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Whole genome sequencing of a breast cancer cohort with known functional homologous recombination status

Optimal patient selection for PARP inhibitors and double strand break (DSB) inducing chemotherapy is of great clinical importance. In principle, the use of these therapies can be extended beyond germline BRCA1/2 mutated cancers. Although several methods for detection of BRCA-like tumors have been developed, a golden standard is lacking. We have developed the RECAP test, a functional HR assay exploiting the formation of RAD51 foci in proliferating cells after ex vivo irradiation of fresh primary breast cancer (BrC) tissue. The RECAP test seems robust and has an advantage over genetic tests, due to its functional character for exploring the HR phenotype. Another type of HRD test is the BRCAness classifier, which is based on specific genomic patterns derived from copy number data of BRCA1/2 mutated BrCs that also occur in sporadic cancers. The BRCAness classifier is a robust test that is easily applicable in the clinic and has also been validated to predict in vivo response to high dose chemotherapy in clinical trials. More recently, a new HRD test based on genomic signatures which can be extracted from whole genome sequencing has been published, HRDetect. Studies comparing these different HRD tests within the same cohort of patients do not yet exist. Here, we have the unique opportunity to compare three HRD tests within the same cohort. We aim to compare three different HRD tests (RECAP, BRCAness classifier and HRDetect) within the same cohort of primary BrCs (n=41). As a secondary aim, we will analyze additional genetic alterations in HRD tumors (both BRCA-deficient and BRCA-proficient HRD tumors).

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Functional RECAP (REpair CAPacity) assay identifies homologous recombination deficiency undetected by DNA-based BRCAness tests.
Oncogene 41: 2022 3498-3506