Background: The exosomal nucleic acid (exoNA) from the plasma and pleural fluid can potentially provide means to identify genomic changes in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients who develop resistance to targeted epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitor therapy. Methods: We compared the performance of the following tools to detect EGFR mutations in 54 plasma samples and 13 pleural fluid using cfDNA, combined TNA (exoTNA + cfTNA), or total cellular DNA: droplet digital PCR (ddPCR), the Cobas® EGFR Mutation Test v2 (Cobas) and NGS with Oncomine Pan-Cancer Cell-Free Assay. Results: All three of these platforms demonstrated 100% specificity in the detection of EGFR mutations in the plasma. In the detection of an activating mutation (exon 19 deletion and L858R), Cobas using cfDNA, ddPCR using combined TNA, and NGS using combined TNA showed a sensitivity of 93, 95.3, and 93.8%, respectively. For T790M mutation detection, the Cobas, ddPCR, and NGS showed a sensitivity of 64.7, 88.2, and 93.3%, respectively. Pleural fluid analysis revealed enrichment of the T790M mutant copies in the exosomes. ddPCR using exoTNA showed higher sensitivity than did total cellular DNA from the pleural fluid. Conclusion: These results demonstrated that combined TNA in the plasma and exoTNA in the pleural fluid can be used to evaluate low-abundant EGFR mutant copies in NSCLC.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This research was conducted with funding from AstraZeneca.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cancer Research