Molecular analysis of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes by next generation sequencing and ultrastructural aspects of breast tumor tissue

Vol. 58 No. 2, 2017


Corina Elena Mihalcea, Ana-Maria Morosanu, Daniela Murarasu, Liliana Puiu, Sabin-Aurel Cinca, Silviu Cristian Voinea, Nicolae Mirancea

In this paper, we focus our interest on the dynamics alterations of the tumor-stroma interface at the ultrastructural level and to detect BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations using next generation sequencing (NGS) of breast tumor tissue. Electron microscopic investigation revealed some peculiar infrastructural alterations of the tumor cells per se as well as of the tumor-stroma interface: invadopodia, shedding microvesicles, altered morphology and reduced number of telocytes, different abnormalities of the microvasculature. Tumor suppressor genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 are the genes with most hereditary predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer. An early identification of mutation within these genes is essential for determining classification and therapeutic approach to patients. Genetic tests used to determine mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are laborious analysis methods which include, among others, NGS. We analyzed a total of eight samples, in which genomic DNA was amplified using Ion AmpliSeq panel BRCA1 and BRCA2. DNA libraries were created, amplified and sequenced with Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine. The bio-information data obtained allow us to detect all known pathogenic mutation and uncertain polymorphisms.

Corresponding author: Nicolae Mirancea, PhD; e-mail:

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