Translating a Prognostic DNA Genomic Classifier into the Clinic: Retrospective Validation in 563 Localized Prostate Tumors

Emilie Lalonde, Rached Alkallas, Melvin Lee Kiang Chua, Michael Fraser, Syed Haider, Alice Meng, Junyan Zheng, Cindy Q. Yao, Valerie Picard, Michele Orain, Helène Hovington, Jure Murgic, Alejandro Berlin, Louis Lacombe, Alain Bergeron, Yves Fradet, Bernard Têtu, Johan Lindberg, Lars Egevad, Henrik GrönbergHelen Ross-Adams, Alastair D. Lamb, Silvia Halim, Mark J. Dunning, David E. Neal, Melania Pintilie, Theodorus van der Kwast, Robert G. Bristow, Paul C. Boutros

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Background Localized prostate cancer is clinically heterogeneous, despite clinical risk groups that represent relative prostate cancer-specific mortality. We previously developed a 100-locus DNA classifier capable of substratifying patients at risk of biochemical relapse within clinical risk groups. Objective The 100-locus genomic classifier was refined to 31 functional loci and tested with standard clinical variables for the ability to predict biochemical recurrence (BCR) and metastasis. Design, setting, and participants Four retrospective cohorts of radical prostatectomy specimens from patients with localized disease were pooled, and an additional 102-patient cohort used to measure the 31-locus genomic classifier with the NanoString platform. Outcome measurements and statistical analysis The genomic classifier scores were tested for their ability to predict BCR (n = 563) and metastasis (n = 154), and compared with clinical risk stratification schemes. Results and limitations The 31-locus genomic classifier performs similarly to the 100-locus classifier. It identifies patients with elevated BCR rates (hazard ratio = 2.73, p < 0.001) and patients that eventually develop metastasis (hazard ratio = 7.79, p < 0.001). Combining the genomic classifier with standard clinical variables outperforms clinical models. Finally, the 31-locus genomic classifier was implemented using a NanoString assay. The study is limited to retrospective cohorts. Conclusions The 100-locus and 31-locus genomic classifiers reliably identify a cohort of men with localized disease who have an elevated risk of failure. The NanoString assay will be useful for selecting patients for treatment deescalation or escalation in prospective clinical trials based on clinico-genomic scores from pretreatment biopsies. Patient summary It is challenging to determine whether tumors confined to the prostate are aggressive, leading to significant undertreatment and overtreatment. We validated a test based on prostate tumor DNA that improves estimations of relapse risk, and that can help guide treatment planning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-31
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Urology
Issue number1
Early online date1 Nov 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017


  • CNA
  • CNV
  • Copy number alteration
  • Genomic classifier
  • Genomic signature
  • Localized prostate cancer
  • Precision medicine
  • Prognosis

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Cancer Research Centre


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