakita, Shigenori; Niinuma, Takeshi; Kai, Masahiro; Eizuka, Makoto; Sugai, Tamotsu; Suzuki, Hiromu

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    To clarify the molecular and clinicopathological characteristics of colorectal serrated lesions, we assessed the DNA methylation of cancer-associated genes in a cohort of BRAF-mutant precancerous lesions from 94 individuals. We then compared those results with the lesions' clinicopathological features, especially colorectal subsites. The lesions included hyperplastic polyps (n = 16), traditional serrated adenomas (TSAs) (n = 15), TSAs with sessile serrated adenomas (SSAs) (n = 6), SSAs (n = 49) and SSAs with dysplasia (n = 16). The prevalence of lesions exhibiting the CpG island methylator phenotype (CIMP) was lower in the sigmoid colon and rectum than in other bowel subsites, including the cecum, ascending, transverse and descending colon. In addition, several cancer-associated genes showed higher methylation levels within lesions in the proximal to sigmoid colon than in the sigmoid colon and rectum. These results indicate that the methylation status of lesions with BRAF mutation is strongly associated with their location, histological findings and neoplastic pathways. By contrast, no difference in aberrant DNA methylation was observed in normal-appearing background colonic mucosa along the bowel subsites, which may indicate the absence of an epigenetic field defect. PMID:27145369

  13. Mixed pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma and ganglioglioma with existence of BRAF V600E mutation

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    Lei-ming WANG

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    Full Text Available Objective To investigate the clinicopathological and molecular genetic features of one case of mixed pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma (PXA and ganglioglioma (GG with BRAF V600E mutation.  Methods and Results A 14-year-old boy mainly presented paroxymal loss of consciousness and tic of limbs for 6 years. Head MRI displayed circular abnormal signal on the hippocampus of left temporal lobe, considering space-occupying lesion. The patient underwent operation, and the lesion was totally removed. Pink gyri in deep temporal lobe could be seen during the operation. The tumor tissue was red grey, tough, nonencapsulated, with calcification, cystic degeneration, rich blood supply and clear boundary. Morphology showed the tumor grew diffusely and was heterogeneous: some areas showed the structure of GG and others showed the structure of PXA. Immunohistochemical staining and special staining showed in the region of GG, the tumor was scatteredly positive for glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP and neurofilament protein (NF, gangliocyte-like cells were positive for microtubule associated protein-2 (MAP-2 and neuronal nuclei (NeuN, Ki-67 labeling index was 2%; in the region of PXA, spindle tumor cells were scatteredly positive for GFAP and NF, xanthomatoid cells were positive for CD163 and CD68, Ki-67 labeling index was 3%-5%, reticular fibers were abundant. Molecular detection showed that BRAF V600E mutation existed in both parts of the tumor. The patient was not treated by postoperative radiotherapy or chemotherapy. He took antiepileptic drugs (AEDs orally [sodium valproate 1.20 g (twice a day and levetiracetam 0.50 g (twice a day] for one year, and the symptoms were greatly improved. He had no evidence of tumor recurrence in the 18-month follow-up period.  Conclusions Combined PXA and GG is a rare tumor of the central nervous system (CNS. The tumor showed different morphological features of PXA and GG, but with the same BRAF V600E mutation molecular

  14. Noninferior response in BRAF{sup V600E} mutant nonmetastatic papillary thyroid carcinoma to radioiodine therapy

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    Li, Jiao; Zhao, Teng; Lin, Yansong [Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Beijing (China); Liang, Jun [Peking University International Hospital, Department of Oncology, Beijing (China)

    2016-06-15

    As the most frequent and specific genetic alteration in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC), BRAF{sup V600E} has an intimate relationship with more invasive tumour and higher postoperative recurrence risk in PTC patients. We investigate the effect of radioactive iodine (RAI) therapy on the clinical outcome in PTC patients with the BRAF{sup V600E} mutation without distant metastases. This retrospective study included PTC 228 patients without distant metastases who underwent total or near-total thyroidectomy and RAI treatment in our hospital from January 2011 to July 2014. The BRAF{sup V600E} status of the primary lesions was determined and the patients were divided into two groups according to the presence of the mutation. Serological and imaging data were collected at a median follow-up of 2.34 years after RAI administration. Suppressed and stimulated thyroglobulin (Tg), Tg antibody, diagnostic whole-body scintigraphy, and other imaging examinations were used to assess clinical outcome, which was defined as excellent response, indeterminate response, biochemical incomplete response and structural incomplete response. The BRAF{sup V600E} mutation was observed in 153 of the 228 patients (67.1 %). The clinicopathological features did not differ between the BRAF{sup V600E} mutatation and wild-type groups except age at diagnosis (P = 0.000), tumour size (P = 0.023) and TNM stage (P = 0.003). Older age and more advanced TNM stage were prevalent in the BRAF{sup V600E} mutatation group, whereas tumours were slightly larger in the BRAF{sup V600E} wild-type group. The response to RAI therapy was evaluated in both the entire series and the patients with a high recurrence risk, and no significant difference in response was found between the BRAF{sup V600E} mutatation and the wild-type groups (P = 0.881 and P = 0.851, respectively). The clinical response to timely postsurgical RAI therapy is not inferior in BRAF{sup V600E} mutation PTC patients without distant metastases, which

  15. Antitumoral efficacy of the protease inhibitor gabexate mesilate in colon cancer cells harbouring KRAS, BRAF and PIK3CA mutations.

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    Giovanni Brandi

    Full Text Available The employment of anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR antibodies represents a backbone of the therapeutic options for the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC. However, this therapy is poorly effective or ineffective in unselected patients. Mutations in KRAS, BRAF and PIK3CA genes have recently emerged as the best predictive factors of low/absent response to EGFR-targeted therapy. Due to the need for efficacious treatment options for mCRC patients bearing these mutations, in this short report we examined the antitumoral activity of the protease inhibitor gabexate mesilate, alone and in combination with the anti-EGFR monoclonal antibody cetuximab, in a panel of human CRC cell lines harbouring a different expression pattern of wild-type/mutated KRAS, BRAF and PIK3CA genes. Results obtained showed that gabexate mesilate significantly inhibited the growth, invasive potential and tumour-induced angiogenesis in all the CRC cells employed in this study (including those ones harbouring dual KRAS/PIK3CA or BRAF/PIK3CA mutation, while cetuximab affected these parameters only in CRC cells with KRAS, BRAF and PIK3CA wild-type. Notably, the antitumoral efficacy of gabexate mesilate and cetuximab in combination was found to be not superior than that observed with gabexate mesilate as single agent. Overall, these preliminary findings suggest that gabexate mesilate could represent a promising therapeutic option for mCRC patients, particularly for those harbouring KRAS, BRAF and PIK3CA mutations, either as mono-therapy or in addition to standard chemotherapy regimens. Further studies to better elucidate gabexate mesilate mechanism of action in CRC cells are therefore warranted.

  16. Mismatch Repair Status and BRAF Mutation Status in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Patients: A Pooled Analysis of the CAIRO, CAIRO2, COIN, and FOCUS Studies

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    Venderbosch, S.; Nagtegaal, I.D.; Maughan, T.S.; Smith, C.G.; Cheadle, J.P.; Fisher, D.; Kaplan, R.; Quirke, P.; Seymour, M.T.; Richman, S.D.; Meijer, G.A.; Ylstra, B.; Heideman, D.A.; Haan, A.F.J. de; Punt, C.J.A.; Koopman, M.

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    PURPOSE: To determine the prevalence and prognostic value of mismatch repair (MMR) status and its relation to BRAF mutation (BRAF(MT)) status in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: A pooled analysis of four phase III studies in first-line treatment of mCRC (CAIRO, CAIRO2, COIN,

  17. Assessment of DDR2, BRAF, EGFR and KRAS mutations as therapeutic targets in non-adenocarcinoma lung cancer patients.

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    Yashima, Hideaki; Shimizu, Kimihiro; Araki, Takuya; Aomori, Tohru; Ohtaki, Yoichi; Nagashima, Toshiteru; Enokida, Yasuaki; Atsumi, Jun; Nakamura, Tomonori; Takeyoshi, Izumi; Yamamoto, Koujirou

    2014-09-01

    Molecular-targeted therapy has not been established in non-adenocarcinoma lung cancer (non-AdLC), as no targets that affect the clinical efficacy of molecular-targeted drugs have yet been identified. In this study, we investigated the frequency of genetic variations in discoidin domain receptor 2 (DDR2), v-raf murine sarcoma viral oncogene homolog B1 (BRAF), epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and v-Ki-ras2 Kirsten rat sarcoma viral oncogene homolog (KRAS) in non-AdLC patients, in order to evaluate the possibility of genetic mutations in these genes being used as therapeutic targets for the treatment of patients with non-AdLC. For this purpose, we enrolled 150 non-AdLC patients who had undergone surgery at the Gunma University Hospital between December, 2003 and December, 2012. Genetic mutations in the EGFR, KRAS, DDR2 and BRAF genes were detected by a sequencing method or probe assay using DNA derived from cancer tissues. No somatic mutations in DDR2 or BRAF were detected in non-AdLC patients. Conversely, genetic mutations in EGFR exon 19 were found in 3 squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and 3 adenosquamous carcinoma patients, whereas KRAS codon 12 mutations were also found in 3 SCC patients and 1 large-cell neuroendocrine carcinoma patient. EGFR and KRAS mutations were mutually exclusive. This study indicated that, although DDR2 and BRAF mutations may only rarely be used as therapeutic targets, EGFR and KRAS mutations may represent candidate therapeutic targets, at least in the non-AdLC patients investigated.

  18. KRAS, BRAF, PIK3CA, and PTEN mutations: implications for targeted therapies in metastatic colorectal cancer.

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    De Roock, Wendy; De Vriendt, Veerle; Normanno, Nicola; Ciardiello, Fortunato; Tejpar, Sabine

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    The discovery of mutant KRAS as a predictor of resistance to epidermal growth-factor receptor (EGFR) monoclonal antibodies brought a major change in the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer. This seminal finding also highlighted our sparse knowledge about key signalling pathways in colorectal tumours. Drugs that inhibit oncogenic alterations such as phospho-MAP2K (also called MEK), phospho-AKT, and mutant B-RAF seem promising as single treatment or when given with EGFR inhibitors. However, our understanding of the precise role these potential drug targets have in colorectal tumours, and the oncogenic dependence that tumours might have on these components, has not progressed at the same rate. As a result, patient selection and prediction of treatment effects remain problematic. We review the role of mutations in genes other than KRAS on the efficacy of anti-EGFR therapy, and discuss strategies to target these oncogenic alterations alone or in combination with receptor tyrosine-kinase inhibition.

  19. Endometrial tumour BRAF mutations and MLH1 promoter methylation as predictors of germline mismatch repair gene mutation status: a literature review.

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    Metcalf, Alexander M; Spurdle, Amanda B

    2014-03-01

    Colorectal cancer (CRC) that displays high microsatellite instability (MSI-H) can be caused by either germline mutations in mismatch repair (MMR) genes, or non-inherited transcriptional silencing of the MLH1 promoter. A correlation between MLH1 promoter methylation, specifically the 'C' region, and BRAF V600E status has been reported in CRC studies. Germline MMR mutations also greatly increase risk of endometrial cancer (EC), but no systematic review has been undertaken to determine if these tumour markers may be useful predictors of MMR mutation status in EC patients. Endometrial cancer cohorts meeting review inclusion criteria encompassed 2675 tumours from 20 studies for BRAF V600E, and 447 tumours from 11 studies for MLH1 methylation testing. BRAF V600E mutations were reported in 4/2675 (0.1%) endometrial tumours of unknown MMR mutation status, and there were 7/823 (0.9%) total sequence variants in exon 11 and 27/1012 (2.7%) in exon 15. Promoter MLH1 methylation was not observed in tumours from 32 MLH1 mutation carriers, or for 13 MSH2 or MSH6 mutation carriers. MMR mutation-negative individuals with tumour MLH1 and PMS2 IHC loss displayed MLH1 methylation in 48/51 (94%) of tumours. We have also detailed specific examples that show the importance of MLH1 promoter region, assay design, and quantification of methylation. This review shows that BRAF mutations occurs so infrequently in endometrial tumours they can be discounted as a useful marker for predicting MMR-negative mutation status, and further studies of endometrial cohorts with known MMR mutation status are necessary to quantify the utility of tumour MLH1 promoter methylation as a marker of negative germline MMR mutation status in EC patients.

  20. Comparative analysis of BRAF, NRAS and c-KIT mutation status between tumor tissues and autologous tumor cell-lines of stage III/IV melanoma.

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    Knol, Anne-Chantal; Pandolfino, Marie-Christine; Vallée, Audrey; Nguyen, Frédérique; Lella, Virginie; Khammari, Amir; Denis, Marc; Puaux, Anne-Laure; Dréno, Brigitte

    2015-01-01

    In the last decade, advances in molecular biology have provided evidence of the genotypic heterogeneity of melanoma. We analysed BRAF, NRAS and c-KIT alterations in tissue samples from 63 stage III/IV melanoma patients and autologous cell-lines, using either allele-specific or quantitative PCR. The expression of BRAF V600E protein was also investigated using an anti-BRAF antibody in the same tissue samples. 81% of FFPE samples and tumor cell-lines harboured a genetic alteration in either BRAF (54%) or NRAS (27%) oncogenes. There was a strong concordance (100%) between tissue samples and tumor cell-lines. The BRAF V600E mutant-specific antibody showed high sensitivity (96%) and specificity (100%) for detecting the presence of a BRAF V600E mutation. The correlation was of 98% between PCR and immunohistochemistry results for BRAF mutation. These results suggest that BRAF and NRAS mutation status of tumor cells is not affected by culture conditions.

  1. Ultra-deep sequencing confirms immunohistochemistry as a highly sensitive and specific method for detecting BRAF V600E mutations in colorectal carcinoma.

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    Rössle, Matthias; Sigg, Michèle; Rüschoff, Jan H; Wild, Peter J; Moch, Holger; Weber, Achim; Rechsteiner, Markus P

    2013-11-01

    The activating BRAF (V600) mutation is a well-established negative prognostic biomarker in metastatic colorectal carcinoma (CRC). A recently developed monoclonal mouse antibody (clone VE1) has been shown to detect reliably BRAF (V600E) mutated protein by immunohistochemistry (IHC). In this study, we aimed to compare the detection of BRAF (V600E) mutations by IHC, Sanger sequencing (SaS), and ultra-deep sequencing (UDS) in CRC. VE1-IHC was established in a cohort of 68 KRAS wild-type CRCs. The VE1-IHC was only positive in the three patients with a known BRAF (V600E) mutation as assessed by SaS and UDS. The test cohort consisted of 265 non-selected, consecutive CRC samples. Thirty-nine out of 265 cases (14.7%) were positive by VE1-IHC. SaS of 20 randomly selected IHC negative tumors showed BRAF wild-type (20/20). Twenty-four IHC-positive cases were confirmed by SaS (24/39; 61.5%) and 15 IHC-positive cases (15/39; 38.5%) showed a BRAF wild-type by SaS. UDS detected a BRAF (V600E) mutation in 13 of these 15 discordant cases. In one tumor, the mutation frequency was below our threshold for UDS positivity, while in another case, UDS could not be performed due to low DNA amount. Statistical analysis showed sensitivities of 100% and 63% and specificities of 95 and 100% for VE1-IHC and SaS, respectively, compared to combined results of SaS and UDS. Our data suggests that there is high concordance between UDS and IHC using the anti-BRAF(V600E) (VE1) antibody. Thus, VE1 immunohistochemistry is a highly sensitive and specific method in detecting BRAF (V600E) mutations in colorectal carcinoma.

  2. Clinico-pathological nomogram for predicting BRAF mutational status of metastatic colorectal cancer

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    Loupakis, Fotios; Moretto, Roberto; Aprile, Giuseppe; Muntoni, Marta; Cremolini, Chiara; Iacono, Donatella; Casagrande, Mariaelena; Ferrari, Laura; Salvatore, Lisa; Schirripa, Marta; Rossini, Daniele; De Maglio, Giovanna; Fasola, Gianpiero; Calvetti, Lorenzo; Pilotto, Sara; Carbognin, Luisa; Fontanini, Gabriella; Tortora, Giampaolo; Falcone, Alfredo; Sperduti, Isabella; Bria, Emilio

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    Background: In metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), BRAFV600E mutation has been variously associated to specific clinico-pathological features. Methods: Two large retrospective series of mCRC patients from two Italian Institutions were used as training-set (TS) and validation-set (VS) for developing a nomogram predictive of BRAFV600E status. The model was internally and externally validated. Results: In the TS, data from 596 mCRC patients were gathered (RAS wild-type (wt) 281 (47.1%); BRAFV600E mutated 54 (9.1%)); RAS and BRAFV600E mutations were mutually exclusive. In the RAS-wt population, right-sided primary (odds ratio (OR): 7.80, 95% confidence interval (CI) 3.05–19.92), female gender (OR: 2.90, 95% CI 1.14–7.37) and mucinous histology (OR: 4.95, 95% CI 1.90–12.90) were independent predictors of BRAFV600E mutation, with high replication at internal validation (100%, 93% and 98%, respectively). A predictive nomogram was calculated: patients with the highest score (right-sided primary, female and mucinous) had a 81% chance to bear a BRAFV600E-mutant tumour; accuracy measures: AUC=0.812, SE:0.034, sensitivity:81.2% specificity:72.1%. In the VS (508 pts, RAS wt: 262 (51.6%), BRAFV600E mutated: 49 (9.6%)), right-sided primary, female gender and mucinous histology were confirmed as independent predictors of BRAFV600E mutation with high accuracy. Conclusions: Three simple and easy-to-collect characteristics define a useful nomogram for predicting BRAF status in mCRC with high specificity and sensitivity. PMID:26575603

  3. BRAF基因突变与皮肤恶性黑素瘤%BRAF gene mutation and cutaneous melanoma

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    郑博文; 何黎; 张林; 邹勇莉

    2009-01-01

    BRAF gene, located in chromosome 7q34, encodes a serine/threonine protein kinase of 67-99 kilodalton which plays an important regulating role in the pathway of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK). Recent studies have revealed the relationship between BRAF gene mutation and cutaneous melanoma. Some progress has been made in the research about BRAF gene-targeting therapy. To study BRAF gene and its mutation may benefit the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis evaluation of melanoma.%BRAF基因,位于染色体7q34编码一个67 000~99 000的丝,苏氨酸蛋白激酶,其产物在丝裂原活化蛋白激酶信号途径中起重要调控作用.国内外的研究者先后发现并揭示出BRAF基因变异与皮肤恶性黑素瘤的关系.随着探索的深入,部分学者以BRAF基因作为治疗靶向进行研究,并初步取得成果.对BRAF基因及其突变的研究可能在未来恶性黑素瘤诊断、治疗以及预后等方面产生临床价值,为恶性黑素瘤的治疗开辟新的方向.

  4. A novel approach to detect KRAS/BRAF mutation for colon cancer: Highly sensitive simultaneous detection of mutations and simple pre-treatment without DNA extraction.

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    Suzuki, Shun-Ichi; Matsusaka, Satoshi; Hirai, Mitsuharu; Shibata, Harumi; Takagi, Koichi; Mizunuma, Nobuyuki; Hatake, Kiyohiko

    2015-07-01

    It has been reported that colon cancer patients with KRAS and BRAF mutations that lie downstream of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) acquire resistance against therapy with anti‑EGFR antibodies, cetuximab and panitumumab. On the other hand, some reports say KRAS codon 13 mutation (p.G13D) has lower resistance against anti-EGFR antibodies, thus there is a substantial need for detection of specific KRAS mutations. We have established a state-of-the-art measurement system using QProbe (QP) method that allows simultaneous measurement of KRAS codon 12/13, p.G13D and BRAF mutation, and compared this method against Direct Sequencing (DS) using 182 specimens from colon cancer patients. In addition, 32 biopsy specimens were processed with a novel pre-treatment method without DNA purification in order to detect KRAS/BRAF. As a result of KRAS mutation measurement, concordance rate between the QP method and DS method was 81.4% (144/177) except for the 5 specimens that were undeterminable. Among them, 29 specimens became positive with QP method and negative with DS method. BRAF was measured with QP method only, and the mutation detection rate was 3.9% (6/153). KRAS measurement using a simple new pre-treatment method without DNA extraction resulted in 31 good results out of 32, all of them matching with the DS method. We have established a simple but highly sensitive simultaneous detection system for KRAS/BRAF. Moreover, introduction of the novel pre-treatment technology eliminated the inconvenient DNA extraction process. From this research achievement, we not only anticipate quick and accurate results returned in the clinical field but also contribution in improving the test quality and work efficiency.

  5. Clinicopathological features and clinical outcomes associated with TP53 and BRAF(N)(on-)(V)(600) mutations in cutaneous melanoma patients.

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    Kim, Dae Won; Haydu, Lauren E; Joon, Aron Y; Bassett, Roland L; Siroy, Alan E; Tetzlaff, Michael T; Routbort, Mark J; Amaria, Rodabe N; Wargo, Jennifer A; McQuade, Jennifer L; Kemnade, Jan; Hwu, Patrick; Woodman, Scott E; Roszik, Jason; Kim, Kevin B; Gershenwald, Jeffrey E; Lazar, Alexander J; Davies, Michael A

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    BRAF(V600) , NRAS, TP53, and BRAF(Non-V600) are among the most common mutations detected in non-acral cutaneous melanoma patients. Although several studies have identified clinical and pathological features associated with BRAF(V600) and NRAS mutations, limited data are available regarding the correlates and significance of TP53 and BRAF(Non-V600) mutations. This study analyzed the patient demographics, primary tumor features, and clinical outcomes of a large cohort of non-acral cutaneous melanoma patients who had undergone clinically indicated molecular testing (n = 926). The prevalence of BRAF(V600) , NRAS, TP53, and BRAF(Non-V600) mutations was 43%, 21%, 19%, and 7%, respectively. The presence of a TP53 mutation was associated with older age (P = .019), a head and neck primary tumor site (P = .0001), and longer overall survival (OS) from the diagnosis of stage IV disease in univariate (P = .039) and multivariate analyses (P = .015). BRAF(Non-V600) mutations were associated with older age (P = .005) but not with primary tumor features or OS from stage IV. Neither TP53 nor BRAF(Non-V600) mutations correlated significantly with OS with frontline ipilimumab treatment, and the TP53 status was not significantly associated with outcomes with frontline BRAF inhibitor therapy. Eleven patients with BRAF(Non-V600) mutations were treated with a BRAF inhibitor. Three patients were not evaluable for a response because of treatment cessation for toxicities; the remaining patients had disease progression as the best response to therapy. These results add to the understanding of the clinical features associated with TP53 and BRAF(Non-V600) mutations in advanced cutaneous melanoma patients, and they support the rationale for evaluating the prognostic significance of TP53 in other cohorts of melanoma patients. Cancer 2017;123:1372-1381. © 2016 American Cancer Society. © 2016 American Cancer Society.

  6. BRAF mutation and BRAF-targeted therapy:recent advances in non-small cell lung cancer%非小细胞肺癌BRAF突变及靶向治疗的研究进展

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    张静(综述); 樊旼(审校)

    2015-01-01

    BRAF mutation is one of driver mutations in non⁃small cell lung cancer(NSCLC). BRAF mutation rate is about 0�5%~4�9%, and more than half of BRAF mutation is V600E. BRAF mutation occurs more commonly in female patients with adeno⁃carcinoma, and the mutation rate is much lower in Asian people. The clinical significance of coexistence of BRAF mutation and other mutations, such as EGFR and K⁃Ras mutations was yet unknown. Given the huge global burden of lung cancer, progress of BRAF mu⁃tation studies hold significant importance, despite its low mutation rate overall. Currently, several BRAF inhibitors are being studied in clinical trials for patients with NSCLC. This review is intended to outline the recent advances of BRAF mutation and its targeted therapy in NSCLC.%鼠类肉瘤病毒癌基因同源物B1( BRAF)基因是非小细胞肺癌( NSCLC)的驱动基因之一,在NSCLC中突变率为0�5%~4�9%,其中V600E突变类型占到一半以上。 BRAF突变多见于女性、肺腺癌患者,亚裔人群中突变率相对较低。BRAF突变可与其他基因突变,如EGFR、K⁃Ras突变共存,但其临床意义尚不清楚。全球NSCLC患者数量庞大,尽管BRAF突变率在NSCLC中较低,低突变率基因及其靶向治疗的研究仍然相当重要。目前BRAF抑制剂治疗NSCLC正在临床试验中。本文就NSCLC中BRAF突变及靶向治疗的研究进展进行综述。

  7. Are All Mutations the Same? A Rare Case Report of Coexisting Mutually Exclusive KRAS and BRAF Mutations in a Patient with Metastatic Colon Adenocarcinoma

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    Anusha Vittal

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    Full Text Available 29-year-old Hispanic woman presented to the clinic with complaints of abdominal pain, nausea, fatigue, and constipation. Laboratory tests indicated the presence of iron deficiency anemia and transaminitis. Imaging evaluation revealed marked hepatomegaly with multiple hepatic metastases and pelvic lymphadenopathy. Biopsy of the hepatic lesions showed adenocarcinoma positive for pan-cytokeratin, CMA5.2, villin, and CDX2. She was positive for tumor markers CA 19-9, CA-125, and CEA. Upon further evaluation, she was found to have colorectal cancer positive for KRAS and BRAF mutations. Unfortunately, her disease progressed rapidly and she expired within 3 months from the time of her first diagnosis. KRAS and BRAF mutations are rare enough to be considered virtually mutually exclusive but coexistent mutations appear to be a distinct molecular and clinical subset with aggressive course of illness, which is in dire need of new treatment strategies. Panitumumab and Cetuximab are approved for patients with wild type KRAS CRC. Vemurafenib is a potent inhibitor of the kinase domain in mutant BRAF and its use in BRAF mutated colon cancer remains to be well established. Our report highlights the need to obtain tissue samples from these patients for analysis and to evaluate the benefit of Vemurafenib in colorectal cancers.

  8. Analysis of BRAF V600E mutation in 1,320 nervous system tumors reveals high mutation frequencies in pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma, ganglioglioma and extra-cerebellar pilocytic astrocytoma

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    Schindler, G.; Capper, D.; Meyer, J.; Janzarik, W.; Omran, H.; Herold-Mende, C.; Schmieder, K.; Wesseling, P.; Mawrin, C.; Hasselblatt, M.; Louis, D.N.; Korshunov, A.; Pfister, S.; Hartmann, C.; Paulus, W.; Reifenberger, G.; Deimling, A. Von

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    Missense mutations of the V600E type constitute the vast majority of tumor-associated somatic alterations in the v-RAF murine sarcoma viral oncogene homolog B1 (BRAF) gene. Initially described in melanoma, colon and papillary thyroid carcinoma, these alterations have also been observed in primary ne

  9. Read-through strategies for suppression of nonsense mutations in Duchenne/ Becker muscular dystrophy: aminoglycosides and ataluren (PTC124).

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    Finkel, Richard S

    2010-09-01

    Nucleotide changes within an exon can alter the trinucleotide normally encoding a particular amino acid, such that a new ''stop'' signal is transcribed into the mRNA open reading frame. This causes the ribosome to prematurely terminate its reading of the mRNA, leading to nonsense-mediated decay of the transcript and lack of production of a normal full-length protein. Such premature termination codon mutations occur in an estimated 10% to 15% of many genetically based disorders, including Duchenne/Becker muscular dystrophy. Therapeutic strategies have been developed to induce ribosomal read-through of nonsense mutations in mRNA and allow production of a full-length functional protein. Small-molecule drugs (aminoglycosides and ataluren [PTC124]) have been developed and are in clinical testing in patients with nonsense mutations within the dystrophin gene. Use of nonsense mutation suppression in Duchenne/Becker muscular dystrophy may offer the prospect of targeting the specific mutation causing the disease and correcting the fundamental pathophysiology.

  10. Readthrough Strategies for Suppression of Nonsense Mutations in Duchenne/Becker Muscular Dystrophy: Aminoglycosides and Ataluren (PTC124)

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    Finkel, Richard S.

    2013-01-01

    Nucleotide changes within an exon may alter the trinucleotide normally encoding a particular amino acid, such that a new “stop” signal is transcribed into the mRNA open reading frame. This causes the ribosome to prematurely terminate its reading of the mRNA, leading to nonsense-mediated decay of the transcript and lack of production of a normal full-length protein. Such premature termination codon mutations occur in an estimated 10% to 15% of many genetically based disorders, including Duchenne/Becker muscular dystrophy. Therapeutic strategies have been developed to induce ribosomal readthrough of nonsense mutations in mRNA and allow production of a full-length functional protein. Small molecule drugs (aminoglycosides and ataluren [PTC124]) have been developed and are in clinical testing in patients with nonsense mutations within the dystrophin gene. Use of nonsense mutation suppression in Duchenne/Becker muscular dystrophy may offer the prospect of targeting the specific mutation causing the disease and correcting the fundamental pathophysiology. PMID:20519671

  11. MGMT Promoter Methylation and BRAF V600E Mutations Are Helpful Markers to Discriminate Pleomorphic Xanthoastrocytoma from Giant Cell Glioblastoma.

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    Laura-Nanna Lohkamp

    Full Text Available Giant Cell Glioblastoma (gcGBM and Pleomorphic Xanthoastrocytoma (PXA are rare astroglial tumors of the central nervous system. Although they share certain histomorphological and immunohistochemical features, they are characterized by different clinical behavior and prognosis. Nevertheless, few cases remain uncertain, as their histomorphological hallmarks and immunophenotypes do correspond to the typical pattern neither of gcGBM nor PXA. Therefore, in addition to the routinely used diagnostic histochemical and immunohistochemical markers like Gömöri, p53 and CD34, we analyzed if genetic variations like MGMT promoter methylation, mutations in the IDH1/2 genes, or BRAF mutations, which are actually used as diagnostic, prognostic and predictive molecular markers in anaplastic glial tumors, could be helpful in the differential diagnostic of both tumor entities. We analyzed 34 gcGBM and 20 PXA for genetic variations in the above-named genes and found distinct distributions between both groups. MGMT promoter hypermethylation was observed in 3 out of 20 PXA compared to 14 out of 34 gcGBM (15% vs. 41.2%, p-value 0.09. BRAF V600E mutations were detected in 50% of the PXA but not in any of the gcGBM (50% vs. 0%, p-value < 0.001. IDH1 R132 and IDH R172 mutations were not present in any of the PXA and gcGBM cases. Our data indicate, that in addition to the histological and immunohistochemical evaluation, investigation of MGMT promoter methylation and in particular BRAF V600E mutations represent reliable additional tools to sustain differentiation of gcGBM from PXA on a molecular basis. Based on these data specific BRAF kinase inhibitors could represent a promising agent in the therapy of PXA and their use should be emphasized.

  12. CpG Island Methylation, Microsatellite Instability, and BRAF Mutations and Their Clinical Application in the Treatment of Colon Cancer

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    Christina Wu

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    Full Text Available There have been significant developments in colon cancer research over the last few years, enabling us to better characterize tumors individually and classifying them according to certain molecular or genetic features. Currently, we are able to use KRAS mutational status as a guide to therapy with anti-epidermal growth factor receptor antibodies. Other molecular features under research include BRAF mutation, microsatellite instability, and CpG island methylation. These three molecular features are often associated with tumors that have overlapping phenotypes and can be present simultaneously in the same tumor. However, they carry different prognostic and predictive qualities, making analysis of their interaction relatively complex. Much research thus far has examined the clinical relevance of microsatellite instability in helping determine prognosis and the predictive value of adjuvant 5-fluorouracil chemotherapy in stages II and III colon cancers. BRAF mutation appears to be a biomarker for poor prognosis. CpG island methylation is tightly associated with microsatellite instable tumors and BRAF mutation, but its clinical utility remains uncertain. Hereby, we examine preclinical and clinical data that supports the utilization of all three phenotypes in future research applied to clinical practice.

  13. BRAF, KIT and NRAS mutations and expression of c-KIT, phosphorylated extracellular signal-regulated kinase and phosphorylated AKT in Japanese melanoma patients.

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    Oyama, Satomi; Funasaka, Yoko; Watanabe, Atsushi; Takizawa, Toshihiro; Kawana, Seiji; Saeki, Hidehisa

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    To clarify the status of gene mutation and activation of growth signal in melanoma of Japanese patients in vivo, we analyzed the mutation of BRAF exon 15, NRAS exon 2, and KIT exons 9, 11, 13, 17 and 18 in melanoma cells obtained by laser capture microdissection, and performed direct sequencing in 20 cases of acral lentiginous melanoma (ALM) and 17 cases of superficial spreading melanoma (SSM). In the study of the mutation of BRAF, pyrosequencing was also done. To examine the cell proliferation signaling, immunohistochemistry for phosphorylated extracellular signal-regulated kinase (pERK), phosphorylated AKT (phosphorylated AKT) and c-KIT was done. The mutation of BRAF p.V600E was detected in 13 cases of ALM (65.0%) and 12 cases of SSM (70.6%). No NRAS mutation was found in all cases. The mutation in exons 9, 11, and 18 of KIT was detected in nine cases. The mutation of BRAF and KIT showed no correlation with clinical stage, lymph node metastasis, tumor thickness, ulceration and histology. pERK and pAKT was observed in small population of melanoma cells and there was no correlation with gene mutation. Our results indicate that the mutations of BRAF and KIT exist in Japanese melanoma patients, however, the cell growth signaling may be regulated by not only these mutated genes, but by other unknown regulatory factors, which may affect the prognosis of melanoma.

  14. BRAF mutations in cutaneous melanoma: no correlation with histological prognostic factors or overall survival Mutações BRAF em melanomas cutâneos: nenhuma correlação com fatores prognósticos e sobrevida global

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    Juliana Elizabeth Jung

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Molecular biology techniques allow identification of molecular markers such as BRAF and c-Kit gene mutations in melanomas. Studies on genetic alterations in melanomas of South-American patients are sparse. OBJECTIVES: To identify the incidence of BRAF and c-Kit gene mutations in primary cutaneous melanomas in Brazilian patients and to evaluate pathogenetic and prognostic implications of these mutations correlating them with clinical and histopathological data. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Ninety-six surgical specimens of primary cutaneous melanoma and 15 corresponding metastasis were analyzed using TaqMan Real-Time polymerase chain reaction (PCR assays. RESULTS: In comparison with the medical literature, a relatively low frequency of BRAF mutation in primary (39% and metastatic (40% melanomas and complete absence of c-Kit gene mutations were demonstrated. BRAF mutations arose at an early stage during melanoma progression and were not involved in the transition of thin ( 1 mm melanomas. BRAF mutations are related to patients' younger age and to the pattern of sun exposure, although there was no correlation with any histological prognostic factor or overall survival. CONCLUSION: The identification of both BRAF and c-Kit mutation is not a suitable prognostic indicator in the Brazilian population. Moreover, the relatively low frequency of BRAF mutations brings into question if it actually plays a key role in melanoma pathogenesis.INTRODUÇÃO: Técnicas de biologia molecular permitem a identificação de marcadores moleculares como mutações dos genes BRAF e c-Kit em melanomas. Estudos de alterações genéticas em pacientes sul-americanos são escassos. OBJETIVOS: Identificar a incidência de mutações dos genes BRAF e c-Kit em melanomas cutâneos primários em uma série de pacientes brasileiros e avaliar as implicações patogenéticas e prognósticas dessas mutações, correlacionando-as com dados clínicos e histopatológicos. MATERIAL

  15. Preappointment testing for BRAF/KIT mutation in advanced melanoma: a model in molecular data delivery for individualized medicine.

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    Mounajjed, Taofic; Brown, Char L; Stern, Therese K; Bjorheim, Annette M; Bridgeman, Andrew J; Rumilla, Kandelaria M; McWilliams, Robert R; Flotte, Thomas J

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    The emergence of individualized medicine is driven by developments in precision diagnostics, epitomized by molecular testing. Because treatment decisions are being made based on such molecular data, data management is gaining major importance. Among data management challenges, creating workflow solutions for timely delivery of molecular data has become pivotal. This study aims to design and implement a scalable process that permits preappointment BRAF/KIT mutation analysis in melanoma patients, allowing molecular results necessary for treatment plans to be available before the patient's appointment. Process implementation aims to provide a model for efficient molecular data delivery for individualized medicine. We examined the existing process of BRAF/KIT testing in melanoma patients visiting our institution for oncology consultation. We created 5 working groups, each designing a specific segment of an alternative process that would allow preappointment BRAF/KIT testing and delivery of results. Data were captured and analyzed to evaluate the success of the alternative process. For 1 year, 35 (59%) of 55 patients had prior BRAF/KIT testing. The remaining 20 patients went through the new process of preappointment testing; results were available at the time of appointment for 12 patients (overall preappointment results availability, 85.5%). The overall process averaged 13.4 ± 4.7 days. In conclusion, we describe the successful implementation of a scalable workflow solution that permits preappointment BRAF/KIT mutation analysis and result delivery in melanoma patients. This sets the stage for further applications of this model to other conditions, answering an increasing demand for robust delivery of molecular data for individualized medicine. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Prevalence of the B Type Raf Kinase V600E Mutation in Cytologically Indeterminate Thyroid Nodules: Correlation with Ultrasonographic and Pathologic Features

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    Kim, Chae Hyun; Choi, Yoon Jung; Choi, Seon Hyeong; Rho, Myong Ho Kook Shin Ho; Chung, Eun Chul [Dept. of Radiology, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Chae, Seoung Wan; Kim, Dong Hoon; Sohn, Jin Hee [Dept. of Radiology, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Yun, Ji Sup [Dept. of Radiology, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    To study the prevalence of B type Raf kinase (BRAF) mutations, and to evaluate the ultrasonographic and clinicopathological features associated with thyroid cytology of indeterminate nodules. We assessed the presence or absence of BRAF mutation in 44 specimens from patients with cytologically indeterminate thyroid nodules according to two consecutive preoperative fine needle aspiration cytology procedures. In 9 specimens, the test for BRAF mutation was not possible due to scant cellularity. DNA was extracted from the atypical cells and then analyzed for the BRAF V600E mutation by pyrosequencing. The ultrasonographic and clinicopathological features of the patients were characterized according to their mutation status. The BRAF V600E mutation was present in 17 (48.6%) of 35 patients with indeterminate cytology results and in 17 (54.8%) of the 31 patients with papillary thyroid cancer (PTC). Twenty two of 35 cytologically indeterminate nodules had calcifications, and among them 14 cases were proven to be positive for BRAF V600E mutations. Extrathyroid extension was significantly more frequent in the presence of the BRAF V600E mutation (p = 0.027), while tumor size, lympho-vascular invasion, or lymph node metastasis were not associated with the mutation. Screening for BRAF V600E mutations in conjunction with cytology may increase the diagnostic accuracy for PTC with indeterminate cytology results.

  17. Combination with γ-secretase inhibitor prolongs treatment efficacy of BRAF inhibitor in BRAF-mutated melanoma cells.

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    Zhu, Guannan; Yi, Xiuli; Haferkamp, Sebastian; Hesbacher, Sonja; Li, Chunying; Goebeler, Matthias; Gao, Tianwen; Houben, Roland; Schrama, David

    2016-06-28

    Oncogenic triggering of the MAPK pathway in melanocytes results in senescence, and senescence escape is considered as one critical step for melanocytic transformation. In melanoma, induction of a senescent-like state by BRAF-inhibitors (BRAFi) in a fraction of treated cells - instead of killing - contributes to the repression of tumor growth, but may also provide a source for relapse. Here, we demonstrate that NOTCH activation in melanocytes is not only growth-promoting but it also protects these cells against oncogene-induced senescence. In turn, treatment of melanoma cells with an inhibitor of the NOTCH-activating enzyme γ-secretase led to induction of a senescent-like status in a fraction of the cells but overall achieved only a moderate inhibition of melanoma cell growth. However, combination of γ-secretase inhibitor (GSI) with BRAFi markedly increased the treatment efficacy particularly in long-term culture. Moreover, even melanoma cells starting to regrow after continuous BRAFi treatment - the major problem of BRAFi therapy in patients - can still be affected by the combination treatment. Thus, combining GSI with BRAFi increases the therapeutic efficacy by, at least partially, prolonging the senescent-like state of treated cells.

  18. Associations of anthropometric factors with KRAS and BRAF mutation status of primary colorectal cancer in men and women: a cohort study.

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    Brändstedt, Jenny; Wangefjord, Sakarias; Nodin, Björn; Eberhard, Jakob; Sundström, Magnus; Manjer, Jonas; Jirström, Karin

    2014-01-01

    Obesity is a well-established risk factor for colorectal cancer (CRC), and accumulating evidence suggests a differential influence of sex and anthropometric factors on the molecular carcinogenesis of the disease. The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship between height, weight, bodyfat percentage, waist- and hip circumference, waist-hip ratio (WHR), body mass index (BMI) and CRC risk according to KRAS and BRAF mutation status of the tumours, with particular reference to potential sex differences. KRAS and BRAF mutations were analysed by pyrosequencing in tumours from 494 incident CRC cases in the Malmö Diet and Cancer Study. Hazard ratios of CRC risk according to anthropometric factors and mutation status were calculated using multivariate Cox regression models. While all anthropometric measures except height were associated with an increased risk of KRAS-mutated tumours, only BMI was associated with an increased risk of KRAS wild type tumours overall. High weight, hip, waist, WHR and BMI were associated with an increased risk of BRAF wild type tumours, but none of the anthropometric factors were associated with risk of BRAF-mutated CRC, neither in the overall nor in the sex-stratified analysis. In men, several anthropometric measures were associated with both KRAS-mutated and KRAS wild type tumours. In women, only a high WHR was significantly associated with an increased risk of KRAS-mutated CRC. A significant interaction was found between sex and BMI with respect to risk of KRAS-mutated tumours. In men, all anthropometric factors except height were associated with an increased risk of BRAF wild type tumours, whereas in women, only bodyfat percentage was associated with an increased risk of BRAF wild type tumours. The results from this prospective cohort study further support an influence of sex and lifestyle factors on different pathways of colorectal carcinogenesis, defined by KRAS and BRAF mutation status of the tumours.

  19. The clinical significance of KRAS and BRAF oncogene mutations in hepatocellular carci-noma%原发性肝癌中 KRAS 及 BRAF 基因突变及其临床意义

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    尹小兰; 许青

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    Objective:To investigate the mutations of KRAS and BRAF genes in patients with hepatocellular carci-noma(HCC),and to determine its roles in the development of disease and treatment.Methods:Plasma samples (51 cases)were collected from HCC patients,including 25 patients with extrahepatic metastasis,and 26 patients without extrahepatic metastasis.10ml plasma was collected and DNA was extracted from the plasma samples,and human KRAS /NRAS gene and BRAF V600E gene mutation detection kits were used to detect KRAS and BRAF gene muta-tion.Finally analyzing the correlation between gene mutation probability and its clinical and pathological features.Re-sults:The KRAS mutation rates of patients with extrahepatic metastasis (24%,6 /25)was much higher than the pa-tients without extrahepatic metastasis (0%,0 /26),and the difference was significant (P <0.05).No mutation was detected in BRAF gene in hepatocellular carcinoma patients.Conclusion:This study showed that mutation of KRAS gene will be occurred in hepatocellular carcinoma patients,while no mutation was observed in BRAF gene or the muta-tion ratio of BRAF was low.The KRAS mutation frequency was increased with the increased risk of extrahepatic me-tastasis.%目的:检测原发性肝癌患者血浆中的 KRAS 与 BRAF 基因突变机率及特征,研究与疾病进展的相关性及对治疗的意义。方法:收集肝癌患者血液(51例),观察组25例,为肝癌伴肝外转移患者;对照组26例,为病灶局限于肝脏的肝癌患者。所有的患者抽取外周血10ml,从血样中游离 DNA,采用人类 KRAS /NRAS 基因突变联合检测试剂盒及人类 BRAF 基因 V600E 突变检测试剂盒分别对 KRAS 基因和 BRAF 基因突变进行检测,并分析基因突变机率及与其突变特征。结果:51例肝癌患者中,伴肝外转移患者 KRAS 基因突变率(24%,6/25)明显高于无肝外转移患者 KRAS 基因突变率(0%,0/26;P <0.05

  20. A comparative evaluation of NB30, NB54 and PTC124 in translational read-through efficacy for treatment of an USH1C nonsense mutation

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    Goldmann, Tobias; Overlack, Nora; Möller, Fabian; Belakhov, Valery; van Wyk, Michiel; Baasov, Timor; Wolfrum, Uwe; Nagel-Wolfrum, Kerstin

    2012-01-01

    Translational read-through-inducing drugs (TRIDs) promote read-through of nonsense mutations, placing them in the spotlight of current gene-based therapeutic research. Here, we compare for the first time the relative efficacies of new-generation aminoglycosides NB30, NB54 and the chemical compound PTC124 on retinal toxicity and read-through efficacy of a nonsense mutation in the USH1C gene, which encodes the scaffold protein harmonin. This mutation causes the human Usher syndrome, the most common form of inherited deaf-blindness. We quantify read-through efficacy of the TRIDs in cell culture and show the restoration of harmonin function. We do not observe significant differences in the read-through efficacy of the TRIDs in retinal cultures; however, we show an excellent biocompatibility in retinal cultures with read-through versus toxicity evidently superior for NB54 and PTC124. In addition, in vivo administration of NB54 and PTC124 induced recovery of the full-length harmonin a1 with the same efficacy. The high biocompatibilities combined with the sustained read-through efficacies of these drugs emphasize the potential of NB54 and PTC124 in treating nonsense mutation-based retinal disorders. PMID:23027640

  1. Variant B cell receptor isotype functions differ in hairy cell leukemia with mutated BRAF and IGHV genes.

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    Nicola J Weston-Bell

    Full Text Available A functional B-cell receptor (BCR is critical for survival of normal B-cells, but whether it plays a comparable role in B-cell malignancy is as yet not fully delineated. Typical Hairy Cell Leukemia (HCL is a rare B-cell tumor, and unique in expressing multiple surface immunoglobulin (sIg isotypes on individual tumor cells (mult-HCL, to raise questions as to their functional relevance. Typical mult-HCL also displays a mutated BRAF V(600E lesion. Since wild type BRAF is a primary conduit for transducing normal BCR signals, as revealed by deletion modelling studies, it is as yet not apparent if mutated BRAF alters BCR signal transduction in mult-HCL. To address these questions, we examined BCR signalling in mult-HCL cases uniformly displaying mutated BRAF and IGHV genes. Two apparent functional sets were delineated by IgD co-expression. In sIgD(+ve mult-HCL, IgD mediated persistent Ca(2+ flux, also evident via >1 sIgH isotype, linked to increased ERK activation and BCR endocytosis. In sIgD(-ve mult-HCL however, BCR-mediated signals and downstream effects were restricted to a single sIgH isotype, with sIgM notably dysfunctional and remaining immobilised on the cell surface. These observations reveal discordance between expression and function of individual isotypes in mult-HCL. In dual sIgL expressing cases, only a single sIgL was fully functional. We examined effects of anti-BCR stimuli on mult-HCL survival ex-vivo. Significantly, all functional non-IgD isotypes increased ERK1/2 phosphorylation but triggered apoptosis of tumor cells, in both subsets. IgD stimuli, in marked contrast retained tumor viability. Despite mutant BRAF, BCR signals augment ERK1/2 phosphorylation, but isotype dictates functional downstream outcomes. In mult-HCL, sIgD retains a potential to transduce BCR signals for tumor survival in-vivo. The BCR in mult-HCL emerges as subject to complex regulation, with apparent conflicting signalling by individual isotypes when co

  2. Oncogene abnormalities in a series of primary melanomas of the sinonasal tract: NRAS mutations and cyclin D1 amplification are more frequent than KIT or BRAF mutations.

