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MRI-based Radiogenomics Analysis For Predicting Genetic Alterations In Oncogenic Signalling Pathways In Invasive Breast Carcinoma.
Published 2020 · Medicine
AIM To investigate the effect of radiomics in the assessment of alterations in canonical cancer pathways in breast cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS Eighty-eight biopsy-proven breast cancer cases were included in the present study. Radiomics features were extracted from T1-weighted sagittal dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) images. Radiomics signatures were developed to predict genetic alterations in the cell cycle, Myc, PI3K, RTK/RAS, and p53 signalling pathways by using hypothesis testing combined with least absolute shrinkage and selection operator (LASSO) regression analysis. The predictive powers of the models were examined by the area under the curve (AUC) of the receiver operating characteristic curve. RESULTS A total of 5,234 radiomics features were obtained from MRI images based on the tumour region of interest. Hypothesis tests screened 250, 229, 156, 785, and 319 radiomics features that were differentially displayed between cell cycle, Myc, PI3K, RTK/RAS, and p53 alterations and no alteration status. According to the LASSO algorithm, 11, 12, 12, 15, and 13 features were identified for the construction of the radiomics signatures to predict cell cycle, Myc, PI3K, RTK/RAS, and p53 alterations, with AUC values of 0.933, 0.926, 0.956, 0.940, and 0.886, respectively. The cell cycle radiomics score correlated closely with the RTK/RAS and p53 radiomics scores. These signatures were also dysregulated in patients with different oestrogen receptor, progesterone receptor, and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 statuses. CONCLUSION MRI-based radiogenomics analysis exhibits excellent performance in predicting genetic pathways alterations, thus providing a novel approach for non-invasively obtaining genetic-level molecular characteristics of tumours.