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GLNE 003: Preliminary Validation of Biomarkers Predictive of Barrett’s Esophagus Progression to Dysplasia and Adenocarcinoma

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Brenner, DeanUniversity of Michigan

No coordinating investigator defined.

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FISH
Proteomics
Glycomics
Metabolomics
Hypermethylation
G.I. and Other Associated Cancers Research Group

   Recognizing that novel potential biomarkers are continually being identified and will need to be validated in a rapid, efficient, and scientifically rigorous manner, the NCI has made an enormous commitment to the development of a network that will facilitate biomarker development and validation in multiple organ sites. As part of the National Cancer Institute-funded Early Detection Research Network (EDRN), the Great Lakes-New England Clinical Epidemiological Center (GLNE CEC) proposes a research program that provides the structure for validating and discovering potential surrogate endpoint biomarkers (“biomarkers”). Although examples of such biomarkers are currently in clinical use (i.e. CEA, CA-125), there are limitations to all of them. Our consortium focuses specifically on gastrointestinal neoplasia.    There are three goals for this phase of the proposed research. 1. Establish the feasibility of measuring the biomarkers in a multi-center clinical trial. 2. Estimate the variance of the biomarkers in cohorts defined by sex, race, age and histologic diagnosis (non-Barrett’s controls, Barrett’s intestinal metaplasia, Barrett’s intestinal dysplasia [low and high-grade] and adenocarcinoma). 3. Determine if the distributions of the biomarkers differ significantly among patients with different histologic diagnoses.    In this protocol, biological samples will consist of serum, plasma, urine, and biopsies from Barrett’s esophagus (metaplasia, low and high-grade dysplasia) patients, from patients with esophageal adenocarcinoma, and from non-Barrett’s controls. Samples will be assayed for villin, p53, Hsp27, cyclooxygenase-2, and Cyclin D1. Samples will also be used for two biomarker discovery projects, one exploring genetic expression using genomic microarrays and a second using two-dimensional gene arrays to discover and characterize amplified proteins associated with esophageal carcinogenesis. Fifty subjects will

Establish the feasibility of measuring the biomarkers in a multi-center clinical trial. 1.2   Estimate the variance of the biomarkers in cohorts defined by sex, race, age and histologic diagnosis (Barrett's intestinal metaplasia, Barrett's intestinal dysplasia [low-grade or high-grade], Adenocarcinoma, and non-Barrett’s controls). 1.3   Determine if the distributions of the biomarkers differ significantly among patients with different histologic diagnoses.

There are currently no biomarkers annotated for this protocol.

No datasets are currently associated with this protocol.


New Funding Opportunity: Biomarker Development Laboratories for the Early Detection Network: Applications Due May 23

Update: Pre-application webinar information now available.

The National Cancer Institute's Division of Cancer Prevention has released a new funding opportunity to solicit organ-specific applications for Biomarker Developmental Laboratories (BDLs), one of the four scientific units of the recently funded Early Detection Research Network (EDRN). The EDRN is a national infrastructure funded to discover, develop, and validate biomarkers for risk assessment, detection, and molecular diagnosis and prognosis of early cancer. BDLs are responsible for the discovery, development, characterization, and testing of new, or the refinement of existing, biomarkers and biomarker assays for risk assessment, detection, and molecular diagnosis and prognosis of cancers.

The existing BDLs are primarily focused on ovary and gastrointestinal cancers. The proposed BDLs (to be supported under this funding opportunity) should be focused on one or more of the following cancers: breast, prostate and other genitourinary organs, or lung. In addition, cancers with rapidly rising incidence rates, e.g., endometrial, hepatocellular, kidney, thyroid, oropharyngeal cancers, and/or cancers with unique etiology, e.g., mesothelioma, will be considered.

The newly funded units of the Early Detection Research Network will be announced later in April. Successful applicants have already been notified. Those researchers who were not successful during the last round of applications are encouraged to apply to this opportunity.