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Integrative genome-scale DNA Methylation analysis of a large and unselected cohort reveals five distinct subtypes of Colorectal Adenocarcinomas.


BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Colorectal cancer is an epigenetically heterogeneous disease, however the extent and spectrum of the CpG Island Methylator Phenotype (CIMP) is not clear. METHODS: Genome scale methylation and transcript expression were measured using the Illumina HM450 DNA methylation and HT12 V3 expression microarrays in 216 unselected colorectal cancers, and findings validated using TCGA 450K and RNA-Seq data. Mutations in epigenetic regulators were assessed using CIMP subtyped Cancer Genome Atlas exomes. RESULTS: ). We identified oncogenes susceptible to gene body methylation and Wnt pathway antagonists resistant to gene body methylation. CIMP cluster specific mutations were observed for in chromatin remodeling genes, such as in the SWI/SNF and CHD gene families. CONCLUSION: There are five clinically and molecularly distinct subgroups of colorectal cancer. We show a striking association between CIMP and age, gender and tumor location and identify an unidentified role for gene body methylation in progression of serrated neoplasia. These data support our recent findings that CIMP is uncommon in young patients and that BRAF mutant polyps in young patients may have limited potential for malignant progression.

Authors Fennell, Lochlan; Dumenil, Troy; Wockner, Leesa; Hartel, Gunter; Nones, Katia; Bond, Catherine; Borowsky, Jennifer; Liu, Cheng; McKeone, Diane; Bowdler, Lisa; Montgomery, Grant; Klein, Kerenaftali; Hoffmann, Isabell; Patch, Ann-Marie; Kazakoff, Stephen; Pearson, John; Waddell, Nicola; Wirapati, Pratyaksha; Lochhead, Paul; Imamura, Yu; Ogino, Shuji; Shao, Renfu; Tejpar, Sabine; Leggett, Barbara; Whitehall, Vicki
Journal Cellular and molecular gastroenterology and hepatology
Pages 269-290
Volume 8
Date 1/04/2019
Grant ID R35 CA197735
Funding Body NCI NIH HHS
URL http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=10.1016/j.jcmgh.2019.04.002
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