Molecular signatures of pancreatic cancer.
GENETICS OF PANCREATIC CANCER
A recent comprehensive study of the pancreatic cancer genome profiled the genetic abnormalities of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas. In this study, Jones and colleagues7 sequenced 20661 protein-coding genes in 24 ductal adenocarcinomas and demonstrated an average of 48 nonsilent mutations, 6 amplifications, and 8 homozygous deletions per pancreatic cancer. These mutations were associated with 12 core signaling pathways.7 Based on the frequency of genetically affected genes in pancreatic cancers, a genetic "topographic map" of the pancreatic cancers can be generated in which the most frequent mutations are represented as 4 "mountains" (high-frequency driver genes) involving KRAS2, CDKN2A/p16, SMAD4/DPC4, and TP53, with numerous "hills" (low-frequency driver genes) involving SMARC4A, CDH1, EPHA3, FBXW7, EGFR, IDH1, and NF1. (7)
1. Oncogenes and Pancreatic Cancer
The most frequently mutated oncogene in pancreatic cancers is KRAS2 (mutated in >95% of pancreatic cancers), which is activated by point mutations, most often in codon 12. (7,8) The KRAS2 gene is located on chromosome arm 12p and encodes a membrane-bound guanosine triphosphate (GTP)-binding protein. This GTP-binding protein mediates various cellular functions, such as proliferation, cellular survival, motility, and cytoskeletal remodeling. Activating KRAS2 gene mutations abolish the regulated GTPase activity of the Kras protein, which results in constitutive signaling. (9) Mutations in the KRAS2 gene are observed in the earliest pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PanIN) lesions and are considered to be one of the earliest genetic events in pancreatic tumorigenesis. (7,10,11) Several additional signaling pathways downstream from KRAS2, including BRAF-MAPK and PI3K-AKT, may also be activated by mutations. The BRAF pathway is activated by a point mutation at V600E. BRAF gene mutations are observed in 5% of pancreatic cancers that do not possess a KRAS2 mutation. (12) These cancers are often microsatellite unstable. Similarly, amplifications in the AKT2 gene are seen in 10% to 20% of pancreatic cancers. (13,14) Amplifications of other oncogenes such as CMYC7, (15) and GATA6 (15,16) are less frequent.
2. Tumor Suppressor Genes in Pancreatic Cancer
Three tumor suppressor genes, CDKN2A/p16, TP53, and SMAD4/DPC4, are commonly inactivated in pancreatic cancers. (7,17-20) CDKN2A/p16 on chromosome arm 9p is inactivated in more than 95% of pancreatic cancers by several different mechanisms, such as homozygous deletion of both alleles of the gene; intragenic mutation in 1 allele, coupled with loss of the other allele; or promoter hypermethylation. (17,21,22) The p16 protein inhibits progression of the cell cycle at the G1-S checkpoint binding of cyclin-dependant kinases (CDKs), including CDK4 and CDK6. (23) The TP53 gene on chromosome arm 17p is inactivated in 50% to 75% of pancreatic cancers. (7,19,24,25)
p53 proteins play several key roles including maintaining G2-M arrest, regulating G1-S checkpoint, inducing apoptosis, regulating senescence, repairing DNA, and changing cellular metabolism. (26) Inactivation of the TP53 gene typically occurs through intragenic mutations of 1 allele, accompanied with loss of the other allele. (19) Functional loss of the p53 protein enables cellular survival and division in the presence of DNA damage; this facilitates the accumulation of further genetic abnormalities. (26)
SMAD4/DPC4 on chromosome arm 18q is inactivated in 55% of pancreatic cancers. (27,28) SMAD4/DPC4 is inactivated by homozygous deletion and by intragenic mutations accompanied by loss of the other allele. (28,29) SMAD4 (DPC4) protein has a critical function in the signal transduction cascade that involves transforming growth factor [beta] (TGF-[beta]) and multiple targets in the TGF-[beta] pathway. Binding of the TGF-[beta] ligand to its receptor triggers a series of reactions including binding of the transcription factor SMAD2/3 to SMAD4. Through multiple target genes, the TGF-[beta] pathway normally regulates cellular growth. Loss of SMAD4 function abolishes the SMAD4-dependant TGF-[beta] pathway and gives rise to unregulated cellular proliferation. (30) Loss of SMAD4 nuclear labeling by immunohistochemistry is generally observed late in pancreatic carcinogenesis, such as in PanIN-3 precursor lesions and infiltrating adenocarcinomas. (31) Both SMAD4/ DPC4 mutation and loss of SMAD4 expression are markers of poor prognosis in pancreatic cancers. (32,33) In contrast to SMAD4/DPC4 mutation, mutations in TP53 and CDKN2A/p16 have not been shown to predict survival. (33) Loss of SMAD4 protein expression can also be used in the differential diagnosis of carcinomas of unknown primary tumor; SMAD4/DPC4 mutations with loss of nuclear SMAD4 labeling frequently occur in pancreatic adenocarcinomas, but not in extrapancreatic malignancies. (34) SMAD4 mutations have recently been associated with poor prognosis and with the development of widespread metastases in pancreatic cancer. (33,35)
An additional tumor suppressor pathway that can be altered in pancreatic cancers involves STK11/LKB1 on chromosome arm 19p. Germline mutations of STK11/LKB1 are responsible for Peutz-Jeghers syndrome and are associated with intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMNs) and invasive pancreatic cancer. In addition to germline mutations, somatic mutations of STK11/LKB1 are observed in 5% of patients with sporadic IPMNs and pancreatic cancers. (36,37) Other tumor suppressor genes, including TGFBR2, (38) MAP2K4/MKK4, (39,40) FBXW7, (12) and ACVR1B4, are inactivated in a small subset of pancreatic cancers. The genetically altered genes involved in pancreatic cancer are summarized in Table 1.
