Articles by Gary A. Pestano in JoVE
A Blood-based Test for the Detection of ROS1 and RET Fusion Transcripts from Circulating Ribonucleic Acid Using Digital Polymerase Chain Reaction Hestia S. Mellert1, Kristin E. Alexander1, Leisa P. Jackson1, Gary A. Pestano1 1Biodesix Detection of circulating ribonucleic acid (cRNA) from blood is an unmet need in clinical diagnostics. Here we describe methods that characterize cRNA from non-small cell lung cancer patients using sensitive and specific digital polymerase chain reaction. The tests meet design requirements to detect fusion variants within 72 hours.
Other articles by Gary A. Pestano on PubMed
Development and Clinical Utility of a Blood-Based Test Service for the Rapid Identification of Actionable Mutations in Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics : JMD. | Pubmed ID: 28433077 Nearly 80% of cancer patients do not have genetic mutation results available at initial oncology consultation; up to 25% of patients begin treatment before receiving their results. These factors hinder the ability to pursue optimal treatment strategies. This study validates a blood-based genome-testing service that provides accurate results within 72 hours. We focused on targetable variants in advanced non-small cell lung carcinoma-epidermal growth factor receptor gene (EGFR) variant L858R, exon 19 deletion (ΔE746-A750), and T790M; GTPase Kirsten ras gene (KRAS) variants G12C/D/V; and echinoderm microtubule associated protein like and 4 anaplastic lymphoma receptor tyrosine kinase fusion (EML4-ALK) transcripts 1/2/3. Test development included method and clinical validation using samples from donors with (n = 219) or without (n = 30) cancer. Clinical sensitivity and specificity for each variant ranged from 78.6% to 100% and 94.2% to 100%, respectively. We also report on 1643 non-small cell lung carcinoma samples processed in our CLIA-certified laboratory. Mutation results were available within 72 hours for 94% of the tests evaluated. We detected 10.5% mutations for EGFR sensitizing (n = 2801 samples tested), 13.8% mutations for EGFR resistance (n = 1055), 13.2% mutations in KRAS (n = 3477), and 2% mutations for EML4-ALK fusion (n = 304). This rapid, highly sensitive, and actionable blood-based assay service expands testing options and supports faster treatment decisions.