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Improta G.,Laboratory of Clinical Research and Molecular Diagnostics | Zupa A.,Laboratory of Clinical Research and Molecular Diagnostics | Possidente L.,Laboratory of Clinical Research and Molecular Diagnostics | Tartarone A.,IRCCS CROB Hospital | And 5 more authors.
Oncology Letters | Year: 2013

Evaluation of the mutational status of KRAS is a crucial step for the correct therapeutic approach in treating advanced colorectal cancer as the identification of wild-type KRAS tumors leads to more specific and less toxic treatments for patients. Although several studies have highlighted the differences between primary and metastatic tumors, the possibility of two or more mutations in the same codon has seldom been reported. The present study reports an additional case of an advanced adenocarcinoma of the colon showing two somatic mutations (p.G12D and p.G12V) in the same codon (codon 12) of exon 2 of the KRAS gene, thus supporting the possibility of two differing clonal origins of the tumor. Although the clinical significance of multiple mutations remains unknown at present, based on the limited data available in the literature, this rare event appears to be associated with a more aggressive disease, as in the present case. This case report demonstrates the existence of intratumoral heterogeneity and the coexistence of distinct clones within a tumor that may have profound clinical implications for disease progression and therapeutic responses. Source

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