Gene Copy Number Estimation from Targeted Next-Generation Sequencing of Prostate Cancer Biopsies: Analytic Validation and Clinical Qualification.
de Bono, JS
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<b>Purpose:</b> Precise detection of copy number aberrations (CNA) from tumor biopsies is critically important to the treatment of metastatic prostate cancer. The use of targeted panel next-generation sequencing (NGS) is inexpensive, high throughput, and easily feasible, allowing single-nucleotide variant calls, but CNA estimation from this remains challenging.<b>Experimental Design:</b> We evaluated CNVkit for CNA identification from amplicon-based targeted NGS in a cohort of 110 fresh castration-resistant prostate cancer biopsies and used capture-based whole-exome sequencing (WES), array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH), and FISH to explore the viability of this approach.<b>Results:</b> We showed that this method produced highly reproducible CNA results (<i>r</i> = 0.92), with the use of pooled germline DNA as a coverage reference supporting precise CNA estimation. CNA estimates from targeted NGS were comparable with WES (<i>r</i> = 0.86) and aCGH (<i>r</i> = 0.7); for key selected genes (<i>BRCA2, MYC, PIK3CA, PTEN</i>, and <i>RB1</i>), CNA estimation correlated well with WES (<i>r</i> = 0.91) and aCGH (<i>r</i> = 0.84) results. The frequency of CNAs in our population was comparable with that previously described (i.e., deep deletions: <i>BRCA2</i> 4.5%; <i>RB1</i> 8.2%; <i>PTEN</i> 15.5%; amplification: AR 45.5%; gain: MYC 31.8%). We also showed, utilizing FISH, that CNA estimation can be impacted by intratumor heterogeneity and demonstrated that tumor microdissection allows NGS to provide more precise CNA estimates.<b>Conclusions:</b> Targeted NGS and CNVkit-based analyses provide a robust, precise, high-throughput, and cost-effective method for CNA estimation for the delivery of more precise patient care. <i>Clin Cancer Res; 23(20); 6070-7. ©2017 AACR</i>.
Reproducibility of Results
Comparative Genomic Hybridization
DNA Copy Number Variations
High-Throughput Nucleotide Sequencing
Whole Exome Sequencing
Prostate Cancer Targeted Therapy Group
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Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, 2017, 23 (20), pp. 6070 - 6077