3. Genetics of Precursor Lesions
There are 3 histologically recognized precursor lesions of pancreatic cancer: PanINs, IPMNs, and mucinous cystic neoplasms (MCNs). (42-45) Pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia lesions are microscopic papillary or flat noninvasive epithelial neoplasms (<0.5 cm) arising in pancreatic ducts characterized by mucin-containing cuboidal to columnar cells.
Pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia lesions can be further classified according to the degree of cytologic and architectural atypia as PanIN-1, PanIN-2, and PanIN3. (43,44) Two distinct genetic events occur in early low-grade PanIN lesions (PanIN-1): telomere shortening and KRAS2 gene mutations. (8,10,11,46,47) Activating point mutations of KRAS2 occur in approximately 45% of PanIN-1 lesions. (8,10,11,47) Telomere shortening is found in approximately 90% of PanIN-1 lesions and may contribute to global chromosomal abnormalities in PanINs. (46) Inactivating mutations of CDKN2A/p16 begin to occur in PanIN-2 lesions, while inactivation of TP53, SMAD4/DPC4, and BRCA2 are generally associated with higher-grade PanIN lesions (PanIN-3). (31,48)
Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms are mucin-producing epithelial neoplasms, usually with papillary architecture; they arise from the main pancreatic duct or branch ducts. (44) These neoplasms are larger lesions than PanINs ([greater than or equal to] 1 cm) and therefore can be detected by imaging. (44) Activating point mutations of KRAS2 occur in approximately 50% of IPMNs with low-grade dysplasia, and the prevalence of KRAS2 mutations increases with the degree of dysplasia. (49-51) Inactivating mutations of CDKN2A/p16 and TP53 are found in IPMNs with high-grade dysplasia. (52) Loss of SMAD4 expression is observed in only a small subset of IPMNs (3%), whereas SMAD4 loss in PanIN3 occurs in approximately 30% of cases. (53) As described above, somatic mutations of STK11/LKB1, with loss of the wild-type allele and corresponding inactivation of STK11 protein, occur in a small proportion of IPMNs. (36,37,53)
Mucinous cystic neoplasms occur predominantly in women. (42) In contrast to IPMNs, MCNs do not have a connection with the pancreatic duct. In addition, MCNs are unique among pancreatic precursor lesions because of an associated ovarian-type stroma. (42) Compared with PanINs and IPMNs, the genetic alterations of MCNs have not been well defined. Studies of MCNs (54-56) have reported a range in the prevalence of KRAS2 mutations and p53 overexpression, with the prevalence of abnormalities increasing with increasing degrees of dysplasia. One observation is that SMAD4 mutation and loss of nuclear expression do not occur in most noninvasive MCNs. As with cancers arising from PanIN-3 lesions, SMAD4 expression is lost when infiltrating cancers arise from MCNs. (29) This suggests that inactivation of SMAD4/ DPC4 occurs in the late stages of neoplastic progression from MCNs. (29)
4. Genetics of Histologic Variants of Pancreatic Cancer
Several histologic variants of pancreatic cancer have been described, which include adenosquamous carcinoma, colloid carcinoma, medullary carcinoma, signet ring cell carcinoma, undifferentiated carcinoma, and undifferentiated carcinoma with osteoclast-like giant cells. (42)
Recognition of these variants is clinically important. Indeed, colloid and medullary carcinomas typically have better prognoses than the typical infiltrating ductal adenocarcinomas, and adenosquamous and undifferentiated carcinomas have worse prognoses than the typical ductal adenocarcinomas. (57-59) Furthermore, medullary carcinomas have distinct mechanisms of pathogenesis. We will briefly describe the genetic characteristics of these histologic variants, but we recommend a more comprehensive review for more in-depth discussion. (60)
Adenosquamous carcinomas contain both glandular and squamous components. (42) The squamous component, by definition, comprises at least 30% of the neoplasm. Adenosquamous carcinomas share similar genetic features with ductal adenocarcinomas, including KRAS2 mutations and inactivation of CDKN2A/p16, SMAD4/ DPC4, and/or TP53. (58) The squamous component expresses p63, which is a helpful finding for identifying squamous components. Recognition of adenosquamous carcinoma is clinically important because it is associated with worse survival than adenocarcinomas. (58)
Medullary carcinomas are characterized by well-defined pushing border, syncytial growth pattern, and poorly differentiated cancer cells. (59,61,62) Similar to medullary carcinomas of the colorectum, medullary carcinomas of the pancreas are often microsatellite unstable; this is caused either by germline or somatic mutation of the mismatch repair genes MHL1 and MSH2 or by epigenetic silencing of MLH1 by promoter methylation. (22,59,61,62) Medullary carcinomas are associated with a better prognosis than ductal adenocarcinomas. Medullary colorectal cancers (with microsatellite instability) respond poorly to 5-fluorouracil-based chemotherapy, but it is not known if this 5-fluorouracil resistance applies to medullary carcinoma of the pancreas. (63)
