Lung and Upper Aerodigestive Cancers Research Group
To study of the utility of KLK8, 11, 12, 13, and 14 profiles in diagnosing lung cancer.
Aim 1. We will coordinate with the Lung Cancer Biomarker Committee to obtain aliquots of serum reference set A (i.e., Phase II validation set: 180 cases and 180 controls, 75 other cancer controls). The characteristics of these sample sets have been described on the EDRN website.
Aim 2. Two independent sites (UCLA and University of Toronto) will conduct ELISA tests on blinded serum samples for KLK8, 11, 12, 13, and 14. These assays have been well described previously, so we anticipate no technical hurdles. All samples will be run in duplicate.
Aim 3. Data will be analyzed by the DMCC for both single KLK expression as well as for the entire panel (KLK8, 11, 12, 13, and 14) as previously described (1).
Briefly, the nonparametric Kruskal-Wallis test will be used to examine the relationship between KLK levels, pathology, and clinical information. To evaluate the KLK for disease screening and diagnosis, the classification accuracy will be assessed using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves. The ROC curve will plot the true positive fraction (TPF) versus the false positive fraction (FPF) for the set of rules that classify a subject as “test-positive” i.e., if the marker value exceeds a threshold value, where threshold varies over all possible values. It quantifies how well a marker discriminates between diseased and non-diseased individuals. We will perform the ROC analysis first on individual KLK and then in combination. We will use an algorithm that renders a single composite score using the linear predictor, fitted from a binary regression model. A stepwise regression procedure will be used to select markers in the panel with or without additional clinical variables.
There are currently no biomarkers annotated for this protocol.
No datasets are currently associated with this protocol.
Thank you to everyone who helped make the 9th EDRN Scientific Workshop a success. We look forward to seeing everyone at the 28th EDRN Steering Committee Meeting from March 31-April 2, 2015, in Atlanta, GA.
Funding Opportunity Available
Both RFAs for Molecular and Cellular Characterization of Screen-Detected Lesions have been published.