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Title: Biomarkers of anti-angiogenic therapy in breast cancer
Author: Mehta, Shaveta
ISNI:       0000 0004 5366 541X
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2014
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The hunt for biomarkers for anti-VEGF agent bevacizumab is ongoing since last decade with no success. Identifying robust biomarkers for stratifying patients and for monitoring response is important for the future use of bevacizumab in breast cancer. Dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) analysis and genome wide gene expression analysis are two promising approaches to understand the molecular mechanisms and search for biomarker of anti-angiogenic therapy. Firstly, with the retrospective pilot study, a close link between DCE-MRI findings and the molecular mechanisms assisting cancer survival and metastasis was established. Secondly, the prospective window of opportunity study conducted using single cycle of bevacizumab given before neoadjuvant chemotherapy and by performing detailed pharmacodynamic analyses with DCE-MRI and gene expression before and two weeks after bevacizumab had shown a wide variation in responses to bevacizmab both at genomic and imaging level. A close link between changes in DCE-MRI and the changes in gene expression profile was further established suggesting DCE-MRI has potential to serve as non-invasive biomarkers of antiangiogenic therapy. Tumours with high baseline values of forward transfer constant Ktrans showed the maximum response as assessed by DCE-MRI after bevacizumab. By performing biopsy after single cycle of bevacizumab, the changes in genes related to immune response, metabolism and cell signalling were observed that gives a useful insight into mechanisms governing response and resistance to bevacizumab. Also the certain gene expression changes observed with post bevacizumab biopsies, such as down regulation of endothelial cell specific molecule-1 (ESM1), cyclin E1 (CCNE1) and up regulation of pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase 1 (PDK1), cyclic GMP-inhibited phosphodiesterase B (PDE3B) could be helpful in decision-making about future therapy with bevacizumab at an early stage. This study has suggested that using bevacizumab in combination with other targeted agents could overcome resistance.
Supervisor: Harris, Adrian Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Oncology ; Medical sciences ; bevacizumab ; breast cancer ; gene expression array