In this study we tested whether complex tumor genomes can be inferred from the peripheral blood (plasma DNA /CTCs) of 32 patients with stage IV... Show More
In this study we tested whether complex tumor genomes can be inferred from the peripheral blood (plasma DNA /CTCs) of 32 patients with stage IV colorectal carcinoma (CRC). To establish the percentage of mutated plasma DNA fragments we used 8 patient samples with different plasma DNA size distributions and KRAS mutations in their corresponding primary tumors and employed ultra-deep pyrosequencing with 3 different sequencing reaction sizes (i.e., 119 bp, 168 bp, and 323 bp). Furthermore, we used massive parallel sequencing of a panel of 68 CRC-associated genes to establish the mutation spectrum of cancer driver genes in the primary tumors, metastases, and CTCs of two colorectal cancer patients. To investigate, whether mutations found in only one CTC (â€œprivate CTC mutationsâ€) are true mutations occurring with allele frequencies below the resolution limits of current detection methods, or whether they are amplification or sequencing artifacts, we performed ultra-deep sequencing of the primary tumors, metastases, plasma DNAs and normal tissues.
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This study includes 3 datasets:
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