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Angel Johnson
Angel Johnson

Performance And Application Of Paraffin Refractories EXCLUSIVE



Point mutations in the K-ras gene have been shown to confer resistance against epidermal growth factor receptor-directed therapy of metastatic colorectal cancer. Accordingly, K-ras mutation testing has become mandatory in hospitals offering such treatment. We compared the performance and reagent costs of 2 sensitive methods for detection of K-ras mutations: a peptide nucleic acid (PNA) clamp polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay and a commercially available amplification refractory mutation system/Scorpion (ARMS/S) PCR assay. Both methods were applied in parallel to 101 formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tumor and metastasis samples from patients with colon cancer. The PNA clamp PCR assay detected K-ras mutations in 35% (35 of 101) of the samples, whereas the ARMS/S PCR assay detected mutations in 27% (27 of 101) of them. There was 92% (93 of 101) concordance between the 2 methods and the κ coefficient for the comparison was 0.82. The 8 discordant cases were exclusively positive by PNA clamp PCR. Finally, the reagent costs of the PNA clamp PCR assay were estimated to be at least 20 times lower than the ARMS/S assay. We concluded that the high performance and low costs associated with the PNA clamp PCR assay encourage its use in the administration of personalized epidermal growth factor receptor-directed therapy.




Performance and application of paraffin refractories


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Methods: In this study, we develop a method to estimate TMB using the Oncomine Tumor Mutation Load (TML) Assay with 20 ng of DNA, and we characterize the performance of this method on various formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) research samples of several cancer types. We measure the analytical performance of TML workflow through comparison with control samples with known truth, and we compare performance with an orthogonal method which uses matched normal sample to remove germline variants. We perform whole exome sequencing (WES) on a batch of FFPE samples and compare the WES TMB values with TMB estimates by the TML assay.


This paper investigates the use of neural networks as surrogate models for fast and accurate performance prediction of hybrid rocket engines (HREs). To this aim, a deep feedforward neural network is trained to estimate the thrust and mass flow rate laws of a liquid oxygen/paraffin-wax HRE (as well as other motor characteristics, including the burning time as well as dry and propellant masses), starting from a limited number of motor design parameters, which define the fuel grain, the nozzle geometry, and the initial oxidizer mass flow rate. A medium-fidelity HRE ballistic model, accounting for nozzle throat erosion and two alternative oxidizer feed systems (a pump-fed and a pressure-fed system), is used to generate the sample data the network is trained on. A comprehensive analysis is carried out to assess the neural network accuracy and its generalization capability using several network topologies and varying the size of the training set. Finally, to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach, the trained network is used as a surrogate HRE model within a multidisciplinary optimization process, which is aimed at determining the optimal HRE design and ascent trajectory for a Vega-derived three-stage launch vehicle, where a HRE replaces the last two stages of the original four-stage rocket.


