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Ex vivo multiplex profiling of protein tyrosine kinase activities in early stages of human lung adenocarcinoma

Stephan Arni _, Thi Hong Nhung Le, Rik de Wijn, Refugio Garcia-Villegas, Martjin Dankers, Walter Weder and Sven Hillinger

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:68599-68613. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.19803

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Stephan Arni1,*, Thi Hong Nhung Le1,*, Rik de Wijn2, Refugio Garcia-Villegas3, Martjin Dankers2, Walter Weder1 and Sven Hillinger1

1Department of Thoracic Surgery, University Hospital Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

2PamGene International B.V., ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

3Department of Physiology, Biophysics and Neuroscience, Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Mexico City, Mexico

*Equal contribution as co-first authors, The work was performed at the University Hospital Zürich, Switzerland

Correspondence to:

Stephan Arni, email: [email protected]

Keywords: protein tyrosine kinase, lung adenocarcinoma, protein activity microarrays, molecular markers of metastasis and progression, methodology for proteomics

Received: March 04, 2017     Accepted: July 17, 2017     Published: August 02, 2017


Despite constant improvement in existing therapeutic efforts, the overall survival rate of lung cancer patients remains low. Enzyme activities may identify new therapeutically targetable biomarkers and overcome the marked lack of correlation between cellular abundance of translated proteins and corresponding mRNA expression levels. We analysed tyrosine kinase activities to classify lung adenocarcinoma (LuAdCa) resection specimens based on their underlying changes in cellular processes and pathways that are agents of or result from malignant transformation. We characterised 71 same-patient pairs of early-stage LuAdCa and non-neoplastic LuAdCa resection specimen lysates in the presence or absence of a tyrosine kinase inhibitor. We performed ex vivo multiplex tyrosine phosphorylation assays using 144 selected microarrayed kinase substrates. The obtained 76 selected phosphotyrosine signature peptides were subsequently analysed in terms of follow-up treatments and outcomes recorded in the patient files. For tumour, node, metastasis (TNM) stage 1 LuAdCa patients, we noticed a larger tyrosine kinase inhibitor-induced decrease in tyrosine phosphorylation for long-term as opposed to short-term disease survivors, for which 26 of 76 selected peptides were significantly (p < 0.01, FDR < 3%) more inhibited in the long-term survivors. Using statistical class prediction analysis, we obtained a 'prognostic-signature' for long- versus short-term disease survivors and correctly predicted the survival status of 73% of our patients. Our translational approach may assist clinical disease management after surgical resection and may help to direct patients for an optimal treatment strategy.

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