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Cancer therapy. Ex vivo culture of circulating breast tumor cells for individualized testing of drug susceptibility.

Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsYu, M., Bardia A., Aceto N., Bersani F., Madden MW, Donaldson MC, Desai R., Zhu H., Comaills V., Zheng Z., Wittner BS, Stojanov P., Brachtel E., Sgroi D., Kapur R., Shioda T., Ting DT, Ramaswamy S., Getz G., Iafrate AJ, Benes C., Toner M., Maheswaran S., and Haber DA
AbstractCirculating tumor cells (CTCs) are present at low concentrations in the peripheral blood of patients with solid tumors. It has been proposed that the isolation, ex vivo culture, and characterization of CTCs may provide an opportunity to noninvasively monitor the changing patterns of drug susceptibility in individual patients as their tumors acquire new mutations. In a proof-of-concept study, we established CTC cultures from six patients with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer. Three of five CTC lines tested were tumorigenic in mice. Genome sequencing of the CTC lines revealed preexisting mutations in the PIK3CA gene and newly acquired mutations in the estrogen receptor gene (ESR1), PIK3CA gene, and fibroblast growth factor receptor gene (FGFR2), among others. Drug sensitivity testing of CTC lines with multiple mutations revealed potential new therapeutic targets. With optimization of CTC culture conditions, this strategy may help identify the best therapies for individual cancer patients over the course of their disease.
Year of Publication2014
JournalScience (New York, N.Y.)
Volume345
Issue6193
Pages216-20
Date Published (YYYY/MM/DD)2014/07/11
ISSN Number0036-8075
DOI10.1126/science.1253533
PubMedhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25013076?dopt=Abstract