Identification of a Recurrent LMO7-BRAF Fusion in Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma.

He H, Li W, Yan P, Bundschuh R, Killian JA, Labanowska J, Brock P, Shen R, Heerema NA, de la Chapelle A
Thyroid 28 748-754 01/01/2018



METHODS: Gene fusions were analyzed in RNA sequencing data obtained from 12 PTC tumors and paired unaffected thyroid tissue samples. Candidate fusions were further filtered and validated using reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction, Sanger sequencing, and fluorescence in situ hybridization. An Ohio cohort of 148 PTC tumor samples was screened for a LMO7-BRAF fusion and the BRAF

RESULTS: Two coding fusions (CCDC6-RET and LMO7-BRAF) were found in one tumor sample each. The novel LMO7-BRAF fusion was validated by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction and fluorescence in situ hybridization. The LMO7-BRAF fusion was a recurrent somatic alteration with a frequency of 2.0% (3/148) in PTC tumors, while the BRAF

CONCLUSIONS: A novel fusion gene, LMO7-BRAF, was identified in PTC tumors. The results indicate that the LMO7-BRAF fusion behaves as an oncogenic alteration. This observation expands the spectrum of fusion genes involving kinases in thyroid cancer.

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