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BRAF mutations in advanced cancers: clinical characteristics and outcomes.

El-Osta H, Falchook G, Tsimberidou A, Hong D, Naing A, Kim K, Wen S, Janku F, Kurzrock R - PLoS ONE (2011)

Bottom Line: Oncogenic BRAF mutations have been found in diverse malignancies and activate RAF/MEK/ERK signaling, a critical pathway of tumorigenesis.Mutations in codon 600 were found in 77 patients (62, V600E; 13, V600K; 1, V600R; 1, unreported).In melanoma, V600K mutations in comparison to other BRAF mutations were associated with more frequent brain (75% vs. 36.3%, p = 0.02) and lung metastases (91.6% vs. 47.7%, p = 0.007), and shorter time from diagnosis to metastasis and to death (19 vs. 53 months, p = 0.046 and 78 vs. 322 months, p = 0.024 respectively).

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Affiliation: Department of Investigational Cancer Therapeutics (Phase I Clinical Trials Program), The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, United States of America.

ABSTRACT

Background: Oncogenic BRAF mutations have been found in diverse malignancies and activate RAF/MEK/ERK signaling, a critical pathway of tumorigenesis. We examined the clinical characteristics and outcomes of patients with mutant (mut) BRAF advanced cancer referred to phase 1 clinic.

Methods: We reviewed the records of 80 consecutive patients with mutBRAF advanced malignancies and 149 with wild-type (wt) BRAF (matched by tumor type) referred to the Clinical Center for Targeted Therapy and analyzed their outcome.

Results: Of 80 patients with mutBRAF advanced cancer, 56 had melanoma, 10 colorectal, 11 papillary thyroid, 2 ovarian and 1 esophageal cancer. Mutations in codon 600 were found in 77 patients (62, V600E; 13, V600K; 1, V600R; 1, unreported). Multivariate analysis showed less soft tissue (Odds ratio (OR) = 0.39, 95%CI: 0.20-0.77, P = 0.007), lung (OR = 0.38, 95%CI: 0.19-0.73, p = 0.004) and retroperitoneal metastases (OR = 0.34, 95%CI: 0.13-0.86, p = 0.024) and more brain metastases (OR = 2.05, 95%CI: 1.02-4.11, P = 0.043) in patients with mutBRAF versus wtBRAF. Comparing to the corresponding wtBRAF, mutBRAF melanoma patients had insignificant trend to longer median survival from diagnosis (131 vs. 78 months, p = 0.14), while mutBRAF colorectal cancer patients had an insignificant trend to shorter median survival from diagnosis (48 vs. 53 months, p = 0.22). In melanoma, V600K mutations in comparison to other BRAF mutations were associated with more frequent brain (75% vs. 36.3%, p = 0.02) and lung metastases (91.6% vs. 47.7%, p = 0.007), and shorter time from diagnosis to metastasis and to death (19 vs. 53 months, p = 0.046 and 78 vs. 322 months, p = 0.024 respectively). Treatment with RAF/MEK targeting agents (Hazard ratio (HR) = 0.16, 95%CI: 0.03-0.89, p = 0.037) and any decrease in tumor size after referral (HR = 0.07, 95%CI: 0.015-0.35, p = 0.001) correlated with longer survival in mutBRAF patients.

Conclusions: BRAF appears to be a druggable mutation that also defines subgroups of patients with phenotypic overlap, albeit with differences that correlate with histology or site of mutation.

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Forest plot summarizing the clinical factors affecting overall survival after referral and displaying their hazard ratio and 95% Confidence interval calculated by Cox proportional hazards regression model in patients with mutBRAF advanced cancer.
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pone-0025806-g004: Forest plot summarizing the clinical factors affecting overall survival after referral and displaying their hazard ratio and 95% Confidence interval calculated by Cox proportional hazards regression model in patients with mutBRAF advanced cancer.

Mentions: In multivariate analysis, the only two factors that predicted a superior OS after referral to the Phase I clinic in the mutBRAF group were treatment with any RAF/MEK targeting agents (HR 0.16, 95% CI, 0.03–0.89, p = 0.037) and any decrease in tumor size (RECIST measurement) on any phase I trial (HR 0.07, 95% CI, 0.015–0.35, p = 0.001) (Figure 4). Of note, the HR values of the following predictive factors “melanoma vs. non melanoma”, “colorectal cancer vs. non colorectal cancer” and “papillary thyroid cancer vs. non papillary thyroid cancer” are extremely high, compared to their HR calculated by univariate analysis (figure 4). This discrepancy could be explained by the difference in methodology used. Despite their high absolute values, this should be interpreted cautiously provided they don't have any statistical significance as demonstrated by a p value close to 1 and a 95% confidence interval that contains zero. Furthermore, their extremely wide 95CI% is indicative of the poor estimate of their value.