Colloid carcinomas are characterized by well-differentiated neoplastic cells floating in pools of extracellular mucin; by definition, the mucin pools should comprise at least 80% of the tumor. (57) The neoplastic cells have intestinal differentiation and label with antibodies to MUC2 and/or CDX2. (64,65) Colloid carcinomas are associated with a better prognosis than ductal adenocarcinomas. (57)
Undifferentiated carcinomas lack histologic features of differentiation. (42,59-61) The median survival time for patients with undifferentiated pancreatic adenocarcinoma is only 5 months after surgical resection. (66) Undifferentiated carcinomas are noncohesive cancers characterized by the loss of E-cadherin protein expression. (67) The expression of L1CAM, COX2, and EGFR proteins in undifferentiated carcinomas have been noted as possible future targets of inhibitor-based treatments. (68)
Undifferentiated carcinomas with osteoclast-like giant cells are composed of cytologically benign, multinucleated, osteoclast-like giant cells admixed with atypical pleomorphic mononuclear cells. (42) Frequently, undifferentiated carcinomas with osteoclast-like giant cells occur in association with noninvasive precursor lesions and share mutations with the associated noninvasive precursor lesions. (69-73)
5. Genetics of Familial Pancreatic Cancer
Up to 10% of pancreatic cancers have a familial basis. (74) Several cohort and case-control studies (75,76) report that individuals with first-degree relatives who have pancreatic cancer are at significantly greater risk for pancreatic cancer, a risk that increases with the number of affected relatives. Thus, the risk for pancreatic cancer in individuals with 1 first-degree relative with pancreatic cancer is 2-fold higher than that for an individual without an affected first-degree relative; persons with 2 affected first-degree relatives have a 6-fold increased risk; and persons with 3 or more affected first-degree relatives have a 14- to 32-fold increased risk for pancreatic cancer. (75,76)
Several genetic syndromes are linked to the development of familial pancreatic cancer. Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome is an autosomal, dominantly inherited disease characterized by early development of breast and ovarian cancer and germline mutation of BRCA2 and BRCA1. (74) Germline mutation of BRCA2 increases risk for pancreatic cancer 3.5- to 10-fold. (77-79) BRCA2 is a member of the Fanconi anemia gene family, and the function of the BRCA2 gene product is to repair DNA interstrand cross-links and double-strand breaks. (80) Pancreatic cancer cells with BRCA2 mutation are hypersensitive to DNA interstrand cross-linking agents, including mitomycin C, cisplatin, and poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitors. (81-83)
Peutz-Jeghers syndrome is an autosomal, dominantly inherited disease characterized by hamartomatous polyps of the gastrointestinal tract and pigmented macules of the lips and buccal mucosa. (84) Germline mutations of STK11/ LKB1 are responsible for Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, and patients with this syndrome have a very high lifetime risk for pancreatic cancer (up to 132-fold). (84,85) As we described above, pancreatic cancers in patients with Peutz-Jeghers syndrome develop as IPMNs.
Familial atypical multiple mole melanoma (FAMMM) is an autosomal, dominantly inherited disorder characterized by multiple nevi and atypical nevi and an increased risk for malignant melanoma. (86,87) Germline mutations of CDKN2A/p16 cause FAMMM, and patients with FAMMM and mutated CDKN2A/p16 have a 47-fold increased risk for pancreatic cancer. (88)
Hereditary pancreatitis is characterized by recurrent attacks of pancreatitis at a young age. Germline mutations of PRSS1 are associated with a markedly increased risk for hereditary pancreatitis and a 53-fold increased risk for pancreatic cancer. (89-92) Variants in SPINK1 are associated with a moderate increased risk for pancreatitis.
Hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer syndrome (HNPCC) is an autosomal, dominantly inherited disease characterized by early onset of right-sided colon cancer as well as an increased risk for endometrial cancer and carcinomas of the small intestine, stomach, endometrium, ovary, bile duct, and kidney. (93) Germline mutations of mismatch repair genes, including MLH1, MSH2, PMS1, PMS2, and MSH6, are associated with HNPCC. When pancreatic cancers arise in patients with HNPCC, they usually have a characteristic medullary phenotype.
Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) syndrome is an autosomal, dominantly inherited disease characterized by the presence of more than hundreds of polyps in the colon at an early age. (94,95) Germline mutation of APC is linked with FAP. Patients with FAP have a 4-fold increased risk for pancreatic cancer. (96)
Genetic syndromes associated with familial pancreatic cancer are summarized in Table 2.
EPIGENETICS OF PANCREATIC CANCER
Epigenetics is defined as heritable changes in gene expression without accompanying changes in DNA sequence. (97) The main epigenetic mechanisms that may affect gene expression include DNA methylation, histone modification, and microRNA expression.
