Early Detection Research Network


MYC is an important oncogene in lung cancer. It is expressed in a large number of non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLCs). Gene amplification at 8q24 and resultant increased expression of MYC is a common occurrence in carcinomas. It leads to increased formation of the MYC:Max heterodimer transcription factors that alter gene expression in large part by recruiting histone-modifying enzymes.
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When assessed as a candidate biomarker signature predictive of lung cancer, the sensitivity of presence of abnormality in TP63, MYC, CEP3, and CEP6 was 82% and specificity was 58%. The receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves show the added value of histology and epidemiological information, ultimately achieving an area under the curve of 92.6%. The demographic information represents gender, age, pack years of smoking history, and smoking status. The differences between the curves were significant between demographics vs. demographics and cytology (p = 0.02) or vs. demographics, cytology and 4 FISH biomarkers (TP63, MYC, CEP3, CEP6) (p = 0.002). Although showing a trend, the difference was not significant between demographics and cytology vs. demographics, histology and 4 FISH biomarkers (p = 0.11).

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