Feb 27, 2020

Noninvasive chimeric DNA profiling identifies tumor-originated HBV integrants contributing to viral antigen expression in liver cancer

Hepatology International
Wei ChenDake Zhang


Host genome integration of HBV sequence is considered to be significant in HBV antigen expression and the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We developed a probe-based capture strategy to enrich integrated HBV DNA for deep-sequencing analysis of integration sites in paired patient samples derived from tumor, liver tissue adjacent to tumor, saliva and plasma, as a platform for exploring the correlation, significance and utility of detecting integrations in these sample types. Most significantly, alpha fetoprotein levels significantly correlated to the amounts of integrations detected in tumor. Viral-host chimeric DNA fragments were successfully detected at high sequencing coverage in plasma rather than saliva samples from HCC patients, and each fragment of this type was only seen once in plasma from chronic hepatitis B patients. Almost all plasma chimeric fragments were derived from integrations in tumor rather than in adjacent liver tissues. Over 50% of them may produce viral-host chimeric transcripts according to deep RNA sequencing in paired tissue samples. Particularly, in patients with low HBV DNA level (< 250 UI/ml), the seemingly normal HBsAg titers may be explained by larger amounts of integrations detected. ...Continue Reading

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