Successful creation of pancreatic cancer organoids by means of EUS-guided fine-needle biopsy sampling for personalized cancer treatment

Tiriac, H., Bucobo, J. C., Tzimas, D., Grewel, S., Lacomb, J. F., Rowehl, L. M., Nagula, S., Wu, M., Kim, J., Sasson, A., Vignesh, S., Martello, L., Munoz-Sagastibelza, M., Somma, J., Tuveson, D. A., Li, E., Buscaglia, J. M. (June 2018) Successful creation of pancreatic cancer organoids by means of EUS-guided fine-needle biopsy sampling for personalized cancer treatment. Gastrointest Endosc, 87 (6). pp. 1474-1480. ISSN 0016-5107

DOI: 10.1016/j.gie.2017.12.032


BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Pancreatic cancer organoids are tumor models of individualized human pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA), created from surgical specimens and used for personalized treatment strategies. Unfortunately, most patients with PDA are not operative candidates. Creation of human PDA organoids at the time of initial tumor diagnosis is therefore critical. Our aim was to assess the feasibility of creating human PDA organoids by EUS fine-needle biopsy (EUS-FNB) sampling in patients with PDA. METHODS: In this prospective clinical trial in patients referred to evaluate a pancreatic mass, EUS-FNA was performed for initial onsite diagnosis. Two additional needle passes were performed with a 22-gauge FNB needle for organoid creation. Primary outcome was successful isolation of organoids within 2 weeks of EUS-FNB sampling (P0, no passages), confirmed by organoid morphology and positive genotyping. RESULTS: Thirty-seven patients with 38 PDA tumors were enrolled. Successful isolation of organoids (P0) was achieved in 33 of 38 tumors (87%). Establishment of PDA organoid lines for >/=5 passages of growth (P5, five passages) was reached in 25 of 38 tumors (66%). In the single patient with successful P5 FNB sampling-derived and P5 surgically derived organoids, there was identical matching of specimens. There were no serious adverse events. Two patients developed bleeding at the EUS-FNB puncture site requiring hemostasis clips. CONCLUSIONS: Pancreatic cancer organoids can be successfully and rapidly created by means of EUS-FNB sampling using a 22-gauge needle at the time of initial diagnosis. Successful organoid generation is essential for precision medicine in patients with pancreatic cancer in whom most are not surgically resectable. (Clinical trial registration number: NCT03140592.).

Item Type: Paper
Subjects: Investigative techniques and equipment > cell culture > cancer organoids
diseases & disorders > cancer > cancer types > pancreatic cancer
CSHL Authors:
Communities: CSHL Cancer Center Program > Cellular Communication in Cancer Program
CSHL labs > Tuveson lab
Depositing User: Matthew Dunn
Date: June 2018
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2018 22:01
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2020 14:08
PMCID: PMC6143289
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