Background: Mutations in the Kirsten Ras 1 (KRAS) and V-Raf Murine Sarcoma Viral Oncogene Homolog B1 (BRAF) genes may be predictive of response to drugs directly linked to the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) signaling pathway. Materials and Methods: A total of 230 samples from patients with metastatic colorectal cancer were analyzed for KRAS exon 1 and 2 and for BRAF exon 15 mutations. DNA from paraffinembedded tumor sections was analyzed using microdissection, direct sequencing analysis and allelic separation by cloning. Results: KRAS mutations were present in 44.3% of the tumor samples. The mutation frequency at hot-spot codons of exon 1 was 84.2%, whereas noncanonical variants had a frequency of 11.8%. Approximately 4% of the cases exhibited concomitant variations. BRAF mutations were present in 3.9% of the tumor samples. Conclusion: Our experience suggests that sequential microdissection, direct sequencing and allelic separation by cloning may improve the approach to mutational analysis of KRAS and BRAF in patients with colorectal cancer.
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2012|
- Colorectal cancer
- Concurrent mutation
- Mutational analysis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)