Sequencing of intraductal biopsies is feasible and potentially impacts clinical management of patients with indeterminate biliary stricture and cholangiocarcinoma

  • Background: Definite diagnosis and therapeutic management of cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) remains a challenge. The aim of the current study was to investigate feasibility and potential impact on clinical management of targeted sequencing of intraductal biopsies. Methods: Intraductal biopsies with suspicious findings from 16 patients with CCA in later clinical course were analyzed with targeted sequencing including tumor and control benign tissue (n = 55 samples). A CCA-specific sequencing panel containing 41 genes was designed and a dual strand targeted enrichment was applied. Results: Sequencing was successfully performed for all samples. In total, 79 mutations were identified and a mean of 1.7 mutations per tumor sample (range 0–4) as well as 2.3 per biopsy (0–6) were detected and potentially therapeutically relevant genes were identified in 6/16 cases. In 14/18 (78%) biopsies with dysplasia or inconclusive findings at least one mutation was detected. The majority of mutations were found in both surgical specimen and biopsy (68%), while 28% were only present in biopsies in contrast to 4% being only present in the surgical tumor specimen. Conclusion: Targeted sequencing from intraductal biopsies is feasible and potentially improves the diagnostic yield. A profound genetic heterogeneity in biliary dysplasia needs to be considered in clinical management and warrants further investigation. Translational impact: The current study is the first to demonstrate the feasibility of sequencing of intraductal biopsies which holds the potential to impact diagnostic and therapeutical management of patients with biliary dysplasia and neoplasia.
Author:Katrin BankovORCiDGND, Claudia DöringGND, Markus Schneider, Sylvia HartmannORCiDGND, Anne Ria WinkelmannGND, Jörg Gerhard Albert, Wolf Otto BechsteinORCiDGND, Stefan ZeuzemORCiDGND, Martin-Leo Hansmann, Jan Franz-Josef Peveling-Oberhag, Dirk Henning WalterGND
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Parent Title (English):Clinical and translational gastroenterology
Publisher:Nature Publ. Group
Place of publication:London
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2018
Date of first Publication:2018/04/30
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2018/06/14
Issue:4, Art. 151
Page Number:10
First Page:1
Last Page:10
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Institutes:Medizin / Medizin
Dewey Decimal Classification:6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit / 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
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