Modeling RAS phenotype in colorectal cancer uncovers novel molecular traits of RAS dependency and improves prediction of response to targeted agents in patients.

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, Volume 20, Issue 1, p.265-72 (2014)

Keywords:

2014, February 2014, Public Health Sciences Division

Abstract:

KRAS wild-type status is an imperfect predictor of sensitivity to anti-EGF receptor (EGFR) monoclonal antibodies in colorectal cancer, motivating efforts to identify novel molecular aberrations driving RAS. This study aimed to build a quantitative readout of RAS pathway activity to (i) uncover molecular surrogates of RAS activity specific to colorectal cancer, (ii) improve the prediction of cetuximab response in patients, and (iii) suggest new treatment strategies.