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    Chraybi, Meriem; Abd Alsamad, Issam; Copie-Bergman, Christiane; Baia, Maryse; André, Jocelyne; Dumaz, Nicolas; Ortonne, Nicolas

    2013-09-01

    Primary malignant melanoma of sinonasal tract is a rare but severe form of melanoma. We retrospectively analyzed 17 cases and focused on the histologic presentation and the expression of c-Kit, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), cyclin D1/Bcl-1, PS100, and HMB45 and searched for BRAF, NRAS, and KIT mutations that are known to be associated with melanoma subtypes, together with amplifications of KIT, cyclin D1, cyclin-dependent kinase 4, MDM2, and microphthalmia-associated transcription factor using quantitative polymerase chain reaction. In most cases (78%), an in situ component was evidenced. Invasive components were composed of diffuse areas of rhabdoid, epithelioid, or spindle cells and, in most cases, lacked inflammatory reaction, suggesting that an immune escape phenomenon probably develops when the disease progresses. EGFR was rarely and weakly expressed in the in situ component of 2 cases. None of the investigated case showed BRAF V600E, but 1 had a D594G mutation. NRAS mutations in exon 2 (G12D or G12A) were found in 3 cases (18%), and a KIT mutation in exon 11 (L576P), in 1, whereas c-Kit was expressed at the protein level in half of the cases. Amplifications of cyclin D1 were evidenced in 5 cases, confirmed in 3 by fluorescence in situ hybridization, but this was not always correlated with protein expression, found in 8 patients (62.5%), 3 having no significant amplification. In conclusion, primary malignant melanoma of sinonasal tract is not associated with BRAF V600E mutations. Instead, NRAS or KIT mutations and cyclin D1 amplification can be found in a proportion of cases, suggesting that primary malignant melanoma of sinonasal tract is heterogeneous at the molecular level and should not be sensitive to therapeutic approaches aiming at BRAF.

  3. BRAF V600E mutation correlates with suppressive tumor immune microenvironment and reduced disease-free survival in Langerhans cell histiocytosis

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    Zeng, Kaixuan; Wang, Zhe; Ohshima, Koichi; Liu, Yixiong; Zhang, Weichen; Wang, Lu; Fan, Linni; Li, Mingyang; Li, Xia; Wang, Yingmei; Yu, Zhou; Yan, Qingguo; Guo, Shuangping; Wei, Jie; Guo, Ying

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is a neoplasm of myeloid origin characterized by a clonal proliferation of CD1a+/CD207+ dendritic cells. Recurrent BRAF V600E mutation has been reported in LCH. In the present report, we confirm the feasibility of the high-specificity monoclonal antibody VE1 for detecting BRAF V600E mutation in 36/97 (37.1%) retrospectively enrolled patients with LCH; concordant immunohistochemistry and Sanger sequencing results were seen in 94.8% of cases. We then assessed the tumor immune microenvironment status in LCH, and found that the GATA binding protein 3 (GATA3)+/T-bet+ ratio could distinguish between clinical multi-system/single-system (SS) multifocal and SS unifocal LCH. Notably, we found that BRAF V600E mutation is significantly correlated with increased programmed cell death 1 ligand 1 (PDL1) expression and forkhead box protein 3 (FOXP3)+ regulatory T cells (p < 0.001, 0.009, respectively). Moreover, Cox multivariate survival analysis showed that BRAF V600E mutation and PDL1 were independent prognostic factors of poor disease-free survival (DFS) in LCH (hazard ratio [HR] = 2.38, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.02–5.56, p = 0.044; HR = 3.06, 95%CI 1.14–7.14, p = 0.025, respectively), and the superiority of PDL1 in sensitivity and specificity as biomarker for DFS in LCH was demonstrated by receiver operator characteristic (ROC) curves when compared with BRAF V600E and risk category. Collectively, this study identifies for the first time relationship between BRAF V600E mutation and a suppressive tumor immune microenvironment in LCH, resulting in disruption of host–tumor immune surveillance, which is DFS. Our findings may provide a rationale for combining immunotherapy and BRAF-targeted therapy for treating patients with BRAF V600E mutant LCH. PMID:27622040

  4. Impact of Molecular Screening for Point Mutations and Rearrangements in Routine Air-Dried Fine-Needle Aspiration Samples of Thyroid Nodules

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    Eszlinger, Markus; Krogdahl, Annelise; Münz, Sina

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    formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue (156 follicular adenomas [FAs], 32 FTCs, 44 papillary thyroid carcinomas [PTCs], 9 follicular variant PTCs, and 69 goiters). PAX8/PPARG and RET/PTC rearrangements were detected by qPCR, BRAF and RAS mutations by high-resolution melting PCR and by pyrosequencing......Background: The diagnostic limitations of thyroid fine-needle aspiration (FNA), such as the indeterminate category, can be partially overcome by molecular analyses. However, until now, rearrangements have only been detected in fresh FNA material and the number of follicular thyroid carcinomas (FTCs....... Results: Forty-seven mutations were detected in the FNAs: 22 BRAF, 13 NRAS, and 3 HRAS mutations, 8 PAX8/PPARG, and one RET/PTC-rearrangement. While the presence of a BRAF and RET/PTC mutation was associated with cancer in 100% of samples each, the presence of a RAS and PAX8/PPARG mutation was associated...

  5. Influence of anatomical subsite on the incidence of microsatellite instability, and KRAS and BRAF mutation rates in patients with colon carcinoma.

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    Benedix, Frank; Meyer, Frank; Kube, Rainer; Kropf, Siegfried; Kuester, Doerthe; Lippert, Hans; Roessner, Albert; Krüger, Sabine

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    There is a growing amount of data supporting the concept that cancers originating from the proximal and distal colon are distinct clinicopathological entities. The incidence of MSI and BRAF mutation is strongly associated with right sided tumor location, whereas there are conflicting results for KRAS mutation rates. However, to date, no data exist whether and to what extent defined colonic subsites influence MSI status, KRAS and BRAF mutation rates. We selected primary colon cancer from 171 patients operated on at our institution between 2007 and 2010. BRAF, KRAS mutation rates and microsatellite instability were determined and correlated with clinicopathological features and tumor location. MSI-h cancers were significantly associated with poor histological grade but a lower rate of distant metastases. KRAS-mutated tumors were linked to lower T-stage and better differentiation. Colon carcinomas with BRAF mutation were significantly associated with distant metastatic spread and poor histological grade. Furthermore, we found that MSI-h status, KRAS and BRAF mutation rates varied remarkably among the colonic subsites irrespective of right- and left-sided origin, respectively. The results of the current study provide further evidence that a simple classification into right- and left-sided colon carcinoma does not represent the complexity of this tumor entity.

  6. BRAF V600E Mutation as a Predictive Factor of Anti-EGFR Monoclonal Antibodies Therapeutic Effects in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer:a Meta-analysis

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    Jia Wei

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the correlation between BRAF V600E mutation and anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs) therapeutic effects in metastatic colorectal cancer. Methods Studies were included into meta-analysis to investigate the association between BRAF V600E mutation and clinical outcome in metastatic colorectal cancer patients treated with anti-EGFR MoAbs. Results A total of 7 studies were included in this meta-analysis. The 7 studies included 1352 patients in total, sample sizes ranged from 67 to 493. Objective response rate (ORR), progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) were collected from included studies and were used to assess the strength of the relation. In patients with wild-type KRAS, the pooled odds ratio for ORR of mutant BRAF over wild-type BRAF was 0.27 (95%CI=0.10-0.70). BRAF mutation predicted a deterioration in PFS and OS in wild-type KRAS patients treated with anti-EGFR MoAbs (hazard ratio=2.78, 95% CI=1.62-4.76;hazard ratio=2.54, 95%CI=1.93-3.32). Conclusion BRAF V600E mutation is related to lack of response and worse survival in wild-type KRAS metastatic colorectal cancer patients treated with anti-EGFR MoAbs.

  7. Localization of active, dually phosphorylated extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1 and 2 in colorectal cancer with or without activating BRAF and KRAS mutations

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    Holck, Susanne; Bonde, Jesper; Pedersen, Helle

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    detectable increases in phosphorylation of ERK (pERK), we stained biopsies from 36 CRC patients with activating mutations in the BRAF gene (BRAFV600E: BRAF(m)), the KRAS gene (KRAS(m)) or in neither (BRAF/KRAS(n)) with this optimized method. Staining was scored in blind-coded specimens by two observers....... Staining of stromal cells was used as a positive control. BRAF(m) or KRAS(m) tumors did not show higher staining scores than BRAF/KRAS(n) tumors. Although BRAFV600E staining occurred in over 90% of cancer cells in all 9 BRAF(m) tumors, 3 only showed staining for pERK in less than 10% of cancer cell nuclei....... The same applied to 4 of the 14 KRAS(m) tumors. A phophorylation-insensitive antibody demonstrated that lack of pERK staining did not reflect defect expression of ERK1/2 protein. Thus, increased staining for pERK does not correlate to BRAF or KRAS mutations even with a highly optimized procedure. Further...

  8. Ataluren (PTC124) induces cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator protein expression and activity in children with nonsense mutation cystic fibrosis.

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    Sermet-Gaudelus, Isabelle; Boeck, Kris De; Casimir, Georges J; Vermeulen, François; Leal, Teresinha; Mogenet, Agnès; Roussel, Delphine; Fritsch, Janine; Hanssens, Laurence; Hirawat, Samit; Miller, Nilsen L; Constantine, Scott; Reha, Allen; Ajayi, Temitayo; Elfring, Gary L; Miller, Langdon L

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    Nonsense (premature stop codon) mutations in mRNA for the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) cause cystic fibrosis (CF) in approximately 10% of patients. Ataluren (PTC124) is an oral drug that permits ribosomes to readthrough premature stop codons in mRNA to produce functional protein. To evaluate ataluren activity, safety, and pharmacokinetics in children with nonsense mutation CF. Patients were assessed in two 28-day cycles, comprising 14 days on and 14 days off ataluren. Patients took ataluren three times per day (morning, midday, and evening) with randomization to the order of receiving a lower dose (4, 4, and 8 mg/kg) and a higher dose (10, 10, and 20 mg/kg) in the two cycles. The study enrolled 30 patients (16 male and 14 female, ages 6 through 18 yr) with a nonsense mutation in at least one allele of the CFTR gene, a classical CF phenotype, and abnormal baseline nasal epithelial chloride transport. Ataluren induced a nasal chloride transport response (at least a -5-mV improvement) or hyperpolarization (value more electrically negative than -5 mV) in 50% and 47% of patients, respectively, with more hyperpolarizations at the higher dose. Improvements were seen in seven of nine nonsense mutation genotypes represented. Ataluren significantly increased the proportion of nasal epithelial cells expressing apical full-length CFTR protein. Adverse events and laboratory abnormalities were infrequent and usually mild. Ataluren pharmacokinetics were similar to those in adults. In children with nonsense mutation CF, ataluren can induce functional CFTR production and is well tolerated.

  9. Low prevalence of K-RAS, EGF-R and BRAF mutations in sinonasal adenocarcinomas. Implications for anti-EGFR treatments.

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    Franchi, Alessandro; Innocenti, Duccio Rossi Degli; Palomba, Annarita; Miligi, Lucia; Paiar, Fabiola; Franzese, Ciro; Santucci, Marco

    2014-07-01

    We have previously shown that a subset of sinonasal intestinal-type adenocarcinomas (ITAC) shows activation of the epidermal growth factor-receptor (EGFR) pathway. In this study we examine the status of the EGFR, KRAS and BRAF genes in a series of sinonasal intestinal (ITAC) and non-intestinal type adenocarcinomas (non-ITAC). Eighteen ITACs and 12 non-ITACs were studied immunohistochemically for EGFR expression. Point mutations were analyzed for EGFR exons 19 and 21, KRAS exon 2 and BRAF exon 15 by direct sequencing. Non-ITACs showed significantly higher expression of EGFR (p = 0.015). Mutation analysis revealed one ITAC with EGFR and one ITAC with KRAS mutation, while two non-ITACs presented mutation of BRAF. We conclude that a subset of sinonasal adenocarcinomas shows overexpression of EGFR, while activating mutations of the signaling cascade downstream of EGFR are rare, suggesting that these tumors could be good candidates for anti-EGFR therapies.

  10. Growth-Inhibitory and Antiangiogenic Activity of the MEK Inhibitor PD0325901 in Malignant Melanoma with or without BRAF Mutations

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    Full Text Available The Raf/MEK/ERK pathway is an importantmediator of tumor cell proliferation and angiogenesis. Here, weinvestigated the growth-inhibitory and antiangiogenic properties of PD0325901, a novel MEK inhibitor, in human melanoma cells. PD0325901 effects were determined in a panel of melanoma cell lines with different genetic aberrations. PD0325901 markedly inhibited ERK phosphorylation and growth of both BRAF mutant and wild-type melanoma cell lines, with IC50 in the nanomolar range even in the least responsive models. Growth inhibition was observed both in vitro and in vivo in xenograft models, regardless of BRAF mutation status, and was due to G1-phase cell cycle arrest and subsequent induction of apoptosis. Cell cycle (cyclin D1, c-Myc, and p27KIP1 and apoptosis (Bcl-2 and survivin regulators were modulated by PD0325901 at the protein level. Gene expression profiling revealed profound modulation of several genes involved in the negative control of MAPK signaling and melanoma cell differentiation, suggesting alternative, potentially relevant mechanisms of action. Finally, PD0325901 inhibited the production of the proangiogenic factors vascular endothelial growth factor and interleukin 8 at a transcriptional level. In conclusion, PD0325901 exerts potent growth-inhibitory, proapoptotic, and antiangiogenic activity in melanoma lines, regardless of their BRAF mutation status. Deeper understanding of the molecular mechanisms of action of MEK inhibitors will likely translate into more effective treatment strategies for patients experiencing malignant melanoma.

  11. TERT, BRAF, and NRAS in Primary Thyroid Cancer and Metastatic Disease.

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    Melo, Miguel; Gaspar da Rocha, Adriana; Batista, Rui; Vinagre, João; Martins, Maria João; Costa, Gracinda; Ribeiro, Cristina; Carrilho, Francisco; Leite, Valeriano; Lobo, Cláudia; Cameselle-Teijeiro, José Manuel; Cavadas, Bruno; Pereira, Luísa; Sobrinho-Simões, Manuel; Soares, Paula

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    Little is known about the frequency of key mutations in thyroid cancer metastases and its relationship with the primary tumor genotype. To evaluate the frequency of TERT promoter (TERTp), BRAF, and NRAS mutations in metastatic thyroid carcinomas, analyzing primary thyroid tumors, lymph node metastases (LNMs), and distant metastases. Mutation analysis was performed in 437 tissue samples from 204 patients, mainly with papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTCs; n = 180), including 196 LNMs and 56 distant metastases. All the distant metastases included corresponded to radioiodine-refractory metastatic tissue. We found the following mutation frequency in primary PTCs, LNMs, and distant metastases, respectively: TERTp: 12.9%, 10.5%, and 52.4%; BRAF: 44.6%, 41.7%, and 23.8%; and NRAS: 1.2%, 1.3%, and 14.3%. There was a significant concordance between the primary tumor genotype and the corresponding LNM for all the genes, in particular BRAF-mutated PTC. The overall concordance between primary tumors and respective distant metastases was low. In the group of patients with PTCs, we found a high frequency of TERTp mutations and a low frequency of BRAF mutations in distant metastases, in comparison with the paired primary tumors. When present in distant metastases, BRAF mutations frequently coexisted with TERTp mutations. When the genotype of primary tumors is compared with the genotype of LNMs, the concordance is high for all the genes studied. On the other hand, distant metastases show an enrichment in TERTp mutations and a decrease in BRAF mutations. TERTp mutations may play a role in distant metastases.

  12. Multi-center evaluation of the novel fully-automated PCR-based Idylla™ BRAF Mutation Test on formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue of malignant melanoma.

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    Melchior, Linea; Grauslund, Morten; Bellosillo, Beatriz; Montagut, Clara; Torres, Erica; Moragón, Ester; Micalessi, Isabel; Frans, Johan; Noten, Veerle; Bourgain, Claire; Vriesema, Renske; van der Geize, Robert; Cokelaere, Kristof; Vercooren, Nancy; Crul, Katrien; Rüdiger, Thomas; Buchmüller, Diana; Reijans, Martin; Jans, Caroline

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    The advent of BRAF-targeted therapies led to increased survival in patients with metastatic melanomas harboring a BRAF V600 mutation (implicated in 46-48% of malignant melanomas). The Idylla(™) System (Idylla(™)), i.e., the real-time-PCR-based Idylla(™) BRAF Mutation Test performed on the fully-automated Idylla(™) platform, enables detection of the most frequent BRAF V600 mutations (V600E/E2/D, V600K/R/M) in tumor material within approximately 90 min and with 1% detection limit. Idylla(™) performance was determined in a multi-center study by analyzing BRAF mutational status of 148 archival formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tumor samples from malignant melanoma patients, and comparing Idylla(™) results with assessments made by commercial or in-house routine diagnostic methods. Of the 148 samples analyzed, Idylla(™) initially recorded 7 insufficient DNA input calls and 15 results discordant with routine method results. Further analysis learned that the quality of 8 samples was insufficient for Idylla(™) testing, 1 sample had an invalid routine test result, and Idylla(™) results were confirmed in 10 samples. Hence, Idylla(™) identified all mutations present, including 7 not identified by routine methods. Idylla(™) enables fully automated BRAF V600 testing directly on FFPE tumor tissue with increased sensitivity, ease-of-use, and much shorter turnaround time compared to existing diagnostic tests, making it a tool for rapid, simple and highly reliable analysis of therapeutically relevant BRAF mutations, in particular for diagnostic units without molecular expertise and infrastructure.

  13. Correlation between BRAF V600E mutation in papillary thyroid carcinoma and the sonographic findings%甲状腺乳头状癌中BRAF V600E突变及其与甲状腺超声表现的关系

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    林伟; 石建华; 宋怀东; 项平; 汪万英; 张筱华

    2010-01-01

    目的:探讨甲状腺乳头状癌(papillary thyroid carcinoma,PTC)中BRAF V600E突变及其与甲状腺超声表现的关系.方法:采用PCR反应扩增及DNA直接测序法检测34例PTC患者手术切除的新鲜甲状腺组织及其癌旁组织的BRAF V600E突变情况,比较PTC发生和未发生BRAF V600E突变患者的甲状腺超声检查影像. 结果:34例PTC癌组织标本中有18例发生BRAF V600E突变,16例未发生突变;34例PTC癌旁组织标本均未检测到BRAF V600E突变.PTC BRAF V600E突变患者与未发生突变患者甲状腺超声检查的癌块大小、边界是否清楚及有无钙化差异均无统计学意义(P>0.05). 结论:PTC中BRAF V600E突变率较高;BRAF V600E突变与甲状腺超声表现无明显关系.甲状腺超声表现不能预测PTC中BRAF V600E突变的存在.

  14. The rare BRAF VK600-601E mutation as a possible indicator of poor prognosis in rectal carcinoma – a report of a case.

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    Mori, Yoshiko; Nagasaka, Takeshi; Mishima, Hideyuki; Umeda, Yuzo; Inada, Ryo; Kishimoto, Hiroyuki; Goel, Ajay; Fujiwara, Toshiyoshi

    2015-01-31

    The BRAF V600E mutation is reportedly associated with inferior survival among colon cancer patients. Here we report a patient with rectal cancer who carried the novel BRAF mutation VK600-601E, which has analogous molecular functions to those of the conventional BRAF mutation V600E, and may have potential as a prognostic marker for colorectal cancer (CRC). The present 65-year-old male patient was diagnosed with recurrent rectal adenocarcinoma (stage II by AJCC TNM staging 7th edition) 14 months after surgery and was treated with modified FOLFOX6 (fluorouracil, leucovorin, and oxaliplatin), radiation, and FOLFIRI (fluorouracil, leucovorin, and irinotecan). The tumor progressed before further treatment could be initiated, resulting in death after 15 months. This survival period was similar to the median overall survival among patients with metastatic CRC and BRAF mutations who were treated with the FOLFIRI regimen with or without cetuximab. Thus, the BRAF VK600-601E mutation may lead to an aggressive clinical course in CRC patients suffering from rapid progression and potential resistance to multiple therapeutic modalities.

  15. Dietary, lifestyle and clinicopathological factors associated with BRAF and K-ras mutations arising in distinct subsets of colorectal cancers in the EPIC Norfolk study

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    McTaggart Alison

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background BRAF and K-ras proto-oncogenes encode components of the ERK signalling pathway and are frequently mutated in colorectal cancer. This study investigates the associations between BRAF and K-ras mutations and clinicopathological, lifestyle and dietary factors in colorectal cancers. Methods 186 adenocarcinomas and 16 adenomas from the EPIC Norfolk study were tested for BRAF and K-ras mutations. Diet and lifestyle data were collected prospectively using seven day food diaries. Results BRAF V600E mutation was found in 15.6% of colorectal cancers but at higher frequencies in cancers with proximal location, poor differentiation and microsatellite instability (MSI (all p K-ras mutation (mostly in codons 12 and 13 was found in 22.0% of colorectal cancers but at higher frequencies in cancers of more advanced Dukes' stage (p = 0.001, microsatellite stable (MSS status (p = 0.002 and in individuals with lower blood high-density lipoprotein concentrations (p = 0.04. Analysis of dietary factors demonstrated no link between BRAF mutation and any specific dietary constituent, however, K-ras mutation was found at higher frequencies in individuals with higher white meat consumption (p K-ras were observed at higher frequencies in individuals consuming lower amounts of fruit (p = 0.02. Conclusion These data support the model of BRAF and K-ras mutations arising in distinct colorectal cancer subsets associated with different clinicopathological and dietary factors, acting as mutually exclusive mechanisms of activation of the same signalling pathway.

  16. BRAF基因突变与甲状腺乳头状癌的相关性%BRAF mutation and papillary thyroid cancer

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    易文君; 钟德玝; 邹琼燕

    2012-01-01

    Objective: To explore the association bewteen BRAF mutations and papillary thyroid cancer.Methods: BRAF gene mutations in 73 cases of papillary thyroid cancer and 16 cases of thyroid gland benign tumor were detected by PCR and sequencing technology. Results: We found 42 instances of BRAF mutations in 73 cases of thyroid cancer. However, no mutation was found in tissues from benign thyroid tumors. There were significant correlations between BRAF mutation and lymph node metastasis, and between BRAF mutation and the clinical stage ofpapillary thyroid cancer (P<0.05).Conclusion: The mutation of BRAF is associated with the pathogenesis, lymph node metastasis, and clinical stage of papillary thyroid cancer.%目的:探讨BRAF基因突变与甲状腺乳头状癌的相关性.方法:采用PCR和测序技术,对73例散发的甲状腺乳头状癌患者和16例甲状腺瘤患者组织BRAF基因突变进行筛查.结果:甲状腺乳头状癌组中42例存在突变;而在甲状腺瘤组中未发现突变.BRAF突变与甲状腺乳头状癌的淋巴转移以及临床分期间比较,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论:BRAF基因突变与甲状腺乳头状癌发生及其淋巴结转移、临床分期相关.

  17. Differences in global DNA methylation of testicular seminoma are not associated with changes in histone modifications, clinical prognosis, BRAF mutations or gene expression

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    Pedersen, Louise Holm; Nielsen, John E; Daugaard, Gedske

    2016-01-01

    -seminomas. It is well established from e.g. melanoma, colorectal and thyroid cancer that a methylated phenotype can be correlated to prognosis and can be related to BRAF mutations. In the present study we investigated the global methylation level in 67 seminomas and classified them as hypo-methylated, intermediate......, patchy and hyper-methylated, respectively. A selected subset representing each level of DNA methylation and the TCam2 seminoma cell line were subsequently analysed for a range of other epigenetic marks (6 histone marks and 5-hydroxymethylcytosine), the presence of the BRAF V600E de novo mutation...... the investigated seminomas. We did not identify any tumours with the BRAF V600E mutation and transcriptome analysis revealed no significant differences between hypo- and hyper-methylated seminomas. Similarly, no obvious differences in the clinical manifestation of the patients representing hypo- or hyper...

  18. RET/PTC rearrangement is prevalent in follicular Hürthle cell carcinomas.

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    de Vries, Margriet M; Celestino, Ricardo; Castro, Patricia; Eloy, Catarina; Máximo, Valdemar; van der Wal, Jacqueline E; Plukker, John T M; Links, Thera P; Hofstra, Robert M W; Sobrinho-Simões, Manuel; Soares, Paula

    2012-11-01

    The molecular alterations underlying follicular Hürthle cell carcinomas (FHCCs) are largely unknown. In an attempt to clarify this issue, we analysed a series of Hürthle cell tumours for the presence of RET/PTC and PAX8/PPARG rearrangements and BRAF, HRAS and NRAS mutations. We investigated a series of 20 follicular Hürthle cell tumours [17 FHCCs and three follicular Hürthle cell adenomas (FHCAs)]. RET/PTC rearrangements were found in 33% of FHCAs and in 38% of FHCCs. All RET/PTC-positive FHCCs had a solid pattern of growth. PAX8/PPARG rearrangement was present in 27% of the FHCCs which displayed, in most cases, a follicular architecture. NRAS mutation was detected in one FHCC. An FHCC with a solid/microfollicular growth pattern scored positive for both RET/PTC and PAX8/PPARG rearrangement. Our study has shown a significant association between RET/PTC rearrangements and FHCCs with a solid growth pattern, thus raising the possibility of using tyrosine kinase inhibitors for the treatment of patients with FHCCs, which are often refractory to radioiodine treatment. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Limited.

  19. BRAF, PIK3CA, and HER2 Oncogenic Alterations According to KRAS Mutation Status in Advanced Colorectal Cancers with Distant Metastasis.

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    Full Text Available Anti-EGFR antibody-based treatment is an important therapeutic strategy for advanced colorectal cancer (CRC; despite this, several mutations--including KRAS, BRAF, and PIK3CA mutations, and HER2 amplification--are associated with the mechanisms underlying the development of resistance to anti-EGFR therapy. The aim of our study was to investigate the frequencies and clinical implications of these genetic alterations in advanced CRC.KRAS, BRAF, and PIK3CA mutations were determined by Cobas real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR in 191 advanced CRC patients with distant metastasis. Microsatellite instability (MSI status was determined by a fragmentation assay and HER2 amplification was assessed by silver in situ hybridization. In addition, KRAS mutations were investigated by the Sanger sequencing method in 97 of 191 CRC cases.Mutations in KRAS, BRAF, and PIK3CA were found in 104 (54.5%, 6 (3.1%, and 25 (13.1% cases of advanced CRC, respectively. MSI-high status and HER2 amplification were observed in 3 (1.6% and 16 (8.4% cases, respectively. PIK3CA mutations were more frequently found in KRAS mutant type (18.3% than KRAS wild type (6.9% (P = 0.020. In contrast, HER2 amplifications and BRAF mutations were associated with KRAS wild type with borderline significance (P = 0.052 and 0.094, respectively. In combined analyses with KRAS, BRAF and HER2 status, BRAF mutations or HER2 amplifications were associated with the worst prognosis in the wild type KRAS group (P = 0.004. When comparing the efficacy of detection methods, the results of real time PCR analysis revealed 56 of 97 (57.7% CRC cases with KRAS mutations, whereas Sanger sequencing revealed 49 cases (50.5%.KRAS mutations were found in 54.5% of advanced CRC patients. Our results support that subgrouping using PIK3CA and BRAF mutation or HER2 amplification status, in addition to KRAS mutation status, is helpful for managing advanced CRC patients.

  20. Intra-tumoral Heterogeneity of KRAS and BRAF Mutation Status in Patients with Advanced Colorectal Cancer (aCRC and Cost-Effectiveness of Multiple Sample Testing

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available KRAS mutation status is established as a predictive biomarker of benefit from anti-EGFr therapies. Mutations are normally assessed using DNA extracted from one formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE tumor block. We assessed heterogeneity of KRAS and BRAF mutation status intra-tumorally (multiple blocks from the same primary tumor. We also investigated the utility and efficiency of genotyping a ‘DNA cocktail’ prepared from multiple blocks. We studied 68 consenting patients in two randomized clinical trials. DNA was extracted, from ≥2 primary tumor FFPE blocks per patient. DNA was genotyped by pyrosequencing for KRAS codons 12, 13 and 61 and BRAF codon 600. In patients with heterogeneous mutation status, DNA cocktails were prepared and genotyped. Among 69 primary tumors in 68 patients, 7 (10.1% showed intratumoral heterogeneity; 5 (7.2% at KRAS codons 12, 13 and 2 (2.9% at BRAF codon 600. In patients displaying heterogeneity, the relevant KRAS or BRAF mutation was also identified in ‘DNA cocktail’ samples when including DNA from mutant and wild-type blocks. Heterogeneity is uncommon but not insignificant. Testing DNA from a single block will wrongly assign wild-type status to 10% patients. Testing more than one block, or preferably preparation of a ‘DNA cocktail’ from two or more tumor blocks, improves mutation detection at minimal extra cost.

  1. Comparison of 2 monoclonal antibodies for immunohistochemical detection of BRAF V600E mutation in malignant melanoma, pulmonary carcinoma, gastrointestinal carcinoma, thyroid carcinoma, and gliomas.

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    Routhier, Caitlin Ann; Mochel, Mark C; Lynch, Kerry; Dias-Santagata, Dora; Louis, David N; Hoang, Mai P

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    BRAF mutation is seen in a variety of human neoplasms including cutaneous malignant melanoma, papillary thyroid carcinoma, colorectal carcinoma, non-small cell lung carcinoma, pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma, and others. Currently, there are 2 commercially available monoclonal antibodies for the detection of BRAF V600E mutation; however, a full and practical comparison of their performance in various tumor types on an automated staining platform has not been done. We investigated their sensitivity and specificity in detecting the BRAF V600E mutation in a series of 152 tumors including 31 malignant melanomas, 25 lung carcinomas, 32 gastrointestinal carcinomas, 23 thyroid carcinomas, 35 gliomas, and 6 other malignancies. In this series, the concordance rate between immunohistochemistry (IHC) and mutational analyses was 97% (148/152) for VE1 and 88% (131/149) for anti-B-Raf. The sensitivity and specificity were 98% (60/61) and 97% (88/91) for monoclonal VE1 and 95% (58/61) and 83% (73/88) for anti-B-Raf, respectively. There were 4 cases with discordant IHC and mutational results for monoclonal VE1 in contrast to 18 cases for anti-B-Raf. Our studies showed that IHC with monoclonal VE1 has a better performance compared with anti-B-Raf in an automated staining platform and confirmed that clone VE1 provides excellent sensitivity and specificity for detecting the BRAF V600E mutation in a variety of tumor types in a clinical setting.

  2. BRAF mutation in colorectal serrated lesions%结直肠锯齿状病变BRAF基因变异的研究

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    周智勇; 韩英; 王鲁平

    2008-01-01

    Objective To investigate the viral oncogene homolog B1 (BRAF) mutation frequency in serrated colorectal adenocarcinoma (Sca), and to verify the existence of a new serrated pathway indirectly.Methods 75 paraffin-embedded tissue samples, including 15 cases of Sca, 20 cases of traditional serrated adenoma (TSR), 20 cases of non-serrated adenocarcinoma (NS-ca), and 20 cases of villous adenoma, were reviewed .Nest-PCR was used to amplify the exon 15 fragment of BRAF gene.RFLP assay was used to detect the BRAF V600E mutation.The positive samples were verified by direct sequencing.Results Four of the 11 successfully amplified Sea specimens(4/11,36.4%), and 4 of the 15 TSA samples(4/15, 26.7%) harbored BRAF V600E mutation.However, no BRAF V6OOE mutation was found in the 14 NS-ca samples and the 11 villous adenoma specimens .The BRAF V6OOE mutation frequencies of the villous adenoma group and NS-ca group were significantly lower than those of the TSA group and Sca group (P = 0.0084) ;however, there was no statistical difference in the frequency of BRAF V6OOE mutation between the Sca and TSA groups (P 0.05).Conclusion BRAF V600E mutation frequency is significantly higher in the Sca and TSA patients than in the NS-ca and villous adenoma patients.There is actually a new serrated neoplasia pathway different from the traditional adenoma-carcinoma carcinogenesis pathway.%目的 比较结直肠锯齿状病变与传统腺瘤、腺癌的鼠类肉瘤滤过性毒菌致癌基因同源体B1(BRAF基因)是否发生热点变异,间接验证传统型锯齿状通路是否存在.方法 收集北京军区总医院病理科保存的蜡块,其中锯齿状腺癌(SCa)15例,传统型锯齿状腺瘤(TSA)20例,非锯齿状腺癌(NS-Ca)20例,绒毛状腺瘤(AD)20例.抽提组织DNA,扩增BRAF基因外显子15片段,产物行限制性酶切筛查BRAF V600E变异,对阳性标本测序验证,最后对结果进行统计分析.结果 11例SCa中4例发生BRAF V600E变异(36.4%);15例TSA中4例发生BRAF V

  3. Lauric acid can improve the sensitization of Cetuximab in KRAS/BRAF mutated colorectal cancer cells by retrievable microRNA-378 expression.

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    Weng, Wen-Hui; Leung, Wai-Hung; Pang, Yeu-Jye; Hsu, Hsi-Hsien

    2016-01-01

    EGFR-inhibitor (Cetuximab) is one of the main targeted drugs used for metastatic colorectal carcinoma (CRC). The benefit from Cetuximab appears to be limited to a subtype of patients, not for the patients with tumors harboring mutated BRAF or KRAS genes; unfortunately, it accounts for ~40-50% of CRC cases. Previous studies have connected higher expression levels of miR-378 to be commonly presented in patients without BRAF or KRAS mutants than in mutated CRCs. The microRNA-378 (miR-378) is coexpressed with PGC-1β and can be easily induced by fatty acid, for example lauric acid. Therefore, we hypothesized that elevation of miR-378 expression in mutated CRCs may stimulate the cell response to Cetuximab. Herein, seven CRC cell lines with confirmed mutation status were involved in two parallel experiments; directly in vitro transfected miR-378 mimics, and using lauric acid to indirectly induce the level of miR-378 in cells. After the increase of miR-378 in cells by either direct or indirect approaches, sensitivity to Cetuximab was restored in all BRAF mutants (p-value lauric acid approach. In conclusion, the present study demonstrated that lauric acid may efficiently induce miR-378 expression in CRC mutants, and both BRAF and a subtype of KRAS mutants presented significantly improved sensitivity to Cetuximab. Notably, BRAF mutants could even be inhibited in cell proliferation after elevated concentration of miR-378 in cells without combining with targeted therapy. This new approach may shed new light on BRAF or KRAS mutation in CRC patients for clinical trial, since lauric acid may easily be obtain from natural food, and it is supposed to be harmless to the cardiovascular system.

  4. KRAS and BRAF Mutations and PTEN Expression Do Not Predict Efficacy of Cetuximab-Based Chemoradiotherapy in Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer

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    Erben, Philipp, E-mail: philipp.erben@medma.uni-heidelberg.de [III. Medizinische Klinik, Universitaetsmedizin Mannheim, Universitaet Heidelberg, Mannheim (Germany); Stroebel, Philipp [Pathologisches Institut, Universitaetsmedizin Mannheim, Universitaet Heidelberg, Mannheim (Germany); Horisberger, Karoline [Chirurgische Klinik, Universitaetsmedizin Mannheim, Universitaet Heidelberg, Mannheim (Germany); Popa, Juliana; Bohn, Beatrice; Hanfstein, Benjamin [III. Medizinische Klinik, Universitaetsmedizin Mannheim, Universitaet Heidelberg, Mannheim (Germany); Kaehler, Georg; Kienle, Peter; Post, Stefan [Chirurgische Klinik, Universitaetsmedizin Mannheim, Universitaet Heidelberg, Mannheim (Germany); Wenz, Frederik [Klinik fuer Strahlentherapie und Radioonkologie, Universitaetsmedizin Mannheim, Universitaet Heidelberg, Mannheim (Germany); Hochhaus, Andreas [III. Medizinische Klinik, Universitaetsmedizin Mannheim, Universitaet Heidelberg, Mannheim (Germany); Klinik fuer Innere Medizin II, Abteilung Haematologie/Onkologie, Universitaetsklinikum Jena, Jena (Germany); Hofheinz, Ralf-Dieter [III. Medizinische Klinik, Universitaetsmedizin Mannheim, Universitaet Heidelberg, Mannheim (Germany)

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    Purpose: Mutations in KRAS and BRAF genes as well as the loss of expression of phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) (deleted on chromosome 10) are associated with impaired activity of antibodies directed against epidermal growth factor receptor in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. The predictive and prognostic value of the KRAS and BRAF point mutations as well as PTEN expression in patients with locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC) treated with cetuximab-based neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy is unknown. Methods and Materials: We have conducted phase I and II trials of the combination of weekly administration of cetuximab and irinotecan and daily doses of capecitabine in conjunction with radiotherapy (45 Gy plus 5.4 Gy) in patients with LARC (stage uT3/4 or uN+). The status of KRAS and BRAF mutations was determined with direct sequencing, and PTEN expression status was determined with immunohistochemistry testing of diagnostic tumor biopsies. Tumor regression was evaluated by using standardized regression grading, and disease-free survival (DFS) was calculated according to the Kaplan-Meier method. Results: A total of 57 patients were available for analyses. A total of 31.6% of patients carried mutations in the KRAS genes. No BRAF mutations were found, while the loss of PTEN expression was observed in 9.6% of patients. Six patients achieved complete remission, and the 3-year DFS rate was 73%. No correlation was seen between tumor regression or DFS rate and a single marker or a combination of all markers. Conclusions: In the present series, no BRAF mutation was detected. The presence of KRAS mutations and loss of PTEN expression were not associated with impaired response to cetuximab-based chemoradiotherapy and 3-year DFS.

  5. IL-12 immunotherapy of Braf(V600E)-induced papillary thyroid cancer in a mouse model.

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    Parhar, Ranjit S; Zou, Minjing; Al-Mohanna, Futwan A; Baitei, Essa Y; Assiri, Abdullah M; Meyer, Brian F; Shi, Yufei

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    Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) accounts for >80% thyroid malignancies, and BRAF(V600E) mutation is frequently found in >40% PTC. Interleukin-12 (IL-12) is a proinflammatory heterodimeric cytokine with strong antitumor activity. It is not known whether IL-12 immunotherapy is effective against Braf(V600E)-induced PTC. In the present study, we investigated the effectiveness of IL-12 immunotherapy against Braf(V600E)-induced PTC in LSL-Braf(V600E)/TPO-Cre mice. LSL-Braf(V600E)/TPO-Cre mice were created for thyroid-specific expression of Braf(V600E) under the endogenous Braf promoter, and spontaneous PTC developed at about 5 weeks of age. The mice were subjected to two treatment regimens: (1) weekly intramuscular injection of 50 μg plasmid DNA expressing a single-chain IL-12 fusion protein (scIL-12/CMVpDNA), (2) daily intraperitoneal injection of mouse recombinant IL-12 protein (mrIL-12, 100 ng per day). The role of T cells, natural killer (NK) cells, and transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) in IL-12-mediated antitumor effects was determined by a (51)Cr-release cytotoxicity assay. Tumor size and weight were significantly reduced by either weekly intramuscular injection of scIL-12/CMVpDNA or daily intraperitoneal injection of mrIL-12, and tumor became more localized. Survival was significantly increased when treatment started at 1 week of age as compared with that at the 6 weeks of age. Both NK and CD8(+) T cells were involved in the cytotoxicity against tumor cells and their antitumor activity was significantly reduced in tumor-bearing mice. TGF-β also inhibited the antitumor activity of NK and CD8(+) T cells. The immune suppression was completely reversed by IL-12 treatment and partially recovered by anti-TGF-β antibody. We conclude that both IL-12 gene therapy and recombinant protein therapy are effective against PTC. Given that the immune response is significantly suppressed in tumor-bearing mice and can be restored by IL-12, the current study raises a

  6. Effectors of epidermal growth factor receptor pathway: the genetic profiling ofKRAS, BRAF, PIK3CA, NRAS mutations in colorectal cancer characteristics and personalized medicine.

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    Full Text Available Mutations in KRAS oncogene are recognized biomarkers that predict lack of response to anti- epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR antibody therapies. However, some patients with KRAS wild-type tumors still do not respond, so other downstream mutations in BRAF, PIK3CA and NRAS should be investigated. Herein we used direct sequencing to analyze mutation status for 676 patients in KRAS (codons 12, 13 and 61, BRAF (exon 11 and exon 15, PIK3CA (exon 9 and exon 20 and NRAS (codons12, 13 and 61. Clinicopathological characteristics associations were analyzed together with overall survival (OS of metastatic colorectal cancer patients (mCRC. We found 35.9% (242/674 tumors harbored a KRAS mutation, 6.96% (47/675 harbored a BRAF mutation, 9.9% (62/625 harbored a PIK3CA mutation and 4.19% (26/621 harbored a NRAS mutation. KRAS mutation coexisted with BRAF, PIK3CA and NRAS mutation, PIK3CA exon9 mutation appeared more frequently in KRAS mutant tumors (P = 0.027 while NRAS mutation almost existed in KRAS wild-types (P<0.001. Female patients and older group harbored a higher KRAS mutation (P = 0.018 and P = 0.031, respectively; BRAF (V600E mutation showed a higher frequency in colon cancer and poor differentiation tumors (P = 0.020 and P = 0.030, respectively; proximal tumors appeared a higher PIK3CA mutation (P<0.001 and distant metastatic tumors shared a higher NRAS mutation (P = 0.010. However, in this study no significant result was found between OS and gene mutation in mCRC group. To our knowledge, the first large-scale retrospective study on comprehensive genetic profile which associated with anti-EGFR MoAbs treatment selection in East Asian CRC population, appeared a specific genotype distribution picture, and the results provided a better understanding between clinicopathological characteristics and gene mutations in CRC patients.

  7. 甲状腺乳头状癌BRAF T1799A基因突变与血小板衍生生长因子关系的研究%The correlation between papillary thyroid carcinoma BRAF T1977A gene mutation and PDGF

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    潘杰; 赵世华; 赵鹏; 孙显路; 王颜刚; 赵文娟

    2008-01-01

    目的:探讨甲状腺乳头状癌(PTC)患者BRAF T1799A突变与PDGF、VEGF表达及肿瘤生长方式的关系.方法:对116名甲状腺乳头状癌(PTC)患者的基因进行了分析,并随机选取BRAF T1799A阳性和阴性病例各30名.BRAF T1799A突变采用聚合酶链反应-聚丙烯酰氨凝胶电泳法分析,产物经测序证实.PDGF、VEGF表达采用免疫组织化学方法检测.结果: 116名PTC患者中BRAF T1799A阳性者33名,阳性率为28.4 %.BRAF T1799A阳性者肿瘤腺体外浸润和肿瘤Ⅲ级以上分级比例高于阴性患者(P0.05).在调整性别、年龄后Logistic回归分析显示BRAF T1799A与肿瘤腺体外浸润和肿瘤Ⅲ级以上分级及PDGF-B表达呈明显正相关.结论:BRAF T1799A影响肿瘤的生长方式,使PTC肿瘤腺体外浸润生长发生率高,进而影响PTC患者临床预后.

  8. High-throughput genotyping in metastatic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma identifies phosphoinositide-3-kinase and BRAF mutations.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Given the high incidence of metastatic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma, especially in Asia, we screened for the presence of somatic mutations using OncoMap platform with the aim of defining subsets of patients who may be potential candidate for targeted therapy. METHODS AND MATERIALS: We analyzed 87 tissue specimens obtained from 80 patients who were pathologically confirmed with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma and received 5-fluoropyrimidine/platinum-based chemotherapy. OncoMap 4.0, a mass-spectrometry based assay, was used to interrogate 471 oncogenic mutations in 41 commonly mutated genes. Tumor specimens were prepared from primary cancer sites in 70 patients and from metastatic sites in 17 patients. In order to test the concordance between primary and metastatic sites from the patient for mutations, we analyzed 7 paired (primary-metastatic specimens. All specimens were formalin-fixed paraffin embedded tissues and tumor content was >70%. RESULTS: In total, we have detected 20 hotspot mutations out of 80 patients screened. The most frequent mutation was PIK3CA mutation (four E545K, five H1047R and one H1047L (N = 10, 11.5% followed by MLH1 V384D (N = 7, 8.0%, TP53 (R306, R175H and R273C (N = 3, 3.5%, BRAF V600E (N = 1, 1.2%, CTNNB1 D32N (N = 1, 1.2%, and EGFR P733L (N = 1, 1.2%. Distributions of somatic mutations were not different according to anatomic sites of esophageal cancer (cervical/upper, mid, lower. In addition, there was no difference in frequency of mutations between primary-metastasis paired samples. CONCLUSIONS: Our study led to the detection of potentially druggable mutations in esophageal SCC which may guide novel therapies in small subsets of esophageal cancer patients.

  9. Detection of BRAF V600E mutation with thyroid tissue using pyrosequencing: comparison with PNA-clamping and real-time PCR.

