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Articles by Lincoln D. Stein
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Between 2009 and 2019, Lincoln Stein wrote the following 10 articles about Pancreatic Neoplasms.
 
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1 Article Whole genomes define concordance of matched primary, xenograft, and organoid models of pancreas cancer. 2019

Gendoo, Deena M A / Denroche, Robert E / Zhang, Amy / Radulovich, Nikolina / Jang, Gun Ho / Lemire, Mathieu / Fischer, Sandra / Chadwick, Dianne / Lungu, Ilinca M / Ibrahimov, Emin / Cao, Ping-Jiang / Stein, Lincoln D / Wilson, Julie M / Bartlett, John M S / Tsao, Ming-Sound / Dhani, Neesha / Hedley, David / Gallinger, Steven / Haibe-Kains, Benjamin. ·Centre for Computational Biology, Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom. · School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom. · PanCuRx Translational Research Initiative, Ontario Institute of Cancer Research (OICR), Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · Informatics and Bio-computing Program, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · Princess Margaret Living Biobank Core, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · Department of Statistical Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · Department of Pathology, University Health Network, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · UHN Program in BioSpecimen Sciences, Department of Pathology, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · Transformative Pathology, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · Division of Medical Oncology, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · Molecular Genetics Department, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · Hepatobiliary/Pancreatic Surgical Oncology Program, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · Vector Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ·PLoS Comput Biol · Pubmed #30629588.

ABSTRACT: Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) has the worst prognosis among solid malignancies and improved therapeutic strategies are needed to improve outcomes. Patient-derived xenografts (PDX) and patient-derived organoids (PDO) serve as promising tools to identify new drugs with therapeutic potential in PDAC. For these preclinical disease models to be effective, they should both recapitulate the molecular heterogeneity of PDAC and validate patient-specific therapeutic sensitivities. To date however, deep characterization of the molecular heterogeneity of PDAC PDX and PDO models and comparison with matched human tumour remains largely unaddressed at the whole genome level. We conducted a comprehensive assessment of the genetic landscape of 16 whole-genome pairs of tumours and matched PDX, from primary PDAC and liver metastasis, including a unique cohort of 5 'trios' of matched primary tumour, PDX, and PDO. We developed a pipeline to score concordance between PDAC models and their paired human tumours for genomic events, including mutations, structural variations, and copy number variations. Tumour-model comparisons of mutations displayed single-gene concordance across major PDAC driver genes, but relatively poor agreement across the greater mutational load. Genome-wide and chromosome-centric analysis of structural variation (SV) events highlights previously unrecognized concordance across chromosomes that demonstrate clustered SV events. We found that polyploidy presented a major challenge when assessing copy number changes; however, ploidy-corrected copy number states suggest good agreement between donor-model pairs. Collectively, our investigations highlight that while PDXs and PDOs may serve as tractable and transplantable systems for probing the molecular properties of PDAC, these models may best serve selective analyses across different levels of genomic complexity.

2 Article Mutations in Mitochondrial DNA From Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinomas Associate With Survival Times of Patients and Accumulate as Tumors Progress. 2018

Hopkins, Julia F / Denroche, Robert E / Aguiar, Jennifer A / Notta, Faiyaz / Connor, Ashton A / Wilson, Julie M / Stein, Lincoln D / Gallinger, Steven / Boutros, Paul C. ·Informatics Program, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Electronic address: Julia.Hopkins@oicr.on.ca. · Informatics Program, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; PanCuRx Translational Research Initiative, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · Informatics Program, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · PanCuRx Translational Research Initiative, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · PanCuRx Translational Research Initiative, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · Informatics Program, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · PanCuRx Translational Research Initiative, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Hepatobiliary/Pancreatic Surgical Oncology Program, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · Informatics Program, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. Electronic address: Paul.Boutros@oicr.on.ca. ·Gastroenterology · Pubmed #29378198.

