KRAS mutation in colorectal cancer and its association with a stromal-derived gene signature. Academic Article uri icon


  • 628 Background: KRAS mutation in colorectal cancer (CRC) is characterized by an altered transcriptional profile when compared to wild-type KRAS tumors. The list of differentially expressed genes overlaps significantly with a stromal fibroblast activation (SFA) signature present across multiple carcinomas. We have reported low expression of SFA genes in KRAS mutant CRC compared to KRAS wild type tumors. Here we sought to confirm the variation of the SFA signature with KRAS mutation and infer its origin in the stromal component of the tumor using experimental models. Methods: The SFA signature was assessed in an inducible-KRAS murine CRC model using RNA-sequencing, and in a CRC cell line with and without a transduced KRAS mutant vector by microarray analysis. Finally, RNA-sequencing of CRC patient-derived xenografts (PDXs) was used to determine whether the SFA signature was being expressed in the tumor epithelium or the surrounding stroma by leveraging the ability to align sequenced reads to the mouse and h...

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  • January 1, 2015