Integrative Genomic Analysis Implicates Gain of PIK3CA at 3q26 and MYC at 8q24 in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Department of Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, USA.
Clinical Cancer Research (Impact Factor: 8.19). 05/2012; 18(14):3791-802. DOI: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-11-2342
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ABSTRACT The disease course of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) varies significantly within cytogenetic groups. We hypothesized that high-resolution genomic analysis of CLL would identify additional recurrent abnormalities associated with short time-to-first therapy (TTFT).
We undertook high-resolution genomic analysis of 161 prospectively enrolled CLLs using Affymetrix 6.0 SNP arrays, and integrated analysis of this data set with gene expression profiles.
Copy number analysis (CNA) of nonprogressive CLL reveals a stable genotype, with a median of only 1 somatic CNA per sample. Progressive CLL with 13q deletion was associated with additional somatic CNAs, and a greater number of CNAs was predictive of TTFT. We identified other recurrent CNAs associated with short TTFT: 8q24 amplification focused on the cancer susceptibility locus near MYC in 3.7%; 3q26 amplifications focused on PIK3CA in 5.6%; and 8p deletions in 5% of patients. Sequencing of MYC further identified somatic mutations in two CLLs. We determined which catalytic subunits of phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) were in active complex with the p85 regulatory subunit and showed enrichment for the α subunit in three CLLs carrying PIK3CA amplification.
Our findings implicate amplifications of 3q26 focused on PIK3CA and 8q24 focused on MYC in CLL.

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    • "Amplification of genes encoding the catalytic subunits of PIK3CA, PIK3CB, PIK3CD, and PIK3CG has been reported in numerous solid tumors [7]. In lymphomas, PIK3CA has been reported to be amplified in 15/22 (68%) cases of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) [8], 9/161 (5.6%) cases of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) [9], and mutated in 1/76 (1.3%) cases of DLBCL [10]; while PIK3CD has been reported to be mutated in 3/73 (4.1%) cases of DLBCL [11]. However, there have been few reports available regarding CNVs or mutations of other PI3K/AKT subunits and their contribution to the activation of the PI3K/AKT pathway in DLBCL. "
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    • "Furthermore, they affect clinical outcome [9]: del(13q) is associated with a good prognosis whereas del(11q) and del(17p) are associated with a poor prognosis with present-day chemo-immunotherapy approaches. Lower frequency lesions have also been identified involving the MYC locus [25], the short arm of chromosome 8 [23], and lesions probably affecting PIK3CA, NFKB2 and MGA [26,27]. Allele-specific copy number quantification with SNP arrays has also enabled the discovery of frequent copy-neutral loss of heterozygosity in CLL, often resulting in biallelic hits (mutations or epigenetic alterations) in key CLL-related loci, and therefore potentially altering function [24]. "
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