ABSTRACT: Somatic mutations have been found in the mitochondria in different types of cancer cells, but it is not clear whether these affect tumorigenesis or tumor progression. We analyzed mitochondrial genomes of 268 early-stage, resected pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma tissues and paired non-tumor tissues. We defined a mitochondrial somatic mutation (mtSNV) as a position where the difference in heteroplasmy fraction between tumor and normal sample was ≥0.2. Our analysis identified 304 mtSNVs, with at least 1 mtSNV in 61% (164 of 268) of tumor samples. The noncoding control region had the greatest proportion of mtSNVs (60 of 304 mutations); this region contains sites that regulate mitochondrial DNA transcription and replication. Frequently mutated genes included ND5, RNR2, and CO1, plus 29 mutations in transfer RNA genes. mtSNVs in 2 separate mitochondrial genes (ND4 and ND6) were associated with shorter overall survival time. This association appeared to depend on the level of mtSNV heteroplasmy. Non-random co-occurrence between mtSNVs and mutations in nuclear genes indicates interactions between nuclear and mitochondrial DNA. In an analysis of primary tumors and metastases from 6 patients, we found tumors to accumulate mitochondrial mutational mutations as they progress.

3 Article Exome-Wide Association Study of Pancreatic Cancer Risk. 2018

Grant, Robert C / Denroche, Robert E / Borgida, Ayelet / Virtanen, Carl / Cook, Natalie / Smith, Alyssa L / Connor, Ashton A / Wilson, Julie M / Peterson, Gloria / Roberts, Nicholas J / Klein, Alison P / Grimmond, Sean M / Biankin, Andrew / Cleary, Sean / Moore, Malcolm / Lemire, Mathieu / Zogopoulos, George / Stein, Lincoln / Gallinger, Steven. ·Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Canada. · Ontario Pancreas Cancer Study, Toronto, Canada. · Princess Margaret Genomics Centre, Toronto, Canada. · Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Canada. · Department of Health Sciences Research, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. · Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland. · Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland; Department of Pathology, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland. · University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia. · Wohl Cancer Research Centre, Institute of, Cancer Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom; West of Scotland Pancreatic Unit, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, United Kingdom; South Western Sydney Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine, University of NSW, Liverpool, Australia. · Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Canada; Ontario Pancreas Cancer Study, Toronto, Canada. · Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Canada; Ontario Pancreas Cancer Study, Toronto, Canada. Electronic address: steven.gallinger@uhn.ca. ·Gastroenterology · Pubmed #29074453.

ABSTRACT: We conducted a case-control exome-wide association study to discover germline variants in coding regions that affect risk for pancreatic cancer, combining data from 5 studies. We analyzed exome and genome sequencing data from 437 patients with pancreatic cancer (cases) and 1922 individuals not known to have cancer (controls). In the primary analysis, BRCA2 had the strongest enrichment for rare inactivating variants (17/437 cases vs 3/1922 controls) (P = 3.27x10

4 Article Recurrent noncoding regulatory mutations in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. 2017

Feigin, Michael E / Garvin, Tyler / Bailey, Peter / Waddell, Nicola / Chang, David K / Kelley, David R / Shuai, Shimin / Gallinger, Steven / McPherson, John D / Grimmond, Sean M / Khurana, Ekta / Stein, Lincoln D / Biankin, Andrew V / Schatz, Michael C / Tuveson, David A. ·Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York, USA. · Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York, USA. · Watson School of Biological Sciences, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York, USA. · Wolfson Wohl Cancer Research Centre, Institute of Cancer Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. · QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. · Queensland Centre for Medical Genomics, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. · The Kinghorn Cancer Centre, Cancer Research Program, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. · Department of Surgery, Bankstown Hospital, Bankstown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. · South Western Sydney Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia. · Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. · Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · Division of General Surgery, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · Genome Technologies Program, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center, Institute for Computational Biomedicine, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York, USA. · Informatics and Biocomputing, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · West of Scotland Pancreatic Unit, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. · Department of Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. · Department of Biology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. · Rubenstein Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York, USA. ·Nat Genet · Pubmed #28481342.

ABSTRACT: The contributions of coding mutations to tumorigenesis are relatively well known; however, little is known about somatic alterations in noncoding DNA. Here we describe GECCO (Genomic Enrichment Computational Clustering Operation) to analyze somatic noncoding alterations in 308 pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas (PDAs) and identify commonly mutated regulatory regions. We find recurrent noncoding mutations to be enriched in PDA pathways, including axon guidance and cell adhesion, and newly identified processes, including transcription and homeobox genes. We identified mutations in protein binding sites correlating with differential expression of proximal genes and experimentally validated effects of mutations on expression. We developed an expression modulation score that quantifies the strength of gene regulation imposed by each class of regulatory elements, and found the strongest elements were most frequently mutated, suggesting a selective advantage. Our detailed single-cancer analysis of noncoding alterations identifies regulatory mutations as candidates for diagnostic and prognostic markers, and suggests new mechanisms for tumor evolution.