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    Kang, Seong-Ho; Pyo, Ju Yeon; Yang, Seok-Woo; Hong, Soon Won

    2013-06-01

    We used pyrosequencing, peptide nucleic acid (PNA)-clamping polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and real-time PCR to detect the BRAF V600E mutation and to investigate the prognostic effect of the BRAF V600E mutation in paraffin block specimens from 100 patients diagnosed with papillary thyroid carcinoma. Positive rates of PNA-clamping PCR, real-time PCR, and pyrosequencing were 66%, 70%, and 68%, respectively. Pyrosequencing and PNA-clamping PCR detected mutant type in a 99:1 (wild-type: mutant) DNA concentration, and PNA-clamping PCR detected mutant type in a 99.5:0.5 DNA concentration. Clamping PCR showed higher κ value than real-time PCR (0.729 vs 0.626). The BRAF V600E mutation was associated with an advanced stage of cancer (P = .045) and was found to be associated with poor prognostic factors. This study suggests that pyrosequencing can be as sensitive as real-time PCR and that PNA-clamping PCR is a sensitive and reliable method to detect the BRAF V600E mutation.

  10. Comparative Methods to Improve the Detection of BRAF V600 Mutations in Highly Pigmented Melanoma Specimens

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    Frouin, Eric; Maudelonde, Thierry; Senal, Romain; Larrieux, Marion; Costes, Valérie; Godreuil, Sylvain; Vendrell, Julie A.; Solassol, Jérôme

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    Genotyping BRAF in melanoma samples is often challenging. The presence of melanin greatly interferes with thermostable DNA polymerases and/or nucleic acids in traditional polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based methods. In the present work, we evaluated three easy-to-use strategies to improve the detection of pigmented DNA refractory to PCR amplification. These pre-PCR processing methods include the addition of bovine serum albumin (BSA), the dilution of DNA, and the purification of DNA using t...

  11. BRAF mutation is associated with a specific cell-type with features suggestive of senescence in ovarian serous borderline (atypical proliferative) tumors

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    Zeppernick, Felix; Ardighieri, Laura; Hannibal, Charlotte G.; Vang, Russell; Junge, Jette; Kjaer, Susanne K.; Zhang, Rugang; Kurman, Robert J.; Shih, Ie-Ming

    2014-01-01

    Serous borderline tumor (SBT) also known as atypical proliferative serous tumor (APST) is the precursor of ovarian low-grade serous carcinoma (LGSC). In this study, we correlated the morphologic and immunohistochemical phenotypes of 71 APSTs and 18 LGSCs with the mutational status of KRAS and BRAF, the most common molecular genetic changes in these neoplasms. A subset of cells characterized by abundant eosinophilic cytoplasm (EC), discrete cell borders and bland nuclei was identified in all (100%) 25 BRAF mutated APSTs but in only 5 (10%) of 46 APSTs without BRAF mutations (p<0.0001). Among the 18 LGSCs, EC cells were found in only 2 and both contained BRAF mutations. The EC cells were present admixed with cuboidal and columnar cells lining the papillae and appeared to be budding from the surface, resulting in individual cells and clusters of detached cells “floating” above the papillae. Immunohistochemistry showed that the EC cells always expressed p16, a senescence-associated marker, and had a significantly lower Ki-67 labeling index than adjacent cuboidal and columnar cells (p=0.02). In vitro studies supported the interpretation that these cells were undergoing senescence as the same morphologic features could be reproduced in cultured epithelial cells by ectopic expression of BRAFV600E. Senescence was further established by markers such as SA-β-gal staining, expression of p16 and p21, and reduction in DNA synthesis. In conclusion, this study sheds light on the pathogenesis of this unique group of ovarian tumors by showing that BRAF mutation is associated with cellular senescence and the presence of a specific cell type characterized by abundant eosinophilic cytoplasm. This “oncogene-induced senescence” phenotype may represent a mechanism that prevents impedes progression of APSTs to LGSC. PMID:25188864

  12. Up and downregulation of p16(Ink4a) expression in BRAF-mutated polyps/adenomas indicates a senescence barrier in the serrated route to colon cancer.

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    Kriegl, Lydia; Neumann, Jens; Vieth, Michael; Greten, Florian R; Reu, Simone; Jung, Andreas; Kirchner, Thomas

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    P16(Ink4a) is an important factor in carcinogenesis and its expression can be linked to oncogene-induced senescence. Oncogene-induced senescence is characterized by growth arrest and occurs as a consequence of oncogene activation due to KRAS or BRAF mutation. It has been shown that the induction of p16(Ink4a) in premalignant lesions and its loss during malignant transformation is an important mechanism in the carcinogenesis of several tumours. Loss of p16(Ink4a) is often caused by CDKN2A promoter hypermethylation. This mechanism of gene silencing is associated with the CpG island methylator phenotype (CIMP) in colorectal carcinomas, which is characterized by widespread promoter methylation. In particular, colorectal carcinomas with BRAF mutations have been shown to be strongly associated with CIMP. Also, BRAF mutations are strongly correlated with the serrated route to colorectal cancer. In this study, we investigated p16(Ink4a) expression and promoter methylation in BRAF-mutated serrated lesions of the colon. P16(Ink4a) expression was found to be upregulated in premalignant lesions and was lost in invasive serrated carcinomas. P16(Ink4a) expression and Ki67 expression were mutually exclusive, indicating that p16(Ink4a) acts as cell cycle inhibitor. Additionally, progression of malignant transformation in serrated lesions was accompanied by increasing methylation of the CDKN2A promoter. Therefore, our data provide evidence for oncogene-induced senescence in the serrated route to colorectal cancer with BRAF mutation and upregulation of p16(Ink4a) expression appears to be a useful indicator of induction of senescence. Loss of p16(Ink4a) expression occurs during malignant transformation and is caused mainly by aberrant methylation of the CDKN2A promoter.

  13. The Role of B-RAF Mutations in Melanoma and the Induction of EMT via Dysregulation of the NF-κB/Snail/RKIP/PTEN Circuit.

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    Lin, Kimberly; Baritaki, Stavroula; Militello, Loredana; Malaponte, Graziella; Bevelacqua, Ylenia; Bonavida, Benjamin

    2010-05-01

    Melanoma is a highly metastatic cancer, and there are no current therapeutic modalities to treat this deadly malignant disease once it has metastasized. Melanoma cancers exhibit B-RAF mutations in up to 70% of cases. B-RAF mutations are responsible, in large part, for the constitutive hyperactivation of survival/antiapoptotic pathways such as the MAPK, NF-κB, and PI3K/AKT. These hyperactivated pathways regulate the expression of genes targeting the initiation of the metastatic cascade, namely, the epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT). EMT is the result of the expression of mesenchymal gene products such as fibronectin, vimentin, and metalloproteinases and the invasion and inhibition of E-cadherin. The above pathways cross-talk and regulate each other's activities and functions. For instance, the NF-κB pathway directly regulates EMT through the transcription of gene products involved in EMT and indirectly through the transcriptional up-regulation of the metastasis inducer Snail. Snail, in turn, suppresses the expression of the metastasis suppressor gene product Raf kinase inhibitor protein RKIP (inhibits the MAPK and the NF-κB pathways) as well as PTEN (inhibits the PI3K/AKT pathway). The role of B-RAF mutations in melanoma and their direct role in the induction of EMT are not clear. This review discusses the hypothesis that B-RAF mutations are involved in the dysregulation of the NF-κB/Snail/RKIP/PTEN circuit and in both the induction of EMT and metastasis. The therapeutic implications of the dysregulation of the above circuit by B-RAF mutations are such that they offer novel targets for therapeutic interventions in the treatment of EMT and metastasis.

  14. Impact of KRAS, BRAF, PIK3CA mutations, PTEN, AREG, EREG expression and skin rash in ≥ 2 line cetuximab-based therapy of colorectal cancer patients.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: To investigate the predictive significance of KRAS, BRAF, PIK3CA mutational status, AREG- EREG mRNA expression, PTEN protein expression and skin rash in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC patients treated with cetuximab containing salvage chemotherapy. METHODS: Primary tumors from 112 mCRC patients were analyzed. The worst skin toxicity during treatment was recorded. RESULTS: KRAS, BRAF and PIK3CA mutations were present in 37 (33%, 8 (7.2% and 11 (9.8% cases, respectively, PTEN was lost in 21 (19.8% cases, AREG and EREG were overexpressed in 48 (45% and 51 (49% cases. In the whole study population, time to tumor progression (TTP and overall survival (OS was significantly lower in patients with KRAS (p = 0.001 and p = 0.026, respectively or BRAF (p = 0.001 and p<0.0001, respectively mutant tumors, downregulation of AREG (p = 0.018 and p = 0.013, respectively or EREG (p = 0.002 and p = 0.004, respectively and grade 0-1 skin rash (p<0.0001 and p<0.0001, respectively. In KRAS wt patients TTP and OS was significantly lower in patients with BRAF (p = 0.0001 and p<0.0001, respectively mutant tumors, downregulation of AREG (p = 0.021 and p = 0.004, respectively or EREG (p = 0.0001 and p<0.0001, respectively and grade 0-1 skin rash (p<0.0001 and p<0.0001, respectively. TTP was significantly lower in patients with PIK3CA mutations (p = 0.01 or lost PTEN (p = 0.002. Multivariate analysis revealed KRAS (Hazard Ratio [HR] 4.3, p<0.0001, BRAF mutation (HR: 5.1, p<0.0001, EREG low expression (HR: 1.6, p = 0.021 and absence of severe/moderate skin rash (HR: 4.0, p<0.0001 as independent prognostic factors for decreased TTP. Similarly, KRAS (HR 2.9, p = 0.01, BRAF mutation (HR: 3.0, p = 0.001, EREG low expression (HR: 1.7, p = 0.021, absence of severe/moderate skin rash (HR: 3.7, p<0.0001 and the presence of undifferantited tumours (HR: 2.2, p = 0.001 were revealed as independent prognostic factors for decreased OS. CONCLUSIONS: These results

  15. Open-label, multicentre safety study of vemurafenib in 3219 patients with BRAF(V600) mutation-positive metastatic melanoma : 2-year follow-up data and long-term responders' analysis

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    Blank, Christian U.; Larkin, James E.; Arance, Ana M.; Hauschild, Axel; Queirolo, Paola; Del Vecchio, Michele; Ascierto, Paolo A.; Krajsova, Ivana; Schachter, Jacob; Neyns, Bart; Garbe, Claus; Sileni, Vanna Chiarion; Mandala, Mario; Gogas, Helen; Espinosa, Enrique; Hospers, Geke A. P.; Miller, Wilson H.; Robson, Susan; Makrutzki, Martina; Antic, Vladan; Brown, Michael P.

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    Background: The orally available BRAF kinase inhibitor vemurafenib is an effective and tolerable treatment option for patients with metastatic melanoma harbouring BRAF(V600) mutations. We assessed the safety of vemurafenib in a large population of patients with few alternative treatment options; we

  16. Variation in pre-PCR processing of FFPE samples leads to discrepancies in BRAF and EGFR mutation detection: a diagnostic RING trial

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    Kapp, Joshua R.; Diss, Tim; Spicer, James; Gandy, Michael; Schrijver, Iris; Jennings, Lawrence J.; Li, Marilyn M.; Tsongalis, Gregory J.; de Castro, D G; Bridge, Julia A.; Wallace, Andrew; Deignan, Joshua L; Hing, Sandra; Butler, Rachel; Verghese, Eldo

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    AIMS: Mutation detection accuracy has been described extensively; however, it is surprising that pre-PCR processing of formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) samples has not been systematically assessed in clinical context. We designed a RING trial to (i) investigate pre-PCR variability, (ii) correlate pre-PCR variation with EGFR/BRAF mutation testing accuracy and (iii) investigate causes for observed variation.METHODS: 13 molecular pathology laboratories were recruited. 104 blinded FFPE cur...

  17. BRAF, NRAS, KIT, TERT, GNAQ/GNA11 mutation profile analysis of head and neck mucosal melanomas: a study of 42 cases.

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    Öztürk Sari, Şule; Yilmaz, İsmaİl; Taşkin, Orhun Çiğ; Narli, Gİzem; Şen, Fatma; Çomoğlu, Şenol; Firat, Pinar; Bİlgİç, Bİlge; Yilmazbayhan, Dİlek; Özlük, Yasemİn; Büyükbabanİ, Nesİmİ

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    Head and neck mucosal melanoma (HNMuM), which occurs mostly in the sinonasal and oral cavity, constitutes less than 1% of all malignant melanomas. Treatment options fail to improve the prognosis of this aggressive tumour that has low overall survival rates. Thus, development of new targeted therapies is essential. Unfortunately, limited data exist regarding their molecular profile. BRAF, NRAS, KIT, TERT and GNAQ/GNA11 oncogene mutations were investigated in 42 HNMuMs (28 sinonasal, 13 oral, 1 nasopharyngeal). Mutation rates were as follows: BRAF (4.8%), NRAS (4.8%), KIT (9.5%), TERT (7.5%), GNAQ/GNA11 (0%). Among 11 cases that harboured mutations (26%), 10 (91%) were located in sinonasal and one (9%) in the oral cavity. The literature was reviewed with comparison of frequencies based on the gathered data. NRAS and TERT promoter mutation rates were significantly higher in sinonasal than in oral location (pBRAF, NRAS, KIT, TERT and GNAQ/GNA11 gene mutations occur at low frequencies in HNMuMs, and subgroups (oral versus sinonasal) differ in their molecular profile. Low rates of aforementioned mutations and activation of oncogenes by pathways other than sun exposure support the distinctive nature of HNMuMs with regard to their cutaneous counterparts.

  18. 一种BRAF基因突变检测方法的建立%Establishment of methodology for detecting BRAF gene mutations

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    容毓; 罗凯; 贺智敏

    2014-01-01

    Objective To establish a clinically feasible method for detection of BRAF gene V600E mutation.Methods Based on the known sequences of BRAF wild-type and mutation samples,specific polymerase chain reaction and sequencing primers targeting at the BRAF gene 15 exon V600E mutation were designed.This allowed the establishment of SYRB Green PCR-Sanger sequencing technique for the detection of BRAF V600E mutation,for methodological evaluation and assay of 21 colorectal cancer samples.Results The SYRB Green PCR-Sanger sequencing method for detection of BRAF gene V600E mutation was established successfully,which harbored high assay sensitivity (5.0 × 101 copies/μl) and repeatability and acceptable linear range (5× 101 to 5× 107 copies/μl).The mutation rate was 9.5% (2/21) in 21 colorectal cancer samples.Condnsion The SYRB Green PCR-Sanger sequencing method for detection of BRAF gene V600E mutation is successfully established and can be applied in assessments for clinical samples.%目的 建立一种适用于临床样品检测的BRAF基因V600E突变的检测方法.方法 利用已知BRAF基因野生型、突变型样品,以BRAF基因15外显子V600E突变为靶位点设计特异性扩增引物和测序引物,建立BRAF基因V600E突变的SYRB Green PCR-Sanger测序检测方法,并对该方法进行方法学评价和21例结直肠癌临床样品检测.结果 成功建立了BRAF基因V600E突变SYRB GreenPCR-Sanger测序检测方法,该方法的灵敏度达5.0×101拷贝/ul,检测线性范围5×101~ 5×107拷贝/ul,且检测的重复性好.检测21例结直肠癌临床样品,突变率为9.5%(2/21).结论 成功建立了BRAF基因V600E突变SYRB Green PCR-Sanger测序检测方法,该方法可用于临床样品的检测.

  19. [Atypical ganglioglioma with BRAF V600E mutation: a case report and review of the literature].

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    Martinez-Ricarte, F; Martinez-Saez, E; Cicuendez, M; Cordero, E; Auger, C; Toledo, M; Radoi, A; Sahuquillo, J

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    Introduccion. Los gangliogliomas son tumores raros que afectan a pacientes jovenes, aparecen predominantemente en el lobulo temporal y suelen comenzar con crisis epilepticas. Histologicamente corresponden a un grado I de malignidad, con una forma anaplasica catalogada como de grado III en la clasificacion de la Organizacion Mundial de la Salud (OMS) de 2007. Sin embargo, existen tumores que no cumplen criterios de uno u otro grado y que presentan claras diferencias pronosticas respecto a los de grado I. Estos tumores corresponderian a gangliogliomas atipicos (grado II), no contemplados en la citada clasificacion. Desde el punto de vista molecular, la alteracion mas conocida en los gangliogliomas es la mutacion de BRAF V600E, que confiere peor pronostico a la lesion. La posibilidad de utilizar tratamientos dirigidos a esta proteina mutada otorga una especial relevancia a esta alteracion. Caso clinico. Varon de 21 años, intervenido de un ganglioglioma en dos ocasiones, en el que el examen neuropatologico objetivo caracteristicas histologicas compatibles con un grado de malignidad intermedio (grado II) con mutacion positiva a BRAF. Conclusiones. El caso presentado, junto con los descritos previamente en la bibliografia, reabre las controversias sobre la definicion de los gangliogliomas en la clasificacion de la OMS de 2007, y apoya el hecho de que la proxima clasificacion de la OMS deberia volver a incluir los gangliogliomas atipicos (grado II) e integrar posibles mutaciones geneticas y alteraciones moleculares.

  20. MEK inhibitor treatment is effective in a patient with metastatic carcinoma of the ampulla of Vater with BRAF and NRAS mutations shown by next-generation sequencing.

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    Tahover, Esther; Bar Shalom, Rachel; Bogot, Naama; Kelsen, David; Gabizon, Alberto

    2016-07-01

    Here, we present a case of an 84-year-old woman who developed obstructive jaundice and was diagnosed with nonoperable adenocarcinoma originating from the ampulla of Vater, a lethal disease with a median overall survival of less than a year. Her tumor was examined by next-generation sequencing, which showed BRAF and NRAS mutations. To target these mutations, a MEK inhibitor was chosen for treatment. The patient has been treated with a MEK inhibitor for the last 12 months since diagnosis, with clinical and laboratory improvement and manageable side effects. PET-computed tomography imaging has shown stable disease or improvement in the primary and metastatic lesions. This is the first case report of an ampulla of a Vater cancer patient with NRAS and BRAF mutations, identified in next-generation sequencing, and treated successfully with a MEK inhibitor.

  1. Prevalence and coexistence of KRAS, BRAF, PIK3CA, NRAS, TP53, and APC mutations in Indian colorectal cancer patients: Next-generation sequencing-based cohort study.

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    Jauhri, Mayank; Bhatnagar, Akanksha; Gupta, Satish; Bp, Manasa; Minhas, Sachin; Shokeen, Yogender; Aggarwal, Shyam

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    Colorectal cancer incidences are on a rise in India. In this study, we have analyzed the mutation frequencies of six potential biomarkers, their coexistence, association with clinicopathological characteristics, and tumor location in Indian colorectal cancer patients. Next-generation sequencing was performed to identify mutations in the six potential biomarker genes using formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue blocks of 112 colorectal cancer patients. The mutation frequency observed in KRAS, BRAF, PIK3CA, NRAS, TP53, and APC was 35.7%, 7.1%, 16.1%, 6.3%, 39.3%, and 29.5%, respectively. The significant associations of mutations were KRAS with age less than 60 years (p = 0.041), PIK3CA with males (p = 0.032), tumor stage I-II (p = 0.013), lack of metastasis in lymph nodes (p = 0.040), NRAS with rectum (p = 0.002), and APC with T2 stage of tumor growth (p = 0.013). No single patient harbored mutations in these six genes or any five genes simultaneously. Significance was noted in coexistence of KRAS with APC (p = 0.024) and mutual exclusion of KRAS with BRAF (p = 0.029). PIK3CA exon 9 was observed to be more frequently associated with KRAS mutations than PIK3CA exon 20 (p = 0.072). NRAS mutations were mutually exclusive with BRAF and PIK3CA mutations. As per our knowledge, this is the first next-generation sequencing-based biomarker study in Indian colorectal cancer patients. Frequent coexistence of gene mutations in pairs and triplets suggests that synergistic effect of overlapping mutations might further trigger the disease. In addition, infrequent coexistence of multiple gene mutations hints toward different signaling pathways for colorectal cancer tumorigenesis.

  2. BRAFV600E mutation, TIMP-1 upregulation, and NF-κB activation: closing the loop on the papillary thyroid cancer trilogy.

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    Bommarito, Alessandra; Richiusa, Pierina; Carissimi, Elvira; Pizzolanti, Giuseppe; Rodolico, Vito; Zito, Giovanni; Criscimanna, Angela; Di Blasi, Francesco; Pitrone, Maria; Zerilli, Monica; Amato, Marco C; Spinelli, Gaetano; Carina, Valeria; Modica, Giuseppe; Latteri, M Adelfio; Galluzzo, Aldo; Giordano, Carla

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    BRAF(V600E) is the most common mutation found in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). Tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases (TIMP-1) and nuclear factor (NF)-κB have been shown to play an important role in thyroid cancer. In particular, TIMP-1 binds its receptor CD63 on cell surface membrane and activates Akt signaling pathway, which is eventually responsible for its anti-apoptotic activity. The aim of our study was to evaluate whether interplay among these three factors exists and exerts a functional role in PTCs. To this purpose, 56 PTC specimens were analyzed for BRAF(V600E) mutation, TIMP-1 expression, and NF-κB activation. We found that BRAF(V600E) mutation occurs selectively in PTC nodules and is associated with hyperactivation of NF-κB and upregulation of both TIMP-1 and its receptor CD63. To assess the functional relationship among these factors, we first silenced BRAF gene in BCPAP cells, harboring BRAF(V600E) mutation. We found that silencing causes a marked decrease in TIMP-1 expression and NF-κB binding activity, as well as decreased invasiveness. After treatment with specific inhibitors of MAPK pathway, we found that only sorafenib was able to increase IκB-α and reduce both TIMP-1 expression and Akt phosphorylation in BCPAP cells, indicating that BRAF(V600E) activates NF-κB and this pathway is MEK-independent. Taken together, our findings demonstrate that BRAF(V600E) causes upregulation of TIMP-1 via NF-κB. TIMP-1 binds then its surface receptor CD63, leading eventually to Akt activation, which in turn confers antiapoptotic behavior and promotion of cell invasion. The recognition of this functional trilogy provides insight on how BRAF(V600E) determines cancer initiation, progression, and invasiveness in PTC, also identifying new therapeutic targets for the treatment of highly aggressive forms.

  3. Prevalence of KRAS, BRAF, and PIK3CA somatic mutations in patients with colorectal carcinoma may vary in the same population: clues from Sardinia

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    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Role of KRAS, BRAF and PIK3CA mutations in pathogenesis of colorectal cancer (CRC has been recently investigated worldwide. In this population-based study, we evaluated the incidence rates and distribution of such somatic mutations in genetically isolated population from Sardinia. Methods From April 2009 to July 2011, formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissues (N = 478 were prospectively collected from Sardinian CRC patients at clinics across the entire island. Genomic DNA was isolated from tissue sections and screened for mutations in KRAS, BRAF, and PIK3CA genes by automated DNA sequencing. Results Overall, KRAS tumour mutation rate was 30% (145/478 positive cases. Distribution of mutation carriers was surprisingly different within the island: 87/204 (43% in North Sardinia vs. 58/274 (21% in Middle-South Sardinia (pBRAF gene; PIK3CA was found mutated in 67 (17% patients. A significant inverse distribution of PIK3CA mutation rates was observed within Sardinian population: 19/183 (10% cases from northern vs. 48/201 (24% cases from central-southern island (pKRAS/PIK3CA somatic mutations is consistent with already-reported discrepancies in distribution of germline mutations for other malignancies within Sardinian population. Preliminary clinical evaluation of 118 KRAS wild-type patients undergoing anti-EGFR-based treatment indicated lack of role for PIK3CA in predicting response to therapy. Conclusions Our findings support the hypothesis that differences in patients’ origins and related genetic backgrounds may contribute to even determine the incidence rate of somatic mutations in candidate cancer genes.

  4. The influence of the BRAF V600E mutation in thyroid cancer cell lines on the anticancer effects of 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide-ribonucleoside.

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    Choi, Hyun-Jeung; Kim, Tae Yong; Chung, Namhyun; Yim, Ji Hye; Kim, Won Gu; Kim, Jin A; Kim, Won Bae; Shong, Young Kee

    2011-10-01

    5-Aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide-ribonucleoside (AICAR) is an activator of 5'-AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), which plays a role in the maintenance of cellular energy homeostasis. Activated AMPK inhibits the protein kinase mechanistic target of rapamycin, thereby reducing the extent of protein translation and suppressing both cell growth and cell cycle entry. Recent reports indicate that AMPK-mediated growth inhibition is achieved via an action of the RAF-MEK-ERK mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway in melanoma cells harboring the V600E mutant form of the BRAF oncogene. In this study, we investigated the anti-cancer efficacy of AICAR by measuring its effects on proliferation, apoptosis, and cell cycle progression of BRAF wild-type and V600E-mutant thyroid cancer cell lines. We also explored the mechanism underlying these effects. AICAR inhibited the proliferation of BRAF V600E-mutant thyroid cancer cell lines more strongly than was the case with wild-type cell lines. The suppressive effect of AICAR on cell proliferation was associated with increased S-phase cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. Interestingly, AICAR suppressed phosphorylation of ERK and p70S6K in BRAF V600E-mutant thyroid cancer cells, but rather increased phosphorylation in wild-type cells. Together, the results indicate that AICAR-induced AMPK activation in BRAF V600E-mutant thyroid cancer cell lines resulted in increases in apoptosis and S-phase arrest via downregulation of ERK and p70S6K activity. Thus, regulation of AMPK activity may be potentially useful as a therapy for thyroid cancer if the cancer harbors a BRAF V600E mutation.

  5. Correlation between phlegm-dampness thyroid cancer and BRAF gene mutation%痰湿质甲状腺癌与 BRAF 基因突变的相关性研究

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    张志新; 张有福; 梁丽丽

    2014-01-01

    目的:挖掘传统中医理论中的痰湿体质相关理论,总结近现代研究成果,系统阐述中医痰湿体质理论及其应用。探索痰湿体质基因表达特征,分析痰湿体质相关基因功能,阐发痰湿体质的内在分子机制。方法选用甲状腺癌 BRAF 基因组芯片检测技术,探索痰湿体质的基因表达特征。结果痰湿质甲状腺癌患者BRAF 基因突变高表达。 BRAF 基因突变阳性的甲状腺癌患者中重度痰湿体质占94%(33/35)。结论痰湿体质是与多基因表达相关的体质状态,痰湿体质与平和体质相比,在基因表达上具有独特的基因表达谱,总体表现为代谢紊乱以及与免疫增强、炎症反应亢进、疾病发病、疾病抵抗基因相关的表达特征。%Objective By exploring the related theories of phlegm-dampness constitution in Traditional Chinese Medicine, we summarized the contemporary research achievement and systematically illustrated the theories of phlegm-dampness constitution and its application. We also aimed to investigate the gene expression characteristics of phlegm-dampness constitution, analyze the related gene function, and to unravel the molecule mechanisms. Methods The gene expression characteristics of phlegm-dampness constitution were investigated by using gene chip technology on BRAF gene of thyroid cancer. Results There is high expression of BRAF gene mutation in patients with phlegm-dampness constitution. Ninety-four percent (33/35) patients with thyroid cancer of BRAF gene mutation positivity were moderate to serere phlegm-dampness constitution. Conclusions There is high expression of BRAF gene mutation in patients with phlegm-dampness constitution. Phlegm-dampness constitution is one of the constitutions related to poly-gene expression, and has unique gene expression profile compared with the normal constitution. The main characteris-tics consist of metabolism disorder, expression of gene-related immuno

  6. 恶性黑素瘤中BRAF癌基因突变研究新进展%Mutation of BRAF gene in malignant melanoma:a review

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    齐瑞群; 高兴华

    2008-01-01

    恶性黑素瘤是死亡率较高的皮肤肿瘤之一,研究发现恶性黑素瘤中存在高频BRAF癌基因突变.紫外线是引起突变的高危因素,不同种族、发病部位以及病理类型的恶性黑素瘤间BRAF突变率存在差异.此突变与遗传、预先存在的色素痣、肿瘤侵袭性及预后之间的关系还存在争论.BRAF突变相关的MAPK信号传导分子是治疗恶性黑素瘤的靶点.综述近几年的研究,以认识BRAF突变与恶性黑素瘤的关系.%Malignant melanoma(MM)is one of the most lethal skin cancer.High frequent mutation of v-raf murine sarcoma viral oncogene homolog B(BRAF)has been reported in MM,and ultraviolet is the most important risk factor of the mutation.The frequency of the mutation varies with races of patients,sites,and pathological types of MM.It's still controversial about the relationship of BRAF mutation with heredity,pre-existing pigment nevi,invasion and prognosis of MM.BRAF related molecules in MAPK signal transduction are potential treatment target of MM.Recent studies have revealed the association between BRAF mutation and MM.

  7. Relationship between BRAF V600E mutation and the clinicopathological features of patients with classical papillary thyroid carcinoma%BRAF V600E突变与经典型甲状腺乳头状癌患者临床病理特征的相关性

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    秦东广; 李建民; 高太虎; 孟彦; 秦彦超

    2016-01-01

    目的 探讨BRAF V600E突变与经典型甲状腺乳头状癌(PTC)患者临床病理特征的相关性.方法 回顾性分析226例确诊为经典型PTC患者的临床病理资料,用实时荧光定量聚合酶链反应检测BRAF V600E突变,分析BRAF V600E突变与患者临床病理特征的相关性.结果 226例经典型PTC患者的BRAF V600E突变率为76.5%(173/226).不同性别、年龄、肿瘤个数、肿瘤侧别以及淋巴结转移情况患者的BRAF V600E突变率差异均无统计学意义(均P> 0.05),而肿瘤直径>1.0cm者的BRAF V600E突变率为81.8%(135/165),高于≤1.0cm者的62.3%(38/61),两者差异有统计学意义(x2=9.456,P=0.002).结论 BRAF V600E突变可作为预测经典型PTC预后的一个重要指标.

  8. [Diagnostic value of BRAFV600E and RET/PTC oncogenes in thyroid nodule aspirates].

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    Guerra, Anna; Carrano, Mario; Angrisani, Elisabetta; Vitale, Mario

    2013-01-01

    Fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNC) is the primary means to distinguish benign form malignant nodules. Aim of this study is to evaluate the diagnostic value of BRAF(V600E) and RET/PTC oncogenes in a large cohort of thyroid nodules with inconclusive FNC. We searched for BRAF(V600E) and RET/PTC in 299 thyroid nodule aspirates then removed by surgery. RET/PTC demonstrated a poor specificity. The search for BRAF(V600E) demonstrated to be useful in 25 cases, identifying a PTC in 2 false negative, 2 inadequate, 11 indeterminate and 10 suspicious FNC. Detection of BRAF(V600E) revealed to be a useful tool to refine inconclusive cytology.

  9. RET/PTC and PAX8/PPARγ chromosomal rearrangements in post-Chernobyl thyroid cancer and their association with iodine-131 radiation dose and other characteristics.

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    Leeman-Neill, Rebecca J; Brenner, Alina V; Little, Mark P; Bogdanova, Tetiana I; Hatch, Maureen; Zurnadzy, Liudmyla Y; Mabuchi, Kiyohiko; Tronko, Mykola D; Nikiforov, Yuri E

    2013-05-15

    Childhood exposure to iodine-131 from the 1986 nuclear accident in Chernobyl, Ukraine, led to a sharp increase in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) incidence in regions surrounding the reactor. Data concerning the association between genetic mutations in PTCs and individual radiation doses are limited. Mutational analysis was performed on 62 PTCs diagnosed in a Ukrainian cohort of patients who were PTC (ret proto-oncogene/papillary thyroid carcinoma) rearrangements were most common (35%), followed by BRAF (15%) and RAS (8%) point mutations. Two tumors carrying PAX8/PPARγ (paired box 8/peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma) rearrangement were identified. A significant negative association with (131) I dose for BRAF and RAS point mutations and a significant concave association with (131) I dose, with an inflection point at 1.6 Gy and odds ratio of 2.1, based on a linear-quadratic model for RET/PTC and PAX8/PPARγ rearrangements were found. The trends with dose were significantly different between tumors with point mutations and rearrangements. Compared with point mutations, rearrangements were associated with residence in the relatively iodine-deficient Zhytomyr region, younger age at exposure or surgery, and male sex. These results provide the first demonstration of PAX8/PPARγ rearrangements in post-Chernobyl tumors and show different associations for point mutations and chromosomal rearrangements with (131) I dose and other factors. These data support the relationship between chromosomal rearrangements, but not point mutations, and (131) I exposure and point to a possible role of iodine deficiency in generation of RET/PTC rearrangements in these patients. Copyright © 2013 American Cancer Society.

  10. Allele Specific Locked Nucleic Acid Quantitative PCR (ASLNAqPCR): An Accurate and Cost-Effective Assay to Diagnose and Quantify KRAS and BRAF Mutation

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    Morandi, Luca; de Biase, Dario; Visani, Michela; Cesari, Valentina; De Maglio, Giovanna; Pizzolitto, Stefano; Pession, Annalisa; Tallini, Giovanni

    2012-01-01

    The use of tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) requires the testing for hot spot mutations of the molecular effectors downstream the membrane-bound tyrosine kinases since their wild type status is expected for response to TKI therapy. We report a novel assay that we have called Allele Specific Locked Nucleic Acid quantitative PCR (ASLNAqPCR). The assay uses LNA-modified allele specific primers and LNA-modified beacon probes to increase sensitivity, specificity and to accurately quantify mutations. We designed primers specific for codon 12/13 KRAS mutations and BRAF V600E, and validated the assay with 300 routine samples from a variety of sources, including cytology specimens. All were analyzed by ASLNAqPCR and Sanger sequencing. Discordant cases were pyrosequenced. ASLNAqPCR correctly identified BRAF and KRAS mutations in all discordant cases and all had a mutated/wild type DNA ratio below the analytical sensitivity of the Sanger method. ASLNAqPCR was 100% specific with greater accuracy, positive and negative predictive values compared with Sanger sequencing. The analytical sensitivity of ASLNAqPCR is 0.1%, allowing quantification of mutated DNA in small neoplastic cell clones. ASLNAqPCR can be performed in any laboratory with real-time PCR equipment, is very cost-effective and can easily be adapted to detect hot spot mutations in other oncogenes. PMID:22558339

  11. RAS Mutations, and RET/PTC and PAX8/PPAR-gamma Chromosomal Rearrangements Are Also Prevalent in Benign Thyroid Lesions: Implications Thereof and A Systematic Review.

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    Najafian, Alireza; Noureldine, Salem; Azar, Faris; Atallah, Chady; Trinh, Gina; Schneider, Eric B; Tufano, Ralph P; Zeiger, Martha A

    2017-01-01

    Molecular markers associated with thyroid malignancy are increasingly being used as differential diagnostic tools for thyroid nodules. However, little has been reported recently regarding the prevalence of these markers in benign lesions. The literature was systematically reviewed to examine studies that reported on the prevalence of these markers in benign thyroid lesions. Appropriate studies published between January 1, 2000, and April 30, 2015, and cataloged in PubMed, Embase, Cochrane, Scopus, and Web of Science databases were searched for by combining different keywords for "thyroid tumor" with both general and specific keywords for "molecular marker" by using "AND" as the Boolean operator. All studies meeting criteria that reported the prevalence of RAS mutations, and RET/PTC and PAX8/PPAR-gamma chromosomal rearrangements in benign thyroid lesions were included for study. A total of 64 articles (including 8162 patients, of whom 42.5% had benign lesions) that met all the study criteria were systematically reviewed and abstracted. Among 35 studies examining RAS mutations, the reported prevalence of RAS mutation in benign lesions ranged from 0% to 48%. In 38 studies examining RET/PTC rearrangements, the prevalence in benign lesions ranged from 0% to 68%. PAX8/PPAR-gamma rearrangements were examined in 27 studies, with the prevalence in benign lesions ranging from 0% to 55%. The presence of these biomarkers and the tremendous variation in reports of their prevalence in benign lesions suggests the need for caution when including these markers in diagnostic decisions. Further understanding of the importance of these markers, as well as newly discovered markers of thyroid malignancy, may be required in order to avoid overtreatment of patients with benign thyroid tumors.

  12. Analysis of BRAF and NRAS Mutation Status in Advanced Melanoma Patients Treated with Anti-CTLA-4 Antibodies: Association with Overall Survival?

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    Joanna Mangana

    Full Text Available Ipilimumab and tremelimumab are human monoclonal antibodies (Abs against cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen-4 (CTLA-4. Ipilimumab was the first agent to show a statistically significant benefit in overall survival in advanced melanoma patients. Currently, there is no proven association between the BRAFV600 mutation and the disease control rate in response to ipilimumab. This analysis was carried out to assess if BRAFV600 and NRAS mutation status affects the clinical outcome of anti-CTLA-4-treated melanoma patients. This is a retrospective multi-center analysis of 101 patients, with confirmed BRAF and NRAS mutation status, treated with anti-CTLA-4 antibodies from December 2006 until August 2012. The median overall survival, defined from the treatment start date with the anti-CTLA-4. Abs-treatment to death or till last follow up, of BRAFV600 or NRAS mutant patients (n = 62 was 10.12 months (95% CI 6.78-13.2 compared to 8.26 months (95% CI 6.02-19.9 in BRAFV600/NRASwt subpopulation (n = 39 (p = 0.67. The median OS of NRAS mutated patients (n = 24 was 12.1 months and although was prolonged compared to the median OS of BRAF mutated patients (n = 38, mOS = 8.03 months or BRAFV600/NRASwt patients (n = 39, mOS = 8.26 months the difference didn't reach statistical significance (p = 0.56. 69 patients were able to complete 4 cycles of anti-CTLA-4 treatment. Of the 24 patients treated with selected BRAF- or MEK-inhibitors, 16 patients received anti-CTLA 4 Abs following either a BRAF or MEK inhibitor with only 8 of them being able to finish 4 cycles of treatment. Based on our results, there is no difference in the median OS in patients treated with anti-CTLA-4 Abs implying that the BRAF/NRAS mutation status alone is not sufficient to predict the outcome of patients treated with anti-CTLA-4 Abs.

  13. Analysis of BRAF and NRAS Mutation Status in Advanced Melanoma Patients Treated with Anti-CTLA-4 Antibodies: Association with Overall Survival?

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    Mangana, Joanna; Cheng, Phil F; Schindler, Katja; Weide, Benjamin; Held, Ulrike; Frauchiger, Anna L; Romano, Emanuella; Kähler, Katharina C; Rozati, Sima; Rechsteiner, Markus; Moch, Holger; Michielin, Olivier; Garbe, Claus; Hauschild, Axel; Hoeller, Christoph; Dummer, Reinhard; Goldinger, Simone M

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    Ipilimumab and tremelimumab are human monoclonal antibodies (Abs) against cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen-4 (CTLA-4). Ipilimumab was the first agent to show a statistically significant benefit in overall survival in advanced melanoma patients. Currently, there is no proven association between the BRAFV600 mutation and the disease control rate in response to ipilimumab. This analysis was carried out to assess if BRAFV600 and NRAS mutation status affects the clinical outcome of anti-CTLA-4-treated melanoma patients. This is a retrospective multi-center analysis of 101 patients, with confirmed BRAF and NRAS mutation status, treated with anti-CTLA-4 antibodies from December 2006 until August 2012. The median overall survival, defined from the treatment start date with the anti-CTLA-4. Abs-treatment to death or till last follow up, of BRAFV600 or NRAS mutant patients (n = 62) was 10.12 months (95% CI 6.78-13.2) compared to 8.26 months (95% CI 6.02-19.9) in BRAFV600/NRASwt subpopulation (n = 39) (p = 0.67). The median OS of NRAS mutated patients (n = 24) was 12.1 months and although was prolonged compared to the median OS of BRAF mutated patients (n = 38, mOS = 8.03 months) or BRAFV600/NRASwt patients (n = 39, mOS = 8.26 months) the difference didn't reach statistical significance (p = 0.56). 69 patients were able to complete 4 cycles of anti-CTLA-4 treatment. Of the 24 patients treated with selected BRAF- or MEK-inhibitors, 16 patients received anti-CTLA 4 Abs following either a BRAF or MEK inhibitor with only 8 of them being able to finish 4 cycles of treatment. Based on our results, there is no difference in the median OS in patients treated with anti-CTLA-4 Abs implying that the BRAF/NRAS mutation status alone is not sufficient to predict the outcome of patients treated with anti-CTLA-4 Abs.

  14. Assessing RET/PTC in thyroid nodule fine-needle aspirates: the FISH point of view.

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    Caria, Paola; Dettori, Tinuccia; Frau, Daniela V; Borghero, Angela; Cappai, Antonello; Riola, Alessia; Lai, Maria L; Boi, Francesco; Calò, Piergiorgio; Nicolosi, Angelo; Mariotti, Stefano; Vanni, Roberta

    2013-08-01

    RET/PTC rearrangement and BRAF(V600E) mutation are the two prevalent molecular alterations associated with papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC), and their identification is increasingly being used as an adjunct to cytology in diagnosing PTC. However, there are caveats associated with the use of the molecular approach in fine-needle aspiration (FNA), particularly for RET/PTC, that should be taken into consideration. It has been claimed that a clonal or sporadic presence of this abnormality in follicular cells can distinguish between malignant and benign nodules. Nevertheless, the most commonly used PCR-based techniques lack the capacity to quantify the number of abnormal cells. Because fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) is the most sensitive method for detecting gene rearrangement in a single cell, we compared results from FISH and conventional RT-PCR obtained in FNA of a large cohort of consecutive patients with suspicious nodules and investigated the feasibility of setting a FISH-FNA threshold capable of distinguishing non-clonal from clonal molecular events. For this purpose, a home brew break-apart probe, able to recognize the physical breakage of RET, was designed. While a ≥3% FISH signal for broken RET was sufficient to distinguish nodules with abnormal follicular cells, only samples with a ≥6.8% break-apart FISH signal also exhibited positive RT-PCR results. On histological analysis, all nodules meeting the ≥6.8% threshold proved to be malignant. These data corroborate the power of FISH when compared with RT-PCR in quantifying the presence of RET/PTC in FNA and validate the RT-PCR efficiency in detecting clonal RET/PTC alterations.

  15. Effects of KRAS, BRAF, NRAS, and PIK3CA mutations on the efficacy of cetuximab plus chemotherapy in chemotherapy-refractory metastatic colorectal cancer: a retrospective consortium analysis.

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    De Roock, Wendy; Claes, Bart; Bernasconi, David; De Schutter, Jef; Biesmans, Bart; Fountzilas, George; Kalogeras, Konstantine T; Kotoula, Vassiliki; Papamichael, Demetris; Laurent-Puig, Pierre; Penault-Llorca, Frédérique; Rougier, Philippe; Vincenzi, Bruno; Santini, Daniele; Tonini, Giuseppe; Cappuzzo, Federico; Frattini, Milo; Molinari, Francesca; Saletti, Piercarlo; De Dosso, Sara; Martini, Miriam; Bardelli, Alberto; Siena, Salvatore; Sartore-Bianchi, Andrea; Tabernero, Josep; Macarulla, Teresa; Di Fiore, Frédéric; Gangloff, Alice Oden; Ciardiello, Fortunato; Pfeiffer, Per; Qvortrup, Camilla; Hansen, Tine Plato; Van Cutsem, Eric; Piessevaux, Hubert; Lambrechts, Diether; Delorenzi, Mauro; Tejpar, Sabine

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    Following the discovery that mutant KRAS is associated with resistance to anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) antibodies, the tumours of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer are now profiled for seven KRAS mutations before receiving cetuximab or panitumumab. However, most patients with KRAS wild-type tumours still do not respond. We studied the effect of other downstream mutations on the efficacy of cetuximab in, to our knowledge, the largest cohort to date of patients with chemotherapy-refractory metastatic colorectal cancer treated with cetuximab plus chemotherapy in the pre-KRAS selection era. 1022 tumour DNA samples (73 from fresh-frozen and 949 from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue) from patients treated with cetuximab between 2001 and 2008 were gathered from 11 centres in seven European countries. 773 primary tumour samples had sufficient quality DNA and were included in mutation frequency analyses; mass spectrometry genotyping of tumour samples for KRAS, BRAF, NRAS, and PIK3CA was done centrally. We analysed objective response, progression-free survival (PFS), and overall survival in molecularly defined subgroups of the 649 chemotherapy-refractory patients treated with cetuximab plus chemotherapy. 40.0% (299/747) of the tumours harboured a KRAS mutation, 14.5% (108/743) harboured a PIK3CA mutation (of which 68.5% [74/108] were located in exon 9 and 20.4% [22/108] in exon 20), 4.7% (36/761) harboured a BRAF mutation, and 2.6% (17/644) harboured an NRAS mutation. KRAS mutants did not derive benefit compared with wild types, with a response rate of 6.7% (17/253) versus 35.8% (126/352; odds ratio [OR] 0.13, 95% CI 0.07-0.22; p<0.0001), a median PFS of 12 weeks versus 24 weeks (hazard ratio [HR] 1.98, 1.66-2.36; p<0.0001), and a median overall survival of 32 weeks versus 50 weeks (1.75, 1.47-2.09; p<0.0001). In KRAS wild types, carriers of BRAF and NRAS mutations had a significantly lower response rate than did BRAF and NRAS wild types

  16. No Incidence of BRAF Mutations in Salivary Gland Carcinomas—Implications for Anti-EGFR Therapies

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    Regine Dahse

    2009-01-01

    These findings imply that SGC rarely acquires mutations that result in a constitutive activation of the signaling cascade downstream of EGFR and this pleads in favor of further therapeutic trials with EGFR-targeting monoclonal antibodies.

