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Expand Collapse Lung Cancer  - General Description This year about 226,000 people in the U.S. will be told by a doctor that they have lung cancer. However, about 390,000 Americans remain alive today after having been diagnosed with this malignancy. Lung cancer includes tumors that begin in tissues lining air passages inside the lungs and bronchi. The bronchi are the 2 branches of the windpipe (trachea) that lead to the lungs. Based on how the cells look under a microscope, lung cancers are divided into 2 main types: small cell lung cancer (SCLC) and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). NSCLC accounts for 85% of these cases.

The main subtypes of NSCLC are squamous cell carcinoma (cancer beginning in thin, flat scaly-looking cells), adenocarcinoma (cancer beginning in cells that make mucus and other substances) and large cell carcinoma (cancer beginning in several types of large cells). The 2 main types of SCLC are small cell carcinoma (oat cell cancer) and combined small cell carcinoma.

Lung cancer (and other tumors) can spread (metastasize) from the place where it started (the primary tumor) in 3 ways. First, it can invade the normal tissue surrounding it. Second, cancer cells can enter the lymph system and travel through lymph vessels to distant parts of the body. Third, the cancer cells can get into the bloodstream and go to other places in the body. In these distant places, the cancer cells cause secondary tumors to grow. The main sites to which lung cancer spreads are the adrenal gland, liver and lungs.

To find out whether the cancer has entered the lymph system, a surgeon removes all or part of a node near the primary tumor and a pathologist looks at it through a microscope to see if cancer cells are present. Several kinds of imaging also can be performed to determine if the cancer has spread. These include MRI, bone scans and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS).

The FDA has approved several targeted therapies to treat patients with NSCLC. These include bevacizumab (Avastin), cetuximab (Erbitux), erlotinib (Tarceva), gefitnib (Iressa) and crizotinib (Xalkori). So far there are no FDA-approved targeted therapies for SCLC.

Despite significant improvements in the treatment of lung cancers, novel therapies and treatment strategies are needed.

Source: National Cancer Institute, 2012
Estimated new cases and deaths from lung cancer (non-small cell and small cell combined) in the United States in 2012:

New cases: 226,160
Deaths: 160,340

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality in the United States. The 5-year relative survival rate from 1995 to 2001 for patients with lung cancer was 15.7%. The 5-year relative survival rate varies markedly depending on the stage at diagnosis, from 49% to 16% to 2% for patients with local, regional and distant stage disease, respectively.

NSCLC arises from the epithelial cells of the lung, from the central bronchi to the terminal alveoli. The histological type of NSCLC correlates with the site of origin, reflecting the variation in respiratory tract epithelium from the bronchi to the alveoli. Squamous cell carcinoma usually starts near a central bronchus while adenocarcinoma usually originates in peripheral lung tissue.

Tobacco smoking is the strongest risk factor for developing lung cancer, though it should be noted that the majority of patients diagnosed with lung cancer quit smoking years prior to diagnosis or were never-smokers (up to 15% of cases).

The identification of driver oncogene mutations in lung cancer has led to the development of targeted therapy that has vastly broadened treatment options and improved outcomes for subsets of patients with metastatic disease. It is now common practice to determine the genotype of a NSCLC patient early in the course of their diagnosis, to ensure that all possible treatment options are considered.

Source: National Cancer Institute, 2012
This year about 226,000 people in the U.S. will be told by a doctor that they have lung cancer. However, about 390,000 Americans remain alive today after having been diagnosed with this malignancy. Lung cancer includes tumors that begin in tissues lining air passages inside the lungs and bronchi. The bronchi are the 2 branches of the windpipe (trachea) that lead to the lungs. Based on how the cells look under a microscope, lung cancers are divided into 2 main types: small cell lung cancer (SCLC) and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). NSCLC accounts for 85% of these cases.

The main subtypes of NSCLC are squamous cell carcinoma (cancer beginning in thin, flat scaly-looking cells), adenocarcinoma (cancer beginning in cells that make mucus and other substances) and large cell carcinoma (cancer beginning in several types of large cells). The 2 main types of SCLC are small cell carcinoma (oat cell cancer) and combined small cell carcinoma.

Lung cancer (and other tumors) can spread (metastasize) from the place where it started (the primary tumor) in 3 ways. First, it can invade the normal tissue surrounding it. Second, cancer cells can enter the lymph system and travel through lymph vessels to distant parts of the body. Third, the cancer cells can get into the bloodstream and go to other places in the body. In these distant places, the cancer cells cause secondary tumors to grow. The main sites to which lung cancer spreads are the adrenal gland, liver and lungs.

To find out whether the cancer has entered the lymph system, a surgeon removes all or part of a node near the primary tumor and a pathologist looks at it through a microscope to see if cancer cells are present. Several kinds of imaging also can be performed to determine if the cancer has spread. These include MRI, bone scans and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS).

The FDA has approved several targeted therapies to treat patients with NSCLC. These include bevacizumab (Avastin), cetuximab (Erbitux), erlotinib (Tarceva), gefitnib (Iressa) and crizotinib (Xalkori). So far there are no FDA-approved targeted therapies for SCLC.