5 Article Association of Distinct Mutational Signatures With Correlates of Increased Immune Activity in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma. 2017

Connor, Ashton A / Denroche, Robert E / Jang, Gun Ho / Timms, Lee / Kalimuthu, Sangeetha N / Selander, Iris / McPherson, Treasa / Wilson, Gavin W / Chan-Seng-Yue, Michelle A / Borozan, Ivan / Ferretti, Vincent / Grant, Robert C / Lungu, Ilinca M / Costello, Eithne / Greenhalf, William / Palmer, Daniel / Ghaneh, Paula / Neoptolemos, John P / Buchler, Markus / Petersen, Gloria / Thayer, Sarah / Hollingsworth, Michael A / Sherker, Alana / Durocher, Daniel / Dhani, Neesha / Hedley, David / Serra, Stefano / Pollett, Aaron / Roehrl, Michael H A / Bavi, Prashant / Bartlett, John M S / Cleary, Sean / Wilson, Julie M / Alexandrov, Ludmil B / Moore, Malcolm / Wouters, Bradly G / McPherson, John D / Notta, Faiyaz / Stein, Lincoln D / Gallinger, Steven. ·PanCuRx Translational Research Initiative, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada2Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada3Hepatobiliary/Pancreatic Surgical Oncology Program, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · PanCuRx Translational Research Initiative, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada4Informatics and Bio-computing Program, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · PanCuRx Translational Research Initiative, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada4Informatics and Bio-computing Program, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada5Department of Statistical Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · PanCuRx Translational Research Initiative, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada6Genome Technologies Program, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · PanCuRx Translational Research Initiative, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · Informatics and Bio-computing Program, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · PanCuRx Translational Research Initiative, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada2Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · Transformative Pathology, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · University of Liverpool, Liverpool, England. · Heidelberg University Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany. · Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. · Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. · University of Nebraska Medical Centre, Omaha, Nebraska. · Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada13Molecular Genetics Department, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · Division of Medical Oncology, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · Hepatobiliary/Pancreatic Surgical Oncology Program, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada15Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · PanCuRx Translational Research Initiative, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada15Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada16Department of Pathology, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada17Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada18BioSpecimen Sciences Program, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · PanCuRx Translational Research Initiative, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada3Hepatobiliary/Pancreatic Surgical Oncology Program, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · Theoretical Biology and Biophysics (T-6), Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico20Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico. · Department of Pathology, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · Genome Technologies Program, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada17Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. · Informatics and Bio-computing Program, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada13Molecular Genetics Department, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ·JAMA Oncol · Pubmed #27768182.

ABSTRACT: Importance: Outcomes for patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) remain poor. Advances in next-generation sequencing provide a route to therapeutic approaches, and integrating DNA and RNA analysis with clinicopathologic data may be a crucial step toward personalized treatment strategies for this disease. Objective: To classify PDAC according to distinct mutational processes, and explore their clinical significance. Design, Setting, and Participants: We performed a retrospective cohort study of resected PDAC, using cases collected between 2008 and 2015 as part of the International Cancer Genome Consortium. The discovery cohort comprised 160 PDAC cases from 154 patients (148 primary; 12 metastases) that underwent tumor enrichment prior to whole-genome and RNA sequencing. The replication cohort comprised 95 primary PDAC cases that underwent whole-genome sequencing and expression microarray on bulk biospecimens. Main Outcomes and Measures: Somatic mutations accumulate from sequence-specific processes creating signatures detectable by DNA sequencing. Using nonnegative matrix factorization, we measured the contribution of each signature to carcinogenesis, and used hierarchical clustering to subtype each cohort. We examined expression of antitumor immunity genes across subtypes to uncover biomarkers predictive of response to systemic therapies. Results: The discovery cohort was 53% male (n = 79) and had a median age of 67 (interquartile range, 58-74) years. The replication cohort was 50% male (n = 48) and had a median age of 68 (interquartile range, 60-75) years. Five predominant mutational subtypes were identified that clustered PDAC into 4 major subtypes: age related, double-strand break repair, mismatch repair, and 1 with unknown etiology (signature 8). These were replicated and validated. Signatures were faithfully propagated from primaries to matched metastases, implying their stability during carcinogenesis. Twelve of 27 (45%) double-strand break repair cases lacked germline or somatic events in canonical homologous recombination genes-BRCA1, BRCA2, or PALB2. Double-strand break repair and mismatch repair subtypes were associated with increased expression of antitumor immunity, including activation of CD8-positive T lymphocytes (GZMA and PRF1) and overexpression of regulatory molecules (cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4, programmed cell death 1, and indolamine 2,3-dioxygenase 1), corresponding to higher frequency of somatic mutations and tumor-specific neoantigens. Conclusions and Relevance: Signature-based subtyping may guide personalized therapy of PDAC in the context of biomarker-driven prospective trials.