  17. Mutated BRAF Gene Relationship with the Prognosis of Colorectal Cancer%BRAF基因与结直肠癌预后的关系

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    叶薇; 陈智伟; 林海凤; 陈玉琳; 肖芳; 卓立飞; 林晶

    2016-01-01

    目的:探讨BRAF基因对结直肠癌预后的影响。方法整群收集2011年1月—2013年1月期间在莆田学院附属医院确诊结直肠癌并行结直肠癌根治术的患者153例,其中BRAF基因突变阳性的患者18例(实验组),BRAF基因突变阴性患者135例(对照组),所有患者均具有完整的随访资料。回顾性分析两组的随访资料,总结BRAF基因突变的突变类型,并分析BRAF基因突变阳性对患者预后的影响。结果在该研究中,发现BRAF基因突变型18例(11.8%),其中位于V600E突变15例,占所有突变患者83.3%;位于exon11上的甘氨酸环的突变为3例,占所有突变患者14.3%,未见其他位点突变。 BRAF基因突变多见于近端结肠,而远端结肠及直肠较少见,二者的差异具有统计学意义(P<0.05)。 BRAF基因在肿瘤分化程度、病理浸润深度、淋巴结转移等方面的差异具有统计学意义(P<0.05)。平均随访时间为1~60个月,生存时间为3~60个月,平均生存时间为(35.2±21.5)个月。生存分析实验组的平均生存时间为(19.7±16.8)个月,术后1、2、3、4、5年总生存率分别为61.1%、27.8%、22.2%、5.6%、5.6%。 Log-rank检验显示两组间总生存率的差异有统计学意义(P=0.001)。结论结直肠癌患者癌组织BRAF基因突变率与患者生存率成负相关,提示患者预后不良。%Objective To explore the mutated BRAF gene's influence on the prognosis of colorectal cancer. Methods Group collected in January 2011—January 2013 in putian college affiliated hospital diagnosis of colorectal cancer in parallel, 153 cases of patients with colorectal cancer radical, 18 patients with the mutated BRAF gene mutation positive (experimental group), mutated BRAF gene mutation negative patients, 135 cases (control group), all patients were with complete follow-up data. Two groups of follow-up data were retrospectively analyzed, summarizes the mutated BRAF gene mutation types of mutations, and analyze the

  18. BRAF Mutation Is Associated With a Specific Cell Type With Features Suggestive of Senescence in Ovarian Serous Borderline (Atypical Proliferative) Tumors

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    . Immunohistochemistry showed that the EC cells always expressed p16, a senescence-associated marker, and had a significantly lower Ki-67 labeling index than adjacent cuboidal and columnar cells (P=0.02). In vitro studies supported the interpretation that these cells were undergoing senescence, as the same morphologic...... features could be reproduced in cultured epithelial cells by ectopic expression of BRAF(V600E). Senescence was further established by markers such as SA-β-gal staining, expression of p16 and p21, and reduction in DNA synthesis. In conclusion, this study sheds light on the pathogenesis of this unique group...... of ovarian tumors by showing that BRAF mutation is associated with cellular senescence and the presence of a specific cell type characterized by abundant EC. This "oncogene-induced senescence" phenotype may represent a mechanism that impedes progression of APSTs to LGSC....

  19. Mouse models for BRAF-induced cancers.

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    Pritchard, C; Carragher, L; Aldridge, V; Giblett, S; Jin, H; Foster, C; Andreadi, C; Kamata, T

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    Oncogenic mutations in the BRAF gene are detected in approximately 7% of human cancer samples with a particularly high frequency of mutation in malignant melanomas. Over 40 different missense BRAF mutations have been found, but the vast majority (>90%) represent a single nucleotide change resulting in a valine-->glutamate mutation at residue 600 ((V600E)BRAF). In cells cultured in vitro, (V600E)BRAF is able to stimulate endogenous MEK [MAPK (mitogen-activated protein kinase)/ERK (extracellular-signal-regulated kinase) kinase] and ERK phosphorylation leading to an increase in cell proliferation, cell survival, transformation, tumorigenicity, invasion and vascular development. Many of these hallmarks of cancer can be reversed by treatment of cells with siRNA (small interfering RNA) to BRAF or by inhibiting MEK, indicating that BRAF and MEK are attractive therapeutic targets in cancer samples with BRAF mutations. In order to fully understand the role of oncogenic BRAF in cancer development in vivo as well as to test the in vivo efficacy of anti-BRAF or anti-MEK therapies, GEMMs (genetically engineered mouse models) have been generated in which expression of oncogenic BRaf is conditionally dependent on the Cre recombinase. The delivery/activation of the Cre recombinase can be regulated in both a temporal and spatial manner and therefore these mouse models can be used to recapitulate the somatic mutation of BRAF that occurs in different tissues in the development of human cancer. The data so far obtained following Cre-mediated activation in haemopoietic tissue and the lung indicate that (V600E)BRAF mutation can drive tumour initiation and that its primary effect is to induce high levels of cyclin D1-mediated cell proliferation. However, hallmarks of OIS (oncogene-induced senescence) are evident that restrain further development of the tumour.

  20. 云南省结直肠癌患者BRAF V600 E突变与高危临床病理特征和生存关系的研究%BRAF-V600 E Mutation Associated with High-Risk Clinicopathologic Features and Survival in Colorectal Cancer Patients from Yunnan

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    珠珠; 黄鉴; 李文亮; 陈昌望; 洪敏; 董坚

    2014-01-01

    The BRAF V600E mutation is the most common genetic alteration found in colorectal carcinoma (CRC),accounting for about 5%-15%of colorectal carcinomas.Direct sequencing to detect the BRAF V600E mutation has recently become commercially available.From January 2010 to October 2013,289 colorectal cancer patients who underwent surgery in First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University Hospital are enrolled in this study to examine BRAF V600E mutation associated with high -risk clinicopathologic Features and survival.As the results show,the BRAF V600E mutation is found in 29/289 (10%)colorectal cancer patients from Yunnan.Compared with BRAF wild-type adenocarcinomas,BRAF-mutated adenocarcinomas frequently demonstrate more adverse histopathologic features.The BRAF V600E mutation is associated with high -risk clinicopathologic features and outcomes in CRC patients from Yunnan,which suggests that the BRAF V600E mutation may be a potential prognostic molecular marker in CRC patients.%BRAF V600E是结直肠癌中常见的突变位点,约5%~15%的患者携带此位点的突变。本研究应用直接测序方法检测云南省术后经病理确诊的289例结直肠癌患者的正常和肿瘤组织DNA发生BRAF V600E突变情况,并结合临床资料统计分析BRAF V600E突变型患者与高危临床病理特征和预后之间的关系。结果显示,在云南本地结直肠癌289例患者中有10%携带BRAF V600E的突变,且突变型与高危临床病理特征有关。临床随访266例患者中,BRAF V600E突变型患者中位生存期、1年生存率和无疾病生存率低于野生型患者。提示BRAF V600E突变与结直肠癌患者高危临床病理特征和预后有关,可能作为评价结直肠癌患者预测不良预后的一个潜在的分子标志物。

  1. BRAF基因突变在甲状腺乳头状癌中的临床意义%Clinical significance of BRAF mutation in papillary thyroid carcinoma

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    赵苏苏; 余泽前; 李惠; 孙怡; 王剑蓉; 章宜芬

    2016-01-01

    Objective: To explore the correlation between BARF V600E mutation and papillary thyroid cancer.Methods: hTe BARF V600E mutation status was analyzed in 63 cases of papillary thyroid cancer and 45 cases of other types of thyroid diseases by PCR and direct sequencing technology.Results:32 out of 63 papillary thyroid cancer cases had BARF V600E mutation. However, no mutation was found in tissues from 45 cases of other types of thyroid diseases. BARF V600E mutation was signiifcantly associated with tumor size and regional lymph node metastasis (P<0.05).Conclusion: BARF V600E mutation is associated with the pathogenesis, tumor size and regional lymph node metastasis in papillary thyroid cancer.%目的:探讨BRAF V600E基因突变与甲状腺乳头状癌的临床相关性。方法:采用PCR技术和直接测序法,对63例甲状腺乳头状癌患者和45例其他类型甲状腺疾病患者石蜡组织BRAF V600E基因突变进行检测。结果:甲状腺乳头状癌组中32例存在突变;而在其他类型甲状腺疾病组中未发现突变。BRAF V600E基因突变在甲状腺乳头状癌不同肿瘤直径组之间的比较差异以及在有无区域淋巴结转移组之间的比较差异均具有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论:BRAF V600E基因突变与甲状腺乳头状癌的发生、肿瘤的大小和区域淋巴结的转移有关。

  2. Differences in global DNA methylation of testicular seminoma are not associated with changes in histone modifications, clinical prognosis, BRAF mutations or gene expression.

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    Pedersen, Louise Holm; Nielsen, John E; Daugaard, Gedske; Hansen, Thomas V O; Rajpert-De Meyts, Ewa; Almstrup, Kristian

    2016-11-01

    Testicular germ cell tumours of young adults are comprised of a heterogeneous group of non-seminomas and a homogeneous group of seminomas. While the majority of seminomas retain a hypo-methylated genome, a small fraction displays a highly methylated genome, resembling hyper-methylated non-seminomas. It is well established from e.g. melanoma, colorectal and thyroid cancer that a methylated phenotype can be correlated to prognosis and can be related to BRAF mutations. In the present study we investigated the global methylation level in 67 seminomas and classified them as hypo-methylated, intermediate, patchy and hyper-methylated, respectively. A selected subset representing each level of DNA methylation and the TCam2 seminoma cell line were subsequently analysed for a range of other epigenetic marks (6 histone marks and 5-hydroxymethylcytosine), the presence of the BRAF V600E de novo mutation, differences in the transcriptome and finally correlated to the clinical outcome. We did not identify any histone marks or hydroxymethylation levels that correlated with the methylation level of the genome. Some histone marks, however, showed a great variation while others were found at the same level in all the investigated seminomas. We did not identify any tumours with the BRAF V600E mutation and transcriptome analysis revealed no significant differences between hypo- and hyper-methylated seminomas. Similarly, no obvious differences in the clinical manifestation of the patients representing hypo- or hyper-methylated seminomas were identified. The level of DNA methylation in testicular seminomas consequently seems secondary to the manifestation of the tumour phenotype. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Detection of up to 65% of Precancerous Lesions of the Human Colon and Rectum by Mutation Analysis of APC, K-Ras, B-Raf and CTNNB1

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    Schneider, Mandy; Scholtka, Bettina, E-mail: scholtka@uni-potsdam.de [Chair of Nutritional Toxicology, Institute of Nutritional Science, University of Potsdam, Arthur- Scheunert-Allee 114-116, 14558 Nuthetal (Germany); Gottschalk, Uwe [Maria Heimsuchung Caritas-Klinik Pankow, Breite Straße 46/47, 13187 Berlin (Germany); Faiss, Siegbert [III. Medizinische Abteilung - Gastroenterologie und Hepatologie, Asklepios Klinik Barmbek, Rubenkamp 220, 22291 Hamburg (Germany); Schatz, Daniela; Berghof-Jäger, Kornelia [BIOTECON Diagnostics GmbH, Hermannswerder Haus 17, 14473 Potsdam (Germany); Steinberg, Pablo, E-mail: scholtka@uni-potsdam.de [Chair of Nutritional Toxicology, Institute of Nutritional Science, University of Potsdam, Arthur- Scheunert-Allee 114-116, 14558 Nuthetal (Germany); Institute for Food Toxicology and Analytical Chemistry, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Bischofsholer Damm 15, 30173 Hannover (Germany)

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    In the present study a recently conceived 4-gene marker panel covering the Wnt and Ras-Raf-MEK-MAPK signaling pathways was used to analyze 20 colorectal serrated lesions and 41 colorectal adenoma samples and to determine the percentage of each of the above-mentioned potentially precancerous lesions carrying at least one of the four above-mentioned genes in a mutated form. CTNNB1 and B-Raf were screened by PCR-single-strand conformation polymorphism analysis, K-Ras by restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis and the APC gene mutation cluster region (codons 1243–1567) by direct DNA sequencing. APC mutations were only detected in 10% of the serrated lesions but in 34% of the adenomas. Twenty percent of the serrated lesions and 14% of the adenomas carried a mutated K-Ras. B-Raf was found to be mutated in 50% of the serrated lesions and in 22% of the adenomas. CTNNB1 was altered in 12% of the adenomas, but not in serrated lesions. By using the above gene marker panel it could be shown that 65% of the serrated lesions and 61% of the adenomas carried at least one of the four genes in a mutated form. Based on its excellent performance in detecting mutations in sporadic preneoplastic (in this study) and neoplastic lesions (in a previous study) of the human colon and rectum, this primer combination might also be suited to efficiently and non-invasively detect genetic alterations in stool DNA of patients with early colorectal cancer.

  4. Detection of up to 65% of Precancerous Lesions of the Human Colon and Rectum by Mutation Analysis of APC, K-Ras, B-Raf and CTNNB1

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    Daniela Schatz

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available In the present study a recently conceived 4-gene marker panel covering the Wnt and Ras-Raf-MEK-MAPK signaling pathways was used to analyze 20 colorectal serrated lesions and 41 colorectal adenoma samples and to determine the percentage of each of the above-mentioned potentially precancerous lesions carrying at least one of the four above-mentioned genes in a mutated form. CTNNB1 and B-Raf were screened by PCR-single-strand conformation polymorphism analysis, K-Ras by restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis and the APC gene mutation cluster region (codons 1243–1567 by direct DNA sequencing. APC mutations were only detected in 10% of the serrated lesions but in 34% of the adenomas. Twenty percent of the serrated lesions and 14% of the adenomas carried a mutated K-Ras. B-Raf was found to be mutated in 50% of the serrated lesions and in 22% of the adenomas. CTNNB1 was altered in 12% of the adenomas, but not in serrated lesions. By using the above gene marker panel it could be shown that 65% of the serrated lesions and 61% of the adenomas carried at least one of the four genes in a mutated form. Based on its excellent performance in detecting mutations in sporadic preneoplastic (in this study and neoplastic lesions (in a previous study of the human colon and rectum, this primer combination might also be suited to efficiently and non-invasively detect genetic alterations in stool DNA of patients with early colorectal cancer.

  5. Absence of the BRAF mutation in HBME1+ and CK19+ atypical cell clusters in Hashimoto thyroiditis: supportive evidence against preneoplastic change.

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    Nasr, Michel R; Mukhopadhyay, Sanjay; Zhang, Shengle; Katzenstein, Anna-Luise A

    2009-12-01

    An association between Hashimoto thyroiditis and papillary thyroid carcinoma has been postulated for decades. We undertook this study to identify potential precursors of papillary thyroid carcinoma in Hashimoto thyroiditis using a combination of morphologic, immunohistochemical, and molecular techniques. For the study, samples from 59 cases of Hashimoto thyroiditis were stained with antibodies to HBME1 and cytokeratin (CK)19. Tiny HBME1+ and CK19+ atypical cell clusters were identified and analyzed for the BRAF mutation by the colorimetric Mutector assay and allele-specific polymerase chain reaction. HBME1+ and CK19+ atypical cell clusters were identified in 12 (20%) of 59 cases. The minute size (Hashimoto thyroiditis.

  6. 食管鳞癌K-ras、EGFR和B-raf突变的初步研究%A preliminary study on K-ras, EGFR, and B-raf mutations of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma

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    Huili Ma; Yongfei Xue; Changsheng Li; Jingwei Zhang; Zhonghai Ren

    2011-01-01

    Objective:Molecular targeted drugs have been widely used in clinical application which has successfully prolonged some patients'life.Meanwhile,molecular targeted drug therapy for esophageal cancer are attracting more and more attention from doctors and experts.However,little study has been done towards the effect of this approach for treating esophageal squamous cell carcinoma.This paper,therefore,intends to explore the possibilities of applying EGFR-TKI inhibitors or anti-EGFR monoclonal antibody in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma by studying the mutations of EGFR,K-ras and B-raf in the esophageal squamous cell carcinoma tissues.Methods:Thirty-five cases of resected specimens of diagnosed esophageal squamous cell carcinoma with complete clinical and pathological data from January to April 2009 were collected.Pyrophosphate was used for observing the mutations of EGFR,K-ras and B-raf in the esophageal squamous cell carcinoma tissues.Results:Examinations were undertaken respectively to the codon segment 746-754 of exon 19 in EGFR genes,codon 12 and 13 in K-ras genes as well as condon 600 in B-raf genes.No mutation was found in EGFR and B-raf genes with mutation rate 0% (0/35),all of codon 12 in K-ras genes were wild-type without any mutation,while 2 specimens of codon 13 had mutations with mutation rate of 5.71% (2/35).Conclusion:In treating esophageal squamous cell carcinoma patients,all K-ras genes are expressed as wild type due to low mutation rate; cetuximab is effective due to low mutation rate of B-raf while EGFR-TKI inhibitor will not be effective enough because of low mutation rate of EGFR genes.

  7. 利用等位基因特异性扩增检测人结直肠癌BRAF基因V600E突变%Sensitive BRAF V600E mutation analysis of clinical samples using allele-specific amplification

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    司徒博; 曹楠楠; 刘丽琴; 李博; 刘芹兰; 林丽; 王前; 郑磊

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    Objective To evaluate the application of aiicic-spccific amplification to detect low-lever BRAF V600E point mutation. Methods Allclc-spccific amplification and sequencing were used to detect the BRAF V600E point mutation in cell lines and 40 human coiorcctai tumors. The sensitivity of both assays were compared using serial dilutions of DNA extracted from HT29 (BRAF V600E) cells in SW480CBRAF wild-type) cells. Results The detection limits of aiicic-spccific amplification and sequencing were 6. 2% and 12. 5% respectively. 3 coiorcctai tumors haboring BRAF V600E mutation could be detected with both methods. Conclusion Allclc-spccific amplification was rapid and sensitive in screening BRAF V600E mutation in colorcctal tumors.%目的 建立一种基于等位基因特异性扩增技术检测人BRAF基因V600E突变的技术,用于检测低水平肿瘤点突变.方法 设计选择性扩增人BRAF基因V600E的引物,利用BRAF V600E突变型大肠癌细胞系HT29核酸混合于BRAF野生型大肠癌细胞系SW480中进行灵敏度检测,通过与Sanger测序法比较,利用其检测40例结直肠癌石蜡标本的BRAF V600E突变情况.结果 模拟细胞系混合检测显示该方法可检测出6.2%混杂于野生型基因里的BRAF V600E突变,利用该方法在40例大肠癌标本中成功检测出3例BRAF V600E突变,与测序法检出结果一致.结论 成功建立了利用等位基因特异性扩增技术检测人BRAF基因V600E突变的实验技术并用于检测实体肿瘤标本,与测序法相比该方法具有灵敏、简便、快速的特点,可用于人肿瘤BRAF V600E突变的筛查应用.

  8. 结直肠腺癌BRAF基因突变对临床治疗和预后的意义%The Significance of BRAF Genetic Mutations for the Clinical Treatment and Prognosis of Colorectal Cancer Patients

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    2015-01-01

    Objective To study the significance of BRAF genetic mutations for clinical treatment and prognosis of colorectal cancer patients. Methods 161 specimens of rectal adenocarcinoma and 61 normal tissues near the cancer from diagnose and surgery of the pathology department during January 2009 and December 2009 were selected. BRAF genetic mutations were detected by PCR-DNA sequencing. The pathological data was recorded and the follow-up of 60-months-survival rate was performed. Results 1. In the rectal adenocarcinoma, BRAF genetic mutations rate was 9.04% and BRAF-V600E was the most common type, and no mutations was found in the normal tissues near the cancer. 2. The mutations rate was higher in patients in lower histological grade than those in higher histological grade, in patients with lymphatic metastasis than those without lymphatic metastasis, and the differences were statistically significant (P0.05). 3. The survival rates of patients with BRAF Mutation were lower than those with wild type BRAF, and the difference in survival curves was statistically significant(P0.05)。③癌组织为BRAF突变型的患者生存率较野生型的低,两条生存曲线明显分开差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论结直肠癌患者中,癌组织BRAF基因突变率明显高于癌旁正常组织与分化程度、淋巴转移有相关性,与患者生存率成负相关提示预后不良。

  9. Detection of BRAF Mutations Using a Fully Automated Platform and Comparison with High Resolution Melting, Real-Time Allele Specific Amplification, Immunohistochemistry and Next Generation Sequencing Assays, for Patients with Metastatic Melanoma.

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    Full Text Available Metastatic melanoma is a severe disease with one of the highest mortality rate in skin diseases. Overall survival has significantly improved with immunotherapy and targeted therapies. Kinase inhibitors targeting BRAF V600 showed promising results. BRAF genotyping is mandatory for the prescription of anti-BRAF therapies.Fifty-nine formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded melanoma samples were assessed using High-Resolution-Melting (HRM PCR, Real-time allele-specific amplification (RT-ASA PCR, Next generation sequencing (NGS, immunohistochemistry (IHC and the fully-automated molecular diagnostics platform IdyllaTM. Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value were calculated using NGS as the reference standard to compare the different assays.BRAF mutations were found in 28(47.5%, 29(49.2%, 31(52.5%, 29(49.2% and 27(45.8% samples with HRM, RT-ASA, NGS, IdyllaTM and IHC respectively. Twenty-six (81.2% samples were found bearing a c.1799T>A (p.Val600Glu mutation, three (9.4% with a c.1798_1799delinsAA (p.Val600Lys mutation and one with c.1789_1790delinsTC (p.Leu597Ser mutation. Two samples were found bearing complex mutations.HRM appears the less sensitive assay for the detection of BRAF V600 mutations. The RT-ASA, IdyllaTM and IHC assays are suitable for routine molecular diagnostics aiming at the prescription of anti-BRAF therapies. IdyllaTM assay is fully-automated and requires less than 2 minutes for samples preparation and is the fastest of the tested assays.

  10. Effect of BRAF V600E mutation on tumor response of anti-EGFR monoclonal antibodies for first-line metastatic colorectal cancer treatment: a meta-analysis of randomized studies.

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    Cui, Dandan; Cao, Dan; Yang, Yu; Qiu, Meng; Huang, Ying; Yi, Cheng

    2014-03-01

    Anti-EGFR monoclonal antibodies (anti-EGFR MoAbs) in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) treatment are still not effective in all patients. This study aimed to evaluate the relationship between BRAF V600E mutation and the tumor response of anti-EGFR MoAbs for first-line treatment in mCRC patients. We searched the MEDLINE and EMBASE databases, using the key words that included colorectal cancer, cetuximab, panitumumab, and BRAF mutation and retrieved 445 articles. Among them four were included in the systematic review. Relative risks (RRs) with 95% confidence intervals (CI) for response rate were calculated. BRAF mutation carriers had worse ORR than non-carriers in mCRC patients with KRAS wild-type in first-line treatment whether adding anti-EGFR MoAb to chemotherapy or not (RR = 0.43, [95% CI 0.16-0.75]; RR = 0.38, [95% CI 0.20-0.73]). But in the unselected patients whose KRAS mutation were unknown, BRAF mutation carriers had similar ORR whether adding cetuximab to chemotherapy or not (RR = 0.45, [95% CI 0.18-1.09]; RR = 0.57, [95% CI 0.15-2.23]). In BRAF mutation carriers adding anti-EGFR MoAb to chemotherapy was similar to chemotherapy alone whether in patients with wild-type KRAS or unselected patients (RR = 1.61, [95% CI 0.57-4.47]; RR = 0.71, [95% CI 0.18-2.77]). But in the BRAF mutation non-carriers, adding anti-EGFR MoAb produced a clear benefit in response rate than chemotherapy alone and this advantage was restricted to KRAS wild-type patients (RR = 1.48, [95% CI 1.28-1.71]). BRAF mutation decreases tumor response in first-line treatment whether cetuximab was given or not in patients with KRAS wild-type, and anti-EGFR MoAb produces a clear benefit in response rate in patients with BRAF and KRAS wild-type.

  11. Combined therapy with dabrafenib and trametinib in BRAF-mutated metastatic melanoma in a real-life setting: the INT Milan experience.

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    Cavalieri, Stefano; Di Guardo, Lorenza; Cimminiello, Carolina; Bono, Aldo; Tolomio, Elena; Colombetti, Anna; Valeri, Barbara; Di Tolla, Giuseppe; de Braud, Filippo; Del Vecchio, Michele

    2016-10-13

    Combination therapy with dabrafenib and trametinib is safer and more effective than BRAF inhibitor-based monotherapy for metastatic melanoma. We retrospectively analyzed BRAF-mutated metastatic melanoma patients treated at our institution with daily oral dabrafenib 300 mg and trametinib 2 mg from November 2013 to April 2016. This clinical record included both untreated and previously treated stage IV melanomas. Physical examination and laboratory examinations were performed monthly and disease re-evaluations were performed every 3 months. A total of 48 patients (24 male, 24 female) with BRAF-mutated metastatic melanoma received dabrafenib and trametinib; median age was 48 years (range 23-75). Median follow-up was 362.5 days (range 72-879). Best overall response rate consisted of 6.2% (3 patients) complete response, 64.6% (31) partial response, and 25% (12) stable disease; median time to best response was 11 weeks (range 5.7-125.5). Progression of disease was seen in 19 patients (39.6%), with median time to progression (TTP) of 26 weeks (range 8-54). A total of 15 patients (31.2%) died due to progression of disease. Median progression-free survival and median overall survival were not reached. To date, 30 patients (62.5%) are still under treatment. A total of 27 (56.2%) patients had at least one adverse event (AE); grade 3-4 AEs were seen in 4 cases (8.3%). The main toxicities were fever (25%), skin rash (14.6%), arthralgias (10.4%), and aspartate aminotransferase/alanine aminotransferase increase (8.3%). Treatment dose was reduced in 7 subjects (14.6%), with only one case of discontinuation due to AE. Our data, using combined targeted therapy, are in line with the scientific literature in terms of both safety and effectiveness in a real-life setting.

  12. The prediction of malignant risk in the category "atypia of undetermined significance/follicular lesion of undetermined significance" of the Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology using subcategorization and BRAF mutation results.

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    Hyeon, Jiyeon; Ahn, Soomin; Shin, Jung Hee; Oh, Young Lyun

    2014-05-01

    The "atypia of undetermined significance/follicular lesion of undetermined significance" (AUS/FLUS) category in the Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology is a heterogeneous category of cases that are not clearly benign or malignant. We conducted an analysis of cytologic and histologic evaluations of thyroid nodules that had been interpreted as AUS/FLUS on fine-needle aspiration (FNA) at a single institution from April 2011 to April 2012. Those cases were classified into 2 subgroups according to the predominance of nuclear atypia (AUS) or microfollicular architecture (FLUS). In addition, for a number of these cases, BRAF gene mutation analyses were performed. Of 6402 thyroid FNAs performed, 431 cases were diagnosed as AUS and 120 as FLUS. Follow-up cytologic or histologic outcome data were available for 315 AUS cases and 73 FLUS cases. Among AUS cases, 52.7% were malignant on repeat FNA or histologic diagnosis. In contrast, for FLUS, 6.8% were malignant on repeat FNA or histologic diagnosis. Among AUS/FLUS cases, 147 had adequate BRAF mutation analysis, which accompanied the histologic diagnosis. BRAF mutations were found in 87 AUS cases, 86 of which were papillary carcinoma. In contrast, there was only 1 case of BRAF mutation in FLUS. Correlating molecular results with histologic outcome revealed a 98.9% cancer probability for AUS cases with BRAF mutation. The AUS subcategory indicates a higher risk of malignancy than the FLUS subcategory. Furthermore, BRAF molecular testing is helpful in stratifying the malignant risk of AUS cases into high-risk and low-risk groups. © 2014 American Cancer Society.

  13. The influence of BRAF and KRAS mutation status on the association between aspirin use and survival after colon cancer diagnosis

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    M. Frouws (Martine); B. Reimers (Bernhard); M. Swets (Marloes); E. Bastiaannet (Esther); Prinse, B. (Bianca); R. van Eijk (Ronald); V.E.P.P. Lemmens (Valery); M.P.P. van Herk-Sukel (Myrthe); T. van Wezel (Tom); P.J.K. Kuppen (P. J K); H. Morreau (Hans); C.J.H. van de Velde (Cornelis); G.-J. Liefers (Gerrit-Jan)

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    textabstractBackground: Use of aspirin after diagnosis of colon cancer has been associated with improved survival. Identification of cancer subtypes that respond to aspirin treatment may help develop personalized treatment regimens. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of BRAF and

  14. The influence of BRAF and KRAS mutation status on the association between aspirin use and survival after colon cancer diagnosis

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    M. Frouws (Martine); B. Reimers (Bernhard); M. Swets (Marloes); E. Bastiaannet (Esther); Prinse, B. (Bianca); R. van Eijk (Ronald); V.E.P.P. Lemmens (Valery); M.P.P. van Herk-Sukel (Myrthe); T. van Wezel (Tom); P.J.K. Kuppen (P. J K); H. Morreau (Hans); C.J.H. van de Velde (Cornelis); G.-J. Liefers (Gerrit-Jan)

    2017-01-01

    textabstractBackground: Use of aspirin after diagnosis of colon cancer has been associated with improved survival. Identification of cancer subtypes that respond to aspirin treatment may help develop personalized treatment regimens. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of BRAF and

  15. A cost-effectiveness analysis of trametinib plus dabrafenib as first-line therapy for metastatic BRAF V600-mutated melanoma in the Swiss setting.

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    Matter-Walstra, K; Braun, R; Kolb, C; Ademi, Z; Dummer, R; Pestalozzi, B C; Schwenkglenks, M

    2015-12-01

    The treatment of patients with metastatic melanomas that harbour BRAF V600E or V600K mutations with trametinib plus dabrafenib appears to be superior to treatment with vemurafenib alone. This treatment regimen is likely to become available in Switzerland in the near future. To determine the cost-effectiveness of trametinib plus dabrafenib. A Markov cohort simulation was conducted to model the clinical course of typical patients with metastatic melanoma. Information on response rates, clinical condition and follow-up treatments were derived and transition probabilities estimated based on the results of a clinical trial that compared treatment with trametinib plus dabrafenib vs. vemurafenib alone. Treatment with trametinib plus dabrafenib was estimated to cost an additional CHF199 647 (Swiss francs) on average and yield a gain of 0·52 quality-adjusted life years (QALYs), resulting in an incremental cost-effectiveness ratio of CHF385 603 per QALY. Probabilistic sensitivity analyses showed that a willingness-to-pay threshold of CHF100 000 per QALY would not be reached at the current US price of trametinib. The introduction of trametinib in Switzerland at US market prices for the treatment of metastatic BRAF V600-mutated melanoma with trametinib plus dabrafenib is unlikely to be cost-effective compared with vemurafenib monotherapy. A reduction in the total price of the combination therapy is required to achieve an acceptable cost-effectiveness ratio for this clinically promising treatment. © 2015 British Association of Dermatologists.

  16. B vitamins, methionine and alcohol intake and risk of colon cancer in relation to BRAF mutation and CpG island methylator phenotype (CIMP.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: One-carbon metabolism appears to play an important role in DNA methylation reaction. Evidence suggests that a low intake of B vitamins or high alcohol consumption increases colorectal cancer risk. How one-carbon nutrients affect the CpG island methylator phenotype (CIMP or BRAF mutation status in colon cancer remains uncertain. METHODS: Utilizing incident colon cancers in a large prospective cohort of women (the Nurses' Health Study, we determined BRAF status (N = 386 and CIMP status (N = 375 by 8 CIMP-specific markers [CACNA1G, CDKN2A (p16, CRABP1, IGF2, MLH1, NEUROG1, RUNX3, and SOCS1], and 8 other CpG islands (CHFR, HIC1, IGFBP3, MGMT, MINT-1, MINT-31, p14, and WRN. We examined the relationship between intake of one-carbon nutrients and alcohol and colon cancer risk, by BRAF mutation or CIMP status. RESULTS: Higher folate intake was associated with a trend towards low risk of CIMP-low/0 tumors [total folate intake ≥400 µg/day vs. <200 µg/day; the multivariate relative risk = 0.73; 95% CI = 0.53-1.02], whereas total folate intake had no influence on CIMP-high tumor risks (P(heterogeneity = 0.73. Neither vitamin B(6, methionine or alcohol intake appeared to differentially influence risks for CIMP-high and CIMP-low/0 tumors. Using the 16-marker CIMP panel did not substantially alter our results. B vitamins, methionine or alcohol intake did not affect colon cancer risk differentially by BRAF status. CONCLUSIONS: This molecular pathological epidemiology study suggests that low level intake of folate may be associated with an increased risk of CIMP-low/0 colon tumors, but not that of CIMP-high tumors. However, the difference between CIMP-high and CIMP-low/0 cancer risks was not statistically significant, and additional studies are necessary to confirm these observations.

  17. Effect of BRAFV600E mutation on transcription and post-transcriptional regulation in a papillary thyroid carcinoma model

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background microRNAs (miRNAs are a group of non-coding single stranded RNAs measuring approximately 22 nucleotides in length that have been found to control cell growth, differentiation and apoptosis. They negatively regulate target genes and have recently been implicated in tumourigenesis. Furthermore, miRNA expression profiling correlates with various cancers, with these genes thought to act as both tumour suppressors and oncogenes. Recently, a point mutation in the BRAF gene leading to a V600E substitution has been identified as the most common genetic change in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC occurring in 29–69% of cases. This mutation leads to aberrant MAPK activation that is implicated in tumourigenesis. Aim The aim of this study was to identify the effect that BRAF oncogene has on post-transcriptional regulation in PTC by using microRNA analysis. Results A unique miRNA expression signature differentiated between PTC cell lines with BRAF mutations and a normal thyroid cell line. 15 miRNAs were found to be upregulated and 23 miRNAs were downregulated. Several of these up/down regulated miRNAs may be involved in PTC pathogenesis. miRNA profiling will assist in the elucidation of disease pathogenesis and identification biomarkers and targets.

  18. The molecular pathology examination analysis of BRAF gene mutation and RET fusion gene in thyroid cancer%甲状腺癌中BARF基因突变和RET融合基因的分子病理检测分析

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    吴永芳; 许春伟; 宋业颖; 班怡; 张博; 李晓兵

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    Objective: To investigate the mutations of BRAF gene and RET fusion gene in thyroid cancer. Methods:Taqman-ARMS was used to test in 106 cases of thyroid cancer with BRAF gene mutation and RET fusion gene. Results:hTe total mutation rate of BRAF gene was 66.98%(71/106) in thyroid cancer, and they were all V600E mutation. BRAF gene mutation with age (0.05). Conclusion:BRAF gene mutation has a higher mutation rate in thyroid cancer, especially in young, capsule invasion or metastasis, andⅠorⅡstage. Fusion partner CCDC6-or NCOA4-is common RET fusion gene in thyroid cancer.%目的:探讨甲状腺癌中BRAF基因突变和RET融合基因各亚型情况。方法:应用Taqman-ARMS方法检测106例甲状腺癌中BRAF基因突变和RET融合基因情况。结果:甲状腺癌中BRAF基因总突变率为66.98%(71/106),均为V600E突变,BRAF基因突变在年龄(0.05)。结论:甲状腺癌患者中BRAF基因存在较高的突变率,低龄、被膜未浸润或转移及Ⅰ或Ⅱ期甲状腺癌多见,RET融合基因中融合伙伴CCDC6-或NCOA4-较为常见。

  19. The correlation between BRAF mutation and the initial treatment outcome of papillary thyroid cancer%甲状腺乳头状癌BRAF突变与初始治疗疗效的关系

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    代文莉; 崔邦平; 胡涛; 严凯; 胡伟

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    目的:探讨甲状腺乳头状癌BRAF突变与初始治疗疗效的关系.方法:收集我院甲状腺乳头状癌根治手术患者60例临床资料,患者均进行131I清甲治疗和甲状腺激素抑制治疗.所有患者随访过程中进行甲.状腺球蛋白、甲状腺球蛋白抗体测定,131I全身扫描以及其他常规检查.应用Pyrosequencing焦磷酸测序技术对患者石蜡标本进行BRAF突变分析.对BRAF突变情况与患者疾病缓解程度进行卡方检验,并对两组患者Tg水平进行秩和检验.结果:60例甲状腺乳头状癌患者BRAF突变阳性47例(78.3%),完全缓解患者占48.3% (29/60),其中131I全身及常规影像检查阴性但Tg升高患者12例.BRAF突变阳性患者初始治疗完全缓解率仅40.4%,显著低于未发生突变的患者(76.9%)(P=0.020);两组患者的Tg水平差异有统计学意义(P =0.046).131I全身阴性但Tg升高的12例患者中BRAF突变阳性11例,阴性1例,OR值为3.04.结论:BRAF突变阳性的患者初始治疗完全缓解率低,更容易出现不摄碘的隐匿病灶.%Objective:BRAF mutation was the most frequent gene event in papillary thyroid cancer,this research was to explore the correlation between the existence of BRAF mutation and the initial treatment outcome of papillary thyroid cancer. Methods: All 60 papillary thyroid cancer patients undergoing surgery and radioiodine therapy were reviewed in this study. The paraffin - embedded tissues of the patients were selected for DNA extraction and BRAF mutation analysis. The clinic pathological features and initial treatment outcome including: sex, age, neck lymph node metastasis , distant metastasis, free of disease, were analyzed also the correlation between the existence of BRAF mutation and clinic pathological features and outcome of the initial treatment. ResultS:78. 3% (47/60) patients were confirmed BRAF mutation,and 48. 3% (29/60) were observed complete remission. BRAF mutation was not correlated with age, neck

  20. BRAF基因突变与肿瘤耐药%BRAF gene mutation and tumor drug resistance

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    李森朋; 张岫美; 张芮

    2013-01-01

    BRAF(v-raf murine sarcoma viral oncogene homolog B1)基因是一种原癌基因,是RAF家族成员之一.大约8%的人类肿瘤发生BRAF突变,BRAF绝大部分突变形式为BRAF V600E突变,主要发生于黑色素瘤、甲状腺癌和结肠癌中.该突变导致下游MEK/ERK信号通路持续激活,对肿瘤的生长增殖和侵袭转移至关重要.2011年,首个BRAF抑制剂威罗菲尼被FDA批准上市,用于治疗BRAF V600E突变的黑色素瘤患者,取得了突破性的治疗效果[1,2].然而,肿瘤耐药性也随之出现.本文将BRAF基因突变与肿瘤耐药的相关性进行综述,并且阐述产生耐药的相关机制.

  1. BRAF(V600E) and NRAS(Q61L/Q61R) mutation analysis in metastatic melanoma using immunohistochemistry: a study of 754 cases highlighting potential pitfalls and guidelines for interpretation and reporting.

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    Kakavand, Hojabr; Walker, Emily; Lum, Trina; Wilmott, James S; Selinger, Christina I; Smith, Elizabeth; Saw, Robyn P M; Yu, Bing; Cooper, Wendy A; Long, Georgina V; O'Toole, Sandra A; Scolyer, Richard A

    2016-10-01

    BRAF or NRAS mutations occur in approximately 60% of cutaneous melanomas, and the identification of such mutations underpins the appropriate selection of patients who may benefit from BRAF and MEK inhibitor targeted therapies. The utility of immunohistochemistry (IHC) to detect NRAS(Q61L) mutations is currently unknown. This study sought to assess the sensitivity and specificity of anti-BRAF(V600E) (VE1), anti-NRAS(Q61R) (SP174) and anti-NRAS(Q61L) (26193) antibodies for mutation detection in a large series of cases. Mutation status was determined using the OncoCarta assay in 754 cutaneous melanomas. IHC with the anti-BRAF(V600E) antibody was performed in all cases, and the anti-NRAS(Q61R) and anti-NRAS(Q61L) antibodies were assessed in a subset of 302 samples utilizing tissue microarrays. The staining with the anti-BRAF(V600E) and anti-NRAS(Q61R) antibodies was diffuse, homogeneous and cytoplasmic. The anti-NRAS(Q61L) antibody displayed variable intensity staining, ranging from weak to strong in NRAS(Q61L) mutant tumours. The sensitivity and specificity for anti-BRAF(V600E) was 100 and 99.3%, anti-NRAS(Q61R) was 100 and 100% and anti-NRAS(Q61L) was 82.6 and 96.2%, respectively. The use of IHC is a fast, efficient and cost-effective method to identify single specific mutations in melanoma patients. BRAF(V600E) and NRAS(Q61R) antibodies have high sensitivity and specificity; however, the NRAS(Q61L) antibody appears less sensitive. IHC can help to facilitate the timely, appropriate selection and treatment of metastatic melanoma patients with targeted therapies. Detection of melanoma-associated mutations by IHC may also provide evidence for a diagnosis of melanoma in metastatic undifferentiated neoplasms lacking expression of melanoma antigens. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  2. TERT promoter mutations in thyroid cancer.

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    Liu, Rengyun; Xing, Mingzhao

    2016-03-01

    The 2013 discovery of Telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) promoter mutations chr5, 1,295,228 C>T (C228T) and 1,295,250 C>T (C250T) in thyroid cancer represents an important event in the thyroid cancer field and much progress has occurred since then. This article provides a comprehensive review of this exciting new thyroid cancer field. The oncogenic role of TERT promoter mutations involves their creation of consensus binding sites for E-twenty-six transcriptional factors. TERT C228T is far more common than TERT C250T and their collective prevalence is, on average, 0, 11.3, 17.1, 43.2 and 40.1% in benign thyroid tumors, papillary thyroid cancer (PTC), follicular thyroid cancer, poorly differentiated thyroid cancer and anaplastic thyroid cancer, respectively, displaying an association with aggressive types of thyroid cancer. TERT promoter mutations are associated with aggressive thyroid tumor characteristics, tumor recurrence and patient mortality as well as BRAF V600E mutation. Coexisting BRAF V600E and TERT promoter mutations have a robust synergistic impact on the aggressiveness of PTC, including a sharply increased tumor recurrence and patient mortality, while either mutation alone has a modest impact. Thus, TERT with promoter mutations represents a prominent new oncogene in thyroid cancer and the mutations are promising new diagnostic and prognostic genetic markers for thyroid cancer, which, in combination with BRAF V600E mutation or other genetic markers (e.g. RAS mutations), are proving to be clinically useful for the management of thyroid cancer. Future studies will specifically define such clinical utilities, elucidate the biological mechanisms and explore the potential as therapeutic targets of TERT promoter mutations in thyroid cancer.

  3. The study of BRAF V600E and MAP2K1 gene mutations in Langerhans cell histiocytosis and its significance of clinical findings%朗格汉斯细胞组织细胞增生症中 BRAF V600E 和 MAP2K1基因突变的分析及其临床意义

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    曾凯旋; 赵丹珲; 王哲; 闫庆国; 郭双平; 郭英; 刘一雄; 张微晨; 张月华; 李明阳; 李侠; 魏洁; 吕杨

    2016-01-01

    目的:探讨我国朗格汉斯细胞组织细胞增生症(Langerhans cell histiocytosis,LCH)中 BRAF V600E 和MAP2K1基因突变发生状况及其临床意义。方法:随机选取35例 LCH 组织标本,采用桑格测序法检测其中BRAF V600E 和 MAP2K1基因突变状况,免疫组化法检测 BRAF V600E 蛋白的表达。分析 BRAF V600E、MAP2K1基因突变与 LCH 临床基本资料(年龄、性别、单/多系统)的关系。结果:在35例 LCH 患者中,男女比例为1.7∶1,82.9%侵及骨组织,97.1%是单系统 LCH(single system LCH,SS -LCH),2.9%是多系统 LCH (multi -system LCH,MS -LCH)。桑格测序法检测 BRAF V600E 基因突变率为17.1%,MAP2K1基因突变率为14.3%,MAP2K1与 BRAF V600E 基因突变有互异性;免疫组化法检测 BRAF V600E 阳性表达率为28.6%,涵盖了桑格测序法测得的突变病例。BRAF V600E 和 MAP2 K1基因突变更多出现在未成年组(35.7%和28.6%),其中 BRAF V600E 突变在未成年人组与成人组间有显著性差异(P =0.028);BRAF V600E 和MAP2K1基因突变对生存的影响无统计学差异(P >0.05)。结论:我国 LCH 患者大部分都是 SS -LCH,主要侵及的部位是骨组织,且预后良好,5年生存率为97.1%。桑格法所测的 BRAF V600E 和 MAP2K1基因突变率均低于西方报道,两者存在互异性,分别为17.1%和14.3%。所有 MAP2K1基因突变都是点突变,没有框内缺失突变,发现一个新的突变位点:c.112 G >A p.E38K;BRAF V600E 和 MAP2K1基因突变主要发生于未成年组中,提示各年龄层中 LCH 的发病机理可能不同,可能 RAS /RAF /MEK/ERK 通路在未成年人 LCH 中发挥更重要的作用;另外这两种突变对 LCH 的生存无影响。%Objective:To study BRAF V600E and MAP2K1 gene mutations in Langerhans cell histiocytosis and analyze the relationship between the

  4. Beyond BRAF in melanoma.

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    Daud, Adil; Bastian, Boris C

    2012-01-01

    Recent progress in the analysis of genetic alterations in melanoma has identified recurrent mutations that result in the activation of critical signaling pathways promoting growth and survival of tumors cells. Alterations in the RAS-RAF-MAP kinase and PI3-kinase signaling pathways are commonly altered in melanoma. Mutations in BRAF, NRAS, KIT, and GNAQ occur in a mutually exclusive pattern and lead to MAP-kinase activation. Loss of PTEN function, primarily by deletion, is the most common known genetic alteration in the PI3-kinase cascade, and is commonly associated with BRAF mutations (Curtin et al., N Engl J Med 353:2135-2147, 2005; Tsao et al., Cancer Res 60:1800-1804, 2000, J Investig Dermatol 122:337-341, 2004). The growth advantage conveyed by the constitutive activation of these pathways leads to positive selection of cells that have acquired the mutations and in many instances leads to critical dependency of the cancer cells on their activation. This creates opportunities for therapeutic interventions targeted at signaling components within these pathways that are amenable for pharmacological inhibition. This concept follows the paradigm established by the landmark discovery that inhibition of the fusion kinase BCR-ABL can be used to treat chronic myelogenous leukemia (Druker et al., N Engl J Med 344:1031-037, 2001). The review will focus primarily on kinases involved in signaling that are currently being evaluated for therapeutic intervention in melanoma.

  5. Genetic alterations in uncommon low-grade neuroepithelial tumors: BRAF, FGFR1, and MYB mutations occur at high frequency and align with morphology.

