Precision oncology and systemic targeted therapy in Pseudomyxoma Peritonei

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Purpose: Pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) is a rare and poorly understood malignant condition characterized by the accumulation of intra-abdominal mucin produced from peritoneal metastases. Currently, cytoreductive surgery remains the mainstay of treatment but disease recurrence and death after relapse frequently occur in PMP patients. New therapeutic strategies are therefore urgently needed for these patients.

Experimental Design: A total of 120 PMP samples from 50 patients were processed to generate a collection of 50 patient-derived organoids (PDO) and xenograft (PDX) models. Whole exome sequencing (WES), immunohistochemistry analyses and in vitro and in vivo drug efficacy studies were performed.

Results: In this study, we have generated a collection of PMP preclinical models and identified druggable targets, including BRAFV600E, KRASG12C and KRASG12D
, that could also be detected in intra-abdominal mucin biopsies of PMP patients using droplet digital PCR. Preclinical models preserved the histopathological markers from the original patient sample. The BRAFV600E inhibitor encorafenib reduced cell viability of BRAFV600E PMP-PDO models. Proof-of-concept in vivo experiments showed that a systemic treatment with encorafenib significantly reduced tumor growth and prolonged survival in subcutaneous and orthotopic BRAFV600E-PMP-PDX mouse models.

Conclusions: Our study demonstrates for the first time that systemic targeted
therapies can effectively control PMP tumors. BRAF signaling pathway inhibition
represents a new therapeutic opportunity for BRAFV600E PMP patients who have a poor prognosis. Importantly, our present data and collection of preclinical models pave the way for evaluating the efficacy of other systemic targeted therapies toward extending the promise of precision oncology to PMP patients.
Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical Cancer Research
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 28 May 2024


  • Pseudomyxoma Peritonei
  • systemic targeted therapies
  • PMP preclinical models
  • BRAFV600E inhibitors
  • rare disease
  • precision oncology


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