1. DNA Methylation
DNA methylation is the covalent binding of a methyl group ([CH3.sub.-]) to the 5-carbon of cytosine residues. This methyl-group binding is catalyzed and maintained by a family of enzymes, DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs), including DNMT1, DNMT3A, and DNMT3B. DNMT1 is involved in preserving parental methylation patterns and transferring these patterns to offspring. DNMT3A and DNMT3B are involved in de novo methylation. (98-100) Approximately 80% of pancreatic cancers overexpress dnmt1 protein. (101)
A major pattern of DNA methylation occurs in CpG islands. CpG islands are stretches of DNA with a high CG nucleotide content (>50%). (102) The CpG islands are frequently located near the transcriptional start sites of genes. About 60% of human genes have associated CpG islands; for many years CpG islands were thought to be unmethylated except during genomic imprinting and X-chromosome inactivation, (103) but more recent evidence indicates that some CpG islands are methylated in a tissue-specific manner, (104) and CpG island methylation increases with age at many loci. (105,106) Aberrant hypermethylation of promoter CpG islands is tightly associated with gene silencing and may be associated with loss of tumor suppressor function in cancer. (107)
Aberrant Hypermethylation in Pancreatic Cancer.--Several classic tumor suppressor genes, as well as increasing numbers of functionally important genes, show aberrant promoter CpG island hypermethylation in a subset of pancreatic cancers. The first tumor suppressor gene that was shown to undergo promoter hypermethylation and silencing in pancreatic cancer was CDKN2A/ p16.21 Other genetically inactivated tumor suppressor genes in pancreatic cancers, including TP53, SMAD4/ DPC4, and STK11/LKB1, have not been shown to undergo epigenetic silencing by DNA methylation.
MLH1 on chromosome arm 3p undergoes DNA methylation in pancreatic cancers and is associated with microsatellite instability in medullary carcinomas. (22,108,109) The CDH1 gene on chromosome arm 16q, which encodes E-cadherin protein, shows aberrant methylation in a small fraction of pancreatic cancers. (22)
SPARC, located on chromosome arm 5q, encodes a calcium-binding protein that interacts with extracellular matrix. (110) SPARC has effects on cellular migration, proliferation, angiogenesis during wound healing, cell-matrix adhesion, and tissue remodeling. (110) In pancreatic and other cancers, SPARC expression is usually lost through abnormal DNA methylation. (110) Pancreatic cancer-associated peritumoral fibroblasts often express SPARC, and patients with pancreatic cancer and SPARC-expressing peritumoral fibroblasts were reported to have a poorer survival in 1 study. (111)
Other cancer-related genes that have been shown to undergo abnormal methylation and induced gene silencing include RELN, (112) CCND2, (105) TFPI2, (113) RUNX3, (114) SOCS 1, (115) and TSLC1/IGSF4. (116)
Genome-wide screening has made it possible to identify epigenetic alterations in novel genes within the setting of pancreatic cancer. Ueki and colleagues (4) used methylated CpG island amplification with representational difference analysis to identify differentially methylated CpG islands in pancreatic cancer. PENK (preproenkephalin) on chromosome arm 8q was one of the genes identified by this method, and more than 90% of pancreatic cancers in this study had aberrantly methylated PENK. (4,117) Using oligonucleotide microarrays, Sato and colleagues (5) identified a total of 475 candidate genes that were induced by a DNMT inhibitor (5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine) in 4 pancreatic cancer cell lines, but not in HPDE (a nonneoplastic pancreatic ductal epithelial cell line). Of these 475 genes, UCHL1 on chromosome arm 4p was methylated in all 42 pancreatic cancers studied. (5) RPRM on chromosome arm 2q was methylated in 80% of pancreatic cancers studied and was associated with a worse prognosis. (118) More recently, Omura and colleagues (3) applied the methylated CpG island amplification technique to an Agilent 44K promoter microarray (Agilent Technologies, Santa Clara, California) and identified 606 differentially methylated genes in pancreatic cancer cell lines compared with normal pancreas.
A selected list of genes that are aberrantly hypermethylated in pancreatic cancer is summarized in Table 3.
Aberrant Methylation in Precursor Lesions.--The discovery of abnormal methylation in pancreatic cancer has been followed by the investigation of methylation in precursor lesions. Many genes that are epigenetically silenced in pancreatic cancers also are silenced or have reduced expression in precursor lesions of pancreatic cancer. For example, global gene expression profiles of IPMN were compared with those of normal pancreatic ductal epithelial samples. (119) CDKN1C/p57KIP2 on chromosome arm 11p codes for an inhibitor of cyclin/CDK complexes and negative regulator of cellular proliferation. (120,121) Partial methylation of the CDKN1C/p57KIP2 promoter CpG islands in IPMNs and pancreatic cancer cell lines was correlated with a corresponding decrease in CDKN1C protein expression. (119)
Other genes identified in precursor lesions include PENK, CDKN2A/p16, STK11/LKB1, SPARC, SFRP1/SARP2 (chromosome arm 8p), TSLC1, RELN (chromosome arm 7q), TFPI2, CLDN5 (chromosome arm 22q), and UCHL1 in IPMNs (37,122,123); PENK, CDKN2A/p16, CLDN5, NPTX2, RPRM, SFRP1/SARP2, and LHX1 (chromosome arm 11p) in PanINs (117,118,124); and CDKN2A/p16 in MCNs. (56) A selected list of genes that are aberrantly hypermethylated in pancreatic precursor lesions is summarized in Table 4.
The degree of methylation for these genes positively correlates with the degree of cytologic and architectural atypia. These findings suggest that aberrant CpG island methylation begins in the earliest stages of precursor lesions, such as PanINs, IPMNs, and MCNs, and their prevalence progressively increases during pancreatic carcinogenesis.