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    Qaddoumi, Ibrahim; Orisme, Wilda; Wen, Ji; Santiago, Teresa; Gupta, Kirti; Dalton, James D; Tang, Bo; Haupfear, Kelly; Punchihewa, Chandanamali; Easton, John; Mulder, Heather; Boggs, Kristy; Shao, Ying; Rusch, Michael; Becksfort, Jared; Gupta, Pankaj; Wang, Shuoguo; Lee, Ryan P; Brat, Daniel; Peter Collins, V; Dahiya, Sonika; George, David; Konomos, William; Kurian, Kathreena M; McFadden, Kathryn; Serafini, Luciano Neder; Nickols, Hilary; Perry, Arie; Shurtleff, Sheila; Gajjar, Amar; Boop, Fredrick A; Klimo, Paul D; Mardis, Elaine R; Wilson, Richard K; Baker, Suzanne J; Zhang, Jinghui; Wu, Gang; Downing, James R; Tatevossian, Ruth G; Ellison, David W

    2016-06-01

    Low-grade neuroepithelial tumors (LGNTs) are diverse CNS tumors presenting in children and young adults, often with a history of epilepsy. While the genetic profiles of common LGNTs, such as the pilocytic astrocytoma and 'adult-type' diffuse gliomas, are largely established, those of uncommon LGNTs remain to be defined. In this study, we have used massively parallel sequencing and various targeted molecular genetic approaches to study alterations in 91 LGNTs, mostly from children but including young adult patients. These tumors comprise dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumors (DNETs; n = 22), diffuse oligodendroglial tumors (d-OTs; n = 20), diffuse astrocytomas (DAs; n = 17), angiocentric gliomas (n = 15), and gangliogliomas (n = 17). Most LGNTs (84 %) analyzed by whole-genome sequencing (WGS) were characterized by a single driver genetic alteration. Alterations of FGFR1 occurred frequently in LGNTs composed of oligodendrocyte-like cells, being present in 82 % of DNETs and 40 % of d-OTs. In contrast, a MYB-QKI fusion characterized almost all angiocentric gliomas (87 %), and MYB fusion genes were the most common genetic alteration in DAs (41 %). A BRAF:p.V600E mutation was present in 35 % of gangliogliomas and 18 % of DAs. Pathogenic alterations in FGFR1/2/3, BRAF, or MYB/MYBL1 occurred in 78 % of the series. Adult-type d-OTs with an IDH1/2 mutation occurred in four adolescents, the youngest aged 15 years at biopsy. Despite a detailed analysis, novel genetic alterations were limited to two fusion genes, EWSR1-PATZ1 and SLMAP-NTRK2, both in gangliogliomas. Alterations in BRAF, FGFR1, or MYB account for most pathogenic alterations in LGNTs, including pilocytic astrocytomas, and alignment of these genetic alterations and cytologic features across LGNTs has diagnostic implications. Additionally, therapeutic options based upon targeting the effects of these alterations are already in clinical trials.

  6. BRAF基因突变与皮肤黑色素瘤临床病理特征关系的meta分析%Relationship between BRAF mutations and clinicopathological features in cutaneous melanoma: a meta-analysis

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    杨猛; 邝晓聪; 潘延斌; 谭美乐; 卢斌珠; 卢坚; 程秋梅; 李建民

    2013-01-01

    目的 探讨BRAF突变频率以及该突变与皮肤黑色素瘤(CM)临床病理特征的关系.方法 使用Pubmed、Embase、维普、清华同方等数据库检索2013年4月以前相关文献,按纳入排除标准筛选文献,采用Revman5.0软件进行统计分析.结果 涉及BRAF突变有9项研究,共1134例患者.CM患者BRAF突变率为47.3%.50岁以上患者BRAF突变OR =2.30,95% CI为1.36 ~3.91;浅表扩散性黑色素瘤(SSM)B RAF突变OR =2.11,95%CI为1.64~2.71;病灶在躯干时BRAF基因突变OR=2.35,95% CI为1.71~3.21;浸润深度小于1mm时BRAF突变OR=1.56,95% CI为1.08 ~2.25.结论 BRAF基因突变易发生于年龄50岁以上、SSM、病灶在躯干及浸润深度小于1mm的患者,而与性别无关.%Objective To explore the frequencies of BRAF mutations and the relationship between BRAF mutations and clinicopathological features of cutaneous melanoma (CM).Methods Pubmed,Embase,VIP,CNKI and other databases were utilized to search the relative articles and literatures were screened according to inclusion and excluding criteria and the meta-analysis was conducted by RevmanS.0 software.Results Nine researches about BRAF mutations were enrolled in this study including 1134 patients.BRAF mutation rate of CM was 47.3%.As for patients over 50 years old,the OR of BRAF mutations was 2.30 (95% CI:1.36-3.91; the OR of BRAF mutations for superficial spreading melanoma (SSM) was 2.11 (95% CI:1.64-2.71) ; the OR of BRAF mutations for lesions in the trunk was 2.35 (95% CI:1.71-3.21) ; the OR of BRAF mutations for invasion depth less than 1 mm was 1.56 (95% CI:1.08-2.25).Conclusion BRAF mutations are more frequent in patients over 50 years old,in SSM and in patients whose lesions locate in the truck and invasion depth less than 1 mm,but have no relationship with sex.

  7. Survival advantage combining a BRAF inhibitor and radiation in BRAF V600E-mutant glioma.

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    Dasgupta, Tina; Olow, Aleksandra K; Yang, Xiaodong; Hashizume, Rintaro; Nicolaides, Theodore P; Tom, Maxwell; Aoki, Yasuyuki; Berger, Mitchel S; Weiss, William A; Stalpers, Lukas J A; Prados, Michael; James, C David; Mueller, Sabine; Haas-Kogan, Daphne A

    2016-02-01

    Radiation (RT) is critical to the treatment of high-grade gliomas (HGGs) but cures remain elusive. The BRAF mutation V600E is critical to the pathogenesis of 10-20% of pediatric gliomas, and a small proportion of adult HGGs. Here we aim to determine whether PLX4720, a specific BRAF V600E inhibitor, enhances the activity of RT in human HGGs in vitro and in vivo. Patient-derived HGG lines harboring wild-type BRAF or BRAF V600E were assessed in vitro to determine IC50 values, cell cycle arrest, apoptosis and senescence and elucidate mechanisms of combinatorial activity. A BRAF V600E HGG intracranial xenograft mouse model was used to evaluate in vivo combinatorial efficacy of PLX4720+RT. Tumors were harvested for immunohistochemistry to quantify cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. RT+PLX4720 exhibited greater anti-tumor effects than either monotherapy in BRAF V600E but not in BRAF WT lines. In vitro studies showed increased Annexin V and decreased S phase cells in BRAF V600E gliomas treated with PLX4720+RT, but no significant changes in β-galactosidase levels. In vivo, concurrent and sequential PLX4720+RT each significantly prolonged survival compared to monotherapies, in the BRAF V600E HGG model. Immunohistochemistry of in vivo tumors demonstrated that PLX4720+RT decreased Ki-67 and phospho-MAPK, and increased γH2AX and p21 compared to control mice. BRAF V600E inhibition enhances radiation-induced cytotoxicity in BRAF V600E-mutated HGGs, in vitro and in vivo, effects likely mediated by apoptosis and cell cycle, but not senescence. These studies provide the pre-clinical rationale for clinical trials of concurrent radiotherapy and BRAF V600E inhibitors.

  8. Fisetin, a phytochemical, potentiates sorafenib-induced apoptosis and abrogates tumor growth in athymic nude mice implanted with BRAF-mutated melanoma cells.

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    Pal, Harish Chandra; Baxter, Ronald D; Hunt, Katherine M; Agarwal, Jyoti; Elmets, Craig A; Athar, Mohammad; Afaq, Farrukh

    2015-09-29

    Melanoma is the most deadly form of cutaneous malignancy, and its incidence rates are rising worldwide. In melanoma, constitutive activation of the BRAF/MEK/ERK (MAPK) and PI3K/AKT/mTOR (PI3K) signaling pathways plays a pivotal role in cell proliferation, survival and tumorigenesis. A combination of compounds that lead to an optimal blockade of these critical signaling pathways may provide an effective strategy for prevention and treatment of melanoma. The phytochemical fisetin is known to possess anti-proliferative and pro-apoptotic activities. We found that fisetin treatment inhibited PI3K signaling pathway in melanoma cells. Therefore, we investigated the effect of fisetin and sorafenib (an RAF inhibitor) alone and in combination on cell proliferation, apoptosis and tumor growth. Combination treatment (fisetin + sorafenib) more effectively reduced the growth of BRAF-mutated human melanoma cells at lower doses when compared to individual agents. In addition, combination treatment resulted in enhanced (i) apoptosis, (ii) cleavage of caspase-3 and PARP, (iii) expression of Bax and Bak, (iv) inhibition of Bcl2 and Mcl-1, and (v) inhibition of expression of PI3K, phosphorylation of MEK1/2, ERK1/2, AKT and mTOR. In athymic nude mice subcutaneously implanted with melanoma cells (A375 and SK-MEL-28), we found that combination therapy resulted in greater reduction of tumor growth when compared to individual agents. Furthermore, combination therapy was more effective than monotherapy in: (i) inhibition of proliferation and angiogenesis, (ii) induction of apoptosis, and (iii) inhibition of the MAPK and PI3K pathways in xenograft tumors. These data suggest that simultaneous inhibition of both these signaling pathways using combination of fisetin and sorafenib may serve as a therapeutic option for the management of melanoma.

  9. Beyond BRAF(V600): clinical mutation panel testing by next-generation sequencing in advanced melanoma.

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    Siroy, Alan E; Boland, Genevieve M; Milton, Denái R; Roszik, Jason; Frankian, Silva; Malke, Jared; Haydu, Lauren; Prieto, Victor G; Tetzlaff, Michael; Ivan, Doina; Wang, Wei-Lien; Torres-Cabala, Carlos; Curry, Jonathan; Roy-Chowdhuri, Sinchita; Broaddus, Russell; Rashid, Asif; Stewart, John; Gershenwald, Jeffrey E; Amaria, Rodabe N; Patel, Sapna P; Papadopoulos, Nicholas E; Bedikian, Agop; Hwu, Wen-Jen; Hwu, Patrick; Diab, Adi; Woodman, Scott E; Aldape, Kenneth D; Luthra, Rajyalakshmi; Patel, Keyur P; Shaw, Kenna R; Mills, Gordon B; Mendelsohn, John; Meric-Bernstam, Funda; Kim, Kevin B; Routbort, Mark J; Lazar, Alexander J; Davies, Michael A

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    The management of melanoma has evolved owing to improved understanding of its molecular drivers. To augment the current understanding of the prevalence, patterns, and associations of mutations in this disease, the results of clinical testing of 699 advanced melanoma patients using a pan-cancer next-generation sequencing (NGS) panel of hotspot regions in 46 genes were reviewed. Mutations were identified in 43 of the 46 genes on the panel. The most common mutations were BRAFV600 (36%), NRAS (21%), TP53 (16%), BRAFNon-V600 (6%), and KIT (4%). Approximately one-third of melanomas had >1 mutation detected, and the number of mutations per tumor was associated with melanoma subtype. Concurrent TP53 mutations were the most frequent events in tumors with BRAFV600 and NRAS mutations. Melanomas with BRAFNon-V600mutations frequently harbored concurrent NRAS mutations (18%), which were rare in tumors with BRAFV600 mutations (1.6%). The prevalence of BRAFV600 and KIT mutations were significantly associated with melanoma subtypes, and BRAFV600 and TP53 mutations were significantly associated with cutaneous primary tumor location. Multiple potential therapeutic targets were identified in metastatic unknown primary and cutaneous melanomas that lacked BRAFV600 and NRAS mutations. These results enrich our understanding of the patterns and clinical associations of oncogenic mutations in melanoma.

  10. Activating BRAF Mutations Detected in Mixed Hürthle Cell Carcinoma and Multifocal Papillary Carcinoma of the Thyroid Gland: Report of an Unusual Case and Review of the Literature.

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    Sinno, Sara; Choucair, Mahmoud; Nasrallah, Mona; Wadi, Lara; Jabbour, Mark N; Nassif, Samer

    2016-09-01

    Despite the increase in the incidence of thyroid carcinomas, the occurrence of collision tumors in the thyroid remains a rare event. We present the case of a 69-year-old female who presented to the emergency department with a chief complaint of painful neck swelling. Imaging revealed a large right hemithyroid mass and a left hemithyroid nodule. Fine needle aspiration of the lesions and subsequent total thyroidectomy revealed a Hürthle cell carcinoma in the right lobe and bilateral multicentric papillary carcinoma foci, including 2 foci with a classical pattern and 1 encapsulated follicular variant in the isthmus. BRAF gene mutation analysis revealed V600E gene mutation in the classical variants of papillary carcinoma and in the Hürthle cell carcinoma. The focus of follicular variant of papillary carcinoma in the isthmus and a sample from normal thyroid tissue did not harbor BRAF mutations. This case is remarkable in being an unusual report of a follicular Hürthle cell carcinoma harboring the BRAF V600E mutation and occurring in collision with multifocal papillary carcinoma. Documentation of such cases is important as it helps better understand the pathogenesis, clinical behavior, and radiologic findings of such rare lesions and to determine the optimal treatment modalities.

  11. BRAF基因突变检测在甲状腺乳头状病变中的临床意义%Clinical Significance of the Detection of BRAF Gene Mutation in Papillary Thyroid Lesions

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    张翼; 李惠; 陈劼; 张士虎

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the BRAF gene mutation in papillary thyroid lesions and its clinical significance. Methods Genomic DNA from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) thyroid tumor tissues were extracted from 24 papillary thyroid carci-noma tissues and 30 atypical thyroid papillary adenoma samples. And BRAF gene mutation was determined by direct sequencing method and analyzed further by combining the clinical data. Results In 24 papillary thyroid carcinoma samples, 16 were found with codon 600th A/T heterozygous (V600E) in exon 15 of BRAF gene, the mutation rate of BRAF V600E was 66.7% (16/24). While no V600E pathogenic mutation was identified in 30 atypical papillary adenoma samples (0/30). Conclusion BRAF V600E mutation is only found in papillary thyroid carcinoma, which has certain specificity, and can be used to help differentiate the be-nign from the malignant thyroid papillary hyperplasia in clinical practice.%目的:探讨BRAF基因在甲状腺乳头状病变中的突变情况及临床意义。方法提取石蜡肿瘤组织中DNA,采用直接测序法分析24例甲状腺乳头状癌和30例甲状腺不典型乳头状腺瘤石蜡组织中BRAF基因突变的情况。结合临床资料进一步分析。结果24例甲状腺乳头状癌,16例发现BRAF基因15外显子第600位密码子A/T杂合(V600E),突变率为66.7%(16/24)。而30例甲状腺不典型腺瘤中未发现V600E病理性突变(0/30)。结论 BRAF V600E位点突变仅见于甲状腺乳头状癌,具有一定的特异性,可以用于帮助临床甲状腺乳头状增生良恶性的鉴别。

  12. Stomatin-like protein 2 overexpression in papillary thyroid carcinoma is significantly associated with high-risk clinicopathological parameters and BRAFV600E mutation.

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    Bartolome, Aleksandar; Boskovic, Srdjan; Paunovic, Ivan; Bozic, Vesna; Cvejic, Dubravka

    2016-04-01

    Stomatin-like protein 2 (SLP-2), a member of the stomatin protein family, has emerged as a potential molecular hallmark of tumor progression in several human malignancies. The aim of this study was to analyze SLP-2 expression pattern in benign and malignant thyroid tumors (n = 210) and to examine its relationship with clinicopathological parameters and BRAFV600E mutation in thyroid cancer. SLP-2 immunohistochemical expression was not detected in benign adenomas and was absent/weak in follicular and anaplastic carcinomas. High expression levels of SLP-2, found only in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC), particularly in the classical variant, were significantly associated with adverse clinicopathological parameters: lymph node metastasis (p = 0.002), extrathyroid invasion (p < 0.001), pT status (p < 0.001), and advanced tumor stage (p = 0.001). Additional genotyping of PTC cases for the BRAFV600E mutation revealed for the first time a close relation between SLP-2 overexpression and the presence of BRAF mutation (p = 0.02) with high positive rates of lymph node metastasis (70%) and extrathyroid invasion (80%) in these cases. The significant association of SLP-2 overexpression with unfavorable clinicopathological characteristics and BRAFV600E mutation indicates that SLP-2 may have a role in aggressiveness of BRAF-mutated PTC and that SLP-2 evaluation could be clinically useful in identification of high-risk PTC patients.

  13. Differences of protein expression profiles, KRAS and BRAF mutation, and prognosis in right-sided colon, left-sided colon and rectal cancer.

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    Gao, Xian Hua; Yu, Guan Yu; Gong, Hai Feng; Liu, Lian Jie; Xu, Yi; Hao, Li Qiang; Liu, Peng; Liu, Zhi Hong; Bai, Chen Guang; Zhang, Wei

    2017-08-11

    To compare protein expression levels, gene mutation and survival among Right-Sided Colon Cancer (RSCC), Left-Sided Colon Cancer (LSCC) and rectal cancer patients, 57 cases of RSCC, 87 LSCC and 145 rectal cancer patients were included retrospectively. Our results demonstrated significant differences existed among RSCC, LSCC and rectal cancer regarding tumor diameter, differentiation, invasion depth and TNM stage. No significant difference was identified in expression levels of MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, PMS2, β-Tubulin III, P53, Ki67 and TOPIIα, and gene mutation of KRAS and BRAF among three groups. Progression Free Survival (PFS) of RSCC was significantly lower than that of LRCC and rectal cancer. In univariate analyses, RSCC, preoperative chemoradiotherapy, poor differentiation, advanced TNM stage, elevated serum CEA and CA19-9 level, tumor deposit, perineural and vascular invasion were found to be predictive factors of shorter PFS. In multivariate analyses, only differentiation and TNM stages were found to be independent predictors of PFS. In conclusion, compared with LSCC and rectal cancer, RSCC has larger tumor size, poor differentiation, advanced TNM stage and shorter survival. The shorter survival in RSCC might be attributed to the advanced tumor stage caused by its inherent position feature of proximal colon rather than genetic difference.

  14. 非小细胞肺癌的BRAF基因突变及其临床意义%Mutation of the BRAF Genes in Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

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    黄志敏; 吴一龙

    2012-01-01

    BRAF mutations have been found to be a driver mutation and maybe a therapy target in patients with non-small cell lung cancer. This article reviews the current understanding of BRAF gene, its structure, expression, the signal pathway, as well as its relationship with cancer especially the targeted therapies for non-small cell lung cancer.%BRAF基因是一个驱动基因,可能是靶向治疗非小细胞肺癌的一个靶点.本文就BRAF基因的结构、表达、信号通路调节及研究热点、与肿瘤发生的关系尤其是与非小细胞肺癌的靶向治疗关系加以阐述.

  15. 结直肠癌KRAS、BRAF及PIK3 CA基因突变的检测及内在关系%Detection of KRAS, BRAF and PIK3CA gene mutation s in colorectal cancer and their intrinsic relationship

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    常江; 于跃利; 王颖

    2015-01-01

    Objective:To detect the mutations of KRAS, BRAF and PIK3CA genes in colorectal cancer and to analyze the intrinsic relation-ship between the three genes.Method:41 samples of colorectal cancer were collected in the General Surgery Department of Banyannur Hospital from March 2011 to October 2011, whose DNAs were extracted and amplified by using polymerase chain reaction methods.The mutations of KRAS, BRAF and PIK3CA genes were detected and the intrinsic relationship between them were analyzed .Results:15, 5 and 7 patients were found mutations of KRAS, BRAF and PIK3CA genes respectively with the mutation rates being 36.6 %、12.2 % and 17.1 % respectively.(2) There were 5 patients with KRAS gene mutations, all of which were wild-type; there were 7 patients with PIK3CA mutations, 3 (42.9 %) of whom had wild-type KRAS and 4 (57.1%) of whom had KRAS mutation.There was no co -mutation between BRAF and PIK3CA genes. Conclusions: (1) KRAS gene mutation rate is high, so there is a need for regular inspection.(2) BRAF gene mutation in Some patients with wild-type BRAF gene may be one of the reasons for the occurrence and the development of colorectal cancers.The co-mutation of BRAF gene and PIK3CA gene may contribute to the occurrence and development of colorectal cancers.%目的:检测结直肠癌组织KRAS、BRAF及PIK3CA基因突变情况,并分析其内在关系。方法:收集内蒙古巴彦淖尔市医院普外一科2011年3月至2011年8月结直肠癌手术切除标本41例,提取DNA经PCR扩增后,检测KRAS、BRAF和PIK3CA基因的突变情况,分析结直肠癌组织KRAS、BRAF及PIK3CA基因突变间的内在关系。结果:(1)15例患者的KRAS基因发生突变,突变率36.6%,5例患者的BRAF基因发生突变,突变率12.2%,7例患者的PIK3CA基因发生突变,突变率17.1%。(2)BRAF基因突变者共5例,全部为KRAS野生型的患者;PIK3CA基因突变者共7例,其中3例(42.9%

  16. Mutations of KRAS and BRAF in Chinese patients with colorectal carcinoma : analyses of 966 cases%中国结直肠癌患者966例中KRAS和BRAF基因突变分析

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    高静; 孙志伟; 李艳艳; 沈琳

    2012-01-01

    Objective To identify the mutation rate of KRAS and BRAF in Chinese patients with colorectal carcinoma (CRC),and to analyze the associations between KRAS/BRAF mutations and patients' clinicopatholgical characteristics.Methods Tumor specimens were obtained from 966 CRC patients treated in Peking University Caneer Hospital from December 2008 to January 2012.Mutation analysis of KRAS (codons 12 and 13 of exon 2) and BRAF (exon 15) was conducted by direct sequencing.The relationships between gene mutations and clinicopathological characteristics were statistically analyzed.Results The mutation rates of KRAS and BRAF in Chinese CRC patients were 38.8% (375/966) and 4.4% (40/915),respectively.Among patients with wild-type KRAS,the mutation rate of BRAF was 7.4% (40/540).KRAS and BRAF mutations were mutually exclusive.Eight mutation types of KRAS were detected in this study with three common types G12D,G12V and G13D.Three mutation types of BRAF were detected with the most common type V600E.KRAS mutation rate was significantly higher in female,well-differentiated and right side colon tumors (all P < 0.05).Also,the mutation rate in patients ≥ 65 years was higher tban that in patients < 65 years (P =0.05).BRAF mutatiou rate was higher in poorly-differentiated and right side colon tumors (P < 0.05).No significant associations were observed between KRAS/BRAF mutations and tumor size,depth of invasion,lymph node metastasis and TNM staging (P > 0.05).Conclusions In Chinese CRC patients,KRAS mutations are associated with gender,age,tumor differentiation and primary tumor sites,while BRAF mutation is only associated with tumor differentiation and primary tumor sites.The correlations between KRAS/BRAF mutations and patients' prognosis need further investigation.%目的 检测中国结直肠癌患者中KRAS和BRAF基因突变率,分析KRAS和BRAF基因突变与患者临床病理特征的相关性.方法 收集2008年12月至2012年1月于北

  17. The Crystal Structure of BRAF in Complex with an Organoruthenium Inhibitor Reveals a Mechanism for Inhibition of an Active Form of BRAF Kinase

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    Xie, Peng; Streu, Craig; Qin, Jie; Bregman, Howard; Pagano, Nicholas; Meggers, Eric; Marmorstein, Ronen (Wistar); (UPENN)

    2012-06-19

    Substitution mutations in the BRAF serine/threonine kinase are found in a variety of human cancers. Such mutations occur in 70% of human malignant melanomas, and a single hyperactivating V600E mutation is found in the activation segment of the kinase domain and accounts for more than 90% of these mutations. Given this correlation, the molecular mechanism for BRAF regulation as well as oncogenic activation has attracted considerable interest, and activated forms of BRAF, such as BRAF{sup V600E}, have become attractive targets for small molecule inhibition. Here we report on the identification and subsequent optimization of a potent BRAF inhibitor, CS292, based on an organometallic kinase inhibitor scaffold. A cocrystal structure of CS292 in complex with the BRAF kinase domain reveals that CS292 binds to the ATP binding pocket of the kinase and is an ATP competitive inhibitor. The structure of the kinase-inhibitor complex also demonstrates that CS292 binds to BRAF in an active conformation and suggests a mechanism for regulation of BRAF by phosphorylation and BRAF{sup V600E} oncogene-induced activation. The structure of CS292 bound to the active form of the BRAF kinase also provides a novel scaffold for the design of BRAF{sup V600E} oncogene selective BRAF inhibitors for therapeutic application.

  18. Clinicopathological characteristics of KRAS and BRAF mutation in 138 patients with rectosigmoid can-cer%直乙交界处肠癌患者KRAS和BRAF基因突变138例分析

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    杨帆; 蔡业丰; 金浪平; 张筱骅; 瞿金妙

    2015-01-01

    目的:检测直乙交界处肠癌患者KRAS和BRAF基因的突变特征,分析KRAS和BRAF突变与患者临床病理特征的相关性及其临床意义。方法:收集138例直乙交界处肠癌患者的肿瘤组织,运用直接测序法检测组织标本中KRAS基因外显子2第12、第13位密码子,外显子3第61位密码子以及BRAF基因外显子15的突变状态,分析该2个基因突变与临床病理特征的相关性。结果:138例样本中,KRAS和BRAF的突变率为34.05%(47/138)和5.07%(7/138)。KRAS基因有9种突变类型,其中包括1种全新的突变类型。BRAF基因全为V600E突变。在直乙交界处肠癌患者中,KRAS基因在男性(P=0.041)、远处转移(P=0.002)、高临床分期(P=0.047)的患者中突变率更高,BRAF基因突变更常见于肿瘤多发(P=0.003)、低分化(P<0.001)的患者中, KRAS和BRAF与年龄、肿块大小、肿瘤病理形态、病理类型、浸润深度、淋巴结转移、脉管浸润、神经浸润等临床病理特征均无显著相关性。结论:直乙交界处肠癌有它的特殊性,KRAS基因在男性、远处转移、临床分期晚期的患者中突变率更高,BRAF基因在多发、低分化的患者中突变率更高。KRAS、BRAF基因在不同部位的结直肠癌中改变情况并不一致。%Objective: To identify the mutation rate and mutation feature of KRAS and BRAF gene in patients with rectosigmoid carcinoma, to analyse the association between KRAS/BRAF mutations and patients’ clinicopathological characteristics, and discuss the clinical signiifcance of KRAS/BRAF mutations.Methods:138 patients with rectosigmoid carcinoma were collected. DNA sequencing was used to detect mutations in KRAS (codons12, 13 of exon2 and codons 61 of exon3) and BRAF (exon15). Statistically analyzing the relation-ships between gene mutations and clinicopathological characteristic.Results: In 138 cases, the mutation rate of KRAS and BRAF was 34

  19. Regulation of Protein Kinase B Tyrosine Phosphorylation by Thyroid-Specific Oncogenic RET/PTC Kinases

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    Jung, Hye Sook; Kim, Dong Wook; Jo, Young Suk; Chung, Hyo Kyun; Song, Jung Hun; Park, Jong Sun; Park, Ki Cheol; Park, Su Hyeon; Hwang, Jung Hwan; Jo, Ki-Won; Shong, Minho

    2005-01-01

    Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is a heterogenous disorder characterized by unique gene rearrangements and gene mutations that activate signaling pathways responsible for cellular transformation, survival, and antiapoptosis...

  20. 结直肠癌KRAS、BRAF及PIK3CA基因突变状态分析%Detection of KRAS, BRAF and PIK3CA gene mutations in colorectal cancer

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    罗妙玲; 徐韫健

    2016-01-01

    目的:检测结直肠癌组织KRAS、BRAF及PIK3CA基因突变状态,分析突变与临床特征的关系。方法收集结直肠癌手术切除或穿刺活检标本177例,提取DNA经探针扩增阻滞突变系统聚合酶链反应扩增后,检测KRAS、BRAF及PIK3CA基因的突变状态,分析结直肠癌组织中3个基因间突变的内在关系,并分析KRAS突变与临床特征的关系。结果 KRAS基因突变率为37.9%,以Gly12Val突变最多,占总突变率的32.8%;BRAF基因突变率为4.0%;PIK3CA突变率为14.1%,以E542K突变最多,占总突变率的36.0%。BRAF基因突变者共7例,全部为KRAS和PIK3CA野生型的患者;PIK3CA基因突变者共25例,其中19例(76.0%)与KRAS存在共同突变。结论结直肠癌患者KRAS基因突变率较高,KRAS基因突变与淋巴结转移和肿瘤进展相关。联合检测KRAS、BRAF及PIK3CA基因对指导临床制定个体化治疗有重要意义。%Objective To detect the mutations of KRAS,BRAF and PIK3CA genes in colorectal cancer and to analyze the relations between the mutation and clinical characteristics. Methods 177 samples of colorectal cancer were collected by surgical excision or biopsy, and DNA was extracted and amplified by using amplification refractory mutation system-polymerase chain reaction. The mutations of KRAS, BRAF and PIK3CA genes were detected and the intrinsic relationships between them were analyzed. The relations between KRAS mutation and clinical characteristics were analyzed. Results The mutation rate of KRAS was 37.9%, mostly Gly12Val mutations; the mutation rate of BRAF was 4.0%; the mutation rate of PIK3CA was 14.1%, mostly E542K mutations. There were 7 patients with BRAF gene mutations, all of which were wild-type of KRAS and PIK3CA; there were 25 patients with PIK3CA gene mutations, 19 (76.0%) of them had KRAS mutation. Conclusion The mutation rate of KRAS gene is high, and KRAS mutations are associated with

  1. 新疆80例恶性黑素瘤BRAF基因突变分析%Analysis of BRAF gene mutations in 80 patients with malignant melanoma in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region

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    郭芳; 于世荣; 康晓静; 唐小辉; 孙振柱; 普雄明; 李静; 陈文静; 靳颖; 张德志

    2013-01-01

    目的 探讨BRAF基因突变与恶性黑素瘤临床表现的关系.方法 PCR及DNA直接测序法对新疆80例恶性黑素瘤及30例正常皮肤石蜡包埋组织BRAF基因11、15外显子进行检测.结果 80例恶性黑素瘤19例发生BRAF基因突变,突变率为23.8%(19/80);有17例突变发生于15外显子,突变率为89.5%(17/19),其中V600E突变占BRAF基因15外显子突变的88.2%(15/17);2例突变位于11外显子,突变率10.5%(2/19);30例正常皮肤组织均未发现BRAF基因突变.患者平均发病年龄为57.5岁,年龄在60岁以下患者BRAF基因突变率显著高于60岁以上(x2=6.613,P<0.05).黏膜、肢端、非肢端突变率分别为:18.2%(4/21),14.7%(5/34),41.7%(10/24),差异具有统计学意义(x2=6.167,P< 0.05).BRAF基因突变与恶性黑素瘤患者性别、民族、有无淋巴结转移无明显相关性(P>0.05).结论 BRAF基因仍为新疆地区恶性黑素瘤热点突变基因,且以该基因15外显子V600E突变为主.BRAF基因突变与恶性黑素瘤患者发病年龄、发病部位密切相关,而与民族、性别、有无淋巴结转移无相关性.%Objective To assess the relationship between BRAF gene mutations and clinical phenotype of malignant melanoma.Methods Tissue specimens were collected from the lesions of 80 patients with malignant melanoma,and from the normal skin of 30 patients with trauma in the Department of Plastic Surgery or General Surgery,and subjected to paraffin embedding and DNA extraction.PCR was performed to amplify the exon 11 and 15 of BRAF gene followed by DNA sequencing.Chi-square test and Fisher's exact test were carried out to assess the relationship between BRAF gene mutations and clinical phenotypes of malignant melanoma.Results BRAF gene mutations were found in 19 (23.8%) of the 80 malignant melanoma specimens.Among the 19 mutationpositive specimens,17 (88.2%) carried mutations in exon 15 of BRAF gene with V600E as the most frequent (88.2%,15

  2. Experimental study and clinical significance of KRAS and BRAF gene mutation in colorectal carcinoma%结直肠癌KRAS和BRAF基因突变的实验研究与临床意义

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    曹祥龙; 汪欣

    2013-01-01

    目的 评估结直肠癌患者KRAS与BRAF基因突变情况与临床病理特征的关系,并观察西妥昔单抗联合化疗在术后复发转移的结直肠癌治疗中的疗效,及其与KRAS与BRAF基因状态的关系.方法 从结直肠癌石蜡标本中提取基因组DNA.采用直接测序技术检测分析KRAS基因(密码子12,13)和BRAF基因(密码子600)突变.结果 结直肠癌患者中KRAS与BRAF基因突变率分别为33.6%(71/211)和5.7%( 12 /211).其中KRAS基因12、13密码子突变率分别为26.5%(56 /211),7.1%(15 /211).KRAS基因突变率与性别、年龄、肿瘤部位、组织学类型、分化程度、AJCC分期、肠壁浸润深度、淋巴结转移、远处转移等临床病理特征均无显著相关性.BRAF基因突变更常见于老年患者(>65岁),近端结肠,很少出现远处转移.KRAS与BRAF基因V600E突变相互排斥.结论 KRAS基因突变是结直肠癌的常见事件,与临床病理特征均无显著相关性.BRAF基因的突变在结直肠癌患者中很少,突变率仅为5.7%( 12 /211).KRAS基因状态是预测西妥昔单抗联合治疗晚期结直肠癌有效性的重要指标.%Objective To identify and assess mutations in the KRAS and BRAF genes in a cohort of Chinese patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) for their association with various clinicopathological parameters and prognosis. To analyze the relationship of KRAS gene and efficacy of Cetuximab plus chemotherapy. Method Genomic DNA was isolated from Paraffin tissues. Direct sequencing analysis was conducted to detect mutations in the KRAS ( codons 12, 13 ) and BRAF genes ( codon 600). Result The mutation rates of KRAS and BRAF in Chinese CRC patients were 33.6% (71/211) and 5.7% ( 12/211) respectively. Mutation frequencies at codon 12,13 were 26. 5% (56/211) and 7. 1% ( 15/211) respectively. All clinicopathological features, such as age, gender, location of the tumor, his-tological classification, tumor differentiation, Tumor node and Metastases

  3. Gastric GISTs: Analysis of c-Kit, PDGFRA and BRAF mutations in relation to prognosis and clinical pathological characteristics of patients - A GIRCG study.

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    Capelli, L; Petracci, E; Quagliuolo, V; Saragoni, L; Colombo, P; Morgagni, P; Calistri, D; Tomezzoli, A; Di Cosmo, M; Roviello, F; Vindigni, C; Coniglio, A; Villanacci, V; Catarci, M; Coppola, L; Alfieri, S; Ricci, R; Capella, C; Rausei, S; Gulino, D; Amadori, D; Ulivi, P

    2016-08-01

    Gastric gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) represent a subgroup of GISTs with a better prognosis than those located in other areas. In this retrospective study we performed a molecular characterization of a large series of patients with gastric GISTs in relation to clinical-pathological characteristics and prognosis. DNA was extracted from paraffin-embedded sections from 221 gastric GIST patients submitted to surgery. Exons 9, 11, 13 and 17 of KIT, exons 12 and 18 of PDGFRA and exons 11 and 15 of BRAF were analyzed by direct sequencing. Cox regression analysis adjusted for clinical-pathological factors was performed to evaluate KIT and PDGFRA mutations in relation to the composite endpoint of relapse or death. KIT and PDGFRA mutations were observed in 119 (53.8%) and 56 (25.3%) patients, respectively, whereas 46 (20.8%) patients had wild type (wt) disease. Univariable analyses showed that a high Miettinen risk category and the presence of ulceration and KIT deletions were associated with increased risk of relapse or death (p < 0.001; p = 0.0389 and p = 0.002, respectively). After adjusting for Miettinen risk score, KIT deletions remained an independent prognostic factor (HRadj = 2.65, 95% CI [1.15-6.13], p = 0.023). Moreover, KIT deletions in exon 11 codons 557, 558 or 559 were associated with a higher risk of relapse or death than wt tumors (HRadj = 3.29 95% CI [1.64-6.64], p = 0.001). KIT deletions in exon 11, especially those involving codons 557, 558 or 559, were correlated with a more aggressive gastric GIST phenotype and increased risk of relapse or death. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Novel BRAF Alteration in a Sporadic Pilocytic Astrocytoma

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    Sonika Dahiya

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA is the most frequently encountered glial tumor (glioma or astrocytoma in children. Recent studies have identified alterations in the BRAF serine/threonine kinase gene as the likely causative mutation in these childhood brain tumors. The majority of these genetic changes involve chromosome 7q34 tandem duplication, resulting in aberrant BRAF fusion transcripts. In this paper, we describe a novel KIAA1549:BRAF fusion transcript in a sporadic PA tumor associated with increased ERK activation and review the spectrum of BRAF genetic alterations in this common pediatric low-grade central nervous system neoplasm.

  5. Functional rescue of REP1 following treatment with PTC124 and novel derivative PTC-414 in human choroideremia fibroblasts and the nonsense-mediated zebrafish model.

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    Moosajee, Mariya; Tracey-White, Dhani; Smart, Matthew; Weetall, Marla; Torriano, Simona; Kalatzis, Vasiliki; da Cruz, Lyndon; Coffey, Peter; Webster, Andrew R; Welch, Ellen

    2016-08-15

    Choroideremia (CHM) is an X-linked chorioretinal dystrophy that is caused by mutations within a single gene, CHM Currently no effective treatment exists for these patients. Since over 30% of patients harbour nonsense mutations in CHM, nonsense suppression therapy using translational readthrough inducing drugs may provide functional rescue of REP1, thus attenuating progressive sight loss. Here, we employed two CHM model systems to systematically test the efficacy and safety of ataluren (PTC124) and its novel analog PTC-414: (1) the chm(ru848) zebrafish, the only nonsense mutation animal model of CHM harbouring a TAA nonsense mutation, and (2) a primary human fibroblast cell line from a CHM patient harbouring a TAG nonsense mutation. PTC124 or PTC-414 treatment of chm(ru848) embryos led to a ∼2.0-fold increase in survival, prevented the onset of retinal degeneration with reduced oxidative stress and apoptosis, increased rep1 protein by 23.1% (PTC124) and 17.2% (PTC-414) and restored biochemical function as confirmed through in vitro prenylation assays (98 ± 2% [PTC124] and 68 ± 5% [PTC-414]). In CHM(Y42X/y) fibroblasts, there was a recovery of prenylation activity following treatment with either PTC124 (42 ± 5%) or PTC-414 (36 ± 11%), although an increase in REP1 protein was not detected in these cells, in contrast to the zebrafish model. This comprehensive study on the use of PTC124 and PTC-414 as successful nonsense suppression agents for the treatment of CHM highlights the translational potential of these drugs for inherited retinal disease. © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  6. [RET/PTC rearrangement affects multifocal formation of papillary thyroid carcinoma].

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    Zhang, X; Su, X; Chen, W C; Li, Y; Yang, Z Y; Deng, W Z; Deng, T C; Yang, A K

    2017-06-07

    Objective:RET/PTC gene rearrangement can lead to aberrant activation of tyrosine kinase receptors, which is a common mutation in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). This study focuses on the association of RET/PTC rearrangements with PTC clinical factors. Methods: From January 2011 to December 2013, a total of 114 patients with PTC were enrolled in this study. Clinicopathological parameters, lifestyle, and thyroid hormone levels were collected. RET/PTC rearrangements were detected by TaqMan PCR and verified by Sanger sequencing.Data were analyzed with SPSS software, including chi-square test, Fisher's exact test, Mann-Whitney U test, Student's t-test, and Logistic regression. Results:RET/PTC rearrangements were not found in all paracancerous normal thyroid tissues, and were detected in 23.68% (27/114) of PTC. Further analysis revealed no correlation between RET/PTC rearrangement and thyroid function, clinicopathologic parameters, and lifestyle in the total PTC group or in the subgroup of patients with concomitant diseases (including Hashimoto's thyroiditis and nodular goiter). But in the subgroup of PTC without concomitant disease, RET/PTC rearrangement was associated with tumor multifocal (P=0.018), and RET/PTC-positive PTC patients had an increased risk of tumor multifocal (OR=5.57, 95% CI 1.39-22.33). It was also found that RET/PTC rearrangement was associated with an abnormal increase in TSH level of one month after surgery (P= 0.037). Conclusion: Nodular goiter and Hashimoto 's thyroiditis may be a confounding factor in PTC. RET/PTC rearrangement may play an important role in the occurrence of thyroid carcinoma multifocal after exclusion of this confounding factor.

  7. [BRAF-STATUS OF PAPILLARY THYROID CARCINOMAS AND STRATEGY OF SURGICAL TREATMENT].

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    Tarashchenko, Yu N; Kovalenko, A E; Bolgov, M Yu; Guda, B B; Shelkovoy, E A; Nekrasov, K A; Mankovskaya, S; Kashuba, V I

    2015-06-01

    Analyzed the presence of BRAF V600E mutation in the focal thyroid gland in the preoperative diagnosis of papillary carcinoma (PC). Molecular genetic testing conducted on puncture aspirates from 26 patients before surgery. The diagnosis was verified according to the morphological investigations. Mutations in BRAF V600E detected only in patients with the thyroid PC. Thus, the definition of BRAF V600E mutation may be a marker in the preoperative diagnosis of thyroid PC. Analyzed the presence of BRAF V600E mutation in the focal thyroid gland in the preoperative diagnosis of papillary carcinoma (PC). Molecular genetic testing conducted on puncture aspirates from 26 patients before surgery. The diagnosis was verified according to the morphological investigations. Mutations in BRAF V600E detected only in patients with the thyroid PC. Thus, the definition of BRAF V600E mutation may be a marker in the preoperative diagnosis of thyroid PC.

  8. Recent progress in the identification of BRAF inhibitors as anti-cancer agents.

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    El-Nassan, Hala Bakr

    2014-01-24

    The "RAS/BRAF/MEK/ERK" pathway has been associated with human cancers due to the frequent oncogenic mutations identified in its members. In particular, BRAF is mutated at high frequency in many cancers especially melanoma. This mutation leads to activation of the MAPK signaling pathway, inducing uncontrolled cell proliferation, and facilitating malignant transformation. All these facts make BRAF an ideal target for antitumor therapeutic development. Many BRAF inhibitors have been discovered during the last decade and most of them exhibit potent antitumor activity especially on tumors that harbor BRAF(V600E) mutations. Some of these compounds have entered clinical trials and displayed encouraged results. The present review highlights the progress in identification and development of BRAF inhibitors especially during the last five years.

  9. Tumor cells with KRAS or BRAF mutations or ERK5/MAPK7 amplification are not addicted to ERK5 activity for cell proliferation.

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    Lochhead, Pamela A; Clark, Jonathan; Wang, Lan-Zhen; Gilmour, Lesley; Squires, Matthew; Gilley, Rebecca; Foxton, Caroline; Newell, David R; Wedge, Stephen R; Cook, Simon J

    2016-01-01

    ERK5, encoded by MAPK7, has been proposed to play a role in cell proliferation, thus attracting interest as a cancer therapeutic target. While oncogenic RAS or BRAF cause sustained activation of the MEK1/2-ERK1/2 pathway, ERK5 is directly activated by MEK5. It has been proposed that RAS and RAF proteins can also promote ERK5 activation. Here we investigated the interplay between RAS-RAF-MEK-ERK and ERK5 signaling and studied the role of ERK5 in tumor cell proliferation in 2 disease-relevant cell models. We demonstrate that although an inducible form of CRAF (CRAF:ER*) can activate ERK5 in fibroblasts, the response is delayed and reflects feed-forward signaling. Additionally, oncogenic KRAS and BRAF do not activate ERK5 in epithelial cells. Although KRAS and BRAF do not couple directly to MEK5-ERK5, ERK5 signaling might still be permissive for proliferation. However, neither the selective MEK5 inhibitor BIX02189 or ERK5 siRNA inhibited proliferation of colorectal cancer cells harbouring KRAS(G12C/G13D) or BRAF(V600E). Furthermore, there was no additive or synergistic effect observed when BIX02189 was combined with the MEK1/2 inhibitor Selumetinib (AZD6244), suggesting that ERK5 was neither required for proliferation nor a driver of innate resistance to MEK1/2 inhibitors. Finally, even cancer cells with MAPK7 amplification were resistant to BIX02189 and ERK5 siRNA, showing that ERK5 amplification does not confer addiction to ERK5 for cell proliferation. Thus ERK5 signaling is unlikely to play a role in tumor cell proliferation downstream of KRAS or BRAF or in tumor cells with ERK5 amplification. These results have important implications for the role of ERK5 as an anti-cancer drug target.

  10. Comparative analysis of real-time quantitative PCR-Sanger sequencing method and TaqMan probe method for detection of KRAS/BRAF mutation in colorectal carcinomas%即时定量PCR-Sanger测序与TaqMan探针法检测结直肠癌KRAS、BRAF基因突变的对比分析

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    张汛; 王跃华; 高宁; 王晋芬

    2014-01-01

    Objective To compare the application values of real-time quantitative PCR-Sanger sequencing and TaqMan probe method in the detection of KRAS and BRAF mutations,and to correlate KRAS/BRAF mutations with the clinicopathological characteristics in colorectal carcinomas.Methods Genomic DNA of the tumor cells was extracted from formalin fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) tissue samples of 344 colorectal carcinomas by microdissection.Real-time quantitative PCR-Sanger sequencing and TaqMan probe method were performed to detect the KRAS/BRAF mutations.The frequency and types of KRAS/BRAF mutations,clinicopathological characteristics and survival time were analyzed.Results KRAS mutations were detected in 39.8% (137/344) and 38.7% (133/344) of 344 colorectal carcinomas by using real-time quantitative PCR-Sanger sequencing and TaqMan probe method,respectively.BRAF mutation was detected in 4.7% (16/344) and 4.1% (14/344),respectively.There was no significant correlation between the two methods.The frequency of the KRAS mutation in female was higher than that in male (P <0.05).The frequency of the BRAF mutation in colon was higher than that in rectum.The frequency of the BRAF mutation in stage Ⅲ-Ⅳ cases was higher than that in stage Ⅰ-Ⅱ cases.The frequency of the BRAF mutation in signet ring cell carcinoma was higher than that in mucinous carcinoma and nonspecific adenocarcinoma had the lowest mutation rate.The frequency of the BRAF mutation in grade Ⅲ cases was higher than that in grade Ⅱ cases (P < 0.05).The overall concordance for the two methods of KRAS/BRAF mutation detection was 98.8% (kappa =0.976).There was statistic significance between BRAF and KRAS mutations for the survival time of colorectal carcinomas (P =0.039).There were no statistic significance between BRAF mutation type and BRAF/KRAS wild type (P =0.058).Conclusions (1) Compared with real-time quantitative PCR-Sanger sequencing,TaqMan probe method is better with regard to handling time

  11. BRAF inhibitor resistance mediated by the AKT pathway in an oncogenic BRAF mouse melanoma model.

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    Perna, Daniele; Karreth, Florian A; Rust, Alistair G; Perez-Mancera, Pedro A; Rashid, Mamunur; Iorio, Francesco; Alifrangis, Constantine; Arends, Mark J; Bosenberg, Marcus W; Bollag, Gideon; Tuveson, David A; Adams, David J

    2015-02-10

    BRAF (v-raf murine sarcoma viral oncogene homolog B) inhibitors elicit a transient anti-tumor response in ∼ 80% of BRAF(V600)-mutant melanoma patients that almost uniformly precedes the emergence of resistance. Here we used a mouse model of melanoma in which melanocyte-specific expression of Braf(V618E) (analogous to the human BRAF(V600E) mutation) led to the development of skin hyperpigmentation and nevi, as well as melanoma formation with incomplete penetrance. Sleeping Beauty insertional mutagenesis in this model led to accelerated and fully penetrant melanomagenesis and synchronous tumor formation. Treatment of Braf(V618E) transposon mice with the BRAF inhibitor PLX4720 resulted in tumor regression followed by relapse. Analysis of transposon insertions identified eight genes including Braf, Mitf, and ERas (ES-cell expressed Ras) as candidate resistance genes. Expression of ERAS in human melanoma cell lines conferred resistance to PLX4720 and induced hyperphosphorylation of AKT (v-akt murine thymoma viral oncogene homolog 1), a phenotype reverted by combinatorial treatment with PLX4720 and the AKT inhibitor MK2206. We show that ERAS expression elicits a prosurvival signal associated with phosphorylation/inactivation of BAD, and that the resistance of hepatocyte growth factor-treated human melanoma cells to PLX4720 can be reverted by treatment with the BAD-like BH3 mimetic ABT-737. Thus, we define a role for the AKT/BAD pathway in resistance to BRAF inhibition and illustrate an in vivo approach for finding drug resistance genes.

