NPJ Precis Oncol 2019 Jan 15; 3:2
Cancer genomic data is continually growing in complexity, necessitating improved methods for data capture and analysis. Tumors often contain multiple therapeutically relevant alterations, and co-occurring alterations may have a different influence on therapeutic response compared to if those alterations were present alone. One clinically important example of this is the existence of a resistance conferring alteration in combination with a therapeutic sensitizing mutation. The JAX Clinical Knowledgebase (JAX-CKB) (https://ckb.jax.org/) has incorporated the concept of the complex molecular profile, which enables association of therapeutic efficacy data with multiple genomic alterations simultaneously. This provides a mechanism for rapid and accurate assessment of complex cancer-related data, potentially aiding in streamlined clinical decision making. Using the JAX-CKB, we demonstrate the utility of associating data with complex profiles comprising ALK fusions with another variant, which have differing impacts on sensitivity to various ALK inhibitors depending on context.
Patterson, Sara E.; Statz, Cara M.; Yin, Taofei; and Mockus, Susan, "Utility of the JAX Clinical Knowledgebase in capture and assessment of complex genomic cancer data." (2019). Faculty Research 2019. 25.