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Molecular heterogeneity of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma defined by next-generation sequencing.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  24767105     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) can be divided into two different clinical entities based on their association with high-risk subtypes of human papilloma virus (HPV16 and HPV18). Dissimilarities in prognosis and molecular profiles have attracted much attention in recent years, in part because of increasing rates of HPV infection in HNSCC; however, the underlying mechanisms and detailed genetic profiles that set these tumors apart are still elusive. To elucidate oncogenic pathways in HNSCC with and without HPV infection, we used targeted next-generation sequencing to interrogate single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 50 cancer-related genes. We detected SNPs in 25 of these genes from HNSCC tissue specimens with and without HPV infection. In 5 of the 25 genes, variant patterns were similar regardless of HPV infection status. A greater number of sequence variants in genes from the tyrosine kinase receptors and their associated pathways were preferentially present in HPV(+) specimens. SNPs in genes related to tumor-suppressor functions were more prevalent in HPV(-) HNSCC specimens. The observations may help to elucidate mechanisms involved in the molecular pathogenesis of two clinically diverse subclasses of HNSCC. Over-representation of SNPs in either HPV(+) or HPV(-) HNSCC is another indicator of potentially actionable sequence variants for targeted therapy.
Pan Zhang; Neena Mirani; Ada Baisre; Helen Fernandes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of pathology     Volume:  184     ISSN:  1525-2191     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Pathol.     Publication Date:  2014 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-04-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370502     Medline TA:  Am J Pathol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1323-30     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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Copyright © 2014 American Society for Investigative Pathology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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