  12. Comparison of responses of human melanoma cell lines to MEK and BRAF inhibitors.

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    Stones, Clare J; Kim, Ji Eun; Joseph, Wayne R; Leung, Euphemia; Marshall, Elaine S; Finlay, Graeme J; Shelling, Andrew N; Baguley, Bruce C

    2013-01-01

    The NRAS and BRAF genes are frequently mutated in melanoma, suggesting that the NRAS-BRAF-MEK-ERK signaling pathway is an important target for therapy. Two classes of drugs, one targeting activated BRAF and one targeting MEK, are currently undergoing clinical evaluation. We have analysed the NRAS and BRAF mutational status of a series of 44 early passage lines developed from New Zealand patients with metastatic melanoma. 41% of the lines analysed had BRAF mutations, 23% had NRAS mutations, and 36% had neither. We then determined IC50 values (drug concentrations for 50% growth inhibition) for CI-1040, a commonly used inhibitor of MEK kinase; trametinib, a clinical agent targeting MEK kinase; and vemurafenib, an inhibitor of mutant BRAF kinase. Cell lines with activating BRAF mutations were significantly more sensitive to vemurafenib than lines with NRAS mutations or lines lacking either mutation (p < 0.001). IC50 values for CI-1040 and trametinib were strongly correlated (r = 0.98) with trametinib showing ~100-fold greater potency. Cell lines sensitive to vemurafenib were also sensitive to CI-1040 and trametinib, but there was no relationship between IC50 values and NRAS mutation status. A small number of lines lacking a BRAF mutation were sensitive to CI-1040 but resistant to vemurafenib. We used western blotting to investigate the effect on ERK phosphorylation of CI-1040 in four lines, of vemurafenib in two lines and of trametinib in two lines. The results support the view that MEK inhibitors might be combined with BRAF inhibitors in the treatment of melanomas with activated BRAF. The high sensitivity to trametinib of some lines with wildtype BRAF status also suggests that MEK inhibitors could have a therapeutic effect against some melanomas as single agents.

  13. Comparison of responses of human melanoma cell lines to MEK and BRAF inhibitors

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    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available The NRAS and BRAF genes are frequently mutated in melanoma, suggesting that the NRAS-BRAF-MEK-ERK signalling pathway is an important target for therapy. Two classes of drugs, one targeting activated BRAF and one targeting MEK, are currently undergoing clinical evaluation. We have analysed the NRAS and BRAF mutational status of a series of 44 early passage lines developed from New Zealand patients with metastatic melanoma. 41% of the lines analysed had BRAF mutations, 23% had NRAS mutations and 36% had neither. We then determined IC50 values (drug concentrations for 50% growth inhibition for CI-1040, a commonly used inhibitor of MEK kinase; trametinib, a clinical agent targeting MEK kinase; and vemurafenib, an inhibitor of mutant BRAF kinase. Cell lines with activating BRAF mutations were significantly more sensitive to vemurafenib than lines with NRAS mutations or lines lacking either mutation (p < 0.001. IC50 values for CI-1040 and trametinib were strongly correlated (r = 0.98 with trametinib showing ~100-fold greater potency. Cell lines sensitive to vemurafenib were also sensitive to CI-1040 and trametinib, but there was no relationship between IC50 values and NRAS mutation status. A small number of lines lacking a BRAF mutation were sensitive to CI-1040 but resistant to vemurafenib. We used western blotting to investigate the effect on ERK phosphorylation of CI-1040 in four lines, of vemurafenib in two lines and of trametinib in two lines. The results support the view that MEK inhibitors might be combined with BRAF inhibitors in the treatment melanomas of with activated BRAF. The high sensitivity to trametinib of some lines with wild-type BRAF status also suggests that MEK inhibitors could have a therapeutic effect against some melanomas as single agents.

  14. Prolonged survival of a patient with metastatic leptomeningeal melanoma treated with BRAF inhibition-based therapy: a case report

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    Kim, Dae Won; Barcena, Edelyn; Mehta, Urvi N.; Rohlfs, Michelle L; Kumar, Ashok J.; Penas-Prado, Marta; Kim, Kevin B

    2015-01-01

    Background Leptomeningeal metastasis of melanoma is a devastating complication with a grave prognosis, and there are no known effective standard treatments. Although selective BRAF inhibitors have demonstrated a significant clinical activity in patients with metastatic melanoma harboring a BRAF mutation, the clinical benefit of BRAF inhibitor-based therapy in leptomeningeal disease is not clear. Case presentation We present a case of prolonged survival of a patient with BRAF V600E-mutant lept...

  15. Tumor cells with KRAS or BRAF mutations or ERK5/MAPK7 amplification are not addicted to ERK5 activity for cell proliferation

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    Lochhead, Pamela A.; Clark, Jonathan; Wang, Lan-Zhen; Gilmour, Lesley; Squires, Matthew; Gilley, Rebecca; Foxton, Caroline; Newell, David R.; Wedge, Stephen R.; Cook, Simon J.

    2016-01-01

    Abstract ERK5, encoded by MAPK7, has been proposed to play a role in cell proliferation, thus attracting interest as a cancer therapeutic target. While oncogenic RAS or BRAF cause sustained activation of the MEK1/2-ERK1/2 pathway, ERK5 is directly activated by MEK5. It has been proposed that RAS and RAF proteins can also promote ERK5 activation. Here we investigated the interplay between RAS-RAF-MEK-ERK and ERK5 signaling and studied the role of ERK5 in tumor cell proliferation in 2 disease-relevant cell models. We demonstrate that although an inducible form of CRAF (CRAF:ER*) can activate ERK5 in fibroblasts, the response is delayed and reflects feed-forward signaling. Additionally, oncogenic KRAS and BRAF do not activate ERK5 in epithelial cells. Although KRAS and BRAF do not couple directly to MEK5-ERK5, ERK5 signaling might still be permissive for proliferation. However, neither the selective MEK5 inhibitor BIX02189 or ERK5 siRNA inhibited proliferation of colorectal cancer cells harbouring KRASG12C/G13D or BRAFV600E. Furthermore, there was no additive or synergistic effect observed when BIX02189 was combined with the MEK1/2 inhibitor Selumetinib (AZD6244), suggesting that ERK5 was neither required for proliferation nor a driver of innate resistance to MEK1/2 inhibitors. Finally, even cancer cells with MAPK7 amplification were resistant to BIX02189 and ERK5 siRNA, showing that ERK5 amplification does not confer addiction to ERK5 for cell proliferation. Thus ERK5 signaling is unlikely to play a role in tumor cell proliferation downstream of KRAS or BRAF or in tumor cells with ERK5 amplification. These results have important implications for the role of ERK5 as an anti-cancer drug target. PMID:26959608

  16. Metabolic Rewiring by Oncogenic BRAF V600E Links Ketogenesis Pathway to BRAF-MEK1 Signaling.

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    Kang, Hee-Bum; Fan, Jun; Lin, Ruiting; Elf, Shannon; Ji, Quanjiang; Zhao, Liang; Jin, Lingtao; Seo, Jae Ho; Shan, Changliang; Arbiser, Jack L; Cohen, Cynthia; Brat, Daniel; Miziorko, Henry M; Kim, Eunhee; Abdel-Wahab, Omar; Merghoub, Taha; Fröhling, Stefan; Scholl, Claudia; Tamayo, Pablo; Barbie, David A; Zhou, Lu; Pollack, Brian P; Fisher, Kevin; Kudchadkar, Ragini R; Lawson, David H; Sica, Gabriel; Rossi, Michael; Lonial, Sagar; Khoury, Hanna J; Khuri, Fadlo R; Lee, Benjamin H; Boggon, Titus J; He, Chuan; Kang, Sumin; Chen, Jing

    2015-08-06

    Many human cancers share similar metabolic alterations, including the Warburg effect. However, it remains unclear whether oncogene-specific metabolic alterations are required for tumor development. Here we demonstrate a "synthetic lethal" interaction between oncogenic BRAF V600E and a ketogenic enzyme 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA lyase (HMGCL). HMGCL expression is upregulated in BRAF V600E-expressing human primary melanoma and hairy cell leukemia cells. Suppression of HMGCL specifically attenuates proliferation and tumor growth potential of human melanoma cells expressing BRAF V600E. Mechanistically, active BRAF upregulates HMGCL through an octamer transcription factor Oct-1, leading to increased intracellular levels of HMGCL product, acetoacetate, which selectively enhances binding of BRAF V600E but not BRAF wild-type to MEK1 in V600E-positive cancer cells to promote activation of MEK-ERK signaling. These findings reveal a mutation-specific mechanism by which oncogenic BRAF V600E "rewires" metabolic and cell signaling networks and signals through the Oct-1-HMGCL-acetoacetate axis to selectively promote BRAF V600E-dependent tumor development.

  17. The "SWOT" of BRAF inhibition in melanoma: RAF inhibitors, MEK inhibitors or both?

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    Nissan, Moriah H; Solit, David B

    2011-12-01

    Activating mutations in the BRAF gene are among the most prevalent kinase mutations in human cancer. BRAF mutations are most frequent in patients with melanoma where they occur in approximately 50% of patients with advanced disease. Remarkable clinical activity has recently been reported with highly selective RAF inhibitors in melanoma patients whose tumors harbor V600E BRAF mutations. The response rates of RAF inhibitors in patients with BRAF-mutant melanomas far exceed the activity level of any prior therapy studied in this disease. The results suggest that we have entered an era of personalized therapy for patients with metastatic melanoma in which treatment selection will be guided by BRAF mutational status. This review will discuss the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats ("SWOT") of developing RAF and MEK selective inhibitors as anti-cancer therapies, recent insights into the mechanisms of intrinsic and acquired resistance to these agents, and current efforts to develop mechanism-based combination therapies.

  18. Comparison of targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) and real-time PCR in the detection of EGFR, KRAS, and BRAF mutations on formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tumor material of non-small cell lung carcinoma-superiority of NGS.

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    Tuononen, Katja; Mäki-Nevala, Satu; Sarhadi, Virinder Kaur; Wirtanen, Aino; Rönty, Mikko; Salmenkivi, Kaisa; Andrews, Jenny M; Telaranta-Keerie, Aino I; Hannula, Sari; Lagström, Sonja; Ellonen, Pekka; Knuuttila, Aija; Knuutila, Sakari

    2013-05-01

    The development of tyrosine kinase inhibitor treatments has made it important to test cancer patients for clinically significant gene mutations that influence the benefit of treatment. Targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) provides a promising method for diagnostic purposes by enabling the simultaneous detection of multiple mutations in various genes in a single test. The aim of our study was to screen EGFR, KRAS, and BRAF mutations by targeted NGS and commonly used real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) methods to evaluate the feasibility of targeted NGS for the detection of the mutations. Furthermore, we aimed to identify potential novel mutations by targeted NGS. We analyzed formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tumor tissue specimens from 81 non-small cell lung carcinoma patients. We observed a significant concordance (from 96.3 to 100%) of the EGFR, KRAS, and BRAF mutation detection results between targeted NGS and real-time PCR. Moreover, targeted NGS revealed seven nonsynonymous single-nucleotide variations and one insertion-deletion variation in EGFR not detectable by the real-time PCR methods. The potential clinical significance of these variants requires elucidation in future studies. Our results support the use of targeted NGS in the screening of EGFR, KRAS, and BRAF mutations in FFPE tissue material.

  19. The comparison between mutation of BRAF gene and loss of CD56 expression in occult thyroid papillary carci-noma%隐匿性甲状腺乳头状癌BRAF基因突变与CD56蛋白缺失表达的比较

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    陈新; 陈志忠; 陈林峰

    2014-01-01

    Objective To discusses the meaning of loss of CD56 protein expression in the occult thyroid papillary carcino-ma by the comparison of BRAF gene mutation and CD5 6 protein expression.Methods CD5 6 protein expression was detected in 1 5 5 cases of occult thyroid papillary carcinoma by immunohistochemical methods and BRAF gene mutation was detected by fluo-rescence PCR method respectively in the cases of positive and negative,and statistical analysis was made for the two groups of BRAF mutation rate.Results CD56 expression was negative in 127 cases of occult thyroid papillary carcinoma,which BRAF gene mutation rate was 82%;CD56 expression was positive in 28 cases of occult thyroid papillary carcinoma,which BRAF gene mutation rate is 32.1%;there was statistic significance for BRAF gene mutation rate between the two groups (P< 0.01). Conclusion The lack of CD5 6 expression may provide the reference for the diagnosis of occult thyroid papillary carcinoma.%目的:通过隐匿性甲状腺乳头状癌中 BRAF 基因突变与 CD56蛋白表达的比较,探讨 CD56蛋白缺失表达在隐匿性甲状腺乳头状癌中的意义。方法选取明确诊断隐匿性甲状腺乳头状癌的155例,通过免疫组化的方法进行 CD56蛋白表达的检测,然后分别对表达阳性和阴性的病例进行荧光PCR法的BRAF基因突变的检测,并对两组 BRAF基因突变率进行统计学分析。结果127例隐匿性甲状腺乳头状癌中 CD56蛋白表达阴性,其 BRAF基因突变率为82%;CD56表达阳性的28例,其BRAF基因突变率为32.1%;两组间比较 BRAF基因突变率差异有统计学意义(P<0.01)。结论 CD56的缺失表达可为隐匿性甲状腺乳头状癌的诊断提供依据。

  20. The distinctive molecular, pathological and clinical characteristics of BRAF-mutant colorectal tumors.

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    Scartozzi, Mario; Giampieri, Riccardo; Aprile, Giuseppe; Iacono, Donatella; Santini, Daniele; dell'Aquila, Emanuela; Silvestris, Nicola; Gnoni, Antonio; Bonotto, Marta; Puzzoni, Marco; Demurtas, Laura; Cascinu, Stefano

    2015-01-01

    Several clinical series have demonstrated a notably low overall survival for colorectal cancer patients diagnosed with a BRAF-mutant tumor. A potentially interesting predictive role has also been suggested for BRAF-mutant colorectal cancer receiving anti-EGFR monoclonal antibodies. Although a global consensus exists in indicating BRAF as a prognostic factor with a possible predictive activity, the clinical use of BRAF mutational status in colorectal tumors is still controversial. This article reviews the current knowledge on the use and implications of BRAF mutational status in colorectal tumors, in order to define its present role in the clinical practice. Also suggested are possible treatment strategies in this prognostically challenging group of patients. Finally, a comprehensive outlook on future developments for specifically directed anti-BRAF therapy is illustrated.

  1. A novel, potentially targetable TMEM106B-BRAF fusion in pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma

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    Hsiao, Susan J.; Karajannis, Matthias A.; Diolaiti, Daniel; Mansukhani, Mahesh M.; Bender, Julia Glade; Kung, Andrew L.; Garvin, James H.

    2017-01-01

    Pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma (PXA) is a World Health Organization (WHO) Grade II glioma occurring primarily in children and young adults. Most PXAs harbor the known activating mutation BRAF V600E. We report a case of locally recurrent PXA with anaplastic features in a 10-yr-old female. The PXA was negative by immunohistochemical (IHC) staining for BRAF V600E mutation. Whole-exome and transcriptome sequencing of the tumor confirmed the absence of BRAF V600E, but identified copy-number alterations (including loss of the tumor suppressor CDKN2A) and a novel TMEM106B-BRAF fusion. Based on similar BRAF fusion proteins, this novel fusion is predicted to result in activation of BRAF signaling. Demonstration of positive IHC for phospho-ERK1/2 and phospho-MEK1/2 supported this prediction, and implicated MEK inhibitors as a potential therapeutic strategy.

  2. KRAS、BRAF基因突变在大肠锯齿状病变中的临床应用%Clinical Application of KRAS,BRAF Gene Mutation in Colorectal Serrated Lesions

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    李艳菊; 陈荣; 张春莉; 惠起源

    2016-01-01

    目的 研究KRAS、BRAF基因突变在大肠锯齿状病变中的临床应用.方法 选取100例大肠锯齿状病例经切除术后的石蜡标本进行研究.应用直接测序技术对KRAS、BRAF基因的突变进行检测分析.结果 大肠锯齿状病变中KRAS基因突变率为40.00%,BRAF基因突变率为6.67%.所有大肠锯齿状病变患者中有40例检出KRAS基因突变,突变率为40.00%,其中KRAS基因12、13密码子突变率分别为30.00%以及10.00%.KRAS基因突变率与患者性别、年龄、病变部位、分化程度以及淋巴结转移等临床病理特征均无关(P>0.05).BRAF基因突变在>65岁患者以及大肠近端情况较多见(P0.05).BRAF gene mutation were mainly in patients>65 or with proximal large intestine.(P<0.05).Conclusion With the further study of KRAS,BRAF gene mutation,it has important clinical significance in guiding follow-up and evaluating prognosis .

  3. MAD-X PTC Integration

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    Schmidt, Frank; Goddard, B; Jacquet, D; Kain, V; Lamont, M; Mertens, V; Uythoven, J; Wenninger, J

    2005-01-01

    MAD-X is CERN's successor for MAD8, a program for accelerator design with a long history. MAD-X is a modular, better maintainable re-write of MAD8 with data structures written in `C'. Early on in the design of MAD-X we relied on the fact that older or doubtful modules could be replaced by new modules using the PTC code by E. Forest. Both codes remain independent entities but are linked via a converter to the MAD-X data structures. PTC is used for symplectic tracking of smaller machines and transfer line using better defined physical models of the elements and taking into account of how the elements are placed in the tunnel. The matching of the LHC will profit form the fact that the high order nonlinear parameters are provided by a PTC Normal Form analysis.

  4. BRAF mutation and its influence on function of NIS in differentiated thyroid cancer%BRAF基因突变及其对分化型甲状腺癌钠碘同向转运体功能影响的研究进展

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    王莎莎; 林岩松; 梁军; 李方

    2011-01-01

    of NIS is predict evaluation for DTC radioiodine therapy. BRAF mutation predicts a poorer clinical prognosis for DTC. BRAF mutation can cause the decreased expression of NIS(20% - 80%) , Radioiodine uptake decreased when the decreased expression of NIS occurred. CONCLUSIONS: BRAF mutation can cause the decreased expression of NIS, and influence the effect of radioiodine therapy. The BRAF mutation might be an important factor for predicting the effect of DTC radioiodine therapy.

  5. Detecting mechanisms of acquired BRAF inhibitor resistance in melanoma.

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    Lo, Roger S; Shi, Hubing

    2014-01-01

    (V600)BRAF mutation was identified as an ideal target for clinical therapy due to its indispensable roles in supporting melanoma initiation and progression. Despite the fact that BRAF inhibitors (BRAFi) can elicit anti-tumor responses in the majority of treated patients and confer overall survival benefits, acquired drug resistance is a formidable obstacle to long-term management of the disease. Several aberrant events including RTK upregulation, NRAS mutation, mutant BRAF amplification or alternative splicing, and MEK mutation have been reported as acquired BRAFi resistance mechanisms. Clinially, detection of these resistance mechanisms help understand drug response patterns and help guide combinatorial therapeutic strategies. Therefore, quick and accurate diagnosis of the resistant mechanisms in tumor biopsies has become an important starting point for personalized therapy. In this chapter, we review the major acquired BRAFi resistance mechanisms, highlight their therapeutic implications, and provide the diagnostic methods from clinical samples.

  6. BRAF inhibitor treatment of primary BRAF-mutant ameloblastoma with pathologic assessment of response.

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    Tan, Serena; Pollack, Jonathan R; Kaplan, Michael J; Colevas, A Dimitri; West, Robert B

    2016-07-01

    Molecular characterization of ameloblastoma has indicated a high frequency of driver mutations in BRAF and SMO. Preclinical data suggest that Food and Drug Administration-approved BRAF-targeted therapies may be immediately relevant for patients with ameloblastoma positive for the BRAF V600E mutation. A neoadjuvant treatment regime of dabrafenib was given to a patient with recurrent BRAF-mutant mandibular ameloblastoma. The patient subsequently underwent left mandible composite resection of the tumor and pathologic evaluation of treatment response. The ameloblastoma had a slow but dramatic response with >90% tumor volume reduction. The inner areas of the tumor underwent degeneration and squamous differentiation, and intact ameloblastoma was present in the outer areas associated with bone. Targeted neoadjuvant therapy for ameloblastoma may be useful in certain clinical settings of primary ameloblastoma. These might include tumors of advanced local stage when a neoadjuvant reduction could alter the extent of surgery and instances of local recurrence when surgical options are limited. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Radiosensibilisierung durch BRAF Inhibitoren.

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    Strobel, Sophia Boyoung; Pätzold, Sylvie; Zimmer, Lisa; Jensen, Alexandra; Enk, Alexander; Hassel, Jessica Cecile

    2017-07-01

    In der letzten Zeit wurden in der Literatur vermehrt erhöhte Hauttoxizitäten während einer Kombinationstherapie mit BRAF Inhibitoren und Radiotherapie beschrieben. Wir berichten über sieben Melanompatienten in einem nicht resezierbaren Stadium III oder IV, die eine kombinierte Behandlung aus Bestrahlung und BRAF-Inhibitor erhielten. Bei allen Patienten konnte durch die Kombinationstherapie ein gutes lokales Ansprechen erreicht werden. Nur bei zwei Patienten wurde eine schwere Radiodermatitis (CTCAE Grad 3 bzw. 4) beobachtet. Bei diesen Patienten, die beide Vemurafenib erhielten, trat die Radiodermatitis nach ein bzw. zwei Wochen auf und resultierte in einer Unterbrechung der BRAF-Inhibitor Behandlung.. Die kumulative Dosis bis zum Zeitpunkt der Strahlendermatitis betrug 10 Gy bzw. 35 Gy. Bei allen anderen Vemurafenibpatienten konnten nur milde Reaktionen im Sinne einer Radiodermatitis CTCAE Grad 2, beim Dabrafenibpatienten CTCAE Grade 1 diagnostiziert werden. Bei einem Patienten wurde eine Recalldermatitis nach 14 Tagen einer beendeten Strahlentherapie mit einer kumulativen Dosis von 30 Gy diagnostiziert. Schwere Toxizitätsreaktionen der Haut unter einer BRAF-Inhibitionen treten nicht häufig auf und sind meistens gut therapierbar. Deshalb sollte die Kombinationstherapie bei aggressiv wachsenden Melanomen eine Therapieoption bleiben. Obwohl ein erhöhtes Risiko der Hauttoxizität unter einer Kombinationstherapie von Radiatio und BRAF-Inhibitoren besteht, wird diese von den meisten Patienten gut toleriert. Sequenzielle Therapie anstelle von gleichzeitiger Behandlung scheint die Toxizitätreaktionen nicht zu verhindern. © 2017 Deutsche Dermatologische Gesellschaft (DDG). Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  8. BRAF inhibitors suppress apoptosis through off-target inhibition of JNK signaling

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    Vin, Harina; Ojeda, Sandra S.; Ching, Grace; Leung, Marco L.; Chitsazzadeh, Vida; Dwyer, David W.; Adelmann, Charles H; Restrepo, Monica; Richards, Kristen N; Stewart, Larissa R; Du, Lili; Ferguson, Scarlett B; Chakravarti, Deepavali; Ehrenreiter, Karin; Baccarini, Manuela

    2013-01-01

    eLife digest Over 50% of melanomas, a highly lethal form of skin cancer, carry mutations in a gene called BRAF. The BRAF gene encodes an enzyme that helps to regulate the proliferation of cells, but mutations in this gene lead to the excessive proliferation that is seen in cancer. Clinical trials have shown that a drug called vemurafenib can be used to treat patients who carry the mutated BRAF genes and go on to develop melanoma, but around one fifth of these patients developed another type o...

  9. Detection of KRAS and BRAF mutations in non-small cell lung cancer by high resolution melting analysis%高分辨率熔解曲线分析法检测非小细胞肺癌KRAS和BRAF基因突变

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    刘丽琴; 张海燕; 吴小丽; 张伟; 陈晓东; 王捷

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨高分辨率熔解曲线分析(HRM)法检测非小细胞肺癌(NSCLC)中KRAS和BRAF基因突变用于临床检测的可行性.方法 用HRM法检测64例NSCLC患者KRAS基因第2外显子和BRAF基因第15外显子的突变情况,用直接测序法对结果进行验证.结果 HRM法检测结果表明有9例NSCLC患者发生KRAS基因突变(14.06%)、4例发生BRAF基因突变(6.25%),直接测序法证实两法的结果完全一致;共检测出4种KRAS基因突变类型,G12C( GGT> TGT)的突变率最高(44.4%),BRAF基因突变型均为V600E.结论 用HRM法检测临床样本KR4S和BRAF基因突变,具有操作简便、结果准确、成本低的优点,适用于临床检测.%Objective To evaluate the feasibility of detecting KRAS and BRAF mutations in the patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) by high resolution melting curve analysis (HRM). Methods The mutations of KRAS exon 2 and BRAF exon 15 in 64 patients with NSCLC were detected by HRM analysis and direct sequencing. Results KRAS exon 2 mutations were detectable in 9 patients (14. 1% ) , and BRAF exon 15 mutations were detectable in 4 patients(6.25% ) by both the two methods. KRAS mutations were, comprised of 4 different mutant alleles. G12C showed the highest mutation rate (44.4% ). The mutations type of BRAF in exon 15 were all V600E. The concordant rate between the two methods was 100%. Conclusion Compared with direct sequencing, HRM a-nalysis for detecting KRAS and BRAF should be an accurate, convenient, efficient and economical assay which is suitable for clinical application.

  10. Precise Detection of IDH1/2 and BRAF Hotspot Mutations in Clinical Glioma Tissues by a Differential Calculus Analysis of High-Resolution Melting Data.

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    Hatae, Ryusuke; Hata, Nobuhiro; Yoshimoto, Koji; Kuga, Daisuke; Akagi, Yojiro; Murata, Hideki; Suzuki, Satoshi O; Mizoguchi, Masahiro; Iihara, Koji

    2016-01-01

    High resolution melting (HRM) is a simple and rapid method for screening mutations. It offers various advantages for clinical diagnostic applications. Conventional HRM analysis often yields equivocal results, especially for surgically obtained tissues. We attempted to improve HRM analyses for more effective applications to clinical diagnostics. HRM analyses were performed for IDH1R132 and IDH2R172 mutations in 192 clinical glioma samples in duplicate and these results were compared with sequencing results. BRAFV600E mutations were analyzed in 52 additional brain tumor samples. The melting profiles were used for differential calculus analyses. Negative second derivative plots revealed additional peaks derived from heteroduplexes in PCR products that contained mutations; this enabled unequivocal visual discrimination of the mutations. We further developed a numerical expression, the HRM-mutation index (MI), to quantify the heteroduplex-derived peak of the mutational curves. Using this expression, all IDH1 mutation statuses matched those ascertained by sequencing, with the exception of three samples. These discordant results were all derived from the misinterpretation of sequencing data. The effectiveness of our approach was further validated by analyses of IDH2R172 and BRAFV600E mutations. The present analytical method enabled an unequivocal and objective HRM analysis and is suitable for reliable mutation scanning in surgically obtained glioma tissues. This approach could facilitate molecular diagnostics in clinical environments.

  11. Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of novel (E)-α-benzylsulfonyl chalcone derivatives as potential BRAF inhibitors.

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    Li, Qing-Shan; Li, Cui-Yun; Lu, Xiang; Zhang, Hui; Zhu, Hai-Liang

    2012-04-01

    Activating mutations in the BRAF serine/threonine kinase are found in more than 70% of human melanomas, >90% of which are BRAF(V600E). It provides new therapeutic opportunities in malignant melanoma. In silico and in vitro screening of our compound collection has identified Hit 2 as BRAF(V600E) inhibitor. Based on its structure, a series of novel (E)-α-benzylsulfonyl chalcone derivatives (13-40) were designed and synthesized. Compound 38 exhibited the most potent inhibitory activity with an IC(50) value of 0.17 μM for BRAF(V600E) and GI(50) value of 0.52 μM for mutant BRAF-dependent cells. The results of cell based pERK activity and cellular selectivity suggested that those compounds could selectively inhibit proliferation of mutant BRAF-dependent melanoma cell line through inhibition of oncogenic BRAF.

  12. Ptc6 is required for proper rapamycin-induced down-regulation of the genes coding for ribosomal and rRNA processing proteins in S. cerevisiae.

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    Asier González

    Full Text Available Ptc6 is one of the seven components (Ptc1-Ptc7 of the protein phosphatase 2C family in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. In contrast to other type 2C phosphatases, the cellular role of this isoform is poorly understood. We present here a comprehensive characterization of this gene product. Cells lacking Ptc6 are sensitive to zinc ions, and somewhat tolerant to cell-wall damaging agents and to Li(+. Ptc6 mutants are sensitive to rapamycin, albeit to lesser extent than ptc1 cells. This phenotype is not rescued by overexpression of PTC1 and mutation of ptc6 does not reproduce the characteristic genetic interactions of the ptc1 mutation with components of the TOR pathway, thus suggesting different cellular roles for both isoforms. We show here that the rapamycin-sensitive phenotype of ptc6 cells is unrelated to the reported role of Pt6 in controlling pyruvate dehydrogenase activity. Lack of Ptc6 results in substantial attenuation of the transcriptional response to rapamycin, particularly in the subset of repressed genes encoding ribosomal proteins or involved in rRNA processing. In contrast, repressed genes involved in translation are Ptc6-independent. These effects cannot be attributed to the regulation of the Sch9 kinase, but they could involve modulation of the binding of the Ifh1 co-activator to specific gene promoters.

  13. Current understanding of BRAF alterations in diagnosis, prognosis and therapeutic targeting in paediatric low grade gliomas

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    Catherine Louise Penman

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    Full Text Available The mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK pathway is known to play a key role in the initiation and maintenance of many tumours as well as normal development. This often occurs through mutation of the genes encoding RAS and RAF proteins which are involved in signal transduction in this pathway. BRAF is one of three RAF kinases which act as downstream effectors of growth factor signalling leading to cell cycle progression, proliferation and survival. Initially reported as a point mutation (V600E in the majority of metastatic melanomas, other alterations in the BRAF gene have now been reported in a variety of human cancers including papillary thyroid cancer, colon carcinomas, hairy cell leukaemia and more recently in gliomas. The identification of oncogenic mutations in the BRAF gene have led to a revolution in the treatment of metastatic melanoma using targeted molecular therapies that affect the MAPK pathway either directly through BRAF inhibition or downstream through inhibition of MEK. This review describes the molecular biology of BRAF in the context of paediatric low grade gliomas, the role of BRAF as a diagnostic marker, the prognostic implications of BRAF and evidence for therapeutic targeting of BRAF.

  14. BRAF和TP53基因热点突变的构建%Construction of Hot-spot Mutations in Human BRAF and TP53 Genes

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    张环宇; 王改平; 李晓芳; 姚谨; 陈倩倩; 樊路娟

    2014-01-01

    目的:构建BRAF和TP53基因多个位点的点突变质粒,为进一步研究其在肿瘤形成中的作用奠定基础.方法:以HEK-293T基因组DNA为模板构建含BRAF600、TP53175和TP53248位点的野生型质粒,利用MutanBESTTM定点突变方法获得含BRAFV600E、TP53R175C和TP53R248W等突变位点的突变型质粒,并进行DNA测序鉴定.结果:DNA测序结果显示构建的三个点突变与实验设计完全一致.结论:成功构建了BRAFV600E、TP53R175C和TP53R248W三个具有不同突变位点的突变型质粒,MutanBESTTM定点突变技术是一种简单、快速、高效的基因定点突变方法.

  15. Extended Antitumor Responseof a BRAF V600E Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma to Vemurafenib

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    Siraj M. Ali

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    Full Text Available Context: For patients with metastatic papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC refractory to radioactive iodine (RAI treatment, systemic chemotherapy has limited efficacy. Such tumors frequently harbor BRAF V600E, and this alteration may predict responsiveness to vemura-fenib treatment. Objective: We report a metastatic PTC patient refractory to RAI treatment that underwent genomic profiling by next-generation sequencing. The sole genomic alteration identified was BRAF V600E on a near diploid genome with trisomy 1q. With vemurafenib treatment, the patient experienced a dramatic radiographic and clinical improvement, with the duration of an ongoing antitumor response exceeding 23 months. Design: Hybridization capture of 3,769 exons of 236 cancer-related genes and the introns of 19 genes frequently rearranged in cancer was applied to >50 ng of DNA extracted from a formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded biopsy of a lymph node containing metastatic PTC and was sequenced to a high, uniform coverage of ×616. Results: A BRAF V600E alteration was identified with no other somatic genomic alterations present within a near diploid tumor genome. The patient initially received vemurafenib at 960 mg twice daily that was reduced to 480 mg twice daily due to rash and diarrhea and has experienced an ongoing antitumor response exceeding 23 months by both PET-CT and dedicated CT imaging. Conclusions: Genomic profiling in metastatic, RAI-refractory PTC can reveal a targetable BRAF V600E alteration without compounding somatic alterations, and such patients may derive a more prolonged benefit from vemurafenib treatment. Prospective clinical trials are ongoing to confirm our preliminary observation.

  16. BRAF-mutant melanoma: treatment approaches, resistance mechanisms, and diagnostic strategies.

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    Spagnolo, Francesco; Ghiorzo, Paola; Orgiano, Laura; Pastorino, Lorenza; Picasso, Virginia; Tornari, Elena; Ottaviano, Vincenzo; Queirolo, Paola

    2015-01-01

    BRAF inhibitors vemurafenib and dabrafenib achieved improved overall survival over chemotherapy and have been approved for the treatment of BRAF-mutated metastatic melanoma. More recently, the combination of BRAF inhibitor dabrafenib with MEK inhibitor trametinib has shown improved progression-free survival, compared to dabrafenib monotherapy, in a Phase II study and has received approval by the US Food and Drug Administration. However, even when treated with the combination, most patients develop mechanisms of acquired resistance, and some of them do not achieve tumor regression at all, because of intrinsic resistance to therapy. Along with the development of BRAF inhibitors, immunotherapy made an important step forward: ipilimumab, an anti-CTLA-4 monoclonal antibody, was approved for the treatment of metastatic melanoma; anti-PD-1 agents achieved promising results in Phase I/II trials, and data from Phase III studies will be ready soon. The availability of such drugs, which are effective regardless of BRAF status, has made the therapeutic approach more complex, as first-line treatment with BRAF inhibitors may not be the best choice for all BRAF-mutated patients. The aim of this paper is to review the systemic therapeutic options available today for patients affected by BRAF V600-mutated metastatic melanoma, as well as to summarize the mechanisms of resistance to BRAF inhibitors and discuss the possible strategies to overcome them. Moreover, since the molecular analysis of tumor specimens is now a pivotal and decisional factor in the treatment strategy of metastatic melanoma patients, the advances in the molecular detection techniques for the BRAF V600 mutation will be reported.

  17. Differential inhibition of ex-vivo tumor kinase activity by vemurafenib in BRAF(V600E and BRAF wild-type metastatic malignant melanoma.

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    Andliena Tahiri

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Treatment of metastatic malignant melanoma patients harboring BRAF(V600E has improved drastically after the discovery of the BRAF inhibitor, vemurafenib. However, drug resistance is a recurring problem, and prognoses are still very bad for patients harboring BRAF wild-type. Better markers for targeted therapy are therefore urgently needed. METHODOLOGY: In this study, we assessed the individual kinase activity profiles in 26 tumor samples obtained from patients with metastatic malignant melanoma using peptide arrays with 144 kinase substrates. In addition, we studied the overall ex-vivo inhibitory effects of vemurafenib and sunitinib on kinase activity status. RESULTS: Overall kinase activity was significantly higher in lysates from melanoma tumors compared to normal skin tissue. Furthermore, ex-vivo incubation with both vemurafenib and sunitinib caused significant decrease in phosphorylation of kinase substrates, i.e kinase activity. While basal phosphorylation profiles were similar in BRAF wild-type and BRAF(V600E tumors, analysis with ex-vivo vemurafenib treatment identified a subset of 40 kinase substrates showing stronger inhibition in BRAF(V600E tumor lysates, distinguishing the BRAF wild-type and BRAF(V600E tumors. Interestingly, a few BRAF wild-type tumors showed inhibition profiles similar to BRAF(V600E tumors. The kinase inhibitory effect of vemurafenib was subsequently analyzed in cell lines harboring different BRAF mutational status with various vemurafenib sensitivity in-vitro. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings suggest that multiplex kinase substrate array analysis give valuable information about overall tumor kinase activity. Furthermore, intra-assay exposure to kinase inhibiting drugs may provide a useful tool to study mechanisms of resistance, as well as to identify predictive markers.

  18. Identification of a Novel Family of BRAF[superscript V600E] Inhibitors

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    Qin, Jie; Xie, Peng; Ventocilla, Christian; Zhou, Guoqiang; Vultur, Adina; Chen, Quan; Liu, Qin; Herlyn, Meenhard; Winkler, Jeffrey; Marmorstein, Ronen (UPENN)

    2012-10-24

    The BRAF oncoprotein is mutated in about half of malignant melanomas and other cancers, and a kinase activating single valine to glutamate substitution at residue 600 (BRAF{sup V600E}) accounts for over 90% of BRAF-mediated cancers. Several BRAF{sup V600E} inhibitors have been developed, although they harbor some liabilities, thus motivating the development of other BRAF{sup V600E} inhibitor options. We report here the use of an ELISA based high-throughput screen to identify a family of related quinolol/naphthol compounds that preferentially inhibit BRAF{sup V600E} over BRAF{sup WT} and other kinases. We also report the X-ray crystal structure of a BRAF/quinolol complex revealing the mode of inhibition, employ structure-based medicinal chemistry efforts to prepare naphthol analogues that inhibit BRAF{sup V600E} in vitro with IC{sub 50} values in the 80-200 nM range under saturating ATP concentrations, and demonstrate that these compounds inhibit MAPK signaling in melanoma cells. Prospects for improving the potency and selectivity of these inhibitors are discussed.

  19. Impressive response to dual BRAF and MEK inhibition in patients with BRAF mutant intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma—2 case reports and a brief review

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    Lavingia, Viraj

    2016-01-01

    Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) typically presents at an advanced stage and is associated with a poor oncological outcome. The median survival for metastatic ICC is less than 1 year with standard chemotherapy. ICC is associated with distinct oncogenic drivers including IDH (isocitrate dehydrogenase), HER-2 (human epidermal growth factor 2), and BRAF (v-Raf murine sarcoma viral oncogene homolog B), which may benefit from matching targeted therapies. Hereby we report 2 cases of BRAF V600E refractory ICC treated with dual BRAF and MEK inhibitors (dabrafenib and trametinib) with excellent clinical and radiological response to therapy and with protracted duration of disease control. Our first patient achieved CR (complete remission) at 6 months of treatment with ultimate disease progression at 9 months. The second patient achieved a PR (partial response) at 2 months from starting treatment and remains progression free at 5 months. Our results confirm the activity of dual BRAF and MEK targeting in BRAF mutated ICC, adding further support to 3 additional case-reports in the literature. Dual targeting appears superior to other case reports with BRAF inhibition alone and appear favorable to historic data with cytotoxic chemotherapy. Given the poor outlook and refractoriness of BRAF mutant ICC, future studies should focus on early integration of BRAF/MEK inhibition. PMID:28078132

  20. Tumorigenesis of Papillary Thyroid Cancer Is Not BRAF-Dependent in Patients with Acromegaly

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    Kim, Hee Kyung; Lee, Ji Shin; Park, Min Ho; Cho, Jin Seong; Yoon, Jee Hee; Kim, Soo Jeong; Kang, Ho-Cheol

    2014-01-01

    Introduction Several studies have reported a high frequency of papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) in patients with acromegaly. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and predictors of thyroid cancer in patients with acromegaly and to investigate the frequency of the BRAFV600E mutation in PTC patients with and without acromegaly. Materials and Methods We conducted a retrospective study of 60 patients with acromegaly. Thyroid ultrasonography (US) and US-guided fine needle aspiration were performed on nodules with sonographic features of malignancy. We selected 16 patients with non-acromegalic PTC as a control group. The BRAFV600E mutation was analyzed in paraffin-embedded surgical specimens of PTC by real-time polymerase chain reaction, and tumor specimens from patients with PTC were stained immunohistochemically with an antibody against insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor β (IGF-1Rβ). Results Thyroid cancer was found in 15 (25.0%) patients. No differences in age, sex, initial growth hormone (GH) and IGF-1 percentage of the upper limit of normal values or treatment modalities were observed between patients with and without PTC. Acromegaly was active in 12 of 15 patients at the time of PTC diagnosis; uncontrolled acromegaly had a significantly higher frequency in the PTC group (60%) than in the non-PTC group (28.9%) (p = 0.030). The BRAFV600E mutation was present in only 9.1% (1/11) of PTC patients with acromegaly, although 62.5% (10/16) of control patients with PTC had the mutation (p = 0.007). IGF-1Rβ immunostaining showed moderate-to-strong staining in all malignant PTC cells in patients with and without acromegaly. Significantly less staining for IGF-1Rβ was observed in normal adjacent thyroid tissues of PTC patients with acromegaly compared with those without (p = 0.014). Conclusion The prevalence of PTC in acromegalic patients was high (25%). An uncontrolled hyperactive GH-IGF-1 axis may play a dominant role in the development of PTC

  1. Tumorigenesis of papillary thyroid cancer is not BRAF-dependent in patients with acromegaly.

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    Hee Kyung Kim

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Several studies have reported a high frequency of papillary thyroid cancer (PTC in patients with acromegaly. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and predictors of thyroid cancer in patients with acromegaly and to investigate the frequency of the BRAFV600E mutation in PTC patients with and without acromegaly. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of 60 patients with acromegaly. Thyroid ultrasonography (US and US-guided fine needle aspiration were performed on nodules with sonographic features of malignancy. We selected 16 patients with non-acromegalic PTC as a control group. The BRAFV600E mutation was analyzed in paraffin-embedded surgical specimens of PTC by real-time polymerase chain reaction, and tumor specimens from patients with PTC were stained immunohistochemically with an antibody against insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor β (IGF-1Rβ. RESULTS: Thyroid cancer was found in 15 (25.0% patients. No differences in age, sex, initial growth hormone (GH and IGF-1 percentage of the upper limit of normal values or treatment modalities were observed between patients with and without PTC. Acromegaly was active in 12 of 15 patients at the time of PTC diagnosis; uncontrolled acromegaly had a significantly higher frequency in the PTC group (60% than in the non-PTC group (28.9% (p = 0.030. The BRAFV600E mutation was present in only 9.1% (1/11 of PTC patients with acromegaly, although 62.5% (10/16 of control patients with PTC had the mutation (p = 0.007. IGF-1Rβ immunostaining showed moderate-to-strong staining in all malignant PTC cells in patients with and without acromegaly. Significantly less staining for IGF-1Rβ was observed in normal adjacent thyroid tissues of PTC patients with acromegaly compared with those without (p = 0.014. CONCLUSION: The prevalence of PTC in acromegalic patients was high (25%. An uncontrolled hyperactive GH-IGF-1 axis may play a dominant role in the

  2. Multicenter Evaluation of a Novel Automated Rapid Detection System of BRAF Status in Formalin-Fixed, Paraffin-Embedded Tissues.

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    Schiefer, Ana-Iris; Parlow, Laura; Gabler, Lisa; Mesteri, Ildiko; Koperek, Oskar; von Deimling, Andreas; Streubel, Berthold; Preusser, Matthias; Lehmann, Annika; Kellner, Udo; Pauwels, Patrick; Lambin, Suzan; Dietel, Manfred; Hummel, Michael; Klauschen, Frederick; Birner, Peter; Möbs, Markus

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    The mutated BRAF oncogene represents a therapeutic target in malignant melanoma. Because BRAF mutations are also involved in the pathogenesis of other human malignancies, the use of specific BRAF inhibitors might also be extended to other diseases in the future. A prerequisite for the clinical application of BRAF inhibitors is the reliable detection of activating BRAF mutations in routine histopathological samples. In a multicenter approach, we evaluated a novel and fully automated PCR-based system (Idylla) capable of detecting BRAF V600 mutations in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue within 90 minutes with high sensitivity. We analyzed a total of 436 samples with the Idylla system. Valid results were obtained in 421 cases (96.56%). Its performance was compared with conventional methods (pyrosequencing or Sanger sequencing). Concordant results were obtained in 406 cases (96.90%). Reanalysis of eight discordant samples by next-generation sequencing and/or pyrosequencing with newly extracted DNA and the BRAF RGQ Kit confirmed the Idylla result in seven cases, resulting in an overall agreement of 98.57%. In conclusion, the Idylla system is a highly reliable and sensitive platform for detection of BRAF V600 mutations in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded material, providing an efficient alternative to conventional diagnostic methods, particularly for routine diagnostics laboratories with limited experience in molecular pathology.

  3. Tumor homogeneity between primary and metastatic sites for BRAF status in metastatic melanoma determined by immunohistochemical and molecular testing.