Inclusion Criteria: - Patients with a histologically confirmed diagnosis of a primary CNS tumor (medulloblastoma, high-grade glioma, or diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma [DIPG]) that is recurrent, refractory, or progressive. All tumors must have histologic verification at either the time of diagnosis or recurrence except patients with diffuse intrinsic brain stem tumors. These patients must have radiographic or clinical evidence of progression. Patients with a recurrent, progressive, or refractory primary CNS tumor with evidence of genetic activation of the MET pathway, regardless of histology, are also eligible to the Phase I component of this study - Note: Refractory disease is defined as the presence of persistent abnormality on conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) imaging that is further distinguished by histology (biopsy or sample of lesion) or advanced imaging, OR as determined by the treating physician and discussed with the primary investigator prior to enrollment - Efficacy Expansion Cohort: Patients must have a recurrent, progressive, or refractory primary CNS tumor with evidence of genetic activation of the MET pathway, regardless of histology. The submitted specimen can be from diagnosis or recurrence and there is no time limit from when the specimen was obtained to enrollment onto the efficacy expansion cohort. The assessment will be performed in a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) certified laboratory. MET pathway activation status must be confirmed using Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved testing prior to enrollment. MET pathway activation is defined as: - MET kinase domain mutations, allelic frequency >= 5% OR - MET or HGF amplification, >= 6 copies OR - Chromosome 7 gain OR - MET fusion - If a MET aberration is identified using local testing at a Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium (PBTC) institution, final confirmation for eligibility to the efficacy cohort will be confirmed using Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's (MSKCC's) FDA approved IMPACT (Integrated Mutation Profiling of Actionable Cancer Targets) panel. Alternatively, if a MET aberration is identified at a PBTC site using another FDA approved panel (Foundation Medicine or Oncomine), the result will be considered sufficient for eligibility following study chair review - Recurrent or refractory primary malignant CNS tumor patients must have adequate pre-trial frozen or formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tumor material available for the required correlative studies. If target amounts of tissue or number of slides are not available, the site must obtain study chair/co-chair approval for adequacy of submitted tumor samples and prioritization of studies to be performed, prior to patient enrollment - Patients with DIPG who have pre-trial tumor tissue available are requested to submit tissue; however, this is not required for eligibility - Patients must have evaluable disease to be eligible. Evaluable disease is defined as the presence of at least one lesion that can be measured accurately in at least 2 (two) dimensions - Patients must be > 5 years and = - Body surface area (BSA) - Patients enrolled on 75 mg/m^2/day (dose level 0) must have a BSA >= 1.00 m^2 - Patients enrolled on 150 mg/m^2/day (dose level 1) must have a BSA >= 0.55 m^2 - Patients enrolled on 240 mg/m^2/day (dose level 2) must have a BSA >= 0.67 m^2 - Patients enrolled on 350 mg/m^2/day (dose level 3) must have a BSA >= 0.73 m^2 - Patients must have failed prior standard therapy for their tumor. Patients with medulloblastoma must have received radiation therapy in addition to platinum and alkylator-based chemotherapy. Patients with high-grade glioma (HGG) and DIPG must have at least received radiation therapy. Patients must have recovered from the acute treatment related toxicities (defined as = criteria) of all prior chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiotherapy or any other treatment modality prior to entering this study - Patients must have received their last dose of known myelosuppressive anticancer therapy at least 21 days prior to enrollment or at least 42 days if it included nitrosourea - Biologic or investigational agent (anti-neoplastic): - Patients must have recovered from any acute toxicity potentially related to the agent and received their last dose of the investigational or biologic agent >= 7 days prior to study enrollment - For agents that have known adverse events occurring beyond 7 days after administration, this period must be extended beyond the time during which adverse events are known to occur - Monoclonal antibody treatment and agents with known prolonged half-lives: - Patients must have recovered from any acute toxicity potentially related to the agent and received their last dose of the agent >= 28 days prior to study enrollment - Patients must have had their last fraction of: - Craniospinal irradiation or total body irradiation or radiation to >= 50% of pelvis > 3 months prior to enrollment - Focal irradiation > 4 weeks prior to enrollment - Patients must be: - >= 6 months since allogeneic stem cell transplant prior to enrollment with no evidence of active graft versus (vs.) host disease - >= 3 months since autologous stem cell transplant prior to enrollment - Both males and females of all races and ethnic groups are eligible for this study - Neurologic Status - Patients with neurological deficits should have deficits that are stable for a minimum of 1 week prior to enrollment. A baseline detailed neurological exam should clearly document the neurological status of the patient at the time of enrollment on the study - Patients with seizure disorders may be enrolled if seizures are well controlled - Patients must be able to swallow whole tablets to be eligible for study enrollment - Karnofsky performance scale (KPS for > 16 years of age) or Lansky performance score (LPS for == 50 - Patients who are unable to walk because of neurologic deficits, but who are up in a wheelchair, will be considered ambulatory for the purpose of assessing the performance score - Absolute neutrophil count >= 1.0 x 10^9 cells/ L - Platelets >= 100 x 10^9 cells/ L (unsupported, defined as no platelet transfusion within 7 days prior to enrollment) - Hemoglobin >= 8 g/dL (hemoglobin should be unsupported, i.e., red blood cell transfusions are not allowed within 14 days prior to enrollment) - Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) = limit of normal (ULN) with total bilirubin = ULN - = x ULN with ALT and AST = - Albumin >= 2 g/dL - Serum creatinine based on age/gender. Patients