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High-Throughput 2018, 7(3), 20;

Genomics and Epigenetics of Malignant Mesothelioma

Department of Integrative Oncology, British Columbia Cancer Research Centre, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1L3, Canada
Canadian Environmental Exposures in Cancer (CE2C) Network, Dalhousie University, P.O. BOX 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2, Canada
Robson DNA Science Centre, Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute, Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 4N1, Canada
Departments of Pathology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2, Canada
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Received: 30 June 2018 / Revised: 19 July 2018 / Accepted: 25 July 2018 / Published: 27 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Whole-Genome Approaches to Study Environmental Exposures)
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Malignant mesothelioma is an aggressive and lethal asbestos-related disease. Diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma is particularly challenging and is further complicated by the lack of disease subtype-specific markers. As a result, it is especially difficult to distinguish malignant mesothelioma from benign reactive mesothelial proliferations or reactive fibrosis. Additionally, mesothelioma diagnoses can be confounded by other anatomically related tumors that can invade the pleural or peritoneal cavities, collectively resulting in delayed diagnoses and greatly affecting patient management. High-throughput analyses have uncovered key genomic and epigenomic alterations driving malignant mesothelioma. These molecular features have the potential to better our understanding of malignant mesothelioma biology as well as to improve disease diagnosis and patient prognosis. Genomic approaches have been instrumental in identifying molecular events frequently occurring in mesothelioma. As such, we review the discoveries made using high-throughput technologies, including novel insights obtained from the analysis of the non-coding transcriptome, and the clinical potential of these genetic and epigenetic findings in mesothelioma. Furthermore, we aim to highlight the potential of these technologies in the future clinical applications of the novel molecular features in malignant mesothelioma. View Full-Text
Keywords: mesothelioma; asbestos; genomics; epigenetics; non-coding RNA mesothelioma; asbestos; genomics; epigenetics; non-coding RNA

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Sage, A.P.; Martinez, V.D.; Minatel, B.C.; Pewarchuk, M.E.; Marshall, E.A.; MacAulay, G.M.; Hubaux, R.; Pearson, D.D.; Goodarzi, A.A.; Dellaire, G.; Lam, W.L. Genomics and Epigenetics of Malignant Mesothelioma. High-Throughput 2018, 7, 20.

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