6 Article A renewed model of pancreatic cancer evolution based on genomic rearrangement patterns. 2016

Notta, Faiyaz / Chan-Seng-Yue, Michelle / Lemire, Mathieu / Li, Yilong / Wilson, Gavin W / Connor, Ashton A / Denroche, Robert E / Liang, Sheng-Ben / Brown, Andrew M K / Kim, Jaeseung C / Wang, Tao / Simpson, Jared T / Beck, Timothy / Borgida, Ayelet / Buchner, Nicholas / Chadwick, Dianne / Hafezi-Bakhtiari, Sara / Dick, John E / Heisler, Lawrence / Hollingsworth, Michael A / Ibrahimov, Emin / Jang, Gun Ho / Johns, Jeremy / Jorgensen, Lars G T / Law, Calvin / Ludkovski, Olga / Lungu, Ilinca / Ng, Karen / Pasternack, Danielle / Petersen, Gloria M / Shlush, Liran I / Timms, Lee / Tsao, Ming-Sound / Wilson, Julie M / Yung, Christina K / Zogopoulos, George / Bartlett, John M S / Alexandrov, Ludmil B / Real, Francisco X / Cleary, Sean P / Roehrl, Michael H / McPherson, John D / Stein, Lincoln D / Hudson, Thomas J / Campbell, Peter J / Gallinger, Steven. ·Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario M5G 0A3, Canada. · Cancer Genome Project, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton CB10 1SA, UK. · UHN Program in BioSpecimen Sciences, Department of Pathology, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2C4, Canada. · Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1L7, Canada. · Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A8, Canada. · Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G4, Canada. · Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer, Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska 68198, USA. · Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A8, Canada. · Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network (UHN), Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M9, Canada. · Division of Surgical Oncology, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Odette Cancer Centre, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5, Canada. · Department of Health Sciences Research, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota 55905, USA. · Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Québec, Canada, H3H 2L9. · Theoretical Biology and Biophysics (T-6) and Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA, 87545. · Epithelial Carcinogenesis Group, Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), Madrid 28029, Spain. · Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X5, Canada. · Department of Surgery, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2C4, Canada. · Department of Haematology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 0XY, UK. ·Nature · Pubmed #27732578.

ABSTRACT: Pancreatic cancer, a highly aggressive tumour type with uniformly poor prognosis, exemplifies the classically held view of stepwise cancer development. The current model of tumorigenesis, based on analyses of precursor lesions, termed pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasm (PanINs) lesions, makes two predictions: first, that pancreatic cancer develops through a particular sequence of genetic alterations (KRAS, followed by CDKN2A, then TP53 and SMAD4); and second, that the evolutionary trajectory of pancreatic cancer progression is gradual because each alteration is acquired independently. A shortcoming of this model is that clonally expanded precursor lesions do not always belong to the tumour lineage, indicating that the evolutionary trajectory of the tumour lineage and precursor lesions can be divergent. This prevailing model of tumorigenesis has contributed to the clinical notion that pancreatic cancer evolves slowly and presents at a late stage. However, the propensity for this disease to rapidly metastasize and the inability to improve patient outcomes, despite efforts aimed at early detection, suggest that pancreatic cancer progression is not gradual. Here, using newly developed informatics tools, we tracked changes in DNA copy number and their associated rearrangements in tumour-enriched genomes and found that pancreatic cancer tumorigenesis is neither gradual nor follows the accepted mutation order. Two-thirds of tumours harbour complex rearrangement patterns associated with mitotic errors, consistent with punctuated equilibrium as the principal evolutionary trajectory. In a subset of cases, the consequence of such errors is the simultaneous, rather than sequential, knockout of canonical preneoplastic genetic drivers that are likely to set-off invasive cancer growth. These findings challenge the current progression model of pancreatic cancer and provide insights into the mutational processes that give rise to these aggressive tumours.