that do not meet the criteria below but have a 24 hour creatinine clearance or glomerular filtration rate (GFR) (radioisotope or iothalamate) >= 70 mL/min/1.73 m^2 are eligible - Age: Maximum serum creatinine (mg/dL) - 2 to - 6 to - 10 to - 13 to - >= 16 years: 1.7 (male), 1.4 (female) - International normalized ratio (INR) time (aPTT) which affects these parameters - Patients with known tumor thrombus or deep vein thrombosis are eligible if clinically stable on low molecular weight heparin for >= 2 weeks - Cardiac function: - Mean resting corrected QT interval (QTc Bazett) = from 3 electrocardiograms (EKGs) - Oxygen saturation as measured by pulse oximetry is > 93% on room air - Patients who are receiving corticosteroids must be on a stable or decreasing dose for at least 1 week prior to enrollment - Patients must be off all colony-stimulating factor(s) (e.g., filgrastim, sargramostim or erythropoietin) for at least 1 week prior to enrollment. Two (2) weeks must have elapsed if patients received polyethylene glycol (PEG) formulations - Pregnancy Prevention - Patients of childbearing or child fathering potential must be willing to use a medically acceptable form of birth control, which includes abstinence, while being treated on this study - Women of child-bearing potential should use effective contraception from the time of enrollment until 4 weeks after discontinuing study treatment - Male study participants should use a condom with female partners of child-bearing potential during the study and for 6 months after discontinuing study treatment - If the female partner of a male study participant is not using effective contraception, men must use a condom during the study and for 6 months after discontinuing study treatment - Male study participants should avoid fathering a child and refrain from sperm donation from study start to 6 months after discontinuing study treatment - Ability to understand and willingness to sign a written informed consent document. Legally authorized representatives may sign and give informed consent on behalf of study participants.Exclusion Criteria: - Pregnant women or nursing mothers are excluded from this study. Female patients of childbearing potential must have a negative serum or urine pregnancy test within 7 days prior to enrollment. If the urine test is positive or cannot be confirmed as negative, a serum pregnancy test will be required. Pregnant women are excluded from this study because there are unknown but potential risks to an unborn baby from savolitinib. Because there is an unknown but potential risk for adverse events in nursing infants secondary to treatment of the mother with savolitinib, breastfeeding should be discontinued if the mother is treated with savolitinib - Patients with a known serious active infection including, but not limited to, viral hepatitis, human immunodeficiency virus, tuberculosis - Patients with any clinically significant unrelated systemic illness or significant cardiac, pulmonary, hepatic or other organ dysfunction), that in the opinion of the investigator would compromise the patient's ability to tolerate protocol therapy, put them at additional risk for toxicity or would interfere with the study procedures or results - Patients with uncontrolled hypertension (i.e., a blood pressure [BP] > 95th percentile for age, height, and gender, patients with values above these levels must have their blood pressure controlled with medication prior to starting study drug) - The normal blood pressure by height, age, and gender can be assessed by using the NIH Guidelines on the PBTC Member's website (Protocols- Generic Forms and Templates- Normal Blood Pressure by Height and Age). - Patients with any of the following cardiac diseases - Congestive heart failure (New York Heart Association >= grade 2) - Clinically significant cardiac arrhythmia - Mean resting corrected QT interval (QTc) > 450 msec on screening obtained from 3 electrocardiograms (EKGs) or - Factors that may increase the risk of QTc prolongation such as chronic hypokalemia not correctable with supplements, congenital or familial long QT syndrome, or - Family history of unexplained sudden death under 40 years of age in first-degree relatives or - Any concomitant medication known to prolong the QT interval and cause Torsade de Pointes. These drugs must have been discontinued prior to the start of administration of study treatment in accordance with guidance - Any clinically important abnormalities in rhythm, conduction or morphology of resting EKG, e.g., complete left bundle branch block, third degree heart block, second degree heart block, PR interval > 250 msec. - Patients with a prior or concurrent malignancy whose natural history or treatment has the potential to interfere with the safety or efficacy assessment of the investigational regimen for this trial - Concurrent Therapy - Patients who are receiving any other anticancer or investigational drug therapy - Patients receiving strong inducers of CYP3A4, strong inhibitors of CYP3A4 or CYP1A2 or CYP3A4 substrates with a narrow therapeutic index within 2 weeks of the first dose of savolitinib (3 weeks for St John's Wort). Strong inducers of CYP3A4 and CYP3A4 substrates which have a narrow therapeutic range or CYP3A4 sensitive substrates should not be used during the trial or used with caution. Because the lists of these agents are constantly changing, it is important to regularly consult a frequently-updated medical reference. Patient drug information handout and wallet card should be provided to patients - Prior or current treatment with a MET inhibitor (e.g., foretinib, crizotinib, cabozantinib, or onartuzumab) - Patient is currently receiving any of the following herbal preparations or medications and cannot be discontinued 1 week (7 days) prior to enrollment (3 weeks for St. John's wort). These herbal medications include, but are not limited to: cannabis products, St. John's wort, kava, ephedra (ma huang), gingko biloba, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), yohimbe, saw palmetto, and ginseng - Patient has undergone major surgical procedure = drug or a minor surgical procedure = is required following port-a-cath placement - Patients who in the opinion of the investigator are unwilling or unable to return for required follow-up visits or obtain follow-up studies required to assess toxicity to therapy or to adhere to drug administration plan, other study procedures, and study restrictions - Patients with a history of allergic reactions attributed to compounds of similar chemical or biologic composition - Prisoners will be excluded from this study


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