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Transcription profiling of circulating tumor cells (CTC) from peripheral blood from patients with breast and prostate cancer


ABSTRACT: In many patients with solid tumors circulating tumor cells (CTCs), that form metastases, can be identified in peripheral blood. Detection and characterization of CTCs in cancer patients provide a unique opportunity to predict patient survival, select and monitor the efficacy of treatment as well as to gain insights into the cascade of metastatic events. Here, we describe a novel approach to identify CTC-specific molecular markers. Using an integrated platform for immunomagnetic enrichment and immunofluorescent identification of CTCs, blood samples with large numbers of CTCs were identified from patients with colorectal, prostate and breast cancers. Despite enrichment, CTCs are still outnumbered by "nonspecifically" captured leukocytes. In order to determine gene expression profile for CTCs, "background" gene expression signature of white blood cells must be taken into account. To this end, following enrichment for CTCs, RNA was also extracted from the remaining CTC-depleted blood samples. The following samples were used to generate the global expression profiles for CTCs:

1a) SAMPLE170711SUB735: CTC-enriched blood sample from a patient with breast cancer). 3700 CTCs were identified per 7.5 ml of peripheral blood in this patient.
1b) SAMPLE170712SUB735: Corresponding CTC-depleted blood sample for the above patient with breast cancer.
2a) SAMPLE170829SUB750: CTC-enriched blood sample from a patient with prostate cancer. 647 CTCs were identified per 7.5 ml of peripheral blood in this patient.
2b) SAMPLE170830SUB750: Corresponding CTC-depleted blood sample for the above patient with prostate cancer.
3a) SAMPLE170831SUB751: CTC-enriched sample from a patient with colorectal cancer. 180 CTCs were identified per 7.5 ml of peripheral blood in this patient.
3b) SAMPLE170832SUB751: Corresponding CTC-depleted blood sample for the above patient with colorectal cancer.

ORGANISM(S): Homo sapiens

PROVIDER: S-ECPF-MEXP-136 | BioStudies |

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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