Despite significant improvements in the treatment of lung cancers, novel therapies and treatment strategies are needed.

Source: National Cancer Institute, 2012
Estimated new cases and deaths from lung cancer (non-small cell and small cell combined) in the United States in 2012:

New cases: 226,160
Deaths: 160,340

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality in the United States. The 5-year relative survival rate from 1995 to 2001 for patients with lung cancer was 15.7%. The 5-year relative survival rate varies markedly depending on the stage at diagnosis, from 49% to 16% to 2% for patients with local, regional and distant stage disease, respectively.

NSCLC arises from the epithelial cells of the lung, from the central bronchi to the terminal alveoli. The histological type of NSCLC correlates with the site of origin, reflecting the variation in respiratory tract epithelium from the bronchi to the alveoli. Squamous cell carcinoma usually starts near a central bronchus while adenocarcinoma usually originates in peripheral lung tissue.

Tobacco smoking is the strongest risk factor for developing lung cancer, though it should be noted that the majority of patients diagnosed with lung cancer quit smoking years prior to diagnosis or were never-smokers (up to 15% of cases).

The identification of driver oncogene mutations in lung cancer has led to the development of targeted therapy that has vastly broadened treatment options and improved outcomes for subsets of patients with metastatic disease. It is now common practice to determine the genotype of a NSCLC patient early in the course of their diagnosis, to ensure that all possible treatment options are considered.