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    Lucile Boursault

    Full Text Available BRAF inhibitors have demonstrated improvement of overall survival in patients with metastatic melanoma and BRAF(V600 mutations. In order to evaluate BRAF tumor heterogeneity between primary and metastatic site, we have evaluated the performance of immunohistochemistry (IHC with an anti-BRAF(V600E antibody in both localization by comparison with high resolution melting analysis followed by Sanger sequencing in a parallel blinded study. A total of 230 samples distributed as primary melanoma (n = 88 and different types of metastatic samples (n = 142 were studied in 99 patients with advanced or metastatic melanoma (stage III or IV. The prevalence of each BRAF mutation was c.1799T>A, BRAF(V600E (45.2%, c.1799_1800TG>AA, BRAF(V600E2 (3.0%, c.1798_1799GT>AA, BRAF(V600K (3.0%, c.1801 A>G, BRAF(K601E (1.3%, c.1789_1790CT>TC, BRAF(L597S (0.4%, c.1780G>A, BRAF(D594N (0.9% respectively. IHC was positive in 109/112 samples harboring BRAF(V600E/E2 mutations and negative in other cases. The cytoplasmic staining was either strongly positive in tumor cells of BRAF(V600E mutated cases. It appeared strong brown, different from the vesicular grey cytoplasmic pigmentation of melanophages. Concordance between the two techniques was 96.4%. Sensitivity of IHC for detecting the BRAF(V600E/E2 mutations was 97.3%, while specificity was 100%. Both our IHC and molecular study demonstrated homogeneity between primary and metastatic sites for BRAF status in melanoma. This study also provides evidence that IHC may be a cost-effective first-line method for BRAF(V600E detection. Thereafter, molecular techniques should be used in negative, ambiguous or non-contributive cases.

  4. Tumor homogeneity between primary and metastatic sites for BRAF status in metastatic melanoma determined by immunohistochemical and molecular testing.

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    Boursault, Lucile; Haddad, Véronique; Vergier, Béatrice; Cappellen, David; Verdon, Severine; Bellocq, Jean-Pierre; Jouary, Thomas; Merlio, Jean-Philippe

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    BRAF inhibitors have demonstrated improvement of overall survival in patients with metastatic melanoma and BRAF(V600) mutations. In order to evaluate BRAF tumor heterogeneity between primary and metastatic site, we have evaluated the performance of immunohistochemistry (IHC) with an anti-BRAF(V600E) antibody in both localization by comparison with high resolution melting analysis followed by Sanger sequencing in a parallel blinded study. A total of 230 samples distributed as primary melanoma (n = 88) and different types of metastatic samples (n = 142) were studied in 99 patients with advanced or metastatic melanoma (stage III or IV). The prevalence of each BRAF mutation was c.1799T>A, BRAF(V600E) (45.2%), c.1799_1800TG>AA, BRAF(V600E2) (3.0%), c.1798_1799GT>AA, BRAF(V600K) (3.0%), c.1801 A>G, BRAF(K601E) (1.3%), c.1789_1790CT>TC, BRAF(L597S) (0.4%), c.1780G>A, BRAF(D594N) (0.9%) respectively. IHC was positive in 109/112 samples harboring BRAF(V600E/E2) mutations and negative in other cases. The cytoplasmic staining was either strongly positive in tumor cells of BRAF(V600E) mutated cases. It appeared strong brown, different from the vesicular grey cytoplasmic pigmentation of melanophages. Concordance between the two techniques was 96.4%. Sensitivity of IHC for detecting the BRAF(V600E/E2) mutations was 97.3%, while specificity was 100%. Both our IHC and molecular study demonstrated homogeneity between primary and metastatic sites for BRAF status in melanoma. This study also provides evidence that IHC may be a cost-effective first-line method for BRAF(V600E) detection. Thereafter, molecular techniques should be used in negative, ambiguous or non-contributive cases.

  5. 49 CFR 236.1031 - Previously approved PTC systems.

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  6. Effects of KRAS, BRAF, NRAS, and PIK3CA mutations on the efficacy of cetuximab plus chemotherapy in chemotherapy-refractory metastatic colorectal cancer: a retrospective consortium analysis

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    Following the discovery that mutant KRAS is associated with resistance to anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) antibodies, the tumours of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer are now profiled for seven KRAS mutations before receiving cetuximab or panitumumab. However, most patients ...

  7. Quantitative cell-free DNA, KRAS, and BRAF mutations in plasma from patients with metastatic colorectal cancer during treatment with cetuximab and irinotecan

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    Spindler, Karen-Lise Garm; Pallisgaard, Niels; Vogelius, Ivan Storgaard

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    The present study investigated the levels of circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) in plasma from patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) in relation to third-line treatment with cetuximab and irinotecan and the quantitative relationship of cfDNA with tumor-specific mutations in plasma....

  8. Combination of antibodies directed against different ErbB3 surface epitopes prevents the establishment of resistance to BRAF/MEK inhibitors in melanoma.

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    Fattore, Luigi; Malpicci, Debora; Marra, Emanuele; Belleudi, Francesca; Noto, Alessia; De Vitis, Claudia; Pisanu, Maria Elena; Coluccia, Pierpaolo; Camerlingo, Rosa; Roscilli, Giuseppe; Ribas, Antoni; Di Napoli, Arianna; Torrisi, Maria Rosaria; Aurisicchio, Luigi; Ascierto, Paolo Antonio; Mancini, Rita; Ciliberto, Gennaro

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    Patients with metastatic melanoma bearing V600 mutations in BRAF oncogene clinically benefit from the treatment with BRAF inhibitors alone or in combination with MEK inhibitors. However, a limitation to such treatment is the occurrence of resistance. Tackling the adaptive changes helping cells survive from drug treatment may offer new therapeutic opportunities. Very recently the ErbB3 receptor has been shown to act as a central node promoting survival of BRAF mutated melanoma. In this paper we first demonstrate that ErbB3/AKT hyperphosphorylation occurs in BRAF mutated melanoma cell lines following exposure to BRAF and/or MEK inhibitors. This strongly correlates with increased transcriptional activation of its ligand neuregulin. Anti-ErbB3 antibodies impair the establishment of de novo cell resistance to BRAF inhibition in vitro. In order to more potently ablate ErbB3 activity we used a combination of two anti-ErbB3 antibodies directed against distinct epitopes of its extracellular domain. These two antibodies in combo with BRAF/MEK inhibitors potently inhibit in vitro cell growth and tumor regrowth after drug withdrawal in an in vivo xenograft model. Importantly, residual tumor masses from mice treated by the antibodies and BRAF/ERK inhibitors combo are characterized almost exclusively by large necrotic areas with limited residual areas of tumor growth. Taken together, our findings support the concept that triple therapy directed against BRAF/MEK/ErbB3 may be able to provide durable control of BRAF mutated metastatic melanoma.

  9. Combination of antibodies directed against different ErbB3 surface epitopes prevents the establishment of resistance to BRAF/MEK inhibitors in melanoma

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    Fattore, Luigi; Malpicci, Debora; Marra, Emanuele; Belleudi, Francesca; Noto, Alessia; De Vitis, Claudia; Pisanu, Maria Elena; Coluccia, Pierpaolo; Camerlingo, Rosa; Roscilli, Giuseppe; Ribas, Antoni; Di Napoli, Arianna; Torrisi, Maria Rosaria; Aurisicchio, Luigi; Ascierto, Paolo Antonio; Mancini, Rita; Ciliberto, Gennaro

    2015-01-01

    Patients with metastatic melanoma bearing V600 mutations in BRAF oncogene clinically benefit from the treatment with BRAF inhibitors alone or in combination with MEK inhibitors. However, a limitation to such treatment is the occurrence of resistance. Tackling the adaptive changes helping cells survive from drug treatment may offer new therapeutic opportunities. Very recently the ErbB3 receptor has been shown to act as a central node promoting survival of BRAF mutated melanoma. In this paper we first demonstrate that ErbB3/AKT hyperphosphorylation occurs in BRAF mutated melanoma cell lines following exposure to BRAF and/or MEK inhibitors. This strongly correlates with increased transcriptional activation of its ligand neuregulin. Anti-ErbB3 antibodies impair the establishment of de novo cell resistance to BRAF inhibition in vitro. In order to more potently ablate ErbB3 activity we used a combination of two anti-ErbB3 antibodies directed against distinct epitopes of its extracellular domain. These two antibodies in combo with BRAF/MEK inhibitors potently inhibit in vitro cell growth and tumor regrowth after drug withdrawal in an in vivo xenograft model. Importantly, residual tumor masses from mice treated by the antibodies and BRAF/ERK inhibitors combo are characterized almost exclusively by large necrotic areas with limited residual areas of tumor growth. Taken together, our findings support the concept that triple therapy directed against BRAF/MEK/ErbB3 may be able to provide durable control of BRAF mutated metastatic melanoma. PMID:26208478

  10. PERCEPTION OF TASTE OF PHENYLTHIOUREA (PTC).

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    Examining 213 students of the first year at the faculty (3/4 women), 24.88% were found nontasting PTC . The differences between sexes are not...represented. With a quinine control test among nontasting, a small correlation to PTC was established. The results are in agreement with literature data. (Author)

  11. Phenylthiocarbamide (PTC) Tasting and Reported Depression.

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    Whittemore, Paul B.

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    The phenylthiocarbamide (PTC) taste test was investigated for its potential as a genetically based biological marker for depression. Results indicated PTC tasters reported significantly higher levels of depression on the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) than nontasters and they scored higher on 5 of the 21 items. (Author/BL)

  12. [Progress of anti-tumor study based on BRAF].

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    Yan, Gui-Rui; Xu, Zhi-Jian; Wang, He-Yao; Zhu, Wei-Liang

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    BRAF is one of the most important pro-oncogenes, which is mutated in approximately 8% of human tumors. The most common BRAF mutation is a valine-to-glutamate transition (V600E) that is expressed primarily in melanoma, colorectal cancer and thyroid carcinoma. MEK/ERK is constitutively activated in the cells expressing BRAFV600E, leading to tumor development, invasion, and metastasis. Therefore, BRAFV600E is a therapeutic target for melanoma and some other BRAFV600E tumors. Vemurafenib, a BRAFV600E inhibitor, which was approved by FDA for the treatment of late-stage melanoma in 2011, produces improved rates of overall and progression-free survival in patients with the BRAFV600E mutation, making a dramatic breakthrough in melanoma treatment. Vemurafenib is also an individual target drug based on genetic diagnosis. However, its therapeutic success is limited by the emergence of drug resistance. Therefore, it is important to explore the mechanisms underlying the resistance for developing new inhibitor drugs and for preventing or delaying the resistance evolution to BRAF inhibitor drugs. In this review, we described the role of BRAFV600E as an anti-tumor drug target and the development of BRAF inhibitors. We also discussed the mechanisms leading to resistance of BRAFV600E inhibitors. Furthermore, therapeutic strategies that might be employed to overcome acquired resistance were proposed.

  13. Comprehensive Analysis of the Transcriptional and Mutational Landscape of Follicular and Papillary Thyroid Cancers.

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    Seong-Keun Yoo

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Follicular thyroid carcinoma (FTC and benign follicular adenoma (FA are indistinguishable by preoperative diagnosis due to their similar histological features. Here we report the first RNA sequencing study of these tumors, with data for 30 minimally invasive FTCs (miFTCs and 25 FAs. We also compared 77 classical papillary thyroid carcinomas (cPTCs and 48 follicular variant of PTCs (FVPTCs to observe the differences in their molecular properties. Mutations in H/K/NRAS, DICER1, EIF1AX, IDH1, PTEN, SOS1, and SPOP were identified in miFTC or FA. We identified a low frequency of fusion genes in miFTC (only one, PAX8-PPARG, but a high frequency of that in PTC (17.60%. The frequencies of BRAFV600E and H/K/NRAS mutations were substantially different in miFTC and cPTC, and those of FVPTC were intermediate between miFTC and cPTC. Gene expression analysis demonstrated three molecular subtypes regardless of their histological features, including Non-BRAF-Non-RAS (NBNR, as well as BRAF-like and RAS-like. The novel molecular subtype, NBNR, was associated with DICER1, EIF1AX, IDH1, PTEN, SOS1, SPOP, and PAX8-PPARG. The transcriptome of miFTC or encapsulated FVPTC was indistinguishable from that of FA, providing a molecular explanation for the similarly indolent behavior of these tumors. We identified upregulation of genes that are related to mitochondrial biogenesis including ESRRA and PPARGC1A in oncocytic follicular thyroid neoplasm. Arm-level copy number variations were correlated to histological and molecular characteristics. These results expanded the current molecular understanding of thyroid cancer and may lead to new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the disease.

  14. Comprehensive Analysis of the Transcriptional and Mutational Landscape of Follicular and Papillary Thyroid Cancers.

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    Yoo, Seong-Keun; Lee, Seungbok; Kim, Su-Jin; Jee, Hyeon-Gun; Kim, Byoung-Ae; Cho, Hyesun; Song, Young Shin; Cho, Sun Wook; Won, Jae-Kyung; Shin, Jong-Yeon; Park, Do Joon; Kim, Jong-Il; Lee, Kyu Eun; Park, Young Joo; Seo, Jeong-Sun

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    Follicular thyroid carcinoma (FTC) and benign follicular adenoma (FA) are indistinguishable by preoperative diagnosis due to their similar histological features. Here we report the first RNA sequencing study of these tumors, with data for 30 minimally invasive FTCs (miFTCs) and 25 FAs. We also compared 77 classical papillary thyroid carcinomas (cPTCs) and 48 follicular variant of PTCs (FVPTCs) to observe the differences in their molecular properties. Mutations in H/K/NRAS, DICER1, EIF1AX, IDH1, PTEN, SOS1, and SPOP were identified in miFTC or FA. We identified a low frequency of fusion genes in miFTC (only one, PAX8-PPARG), but a high frequency of that in PTC (17.60%). The frequencies of BRAFV600E and H/K/NRAS mutations were substantially different in miFTC and cPTC, and those of FVPTC were intermediate between miFTC and cPTC. Gene expression analysis demonstrated three molecular subtypes regardless of their histological features, including Non-BRAF-Non-RAS (NBNR), as well as BRAF-like and RAS-like. The novel molecular subtype, NBNR, was associated with DICER1, EIF1AX, IDH1, PTEN, SOS1, SPOP, and PAX8-PPARG. The transcriptome of miFTC or encapsulated FVPTC was indistinguishable from that of FA, providing a molecular explanation for the similarly indolent behavior of these tumors. We identified upregulation of genes that are related to mitochondrial biogenesis including ESRRA and PPARGC1A in oncocytic follicular thyroid neoplasm. Arm-level copy number variations were correlated to histological and molecular characteristics. These results expanded the current molecular understanding of thyroid cancer and may lead to new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the disease.

  15. Therapy response monitoring of the early effects of a new BRAF inhibitor on melanoma xenograft in mice: evaluation of (18) F-FDG-PET and (18) F-FLT-PET

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    Geven, E.J.; Evers, S.; Nayak, T.K.; Bergstrom, M.; Su, F.; Gerrits, D.; Franssen, G.M.; Boerman, O.C.

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    Inhibition of the V600E mutated BRAF kinase gene (BRAF(V600E) ) is an important and effective approach to treating melanomas. A new specific small molecule inhibitor of BRAF(V600E) , PLX3603, showed potent melanoma growth-inhibiting characteristics in preclinical studies and is currently under clini

  16. Cutaneous wound healing through paradoxical MAPK activation by BRAF inhibitors

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    Escuin-Ordinas, Helena; Li, Shuoran; Xie, Michael W.; Sun, Lu; Hugo, Willy; Huang, Rong Rong; Jiao, Jing; de-Faria, Felipe Meira; Realegeno, Susan; Krystofinski, Paige; Azhdam, Ariel; Komenan, Sara Marie D.; Atefi, Mohammad; Comin-Anduix, Begoña; Pellegrini, Matteo; Cochran, Alistair J.; Modlin, Robert L.; Herschman, Harvey R.; Lo, Roger S.; McBride, William H.; Segura, Tatiana; Ribas, Antoni

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    BRAF inhibitors are highly effective therapies for the treatment of BRAFV600-mutated melanoma, with the main toxicity being a variety of hyperproliferative skin conditions due to paradoxical activation of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway in BRAF wild-type cells. Most of these hyperproliferative skin changes improve when a MEK inhibitor is co-administered, as it blocks paradoxical MAPK activation. Here we show how the BRAF inhibitor vemurafenib accelerates skin wound healing by inducing the proliferation and migration of human keratinocytes through extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) phosphorylation and cell cycle progression. Topical treatment with vemurafenib in two wound-healing mice models accelerates cutaneous wound healing through paradoxical MAPK activation; addition of a mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (MEK) inhibitor reverses the benefit of vemurafenib-accelerated wound healing. The same dosing regimen of topical BRAF inhibitor does not increase the incidence of cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas in mice. Therefore, topical BRAF inhibitors may have clinical applications in accelerating the healing of skin wounds. PMID:27476449

  17. 结直肠癌患者肿瘤组织中KRAS、NRAS和BRAF基因突变的分子病理检测分析%The molecular pathology examination analysis of KRAS, NRAS and BRAF gene mutation in colorectal cancer

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    吴永芳; 许春伟; 宋业颖; 班怡; 张博; 邵云; 李晓兵

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨结直肠癌患者肿瘤组织中KRAS、NRAS和BRAF基因各亚型突变状况。方法:应用Taqman-ARMS方法检测101例结直肠癌患者石蜡组织中KRAS、NRAS、BRAF基因突变情况。结果:结直肠癌患者肿瘤组织中KRAS基因总突变率为42.57%,其中30例(29.70%)检测到外显子2第12密码子突变;其中13例(12.87%)检测到KRAS基因外显子2第13密码子突变,为G13D点突变,未检测到G13C点突变;NRAS基因总突变率为3.96%,其中外显子2第12密码子突变1例(0.99%),外显子2第13密码子突变1例(0.99%),外显子3第61密码子突变2例(1.98%);BRAF基因总突变率为3.96%。结论:结直肠癌患者组织中KRAS基因突变率较高,NRAS和BRAF基因突变率虽低但不容忽视。KRAS、NRAS和BRAF基因检测人群的筛选对结直肠癌患者治疗方案的选择意义重大,能够更有效的指导精准医学个体化治疗。%Objective:To investigate the mutations of gene subtypes of KRAS, NRAS and BRAF gene in colorectal cancer. Methods:Taqman-ARMS was used to test the tissues in 101 cases of colorectal cancer with paraffin tissue KRAS, NRAS and BRAF gene mutation. Results:The total mutation rate of KRAS gene was 42.57%(43/101) in colorectal cancer. KARS gene mutation rate of codon 12 in exons 2 was 29.70%;KARS gene mutation rate of codon 13 in exons 2 was 12.87%(13/101). NARS gene mutation rate of codon 12 in exons 2 was 3.96%;the total mutation rate of NRAS gene was 3.96%in colorectal cancer. NRAS gene mutation rate of codon 12 in exons 2 was 0.99%;NARS gene mutation rate of codon 13 in exons 2 was 0.99%;and NARS gene mutation rate of codon 61 in exons 3 was 1.98%. The total mutation rate in BRAF gene was 3.96%. Conclusion:The mutation rate of KARS gene is high in colorectal cancer, but NARS or BARF gene mutation is low in colorectal cancer. hTe people of KARS, NRAS and BRAF gene detects for the choice of treatment in patients with colorectal cancer is of

  18. BRAF-mutant melanoma: treatment approaches, resistance mechanisms, and diagnostic strategies

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    Spagnolo F

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Francesco Spagnolo,1 Paola Ghiorzo,2,3 Laura Orgiano,4 Lorenza Pastorino,2,3 Virginia Picasso,4 Elena Tornari,4 Vincenzo Ottaviano,4 Paola Queirolo4 1Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, IRCCS Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria San Martino, IST Istituto Nazionale per la Ricerca sul Cancro, Genova, Italy; 2Department of Internal Medicine and Medical Specialties (DiMI, University of Genoa, Genova, Italy; 3Genetics of Rare Cancers, IRCCS Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria San Martino, IST Istituto Nazionale per la Ricerca sul Cancro, Genova, Italy; 4Department of Medical Oncology, IRCCS Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria San Martino, IST Istituto Nazionale per la Ricerca sul Cancro, Genova, Italy Abstract: BRAF inhibitors vemurafenib and dabrafenib achieved improved overall survival over chemotherapy and have been approved for the treatment of BRAF-mutated metastatic melanoma. More recently, the combination of BRAF inhibitor dabrafenib with MEK inhibitor trametinib has shown improved progression-free survival, compared to dabrafenib monotherapy, in a Phase II study and has received approval by the US Food and Drug Administration. However, even when treated with the combination, most patients develop mechanisms of acquired resistance, and some of them do not achieve tumor regression at all, because of intrinsic resistance to therapy. Along with the development of BRAF inhibitors, immunotherapy made an important step forward: ipilimumab, an anti-CTLA-4 monoclonal antibody, was approved for the treatment of metastatic melanoma; anti-PD-1 agents achieved promising results in Phase I/II trials, and data from Phase III studies will be ready soon. The availability of such drugs, which are effective regardless of BRAF status, has made the therapeutic approach more complex, as first-line treatment with BRAF inhibitors may not be the best choice for all BRAF-mutated patients. The aim of this paper is to review the systemic therapeutic options

  19. Whole-genome sequencing reveals complex mechanisms of intrinsic resistance to BRAF inhibition.

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    Turajlic, S; Furney, S J; Stamp, G; Rana, S; Ricken, G; Oduko, Y; Saturno, G; Springer, C; Hayes, A; Gore, M; Larkin, J; Marais, R

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    BRAF is mutated in ∼42% of human melanomas (COSMIC. http://www.sanger.ac.uk/genetics/CGP/cosmic/) and pharmacological BRAF inhibitors such as vemurafenib and dabrafenib achieve dramatic responses in patients whose tumours harbour BRAF(V600) mutations. Objective responses occur in ∼50% of patients and disease stabilisation in a further ∼30%, but ∼20% of patients present primary or innate resistance and do not respond. Here, we investigated the underlying cause of treatment failure in a patient with BRAF mutant melanoma who presented primary resistance. We carried out whole-genome sequencing and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) array analysis of five metastatic tumours from the patient. We validated mechanisms of resistance in a cell line derived from the patient's tumour. We observed that the majority of the single-nucleotide variants identified were shared across all tumour sites, but also saw site-specific copy-number alterations in discrete cell populations at different sites. We found that two ubiquitous mutations mediated resistance to BRAF inhibition in these tumours. A mutation in GNAQ sustained mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signalling, whereas a mutation in PTEN activated the PI3 K/AKT pathway. Inhibition of both pathways synergised to block the growth of the cells. Our analyses show that the five metastases arose from a common progenitor and acquired additional alterations after disease dissemination. We demonstrate that a distinct combination of mutations mediated primary resistance to BRAF inhibition in this patient. These mutations were present in all five tumours and in a tumour sample taken before BRAF inhibitor treatment was administered. Inhibition of both pathways was required to block tumour cell growth, suggesting that combined targeting of these pathways could have been a valid therapeutic approach for this patient.

  20. Enhancement of premature stop codon readthrough in the CFTR gene by Ataluren (PTC124) derivatives.

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    Pibiri, Ivana; Lentini, Laura; Melfi, Raffaella; Gallucci, Giulia; Pace, Andrea; Spinello, Angelo; Barone, Giampaolo; Di Leonardo, Aldo

    2015-08-28

    Premature stop codons are the result of nonsense mutations occurring within the coding sequence of a gene. These mutations lead to the synthesis of a truncated protein and are responsible for several genetic diseases. A potential pharmacological approach to treat these diseases is to promote the translational readthrough of premature stop codons by small molecules aiming to restore the full-length protein. The compound PTC124 (Ataluren) was reported to promote the readthrough of the premature UGA stop codon, although its activity was questioned. The potential interaction of PTC124 with mutated mRNA was recently suggested by molecular dynamics (MD) studies highlighting the importance of H-bonding and stacking π-π interactions. To improve the readthrough activity we changed the fluorine number and position in the PTC124 fluoroaryl moiety. The readthrough ability of these PTC124 derivatives was tested in human cells harboring reporter plasmids with premature stop codons in H2BGFP and FLuc genes as well as in cystic fibrosis (CF) IB3.1 cells with a nonsense mutation. Maintaining low toxicity, three of these molecules showed higher efficacy than PTC124 in the readthrough of the UGA premature stop codon and in recovering the expression of the CFTR protein in IB3.1 cells from cystic fibrosis patient. Molecular dynamics simulations performed with mutated CFTR mRNA fragments and active or inactive derivatives are in agreement with the suggested interaction of PTC124 with mRNA. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  1. BRAF V600E-dependent role of autophagy in uveal melanoma.

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    Zhao, Yinu; Wang, Weibin; Min, Irene; Wyrwas, Brian; Moore, Maureen; Zarnegar, Rasa; Fahey, Thomas J

    2017-03-01

    Autophagy can function in a dual role in cancer development and progression: It can be cytoprotective or contribute to cell death. Therefore, determining the contextual role of autophagy between these two opposing effects is important. So far, little is known about the role of autophagy in uveal melanoma. In the present study, we looked to investigate the autophagic process, as well as its effect on cell survival in uveal melanoma cell lines under stressed conditions (starvation). The possible role of autophagy during BRAF inhibition in uveal melanoma was also sought. Two human uveal melanoma cell lines, OCM1A, which harbors the BRAF mutation V600E and Mel 290, which is BRAF wild type, were studied. Autophagy levels were determined by Western blot assay with/without the addition of autophagic flux inhibitor (bafilomycin A1). Cell proliferation was assessed by an MTT assay. Starvation triggered autophagy in BRAF V600E-mutant OCM1A cells but not in BRAF wild-type Mel 290 cells. Enhanced autophagy helped the OCM1A cells survive under stressed conditions. The BRAF inhibitor vemurafenib upregulated autophagy through suppression of the PI3K/Akt/mTOR/p70S6 K pathway in BRAF V600E-mutant uveal melanoma cells. Autophagy inhibition impaired the treatment efficacy of vemurafenib in BRAF V600E-mutant uveal melanoma cells. Our data demonstrate that starvation-trigged autophagy, which is BRAF V600E dependent, promotes cancer cell survival in uveal melanoma. Vemurafenib induces autophagic cell death rather than adaptive cell survival in BRAF V600E-mutant melanoma.

  2. PTC thermistor protects multiloaded power supplies

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    Leverone, H.; Mandell, N.

    1964-01-01

    A PTC /Positive-Temperature-Coefficient/ thermistor placed in series with each branch load of a multiload circuit prevents power loss in parallel branches. This thermistor may be used in any circuit requiring current limiting or intended overload resetting.

  3. Advances in MAD-X using PTC

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    Skowronski, P K; Forest, E

    2007-01-01

    For the last few years the MAD-X program makes use of the Polymorphic Tracking Code (PTC) to perform calculations related to beamdynamics in the nonlinear regime. An important new feature is the extension of the matching module to allow fitting of non-linear parameters to any order. Moreover, calculations can now be performed with parameter dependence defined in the MAD-X input. In addition, the user can access the PTC routines for the placement of a magnet with arbitrary position and orientation. This facilitates the design of non-standard lattices, in particular since a 3D visualization of a lattice is now available. For the LHC studies during commissioning it is of special interest that one has access to within the thick PTC elements which allows e.g. to find PTC Twiss parameters at any point in the ring.

  4. 49 CFR 236.1011 - PTC Implementation Plan content requirements.

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    ... 49 Transportation 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false PTC Implementation Plan content requirements. 236... Positive Train Control Systems § 236.1011 PTC Implementation Plan content requirements. Link to an...) How the PTC railroad intends to comply with §§ 236.1009(c) and (d); (3) How the PTC system will...

  5. Novel tricyclic pyrazole BRAF inhibitors with imidazole or furan central scaffolds

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    Niculescu-Duvaz, Dan; Niculescu-Duvaz, Ion; Suijkerbuijk, Bart M.J.M.; Ménard, Delphine; Zambon, Alfonso; Nourry, Arnaud; Davies, Lawrence; Manne, Helen A.; Friedlos, Frank; Ogilvie, Lesley; Hedley, Douglas; Takle, Andrew K.; Wilson, David M.; Pons, Jean-Francois; Coulter, Tom; Kirk, Ruth; Cantarino, Neus; Whittaker, Steven; Marais, Richard; Springer, Caroline J.

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    V-RAF murine sarcoma viral oncogene homolog B1 (BRAF) is a serine/threonine-specific protein kinase that is mutated with high frequency in cutaneous melanoma, and many other cancers. Inhibition of mutant BRAF is an attractive therapeutic approach for the treatment of melanoma. A triarylimidazole BRAF inhibitor bearing a phenylpyrazole group (dimethyl-[2-(4-{5-[4-(1H-pyrazol-3-yl)-phenyl]-4-pyridin-4-yl-1H-imidazol-2-yl}-phenoxy)-ethyl]-amine, 1a) was identified as an active BRAF inhibitor. Based on this starting point, we synthesized a series of analogues leading to the discovery of 6-{2-[4-(4-methyl-piperazin-1-yl)-phenyl]-5-pyridin-4-yl-3H-imidazol-4-yl}-2,4-dihydro-indeno[1,2-c]pyrazole (1j), with nanomolar activity in three assays: inhibition of purified mutant BRAF activity in vitro; inhibition of oncogenic BRAF-driven extracellular regulated kinase (ERK) activation in BRAF mutant melanoma cell lines; and inhibition of proliferation in these cells. PMID:20667740

  6. Unilateral follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma with unique KRAS mutation in struma ovarii in bilateral ovarian teratoma: a rare case report

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    Stanojevic Boban

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Struma ovarii (SO is a rare form of ovarian mature teratoma in which thyroid tissue is the predominant element. Because of its rarity, the differential diagnosis between benign and malignant SO has not been clearly defined. It is believed that malignant transformation of SO has similar molecular features with and its prognosis corresponds to that of malignant tumors originating in the thyroid. Case presentation We report 35-year-old woman with bilateral ovarian cysts incidentally detected by ultrasound during the first trimester of pregnancy. Four months after delivery of a healthy child without complication she was admitted to the hospital for acute abdominal pain. Laparoscopic left adnexectomy was performed initially in a regional hospital; right cystectomy was done later in a specialized clinic. Intraoperative frozen section and a final pathology revealed that the cyst from the left ovary was composed of mature teratomatous elements, normal thyroid tissue (>50% and a non-encapsulated focus of follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC. Normal and cancerous thyroid tissues were tested for BRAF and RAS mutations by direct sequencing, and for RET/PTC rearrangements by RT-PCR/Southern blotting. A KRAS codon 12 mutation, the GGT → GTT transversion, corresponding to the Gly → Val amino acid change was identified in the absence of other genetic alterations commonly found in PTC. Conclusion To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time this mutation is described in a papillary thyroid carcinoma arising in struma in the ovarii. This finding provides further evidence that even rare mutations specific for PTC may occur in such tumors. Molecular testing may be a useful adjunct to common differential diagnostic methods of thyroid malignancy in SO.

  7. Combination therapy with BRAF and MEK inhibitors for melanoma: latest evidence and place in therapy

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    Eroglu, Zeynep; Ribas, Antoni

    2016-01-01

    Treatment with BRAF inhibitors such as vemurafenib or dabrafenib in patients with advanced BRAFV600 mutated melanoma has shown objective tumor responses in approximately half of the patients. However, the duration of responses is limited in a majority of these patients, with progression-free survival rates around 6 months due to tumor progression from development of acquired resistance. Preclinical studies have suggested that concurrent inhibition of the BRAF kinases and MEK of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway could decrease MAPK-driven acquired resistance, resulting in longer duration of responses, higher rate of tumor responses, and a decrease in the cutaneous toxicities observed from paradoxical MAPK pathway activation with BRAF inhibitor monotherapy. This review provides an overview of the currently available clinical trial data on BRAF and MEK inhibitors together and in combinations with other therapeutic agents. PMID:26753005

  8. Oncogenic BRAF regulates melanoma proliferation through the lineage specific factor MITF.

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    Full Text Available The Microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF is an important regulator of cell-type specific functions in melanocytic cells. MITF is essential for the survival of pigmented cells, but whereas high levels of MITF drive melanocyte differentiation, lower levels are required to permit proliferation and survival of melanoma cells. MITF is phosphorylated by ERK, and this stimulates its activation, but also targets it for degradation through the ubiquitin-proteosome pathway, coupling MITF degradation to its activation. We have previously shown that because ERK is hyper-activated in melanoma cells in which BRAF is mutated, the MITF protein is constitutively down-regulated. Here we describe another intriguing aspect of MITF regulation by oncogenic BRAF in melanoma cells. We show oncogenic BRAF up-regulates MITF transcription through ERK and the transcription factor BRN2 (N-Oct3. In contrast, we show that in melanocytes this pathway does not exist because BRN2 is not expressed, demonstrating that MITF regulation is a newly acquired function of oncogenic BRAF that is not performed by the wild-type protein. Critically, in melanoma cells MITF is required downstream of oncogenic BRAF because it regulates expression of key cell cycle regulatory proteins such as CDK2 and CDK4. Wild-type BRAF does not regulate this pathway in melanocytes. Thus, we show that oncogenic BRAF exerts exquisite control over MITF on two levels. It downregulates the protein by stimulating its degradation, but then counteracts this by increasing transcription through BRN2. Our data suggest that oncogenic BRAF plays a critical role in regulating MITF expression to ensure that its protein levels are compatible with proliferation and survival of melanoma cells. We propose that its ability to appropriate the regulation of this critical factor explains in part why BRAF is such a potent oncogene in melanoma.

  9. Meta-Analyses of Association Between BRAFV600E Mutation and Clinicopathological Features of Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma

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    Qing Zhang

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aims: The function of BRAF V600E as a prognostic biomarker continues controversial by reason of conflicting results in the published articles. Methods: A systematical literature search for relevant articles was performed in PubMed, Cochrane Library, Google Scholar, Medline and Embase updated to August 5, 2015. The Chi-square test and I2 were employed to examine statistical heterogeneity. Pooled ORs with their corresponding 95% confidence intervals (95%CIs were calculated to assess the relationship between clinicopathological features and BRAFV600E mutation. Subgroup analyses by ethnicity were also performed to explore the potential sources of heterogeneity. Furthermore, publication bias was detected using the funnel plot and all statistical analyses were conducted by the software of R 3.12. Results: Of 25,241 cases with PTC, 15,290 (60.6% were positive for BRAF mutation and 9,951 (39.4% were tested negative for BRAF mutation. Negative status of BRAFV600E mutation negative was significantly associated with gender (OR = 0.90, 95%CI = 0.83-0.97 and concomitant hashimoto thyroiditis (OR = 0.53, 95%CI = 0.43-0.64. By contrast, positive status of BRAFV600E mutation was a significant predictor of multifocality (OR = 1.23; 95%CI = 1.14-1.32, extrathyroidal extension (OR = 2.23; 95%CI = 1.90-2.63, TNM stage (OR = 1.67; 95%CI = 1.53-1.81, lymph node metastasis (OR = 1.67; 95%CI = 1.45-1.93, vascular invasion (OR = 1.47; 95%CI = 1.22-1.79 and recurrence/persistence (OR = 2.33; 95%CI = 1.71-3.18. However, there was no significant association between BRAFV600E mutation and factors including age > 45 (OR = 0.98; 95%CI = 0.89-1.07, tumor size (OR = 0.84; 95%CI = 0.64-1.09 and distant metastasis (OR = 1.23; 95%CI = 0.67-2.27. Conclusion: This meta-analysis confirmed significant associations between BRAFV600E mutation and female gender, multifocality, ETE, LNM, TNM stage, concomitant hashimoto thyroiditis, vascular invasion and recurrence

  10. Pharmacodynamic Characterization of the Efficacy Signals Due to Selective BRAF Inhibition with PLX4032 in Malignant Melanoma

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    William D. Tap

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: About 65% to 70% of melanomas harbor a mutation in v-raf murine sarcoma viral oncogene homolog B1 (BRAF that causes the steady-state activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK. We sought to investigate the efficacy of PLX4032 (BRAF inhibitor to identify patterns/predictors of response/resistance and to study the effects of BRAF in melanoma. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Well-characterized melanoma cell lines, including several with acquired drug resistance, were exposed to PLX4032. Growth inhibition, phosphosignaling, cell cycle, apoptosis, and gene expression analyses were performed before and after exposure to drug. RESULTS: Using a growth-adjusted inhibitory concentration of 50% cutoff of 1 µM, 13 of 35 cell lines were sensitive to PLX4032, 16 resistant, and 6 intermediate (37%, 46%, and 17% respectively. PLX4032 caused growth inhibition, G0/G1 arrest, and restored apoptosis in the sensitive cell lines. A BRAF mutation predicted for but did not guarantee a response, whereas a neuroblastoma RAS viral oncogene homolog mutation or wild-type BRAF conferred resistance. Cells with concurrent BRAF mutations and melanocortin 1 receptor germ line variants and/or a more differentiated melanocyte genotype had a preferential response. Acquired PLX4032 resistance reestablishes ERK signaling, promotes a nonmelanocytic genotype, and is associated with an increase in the gene expression of certain metallothioneins and mediators of angiogenesis. CONCLUSIONS: PLX4032 has robust activity in BRAF mutated melanoma. The preclinical use of this molecule identifies criteria for its proper clinical application, describes patterns of and reasons for response/resistance, and affords insight into the role of a BRAF mutation in melanoma.

  11. Inhibition of RAF Isoforms and Active Dimers by LY3009120 Leads to Anti-tumor Activities in RAS or BRAF Mutant Cancers.

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    Peng, Sheng-Bin; Henry, James R; Kaufman, Michael D; Lu, Wei-Ping; Smith, Bryan D; Vogeti, Subha; Rutkoski, Thomas J; Wise, Scott; Chun, Lawrence; Zhang, Youyan; Van Horn, Robert D; Yin, Tinggui; Zhang, Xiaoyi; Yadav, Vipin; Chen, Shih-Hsun; Gong, Xueqian; Ma, Xiwen; Webster, Yue; Buchanan, Sean; Mochalkin, Igor; Huber, Lysiane; Kays, Lisa; Donoho, Gregory P; Walgren, Jennie; McCann, Denis; Patel, Phenil; Conti, Ilaria; Plowman, Gregory D; Starling, James J; Flynn, Daniel L

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    LY3009120 is a pan-RAF and RAF dimer inhibitor that inhibits all RAF isoforms and occupies both protomers in RAF dimers. Biochemical and cellular analyses revealed that LY3009120 inhibits ARAF, BRAF, and CRAF isoforms with similar affinity, while vemurafenib or dabrafenib have little or modest CRAF activity compared to their BRAF activities. LY3009120 induces BRAF-CRAF dimerization but inhibits the phosphorylation of downstream MEK and ERK, suggesting that it effectively inhibits the kinase activity of BRAF-CRAF heterodimers. Further analyses demonstrated that LY3009120 also inhibits various forms of RAF dimers including BRAF or CRAF homodimers. Due to these unique properties, LY3009120 demonstrates minimal paradoxical activation, inhibits MEK1/2 phosphorylation, and exhibits anti-tumor activities across multiple models carrying KRAS, NRAS, or BRAF mutation.

  12. Analysis of the association between CIMP and BRAF in colorectal cancer by DNA methylation profiling.

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    Toshinori Hinoue

    Full Text Available A CpG island methylator phenotype (CIMP is displayed by a distinct subset of colorectal cancers with a high frequency of DNA hypermethylation in a specific group of CpG islands. Recent studies have shown that an activating mutation of BRAF (BRAF(V600E is tightly associated with CIMP, raising the question of whether BRAF(V600E plays a causal role in the development of CIMP or whether CIMP provides a favorable environment for the acquisition of BRAF(V600E. We employed Illumina GoldenGate DNA methylation technology, which interrogates 1,505 CpG sites in 807 different genes, to further study this association. We first examined whether expression of BRAF(V600E causes DNA hypermethylation by stably expressing BRAF(V600E in the CIMP-negative, BRAF wild-type COLO 320DM colorectal cancer cell line. We determined 100 CIMP-associated CpG sites and examined changes in DNA methylation in eight stably transfected clones over multiple passages. We found that BRAF(V600E is not sufficient to induce CIMP in our system. Secondly, considering the alternative possibility, we identified genes whose DNA hypermethylation was closely linked to BRAF(V600E and CIMP in 235 primary colorectal tumors. Interestingly, genes that showed the most significant link include those that mediate various signaling pathways implicated in colorectal tumorigenesis, such as BMP3 and BMP6 (BMP signaling, EPHA3, KIT, and FLT1 (receptor tyrosine kinases and SMO (Hedgehog signaling. Furthermore, we identified CIMP-dependent DNA hypermethylation of IGFBP7, which has been shown to mediate BRAF(V600E-induced cellular senescence and apoptosis. Promoter DNA hypermethylation of IGFBP7 was associated with silencing of the gene. CIMP-specific inactivation of BRAF(V600E-induced senescence and apoptosis pathways by IGFBP7 DNA hypermethylation might create a favorable context for the acquisition of BRAF(V600E in CIMP+ colorectal cancer. Our data will be useful for future investigations toward

  13. Lifetime alcohol intake is associated with an increased risk of KRAS+ and BRAF-/KRAS- but not BRAF+ colorectal cancer.

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    Jayasekara, Harindra; MacInnis, Robert J; Williamson, Elizabeth J; Hodge, Allison M; Clendenning, Mark; Rosty, Christophe; Walters, Rhiannon; Room, Robin; Southey, Melissa C; Jenkins, Mark A; Milne, Roger L; Hopper, John L; Giles, Graham G; Buchanan, Daniel D; English, Dallas R

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    Ethanol in alcoholic beverages is a causative agent for colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is a biologically heterogeneous disease, and molecular subtypes defined by the presence of somatic mutations in BRAF and KRAS are known to exist. We examined associations between lifetime alcohol intake and molecular and anatomic subtypes of colorectal cancer. We calculated usual alcohol intake for 10-year periods from age 20 using recalled frequency and quantity of beverage-specific consumption for 38,149 participants aged 40-69 years from the Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study. Cox regression was performed to derive hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for the association between lifetime alcohol intake and colorectal cancer risk. Heterogeneity in the HRs across subtypes of colorectal cancer was assessed. A positive dose-dependent association between lifetime alcohol intake and overall colorectal cancer risk (mean follow-up = 14.6 years; n = 596 colon and n = 326 rectal cancer) was observed (HR = 1.08, 95% CI: 1.04-1.12 per 10 g/day increment). The risk was greater for rectal than colon cancer (phomogeneity  = 0.02). Alcohol intake was associated with increased risks of KRAS+ (HR = 1.07, 95% CI: 1.00-1.15) and BRAF-/KRAS- (HR = 1.05, 95% CI: 1.00-1.11) but not BRAF+ tumors (HR = 0.89, 95% CI: 0.78-1.01; phomogeneity  = 0.01). Alcohol intake is associated with an increased risk of KRAS+ and BRAF-/KRAS- tumors originating via specific molecular pathways including the traditional adenoma-carcinoma pathway but not with BRAF+ tumors originating via the serrated pathway. Therefore, limiting alcohol intake from a young age might reduce colorectal cancer originating via the traditional adenoma-carcinoma pathway. © 2016 UICC.

  14. Identification of Unique, Heterozygous Germline Mutation, STK11 (p.F354L), in a Child with an Encapsulated Follicular Variant of Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma within Six Months of Completing Treatment for Neuroblastoma.

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    Buryk, Melissa A; Picarsic, Jennifer L; Creary, Susan E; Shaw, Peter H; Simons, Jeffrey P; Deutsch, Melvin; Monaco, Sara E; Nikiforov, Yuri E; Witchel, Selma Feldman

    2015-01-01

    Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is rare in children, although it is a known secondary malignancy after treatment for neuroblastoma (NB). The interval between NB treatment completion and PTC is usually more than 5 years. A 4-year-old, female patient with a high risk adrenal NB was found to have a 2.9-cm, right thyroid nodule on surveillance chest computed tomography (CT) 6 months after completion of her NB treatment (induction chemotherapy, tumor resection, autologous stem cell transplantation, external beam radiation to the abdominal tumor site, immunotherapy, and retinoic acid). Posttreatment surveillance included iodine-123-metaiodobenzylguanidine scans and CT scans. Fine-needle aspiration of the thyroid nodule diagnosed a follicular neoplasm, which was negative for BRAF, NRAS, KRAS, HRAS, PAX8/PPARg, and RET/PTC mutations, without evidence of metastatic NB. Nodule histology demonstrated an encapsulated follicular variant of PTC (FVPTC). Next-generation sequence analysis for a 46 cancer-gene profile was performed on both tumors with subsequent peripheral blood DNA testing. A heterozygous missense mutation in STK11 (F354L) was identified in both the NB and FVPTC. This mutation was also detected in peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Two additional heterozygous somatic missense mutations of uncertain significance were identified: KDR/VEGF receptor 2 (Q472H) on chromosome 4 and MET (N375S) on chromosome 7. To our knowledge, this is the shortest reported duration from completion of NB treatment to detection of thyroid cancer. The association of the STK11 gene with Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, lung adenocarcinomas, and medullary thyroid cancer leads to a possible association between this genetic variant and our patient's tumors.

  15. Pt/C Fuel Cell Catalyst Degradation

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    Zana, Alessandro

    This thesis investigates the degradation behavior of Pt/C catalysts under simulated automotive conditions. By using the “tool box” synthesis method the Pt loading has been changed from low to high Pt loadings, therefore permitting to study the role of Pt on the degradation of high surface area (H...

  16. Pt/C Fuel Cell Catalyst Degradation

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    Zana, Alessandro

    This thesis investigates the degradation behavior of Pt/C catalysts under simulated automotive conditions. By using the “tool box” synthesis method the Pt loading has been changed from low to high Pt loadings, therefore permitting to study the role of Pt on the degradation of high surface area (H...