BRAF mutations in advanced cancers: clinical characteristics and outcomes.

El-Osta H, Falchook G, Tsimberidou A, Hong D, Naing A, Kim K, Wen S, Janku F, Kurzrock R - PLoS ONE (2011)

Forest plot summarizing the clinical factors affecting overall survival after referral and displaying their hazard ratio and 95% Confidence interval calculated by Cox proportional hazards regression model in patients with mutBRAF advanced cancer.
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pone-0025806-g004: Forest plot summarizing the clinical factors affecting overall survival after referral and displaying their hazard ratio and 95% Confidence interval calculated by Cox proportional hazards regression model in patients with mutBRAF advanced cancer.
Mentions: In multivariate analysis, the only two factors that predicted a superior OS after referral to the Phase I clinic in the mutBRAF group were treatment with any RAF/MEK targeting agents (HR 0.16, 95% CI, 0.03–0.89, p = 0.037) and any decrease in tumor size (RECIST measurement) on any phase I trial (HR 0.07, 95% CI, 0.015–0.35, p = 0.001) (Figure 4). Of note, the HR values of the following predictive factors “melanoma vs. non melanoma”, “colorectal cancer vs. non colorectal cancer” and “papillary thyroid cancer vs. non papillary thyroid cancer” are extremely high, compared to their HR calculated by univariate analysis (figure 4). This discrepancy could be explained by the difference in methodology used. Despite their high absolute values, this should be interpreted cautiously provided they don't have any statistical significance as demonstrated by a p value close to 1 and a 95% confidence interval that contains zero. Furthermore, their extremely wide 95CI% is indicative of the poor estimate of their value.

Bottom Line: Oncogenic BRAF mutations have been found in diverse malignancies and activate RAF/MEK/ERK signaling, a critical pathway of tumorigenesis.Mutations in codon 600 were found in 77 patients (62, V600E; 13, V600K; 1, V600R; 1, unreported).In melanoma, V600K mutations in comparison to other BRAF mutations were associated with more frequent brain (75% vs. 36.3%, p = 0.02) and lung metastases (91.6% vs. 47.7%, p = 0.007), and shorter time from diagnosis to metastasis and to death (19 vs. 53 months, p = 0.046 and 78 vs. 322 months, p = 0.024 respectively).

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Investigational Cancer Therapeutics (Phase I Clinical Trials Program), The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, United States of America.

ABSTRACT

Background: Oncogenic BRAF mutations have been found in diverse malignancies and activate RAF/MEK/ERK signaling, a critical pathway of tumorigenesis. We examined the clinical characteristics and outcomes of patients with mutant (mut) BRAF advanced cancer referred to phase 1 clinic.

Methods: We reviewed the records of 80 consecutive patients with mutBRAF advanced malignancies and 149 with wild-type (wt) BRAF (matched by tumor type) referred to the Clinical Center for Targeted Therapy and analyzed their outcome.

Results: Of 80 patients with mutBRAF advanced cancer, 56 had melanoma, 10 colorectal, 11 papillary thyroid, 2 ovarian and 1 esophageal cancer. Mutations in codon 600 were found in 77 patients (62, V600E; 13, V600K; 1, V600R; 1, unreported). Multivariate analysis showed less soft tissue (Odds ratio (OR) = 0.39, 95%CI: 0.20-0.77, P = 0.007), lung (OR = 0.38, 95%CI: 0.19-0.73, p = 0.004) and retroperitoneal metastases (OR = 0.34, 95%CI: 0.13-0.86, p = 0.024) and more brain metastases (OR = 2.05, 95%CI: 1.02-4.11, P = 0.043) in patients with mutBRAF versus wtBRAF. Comparing to the corresponding wtBRAF, mutBRAF melanoma patients had insignificant trend to longer median survival from diagnosis (131 vs. 78 months, p = 0.14), while mutBRAF colorectal cancer patients had an insignificant trend to shorter median survival from diagnosis (48 vs. 53 months, p = 0.22). In melanoma, V600K mutations in comparison to other BRAF mutations were associated with more frequent brain (75% vs. 36.3%, p = 0.02) and lung metastases (91.6% vs. 47.7%, p = 0.007), and shorter time from diagnosis to metastasis and to death (19 vs. 53 months, p = 0.046 and 78 vs. 322 months, p = 0.024 respectively). Treatment with RAF/MEK targeting agents (Hazard ratio (HR) = 0.16, 95%CI: 0.03-0.89, p = 0.037) and any decrease in tumor size after referral (HR = 0.07, 95%CI: 0.015-0.35, p = 0.001) correlated with longer survival in mutBRAF patients.

Conclusions: BRAF appears to be a druggable mutation that also defines subgroups of patients with phenotypic overlap, albeit with differences that correlate with histology or site of mutation.

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