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Trovagene to Study Trans-Renal KRAS Mutation Detection in Pancreatic Cancer
Date:7/3/2012

SAN DIEGO, July 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Trovagene, Inc. (Nasdaq:  TROV), a developer of trans-renal molecular diagnostics, announced today that they will be collaborating with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center on the detection of transrenal KRAS mutations in the urine of patients with pancreatic cancer.

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According to recent estimates KRAS mutations are present in more than 90% of pancreatic cancers (1-3), and in 23% of all cancer tissue samples examined by the Sanger Centre (4). An earlier publication in this field used a complicated two-stage PCR assay to detect KRAS mutations in the urine of patients with pancreatic carcinomas (5). Recently, Trovagene successfully completed the analytical development of digital PCR assays for the detection of the most prevalent KRAS mutations, including ones that account for approximately 95% of the KRAS mutations found in pancreatic adenocarcinomas, the most common form of pancreatic cancer. 

Matthew H. Katz, MD, FACS, who will lead the study for MD Anderson, said, "We are pleased to begin this study to detect KRAS mutations in the urine of patients with pancreatic cancer. We will also determine the KRAS mutation status from biopsies taken from the same patients. This will allow an early comparison of mutation detection using biopsy, which samples only a portion of a tumor, with detection using urine, a systemic sampling of the patient."

"The reliable detection and quantification of both KRAS mutations and wild type molecules from urine could eventually lead to a sensitive method for staging tumors before treatment and detecting minimal residual disease after treatment," said Dr. Charlie Rodi, chief technology officer at Trovagene. He added, "The volume of urine that can be collected far outstrips what is available by biopsy or even through blo
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