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PIK3R1W624R Is an Actionable Mutation in High Grade Serous Ovarian Carcinoma.

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D'Ambrosio, Concetta 
Erriquez, Jessica 
Arigoni, Maddalena 
Capellero, Sonia 
Mittica, Gloria 


Identifying cancer drivers and actionable mutations is critical for precision oncology. In epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) the majority of mutations lack biological or clinical validation. We fully characterized 43 lines of Patient-Derived Xenografts (PDXs) and performed copy number analysis and whole exome sequencing of 12 lines derived from naïve, high grade EOCs. Pyrosequencing allowed quantifying mutations in the source tumours. Drug response was assayed on PDX Derived Tumour Cells (PDTCs) and in vivo on PDXs. We identified a PIK3R1W624R variant in PDXs from a high grade serous EOC. Allele frequencies of PIK3R1W624R in all the passaged PDXs and in samples of the source tumour suggested that it was truncal and thus possibly a driver mutation. After inconclusive results in silico analyses, PDTCs and PDXs allowed the showing actionability of PIK3R1W624R and addiction of PIK3R1W624R carrying cells to inhibitors of the PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway. It is noteworthy that PIK3R1 encodes the p85α regulatory subunit of PI3K, that is very rarely mutated in EOC. The PIK3R1W624R mutation is located in the cSH2 domain of the p85α that has never been involved in oncogenesis. These data show that patient-derived models are irreplaceable in their role of unveiling unpredicted driver and actionable variants in advanced ovarian cancer.



PDX derived tumour cells, PI3K, PIK3R1, Patient-Derived xenografts, ovarian cancer, Animals, Carcinoma, Ovarian Epithelial, Cell Line, Tumor, Class Ia Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinase, Cystadenocarcinoma, Serous, Female, Heterografts, Humans, Mice, Mice, Inbred NOD, Mice, SCID, Molecular Targeted Therapy, Mutation, Neoplasm Grading, Ovarian Neoplasms, Random Allocation

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Cancer Research UK (CB4150)
Cancer Research UK (C14303/A17197)
Cancer Research UK (15601)
Cancer Research UK (22905)