Mutation analysis of gastrointestinal stromal tumors using RNA obtained via endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration

Kohei Funasaka, Ryoji Miyahara, Kazuhiro Furukawa, Tsunaki Sawada, Keiko Maeda, Takeshi Yamamura, Takuya Ishikawa, Eizaburo Ohno, Masanao Nakamura, Hiroki Kawashima, Yoshiki Hirooka, Naoki Ohmiya, Mitsuhiro Fujishiro

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Endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy (EUS-FNA) is useful for pathologically diagnosing gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) before surgery. However, its role in mutation analysis remains unclear. To examine the feasibility of analyzing GIST mutations using mRNA obtained with EUS-FNA, we prospectively enrolled 41 patients with subepithelial lesion from which EUS-FNA was successfully acquired tissue sample. Thirty-two, 5, and 4 subepithelial lesions were diagnosed as GISTs, schwannomas, and leiomyomas, respectively. After RNA was extracted from FNA sample, RNA was converted to cDNA. Full-length sequence of the KIT cDNA amplified via the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was successful in 31 (96.9%) out of 32 GIST and three out of 9 non-GIST (33.3%). The KIT mutation statuses of 31 GISTs in which KIT cDNA was amplified were successfully determined through directional sequencing. Furthermore, 15 of 16 surgically excised GISTs exhibited the same mutation status in both the EUS-FNA and resected samples. In vitro experiment, the minimum number of cells required to amplify full-length of KIT cDNA from RNA was one-tenth of that required to amplify KIT exon11 gene from DNA. This study clarifies that mutation analysis using RNA obtained with EUS-FNA is feasible and reliable. Moreover, our data would support that RNA-based mutation is superior to DNA-based mutation analysis in GIST.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100848
JournalTranslational Oncology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 11-2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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