Effect of germline mutations in homologous recombination repair genes on overall survival of patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma

Siddhartha Yadav, Pashtoon M. Kasi, William R. Bamlet, Thanh P. Ho, Eric C. Polley, Chunling Hu, Steven N. Hart, Kari G. Rabe, Nicholas J. Boddicker, Rohan D. Gnanaolivu, Kun Y. Lee, Tricia H. Lindstrom, Gloria M. Petersen, Fergus J. Couch, Robert R. McWilliams

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Purpose: To compare the clinical characteristics and overall survival (OS) of germline mutation carriers in homologous recombination repair (HRR) genes and noncarriers with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). Experimental Design: Germline DNA from 3,078 patients with PDAC enrolled in a prospective registry at Mayo Clinic between 2000 and 2017 was analyzed for mutations in 37 cancer predisposition genes. Characteristics and OS of patients with mutations in eight genes (ATM, BARD1, BRCA1, BRCA2, BRIP1, PALB2, RAD51C, and RAD51D) involved in HRR were compared with patients testing negative for mutations in all 37 genes. Results: The 175 HRR mutation carriers and 2,730 noncarriers in the study had a median duration of follow-up of 9.9 years. HRR mutation carriers were younger (median age at diagnosis: 63 vs. 66 years, P < 0.001) and more likely to have metastatic disease at diagnosis (46% vs. 36%, P ¼ 0.004). In a multivariable model adjusting for sex, age at diagnosis, and tumor staging, patients with germline HRR mutations had a significantly longer OS compared with noncarriers [HR, 0.83; 95% confidence interval (CI), 0.70-0.97; P ¼ 0.02]. Further gene-level analysis demonstrated that germline ATM mutation carriers had longer OS compared with patients without germline mutations in any of the 37 genes (HR, 0.72; 95% CI, 0.55-0.94; P ¼ 0.01). Conclusions: This study demonstrates that germline mutation carrier status in PDAC is associated with longer OS compared with noncarriers. Further research into tumor biology and response to platinum-based chemotherapy in germline mutation carriers with PDAC are needed to better understand the association with longer OS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6505-6512
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Cancer Research
Issue number24
StatePublished - Dec 2020

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  • General Medicine


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