Aberrant Hypomethylation in Pancreatic Cancer.--In addition to hypermethylation as a mechanism of carcinogenesis, aberrant loss of methylation (hypomethylation of DNA) is also common in pancreatic adenocarcinomas. Hypomethylation can be detected at the genomic scale (global hypomethylation) and at the sequence-specific level (regional hypomethylation). Although global DNA hypomethylation associated with cancer was first described in the early 1980s, (125,126) its significance is not known, but it may contribute to genomic instability. Folate and vitamin [B.sub.12] deficiency can cause global DNA hypomethylation, which is associated with decreased levels of the methyl-group donor S-adenosylmethionine. Decreased DNA methylation results in decreased thymidilate synthesis from uracil. (127) Misplacement of uracil into thymidine leads to an imbalance of nucleotide pools and an increased frequency of DNA strand breaks; this can lead to genomic instability that can promote the development of cancer. (128,129) Pancreatic cancers with defective methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase genotypes have more DNA hypomethylation, which is associated with increased chromosomal loss and genomic instability. (130)
DNA hypomethylation occurs at the 5' regions of certain genes in pancreatic cancer and is associated with overexpression of the encoded protein. Thus, whereas hypermethylation results in overregulation and silencing of gene and protein expression, hypomethylation can result in loss of regulation and the promotion of gene and protein expression. S100A4 is linked with hypomethylation at specific CpG sites within the first intron and is associated with protein overexpression. (131,132) Other frequently hypomethylated genes, including CLDN4 (chromosome arm 7q, encoding claudin-4), LCN2 (chromosome arm 9q, encoding lipocalin-2), SFN/14-3-3[sigma] (chromosome arm 18q), TFF2 (chromosome arm 21q, encoding trefoil factor 2), MSLN (chromosome arm 16p, encoding mesothelin), and PSCA (chromosome arm 8q, encoding prostate stem cell antigen), are overexpressed in pancreatic cancer cells in comparison with normal pancreatic duct.132 With oligonucleotide microarray technologies, 2 additional genes, S100P (chromosome arm 4p) and SERPINB5 (chromosome arm 18q, encoding maspin), have been identified as being hypomethylated and are overexpressed.6 A selected list of genes that are aberrantly hypomethylated in pancreatic cancer is summarized in Table 3.
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a recently described family of small, nonprotein-coding RNA molecules (18 to 24 nucleotides) that regulate transcription of target messenger RNAs. (133) More than 400 miRNAs in the human genome have been described and many are implicated in the regulation of cellular differentiation, proliferation, and apoptosis. (23) Aberrant miRNA expression has been described in many types of cancers. (134,135) Several mechanisms are involved in aberrant miRNA expression, including genetic (amplification and deletion) (136-138) and epigenetic (chromatin modification, DNA methylation) alterations (139-141) and transcription factor regulation. (142,143)
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas have been shown to aberrantly express numerous miRNAs, including miR200, miR-34, miR-21, miR-155, miR-221, and miR-222. (144-151) For example, Li and colleagues (152) have demonstrated hypomethylation and overexpression of miR-200a and miR-200b. Aberrant expression of some of these miRNAs is evident in PanINs. For example, miR-155 overexpression is evident in PanIN-2 lesions and aberrant miR-21 expression is evident in PanIN-3 lesions. (153) Similarly, Habbe et al (154) have reported abnormal miR-21 and miR155 expression in IPMN lesions.
Pancreatic ductal adenocarinoma continues to be a fatal cancer that is difficult to treat. In the past decade, major advances have been made in the understanding of the earliest histologic and molecular changes that occur in precursor lesions and cancers of the pancreas. Subclassification of pancreatic adenocarcinomas according to their histologic features and molecular alterations could have important therapeutic and prognostic importance. In addition, the identification of molecular signatures that identify the earliest changes of carcinogenesis may lead to the earlier detection of pancreatic cancer. The survival data for pancreatic cancer clearly illustrate that patients do much better with earlier detection and surgical resection regardless of adjuvant chemotherapy or radiotherapy intervention. Understanding the signature of molecular alterations that occur before the development of invasive pancreatic cancer may lead to improved detection and survival in pancreatic cancer.
This work was supported by National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants (P50-CA62924, R01-CA120432, RO1-CA97075) and the Michael Rolfe Foundation.
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Seung-Mo Hong, MD, PhD; Jason Y. Park, MD, PhD; Ralph H. Hruban, MD; Michael Goggins, MD
Accepted for publication January 25, 2011.
From the Departments of Pathology (Drs Hong, Hruban, and Goggins), Medicine (Dr Goggins), and Oncology (Drs Hruban and Goggins), The Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland; and the Department of Pathology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas (Dr Park).
The authors have no relevant financial interest in the products or companies described in this article.
Presented at the 9th Spring Seminar of the Korean Pathologists Association of North America; March 18-20, 2010;Washington, DC; in conjunction with the 99th Annual Meeting of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology.
