EGFR mutation genotyping and ALK status determination in liquid-based cytology samples of non-small cell lung cancer

AbstractPersonalised medicine for primary lung cancers (PLCs) requires molecular analysis of cancer tissue or cells. The primary objective of the present prospective study was to assess the concordance between epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene mutation detection and echinoderm microtubule-associated protein-like (EML) 4-anaplastic lymphoma kinase protein (ALK) expression using liquid-based cytology (LBC) samples and matched histology samples of PLC patients. A total of 117 patients who underwent surgical resection of non-small cell PLC were enrolled. Cytological specimens scratched from the resected PLC lesion were fixed in CytoRich Red. DNA extracted from LBC samples was examined forEGFR gene mutations. Anaplastic lymphoma kinase arrangement was analysed by immunostaining and fluorescence in situ hybridisation. Our patient cohort comprised 93 cases of adenocarcinoma, 16 squamous cell carcinoma, three adenosquamous carcinoma, two large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma, one pleomorphic carcinoma and two other cases. Sixty-six (58.4%) LBC samples harbouredEGFR gene mutations. The overall concordance rate inEGFR gene mutation status, including minor mutations, between histologic and paired LBC specimens (N = 105) was 100%. The overall concordance rate of EGFR gene mutation status, including minor mutations and ALK status according to immunostains between histologic and paired LBC specimens, was 100% (105/105) and 100% (48/48), respectively. Genotyping and protein express...
Source: Virchows Archiv - Category: Pathology Source Type: research

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The development of targeted therapies has revolutionized the treatment of patients with lung cancer, especially non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) is a research hotspot of molecular targeted therapy for lung cancer. ALK tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) are highly effective for ALK-rearranged NSCLC-positive patients. These targeted therapies have significant clinical effects; however, they inevitably lead to acquired resistance. In previous studies, the histological transformation after ALK inhibitor treatment was mostly based on small-cell lung cancer (SCLC).
Source: Lung Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: research
Conclusion: These findings indicate that a majority of EBUS-TBNA specimens provide sufficient tissue for subtyping pulmonary NSCLC and SCLC while performing IHC.
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Interventional pulmonology Source Type: research
Conclusion and Perspectives The IL-6/JAK/STAT signaling cascade plays a dominant role in skeletal muscle pathophysiology. IL-6 autocrine, paracrine, and endocrine functions assign to its downstream effectors pivotal importance in skeletal muscle-wasting-associated diseases and other multiple system diseases where muscle acts in communication with other organs. Targeting the components of the JAK/STAT pathway recently emerged as a strategic approach for the treatment of inflammatory diseases and human cancer. This review highlights the opposite outcomes on muscle biology caused by the amount of local and systemic release ...
Source: Frontiers in Physiology - Category: Physiology Source Type: research
Li Liu, Jiajing Lin and Hongying He* Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Liuzhou Worker’s Hospital, Fourth Affiliated Hospital of Guangxi Medical University, Liuzhou, China Background and Objective: Endometrial cancer (EC) is a common gynecological malignancy worldwide. Despite advances in the development of strategies for treating EC, prognosis of the disease remains unsatisfactory, especially for advanced EC. The aim of this study was to identify novel genes that can be used as potential biomarkers for identifying the prognosis of EC and to construct a novel risk stratification using these genes. Me...
Source: Frontiers in Genetics - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Source Type: research
Conclusions and Future Perspectives It is now evident that NK/ILC family plays a pivotal role in the immune defenses. Recent studies in murine and human settings demonstrated that the expression of several inhibitory checkpoints, that may be detrimental in the tumor context, is not restricted to T lymphocytes, revealing an important, yet poorly appreciated, contribution of their expression on innate immune cells. Thus, in the recent years different immunotherapy approaches, based on the blockade of inhibitory NK cell receptors, have been developed in order to unleash NK cell cytotoxicity. This is particularly important in...
Source: Frontiers in Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
In conclusion, we showed hypermethylation of CpGs as a novel mechanism of action for DNMTi agents and identified 638 hypermethylated molecular targets (CpGs) common to decitabine and azacytidine therapy. These novel results suggest that hypermethylation of CpGs should be considered when predicting the DNMTi responses and side effects in cancer patients. Introduction DNA methyltransferase inhibitors (DNMTi) are widely used as chemical tools for hypomethylating the genome, with an aim to understand the role of DNA methylation in multiple processes (e.g., X-chromosome inactivation and DNA imprinting) and as an anti-ca...
Source: Frontiers in Pharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
In this study, we aimed to investigate the potential anti-proliferative and pro-apoptotic activities of SNG in a panel of MM cell lines (U266, IM9, MM1S, and RPMI-8226). SNG treatment of MM cells resulted in a dose-dependent decrease in cell viability through mitochondrial membrane potential loss and activation of caspase 3, 9, and cleavage of PARP. Pre-treatment of MM cells with a universal caspase inhibitor, Z-VAD-FMK, prevented SNG mediated loss of cell viability, apoptosis, and caspase activation, confirming that SNG-mediated apoptosis is caspase-dependent. The SNG-mediated apoptosis appears to be resulted from suppres...
Source: Frontiers in Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Markus Hartl* and Rainer Schneider Center of Molecular Biosciences (CMBI), Institute of Biochemistry, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria The neuronal proteins GAP43 (neuromodulin), MARCKS, and BASP1 are highly expressed in the growth cones of nerve cells where they are involved in signal transmission and cytoskeleton organization. Although their primary structures are unrelated, these signaling proteins share several structural properties like fatty acid modification, and the presence of cationic effector domains. GAP43, MARCKS, and BASP1 bind to cell membrane phospholipids, a process reversibly regulate...
Source: Frontiers in Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
In this study, T cells deficient in TRAF6 display enhanced T cell activation, CD28-indpendent stimulation and resistance to Treg cell-mediated suppression (176). Although TLR signaling can promote T cell resistance to Treg cells, the precise molecular mechanism remains yet to be elucidated. It is worth noting that TLR stimulation of T cells increases cytokine production (173, 177), thus future studies should delineate the effect of TLR-MyD88 signaling vs. subsequently induced cytokines in generating resistance to Treg cells. Lastly, it is also crucial to evaluate the effect of TLR signaling on regulatory T cells which also...
Source: Frontiers in Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
ConclusionEBUS TBNA is effective and has a high proportion of satisfactory results for testing PD‐L1 expression on tumor cells in addition to NGS and ALK FISH.
Source: Diagnostic Cytopathology - Category: Pathology Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
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