7 Article Candidate DNA repair susceptibility genes identified by exome sequencing in high-risk pancreatic cancer. 2016

Smith, Alyssa L / Alirezaie, Najmeh / Connor, Ashton / Chan-Seng-Yue, Michelle / Grant, Robert / Selander, Iris / Bascuñana, Claire / Borgida, Ayelet / Hall, Anita / Whelan, Thomas / Holter, Spring / McPherson, Treasa / Cleary, Sean / Petersen, Gloria M / Omeroglu, Atilla / Saloustros, Emmanouil / McPherson, John / Stein, Lincoln D / Foulkes, William D / Majewski, Jacek / Gallinger, Steven / Zogopoulos, George. ·Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, 1001 Décarie Boulevard, Montreal, QC, Canada H4A 3J1; Goodman Cancer Research Centre, McGill University, 1160 Pine Avenue West, Montreal, QC, Canada H3A 1A3. · McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre, 740 Dr. Penfield Avenue, Montreal, QC, Canada H3A 0G1. · Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada M5G 1X5; MaRS Centre, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, 661 University Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada M5G 0A3. · MaRS Centre, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, 661 University Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada M5G 0A3. · Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada M5G 1X5. · Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada M5G 1X5; Zane Cohen Centre for Digestive Diseases, Mount Sinai Hospital, 60 Murray Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M5T 3H7. · Department of Health Sciences Research, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905, USA. · Department of Pathology, McGill University Health Centre, 1001 Décarie Boulevard, Montreal, QC, Canada H4A 3J1. · Department of Medical Oncology, Hereditary Cancer Clinic, University Hospital of Heraklion, Voutes, Heraklion 71110, Greece. · Program in Cancer Genetics, Departments of Oncology and Human Genetics, Sir Mortimer B. Davis-Jewish General Hospital, McGill University, 3755 Côte-Ste-Catherine Road, Montreal, QC, Canada H3T 1E2. · Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada M5G 1X5; MaRS Centre, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, 661 University Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada M5G 0A3; Zane Cohen Centre for Digestive Diseases, Mount Sinai Hospital, 60 Murray Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M5T 3H7. Electronic address: steven.gallinger@uhn.ca. · Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, 1001 Décarie Boulevard, Montreal, QC, Canada H4A 3J1; Goodman Cancer Research Centre, McGill University, 1160 Pine Avenue West, Montreal, QC, Canada H3A 1A3; Program in Cancer Genetics, Departments of Oncology and Human Genetics, Sir Mortimer B. Davis-Jewish General Hospital, McGill University, 3755 Côte-Ste-Catherine Road, Montreal, QC, Canada H3T 1E2. Electronic address: george.zogopoulos@mcgill.ca. ·Cancer Lett · Pubmed #26546047.

ABSTRACT: The genetic basis underlying the majority of hereditary pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PC) is unknown. Since DNA repair genes are widely implicated in gastrointestinal malignancies, including PC, we hypothesized that there are novel DNA repair PC susceptibility genes. As germline DNA repair gene mutations may lead to PC subtypes with selective therapeutic responses, we also hypothesized that there is an overall survival (OS) difference in mutation carriers versus non-carriers. We therefore interrogated the germline exomes of 109 high-risk PC cases for rare protein-truncating variants (PTVs) in 513 putative DNA repair genes. We identified PTVs in 41 novel genes among 36 kindred. Additional genetic evidence for causality was obtained for 17 genes, with FAN1, NEK1 and RHNO1 emerging as the strongest candidates. An OS difference was observed for carriers versus non-carriers of PTVs with early stage (≤IIB) disease. This adverse survival trend in carriers with early stage disease was also observed in an independent series of 130 PC cases. We identified candidate DNA repair PC susceptibility genes and suggest that carriers of a germline PTV in a DNA repair gene with early stage disease have worse survival.