Reprints: Michael Goggins, MD, Department of Pathology, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, 1550 Orleans St, CRB2, Room 342, Baltimore, MD 21231 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Table 1. List of Selected Genes That Are Genetically Altered in Pancreatic Cancer Mechanism of Genetic Genetic Gene Symbol Gene Name Alteration Alteration CDKN2A/p16 Cyclin-dependent Inactivation Homozygous kinase inhibitor deletion 2A (41%), intragenic mutation (38%) KRAS2 v-Ki-ras-2 Kirsten Activation Point mutation rat sarcoma viral oncogene homolog TP53 Tumor protein p53 Inactivation Intragenic mutation in 1 allele and loss in the other allele SMAD4/DPC4 Mothers against Inactivation Homozygous decapentaplegic, deletion drosophila, (50%), homolog of, 4 intragenic mutation in 1 allele and loss in the other allele (50%) AKT2 v-akt murine Activation Amplification thymoma viral oncogene homolog 2 MLH1 mutL homolog 1, Inactivation Heterozygous colon cancer, mutations nonpolyposis type 2 (E coli) BRCA2 Breast cancer 2, Inactivation Homozygous early onset deletion STK11/LKB1 Serine/threonine Inactivation Homozygous kinase 11 deletion, intragenic mutation in 1 allele and loss in the other allele BRAF v-raf murine Activation Point mutation sarcoma viral oncogene homolog B1 TGFBR2 Transforming Inactivation Homozygous growth factor, deletion, [beta] receptor II homozygous (70/80 kDa) frameshift mutation MAP2K4 Mitogen-activated Inactivation Homozygous protein kinase deletions, kinase 4 missense mutation Alteration Known or in Primary Chromosome Predicted Pancreatic Gene Symbol Site Function Cancer, % Source, y CDKN2A/p16 9p21 Cyclin- 95 Caldas et dependent al, (17) kinase 1994 inhibitor KRAS2 12p12.1 Signal Hruban et transduction, al, (8) proliferation, 1993 cell survival, and motility TP53 17p13.1 Cell cycle 50-70 Redston et arrest, al, (19) 1994 apoptosis, Moore et senescence, al, (24) 2001 DNA repair, Scarpa et metabolism al, (25) 1993 change SMAD4/DPC4 18q21.1 Signal 55 Iacobuzio- Donahue transmission et al, (27) 2004 Hahn et al, (28) 1996 AKT2 19q13. AKT pathway, 10-20 Ruggeri et 1-q13.2 hormone al, (13) 1998 metabolism Cheng et al, (14) 1996 MLH1 3p21.3 DNA mismatch 3-15 Goggins et repair al, (59) 1998 Wilentz et al, (61) 2000 BRCA2 13q12.3 DNA repair, 7 Goggins et proliferation, al,155 1996 differentiation STK11/LKB1 19p13.3 Apoptosis 5 Su et regulation al, (36) 1999 BRAF 7q34 Signal 5 Calhoun et transduction, al, (12) 2003 cell growth TGFBR2 3p22 Signal 4 Goggins et transduction al, (38) 1998 MAP2K4 17p11.2 MAPK pathway 2 Su et al, (39) 1998 Teng et al, (40) 1997 Abbreviation: MAPK, mitogen-activated protein kinase. Table 2. Genetic Syndromes Associated With Familial Pancreatic Cancer Relative Risk of Developing Gene Pancreatic Histologic Feature of Genetic Syndrome Symbol Cancer (Fold) Pancreatic Neoplasm No familial history None 1 Ductal adenocarcinoma Familial APC 4 Intraductal papillary adenomatous mucinous neoplasm, polyposis ductal adenocarcinoma, pancreatoblastoma Familial atypical CDKN2A/ 13-22 Ductal adenocarcinoma multiple mole p16 melanoma Familial pancreatic Unknown 2-32 Ductal adenocarcinoma cancer Hereditary breast BRCA2, 3.5-10 Ductal adenocarcinoma and ovarian BRCA1, cancer FANCC, FANCG, PALB2 Hereditary PRSS1, 53 Ductal adenocarcinoma pancreatitis SPINK1 Hereditary MLH1, Increased Medullary carcinoma nonpolyposis MSH2 colorectal cancer syndrome Peutz-Jeghers SKT11/ 132 Intraductal papillary syndrome LKB1 mucinous neoplasm, ductal adenocarcinoma Genetic Syndrome Extrapancreatic Cancer No familial history Unknown Familial Colorectum, small adenomatous intestine, stomach polyposis Familial atypical Melanoma multiple mole melanoma Familial pancreatic cancer Hereditary breast Breast, ovary, prostate and ovarian cancer Hereditary None pancreatitis Hereditary Colorectum, small nonpolyposis intestine, colorectal cancer endometrium syndrome Peutz-Jeghers Small intestine, syndrome colorectum, esophagus, stomach, bile duct, lung, breast, ovary, uterus Genetic Syndrome Source, y No familial history Familial Giardiello et adenomatous al, (96) 1993 polyposis Familial atypical Gruis et al, (86) multiple mole 