Distinct embryonic phylogenies and driver events of infant Wilms tumor - DNA

Dataset ID Technology Samples
EGAD00001009812 HiSeq X Ten,Illumina NovaSeq 6000 N/A

Dataset Description

Cancers of adults typically arise through progressive rounds of clonal diversification and intratumoral selective sweeps which generate a long mutational trunk with shorter subclonal branches. Here, we investigated whether tumors of young children exhibit the same phylogenetic configuration. We studied three infants, including two newborns, with the childhood kidney cancer, Wilms tumour, through whole genome sequencing of bulk tissues, of single cell derived organoids, and of microdissections. All three cancers exhibited unusual driver events, with tumours of newborns harbouring FOXR2 rearrangements, delineating a distinct variant of Wilms tumour. Phylogenetic analyses suggest that tumors were seeded in an early, possibly confined window of development. Unusually, following seeding there was extensive polyclonal diversification with little evidence of clonal sweeps, leading to a distinct phylogenetic configuration more reminiscent of normal tissues rather than of adult cancers. These findings indicate that some childhood cancers may diversify via unorthodox phylogenetic pathways.

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general research use DUO:0000042 2021-02-23
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user specific restriction DUO:0000026 2021-02-23