A Simplified Genomic Profiling Approach Predicts Outcome in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer

Carlo Capalbo, Francesca Belardinilli, Domenico Raimondo, Edoardo Milanetti, Umberto Malapelle, Pasquale Pisapia, Valentina Magri, Alessandra Prete, Silvia Pecorari, Mariarosaria Colella, Anna Coppa, Caterina Bonfiglio, Arianna Nicolussi, Virginia Valentini, Alessandra Tessitore, Beatrice Cardinali, Marialaura Petroni, Paola Infante, Matteo Santoni, Marco FilettiValeria Colicchia, Paola Paci, Silvia Mezi, Flavia Longo, Enrico Cortesi, Paolo Marchetti, Giancarlo Troncone, Diana Bellavia, Gianluca Canettieri, Giuseppe Giannini

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The response of metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) to the first-line conventional combination therapy is highly variable, reflecting the elevated heterogeneity of the disease. The genetic alterations underlying this heterogeneity have been thoroughly characterized through omic approaches requiring elevated efforts and costs. In order to translate the knowledge of CRC molecular heterogeneity into a practical clinical approach, we utilized a simplified Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) based platform to screen a cohort of 77 patients treated with first-line conventional therapy. Samples were sequenced using a panel of hotspots and targeted regions of 22 genes commonly involved in CRC. This revealed 51 patients carrying actionable gene mutations, 22 of which carried druggable alterations. These mutations were frequently associated with additional genetic alterations. To take into account this molecular complexity and assisted by an unbiased bioinformatic analysis, we defined three subgroups of patients carrying distinct molecular patterns. We demonstrated these three molecular subgroups are associated with a different response to first-line conventional combination therapies. The best outcome was achieved in patients exclusively carrying mutations on TP53 and/or RAS genes. By contrast, in patients carrying mutations in any of the other genes, alone or associated with mutations of TP53/RAS, the expected response is much worse compared to patients with exclusive TP53/RAS mutations. Additionally, our data indicate that the standard approach has limited efficacy in patients without any mutations in the genes included in the panel. In conclusion, we identified a reliable and easy-to-use approach for a simplified molecular-based stratification of mCRC patients that predicts the efficacy of the first-line conventional combination therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 27 2019


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