1995 de Snoo et melanoma al, (88) 2008 Familial pancreatic Amundadottir et cancer al, (75) 2004 Klein et al, (76) 2004 Hereditary breast Hruban et al, (77) and ovarian 1999 Hahn et al, (78) cancer 2003 van Asperen et al, (79) 2005 Hereditary de las Heras-Castano pancreatitis et al, (89) 2009 Lowenfels et al, (90) 1997 Schneider et al, (91) 2002 Whitcomb et al, (92) 1996 Hereditary Wilentz et nonpolyposis al, (61) 2000 colorectal cancer syndrome Peutz-Jeghers Zbuk and Eng, (84) syndrome 2007 Giardiello et al, (85) 2000 Table 3. List of Selected Genes That Are Aberrantly Methylated in Pancreatic Cancer Epigenetic Chromosome Gene Gene Name Alteration Site Symbol PENK Preproenkephalin Hypermethylation 8q23-q24 UCHL1 Ubiquitin Hypermethylation 4p14 carboxylterminal esterase L1 (ubiquitin thiolesterase) MDF-1 MAD (yeast Hypermethylation 11q13 Mitosis Arrest DeFicient) related NPTX2 Neuronal Hypermethylation 7q21.3-q22.1 pentraxin II SPARC/ON Secreted Hypermethylation 5q31.3-q32 protein, acidic, cysteine-rich (osteonectin) RPRM Reprimo, TP53- Hypermethylation 2q23.3 dependent G2 arrest mediator candidate BNIP3 BCL2/adenovirus Hypermethylation 10q26.3 E1B 19 kDa interacting protein 3 miR9-1 MicroRNA 9-1 Hypermethylation 1q22 SERPINB5 Serpin peptidase Hypomethylation 18q21.3 inhibitor, clade B, member 5 (maspin) CCND2 Cyclin D2 Hypermethylation 12p13 ZNF415 Zinc finger Hypermethylation 19q13.42 protein 415 CLDN4 Claudin-4 Hypomethylation 7q11.23 SFN Stratifin Hypomethylation 1p35 (14-3-3 LCN2 Lipocalin-2 Hypomethylation 9q34 TFPI2 Tissue factor Hypermethylation 7q22 pathway inhibitor 2 CNTNAP2 Contactin- Hypermethylation 7q35-q36 associated protein-like 2 CDKN1C/p57 Cyclin-dependent Hypermethylation 11p15.5 kinase inhibitor 1C SIP1 Survival of Hypermethylation 14q13-q21 motor neuron proteininteracting protein 1 ELOVL4 Elongation of Hypermethylation 6q14 very-long-chain fatty acids (FEN1/Elo2, SUR4/Elo3, yeast)-like 4 TFF2 Trefoil factor 2 Hypomethylation 21q22.3 FOXE1 Forkhead box E1 Hypermethylation 9q22 (thyroid transcription factor 2) S100P S100 calcium- Hypomethylation 4p16 binding protein P RARB Retinoic acid Hypermethylation 3p24 receptor, b S100A4 S100 calcium- Hypomethylation 1q21 binding protein A4 CDKN2A/p16 Cyclin-dependent Hypermethylation 9p21 kinase inhibitor 2A MSLN Mesothelin Hypomethylation 16p13.3 SOCS1 Suppressor of Hypermethylation 16p13.13 cytokine signaling 1 PSCA Prostate stem Hypomethylation 8q24.2 cell antigen CADM1/TSLC1 Cell adhesion Hypermethylation 11q23.2 molecule 1 Methylation in Primary Methylation or in Pancreatic Xenografted Cancer Cell Pancreatic Known or Lines, Cancer, Predicted No./Total No./Total Gene Function (%) (%) Symbol PENK Neuropeptide 11/11 (100) 43/47 (91) precursor UCHL1 Ubiquitin 22/22 (100) 42/42 (100) hydroxylase MDF-1 Glycogen 45/47 (96) Not metabolism determined NPTX2 Neuronal 21/22 (95) 20/20 (100) transport SPARC/ON Cell-cycle 16/17 (94) 21/24 (88) progression inhibition, cell-matrix interaction RPRM P53-induced 20/22 (91) 16/20 (80) G2/M cellcycle arrest BNIP3 Hypoxia- 9/10 (90) 8/10 (80) induced cell death miR9-1 miRNA 42/47 (89) Not translation determined control SERPINB5 Regulation 20/23 (87) 32/34 (94) of cell motility and cell death CCND2 Cell-cycle 19/22 (86) 71/109 (65) control ZNF415 40/47 (86) Not determined CLDN4 Cell 17/20 (85) 33/37 (89) adhesion/ invasion SFN P53-induced 17/20 (85) 36/37 (97) G2/M cellcycle arrest LCN2 Epithelial 17/20 (85) 34/37 (92) differentiation TFPI2 Serine 14/17 (82) 102/140 (73) protease inhibitor CNTNAP2 Higher 39/47 (82) Not cortical determined function CDKN1C/p57 Cyclin- 7/9 (78) Not dependent determined kinase inhibitor SIP1 Assembly of 11/15 (73) 34/35 (97) spliceosomal snRNP ELOVL4 Fatty acid 32/47 (68) Not synthesis determined TFF2 Secretory 13/20 (65) 31/37 (84) polypeptide/ epithelial repair FOXE1 Thyroid 14/22 (64) 15/20 (75) transcription factor S100P Cell-cycle 13/23 (57) 30/34 (88) progression and differentiation RARB Cell-growth 5/9 (56) 4/36 (11) control S100A4 Motility, 10/20 (50) 28/37 (76) invasion, tubulin polymeri zation CDKN2A/p16 Cyclin- 3/9 (33) 5/36 (14) dependent kinase inhibitor MSLN Cell surface 8/20 (40) 34/37 (29) antigen/cell adhesion SOCS1 Inhibitor 6/19 (32) 13/60 (22) of JAK/ STAT pathway PSCA Cell surface 6/20 (30) 20/37 (54) antigen/cell differentiation CADM1/TSLC1 Cell-cell, 4/17 (24) 25/91 (27) cell-matrix interaction Gene Source, y Symbol PENK Ueki et al, (4) 2001 Fukushima et al,1 (17) 2002 UCHL1 Sato et al, (5) 2003 MDF-1 Omura et al, (3) 2008 NPTX2 Sato et al, (5) 2003 SPARC/ON Sato et al, (110) 2003 RPRM Sato et al, (118) 2006 BNIP3 Okami et al, (156) 2004 miR9-1 Omura et al, (3) 2008 SERPINB5 Sato et al, (132) 2003 Fitzgerald et al, (157) 2003 Ohike et al,1 (58) 2003 CCND2 Matsubayashi et al, (105) 2003 ZNF415 Omura et al, (3) 2008 CLDN4 Sato et al, (132) 2003 SFN Sato et al, (132) 2003 IacobuzioDonahue et al, (159) 2003 LCN2 Sato et al, (132) 2003 TFPI2 Sato et al, (113) 2005 CNTNAP2 Omura et al, (3) 2008 CDKN1C/p57 Sato et al, (119) 2005 SIP1 Li et al, (152) 2010 ELOVL4 Omura et al, (3) 2008 TFF2 Sato et al, (132) 2003 FOXE1 Sato et al, (5) 2003 S100P Sato et al, (132) 2003 RARB Ueki et al, (22) 2000 S100A4 Rosty et al, (131) 2002 Sato et al, (132) 2003 CDKN2A/p16 Schutte et al, (21) 1997 Ueki et al, (22) 2000 MSLN Sato et al, (132) 2003 SOCS1 Fukushima et al, (115) 2003 PSCA Sato et al, (132) 2003 CADM1/TSLC1 Jansen et al, (116) 2002 Abbreviations: JAK/STAT, Janus kinase/signal transducer and activator of transcription; miRNA, microRNA; snRNP, small nuclear ribonucleoprotein. Table 4. List of Selected Genes That Are Aberrantly Hypermethylated in Pancreatic Precursor Lesions Methylation in Low-Grade Dysplasia (PanIN-1 or Low-Grade Dysplasia of Precursor IPMN or MCN), Gene Symbol Gene Name Lesions No./Total (%) PENK Preproenkephalin IPMN 1/6 (17) PanIN 5/67 (7) PanIN 1/38 (3) CDKN2A/p16 Cyclin-dependent IPMN 0/6 (0) kinase inhibitor 2A PanIN 4/63 (6) PanIN 3/38 (8) MCN 1/10 (10) SPARC/ON Secreted protein, IPMN 7/12 (58) acidic, cysteinerich (osteonectin) PanIN 10/36 (21) SFRP1/SARP2 Secreted frizzled- IPMN 6/12 (50) related protein 1 PanIN 2/37 (5) NPTX2 Neuronal pentraxin PanIN 2/35 (8) 2 CADM1/ Cell adhesion IPMN 6/12 (50) TSLC1 molecule 1 RELN Reelin IPMN 3/12 (25) TFPI2 Tissue factor IPMN 3/12 (25) pathway inhibitor 2 CLDN5 Claudin-5 IPMN 4/12 (33) PanIN 3/35 (9) UCHL1 Ubiquitin carboxyl- IPMN 7/12 (58) terminal esterase L1 (ubiquitin thiolesterase) RPRM Reprimo, TP53- PanIN 8/36 (22) dependent G2 arrest mediator candidate LHX1 LIM homeobox 1 PanIN 3/37 (8) Methylation Methylation in in HighModerateGrade Grade Dysplasia Dysplasia (PanIN-3 or (PanIN-2 or High-Grade Moderate- Dysplasia of Methylation Grade IPMN or in Precursor Dysplasia of MCN), in Total, IPMN or MCN), No./Total No./Total Gene Symbol No./Total (%) (%) (%) PENK 4/12 (33) 27/32 (84) 32/50 (64) 5/22 (23) 6/13 (46) 16/108 (15) 1/14 (7) 7/12 (58) 9/64 (14) CDKN2A/p16 0/12 (0) 7/32 (22) 7/50 (14) 1/22 (5) 3/14 (21) 8/99 (8) 1/15 (7) 3/11 (27) 7/64 (11) 1/4 (25) NA 2/14 (14) SPARC/ON 7/12 (58) 16/22 (73) 30/48 (63) 3/14 (21) 3/10 (30) 16/60 (27) SFRP1/SARP2 8/12 (67) 21/23 (91) 35/57 (61) 3/15 (20) 10/12 (83) 15/64 (23) NPTX2 6/13 (46) 4/12 (33) 12/60 (20) CADM1/ 8/12 (67) 21/23 (91) 35/57 (61) TSLC1 RELN 4/12 (33) 11/23 (48) 18/57 (32) TFPI2 5/12 (42) 20/23 (87) 28/57 (49) CLDN5 5/12 (42) 15/23 (65) 24/57 (42) 1/15 (7) 4/11 (36) 8/61 (13) UCHL1 10/12 (83) 21/23 (19) 38/57 (67) RPRM 3/15 (20) 8/12 (67) 19/63 (30) LHX1 1/15 (7) 5/12 (42) 9/64 (14) Gene Symbol Source, y PENK Sato et al, (122) 2002 Fukushima et al, (117) 2002 Sato et al, (124) 2008 CDKN2A/p16 Sato et al, (122) 2002 Fukushima et al, (117) 2002 Sato et al, (124) 2008 Kim et al, (56) 2003 SPARC/ON Hong et al, (123) 2008 Sato et al, (124) 2008 SFRP1/SARP2 Hong et al, (123) 2008 Sato et al, (124) 2008 NPTX2 Sato et al, (124) 2008 CADM1/ Hong et al, (123) TSLC1 2008 RELN Hong et al, (123) 2008 TFPI2 Hong et al, (123) 2008 CLDN5 Hong et al, (123) 2008 Sato et al, (124) 2008 UCHL1 Hong et al, (123) 2008 RPRM Sato et al, (118) 2006 LHX1 Sato et al, (124) 2008 Abbreviations: IPMN, intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm; MCN, mucinous cystic neoplasm; NA, not applicable; PanIN, pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia.
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