Source: National Cancer Institute, 2012
Expand Collapse TRK 1,2,3  - General Description
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The Tropomyosin receptor kinase (Trk) family has three members, Trk A, Trk B, and Trk C. They are encoded by three separate genes, NTRK1, NTRK2, and NTRK 3, respectively. Each has an external domain outside the cell membrane that can bind ligand, a transmembrane domain that traverses the cell membrane, and an intracellular domain that transmits the signal if ligand-binding occurs. The normal function of these tyrosine kinase cell surface receptors is on neuronal cells, where they have important roles in the development and activity of the nervous system.
TrkA, TrkB and TrkC are each activated by a different neurotrophin (NT) ligand, and when stimulated by the appropriate NT ligand, multiple single receptors cluster together and phosphates are added to the intracellular domain of the receptors. This activates a specific signal cascade inside the cell, resulting in cell differentiation, cell survival, and/or cell proliferation. As can be seen in the graphic above, the TrkA receptor is activated by Nerve Growth Factor (NGF), the TrkB receptor is activated by Brain-Derived Growth Factor (BDNF) or NT4/5, and the TrkC receptor is activated by NT3.
In development under normal conditions, when the Trk receptor binds to its specific NT ligand, different signal pathways within the cell are activated (see graphic above). When TrkA binds NGF, the Ras/MAP kinase pathway is activated, along with PLC gamma and PI3K, which leads to cell proliferation. When TrkB binds BDNF, the Ras-ERK pathway is activated, as well as activating the PI3K and PLC gamma pathways, leading to neuronal cell differentiation and survival. When TrkC binds NT3, the PI3 and AKT pathways are activated, insuring cell survival. The regulation of each of these receptors is critical to normal neuronal development.
In cancer, Trk receptors are dysregulated due to one of several genetic alterations that prevent the normal regulation of the signals controlled by the receptors. The most clinically relevant genetic alteration that has been found in the Trk receptors in cancer is called a gene fusion, where a portion of the NTRK gene encoding the Trk receptor has broken from the rest of the gene, and has become attached to a portion of another gene. In the case of gene fusions with Trk receptors, the fusion Trk proteins no longer require their specific ligand to activate signal pathways within the cell, but instead are continually activated. They have lost their normal negative regulation, and send constant proliferation signals to the cell, promoting cancer growth and survival. Other genetic alterations in NTRK genes that have been found in cancers include mutations, in-frame deletions of the gene, and alternative splicing. Both in-frame deletions and alternative splicing result in a Trk receptor that is missing specific regions of the protein.
Many different NTRK gene fusions have been identified in tumors. Recently, drug companies have developed multiple Trk inhibitors as possible treatments for aberrant Trk proteins in cancer. Some of these Trk inhibitors are currently in clinical trials at MGH and at other cancer centers. Additional Trk inhibitors are also under development by pharmaceutical companies, and will soon be in patient clinical trials. More studies are needed to determine which Trk inhibitors are the most effective against specific NTRK genetic alterations in specific tumors.
Graphic was adapted from the article, NTRK gene fusions as novel targets of cancer therapy across multiple tumour types. Authors: Alessio Amatu, Andrea Sartore-Bianchi, and Salvatore Siena. ESMO Open 2016:1e000023.
The Tropomyosin receptor kinase (Trk) family has three members, Trk A, Trk B, and Trk C. They are encoded by three separate genes, NTRK1, NTRK2, and NTRK 3, respectively. Each has an external domain outside the cell membrane that can bind ligand, a transmembrane domain that traverses the cell membrane, and an intracellular domain that transmits the signal if ligand-binding occurs. The normal function of these tyrosine kinase cell surface receptors is on neuronal cells, where they have important roles in the development and activity of the nervous system.
TrkA, TrkB and TrkC are each activated by a different neurotrophin (NT) ligand, and when stimulated by the appropriate NT ligand, multiple single receptors cluster together and phosphates are added to the intracellular domain of the receptors. This activates a specific signal cascade inside the cell, resulting in cell differentiation, cell survival, and/or cell proliferation. As can be seen in the graphic above, the TrkA receptor is activated by Nerve Growth Factor (NGF), the TrkB receptor is activated by Brain-Derived Growth Factor (BDNF) or NT4/5, and the TrkC receptor is activated by NT3.
In development under normal conditions, when the Trk receptor binds to its specific NT ligand, different signal pathways within the cell are activated (see graphic above). When TrkA binds NGF, the Ras/MAP kinase pathway is activated, along with PLC gamma and PI3K, which leads to cell proliferation. When TrkB binds BDNF, the Ras-ERK pathway is activated, as well as activating the PI3K and PLC gamma pathways, leading to neuronal cell differentiation and survival. When TrkC binds NT3, the PI3 and AKT pathways are activated, insuring cell survival. The regulation of each of these receptors is critical to normal neuronal development.
In cancer, Trk receptors are dysregulated due to one of several genetic alterations that prevent the normal regulation of the signals controlled by the receptors. The most clinically relevant genetic alteration that has been found in the Trk receptors in cancer is called a gene fusion, where a portion of the NTRK gene encoding the Trk receptor has broken from the rest of the gene, and has become attached to a portion of another gene. In the case of gene fusions with Trk receptors, the fusion Trk proteins no longer require their specific ligand to activate signal pathways within the cell, but instead are continually activated. They have lost their normal negative regulation, and send constant proliferation signals to the cell, promoting cancer growth and survival. Other genetic alterations in NTRK genes that have been found in cancers include mutations, in-frame deletions of the gene, and alternative splicing. Both in-frame deletions and alternative splicing result in a Trk receptor that is missing specific regions of the protein.
Many different NTRK gene fusions have been identified in tumors. Recently, drug companies have developed multiple Trk inhibitors as possible treatments for aberrant Trk proteins in cancer. Some of these Trk inhibitors are currently in clinical trials at MGH and at other cancer centers. Additional Trk inhibitors are also under development by pharmaceutical companies, and will soon be in patient clinical trials. More studies are needed to determine which Trk inhibitors are the most effective against specific NTRK genetic alterations in specific tumors.
Graphic was adapted from the article, NTRK gene fusions as novel targets of cancer therapy across multiple tumour types. Authors: Alessio Amatu, Andrea Sartore-Bianchi, and Salvatore Siena. ESMO Open 2016:1e000023.
Expand Collapse TRK 1,2,3  in Lung Cancer
The Neurotrophic Tyrosine Kinase (NTRK) 1, 2 and 3 genes encode Tropomyosin receptor kinase (Trk) A, B and C respectively, which are normally found on the cell surface of neuronal cells. In a percentage of brain tumors, chromosomal rearrangements have been found leading to expression of a Trk fusion protein. This fusion is made up of only part of the Trk protein that has undergone a genetic alteration, and as a result of that event has become joined to part of another protein. The Trk fusions that have been observed in brain tumors involve TrkA including: TPM3-NTRK1 (Glioblastoma), NFASC-NTRK1 and BCAN-NTRK1 (Glioblastoma multiforme); TrkB including AFAP1-NTRK2 (low grade glioma), AGBL4-NTRK2 (Glioblastoma), VCL-NTRK2 (Glioblastoma); and TrkC including ETV6-NTRK3 (Glioblastoma) and BTBD1-NTRK3 (Glioblastoma). Other fusion proteins may be discovered in brain tumors. Clinical trials are currently underway testing new Trk inhibitor drugs in patients with brain tumors harboring NTRK fusion proteins at MGH and other cancer centers.

The Neurotrophic Tyrosine Kinase (NTRK) 1, 2 and 3 genes encode Tropomyosin receptor kinase (Trk) A, B and C respectively, which are normally found on the cell surface of neuronal cells. In a percentage of brain tumors, chromosomal rearrangements have been found leading to expression of a Trk fusion protein. This fusion is made up of only part of the Trk protein that has undergone a genetic alteration, and as a result of that event has become joined to part of another protein. The Trk fusions that have been observed in brain tumors involve TrkA including: TPM3-NTRK1 (Glioblastoma), NFASC-NTRK1 and BCAN-NTRK1 (Glioblastoma multiforme); TrkB including AFAP1-NTRK2 (low grade glioma), AGBL4-NTRK2 (Glioblastoma), VCL-NTRK2 (Glioblastoma); and TrkC including ETV6-NTRK3 (Glioblastoma) and BTBD1-NTRK3 (Glioblastoma). Other fusion proteins may be discovered in brain tumors. Clinical trials are currently underway testing new Trk inhibitor drugs in patients with brain tumors harboring NTRK fusion proteins at MGH and other cancer centers.

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