  17. Clinicopathological Features and Prognosis of Papillary Thyroid Microcarcinoma for Surgery and Relationships with the BRAFV600E Mutational Status and Expression of Angiogenic Factors

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    Shi, Chenlei; Guo, Yong; Lv, Yichen; Nanding, Abiyasi; Shi, Tiefeng; Qin, Huadong; He, Jianjun

    2016-01-01

    Objective To investigate the clinicopathological characteristics of papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (PTMC) for surgery by comparing the difference between PTMC and larger papillary thyroid carcinoma (LPTC). Methods We analyzed the differences in the clinicopathological characteristics, prognosis, B-type RAF kinase (BRAF)V600E mutational status and expression of angiogenic factors, including pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF), Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF), and hypoxia-inducible factor alpha subunit (HIF-1α), between PTMC and LPTC by retrospectively reviewing the records of 251 patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma, 169 with PTMC, and 82 with LPTC (diameter >1 cm). Results There were no significant differences in the gender, age, multifocality, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, TNM stage, PEDF protein expression, rate of recurrence, or mean follow-up duration between patients with PTMC or LPTC. The prevalence of extrathyroidal invasion (EI), lymph node metastasis (LNM), and BRAF mutation in patients with PTMC was significantly lower than in patients with LPTC. In addition, in PTMC patients with EI and/or LNM and/or positive BRAF (high-risk PTMC patients), the prevalence of extrathyroidal invasion, Hashimoto's disease, lymph node metastasis, tumor TNM stage, PEDF positive protein expression, the rate of recurrent disease, and the mRNA expression of anti-angiogenic factors was almost as high as in patients with larger PTC, but with no significant difference. Conclusions Extrathyroid invasion, lymph node metastases, and BRAFV600E mutation were the high risk factors of PTMC. PTMC should be considered for the same treatment strategy as LPTC when any of these factors is found. Particularly, PTMC with BRAFV600E gene mutations needed earlier surgical treatment. In addition, the high cell subtype of PTMC with BRAFV600E gene mutation is recommended for total thyroidectomy in primary surgery to reduce the risk of recurrence. PMID:27936049

  18. Localized Epidermal Cysts as a Radiation Recall Phenomenon in a Melanoma Patient Treated with Radiotherapy and the BRAF Inhibitor Vemurafenib

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    Carine Houriet

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available BRAF inhibitors are broadly used for metastatic melanoma with BRAF mutations. Their use results in various cutaneous side effects, such as the development of keratoacanthomas and squamous cell carcinomas. We report a patient with metastatic melanoma treated with vemurafenib who developed dozens of histologically confirmed epidermal cysts within 2 months after initiation of vemurafenib administration. The cystic lesions were observed only in the localized area where a large exophytic melanoma tumor mass had been previously irradiated. Localized epidermal cysts may constitute an unusual radiation recall reaction in patients treated with BRAF inhibitors.

  19. BRAF(V600E) assessment by pyrosequencing in fine needle aspirates of thyroid nodules with concurrent Hashimoto's thyroiditis is a reliable assay.

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    Guerra, Anna; Di Stasi, Vincenza; Zeppa, Pio; Faggiano, Antongiulio; Marotta, Vincenzo; Vitale, Mario

    2014-03-01

    Detection of BRAF mutation in cytology specimens has been proposed as a diagnostic adjunctive tool in evaluation of thyroid nodules with indeterminate cytology findings. Concurrent papillary thyroid carcinoma and Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT), a disease characterized by thyroid lymphocytic infiltration, is a frequent occurrence. A large lymphocytic infiltrate might reduce the sensitivity of methods employed to detect BRAF mutation in thyroid cytology specimens. To determine whether testing for BRAF mutational status in fine needle aspirates (FNA) is reliable also in the presence of HT lymphocytic infiltration, we assessed the BRAF status by direct sequencing and pyrosequencing in a series of FNAs with and without concomitant HT lymphocytic infiltration. We also performed the same assessment by pyrosequencing in the corresponding tissue samples. Pyrosequencing demonstrated to be more sensitive than direct sequencing. The percentage of mutant BRAF(V600E) alleles was higher in FNAs than in the corresponding tissues, probably because of the lower stromal contamination in FNA than in the sections. In the presence of lymphocytic infiltration, the percentage of mutant BRAF(V600E) alleles determined by pyrosequencing was higher in FNAs than in the corresponding tissue samples (P lymphocytic contamination in FNA. The diagnostic value of BRAF(V600E) in inconclusive FNAs was not hampered by thyroid lymphocytic infiltration. These results indicate that BRAF(V600E) assessment by pyrosequencing is a reliable assay useful to refine inconclusive cytology of thyroid nodules also in the presence of concurrent HT.

  20. The B-Raf status of tumor cells may be a significant determinant of both antitumor and anti-angiogenic effects of pazopanib in xenograft tumor models.

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    Brunilde Gril

    Full Text Available Pazopanib is an FDA approved Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Receptor inhibitor. We previously reported that it also inhibits tumor cell B-Raf activity in an experimental brain metastatic setting. Here, we determine the effects of different B-Raf genotypes on pazopanib efficacy, in terms of primary tumor growth and anti-angiogenesis. A panel of seven human breast cancer and melanoma cell lines harboring different mutations in the Ras-Raf pathway was implanted orthotopically in mice, and tumor growth, ERK1/2, MEK1/2 and AKT activation, and blood vessel density and permeability were analyzed. Pazopanib was significantly inhibitory to xenografts expressing either exon 11 mutations of B-Raf, or HER2 activated wild type B-Raf; no significant inhibition of a xenograft expressing the common V600E B-Raf mutation was observed. Decreased pMEK staining in the responsive tumors confirmed that B-Raf was targeted by pazopanib. Interestingly, pazopanib inhibition of tumor cell B-Raf also correlated with its anti-angiogenic activity, as quantified by vessel density and area. In conclusion, using pazopanib, tumor B-Raf status was identified as a significant determinant of both tumor growth and angiogenesis.

  1. Combining targeted therapy with immunotherapy in BRAF-mutant melanoma: promise and challenges.

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    Hu-Lieskovan, Siwen; Robert, Lidia; Homet Moreno, Blanca; Ribas, Antoni

    2014-07-20

    Recent breakthroughs in the treatment of advanced melanoma are based on scientific advances in understanding oncogenic signaling and the immunobiology of this cancer. Targeted therapy can successfully block oncogenic signaling in BRAF(V600)-mutant melanoma with high initial clinical responses, but relapse rates are also high. Activation of an immune response by releasing inhibitory check points can induce durable responses in a subset of patients with melanoma. These advances have driven interest in combining both modes of therapy with the goal of achieving high response rates with prolonged duration. Combining BRAF inhibitors and immunotherapy can specifically target the BRAF(V600) driver mutation in the tumor cells and potentially sensitize the immune system to target tumors. However, it is becoming evident that the effects of paradoxical mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway activation by BRAF inhibitors in non-BRAF-mutant cells needs to be taken into account, which may be implicated in the problems encountered in the first clinical trial testing a combination of the BRAF inhibitor vemurafenib with ipilimumab (anti-CTLA4), with significant liver toxicities. Here, we present the concept and potential mechanisms of combinatorial activity of targeted therapy and immunotherapy, review the literature for evidence to support the combination, and discuss the potential challenges and future directions for rational conduct of clinical trials.

  2. 49 CFR 236.1027 - PTC system exclusions.

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    ... 49 Transportation 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false PTC system exclusions. 236.1027 Section 236.1027... Systems § 236.1027 PTC system exclusions. (a) The requirements of this subpart apply to each office... PTC system. For purposes of this section, “office automation system” means any centralized or...

  3. Oncogenic BRAF(V600E Induces Clastogenesis and UVB Hypersensitivity

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    Dennis A. Simpson

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The oncogenic BRAF(V600E mutation is common in melanomas as well as moles. The roles that this mutation plays in the early events in the development of melanoma are poorly understood. This study demonstrates that expression of BRAF(V600E is not only clastogenic, but synergizes for clastogenesis caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation in the 300 to 320 nM (UVB range. Expression of BRAF(V600E was associated with induction of Chk1 pS280 and a reduction in chromatin remodeling factors BRG1 and BAF180. These alterations in the Chk1 signaling pathway and SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling pathway may contribute to the clastogenesis and UVB sensitivity. These results emphasize the importance of preventing sunburns in children with developing moles.

  4. A lack of premature termination codon read-through efficacy of PTC124 (Ataluren in a diverse array of reporter assays.

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    Stuart P McElroy

    Full Text Available The drug molecule PTC124 (Ataluren has been described as a read-through agent, capable of suppressing premature termination codons (PTCs and restoring functional protein production from genes disrupted by nonsense mutations. Following the discovery of PTC124 there was some controversy regarding its mechanism of action with two reports attributing its activity to an off-target effect on the Firefly luciferase (FLuc reporter used in the development of the molecule. Despite questions remaining as to its mechanism of action, development of PTC124 continued into the clinic and it is being actively pursued as a potential nonsense mutation therapy. To thoroughly test the ability of PTC124 to read through nonsense mutations, we conducted a detailed assessment comparing the efficacy of PTC124 with the classical aminoglycoside antibiotic read-through agent geneticin (G418 across a diverse range of in vitro reporter assays. We can confirm the off-target FLuc activity of PTC124 but found that, while G418 exhibits varying activity in every read-through assay, there is no evidence of activity for PTC124.

  5. A lack of premature termination codon read-through efficacy of PTC124 (Ataluren) in a diverse array of reporter assays.

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    McElroy, Stuart P; Nomura, Toshifumi; Torrie, Leah S; Warbrick, Emma; Gartner, Ulrike; Wood, Gavin; McLean, W H Irwin

    2013-01-01

    The drug molecule PTC124 (Ataluren) has been described as a read-through agent, capable of suppressing premature termination codons (PTCs) and restoring functional protein production from genes disrupted by nonsense mutations. Following the discovery of PTC124 there was some controversy regarding its mechanism of action with two reports attributing its activity to an off-target effect on the Firefly luciferase (FLuc) reporter used in the development of the molecule. Despite questions remaining as to its mechanism of action, development of PTC124 continued into the clinic and it is being actively pursued as a potential nonsense mutation therapy. To thoroughly test the ability of PTC124 to read through nonsense mutations, we conducted a detailed assessment comparing the efficacy of PTC124 with the classical aminoglycoside antibiotic read-through agent geneticin (G418) across a diverse range of in vitro reporter assays. We can confirm the off-target FLuc activity of PTC124 but found that, while G418 exhibits varying activity in every read-through assay, there is no evidence of activity for PTC124.

  6. PTC124 is an orally bioavailable compound that promotes suppression of the human CFTR-G542X nonsense allele in a CF mouse model

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    Du, Ming; Liu, Xiaoli; Welch, Ellen M.; Hirawat, Samit; Peltz, Stuart W.; Bedwell, David M.

    2008-01-01

    Nonsense mutations inactivate gene function and are the underlying cause of a large percentage of the individual cases of many genetic disorders. PTC124 is an orally bioavailable compound that promotes readthrough of premature translation termination codons, suggesting that it may have the potential to treat genetic diseases caused by nonsense mutations. Using a mouse model for cystic fibrosis (CF), we show that s.c. injection or oral administration of PTC124 to Cftr−/− mice expressing a human CFTR-G542X transgene suppressed the G542X nonsense mutation and restored a significant amount of human (h)CFTR protein and function. Translational readthrough of the premature stop codon was demonstrated in this mouse model in two ways. First, immunofluorescence staining showed that PTC124 treatment resulted in the appearance of hCFTR protein at the apical surface of intestinal glands in Cftr−/− hCFTR-G542X mice. In addition, functional assays demonstrated that PTC124 treatment restored 24–29% of the average cAMP-stimulated transepithelial chloride currents observed in wild-type mice. These results indicate that PTC124 can effectively suppress the hCFTR-G542X nonsense mutation in vivo. In light of its oral bioavailability, safety toxicology profile in animal studies, and efficacy with other nonsense alleles, PTC124 has the potential to be an important therapeutic agent for the treatment of inherited diseases caused by nonsense mutations. PMID:18272502

  7. A Micro-RNA Connection in BRafV600E-Mediated Premature Senescence of Human Melanocytes

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    Gang Ren

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Recent high-throughput-sequencing of the cancer genome has identified oncogenic mutations in BRaf genetic locus as one of the critical events in melanomagenesis. In normal cells, the activity of BRaf is tightly regulated. Gain-of-function mutations like those identified in melanoma frequently lead to enhanced cell-survival and unrestrained growth. The activating mutation of BRaf will also induce the cells to senesce. However, the mechanism by which the oncogenic BRaf induces the senescent barrier remains poorly defined. microRNAs have regulatory functions toward the expression of genes that are important in carcinogenesis. Here we show that expression of several microRNAs is altered when the oncogenic version of BRaf is introduced in cultured primary melanocytes and these cells undergo premature cellular senescence. These include eight microRNAs whose expression rates are significantly stimulated and three that are repressed. While most of the induced microRNAs have documented negative effects on cell cycle progression, one of the repressed microRNAs has proven oncogenic functions. Ectopic expression of some of these induced microRNAs increased the expression of senescence markers and induced growth arrest and senescence in primary melanocytes. Taken together, our results suggest that the change in microRNA expression rates may play a vital role in senescence induced by the oncogenic BRaf.

  8. Molecular alterations and expression of succinate dehydrogenase complex in wild-type KIT/PDGFRA/BRAF gastrointestinal stromal tumors.

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    Celestino, Ricardo; Lima, Jorge; Faustino, Alexandra; Vinagre, João; Máximo, Valdemar; Gouveia, António; Soares, Paula; Lopes, José Manuel

    2013-05-01

    Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are the most common mesenchymal neoplasms of the gastrointestinal tract, disclosing somatic KIT, PDGFRA and BRAF mutations. Loss of function of succinate dehydrogenase (SDH) complex is an alternative molecular mechanism in GISTs, namely in carriers of germline mutations of the SDH complex that develop Carney-Stratakis dyad characterized by multifocal GISTs and multicentric paragangliomas (PGLs). We studied a series of 25 apparently sporadic primary wild-type (WT) KIT/PDGFRA/BRAF GISTs occurring in patients without personal or familial history of PGLs, re-evaluated clinicopathological features and analyzed molecular alterations and immunohistochemistry expression of SDH complex. As control, we used a series of well characterized 49 KIT/PDGFRA/BRAF-mutated GISTs. SDHB expression was absent in 20% and SDHB germline mutations were detected in 12% of WT GISTs. Germline SDHB mutations were significantly associated to younger age at diagnosis. A significant reduction in SDHB expression in WT GISTs was found when compared with KIT/PDGFRA/BRAF-mutated GISTs. No significant differences were found when comparing DOG-1 and c-KIT expression in WT, SDHB-mutated and KIT/PDGFRA/BRAF-mutated GISTs. Our results confirm the occurrence of germline SDH genes mutations in isolated, apparently sporadic WT GISTs. WT KIT/PDGFRA/BRAF GISTs without SDHB or SDHA/SDHB expression may correspond to Carney-Stratakis dyad or Carney triad. Most importantly, the possibility of PGLs (Carney-Stratakis dyad) and/or pulmonary chondroma (Carney triad) should be addressed in these patients and their kindred.

  9. Clinical Research Advance on Thyroid Carcinoma Related Gene BRAF%甲状腺癌相关基因BRAF的临床研究新进展

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    陈小丽; 杨刚毅

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    甲状腺乳头状癌(papillary thyroid carcinoma-PTC)是最常见的甲状腺恶性肿瘤,目前研究提示BRAF-T1799A突变与PTC的发生、发展密切相关.本文结合目前BRAF-T1799A在PTC发病、风险分级、临床管理、手术方式的选择,术后放射性碘消融治疗及随访等相关研究,综述BRAF-T1799A突变在PTC的发病、诊断、治疗、预后方面的临床前景.

  10. Fitting mixture distributions to phenylthiocarbamide (PTC) sensitivity.

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    A technique for fitting mixture distributions to phenylthiocarbamide (PTC) sensitivity is described. Under the assumptions of Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, a mixture of three normal components is postulated for the observed distribution, with the mixing parameters corresponding to the proportions of the three genotypes associated with two alleles A and a acting at a single locus. The corresponding genotypes AA, Aa, and aa are then considered to have separate means and variances. This paper is c...

  11. Transgenic expression of oncogenic BRAF induces loss of stem cells in the mouse intestine, which is antagonized by β-catenin activity.

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    Riemer, P; Sreekumar, A; Reinke, S; Rad, R; Schäfer, R; Sers, C; Bläker, H; Herrmann, B G; Morkel, M

    2015-06-11

    Colon cancer cells frequently carry mutations that activate the β-catenin and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling cascades. Yet how oncogenic alterations interact to control cellular hierarchies during tumor initiation and progression is largely unknown. We found that oncogenic BRAF modulates gene expression associated with cell differentiation in colon cancer cells. We therefore engineered a mouse with an inducible oncogenic BRAF transgene, and analyzed BRAF effects on cellular hierarchies in the intestinal epithelium in vivo and in primary organotypic culture. We demonstrate that transgenic expression of oncogenic BRAF in the mouse strongly activated MAPK signal transduction, resulted in the rapid development of generalized serrated dysplasia, but unexpectedly also induced depletion of the intestinal stem cell (ISC) pool. Histological and gene expression analyses indicate that ISCs collectively converted to short-lived progenitor cells after BRAF activation. As Wnt/β-catenin signals encourage ISC identity, we asked whether β-catenin activity could counteract oncogenic BRAF. Indeed, we found that intestinal organoids could be partially protected from deleterious oncogenic BRAF effects by Wnt3a or by small-molecule inhibition of GSK3β. Similarly, transgenic expression of stabilized β-catenin in addition to oncogenic BRAF partially prevented loss of stem cells in the mouse intestine. We also used BRAF(V637E) knock-in mice to follow changes in the stem cell pool during serrated tumor progression and found ISC marker expression reduced in serrated hyperplasia forming after BRAF activation, but intensified in progressive dysplastic foci characterized by additional mutations that activate the Wnt/β-catenin pathway. Our study suggests that oncogenic alterations activating the MAPK and Wnt/β-catenin pathways must be consecutively and coordinately selected to assure stem cell maintenance during colon cancer initiation and progression. Notably, loss of

  12. Ras-mutant cancer cells display B-Raf binding to Ras that activates extracellular signal-regulated kinase and is inhibited by protein kinase A phosphorylation.

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    Li, Yanping; Takahashi, Maho; Stork, Philip J S

    2013-09-20

    The small G protein Ras regulates proliferation through activation of the mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase (ERK) cascade. The first step of Ras-dependent activation of ERK signaling is Ras binding to members of the Raf family of MAP kinase kinase kinases, C-Raf and B-Raf. Recently, it has been reported that in melanoma cells harboring oncogenic Ras mutations, B-Raf does not bind to Ras and does not contribute to basal ERK activation. For other types of Ras-mutant tumors, the relative contributions of C-Raf and B-Raf are not known. We examined non-melanoma cancer cell lines containing oncogenic Ras mutations and express both C-Raf and B-Raf isoforms, including the lung cancer cell line H1299 cells. Both B-Raf and C-Raf were constitutively bound to oncogenic Ras and contributed to Ras-dependent ERK activation. Ras binding to B-Raf and C-Raf were both subject to inhibition by the cAMP-dependent protein kinase PKA. cAMP inhibited the growth of H1299 cells and Ras-dependent ERK activation via PKA. PKA inhibited the binding of Ras to both C-Raf and B-Raf through phosphorylations of C-Raf at Ser-259 and B-Raf at Ser-365, respectively. These studies demonstrate that in non-melanocytic Ras-mutant cancer cells, Ras signaling to B-Raf is a significant contributor to ERK activation and that the B-Raf pathway, like that of C-Raf, is a target for inhibition by PKA. We suggest that cAMP and hormones coupled to cAMP may prove useful in dampening the effects of oncogenic Ras in non-melanocytic cancer cells through PKA-dependent actions on B-Raf as well as C-Raf.

  13. The CIMP Phenotype in BRAF Mutant Serrated Polyps from a Prospective Colonoscopy Patient Cohort

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    Winnie C. Fernando

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Colorectal cancers arising via the serrated pathway are often associated with BRAF V600E mutation, CpG island methylator phenotype (CIMP, and microsatellite instability. Previous studies have shown a strong association between BRAF V600E mutation and serrated polyps. This study aims to evaluate CIMP status of all the serrated polyp subtypes and its association with functionally important genes such as MLH1, p16, and IGFBP7. CIMP status and methylation were evaluated using the real-time based MethyLight assay in 154 serrated polyps and 63 conventional adenomas. Results showed that CIMP-high serrated polyps were strongly associated with BRAF mutation and proximal colon. CIMP-high was uncommon in conventional adenomas (1.59%, occurred in 8.25% of hyperplastic polyps (HPs, and became common in sessile serrated adenomas (SSAs (51.43%. MLH1 methylation was mainly observed in the proximal colon and was significantly associated with BRAF mutation and CIMP-high. The number of samples methylated for p16 and IGFBP7 was the highest in SSAs. The methylation panel we used to detect CIMP is highly specific for CIMP-high cancers. With this panel, we demonstrate that CIMP-high is much more common in SSAs than HPs. This suggests that CIMP-high correlates with increased risk of malignant transformation which was also observed in methylation of functionally important genes.

  14. KRAS, BRAF and PIK3CA status in squamous cell anal carcinoma (SCAC.

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    Andrea Casadei Gardini

    Full Text Available Anti-EGFR therapy appears to be a potential treatment option for squamous cell anal carcinoma (SCAC. KRAS mutation is a rare event in SCAC, indicating the absence of the principal mechanism of resistance to this type of therapy. However, no information is available from the literature regarding the status of BRAF or PIK3CA in this cancer type. We analysed KRAS, BRAF and PIK3CA status in SCAC patients in relation to the clinical-pathological characteristics of patients and to the presence of the human papilloma virus (HPV. One hundred and three patients were treated with the Nigro scheme for anal cancer from March 2001 to August 2012. Fifty patients were considered for the study as there was insufficient paraffin-embedded tumour tissue to perform molecular analysis the remaining 53. DNA was extracted from paraffin-embedded sections. KRAS, BRAF and PIK3CA gene status and HPV genotype were evaluated by pyrosequencing. KRAS and BRAF genes were wild-type in all cases. Conversely, PIK3CA gene was found to be mutated in 11 (22% cases. In particular, 8 mutations occurred in exon 9 and 3 in exon 20 of the PIK3CA gene. These findings suggest that SCAC could potentially respond to an anti-EGFR drug. PIK3CA mutation may be involved in the process of carcinogenesis in some cases of SCAC.

  15. When Proteins Start to Make Sense: Fine-tuning Aminoglycosides for PTC Suppression Therapy.

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    Shalev, Moran; Baasov, Timor

    2014-08-01

    Aminoglycosides (AGs) are highly potent antibacterial agents, which are known to exert their deleterious effects on bacterial cells by interfering with the translation process, leading to aberrant protein synthesis that usually results in cell death. Nearly 45 years ago, AGs were shown to induce read-through activity in prokaryotic systems by selectively encoding tRNA molecules at premature termination codon (PTC) positions; resulting in the generation of full length functional proteins. However, only in the last 20 years this ability has been demonstrated in eukaryotic systems, highlighting their potential as therapeutic agents to treat PTC induced genetic disorders. Despite the great potential, AGs use in these manners is quite restricted due to relatively high toxicity values observed upon their administration. Over the last few years several synthetic derivatives were developed to overcome some of the enhanced toxicity issues, while in parallel showed significantly improved PTC suppression activity in various in-vitro, ex-vivo and in-vivo models of a variety of different diseases models underling by PTC mutations. Although these derivatives hold great promise to serve as therapeutic candidates they also demonstrate the necessity to further understand the molecular mechanisms of which AGs confer their biological activity in eukaryotic cells for further rational drug design. Recent achievements in structural research shed light on AGs mechanism of action and opened a new avenue in the development of new and improved therapeutic derivatives. The following manuscript highlights these accomplishments and summarizes their contributions to the state of art rational drug design.

  16. Association of ATM Gene Polymorphism with PTC Metastasis in Female Patients.

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    Gu, Yulu; Liu, Xiaoli; Yu, Yaqin; Shi, Jieping; Ai, Lizhe; Sun, Hui; Kanu, Joseph Sam; Wang, Chong; Liu, Yawen

    2014-01-01

    Ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM) gene is critical in the process of recognizing and repairing DNA lesions and is related to invasion and metastasis of malignancy. The incidence rate of papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) has increased for several decades and is higher in females than males. In this study, we want to investigate whether ATM polymorphisms are associated with gender-specific metastasis of PTC. 358 PTC patients in Northern China, including 109 males and 249 females, were included in our study. Four ATM single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were genotyped using Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS). Association between genotypes and the gender-specific risk of metastasis was assessed by odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) under the unconditional logistic regression analysis. Significant associations were observed between rs189037 and metastasis of PTC in females under different models of inheritance (codominant model: OR = 0.15, 95% CI 0.04-0.56, P = 0.01 for GA versus GG and OR = 0.08, 95% CI 0.01-0.74, P = 0.03 for AA versus GG, resp.; dominant model: OR = 0.49, 95% CI 0.25-0.98, P = 0.04; overdominant model: OR = 0.47, 95% CI 0.25-0.89, P = 0.02). However, no association remained significant after Bonferroni correction. Our findings suggest a possible association between ATM rs189037 polymorphisms and metastasis in female PTCs.

  17. The CSPG4-specific monoclonal antibody enhances and prolongs the effects of the BRAF inhibitor in melanoma cells.

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    Yu, Ling; Favoino, Elvira; Wang, Yangyang; Ma, Yang; Deng, Xiaojuan; Wang, Xinhui

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    PLX4032 is a BRAF-selective inhibitor shown to be efficacious in the treatment of melanomas presenting with the BRAF(V600E) mutation. However, favorable responses to treatment are short-lived, and complete remission is rarely observed. Therefore, it is important to identify novel therapies designed to enhance treatment responses and to increase the longevity of initial response to BRAF inhibitors. To this end, we characterized the effects of the 225.28 chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan 4 (CSPG4)-specific monoclonal antibody (mAb) capable of blocking multiple signaling pathways important to cell growth, migration, and survival. Addition of 225.28 to the treatment regimen enhanced the in vitro response magnitude and the duration efficacy of PLX4032 in treating CSPG4(+), BRAF(V600E) melanoma cells (melanoma(BRAF(V600E)/CSPG4+) cells). Data presented in this report demonstrated that (1) treatments comprised of PLX4032 and mAb 225.28 were more effective at inhibiting melanoma(BRAF(V600E)/CSPG4+) cell growth than either agent alone, (2) mAb 225.28 prevented/delayed the development of resistance in melanoma(BRAF(V600E)/CSPG4+) cells to PLX4032, and (3) the mechanism of action of the combination therapy caused a down-regulation in multiple signaling pathways. This study provides a foundation for future investigations designed to improve BRAF inhibitor effectiveness in vitro and in vivo for treating melanoma(BRAF(V600E)/CSPG4+) cells in combination with a CSPG4-specific mAb.

  18. Natural killer cells are essential for the ability of BRAF inhibitors to control BRAFV600E-mutant metastatic melanoma.

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    Ferrari de Andrade, Lucas; Ngiow, Shin F; Stannard, Kimberley; Rusakiewicz, Sylvie; Kalimutho, Murugan; Khanna, Kum Kum; Tey, Siok-Keen; Takeda, Kazuyoshi; Zitvogel, Laurence; Martinet, Ludovic; Smyth, Mark J

    2014-12-15

    BRAF(V600E) is a major oncogenic mutation found in approximately 50% of human melanoma that confers constitutive activation of the MAPK pathway and increased melanoma growth. Inhibition of BRAF(V600E) by oncogene targeting therapy increases overall survival of patients with melanoma, but is unable to produce many durable responses. Adaptive drug resistance remains the main limitation to BRAF(V600E) inhibitor clinical efficacy and immune-based strategies could be useful to overcome disease relapse. Tumor microenvironment greatly differs between visceral metastasis and primary cutaneous melanoma, and the mechanisms involved in the antimetastatic efficacy of BRAF(V600E) inhibitors remain to be determined. To address this question, we developed a metastatic BRAF(V600E)-mutant melanoma cell line and demonstrated that the antimetastatic properties of BRAF inhibitor PLX4720 (a research analogue of vemurafenib) require host natural killer (NK) cells and perforin. Indeed, PLX4720 not only directly limited BRAF(V600E)-induced tumor cell proliferation, but also affected NK cell functions. We showed that PLX4720 increases the phosphorylation of ERK1/2, CD69 expression, and proliferation of mouse NK cells in vitro. NK cell frequencies were significantly enhanced by PLX4720 specifically in the lungs of mice with BRAF(V600E) lung metastases. Furthermore, PLX4720 also increased human NK cell pERK1/2, CD69 expression, and IFNγ release in the context of anti-NKp30 and IL2 stimulation. Overall, this study supports the idea that additional NK cell-based immunotherapy (by checkpoint blockade or agonists or cytokines) may combine well with BRAF(V600E) inhibitor therapy to promote more durable responses in melanoma.

  19. Resistance to selective BRAF inhibition can be mediated by modest upstream pathway activation.

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    Su, Fei; Bradley, William D; Wang, Qiongqing; Yang, Hong; Xu, Lizhong; Higgins, Brian; Kolinsky, Kenneth; Packman, Kathryn; Kim, Min Jung; Trunzer, Kerstin; Lee, Richard J; Schostack, Kathleen; Carter, Jade; Albert, Thomas; Germer, Soren; Rosinski, Jim; Martin, Mitchell; Simcox, Mary Ellen; Lestini, Brian; Heimbrook, David; Bollag, Gideon

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    A high percentage of patients with BRAF(V600E) mutant melanomas respond to the selective RAF inhibitor vemurafenib (RG7204, PLX4032) but resistance eventually emerges. To better understand the mechanisms of resistance, we used chronic selection to establish BRAF(V600E) melanoma clones with acquired resistance to vemurafenib. These clones retained the V600E mutation and no second-site mutations were identified in the BRAF coding sequence. Further characterization showed that vemurafenib was not able to inhibit extracellular signal-regulated kinase phosphorylation, suggesting pathway reactivation. Importantly, resistance also correlated with increased levels of RAS-GTP, and sequencing of RAS genes revealed a rare activating mutation in KRAS, resulting in a K117N change in the KRAS protein. Elevated levels of CRAF and phosphorylated AKT were also observed. In addition, combination treatment with vemurafenib and either a MAP/ERK kinase (MEK) inhibitor or an AKT inhibitor synergistically inhibited proliferation of resistant cells. These findings suggest that resistance to BRAF(V600E) inhibition could occur through several mechanisms, including elevated RAS-GTP levels and increased levels of AKT phosphorylation. Together, our data implicate reactivation of the RAS/RAF pathway by upstream signaling activation as a key mechanism of acquired resistance to vemurafenib, in support of clinical studies in which combination therapy with other targeted agents are being strategized to combat resistance.

  20. Oncogenic BRAF fusions in mucosal melanomas activate the MAPK pathway and are sensitive to MEK/PI3K inhibition or MEK/CDK4/6 inhibition.

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    Kim, H S; Jung, M; Kang, H N; Kim, H; Park, C-W; Kim, S-M; Shin, S J; Kim, S H; Kim, S G; Kim, E K; Yun, M R; Zheng, Z; Chung, K Y; Greenbowe, J; Ali, S M; Kim, T-M; Cho, B C

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    Despite remarkable progress in cutaneous melanoma genomic profiling, the mutational landscape of primary mucosal melanomas (PMM) remains unclear. Forty-six PMMs underwent targeted exome sequencing of 111 cancer-associated genes. Seventy-six somatic nonsynonymous mutations in 42 genes were observed, and recurrent mutations were noted on eight genes, including TP53 (13%), NRAS (13%), SNX31 (9%), NF1 (9%), KIT (7%) and APC (7%). Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK; 37%), cell cycle (20%) and phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)-mTOR (15%) pathways were frequently mutated. We biologically characterized a novel ZNF767-BRAF fusion found in a vemurafenib-refractory respiratory tract PMM, from which cell line harboring ZNF767-BRAF fusion were established for further molecular analyses. In an independent data set, NFIC-BRAF fusion was identified in an oral PMM case and TMEM178B-BRAF fusion and DGKI-BRAF fusion were identified in two malignant melanomas with a low mutational burden (number of mutation per megabase, 0.8 and 4, respectively). Subsequent analyses revealed that the ZNF767-BRAF fusion protein promotes RAF dimerization and activation of the MAPK pathway. We next tested the in vitro and in vivo efficacy of vemurafenib, trametinib, BKM120 or LEE011 alone and in combination. Trametinib effectively inhibited tumor cell growth in vitro, but the combination of trametinib and BKM120 or LEE011 yielded more than additive anti-tumor effects both in vitro and in vivo in a melanoma cells harboring the BRAF fusion. In conclusion, BRAF fusions define a new molecular subset of PMM that can be targeted therapeutically by the combination of a MEK inhibitor with PI3K or cyclin-dependent kinase 4/6 inhibitors.Oncogene advance online publication,16 January 2017; doi:10.1038/onc.2016.486.

  1. Fibroblast growth factor receptors as therapeutic targets in human melanoma: synergism with BRAF inhibition.

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    Metzner, Thomas; Bedeir, Alexandra; Held, Gerlinde; Peter-Vörösmarty, Barbara; Ghassemi, Sara; Heinzle, Christine; Spiegl-Kreinecker, Sabine; Marian, Brigitte; Holzmann, Klaus; Grasl-Kraupp, Bettina; Pirker, Christine; Micksche, Michael; Berger, Walter; Heffeter, Petra; Grusch, Michael

    2011-10-01

    Cutaneous melanoma is a tumor with rising incidence and a very poor prognosis at the disseminated stage. Melanomas are characterized by frequent mutations in BRAF and also by overexpression of fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2), offering opportunities for therapeutic intervention. We investigated inhibition of FGF signaling and its combination with dacarbazine or BRAF inhibitors as an antitumor strategy in melanoma. The majority of melanoma cell lines displayed overexpression of FGF2 but also FGF5 and FGF18 together with different isoforms of FGF receptors (FGFRs) 1-4. Blockade of FGF signals with dominant-negative receptor constructs (dnFGFR1, 3, or 4) or small-molecule inhibitors (SU5402 and PD166866) reduced melanoma cell proliferation, colony formation, as well as anchorage-independent growth, and increased apoptosis. DnFGFR constructs also significantly inhibited tumor growth in vivo. Combination of FGF inhibitors with dacarbazine showed additive or antagonistic effects, whereas synergistic drug interaction was observed when combining FGFR inhibition with the multikinase/BRAF inhibitor sorafenib or the V600E mutant-specific BRAF inhibitor RG7204. In conclusion, FGFR inhibition has antitumor effects against melanoma cells in vitro and in vivo. Combination with BRAF inhibition offers a potential for synergistic antimelanoma effects and represents a promising therapeutic strategy against advanced melanoma.

  2. 49 CFR 236.1015 - PTC Safety Plan content requirements and PTC System Certification.

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    2010-10-01

    ... vendor or supplier to be addressed during the life-cycle of the PTC system, including maximum threshold...) A description of the safety assurance concepts that are to be used for system development, including... System Certification. 236.1015 Section 236.1015 Transportation Other Regulations Relating to...

  3. KRAS, BRAF, and TP53 deep sequencing for colorectal carcinoma patient diagnostics.

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    Rechsteiner, Markus; von Teichman, Adriana; Rüschoff, Jan H; Fankhauser, Niklaus; Pestalozzi, Bernhard; Schraml, Peter; Weber, Achim; Wild, Peter; Zimmermann, Dieter; Moch, Holger

    2013-05-01

    In colorectal carcinoma, KRAS (alias Ki-ras) and BRAF mutations have emerged as predictors of resistance to anti-epidermal growth factor receptor antibody treatment and worse patient outcome, respectively. In this study, we aimed to establish a high-throughput deep sequencing workflow according to 454 pyrosequencing technology to cope with the increasing demand for sequence information at medical institutions. A cohort of 81 patients with known KRAS mutation status detected by Sanger sequencing was chosen for deep sequencing. The workflow allowed us to analyze seven amplicons (one BRAF, two KRAS, and four TP53 exons) of nine patients in parallel in one deep sequencing run. Target amplification and variant calling showed reproducible results with input DNA derived from FFPE tissue that ranged from 0.4 to 50 ng with the use of different targets and multiplex identifiers. Equimolar pooling of each amplicon in a deep sequencing run was necessary to counterbalance differences in patient tissue quality. Five BRAF and 49 TP53 mutations with functional consequences were detected. The lowest mutation frequency detected in a patient tumor population was 5% in TP53 exon 5. This low-frequency mutation was successfully verified in a second PCR and deep sequencing run. In summary, our workflow allows us to process 315 targets a week and provides the quality, flexibility, and speed needed to be integrated as standard procedure for mutational analysis in diagnostics.

  4. Expression of pyruvate kinase isoform M2 and its relationship with BRAF mutation in papillary thyroid carcinoma%甲状腺乳头状癌中M2型丙酮酸激酶的表达及其与BRAF基因突变的关系

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    张薇; 王翠芳; 关海霞

    2013-01-01

    目的:检测甲状腺乳头状癌(papillary thyroid carcinoma,PTC)中M2型丙酮酸激酶(M2 isoform of pyruvate kinase,PKM2)的表达,并探讨其与临床病理特征及BRAF(B-type Raf kinase)基因突变之间的关系.方法:采用免疫组织化学法分别对82例PTC组织、40例正常甲状腺组织及20例结节性甲状腺肿组织中PKM2的表达情况进行检测;应用PCR法扩增获得BRAF基因,并用直接测序的方法对BRAF基因突变的情况进行检测.结果:免疫组织化学结果提示,82例PTC组织中有75例(91.5%)具有不同程度PKM2蛋白的表达,在正常甲状腺组织及结节性甲状腺肿组织中PKM2蛋白表达均为阴性.PKM2的表达与T临床分期及淋巴结转移相关(P<0.05).携带BRAF基因突变的PTC组织中PKM2表达强度更强,BRAF基因突变组为100.0% (46/46),而BRAF基因未突变组为86.1% (31/36) (P<0.05).结论:PKM2在PTC中表达增加,其表达与PTC的恶性程度及BRAF基因是否突变密切相关.

  5. Stop codon read-through with PTC124 induces palmitoyl-protein thioesterase-1 activity, reduces thioester load and suppresses apoptosis in cultured cells from INCL patients

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    Sarkar, Chinmoy; Zhang, Zhongjian; Mukherjee, Anil B.

    2011-01-01

    Infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (INCL), a lethal hereditary neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disorder, affects mostly children. It is caused by inactivating mutations in the palmitoyl-protein thioesterase-1 (PPT1) gene. Nonsense mutations in a gene generate premature termination codons producing truncated, nonfunctional or deleterious proteins. PPT1 nonsense-mutations account for approximately 31% of INCL patients in the US. Currently, there is no effective treatment for this disease. While aminoglycosides such as gentamycin suppress nonsense mutations, inherent toxicity of aminoglycosides prohibits chronic use in patients. PTC124 is a non-toxic compound that induces ribosomal read-through of premature termination codons. We sought to determine whether PTC124-treatment of cultured cells from INCL patients carrying nonsense mutations in the PPT1 gene would correct PPT1 enzyme-deficiency with beneficial effects. Our results showed that PTC124-treatment of cultured cells from INCL patients carrying PPT1 nonsense-mutations induced PPT1 enzymatic activity in a dose- and time-dependent manner. This low level of PPT1 enzyme activity induced by PTC124 is virtually identical to that induced by gentamycin-treatment. Even though only a modest increase in PPT1 activity was achieved by PTC124-treatment of INCL cells, this treatment reduced the levels of thioester (constituent of ceroid) load. Our results suggest that PTC124-treatment induces PPT1 enzymatic activity in cultured cells from INCL patients carrying PPT1 nonsense-mutations, and this modest enzymatic activity has demonstrable beneficial effects on these cells. The clinical relevance of these effects may be tested in animal models of INCL carrying nonsense mutations in the PPT1 gene. PMID:21704547

  6. Ihog and Boi elicit Hh signaling via Ptc but do not aid Ptc in sequestering the Hh ligand.

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    Camp, Darius; Haitian He, Billy; Li, Sally; Althaus, Irene W; Holtz, Alexander M; Allen, Benjamin L; Charron, Frédéric; van Meyel, Donald J

    2014-10-01

    Hedgehog (Hh) proteins are secreted molecules essential for tissue development in vertebrates and invertebrates. Hh reception via the 12-pass transmembrane protein Patched (Ptc) elicits intracellular signaling through Smoothened (Smo). Hh binding to Ptc is also proposed to sequester the ligand, limiting its spatial range of activity. In Drosophila, Interference hedgehog (Ihog) and Brother of ihog (Boi) are two conserved and redundant transmembrane proteins that are essential for Hh pathway activation. How Ihog and Boi activate signaling in response to Hh remains unknown; each can bind both Hh and Ptc and so it has been proposed that they are essential for both Hh reception and sequestration. Using genetic epistasis we established here that Ihog and Boi, and their orthologs in mice, act upstream or at the level of Ptc to allow Hh signal transduction. In the Drosophila developing wing model we found that it is through Hh pathway activation that Ihog and Boi maintain the boundary between the anterior and posterior compartments. We dissociated the contributions of Ptc from those of Ihog/Boi and, surprisingly, found that cells expressing Ptc can retain and sequester the Hh ligand without Ihog and Boi, but that Ihog and Boi cannot do so without Ptc. Together, these results reinforce the central role for Ptc in Hh binding in vivo and demonstrate that, although Ihog and Boi are dispensable for Hh sequestration, they are essential for pathway activation because they allow Hh to inhibit Ptc and thereby relieve its repression of Smo.

  7. Autonomous and Non-autonomous Defects Underlie Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in BRAF-Mutant hiPSC-Derived Cardiomyocytes

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    Rebecca Josowitz

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    Full Text Available Germline mutations in BRAF cause cardio-facio-cutaneous syndrome (CFCS, whereby 40% of patients develop hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM. As the role of the RAS/MAPK pathway in HCM pathogenesis is unclear, we generated a human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC model for CFCS from three patients with activating BRAF mutations. By cell sorting for SIRPα and CD90, we generated a method to examine hiPSC-derived cell type-specific phenotypes and cellular interactions underpinning HCM. BRAF-mutant SIRPα+/CD90− cardiomyocytes displayed cellular hypertrophy, pro-hypertrophic gene expression, and intrinsic calcium-handling defects. BRAF-mutant SIRPα−/CD90+ cells, which were fibroblast-like, exhibited a pro-fibrotic phenotype and partially modulated cardiomyocyte hypertrophy through transforming growth factor β (TGFβ paracrine signaling. Inhibition of TGFβ or RAS/MAPK signaling rescued the hypertrophic phenotype. Thus, cell autonomous and non-autonomous defects underlie HCM due to BRAF mutations. TGFβ inhibition may be a useful therapeutic option for patients with HCM due to RASopathies or other etiologies.

  8. Threshold distributions of phenylthiocarbamide (PTC) in the Chinese population.

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    Guo, S W; Shen, F M; Wang, Y D; Zheng, C J

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    The ability to taste phenylthiocarbamide (PTC) is a well-documented Mendelian trait. Mapping and cloning the gene(s) responsible for the PTC tasting ability would help to delineate the molecular basis for the variations in PTC tasting ability in humans and to shed new light on taste chemosensory functions. In view of the spectacular successes in genome science, the positional cloning strategy seems to be a feasible approach to the isolation of the gene(s) underlying the PTC tasting ability. As a first step toward mapping the gene(s), we collected PTC taste threshold data on 106 individuals, most of them being university students, in Shanghai, China. Using various parametric and nonparametric statistical methods, we have found that the data set is best described by a bimodal distribution. The frequency of PTC nontasters is estimated to be 10%. This is consistent with the view that the PTC nontasting ability follows a recessive mode of inheritance. Several authors had previously reported PTC data on Chinese living outside China. Our data are, to our knowledge, the first ever collected from the Chinese population within China.

  9. B-RAF mutant alleles associated with Langerhans cell histiocytosis, a granulomatous pediatric disease.

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    Takeshi Satoh

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH features inflammatory granuloma characterised by the presence of CD1a+ dendritic cells or 'LCH cells'. Badalian-Very et al. recently reported the presence of a canonical (V600EB-RAF mutation in 57% of paraffin-embedded biopsies from LCH granuloma. Here we confirm their findings and report the identification of two novel B-RAF mutations detected in LCH patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Mutations of B-RAF were observed in granuloma samples from 11 out of 16 patients using 'next generation' pyrosequencing. In 9 cases the mutation identified was (V600EB-RAF. In 2 cases novel polymorphisms were identified. A somatic (600DLATB-RAF insertion mimicked the structural and functional consequences of the (V600EB-RAF mutant. It destabilized the inactive conformation of the B-RAF kinase and resulted in increased ERK activation in 293 T cells. The (600DLATB-RAF and (V600EB-RAF mutations were found enriched in DNA and mRNA from the CD1a+ fraction of granuloma. They were absent from the blood and monocytes of 58 LCH patients, with a lower threshold of sequencing sensitivity of 1%-2% relative mutation abundance. A novel germ line (T599AB-RAF mutant allele was detected in one patient, at a relative mutation abundance close to 50% in the LCH granuloma, blood monocytes and lymphocytes. However, (T599AB-RAF did not destabilize the inactive conformation of the B-RAF kinase, and did not induce increased ERK phosphorylation or C-RAF transactivation. CONCLUSIONS: Our data confirmed presence of the (V600EB-RAF mutation in LCH granuloma of some patients, and identify two novel B-RAF mutations. They indicate that (V600EB-RAF and (600DLATB-RAF mutations are somatic mutants enriched in LCH CD1a(+ cells and absent from the patient blood. Further studies are needed to assess the functional consequences of the germ-line (T599AB-RAF allele.

  10. B-RAF Mutant Alleles Associated with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, a Granulomatous Pediatric Disease

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    Lu, Hui-chun; Mian, Sophie; Trouillet, Celine; Mufti, Ghulam; Emile, Jean-Francois; Fraternali, Franca; Donadieu, Jean; Geissmann, Frederic

    2012-01-01

    Background Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) features inflammatory granuloma characterised by the presence of CD1a+ dendritic cells or ‘LCH cells’. Badalian-Very et al. recently reported the presence of a canonical V600EB-RAF mutation in 57% of paraffin-embedded biopsies from LCH granuloma. Here we confirm their findings and report the identification of two novel B-RAF mutations detected in LCH patients. Methods and Results Mutations of B-RAF were observed in granuloma samples from 11 out of 16 patients using ‘next generation’ pyrosequencing. In 9 cases the mutation identified was V600EB-RAF. In 2 cases novel polymorphisms were identified. A somatic 600DLATB-RAF insertion mimicked the structural and functional consequences of the V600EB-RAF mutant. It destabilized the inactive conformation of the B-RAF kinase and resulted in increased ERK activation in 293 T cells. The 600DLATB-RAF and V600EB-RAF mutations were found enriched in DNA and mRNA from the CD1a+ fraction of granuloma. They were absent from the blood and monocytes