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EGFR, KRAS, BRAF, PTEN, and PIK3CA mutation in plasma of small cell lung cancer patients

Authors Lu HY, Qin J, Han N, Lei L, Xie F, Li C

Received 12 December 2017

Accepted for publication 19 March 2018

Published 20 April 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 2217—2226


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Samir Farghaly

Hong-Yang Lu,1–3 Jing Qin,2,3 Na Han,2,3 Lei Lei,2 Fajun Xie,2,3 Chenghui Li3

1Department of Oncology, Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou, People's Republic of China; 2Zhejiang Key Laboratory of Diagnosis and Treatment Technology on Thoracic Oncology (Lung and Esophagus), Zhejiang Cancer Hospital, Hangzhou, People's Republic of China; 3Department of Thoracic Medical Oncology, Zhejiang Cancer Hospital, Hangzhou, P.R. China

Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is an aggressive and deadly neuroendocrine tumor derived from bronchial epithelial cells. Although it results in a 95% mortality rate, the development of targeted therapies for SCLCs has lagged behind. The aim of this study is to better research mutation characteristics of SCLC and identify potential biomarkers for target therapy.
Methods: We utilized high- resolution melting analysis to identify the mutations in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), Kirsten rat sarcoma viral oncogene (KRAS), v-raf murine sarcoma viral oncogene homolog B1 (BRAF), phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN), and phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase catalytic (PIK3CA) from the blood. A cohort of 99 SCLC patients including 44 limited-stage disease patients and 55 extensive-stage disease patients were prospectively collected.
Results: EGFR 18 (G719X) mutation was found in 5 patients, EGFR 19 (del) mutation in 2, EGFR 20 (T790M) in 3, EGFR 21 (L858R) in 2, KRAS 2 (G13D) in 5, BRAF 15 (V600E) in 1, PIK3CA 9 (E542K) in 1, and no mutations in PTEN 5 (R130G), PTEN 6 (R173C), PTEN 8 (T319fs*1), and PIK3CA 20 (H1047R) were identified. Among these patients, two harbored EGFR double mutation, one patient with EGFR double mutation and KRAS 2 (G13D) mutation.
Conclusion: The mutation form of EGFR may differ from lung adenocarcinoma, and mutations of KRAS, BRAF, and PIK3CA were rare in SCLC. These results aided us in comprehensively analyzing genetic features and laid the foundation for exploring the possibility of target therapy.

Keywords: epidermal growth factor receptor, small cell lung cancer, plasma, high-resolution melting

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