8 Article A cancer cell-line titration series for evaluating somatic classification. 2015

Denroche, Robert E / Mullen, Laura / Timms, Lee / Beck, Timothy / Yung, Christina K / Stein, Lincoln / McPherson, John D / Brown, Andrew M K. ·Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, ON, Canada. rob.denroche@oicr.on.ca. · Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, ON, Canada. laura.mullen@oicr.on.ca. · Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, ON, Canada. lee.timms@oicr.on.ca. · Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, ON, Canada. timothy.beck@oicr.on.ca. · Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, ON, Canada. christina.yung@oicr.on.ca. · Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, ON, Canada. lincoln.stein@gmail.com. · Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada. lincoln.stein@gmail.com. · Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, ON, Canada. john.mcpherson@oicr.on.ca. · Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada. john.mcpherson@oicr.on.ca. · Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, ON, Canada. andrew.brown@oicr.on.ca. ·BMC Res Notes · Pubmed #26708082.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Accurate detection of somatic single nucleotide variants and small insertions and deletions from DNA sequencing experiments of tumour-normal pairs is a challenging task. Tumour samples are often contaminated with normal cells confounding the available evidence for the somatic variants. Furthermore, tumours are heterogeneous so sub-clonal variants are observed at reduced allele frequencies. We present here a cell-line titration series dataset that can be used to evaluate somatic variant calling pipelines with the goal of reliably calling true somatic mutations at low allele frequencies. RESULTS: Cell-line DNA was mixed with matched normal DNA at 8 different ratios to generate samples with known tumour cellularities, and exome sequenced on Illumina HiSeq to depths of >300×. The data was processed with several different variant calling pipelines and verification experiments were performed to assay >1500 somatic variant candidates using Ion Torrent PGM as an orthogonal technology. By examining the variants called at varying cellularities and depths of coverage, we show that the best performing pipelines are able to maintain a high level of precision at any cellularity. In addition, we estimate the number of true somatic variants undetected as cellularity and coverage decrease. CONCLUSIONS: Our cell-line titration series dataset, along with the associated verification results, was effective for this evaluation and will serve as a valuable dataset for future somatic calling algorithm development. The data is available for further analysis at the European Genome-phenome Archive under accession number EGAS00001001016. Data access requires registration through the International Cancer Genome Consortium's Data Access Compliance Office (ICGC DACO).

9 Article Exome sequencing identifies nonsegregating nonsense ATM and PALB2 variants in familial pancreatic cancer. 2013

Grant, Robert C / Al-Sukhni, Wigdan / Borgida, Ayelet E / Holter, Spring / Kanji, Zaheer S / McPherson, Treasa / Whelan, Emily / Serra, Stefano / Trinh, Quang M / Peltekova, Vanya / Stein, Lincoln D / McPherson, John D / Gallinger, Steven. ·Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, M5G 1X5, Canada. ·Hum Genomics · Pubmed #23561644.

ABSTRACT: We sequenced 11 germline exomes from five families with familial pancreatic cancer (FPC). One proband had a germline nonsense variant in ATM with somatic loss of the variant allele. Another proband had a nonsense variant in PALB2 with somatic loss of the variant allele. Both variants were absent in a relative with FPC. These findings question the causal mechanisms of ATM and PALB2 in these families and highlight challenges in identifying the causes of familial cancer syndromes using exome sequencing.

