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BRAF assays from FFPE

Wednesday 7 December 2011

Activating mutations of the BRAF and KRAS genes cause constitutive stimulation of an important cell-signaling pathway promoting tumorigenesis, and are increasingly recognized as determinants of response to targeted cancer therapies.

The BRAF-V600E mutation accounts for most of the BRAF mutations in cancer, and KRAS mutations are predominantly encoded by nucleotide substitutions within codons 12 and 13.

The BRAF V600E mutation is detected in about 13% of the colorectal cancers.

The frequency of KRAS mutations is about 32%, with G>A transitions at position 2 of codons 12 and 13 being most prevalent.


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