George E Allen

National Cancer Centre Singapore, Singapore

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Publications (5)72.88 Total impact

  • Lian Dee Ler · George Edward Allen · Swe Swe Myint · Bin Tean Teh ·

    Cancer Research 05/2014; 73(13 Supplement):A18-A18. DOI:10.1158/1538-7445.CEC13-A18 · 9.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Unlabelled: The molecular pathogenesis of natural killer/T-cell lymphoma (NKTCL) is not well understood. We conducted whole-exome sequencing and identified Janus kinase 3 (JAK3) somatic-activating mutations (A572V and A573V) in 2 of 4 patients with NKTCLs. Further validation of the prevalence of JAK3 mutations was determined by Sanger sequencing and high-resolution melt (HRM) analysis in an additional 61 cases. In total, 23 of 65 (35.4%) cases harbored JAK3 mutations. Functional characterization of the JAK3 mutations support its involvement in cytokine-independent JAK/STAT constitutive activation leading to increased cell growth. Moreover, treatment of both JAK3-mutant and wild-type NKTCL cell lines with a novel pan-JAK inhibitor, CP-690550, resulted in dose-dependent reduction of phosphorylated STAT5, reduced cell viability, and increased apoptosis. Hence, targeting the deregulated JAK/STAT pathway could be a promising therapy for patients with NKTCLs. Significance: Gene mutations causing NKTCL have not been fully identified. Through exome sequencing, we identified activating mutations of JAK3 that may play a significant role in the pathogenesis of NKTCLs. Our findings have important implications for the management of patients with NKTCLs.
    Cancer Discovery 06/2012; 2(7):591-7. DOI:10.1158/2159-8290.CD-12-0028 · 19.45 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Opisthorchis viverrini-related cholangiocarcinoma (CCA), a fatal bile duct cancer, is a major public health concern in areas endemic for this parasite. We report here whole-exome sequencing of eight O. viverrini-related tumors and matched normal tissue. We identified and validated 206 somatic mutations in 187 genes using Sanger sequencing and selected 15 genes for mutation prevalence screening in an additional 46 individuals with CCA (cases). In addition to the known cancer-related genes TP53 (mutated in 44.4% of cases), KRAS (16.7%) and SMAD4 (16.7%), we identified somatic mutations in 10 newly implicated genes in 14.8-3.7% of cases. These included inactivating mutations in MLL3 (in 14.8% of cases), ROBO2 (9.3%), RNF43 (9.3%) and PEG3 (5.6%), and activating mutations in the GNAS oncogene (9.3%). These genes have functions that can be broadly grouped into three biological classes: (i) deactivation of histone modifiers, (ii) activation of G protein signaling and (iii) loss of genome stability. This study provides insight into the mutational landscape contributing to O. viverrini-related CCA.
    Nature Genetics 05/2012; 44(6):690-3. DOI:10.1038/ng.2273 · 29.35 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Well differentiated papillary mesothelioma of the peritoneum (WDPMP) is a rare variant of epithelial mesothelioma of low malignancy potential, usually found in women with no history of asbestos exposure. In this study, we perform the first exome sequencing of WDPMP. WDPMP exome sequencing reveals the first somatic mutation of E2F1, R166H, to be identified in human cancer. The location is in the evolutionarily conserved DNA binding domain and computationally predicted to be mutated in the critical contact point between E2F1 and its DNA target. We show that the R166H mutation abrogates E2F1's DNA binding ability and is associated with reduced activation of E2F1 downstream target genes. Mutant E2F1 proteins are also observed in higher quantities when compared with wild-type E2F1 protein levels and the mutant protein's resistance to degradation was found to be the cause of its accumulation within mutant over-expressing cells. Cells over-expressing wild-type E2F1 show decreased proliferation compared to mutant over-expressing cells, but cell proliferation rates of mutant over-expressing cells were comparable to cells over-expressing the empty vector. The R166H mutation in E2F1 is shown to have a deleterious effect on its DNA binding ability as well as increasing its stability and subsequent accumulation in R166H mutant cells. Based on the results, two compatible theories can be formed: R166H mutation appears to allow for protein over-expression while minimizing the apoptotic consequence and the R166H mutation may behave similarly to SV40 large T antigen, inhibiting tumor suppressive functions of retinoblastoma protein 1.
    Genome biology 09/2011; 12(9):R96. DOI:10.1186/gb-2011-12-9-r96 · 10.81 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Breast phyllodes tumors are rare neoplasms which present challenges for histological classification. Microscopic features are not always predictive of clinical behavior, and scarce data exist on the prognostic role of biological markers. Our study evaluated a series of 145 phyllodes tumors diagnosed at the Department of Pathology, Singapore General Hospital between 2006 and 2009, incorporating 91 (62.8%) benign, 40 (27.6%) borderline, and 14 (9.7%) malignant phyllodes tumors. Antibodies to keratin 15 (KRT15), transcobalamin I (TCN1), and homeobox gene Hox-B13 (HOXB13) were applied to sections cut from tissue microarray blocks. KRT15 and TCN1 positivity was defined when there was reactivity of 1% or more stromal cells, while HOXB13 positivity was defined using a H-score of 100 and above. Positive immunohistochemical expression for KRT15, TCN1, and HOXB13 was seen in 21 (14.5%), 96 (66.2%), and 66 (45.5%) of tumors, respectively. Stromal expression of KRT15, TCN1, and HOXB13 was significantly correlated with tumor grade (P < 0.001, P < 0.001, P = 0.012), stromal hypercellularity (P = 0.005, P < 0.001, P = 0.023), mitotic activity (P < 0.001), and microscopic borders (P = 0.006, P < 0.001, P = 0.011). Co-expression of TCN1 and HOXB13 was seen in 21 of 91 (23.1%) benign, 18 of 40 (45.0%) borderline, and 11 of 14 (78.6%) malignant tumors, suggesting that the dual-marker panels of TCN1 and HOXB13 might be helpful in classifying borderline and malignant tumors. Although expression of TCN1 alone was present in all malignant and 34 of 40 (85.0%) borderline tumors, a combined panel with HOXB13 excluded some benign cases and was a better discriminant for a significant proportion of borderline and malignant tumors.
    Breast Cancer Research and Treatment 05/2011; 132(1):143-51. DOI:10.1007/s10549-011-1555-6 · 3.94 Impact Factor

Publication Stats

153 Citations
72.88 Total Impact Points


  • 2012
    • National Cancer Centre Singapore
      • Department of Medical Sciences
  • 2011-2012
    • Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore
      • PhD Program in Cancer and Stem Cell Biology
      Tumasik, Singapore