10 Article Pancreatic cancer genomes reveal aberrations in axon guidance pathway genes. 2012

Biankin, Andrew V / Waddell, Nicola / Kassahn, Karin S / Gingras, Marie-Claude / Muthuswamy, Lakshmi B / Johns, Amber L / Miller, David K / Wilson, Peter J / Patch, Ann-Marie / Wu, Jianmin / Chang, David K / Cowley, Mark J / Gardiner, Brooke B / Song, Sarah / Harliwong, Ivon / Idrisoglu, Senel / Nourse, Craig / Nourbakhsh, Ehsan / Manning, Suzanne / Wani, Shivangi / Gongora, Milena / Pajic, Marina / Scarlett, Christopher J / Gill, Anthony J / Pinho, Andreia V / Rooman, Ilse / Anderson, Matthew / Holmes, Oliver / Leonard, Conrad / Taylor, Darrin / Wood, Scott / Xu, Qinying / Nones, Katia / Fink, J Lynn / Christ, Angelika / Bruxner, Tim / Cloonan, Nicole / Kolle, Gabriel / Newell, Felicity / Pinese, Mark / Mead, R Scott / Humphris, Jeremy L / Kaplan, Warren / Jones, Marc D / Colvin, Emily K / Nagrial, Adnan M / Humphrey, Emily S / Chou, Angela / Chin, Venessa T / Chantrill, Lorraine A / Mawson, Amanda / Samra, Jaswinder S / Kench, James G / Lovell, Jessica A / Daly, Roger J / Merrett, Neil D / Toon, Christopher / Epari, Krishna / Nguyen, Nam Q / Barbour, Andrew / Zeps, Nikolajs / Anonymous5450740 / Kakkar, Nipun / Zhao, Fengmei / Wu, Yuan Qing / Wang, Min / Muzny, Donna M / Fisher, William E / Brunicardi, F Charles / Hodges, Sally E / Reid, Jeffrey G / Drummond, Jennifer / Chang, Kyle / Han, Yi / Lewis, Lora R / Dinh, Huyen / Buhay, Christian J / Beck, Timothy / Timms, Lee / Sam, Michelle / Begley, Kimberly / Brown, Andrew / Pai, Deepa / Panchal, Ami / Buchner, Nicholas / De Borja, Richard / Denroche, Robert E / Yung, Christina K / Serra, Stefano / Onetto, Nicole / Mukhopadhyay, Debabrata / Tsao, Ming-Sound / Shaw, Patricia A / Petersen, Gloria M / Gallinger, Steven / Hruban, Ralph H / Maitra, Anirban / Iacobuzio-Donahue, Christine A / Schulick, Richard D / Wolfgang, Christopher L / Morgan, Richard A / Lawlor, Rita T / Capelli, Paola / Corbo, Vincenzo / Scardoni, Maria / Tortora, Giampaolo / Tempero, Margaret A / Mann, Karen M / Jenkins, Nancy A / Perez-Mancera, Pedro A / Adams, David J / Largaespada, David A / Wessels, Lodewyk F A / Rust, Alistair G / Stein, Lincoln D / Tuveson, David A / Copeland, Neal G / Musgrove, Elizabeth A / Scarpa, Aldo / Eshleman, James R / Hudson, Thomas J / Sutherland, Robert L / Wheeler, David A / Pearson, John V / McPherson, John D / Gibbs, Richard A / Grimmond, Sean M. ·The Kinghorn Cancer Centre, 370 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia. ·Nature · Pubmed #23103869.

ABSTRACT: Pancreatic cancer is a highly lethal malignancy with few effective therapies. We performed exome sequencing and copy number analysis to define genomic aberrations in a prospectively accrued clinical cohort (n = 142) of early (stage I and II) sporadic pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Detailed analysis of 99 informative tumours identified substantial heterogeneity with 2,016 non-silent mutations and 1,628 copy-number variations. We define 16 significantly mutated genes, reaffirming known mutations (KRAS, TP53, CDKN2A, SMAD4, MLL3, TGFBR2, ARID1A and SF3B1), and uncover novel mutated genes including additional genes involved in chromatin modification (EPC1 and ARID2), DNA damage repair (ATM) and other mechanisms (ZIM2, MAP2K4, NALCN, SLC16A4 and MAGEA6). Integrative analysis with in vitro functional data and animal models provided supportive evidence for potential roles for these genetic aberrations in carcinogenesis. Pathway-based analysis of recurrently mutated genes recapitulated clustering in core signalling pathways in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, and identified new mutated genes in each pathway. We also identified frequent and diverse somatic aberrations in genes described traditionally as embryonic regulators of axon guidance, particularly SLIT/ROBO signalling, which was also evident in murine Sleeping Beauty transposon-mediated somatic mutagenesis models of pancreatic cancer, providing further supportive evidence for the potential involvement of axon guidance genes in pancreatic carcinogenesis.