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Mitochondrial-Nuclear Mutational Cross-Talk Drives Recurrence of Localized Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer remains the most prevalent non-skin cancer in men, but has a remarkably quiet mutational profile. Exome sequencing studies have revealed few recurrent somatic single nucleotide variants (SNVs). Whole-genome sequencing studies have not yet identified highly recurrent driver non-coding SNVs (ncSNVs) or genomic rearrangements (Grs). As a result, the underlying events that drive this frequent disease remain unknown. While mitochondrial mutations have been linked to several tumour types, including prostate cancer, their global frequency and impact has remained unknown. To determine if mitochondrial mutations might drive some prostate cancers, we analyzed the mitochondrial genomes of 216 tumours from patients with the most commonly diagnosed form of prostate cancer. We developed a pipeline that conservatively identified only mitochondrial SNVs (mitoSNVs) that differed in the heteroplasmy fraction as compared to their paired-normal by at least 20%. We identified several features of the mitochondrial genome that were correlated with nuclear genomic mutations, as well as features that were significantly associated with biochemical recurrence.

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Publications Citations
Mitochondrial mutations drive prostate cancer aggression.
Nat Commun 8: 2017 656